Haa Summer Festival.

Festival dates: 10 & 11th July 2021

This trip is a combination of Cultural Tour in Western Bhutan with the Haa Summer festival. This Haa Summer festival is one of the popular festivals in western Bhutan. You can get a glimpse of the unique lifestyle of nomadic people of the Himalayas. You can also enjoy various Bhutanese dishes during this festival. The highlights of the trip are hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, the Dochu La Pass Punakha Dzong and many more. If you travel in winter, you can also see the rare Black Necked Cranes in Phobjikha valley.

Sketch Itinerary for Haa Summer Festival:

Day 01. Arrive Paro – Thimphu: (2320 m) (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr. drive):


Tamchog Monastery.

Meet and greet at the ParoAirport and drive to Thimphu.

On the way, we visit:

  • Tamchog Monastery built in the 15th century by Thangthong Gyalpo, popularly known as Lama Chazampa (1385 – 1464).
  • Tashichho Dzong, seat of the National government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Thimphu Sightseeing:

After breakfast, visit to:

Buddha-Statue-Haa Summer Festival

Tallest statue of sitting Buddha in the world (51.5 m).

National Memorial Chorten built in honor of the Third King of Bhutan, Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and National Postal Museum.

  • Tallest Statue of Sitting Buddha in the world (51.5 m).
  • Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.
  • Sangaygang view point.
  • Changangkha Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples of Thimphu valley built in the 13th century by Phojo Drugom Shigpo.
  • Takin Preserve Centre.

After lunch, drive to the base of the monastery.

  • Hike to Cheri Monastery established in 1620 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 03. Thimphu – Punakha: (Altitude 1310 m) (76 Km, 2 hrs drive):

Dochu-La-Pass-at-3100-m-Haa Summer Festival

Dochula Pass at 3100 m.

After breakfast, drive to Punakha. On the way, we visit:

  • Dochula pass with its 108 stupas and view the beautifully arranged Himalayan mountain ranges.
  • Chimi Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as “The Divine Madman” in the year 1499.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Punakha Dzong is the winter residence of Je-Khenpo.

In the evening, walk the longest Suspension bridge in Bhutan (160 m) across Pho Chu.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 04. Punakha – Wangdiphodrang – Gangtey (3120 m, 74.6 kms, 1 ½  hour drive):

Khamsung Yulley Monastery

Khamsung Yulley Monastery.

After breakfast, hike to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

  • This monastery was built by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck.

Then drive to Gangtey valley.

  • On the way, take a view Wangdi Phodrang Dzong built in 1638.

Lunch will be served on the way. While in Gangtey, visit to:

  • Gangtey Gompa founded in 1613 by Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson of Pema Lingpa.

NOTE: The Upper part of the valley is called Gangtey and lower part is called Phobjikha.

In the evening, visit to:

  • Crane Information centre.
  • Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Rare Black necked Cranes.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 05. Gangtey – Thimphu (Altitude 2320 m) (143 km – 6 hrs):

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu. We occasionally stop on the way to take photos.

Lunch will be served at Dochu La Cafe.

In the evening, witness Archery match at Changlimithang stadium.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Thimphu – Paro (54 kms, 1 hour drive):


Rimpung Dzong.

After breakfast, drive to Paro and visit:

  • Ta Dzong, the National Museum.
  • Paro Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Typical Bhutanese Farm house.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 07. Paro – Haa Summer Festival (60 kms, Altitude 2280 m):


Haa Summer Festival.

After EARLY breakfast, drive to Haa valley and witness the festival (Full day).

  • Evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 08. Haa Summer Festival – Paro: (Altitude 2280 m):

After breakfast, witness the festival (Full day).

In the evening, drive back to Paro.

  • On the way, we stop at Chele La pass with the highest Motorable road in Bhutan (3820 meters). You can enjoy beautiful view of the Himalayas including Mt. Jumolhari. This pass separates Haa valley from Paro valley.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 09. Paro sightseeing – hike to the Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) monastery:


Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

After breakfast, visit to:

  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest built in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay.
  • Drugyal Dzong built in 1647 by the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King Srongsen Gampo.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 10. Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.