7-night Journey - Thimphu, Punakha & Paro

Explore the valleys of Thimphu, Punakha and Paro with a private guide, taking in ancient monasteries, majestic mountains and more of this high-altitude Himalayan kingdom. All Amankora 7-night itineraries can be adjusted to suit preferences, both before arrival and on the ground

Day 1

Explore forested mountains dotted with monasteries and temples on route to Thimphu. A gentle walk through the city with afternoon visits to museums and chortens offers a window into the ancient culture, before a night at Amankora Thimphu

Day 2

Thimphu Valley - home to the seat of Bhutan's royal government and a monastic astrology academy. An invigorating walk crosses one of the country's oldest cantilever bridges to Cheri Goemba, where the Kingdom of Bhutan's first community of monks was based

Day 3

Arrive at the Dochu La Mountain Pass en route to Punakha Valley, stopping at one of Bhutan's first fortress monasteries. Visit the village of Talo, home to the temple of the Queen Mother's protective deity, then take an afternoon hike or a soothing spa treatment at Amankora Punakha

Day 4

Hike alongside the River Mo, through tiered rice paddies to a chorten built by the queen mother. Picnic on the banks of the River Punak, near the winter homes of the royal family, before visiting Punakha's dzong and the 15th-century Chimi fertility temple

Day 5

Wind through the Wang and Paro river valleys to Amankora Paro, surrounded by pines. Explore nearby ruins as well as some of the valley's oldest and holiest religious monuments, followed by an evening lecture at the lodge with a Gross National Happiness expert

Day 6

Discover artefacts dating back to 4000 BCE at the National Museum. Visits to Kyichu and Dumtse temples offer cultural discovery, while a gentle walk past Drukgyal Dzong leads along the River Paro through forest and tiered fields.

Day 7

A morning hike ascends to Tiger's Nest - one of Bhutan's most revered ancient sites. Experience astonishing views from the monastery, perched on a cliff 900 metres above the valley floor, before taking a herbal-infused hot stone bath in the lodge spa. Depart from Paro airport the next morning.

A continuous journey

For stays of seven nights or more in any Lodge, or a combination of Lodges, a tailor-made Bhutan itinerary will include complimentary road permits, private transport with a driver and guide, and one 60-minute Spa treatment. To begin your journey, please submit an online enquiry