Amankora Journeys

Amankora Journeys

Outline Itinerary (7Days/ 6Nights)

  • 3-night spiritual journey – paro & thimphu
  • 4-night cultural sojourn – paro & thimphu
  • 7-night Journey – Thimphu, Punakha & Paro
  • 8-night Journey – Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha & Paro
  • 9 Night Journey – Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha & Paro
  • 11-night Journey – Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey & Bumthang
  • 12-night Journey – Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey & Bumthang

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3-Night Spiritual Journey – PARO & THIMPHU

Be immersed in awe-inspiring scenery and the Buddhist way of life on an inspirational trip through Bhutan- The Star Kingdom. Discover the spectacular Himalayan settings of Paro and Thimphu valleys with a private driver and guide, combining cultural sights, spiritual experiences and breathtaking scenery on a journey that can be tailored entirely to your preferences, in advance or on the ground.

DAY 1: EXPERIENCE BREATHTAKING VIEWS OF THE HIMALAYAN PEAKS ON THE SPECTACULAR DESCENT INTO THE BUDDHIST KINGDOM OF BHUTAN

Begin your spiritual journey at Changangkha Lhakang, a 12th-century temple in the Thimphu valley: meditate in the altar room and take part in the symbolic lighting of 108 butter lamps, before returning to Amankora’sThimphu lodge for a private astrology reading

DAY 2: JOIN LOCALS IN THEIR DAILY WORSHIP BEFORE EMBARKING ON THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY THROUGH THE HIMALAYAN LANDSCAPE TO PARO

 Join the nuns at Zilukha for dawn prayer, circle the Memorial Chorten with locals and explore Thimphu’s cultural sights and shops, before taking the dramatic drive to Amankora’s Paro lodge, stopping en route at Dra Karpo, one of Bhutan’s holiest temples. In Paro, visit the National Museum, the fortress of Paro Dzong and Dungtse Lhakang

A CONTINUOUS JOURNEY

For stays of seven nights or more in any Lodge, or a combination of Lodges, a tailor-made Bhutan itinerary will include complimentary road permits, private transport with a driver and guide, and one 60-minute Spa treatment. To begin your journey, please submit an online enquiry. MAKE AN ENQUIRY

3-NIGHT SPIRITUAL

4-night Cultural Sojourn – Paro & Thimphu

Discover the Buddhist Kingdom’s natural and historical marvels on a 4-night itinerary through magical Bhutan. Watch the Himlayan landscape unfolding on spectacular drives through the valleys of Thimphu and Paro, while your private guide offers insight into the history, culture and local life of each region. Expeditions can be tailored to suit your preferences, both in advance and on the ground

DAY 1: DISCOVER AMANKORA’S THIMPHU LODGE, A PEACEFUL OUTPOST AMID THE PINES ON THE EDGE OF THE CAPITAL

Spend a few hours wandering Thimphu’s folk and textile museums, shops and cultural sights. Create your own stamp at the National Post Office before heading back to Thimphu lodge for a relaxing spa massage

 DAY 2: EXPLORE THE REMOTE MONASTERIES OF THIMPHU VALLEY FOR AN INSIGHT INTO THE BUDDHIST KINGDOM’S LEGENDARY MYSTIQUE

Guided by your private driver, witness monastic daily life at a Buddhist school and Thimphu’s imposing Trashi Chhoe Dzong. Hike to the 17th-century Cheri Goemba monastery before returning to Amankora for an evening of traditional dance performances – a cultural programme of Bhutanese folk and mask dances

DAY 3: EXPERIENCE THE UNFOLDING OF A BREATHTAKING HIMALAYAN PANORAMA EN ROUTE TO PARO LODGE

Reached by a dramatic valley drive,Paro Lodge lies hidden in pine forest, surrounded by temples and historic architecture. Unwind with a sauna and steam in the spa or a game of archery, Bhutan’s national sport

DAY 4: A FOUR-HOUR HIKE BRINGS GUESTS TO AN EXHILARATING SUMMIT AT TIGER’S NEST – A MONASTERY CLINGING TO THE CLIFF FACE, 900 METRES UP

On descending from Bhutan's most dramatic site, enjoy the hospitality of local farming family over lunch, before a visit to the Kingdom's oldest temple, Kyichu Lhakhang. Back at the lodge, a herb-infused hot stone bath creates the serene finale to this Amankora journey.

