Bhutan Horse Riding & Cultural Tour

Jan 14, 2014 | Posted by in Itineraries | 1 comment


Day 1: Arrive in Paro – Thimphu (L/D)
Upon arrival, meet and drive to capital Thimphu. Familiarization tour as per available time.
Overnight in Jumolhari or Khang Residency

Day 2: In Thimphu (B/L/D)
Full day in Thimphu visiting Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Lhakhang, Takin preserve, Painting School, Traditional Hospital, National Library, Folk Museum, Paper Factory, Textile Museum and others as per your interest and available time.
Overnight in Jumolhari or Khang Residency

Day 3: Drive to Punakha(B/L/D)
After breakfast drive east across Dochula pass to Punakha and Wangdue valley. En-route stop atop Dochula pass for mountain view. On a clear day one can see the magnificent views of Eastern Himalaya. Before Punakha stop at Mitsina and take a short and pleasant walk to visit Chimi Lhakhang temple. After lunch, drive north of the valley and hike to Khamsum Yuelley Chorten, 45 Minutes each way. Towards the evening visit Punakha Dzong located at the confluence of Phochu and Mochu river.
Overnight in Meri Puensum

Day 4: Drive to Trongsa (B/L/D)
After breakfast drive east across Pelela pass to Trongsa. Upon arrival in Trongsa visit imposing Trongsa Dzong and Ta Dzong Tower Museum. Stroll around the town and return to the hotel.
Overnight in Yangkhil hotel

Day 5: Drive to Jakar, Bumthang (B/L/D)
After breakfast drive to Bumthang 3hrs. En-route stop at Chummey valley and visit Yathra weavers in Zungney Weaving Centre. After Lunch in Bumthang, visit Wangdicholing Palace, Jakar dzong. In the evening drive to Kharchu Gonpa to witness the theological debate taking place.
Overnight in Mountain Lodge.

Day 6: Drive to Tang valley and stay one night (B/L/D)
Then drive about 2 ½ hrs to Tang Valley, where our Ranch is located.
Upon reaching the valley floor, check into Ugen Chholing Manor Guest House (a simple and clean accommodation which is now being upgraded). Tour Ugenchholing Manor and after lunch at the Guest house, ride to the nearby village to visit the local village, meet local etc. These ride will provide necessary familiarization and get acquainted with the horse etc. Guests can visit local village homes, interact with family etc. Overnight in Ugencholing Guest House.

Day 7: Tang Valley – Kunzangdrak village(B/L/D)
Begin ride after breakfast. The ride takes around 5-6hrs, first passing through villages and then through the fields and forests. Lunch will be along the way. Camp near the Kunzang dra village.
There is a temple and hermitage on the cliff (Kunzangdra Monastery). It was founded by Pemalingpa in 1488 and is one of his residences with nice shrine.
Overnight in Camp.

Day 8: Kunzangdrak – Padselling Monastery. (B/L/D)
Start your day with some fun exercises atop the horse that are beneficial to both you and your pony as you improve your riding balance and confidence. Begin your long ride through the forests and hillsides as you make your way towards the next camping site. Upon reaching the camping site, you will get the opportunity to explore a Buddhist Monastery, village and Temple atop the Mountainside, perfect for taking pictures. (Ride Duration Approximate 6 hours). Option to arrange stay in the monastery !
Overnight in Camp.

Day 9: Padselling – Dorjibi village – Jakar (B/L/D)
Enjoy a relaxing ride through the forests, hillsides and terrain as you make your way down the hill. You will be riding mostly on village roads and trails, making it easy to maneuver your pony. Advanced riders can participate in some trot as guided by the trail leader whereas beginners can practice their riding exercises. (Frogs/Up Downs) (Riding Duration Approximate 4- 5 hours). After visiting Dorjibi village, the guest can stay in the camp or take a short drive to the hotel in Jakar (10 minutes). Explore and visit Jakar’s town and local attractions.
Overnight in Mountain Lodge.

Day 10 : In Jakar (B/L/D)
Full day in Bumthang visiting Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, Tamshing Gonpa, Chakhar Lhakhang etc.
Overnight in Mountain Lodge.

Day 11: Fly to Paro (B/L/D) (Note flight operates only on certain days of the week)
After breakfast, transfer to Domestic airport in time for your flight to Paro.
This afternoon visit Rinpung Dzong and National Museum. Free evening to stroll around Paro town.
Overnight in Tashi Namgay or similar.

Day 12: In Paro (B/L/D)
After breakfast, drive short distance to Dzongdrakha and visit its cave temples and houses by short walk. Visit local village.
Later in the afternoon visit Kichu Lhakhang and Dungse Lhakhang temples. . and drive short to visit Beautiful 7th Century Kichu Lhakhang, visit local homes and others as per your interest.Free evening to rest or stroll on your own.
Overnight in Tashi Namgay or similar.

Day 13: Paro (Hike to Taktsang) (B/L/D)
Transfer to the trail head for hike to famous Taktshang or Tiger’s Nest Monastery, a quintessential Bhutan travel experience .You can also hire a local pony for the uphill ride.
Upon return drive north of the valley to visit ruined Drugyel Dzong once an important fortress which guarded the valley from Tibetan invader. Tashi Namgay or Tenzinling.

Day 14: Departure (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport in time for your departure flight.

Cost Per Person in US$
From $2780 Contact us for details


  • Accommodation in listed hotel.
  • Accommodations in tents during the camp.
  • All meals
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • Bhutan visa, tourists fees and taxes.
  • All land transportation by good quality private vehicle.
  • Local English speaking Guide through-out the trip.
  • During the trek: All camping equipment, meals on trek, pack animals, riding horses. Accompanied by Horse Guide, cook and assistants.
  • Flight costs extra as listed separately

Not Included:

  • International flights
  • Travel Medical insurance
  • Personal gears, clothing, shoes.
  • Bar-beverages, personal gifts/gratuities, telephone call, laundry and other personal expenses not listed in the included section.

Comments (One Response)

  1. Ramona Wright says:

    I would like to book this tour for 2019. What are the dates then? Thanks

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