You can cover a lot of ground with two weeks to spend in Bhutan. One popular itinerary option is a highlights tour that features visits to the kingdom's most famous monasteries, temples, and high-altitude mountain passes, plus the chance to do some day hikes. If it's a more active adventure you're after, consider a 14-day cycling tour around the country, or a hiking tour that includes the famous trek to Mount Jomolhari. It's also possible to combine some time in Bhutan with a trip to Nepal, getting a solid introduction to both countries' cultures and landscapes. Read on to learn more about your itinerary options.

Itinerary #1: Highlights of Bhutan

See the best of Bhutan on this two-week trip that takes you through several of the country's fascinating regions, hiking in the mountains and touring temples and monasteries along the journey.

The Tiger's Nest Monastery
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Paro & Drive to Thimphu Thimphu
Day 2 Sightsee in Thimphu Thimphu
Day 3 Cross the Dochu La Pass Punakha
Day 4 Explore the Punakha Valley Punakha
Day 5 Tour Gangtey Monastery Phobjikha
Day 6 Discover Trongsa's Tibetan Heritage Trongsa
Day 7 See One of Bhutan's Largest Fortresses Jakar
Day 8 Discover the Bhutanese Countryside Jakar
Day 9 Go on an Excursion to the Tang Valley Tang
Day 10 Fly to Paro & Drive to Ha Ha
Day 11 Explore the Ha Valley Ha
Day 12 Drive Back to Paro Paro
Day 13 Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery Paro
Day 14 Depart Paro   

 

Welcome to Bhutan! Arrive in Paro and transfer to the capital city of Thimphu for some cultural sightseeing before crossing the high-altitude Dochu La Pass and exploring the beautiful Punakha Valley. You'll tour Gangtey Monastery on day five and learn about Tibetan influence in Trongsa before moving on to see one of Bhutan's largest fortresses, Jakar Dzong, literally meaning "castle of the white bird." 

Head into the Bhutanese countryside as the second week of the tour commences. You'll visit several palaces and Mebartshso Burning Lake, one of the region's most sacred places, in the Tan Valley. Next on the agenda is the Ha Valley, home to the majestic Dzongdrakha Cliff Temples. Circle back to Paro for the last few nights of the trip. You'll enjoy the classic hike to the Tiger's Nest Monastery on day 13 before the trip comes to a close. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Bhutan Cycling Adventure 

Explore the fascinating culture of Bhutan on this two-week cycling adventure that leads you through the kingdom's most fascinating cultural monuments and Himalayan landscapes. 

Biking in the mountains around Chuzomza
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Paro Paro
Day 2 Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery Paro
Day 3 Cross Chele La Pass  Ha homestay
Day 4 Cycle Through the Ha Valley Ha homestay
Day 5 Bike to Dobji Dzong Dobji Dzong campsite
Day 6 Continue to Thimphu Thimphu
Day 7 Ride to Punakha Punakha or river campsite
Day 8 Cycle Around the Punakha Valley Punakha or river campsite
Day 9 Bike to Chuzomza Chuzomza
Day 10 Ride to the Phobjikha Valley Phobjikha Valley campsite
Day 11 Explore the Phobjikha Valley Phobjikha Valley campsite
Day 12 Cycle to Khotokha Valley Khotokha Valley campsite
Day 13 Bike to Wangdue Phodrang Wangdue Prodang
Day 14 Depart Bhutan - End of Trip  

 

Hit the ground running on day one, hopping on a bicycle to explore the area around Paro. You'll pedal through rice paddies to a 7th-century Buddhist temple. On day two, leave the bike behind to hike to Taktshang Goemba, also called the Tiger's Nest Monastery. You'll continue in the mountains the next day, riding your bike across Chele La Pass, then dropping down into the Ha Valley and continuing onward to Dobji Dzong, one of the country's oldest fortresses.

The bike tour leads you through a series of valleys in the second part of the trip, crossing through Thimphu and then on to the Punakha Valley, the Phobjikha Valley, and the Khotokha Valley. Keep your eyes open for Bhutan's incredibly diverse wildlife along the journey — the valleys are home to rare black-necked cranes, wild boars, Himalayan black bears, red foxes, and many other animals. Camp under the stars before pedaling to Wangdue Phodrang and then to Paro, where you'll return your bicycle and complete the itinerary. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Bhutan Trekking Tour 

This two-week hiking adventure features the famous trek to Mount Jomolhari and various day hikes through Bhutan's spectacular landscapes, as well as the chance to visit the fortresses and monasteries of Thimphu and Punakha.