A CONTINUOUS JOURNEY

For stays of seven nights or more in any Lodge, or a combination of Lodges, a tailor-made Bhutan itinerary will include complimentary road permits, private transport with a driver and guide, and one 60-minute Spa treatment. To begin your journey, please submit an online enquiry. MAKE AN ENQUIRY 

4-night Cultural Sojourn

7-night Journey – Thimphu, Punakha & Paro

Explore the valleys of Thimphu, Punakha and Paro with a private guide, taking in ancient monasteries, majestic mountains and more of this high-altitude Himalayan kingdom. All Amankora 7-night itineraries can be adjusted to suit preferences, both before arrival and on the ground. MAKE A RESERVATION

DAY 1: EXPLORE FORESTED MOUNTAINS DOTTED WITH MONASTERIES AND TEMPLES ON ROUTE TO THIMPHU

A gentle walk through the city with afternoon visits to museums and chortens offers a window into the ancient culture, before a night at Amankora Thimphu.

DAY 2: THIMPHU VALLEY – HOME TO THE SEAT OF BHUTAN’S ROYAL GOVERNMENT AND A MONASTIC ASTROLOGY ACADEMY

An invigorating walk crosses one of the country’s oldest cantilever bridges to Cheri Goemba, where the kingdom of Bhutan’s first community of monks was based.

DAY 3: ARRIVE AT THE DOCHU LA MOUNTAIN PASS EN ROUTE TO PUNAKHA VALLEY, STOPPING AT ONE OF BHUTAN’S FIRST FORTRESS MONASTERIES

Visit the village of Talo, home to the temple of the Queen Mother’s protective deity, then take an afternoon hike or a soothing Spa treatment at Amankora Punakha.

DAY 4: HIKE ALONGSIDE THE RIVER MO, THROUGH TIERED RICE PADDIES TO A CHORTEN BUILT BY THE QUEEN MOTHER

Picnic on the banks of the River Punak, near the winter homes of the royal family, before visiting the village of Lobesa and the 15th-century Chimi fertility temple.

DAY 5: WIND THROUGH THE WANG AND PARO RIVER VALLEYS TO AMANKORA PARO, SURROUNDED BY PINES

Explore nearby ruins as well as some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments, followed by an evening talk at the Paro Lodge by a monk.

DAY 6: DISCOVER ARTEFACTS DATING BACK TO 4000 BCE AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM

Visits to Kyichu and Dumtse temples offer cultural discovery, while a gentle walk past Drukgyal Dzong leads along the River Paro through forests and tiered fields.

DAY 7: A MORNING HIKE ASCENDS TO TIGER’S NEST – ONE OF BHUTAN’S MOST REVERED ANCIENT SITES

Experience astonishing views from the monastery, perched on a cliff 900 metres above the valley floor, before taking a hot stone bath in the Lodge Spa. Depart from Paro airport the next morning

A CONTINUOUS JOURNEY

For stays of seven nights or more in any Lodge, or a combination of Lodges, a tailor-made Bhutan itinerary will include complimentary road permits, private transport with a driver and guide, and one 60-minute Spa treatment. To begin your journey, please submit an online enquiry. MAKE AN ENQUIRY

7-night Journey – Thimphu, Punakha & Paro

8-night Journey – Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha & Paro

Discover the wonder of Bhutan’s Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha and Paro valleys. A private guide offers insight into the nature and cultural heritage of the mountain kingdom. All Amankora 8-night itineraries can be adjusted to suit preferences, both before arrival and on the ground. MAKE A RESERVATION

DAY 1: EXPLORE FORESTED MOUNTAINS DOTTED WITH MONASTERIES AND TEMPLES ON ROUTE TO THIMPHU

A gentle walk through the city with afternoon visits to museums and chortens offers a window into the ancient culture, before a night at Amankora Thimphu

DAY 2: THIMPHU VALLEY – HOME TO THE SEAT OF BHUTAN’S ROYAL GOVERNMENT AND A MONASTIC ASTROLOGY ACADEMY

An invigorating walk crosses one of the country’s oldest cantilever bridges to Cheri Goemba, where the kingdom’s first community of monks was based

DAY 3: ASCEND 3,000-METRE MOUNTAIN PASSES WITH HIMALAYAN VIEWS BEFORE REACHING AMANKORA GANGTEY IN THE PHOBJIKHA VALLEY

Stroll through Gangtey Village, lost in time, and visit the striking Gangtey Goemba at the head of the valley before taking a soothing Spa treatment at Amankora’s Gantney Lodge

DAY 4: GLIMPSE THE MAJESTIC, ENDANGERED BLACK-NECKED CRANE IN THEIR BREEDING GROUNDS IN SEASON

The valley’s varied terrain can be explored on foot or mountain bike, and a personal blessing may be arranged when the Gangtey Tulku is in residence

