• Small Group Journeys to Bhutan
    When getting off the beaten track is your thing: frontier travel at its best
    Grand West to East Tour
  • Bhutan holidays
    When getting off the beaten track is your thing: frontier travel at its best
    Grand West to East Tour
Flexible | 20 DAYS Grand West to East Tour

This is a tour for those who enjoy getting off the beaten track, who value authentic experiences and who love getting to the heart of a place. As Lonely Planet says, Eastern Bhutan is frontier travel at its best. “The wild and rugged east of Bhutan sees far fewer tourists than the western regions, which is reason enough to go. Intrepid travellers venturing east will be well rewarded with group free dzongs and temples, beautiful silks and embroidery, and lush, bird filled forests”. We couldn’t agree more.

Eastern Bhutan is isolated, with the result that it’s not only its natural beauty that is in pristine condition, but also its culture and traditions. The entire region is awash in unspoiled natural beauty, towering cliffs and pristine forests with great variations in altitude and climatic conditions. In addition to the regular, travellers will be able to experience some of the country’s most ancient Buddhist festivals and spiritual practices while observing Animistic and Bon religious rituals.

This tour is purely a suggested itinerary. It can be booked as is, or used as a starting point to craft with us your own bucket list tour to Bhutan.





  • Departure Date: Flexible
  • Days: 20 days
  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Price: $ from 6,315 USD
  • Single Sup.: US$760
highlights

  • A walk to the beautiful Tigers Nest Monastery
  • Explore Thimphu the nation’s unique capital
  • Wander through Punakha Dzong by the river, possibly the most beautiful of all dzongs in Bhutan, home to hundreds of monks half the year
  • Visit Gangtey and the Phobjikha valley, declared a eco-tourism destination by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature, and visit Gangtey Gompa, a Buddhist complex with monks’ quarters, a meditation centre and school
  • Drive over Pele La Pass to Trongsa in the middle of Bhutan and visit the extraordinary Trongsa Dzong and the Watchtower Museum
  • Spend a day wandering the Bumthang valley and taste locally brewed beer, sprits and Bumthang cheese.
  • Spend a day in Lhuntse , the ancestral home of the King, with cliffs towering above river gorges and dense coniferous forests. Famous for its weavers and their distinctive textiles are considered the best in the country.
  • Visit Trashigang, the “Jewel of East”, one of the Bhutan’s most interesting towns and the heartland of eastern Bhutan



Day 01 Arrive in Paro

Arrive in Paro and be welcomed by AJtB guide


Day 02 Paro – Thimphu

Drive to Thimphu(2hrs), after noon s/seeings


Day 03 Thimphu – Halt

Day to explore Thimphu


Day 04 Thimphu – Punakha

Drive to Punakha (3/4 hours), the old capital of Bhutan.


Day 05 Punakha – Halt

Day to explore Punakha at leisure


Day 06 Punakha – Phobjikha

Drive to Phobjikha (4/5hrs drive)


Day 07 Phobjikha

Explore the beautiful Valley


Day 08 Phobjikha – Trongsa

Drive to Trongsa (4/5hrs)


Day 09 Trongsa – Bumthang

Morning visit Trongsa Dzong and Museum; continue Journey in afternoon (3/4hrs)


Day 10 Bumthang

Explore the unforgettable Bumthang valley on foot


Day 11 Bumthang – Mongar

Drive to Mongar via Ura Valley (7hrs)


Day 12 Mongar – Excursion to Lhuntse

Day excursion to Lhuntse (4/5hrs)


Day 13 Mongar – Trashigang

Drive to TrashiGang (4/5 hrs)


Day 14 T/gang – Excursion to Tashi Yantsge

Excursion to Tashiyangtse (4/5hrs)


Day 15 Trashigang – Monagr

Back to Mongar


Day 16 Mongar – Bumthang

Retrace journey to Bumthang


Day 17 Bumthang – Paro(Flight)

Short flight to Paro with unforgettable views of Himalaya


Day 18 Paro

Explore Paro Valley



INCLUSIONS

A minimum of 3 star hotel accommodation


Two nights in 5 star Hotel Zhiwaling


All meals


Economy class Druk Air/ Bhutan Airlines flights ex Bangkok which our staff will book


Internal flight Bumthang to Paro


All transfers and sightseeing with licensed English speaking guide for the whole trip


Entrance to all dzongs and monuments


Bottled drinking water daily


All internal taxes and charges of 20%, airport tax, insurance surcharge, fuel surcharge, Visa fees


Sustainable Tourism Fund US$10 per person

EXCLUSIONS

International Airfare to / from Bangkok


Travel insurance- must be evidenced


Personal expenses - bar bills, tips, telephone, laundry etc.


Tips and gratuities


Expenses due to nature, unforeseen events - eg flight cancellation, road blockade


Upgrade to Business class if required on Druk Air/ Bhutan Airlines flights ex Bangkok $140 pp* (Note:  rates may fluctuate due to USD exchange rate)


The Bhutanese Government requires a minimum of 3 people on a tour to avoid a small surcharge of US$30 per person per night

private tours Bhutan

Payza


Payza is one of Bhutan’s most experienced tour guides. Julia and Payza met in 2010 with Julia’s first trip to Bhutan, and, putting it simply, he made it unforgettable. Not only is he highly organized with meticulous attention to detail and speaks fantastic English (the basics you expect from a guide), but the extra care he puts into ensuring you have the best time possible is awesome. From consideration of special dietary needs to finding the best vantage points for festivals, to negotiating a way to get you that special photograph in a monastery, to telling the most fabulous and unforgettable stories that will have you laughing until you cry, Payza is a joy to travel with. He says that what he enjoys most about being a tour guide is sharing how people can live happily. He believes visitors come to understand and appreciate these values better through journeying though Bhutan.


To express interest in a tour or find our more, please contact us or complete the tour enquiry form below. Travelling solo? We invite you to join the tour and meet other like-minded people. If you’d like to take up our ‘willing to share’ option, meaning you share a room with another solo traveller of the same gender, you can pay the twin share price. It’s your choice, but we’d love to have you along.

Australian office

Julia Davenport
P (+61) 0410 578 541
E julia@davenportmarktingandadvisory.com.au

Paro office

Payza Dorji
P (+975) 8 271 438
E payza2000@yahoo.com



TOUR ENQUIRY FORM

What others say

What our clients have to say...

I am listening and seeing and enjoying every minute of this extraordinary experience. And our group? Wow - we are one great bunch of people! I am blessed!

Penny H

A wonderful comprehensive journey, Julia and Payza put in a huge amount of work to make the holiday very special. Everything went like clockwork.

Charmain W

Thank you for a trip I will always remember. Bhutan is beautiful in so many ways. I hope it manages to change with the times but retain its beauty

Paloma L

Powered by CMS Builder