TIGER NEST TOUR

Highlights

    Trip Facts

  • Spring & Autumn
  • 2+
  • Easy
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Trek/Tour
  • Three meals a day
  • Lodge
  • 1234m

What is the Tiger’s Nest Monastery?

The Tiger’s Nest Monastery is a sacred Buddhist site located near Paro, Bhutan. It was constructed in 1692, around the cave where Guru Rinpoche first meditated, the event that introduced Buddhism into Bhutan. There is a legend that Guru Rinpoche was carried from Tibet to this location on the back of a tigress, thus giving it the name “Tiger’s Nest.”

Now, this monastery consists of four temples with residential accommodations for the monks. Despite the daily visits by tourists, Paro Takstang still functions as a monastery today.

Getting Here

The Tiger’s Nest Monastery is located 10 miles north of Paro (20 minutes by car), making Paro the perfect home base when making this visit. Since most people can only visit Bhutan on an organized tour, your transportation will be arranged for you.

The visit to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery takes a full day. On average, it takes between four and five hours to do the round trip hike, plus one more hour to tour the monastery. Many people also have lunch in the cafeteria not far from the monastery. Plan on leaving Paro around 8 am and arriving back at your hotel around 3 pm.

Itenerary

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Day Destination
  • 1 Arrive Paro

    Elevation: 2,250mts / 7,382ft

    After landing you will be greeted by your guide and driver and will be transferred to the hotel. Check into the hotel for some refreshment and visit the following places

    • Bhutan National Museum built in the 17th century to guard the Paro Dzong
    • Paro Dzong “fortress of the heap of jewels”
    • Paro Town

    Overnight in Paro

  • 2 Trek Start: Paro – Bumdrak

    Trek Rating: Moderate

    Altitude: 3,900-4000 m

    On the Bumdra Trek, trekkers will spend two days traversing the area around the Bumdra Temple. After driving to the trek point from your hotel, trekkers climb up to the temple and enjoy lunch and beautiful views. Higher up is the campsite and it is here that guests may learn why this trek is also called the “Trek of Thousand Dakinis (celestial female beings.)” Trekkers have the opportunity to explore the caves where the thousand dakinis had convened. In the descent from camp, guests will visit a number of temples including a hill top nunnery. Beautiful views of the temple complex may be seen on the way home.

    Duration: 3–4 hours.

    Trek Rating: Moderate

    Hike from Sang Choekor Buddhist College in the Paro valley (2,800 m) to Yak pasture where we camp below Bumdra Monastery (3,800 m).The adventure begins with an early morning drive up to the Sang Choekor to meet our ponies; while they are being loaded we may pay our respects at the college. The initial one to two-hour ascent of a shady, forested ridge brings us to a clearing with prayer flags and views down into both the Paro and Do Chhu Valleys. Above and ahead the ChhoeTseLhakhang (temple) nestles on the mountainside a further one to two hour’s walk away. The trail undulates before the last steep section up to the pretty temple which offers commanding views south over Paro and northwards to the snowcapped Himalayas. After a final 20-minute climb through ruins and fluttering prayer flags, we plunge back into ancient forest, and, after traversing for about 40 minutes, we come out onto a high wide meadow dotted with sacred chortens and prayer flags. Our home for the night is tucked away just under Bumdra Monastery (Cave of a Thousand Prayers) and offers unimpeded views of the Himalayan range. After lunch we can visit the monastery (if it is occupied) and also climb the peak to the north (about 4000 m) for even better views, returning in time for a well-earned dinner.

    Overnight Camp

  • 3 Trek Ends: Bumdrak Monastery – Tiger's Nest - Paro

    Climb down to visit Taktsang Monastery and ZangtoPelri Monastery from Bumdrak Monastery

    After a hearty breakfast, it is time to either head straight back into the valley or spend a little extra time soaking up the view. Eventually we have to drop back into the ancient pine and rhododendron forest on the monks’ zigzagging trail. After one to two hours of descent we catch glimpses of the golden roofs of temples below. The path snakes across the mountainside between these monasteries before reaching the gardens of ZangtoPelri (Heaven on Earth) from which you can, if you are brave, peer over the edge, straight down onto the ornate rooftops of Taktsang Monastery perched against the cliff-face far below. An hour later and we are across the gorge from Taktsang Monastery. Follow a steep descent to a waterfall then up some steps and you’ll reach the Tiger’s Nest itself. Retracing our steps we begin the final descent of about 45 minutes to Paro Valley floor to reach our vehicle from where you will be transferred by road to your overnight accommodation

    Evening: Relax at hotel or free to explore further

    Overnight in Paro

  • 4 Day Excursion to Thimphu

    Distance: 65km (1.5hrs)

     

    • After breakfast drive to Capital city of Bhutan. Thimphu, nestled in the heart of Himalayas is the largest city in Bhutan
    • After reaching visit Buddha Point where the tallest sitting Buddha Statue lies overlooking the beautiful whole capital city.
    • National Memorial Chorten “most religious landmark in Bhutan”. Local people of all ages come to circumambulate reciting prayers
    • School of Thirteen Arts & Crafts, the primary center of learning for Bhutanese traditional arts
    • The National Textile Museum to get insight on Bhutan’s national art of weaving
    • Thimphu town and Bhutanese Authentic Local Craft stall bazaar
    • Afternoon drive back to Paro for the night hold

     

    Overnight in Paro

  • 5 Departure

    After breakfast transfer to Paro International Airport for your onward destination

    “Please note that some of the sights/itinerary may change due to season, weather, and special events. We maintain rights to alter the itinerary since tours are made in advance and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve your overall travel experience in Bhutan

Packages Cost

Full Board Package Person Price
Food & Accommodation for Guide. USD 200
Airport Package Person Price
Food & Accommodation for Guide. USD 200
Transport Package Person Price
Food & Accommodation for Guide. USD 200
By Air Person Price
Food & Accommodation for Guide. USD 200
Hotel Person Price
Food & Accommodation for Guide. USD 200

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