DAY 5: A BRIEF JOURNEY TO THE PUNAKHA VALLEY MEANDERS ALONG THE RIVER DANG, TAKING IN BAMBOO AND OAK FORESTS

Visit Talo Village, home to the temple of the Queen Mother’s protective deity, and take an afternoon hike to an ancient monastery near Amankora Punakha

DAY 6: HIKE ALONGSIDE THE RIVER MO, THROUGH TIERED RICE PADDIES TO A CHORTEN BUILT BY THE QUEEN MOTHER

Picnic on the banks of the River Punak, near the winter homes of the royal family, before visiting the village of Lobesa and the 15th-century Chimi fertility temple

DAY 7: WIND THROUGH THE WANG AND PARO RIVER VALLEYS TO AMANKORA PARO, SURROUNDED BY PINES

Explore nearby ruins as well as some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments, followed by an evening talk at the Paro Lodge by a monk.

DAY 8: DISCOVER ARTEFACTS DATING BACK TO 4000 BCE AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM

An afternoon hike ascends a cliff-face to one of Bhutan’s most revered sites – Tiger’s Nest. Depart from Paro airport the next morning

A CONTINUOUS JOURNEY

For stays of seven nights or more in any Lodge, or a combination of Lodges, a tailor-made Bhutan itinerary will include complimentary road permits, private transport with a driver and guide, and one 60-minute Spa treatment. To begin your journey, please submit an online reservation enquiry. MAKE AN ENQUIRY

8-night Journey

9 Night Journey – Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha & Paro

Four of Bhutan’s most spectacular and heritage-infused valleys await: Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha and Paro. On this circular 9-night Bhutan itinerary including four Amankora Lodges, one in each valley, a private guide offers insight into the local history, culture and nature. All Amankora expeditions can be adjusted to suit preferences, both before arrival and on the ground MAKE A RESERVATION

DAY 1: EXPLORE FORESTED MOUNTAINS DOTTED WITH MONASTERIES AND TEMPLES ON ROUTE TO THIMPHU A

gentle walk through the city with afternoon visits to museums and chortens offers a window into the ancient culture, before a night at Amankora Thimphu

DAY 2: THIMPHU VALLEY – HOME TO THE SEAT OF BHUTAN’S ROYAL GOVERNMENT AND A MONASTIC ASTROLOGY ACADEMY

An invigorating walk crosses one of the country’s oldest cantilever bridges to Cheri Goemba, where the kingdom of Bhutan’s first community of monks was based

DAY 3: ASCEND 3,000-METRE MOUNTAIN PASSES WITH HIMALAYAN VIEWS BEFORE REACHING AMANKORA GANGTEY IN THE PHOBJIKHA VALLEY

Stroll through Gangtey Village, lost in time, and visit the striking Gangtey Goemba at the head of the valley before taking a soothing Spa treatment at the Lodge

DAY 4: GLIMPSE THE MAJESTIC, ENDANGERED BLACK-NECKED CRANE IN THEIR BREEDING GROUNDS IN SEASON

The valley’s varied terrain can be explored on foot or mountain bike, and a personal blessing may be arranged when the Gangtey Tulku is in residence

DAY 5: A BRIEF JOURNEY TO THE PUNAKHA VALLEY MEANDERS ALONG THE RIVER DANG, TAKING IN BAMBOO AND OAK FORESTS

Visit Talo Village, home to the temple of the Queen Mother’s protective deity, and take an afternoon hike to an ancient monastery near Amankora Punakha

DAY 6: HIKE ALONGSIDE THE RIVER MO, THROUGH TIERED RICE PADDIES TO A CHORTEN BUILT BY THE QUEEN MOTHER

Picnic on the banks of the River Punak, near the winter homes of the royal family, before visiting the village of Lobesa and the 15th-century Chimi fertility temple

DAY 7: WIND THROUGH THE WANG AND PARO RIVER VALLEYS TO AMANKORA PARO, SURROUNDED BY PINES

Explore nearby ruins as well as some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments, followed by an evening talk at the Lodge by a monk

DAY 8: DISCOVER ARTEFACTS DATING BACK TO 4000 BCE AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM

Visits to Kyichu and Dumtse temples offer cultural discovery, while a gentle walk past Drukgyal Dzong leads along the River Paro through forests and tiered fields

