Gangkhar Puensum Trek
Trek to the highest unclimbed mountain in the world, Gangkhar Puensum at 7,570 metres in altitude, on this remote and beautiful trip in the unspoiled Himalayan landscape of Bhutan.
The Tiger's Nest
Warm up for the trek with the hike to the brilliant Tiger's Nest monastery, located 3,100 metres in altitude on a sheer cliff above the Paro Valley. This temple complex is set over a cave said to be where Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava, is said to have meditated after flying on the back of a tigress.
The dzong, or fortress, at Punakha is considered the most beautiful in Bhutan and it's easy to see why: traditional architecture, ornate carved and painted woodwork, brilliant Buddhist artwork and gilded doorways. There's also the stunning location, at the confluence of two rivers. It holds a special place in the hearts of the Bhutanese as it is the site for the coronation of all of the country's highly revered kings.
The dramatic location of Trongsa Dzong, on the edge of a steep gorge overlooking Mangde Chu river, makes it one of the most interesting fortresses in Bhutan. Originally built in the 16th century but added on to many times since, Trongsa Dzong is an intricate series of temples and courtyards at varying levels, with brilliant views of the gorge at the very end of the complex.
Ancient temples of Bumthang
Soak up some of Bhutan's rich history with a wander around the temples of Bumthang. Jampey Lhakhang is one of two temples in Bhutan that date back to the 7th century. If you're feeling energetic there is the option of wearing chain mail, said to be made by Pema Lingpa, around the circumambulation path located inside.
Flight from Bumthang to Paro
The flight from Bumthang to Paro offers more spectacular views of the Himalayas, including Bhutan's two mighty giants, Gangkhar Puensum (7,570 metres) and Mount Jomolhari (7,314 metres).
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
One of Bhutan's best day hikes takes us to the superbly located Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. The panoramic views of the Punakha Valley from the rooftop are sublime.