Old-world capital city is situated in the Wang Chhu river valley at an elevation of 7500 ft./2286 m.
At the Handicrafts Emporium, you may choose your souvenirs from an array of hand-crafted and hand-woven wares. Tashichhodzong, the main secretariat building, houses all the ministers, the National Assembly Hall, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It is also the summer residence of the monk body and the religious chief, the Je Khempo.
The Memorial Chorten is dedicated to the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the father of modern Bhutan.
Five miles out of Thimphu, on a lofty ridge, stands the Simtokha Dzong which was built in 1627 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyal. It was he who gave Bhutan its first written laws, and established a network of Dzongs, the imposing fortress-monasteries from which the country was governed.
Of all the places to visit in this fascinating country, Paro stands unique both in beauty and in history.
Bhutan's greatest saint, Padma Sambhava, better known as Guru Rimpoche was the one who originally introduced Buddhism into Bhutan. He entered Bhutan through Paro.
Taktsang, or 'Tiger's Nest', is the monastery built around the cave in which Guru Rimpoche, and later his follower Dubthok Singye, meditated. The monastery is precariously situated on the edge of a sheer precipice, and a visit there is a challenge.
Across the river Paro Chhu, stands the Rimpung Dzong. Commanding a panoramic view of the entire Valley, today it houses the Paro monastic body and the offices of the Dzongda (district commissioner) and Thrimpon (district judge).
The Thongdel, Bhutan's most sacred giant sized scroll depicting the eight manifestations of Guru Rimpoche with the two attendants, Khendu Yesey Tsogyel and Khendu Mindha-Rawa, is displayed for a few hours during the Paro Tsechu. Behind Rimpung Dzong, is the majestic castle-like Ta-Dzong. This one-time look-out stronghold has been a National Museum since 1967.
The Capital of Bhutan till 1955, Punakha is still the seat of religion. In 1637, the Shabdrung built the fortress of Punakha to serve as both the religious and administrative centre for Bhutan. In keeping with tradition, the daily rituals, the serving of meals, are carried out in the same manner as was done during the Shabdrung's lifetime.
High Season: March, April, May, September, and October & November.
Low Season: Rest of the months.
Booking and Visas
Booking must be made sufficiently in advance especially during peak season. Minimum 8 weeks notice is required to obtain transit permit and visa to visit Bhutan for passengers arriving by surface, and 4 weeks for arrivals by air.
Cancellation charges are applicable as per following details:
Within 30 days
05%f package cost
Less than 15 days
25% of package cost
50% of package cost
Trekking in Bhutan 10 NIGHTS/11 DAYS Highlights: This is an excellent choice for those with a tight schedule.A short 4 days trek crossing the chain of mountains which separates two district, Paro & Thimphu or vice versa. This is a classic walk along high, windy ridges, past ruined forts, which long ago guarded against Tibetan invasion. Although ...
10 NIGHTS/11 DAYS Highlights: This trek is for Nature lovers. During spring is the rhododendrons season. The trail takes you through forest filled with many species of Primula and shades of red and orange rhododendrons. From the pass you will have panoramic view of the two valleys Paro & Haa and of course the beautiful Himalayan ranges of Bhuta ...
Bhutan Itinerary 03 NIGHTS/04 DAYS Day 01 - Mon: Ktm- Paro The flight to the Himalayas reveals breath-taking views of the great peaks, taking you right into the Dragon Kingdom's cloud scraping airstrip at Paro (altitude 7000 ft.). Your Bhutanese escort will greet you upon arrival and drive you through the beautiful Paro valley to the Hotel Olathang ...
Bhutan Itinerary 04 NIGHTS/05 DAYS Day 01 - Mon: Ktm- Paro The flight into the Himalayas reveals breath-taking views of the great peaks, taking you right into the Dragon Kingdom's cloud scraping airstrip at Paro (altitude 7000 ft.). Your Bhutanese escort will greet you upon arrival and drive you through the beautiful Paro valley to the Hotel Olatha ...