DAY 9: HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST – ONE OF BHUTAN’S MOST REVERED ANCIENT SITES

Experience astonishing views from the monastery, perched on a cliff 900 metres above the valley floor. Depart from Paro airport the next morning

A CONTINUOUS JOURNEY

For stays of seven nights or more in any Lodge, or a combination of Lodges, a tailor-made Bhutan itinerary will include complimentary road permits, private transport with a driver and guide, and one 60-minute Spa treatment. To begin your journey, please submit an online enquiry.  MAKE AN ENQUIRY

9 Night Journey

11-night Journey – Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey & Bumthang

Discover the Amankora Lodges in all five of Bhutan’s most beautiful valleys: Thimphu, Gangtey, Bumthang, Punakha and Paro. Take in the country’s history and natural majesty, accompanied by an insightful private guide. All Amankora expeditions can be adjusted to suit preferences, both before arrival and on the ground . MAKE A RESERVATION

DAY 1: EXPLORE FORESTED MOUNTAINS DOTTED WITH MONASTERIES AND TEMPLES ON ROUTE TO THIMPHU

A gentle walk through the city with afternoon visits to museums and chortens offers a window into the ancient culture, before a night at Amankora Thimphu

DAY 2: THIMPHU VALLEY – HOME TO THE SEAT OF BHUTAN’S ROYAL GOVERNMENT AND A MONASTIC ASTROLOGY ACADEMY

An invigorating walk crosses one of the country’s oldest cantilever bridges to Cheri Goemba, where the kingdom’s first community of monks was based

DAY 3: ASCEND 3,000-METRE MOUNTAIN PASSES WITH HIMALAYAN VIEWS BEFORE REACHING AMANKORA GANGTEY IN THE PHOBJIKHA VALLEY

Stroll through Gangtey Village, lost in time, and visit the striking Gangtey Goemba at the head of the valley before taking a soothing Spa treatment at Amankora’s Gantney Lodge

DAY 4: GLIMPSE THE MAJESTIC, ENDANGERED BLACK-NECKED CRANE IN THEIR BREEDING GROUNDS IN SEASON

The valley’s varied terrain can be explored on foot or mountain bike, and a personal blessing may be arranged when the Gangtey Tulku is in residence

DAY 5: PASS THROUGH DRAMATIC LANDSCAPES TO BUMTHANG AND VISIT TRONGSA DZONG – THE ANCESTRAL HOME OF BHUTAN’S MONARCH

Observe deep-coloured traditional Yatra textiles being crafted in Chhume Valley, home to one of Bhutan’s oldest weaving communities

DAY 6: EXPLORE THE LODGES’ NEIGHBOUR, WANGDICHHOELING PALACE, HOME TO BHUTAN’S SECOND KING

Elsewhere in the valley, visit the grand Kurjey Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s most auspicious monuments, as well as Tamshing Monastery and Red Panda Brewery

DAY 7: TRAVERSE THE RARELY VISITED TANG VALLEY, WITH A MIDDAY PICNIC AMID BREATHTAKING SURROUNDINGS

Visit temples and monasteries as well as Ogyen Choling Palace, filled with countless Bhutanese cultural treasures

DAY 8: JOURNEY TO PUNAKHA VALLEY, TAKING IN SOME OF BHUTAN’S MOST SPECTACULAR SCENERY, FROM HIGH MOUNTAINS TO TIERED FIELDS

On arrival atAmankora Punakha, a short walk through the valley floor leads to Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious 15th-century fertility monastery

DAY 9: HIKE ALONGSIDE THE RIVER MO, THROUGH TIERED RICE PADDIES TO A CHORTEN BUILT BY THE QUEEN MOTHER

Visit the village of Talo, home to the temple of the Queen Mother’s protective deity, and enjoy an afternoon trek to an ancient monastery near Amankora Punakha

DAY 10: WIND THROUGH THE WANG AND PARO RIVER VALLEYS TO AMANKORA PARO, SURROUNDED BY PINES

Explore nearby ruins as well as some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments, followed by an evening talk at the Paro Lodge by a monk

DAY 11: DISCOVER ARTEFACTS DATING BACK TO 4000 BCE AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM

An afternoon hike ascends a cliff-face to one of Bhutan’s most revered sites – Tiger’s Nest. Depart from Paro airport the next morning

A CONTINUOUS JOURNEY

For stays of seven nights or more in any Lodge, or a combination of Lodges, a tailor-made Bhutan itinerary will include complimentary road permits, private transport with a driver and guide, and one 60-minute Spa treatment. To begin your journey, please submit an online enquiry.  MAKE AN ENQUIRY

