9 Night Journey – Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha & Paro

Four of Bhutan’s most spectacular and heritage-infused valleys await: Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha and Paro. On this circular 9-night Bhutan itinerary including four Amankora Lodges, one in each valley, a private guide offers insight into the local history, culture and nature. All Amankora expeditions can be adjusted to suit preferences, both before arrival and on the ground

Day 1

Explore forested mountains dotted with monasteries and temples en 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

Ascend 3,000-metre mountain passes with Himalayan views before reaching Amankora Gangtey in the Phobjikha Valley. Stroll through Gangtey Village, lost in time, and visit the striking Gangtey Goemba at the head of the valley before taking a traditional Hot Stone Bath at the Lodge.

Day 4

Glimpse the majestic, endangered black-necked crane in their breeding grounds in season. The valley’s varied terrain can be explored on foot or mountain bike, and a personal blessing may be arranged when the Gangtey Tulku is in residence. Experience Amankora's signature dining experience in a traditional Bhutanese potato shed

Day 5

A brief journey to the Punakha Valley meanders along the river Dang, taking in bamboo and oak forests. Visit Talo Village, home to the temple of the Queen Mother’s protective deity, and take an afternoon hike to an ancient monastery near Amankora Punakha.

Day 6

Hike alongside the river Mo, through tiered riced 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 the majestic Punakha dzong and the 15th-century Chimi fertility temple.

Day 7

Wind through the Wang and Paro 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 prayer flag printing demonstration

Day 8

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 forests and tiered fields.

Day 9

Hike 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. 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