Trip Snapshot

Name of Trip :

Kayaking and Rafting Tour

Trip Length : 10 Nights 11 Days
Group Size : Any
Best Season : Spring and Autumn
Trip Start From : Paro, Bhutan
Trip Ends : Paro, Bhutan
Accommodation : Hotels and Resorts


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Bhutan Kayaking and Rafting Tour

The clean and clear rivers of Bhutan are one of the kingdom’s best kept open secrets. Fed by the Eastern Himalayas, the six rivers (Wang Chhu, Sunkosh, Puna Tsang Chhu, Mangde Chhu, Kuri Chhu and Dangme Chhu and their tributaries) have been scouted for kayaking and rafting. They cut through high valleys and low plains to meet up with the Brahmaputra River in India. The natural setting and the sheer variety of the rivers’ courses makes up for a unique opportunity to explore Bhutan’s beautiful wilderness. It is more than a teaser and an invitation to anyone interested in adventure travels. The rivers are plentiful with high currents and depths reaching a maximum of about five meters; at places it passes gently on and in others the rivers rage through loudly, dominating the environs. Although adventure sports and tourism are relatively recent introductions, it is gaining on in popularity.
  • Day 01: Arrival Paro International Airport
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Thimphu
  • Day 03: Drive to Punakha
  • Day 04: Drive up 2 hours to Tashitang
  • Day 05: Punakha/Wangdue
  • Day 06: Drive to Trongsa
  • Day 07: Trongsa
  • Day 08: Phubjikha
  • Day 09: Drive to Paro
  • Day 10: Paro
  • Day 11: Depart from Paro

Destinations :

Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Trongsa and Gangtey

Activities :

Hiking, Visit Farm House , Monastery, Museums, Weekend market (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only) Stroll around the City etc.

Tour Highlights :

  • Visit the impressive Dzong (fortresses), former palaces and Buddhist monasteries.
  • Hike through the ridge top Goembas (monasteries) and meet the monks.
  • Hike through the terraced farmlands and villages, visit the farmhouses and meet the villagers.
  • Attend the local festivals and events.
  • Visit the vibrant markets and towns.
  • Visit the traditional arts and crafts workshops, meet the artisans, weavers and painters!
  • And much more...

Bhutan Kayaking and Rafting Tour

Day 01


Arrive at the Paro Airport

Arrive at the Paro airport and explore the town in the afternoon. After lunch or evening tea, drive to Thimphu.

Day 02


Sightseeing in Thimphu

Whole day sightseeing in Thimphu on your motorcycles.Visit the NationalFolk Heritage Museum, the ZorigChusum school of 13 traditional arts/crafts, the Textile Museum, the Memorial Chorten (stupa) and the SimtokhaDzong. Visit the colourful vegetable market and the  Tashichhodzong fortress. Enjoy a fantastic meal in some of the best restaurants with choice of Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Thai culinary. Ride up to the Buddha-point to see the largest statue of Buddha Doderma and continue to the Takin Reserve center to see the national animal of Bhutan.

Day 03


Drive to Punakha

Drive to Punakha over the Dochula pass (3050m). Visit ChhimiLhakhang temple on the way, which involves a nice walk through a village surrounded by paddy fields. Continue to your campsite in Punakha, which is next to the Mo chhu river. Enjoy camping with bonfire in the evening.

Day 04


Drive up 2 hours to Tashitang

For those who dare, our kayakers will take on the Tashithang Devil’s gorge today, a Class V rapid. It’s a 12km stretch taking 5 -7 hours with scouting. Higher than medium flows makes this run dangerous. A high water run is not recommended.There is a short stretch of flat water about six kilometers down, the end of which marks the start of the Devil’s Gorge, a step up from the whitewater above. There is little access to the road, so paddlers attempting this section of river should be ready to commit to the whole thing. For those, not wanting to bite off such a big chunk of hard whitewater, we’ll do the Mo Chhu Upper run. Drive up 14km to the Mo Chhu Upper Run with several Class IV and V rapids. This is one of the most extreme sections of water rafted in the Punakha Valley - This run takes you through some really interesting class III & IV rapids and a beautiful gorge. We see lots of bird life and it is not uncommon to see a family of otters.

Day 05



Drive through the unpaved dirt road of 12 kms will take you to the valley of Samdenkha where you will start the second day rafting. This wonderful class III river is would be a good introduction to whitewater rafting with some fun intermediate rapids and spectacular scenery.  You will pass by many village farmhouses and also see farmers in the field. After lunch drive to Wangdue to visit the wangdueDzong.

Day 06


Drive to Trongsa

Drive to Trongsa and visit the Tower of Trongsa museum and the TrongsaDzong. Explore the town in the evening.