11-night Journey

12-night Journey – Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey & Bumthang

Explore the farthest reaches of Bhutan’s inhabited regions with a 12-night itinerary through five of Bhutan’s most spectacular valleys – Thimphu, Phobjikha, Bumthang, Punakha and Paro – with optional excursions to the Tang and Ura valleys. A private guide offers insight on an itinerary taking in all five Amankora Lodges. All Amankora expeditions can be adjusted to suit preferences, both before arrival and on the ground MAKE A RESERVATION

DAY 1: EXPLORE FORESTED MOUNTAINS DOTTED WITH MONASTERIES AND TEMPLES ON ROUTE TO THIMPHU

A gentle walk through the city with afternoon visits to museums and chortens offers a window into the ancient culture, before a night at Amankora Thimphu

DAY 2: THIMPHU VALLEY – HOME TO THE SEAT OF BHUTAN’S ROYAL GOVERNMENT AND A MONASTIC ASTROLOGY ACADEMY

An invigorating walk crosses one of the country’s oldest cantilever bridges to Cheri Goemba, where the kingdom’s first community of monks was based

DAY 3: ASCEND 3,000-METRE MOUNTAIN PASSES WITH HIMALAYAN VIEWS BEFORE REACHING AMANKORA GANGTEY IN THE PHOBJIKHA VALLEY

Stroll through Gangtey Village, lost in time, and visit the striking Gangtey Goemba at the head of the valley before taking a soothing Spa treatment at Amankora’s Gantney Lodge

DAY 4: GLIMPSE THE MAJESTIC, ENDANGERED BLACK-NECKED CRANE IN THEIR BREEDING GROUNDS IN SEASON

The valley’s varied terrain can be explored on foot or mountain bike, and a personal blessing may be arranged when the Gangtey Tulku is in residence

DAY 5: PASS THROUGH DRAMATIC LANDSCAPES TO BUMTHANG AND VISIT TRONGSA DZONG – THE ANCESTRAL HOME OF BHUTAN’S MONARCH

Observe deep-coloured traditional Yatra textiles being crafted in Chhume Valley, home to one of Bhutan’s oldest weaving communities 

DAY 6: EXPLORE THE LODGES’ NEIGHBOUR, WANGDICHHOELING PALACE, HOME TO BHUTAN’S SECOND KING

Elsewhere in the valley, visit the grand Kurjey Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s most auspicious monuments, as well as Tamshing Monastery and Red Panda Brewery

DAY 7: TRAVERSE THE RARELY VISITED TANG VALLEY, WITH A MIDDAY PICNIC AMID BREATHTAKING SURROUNDINGS

Visit temples and monasteries as well as Ogyen Choling Palace, filled with countless Bhutanese cultural treasures

DAY 8: CROSS SHELTHANG PASS AT 3,600 METRES TO THE URA VALLEY, WHERE VILLAGE LIFE UNFOLDS IN PRISTINE MEADOWS

Take in views of Bhutan’s highest unclimbed peak, visit a new temple dedicated to Guru Rinpoche and ride mountain bikes down into the Jakar Valley

DAY 9: JOURNEY TO PUNAKHA VALLEY, TAKING IN SOME OF BHUTAN’S MOST SPECTACULAR SCENERY, FROM HIGH MOUNTAINS TO TIERED FIELDS

On arrival at Amankora Punakha, a short walk through the valley floor leads to the Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious 15th-century fertility monastery

DAY 10: HIKE ALONGSIDE THE RIVER MO, THROUGH TIERED RICE PADDIES TO A CHORTEN BUILT BY THE QUEEN MOTHER

Visit the village of Talo, home to the temple of the Queen Mother’s protective deity, and enjoy an afternoon trek to an ancient monastery near Amankora Punakha

DAY 11: WIND THROUGH THE WANG AND PARO RIVER VALLEYS TO AMANKORA PARO, SURROUNDED BY PINES

Explore nearby ruins as well as some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments, followed by an evening talk at the Lodge by a monk

DAY 12: DISCOVER ARTEFACTS DATING BACK TO 4000 BCE AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM

An afternoon hike ascends a cliff-face to one of Bhutan’s most revered sites – Tiger’s Nest. Depart from Paro airport the next morning

A CONTINUOUS JOURNEY

For stays of seven nights or more in any Lodge, or a combination of Lodges, a tailor-made itinerary will include complimentary road permits, private transport with a driver and guide, and one 60-minute Spa treatment. To begin your journey, please submit an online enquiry.  MAKE AN ENQUIRY

12-night Journey


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