07 NIGHTS/08 DAYS Day 01: Arrival at Paro airport by Royal Bhutan Airlines and a short drive to hotel Olathang. In the evening an oriental talk will be given by our local escort with a short documentary film on Bhutan. Overnight at hotel Olathang. Day 02: Morning drive to Drukgyel Dzong, (18 Kms. Away from the hotel). On the way back visit a tyopic ...
I am an experienced trekker in Nepal, having been more than five times to the Everest, Langtang and Mustang regions. I was recently on a trek in the Everest region with a group of ten other people from Brescia, Italy where we employed 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd'. Lapka's skills in organizing trips, the politeness of this agency staff and their English skills were so good that we asked him to organize some us some activities in Kathmandu after the trek. We all went back home very pleased and full of new experiences. I would not hesitate to recommend Lakpa Tamang and the Friendship Trek team to any visitor who wishes to have their trip roll smoothly.
Giorgio Bellocchio and friends
To whom it may concern:
This letter is written to recommend Lakpa Tamang of 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd' highly and without any reservation as a guide. Lakpa served as guide for us while on a three-week trek in the Everest region during November and December, 1988. We were thoroughly delighted with his abilities, warmth, good humor and knowledge of the area. In a word, he took very good care of us. His integrity is impeccable, his prices extremely reasonable and he consistently acted in a competent and professional manner. He is also a kind and cheery soul who kept our sprits up.
We recommend Lakpa very highly as a guide and use trek from his company in future.
Yours very truly,
Terra Daugirda Pressler, Assistant Professor & Writer
John P. Daugirda, Attorney & Photographer
Hi Friendship In Nepal,
My Friends and I trekked through Nepal for 20 days on trek organized by 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd'. They did an excellent job with our itineraries and we had an amazing time while in Nepal. Our guide in the Annapurna region is a wonderful man who took great care of us. The guys in Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd are some of the most helpful and friendliest we met in Nepal. I would like to recommend Friendship In Nepal Trekking as a very good trekking company. Thanks
Trekking around Annapurna in November 1987, we had the pleasure to be guided by Lakpa Tamang from 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd'. He was a very cheerful and helpful guide for us on this long and hard trek.
We wish all the best for him and the firm, which we very much recommend to use.
We went trekking with Lakpa on our 2nd visit to Nepal in autumn 1996, in the Langtang region. Lakpa from 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd' was a fantastic guide and companion in the hills, and back in Kathmandu, where we met up with him & his family after our trek. Lakpa helped with advice and planning our trek,and was a knowledgeable and experienced guide who swiftly showed us to the best teahouse at every village! We had intended to climb a peak, but early snow & mild altitude sickness meant only one of our party was able to do so...he & Lakpa celebrated with a flask of tea by the summit prayer flags, before Lakpa guided him safely down through the mist and back to Langtang village in time for sunset.
Lakpa is very experienced, friendly and totally dependable, and we would recommend his services without hesitation. Enjoy your trek with him!"
Nina Fedorski and Hugh Joseph.
I have engaged Lapka from 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd' a number of times over the years and each time, he has delivered in spades. I have found him to be very warm and sincere in his dealings with me. I have compared notes with some of my friends and not only are his packages competitively priced, he also flexible enough to entertain the whim and fancies of a capricious tourist. I can't count all the times over these few trips that I have changed the itineraries at the last moment. My experiences with him have always been very good. You can always count on him to give you current information not found in guidebooks, which have enhanced my enjoyment of my trips. For an inexperienced trekker, like myself, he has also offered valuable advice on the things to pack and bring. I would definitely engage 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd' again for my future trips to Nepal and Bhutan.
I have been on a trek with Lakpa Tamang two times from his agency 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd'. I can only recommend him as a guide! He always did his job very seriously, good knowledge about area and in a pleasant, stresses less way.
His organization always worked out perfectly and we have never had any problems.
I have been visiting Nepal for more than 5 times in Everest Trek, and Mustang trek. In Mt. Everest we had trek from 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd', and we were 10 people from Brescia, Italy. His skills in organizing and speaking English were so good that we asked him even to organize some Kathmandu activities after trek. We went back home pleased and full of new experiences. I would recommend Lakpa Tamang as a general organizer, trekking guide and climbing guide to the visitor willing to have their things rolling smoothly.
