Matsutake Festival Tour
- Duration: 10Days
- Trip Grade: EASY
Day 01 | Arrival in Paro – Thimphu (1 Hr)
Upon your arrival, our staff will receive you and drive to Thimphu. After lunch Thimphu sightseeing. One can either wander on your own to stroll Thimphu streets or relax in your hotel.
Overnight: Thimphu | Altitude: 2300m
Day 02 | Thimphu – Punakha (3 Hrs)
Morning visit the School of Arts and Crafts. Folk Heritage museum and the National Library. Later visit the Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley and Zilukha Nunnery. After lunch drive past Dochula pass over 3010m. When the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan with a view that stretches almost 180 degrees. After a short tea break continue drive to the sub tropical valley of Punakha.
Overnight: Punakha | Altitude: 1350m
Day 03 | Punakha – Jakar tour (7 Hrs)
Visit Punakha Dzong (fortress) which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. One can also visit Souvenir making center. Drive over Pelela Pass at 3300m which forms the part of Black Mountain Range that divides the country into east and west. Drive through Trongsa and pass by the highest road pass in your trip at 3425m (Yotong La). En route stop at the weaving place where “Yatha” (wool weaving) is made which Bumthang is famous for.
Overnight: Jakar | Altitude: 2650m
Day 04 | Jakar – Ura (2 Hrs)
Morning Jakar sightseeing on foot. Afternoon drive to Ura, a village made of cluster of large stone houses. Experience the village home stay with the locals of Ura.
Overnight: Farm House | Altitude: 3100m
Day 05 | Matsutake Festival
Morning join the locals and the staff of the Thrumshingla National Park, Ministry of Agriculture to be part of the 2nd Matsutake festival held in Ura. Whole day mushroom haunting in the forest. Enjoy the picnic lunch. Evening back to the village. Traditional hot stone bath. Fresh matsutake for dinner.
Overnight: Farm House
Day 06 | Ura – Jakar (2 Hrs)
Morning bid farewell to your local host and drive back to Jakar. Afternoon sightseeing in Jakar and eveing back to the hotel.
Day 07 | Jakar – Phobjikha (5 Hrs)
Retrace and enjoy the drive back to the wide valley of Phobjikha. En route stop to visit the majestic Trongsa Dzong (fortress), home of the royals and the watch tower which house a museum now. Continue to Phobjikha. Farm House stay.
Overnight: Phobjikha| Altitude: 2900m
Day 08 | Phobjikha – Paro (8 Hrs)
Morning walk around the wide valley of Phobjikha meeting with students who all walk for hours to reach their closest school in the valley. Take a short break in Wangdi town and view Wangdi Dzong the only fortress in the country that has the original roof. Continue to Paro over the Dochula. Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. One can also venture to try local restaurant for dinner.
Overnight: Paro | Altitude: 2200m
Day 09 | Paro sightseeing
Visit 17 century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Visit Kichu Lhakhang, one from the 2 oldest Buddhist temple in the country, historic Drukgyal Dzong (Fortress) and hike to Tiger’s Nest, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro Valley.
Day 10 | Departure:
Transfer to the airport (15 mins) for your departure flight. Our tour staff will bid you farewell at the airport.