Day 07


Punakha – Paro

Paddle the EmaDatshi canyon of the MangdeChhuriver. It offers one of the finest stretches of whitewater and an absolutely raunchy river canyon. While the road follows the river for the entire run, the river quickly disappears into a sheer sided bedrock canyon, heavily overgrown with dense jungle. The canyon walls are dotted with wild honey combs we often come across wildlife like Golden Langurs, Macques, variety of birds, gorals and if you are lucky, even a leopard. Overnight in Jangbi Community-based tourism product campsite with a local cultural show. Be entertained by the community residents.

Day 08



Hike back to the road and transfer to Phubjikha. Visit the GangteyGompa.

Day 09


Drive to Paro

Visit the oldest temple KyichuLhakhang.

Day 10



Whole day sightseeing in Paro including a hike up to the Tiger’s nest and the National Museum in the evening.

Day 11


Depart from Paro airport.

Bhutan Kayaking and Rafting Tour

Cost Includes:

  • Receive and Transfer to Airport
  • Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
  • Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Sightseeing
  • Museum Fees
  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits
  • Bottled Mineral Water
  • Walks and Hikes

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Donations to Monasteries
  • Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Tips for Guide, Driver & Hotel Staff
  • Gifts & Souvenirs
  • International Telephone Calls
  • Round Trip Air fare
  • Inbound Airfare

Accommodations and facilities:

There are limited choices of accommodations in Bhutan. With a few exceptions of highly over priced international chain properties, hotels in Bhutan are small with 15 to 20 rooms. The hotels have been categorized by local authorities as Star 1, 2 and 3, with 3 Star being on the top level 1Star at the bottom and naturally we have pick the 3 Star category hotels and resorts which are local architecture with Bhutanese décor, well maintained and staffed with the friendly locals. There is disparity in the rooms in most of the hotels and travelers of the same group may end up in two different types of rooms although you have paid the same amount. You will have private bathroom with 24 hour running cold and hot water. They provide some fundamental toiletry supplies but hair dryers, iron and ironing board etc may not be available. Hotels in Paro and Thimphu do have internet access in office or reception areas. There are some new deluxe properties and international chain resorts which are above the traditional classification criteria and in the higher side in terms of price and can be booked with supplemental cost. Hotel listed on the itinerary are suggestions only and during peak season and tours timed with festival, we may not get the same hotels and in that case, we will book you in the similar property or upgrade you to the higher level.

Guide and Escorts

Our Tour Guides are local individuals with college degree, government certification, experienced and with knowledge on the destination, history, culture and religion and most importantly they are easy going, detailed oriented, patient and high level of customer service skills. They will uncover the wonders of the destinations for you which you would never find on your own. They ensure that everything goes well with your tour without a hitch.


We use good condition Toyota SUV and Toyota Coaches for all transfers and tours. Driver and guide is not the same person. Driver may speak little or no English but they know the road and are skillful to fix the problem in case of mechanical breakdowns. Depending on group size, we will use Japanese made Sedan cars, SUVs or minivan for entire transfers and tours.

International and Internal Flights:

All internal flights are part of travel plan and are locally booked by us. You will be emailed e-ticket receipts once the reservation is booked and tickets issued. But you have liberty to book your international airfare on your own. We can certainly help you book international flight if that originates from the city that you live in. Once you receive itinerary, it's your responsibility to verify the itinerary and reconfirm the schedules.

Visa and Permits:

Passport should be valid for 6 months or more at the time of travel. We will take care of Bhutan Visa and permits. Bhutan Visa Fees of USD 20 which will be collected with the Tour Payment in advance. You will need to provide a copy of your passport which should be sent to us by email for Bhutan Visa Processing. Bhutan visa is preprocessed by us and we will provide you a copy the Visa Approval Letter before your trip which you will need to present at Druk Air counter at the time you check in for flight to Bhutan. You will get actual visa seal on your passport upon arrival at Paro airport.

Trip Activity Level:

This trip is basically motor vehicle based sightseeing with some short hikes and village visits and suitable for all travelers with regular health conditions. When we are driving from one city to another, we will be driving from 3-6 hours with occasional stops for photography and for refreshments. Roads are narrow and some portions may be rough and damaged. The itinerary allows enough acclimatization for you and it's advisable that you should keep physically fit and start mild exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling or practice some aerobics about 2-3 months ahead of the trip. It's your responsibility to determine that you are fit for this trip and if you have any health conditions, please consult with your physician before you sign up for this trip.

Note on Itinerary:

We do our best to adhere to the itinerary but it should be taken as a generic guideline in terms of what you expect to do or see during the tour and may differ in the practical ground from exact sequence or order of the sights to the overnight places depending on the local conditions.


When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking so that we can confirm you in preferred hotels and flights. A 100% of both the Tour and Airfare is requested along with a completed trip application form plus copy of the photo page of your passport.


  • 100% Refund if tour canceled within 60 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 50% Refund if tour canceled within 45 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 25% Refund if tour canceled within 30 Days from the start of the tour.
  • No Refund if tour canceled less than 30 Days from the start of the tour.

Final Trip Dossier:

A final trip dossier with local contacts, hotel lists, check lists, travel notes and relevant information will be sent about a month ahead of the trip.

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