Bhutan has three regions that are open to visitors. These three regions are distinctly different due to the prominent north, south mountain ranges that separate each area resulting in different topographical features.
Western Bhutan: Western Bhutan is comprised of Paro at 7200 feet, Thimphu at 7500 feet and Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang at 4200 feet. Western Bhutan is known for its stunning scenery with rice paddies cascading down magnificent mountains, the pristine rivers that flow through the main towns of Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha, and unique two-story houses with brightly painted window designs.
Central Bhutan: The Black Mountains separate Western Bhutan from Central Bhutan. This region includes Trongsa and the rich broad valleys of Bumthang including Chhume, Choskhor, Tang, and Ura valleys.
Central Bhutan is known for its buckwheat production, its sturdy stone houses, and its plethora of monasteries. It’s the ideal place for walking due to its broad valleys and sloping mountains. The beauty of the Bumthang valley is legendary.
Eastern Bhutan: This region comprises Mongar, Trashigang, and Trashi Yangtse. The forests dissipate and the altitude is lower. The warmer climate is suitable for growing corn, rice, and wheat.
Eastern Bhutan is known for its stunning hand-loomed textiles and the weavers are all masters of the supplementary weft-weave technique. Eastern Bhutan is the least traveled area of the country.
Day 01: Arrive Paro (2250m / 7382ft).
Day 02: Paro-Thimphu (2320m/7610 ft), 1 hr/54 km.
Day 03: Thimphu-Punakha (1250m/4000 ft), 76 km/ 3 hrs.
Day 04: Punakha-Paro (2250m / 7382ft), 130km/4 hours.
Day 05: Depart from Paro.