Camping along the trek to Mount Jomolhari
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Paro & Drive to Thimphu Thimphu
Day 2 Sightsee in Thimphu Thimphu
Day 3 Travel from Thimphu to the Punakha Valley Punakha
Day 4 Explore the Punakha Valley Punakha
Day 5 Hike to the Lungchutse Temple Paro
Day 6 Drive to Shana & Begin Trek Tented camp
Day 7 Trek to Soi Tangthanka Tented camp
Day 8 Continue to Jangothang Tented camp
Day 9 Rest Day in the Mountains Tented camp
Day 10 Cross Bhonte La to Soi Yaksa Tented camp
Day 11 Trek to Thongbu Shong Tented camp
Day 12 Hike to Shana & Drive to Paro Paro
Day 13 Day Hike to the Tiger's Nest Monastery Paro
Day 14 Depart from Paro   

 

The itinerary features a few days of activities — including sightseeing in Thimphu, some time exploring the Punakha Valley, and a hike to the Lungchutse Temple — before the more involved trek to Mount Jomolhari begins on day six. Drive along a dirt road to Shana, the starting point of the trek and the place where you'll meet your trekking crew. You'll start by hiking three to four hours on a trail that leads gradually uphill along the banks of the Pa Chu River, camping in a tent at Thongduzam. The following day, enjoy your first view of Jomolhari, the mountain known as "the bride of Kangchenjunga."

Camp at Soi Tangthangka before hiking past snow-capped peaks on the way to the next campsite in Jangothang. You'll have a free day to rest here and get acclimated before the next day's challenging trek to high-altitude Tshopu Lake, then cross Bhonte La Pass and the eastern ridge of the Soi Yaksa Valley. Camp in a wide, grassy valley on the last night of the journey, then return to Paro. You'll hike to the Tiger's Nest Monastery on the last full day of the trip. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Best of Bhutan & Nepal

This 14-day tour of Bhutan and Nepal features shopping in Kathmandu's colorful bazaar, relaxing in the countryside around Pokhara, flying along the snow-capped Himalayas, and exploring Bhutan's most impressive fortresses and monasteries. 

The beautiful Paro Valley in Bhutan
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Discover Kathmandu: Bazaar Walk & Kathmandu Durbar Square Kathmandu
Day 2 Visit the Monkey Temple and Pashupatinath Kathmandu
Day 3 Explore Patan & Sunset at Namobuddha Monastery Namobuddha
Day 4 Sightsee in Bhaktapur Bhaktapur
Day 5 Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara  Pokhara
Day 6 See the Peace Pagoda, Waterfall & Caves Pokhara
Day 7 Drive to Kande & Trek to Australian Camp Australian Camp
Day 8 Trek to Annapurna Eco-Village Astam
Day 9 Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu Kathmandu
Day 10 Transfer to Bhutan & Drive to Thimphu Thimphu
Day 11 Explore the Countryside in Punakha Punakha
Day 12 Visit Punakha Dzong & Drive to Paro Paro
Day 13 Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery Paro
Day 14 Depart Bhutan   

 

Welcome to Nepal! Discover Kathmandu on the first few days of the itinerary, browsing the colorful bazaar, visiting  Durbar Square, and stopping at the Monkey Temple. Then you'll move on to Patan and catch the sunset at Namobuddha Monastery before spending a day sightseeing in Bhaktapur. A quick domestic flight will take you to Pokhara, where you'll tour the Peace Pagoda and hike around a waterfall with adjacent caves, a sacred place for Hindus. 

Drive to Kande next and begin a trekking adventure midway through the itinerary. After camping on the trail, then spending a relaxing evening at the family-run Annapurna Eco Village, you'll fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, where you'll catch another flight to Paro, Bhutan. You'll have a few days to explore Bhutan's beautiful landscapes and cultural monuments, including the stately Punakha Dzong, the fertility temple of Chimi Lhakhang, and the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The adventure ends with a memorable sunset over the Paro Valley. Learn more

More Bhutan Itineraries

Looking for more inspiration for your trip to Bhutan? Check out these other Bhutan itineraries, with trekking adventures, cultural trips, and best-of tours to hit the highlights. 

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Map of 14 Days in Bhutan - 4 Unique Itineraries
Map of 14 Days in Bhutan - 4 Unique Itineraries