Spirit of the Dragon

Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal

Visit: Kathmandu, Paro Populated3, Taktsang Lhakhang, Bumthang , Gangtey Gonpa, Punakha, Thimphu, Kathmandu

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Local Culture & Cuisine


This is the ultimate Bhutan discovery tour holiday, crafted from 30 years’ experience operating holidays in the Kingdom of Bhutan; if you only visit this last Himalayan Kingdom once, the ‘Spirit of the Dragon’ tour, will ensure you see all of Bhutan’s most iconic sights. Travelling via Kathmandu, the adventure begins with a spectacular flight across the Himalaya to Paro, in the Land of the Thunder Dragon. We'll stretch our legs with a walk up to a viewpoint for the incredible cliff-hanging Tigers’ Nest monastery, and enjoy an archery display (Bhutan's national sport), before taking a second equally spectacular flight to Bumthang. Located at the heart of quieter Eastern region of this isolated realm, the valleys of Bumthang are famous for their unspoilt beauty and the area contains several important monasteries.

Here we will also enjoy an excursion to the remote Tang Valley, where we can witness an elaborate drum ceremony at the Pemachiling Nunnery. Leaving Bumthang we make our way westwards on one of the world’s most scenic roads. Crossing high passes bedecked with multi coloured prayer flags and in the company of grazing yaks, we can enjoy panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalaya. En route to the capital Thimpu we will stop overnight at Gantey in the Phobjika Valley, the over winter home of the rare black-necked cranes, and in Punakha where the massive and picturesque Dzong was once the winter home of the Bhutanese government. After sightseeing and souvenir shopping in the capital of Thimpu, we return to Paro for the flight back to Kathmandu where we should also have time for a sightseeing tour! There is no country in the world quite like Bhutan and this thorough insight into the Land of the Thunder Dragon is sure to inspire, excite, educate and delight in equal measure.

If you would like the chance to visit one of Bhutan's spectacular festivals during your trip, then be sure to check out our special November departure, which will coincide with the Jambay Festival in Bumthang.

BOOK EARLY for BHUTAN! With only two airlines operating flights into Paro from Kathmandu, seats are limited and in high demand. Book early to guarantee your place on your chosen departure. We strongly advise booking a year in advance where possible.


    • Visit the ‘Tiger's Nest’ Monastery in the Paro Valley on this discovery holiday
    • The beautiful valleys and spectacular monasteries of Bumthang
    • Stay in the Phobjika Valley, winter home of the rare Black Necked Crane
    • Bhutan’s impressive dzongs at Trongsa, Punakha and Thimphu
    • FREE Down jacket hire is available for this holiday

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 125319
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 10 days
Physical rating: Basic


  • A professional and qualified Bhutanese tour leader
  • Bhutan visa fee
  • Flights between Kathmandu and Paro
  • All transfers and land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • A guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu



Price person (sharing double) $4,150 ($415/day)


$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

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Bhutan Kathmandu, Paro, Bumthang, Tiger's Nest, Tang Valley, Pemachiling Nunnery, Membar Tsho, Gangtey, Phobjikha Valley, Punakha, Chimi Lhakhang Temple, Punakha Dzong, Thimphu, Royal Palace
Local Culture & Cuisine


Tour Operator

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