10 Days Bhutan Tour with Kayaking and Rafting

10 Days Bhutan Tour with Kayaking and Rafting

Sketch Itinerary

The 10 Days Bhutan Tour with Kayaking and Rafting  will embark you on one of the most rejuvenating rafting experience of your life in Bhutan. Bhutanese Kayaking and Rafting guides are well trained and will do everything to ensure that you enjoy the adventure while minimizing the risks.

The completely crystal clear rivers of Bhutan are one of the  best kept open privileged insights. Bolstered by the cold dissolve of the Eastern Himalayas, six noteworthy streams (Wang Chhu, Sunkosh, Puna Tsang Chhu, Mangde Chhu, Kuri Chhu and Dangme Chhu and their tributaries), have been explored for kayaking and rafting in Bhutan.

They cut through the high valleys and low fields to finally end up in the Brahmaputra River in eastern India. The immaculate and  normal setting and the sheer assortment of the waterway courses give you  a special chance to experience Bhutan’s lovely wild at first hand. So spirited voyagers will never be frustrated by the tough, untamed conduits of Bhutan. The waterways are abundant  with solid streams shifting between moderate, delicate streams in a few spots and capable, seething deluges can be found all through the nation. In spite of the fact that enterprising games and tourism are moderately new in Bhutan, they are quickly picking up in prevalence these days.

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Sketch Itinerary:

Day 01. Arrive Paro.

Day 02. Paro – Thimphu.

Day 03. Thimphu Sightseeing.

Day 04. Thimphu Sightseeing.

Day 05. Thimphu – Punakha.

Day 06. Punakha.

Day 07. Punakha.

Day 08. Punakha – Gangtey.

Day 09. Gangtey – Paro.

Day 10. Departure.

Detail Itinerary

Detail Itinerary for 10 Days Bhutan Tour with Kayaking and Rafting

Day 01. Arrive Paro (Altitude 2280 m) (By Druk Air flight):

Your Guide from Yak Holidays Int’l will receive you at the airport and drive you to the Hotel.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Ta Dzong – National Museum (built in1656 and renovated in 1968)
  • Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”)– built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan.

Dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar.

Day 02. Paro – Thimphu (Altitude 2320 m, 54 km) Excursion to Taktsang Monastery: 

After breakfast, visit to:

  • Taktsang Monastery(Tiger’s Nest) – one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor.
  • Ruins of Drukgyel dzong – built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders.
  • Kyichu Lhakhang – the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to 7th century.

After lunch, drive to Thimphu. On the way, view

  • Tamchog Lhakhang – dedicated to the 13th century to Thangthong Gyalpo, the bridge builder. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.

Day 03. Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m).

After breakfast, visit to:

  • Takin Preserve centre – The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat.
  • Painting School- Commonly known as Arts & Crafts School or Painting School, the Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.
  • National Memorial Chorten – built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan’s third King, His Late Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.
  • Nunnery- Zilukha nunnery in Drupthob Goemba, Thimphu is biggest nunnery in Bhutan.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang) – visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang).
  • Weekend market – Located below the main town, near the Wangchhu River, Thimphu weekend market is by far the largest domestic market for the farmers in Bhutan.
  • Tashichho Dzong – built in 1641 and later rebuilt in its present form by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1965.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.

Day 04.  Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m).

After breakfast, visit to:

  • Folk Heritage Museum- It is dedicated to connect people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibits, demonstrations, educational programmes and documentation of rural life.
  • Textile Museum – The textile museum has opened its exhibition on six major themes – warp pattern weaves, weft pattern weaves, role of textiles in religion, achievements in textile arts, textiles from indigenous fibers and the royal collection.
  • Changangkha Monastery – It is a fortress like temple and monastic school perched on a ridge above Thimphu, south of Motithang.
  • Philatelic office.

After lunch, hike to:

  • Cheri Monastery – built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1620

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar. 

Day 05. Thimphu – Punakha: (Altitude 1310 m) (76 Km, 3 hrs drive).

After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass (3116 m)

  • Dochula – You can see the higher Himalayas, if the weather permits
  • Royal Botanical Park at Lam Pelri.
  • Chhimi Lhakhang – dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley also known as “Divine Madman”.

After lunch,

  • Punakha Dzong – Built in 1637, by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Dinner and overnight in Meri Puensum Resort or similar.


Continue to your campsite in Punakha, which is next to the Mo Chhu River. Enjoy camping with bonfire in the evening. 

Day 06. Punakha: Drive up 2 hours to Tashithang

  1. For those who dare, our kayakers will take on the Tashithang Devil’s gorge today, a Class V rapid. It’s a 12km stretch taking 5 -7 hours with scouting. Higher than medium flows makes this run dangerous.
  2. For others you can do Mo Chhu Upper run. Drive up 14km to the Mo Chhu Upper Run with several Class IV and V rapids. This is one of the most extreme sections of water rafted in the Punakha Valley – This run takes you through some really interesting class III & IV rapids and a beautiful gorge.

Dinner and overnight in Meripuensum Resort or similar.


Continue to your campsite in Punakha, which is next to the Mo Chhu River. Enjoy camping with bonfire in the evening.

Day 07. Punakha: You have two options today:

  1. Either Drive through the unpaved dirt road of 12 km to Samdenkha and do the white rafting


  1. Hike about 1-2 hrs from the Punakha Dzong up the Pho Chhu Valley to the put in at Samdenkha for a nice class II/III raft trip down to the Punakha School.

After lunch Hike to Khamsum Yulley Lhakhang.  Dinner and overnight in Meripuensum Resort or similar.

Day 08. Punakha – Gangtey (3120 m) (65 km, 3 hrs): After breakfast visit to:

  • Construction site of Wangdiphodrang Dzong razed by fire in 2012, (from outside) built in 1638; under construction now.
  • Gangtey Gompa – Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup.

After lunch,

  • Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter.

Dinner and overnight at the Theckchen Phodrang Guest House or similar

Day 09. Gangtey – Paro (Altitude 2280 m) (182 km, 6-7 hrs: After breakfast, drive to Paro. Lunch will be served on the way. Dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar.

Day 10. Departure: (Altitude 2280 m) Early morning, drive to Airport and Farewell.

Tour Photo Gallery
Rinpung Dzong @ Paro
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Value Added Services
  • Hot stone bath.

    bhutanese archery

    Practicing Archery

  • Cycling around Paro valley.
  • Practice Archery.
  • Bhutanese cooking class.
  • Bhutanese cultural show featuring various mask dances and folk dances.
  • Talk on Gross National Happiness / Buddhism.
  • Consulting an Astrologer.
  • Practice Dart.
  • Performing religious ceremony.
  • Marriage ceremonies.
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Optional Activities
  • Village walk
  • Hike to Dzongdrakha Monastery.
  • Hike to Kila Gompa.
  • Excursion to Chelila Pass.