Experience

Tailored explorations of the Buddhist Kingdom can encompass Bhutan’s natural splendour and rich ancient heritage

Amankora - 9 Night Journey

Four of Bhutan’s most spectacular and heritage-infused valleys await: Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha and Paro. On this circular journey 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 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’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 soothing Spa treatment 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

 

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 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 the village of Lobesa and the 15th-century Chimi fertility temple

 

DAY 7: 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 talk at the Lodge by a monk

 

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 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 

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