Thanks to everyone
We recommend Lakpa very highly as a guide and from Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd
Cappeli Ivan and friends.
'I have engaged Lapka from Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd for the trek to Pharchemo Peak. I have found him to be very warm and sincere in his dealings with me. I have compared notes with some of my friends and not only are his packages competitively priced, he also flexible enough to entertain The whim and fancies of a capricious tourist. I can't count all the times over these few trips that I have changed the itineraries at the last moment. My experience with him has always been very good. You can always count on him to give you current information not found in guidebooks, which have enhanced my enjoyment of my trips. For an inexperienced trekker, like myself, he has also offered valuable advice on the things to pack and bring. I would definitely engage Lakpa as my guide again for my future trips to Nepal and Bhutan
Annapurna Circuit March 2001
Firstly, I would like to thankful to Mr. Nima and Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd Team that my first trip to around Annapurna Circuit. I had a most memorable trip with Nima during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. He is very friendly and Kindness person. I had lots of Knowledge about the trekking and places from Nima. So I had a best trekking from Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd, I promise to visit again with this Company and recommend other friends to use his company in Nepal.
Canâ??t wait to do another Trek!
Thanks a lot.
I have been on a trek with Lakpa Tamang more than 3 times from his agency 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd' Trekking and Expeditions (P). Ltd. I can only recommend him as a guide! He always did his job very seriously, good knowledge about area and in a pleasant, stresses less way.
His organization always worked out perfectly and we have never had any problems.
Thanks again for everything.
Everest Base Camp Trek April 1994/1996/1998/2001/2005/2007
Hi! Everybody, I have been visiting Nepal for 6 times in Everest Trek, Mustang trek & Other destinations of Nepal.. In Mt. Everest Base Camp we had trek from 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd' Trekking and Expeditions (P). Ltd for the first time in 1994 recommend by my friend Michele Ferrari where I found an excellent service. I found Guide Mr. Lakpa Tamang in organizing and speaking English were so good that we asked him even to organize some Kathmandu activities after trek. We went back home pleased and full of new experiences.
If you are reading this, you have come to the right place. You get very good service and value for money, When I came to Nepal I had no itinerary of going to Everest Base Camp but now I am so glad that I did it . It was the most humbling, rewarding, challenging experience of my life.
At last I recommend all friends or visitor to used Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd for the best service and service.
Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake trekking April 2005
I did the Gokyo ï¿½?? EBC trek with Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd and our guide Nima Dorjee Tamang. I have only good things to say. Nima was Intelligent, hard working, profession, relaxed and not pushy, but takes care of everything during the trek. We never felt that he was doing anything, but working to get us exactly what hoped and a successful our trek. I would use his agency again and recommend him to others visitor who visit Nepal.
The Prices of the trekking and climbing is good and reasonable.
Langtang Frozen Lake trekking September 2006
I had joined a first Trek from Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd & Expeditions in 2006.
I had experienced the Langtang trek to the frozen lakes. It was my first time trekking to Nepal. The landscape was really amazing and the local people I met were really nice.
I have to say thank you for Nima first and my trekking Guide Tul Rai. He is friendly and kindness. He helped me very much during the trek and I had a wonderful trip to Langtang.
At last thank you very much for organizing such a special trip for me.
Langtang Valley Trek May 2007.
I had visit Nepal and Joined the Langtang trek with Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd for the first time.
We were 5 people from United States on the Langtang Trek. We had a wonderful trek and enjoy lots.
We had arranged everything with Nima.We had Guide named Mr. Lakpa Tamang who is the Founder of Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd, which was our great opportunity to trek with him. Lakpa was fantastic, very experienced, professional and knowledgeable. He made our trip extremely enjoyable and safe.
The Langtang trek is beautiful; there are many tea houses all along the route so you can stop anywhere. The tea houses are equipped to supply tourists' needs and the people are very friendly. There are no words to describe the view and scenery. We really had a great time and were sorry that we didn't have time for a longer trek. I am sure we will come back and trek with Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd.