Uma Bhutan Himalayan Explorer | Kingdom of Bhutan

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7D6N Uma Bhutan Himalayan Explorer package can depart from Singapore on any Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday.

This 7-day, 6-night Uma Bhutan trip takes us to the heart of the ethereal kingdom of Bhutan. From the gravity-defying Tiger’s Nest monastery to the temple of the Divine Madman, this trip combines spectacular drives, unique nature walks, and fascinating monastery visits. We will spend 4 nights at Uma Paro and 2 nights at Uma Punakha.

We have a shorter 4-day Uma Paro Himalayan Discovery package suitable for Sunday departures (returning the following Tuesday) from Singapore.

6 Nights
From USD 3,728Per Person


7-day, 6-night Uma Bhutan trips can depart Bangkok for Paro daily.
7-day, 6-night Uma Bhutan trips can depart Singapore for Paro every Tue, Thu and Sun (returning the following Mon, Wed and Sat).

Uma Paro staff will welcome you at the airport for the 10 minute transfer to the property. Once you have settled in your first foray into the Kingdom begins with sightseeing in Paro town and a visit to a local temple. This afternoon provides an opportunity to acclimatize to the rarefied air at this altitude and to get to know your guide, who will offer some additional sightseeing options for the rest of the day depending on your interests and energy levels.

Overnight Uma Paro.

The capital Thimphu itself sprawls up the wooded western hillside of the Wang Chhu and is the centre of government, religion and commerce. You may wish to shop or drive to the town viewpoint at the Big Buddha statue. If time permits to visit Thimphu, the sightseeing begins with a tour which may include some of the following (exact itineraries dependent on opening times and interests): National Memorial Chorten, Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the weekend market (Main market days are Friday,Saturday and Sunday), and Folk Heritage Museum.

The drive onto Punakha is truly awe-inspiring as it zigzags up to the 3,140m-high mountain pass of Dochu La with its forests of fluttering prayer flags, maze of memorial chortens and, on a clear day, sweeping views of the main Himalayan range. Up river, deep in the verdant terraced hills past Punakha Dzong, is our home for the next two nights, Uma Punakha.

Duration of drive (Paro to Punakha via Thimphu): 3-4 hours (126km).

Overnight Uma Punakha.

We have a full day for further exploration of the scenic Punakha Valley, which at 1,200m is low enough to allow bananas and oranges to grow. This morning we walk up through whitewashed homesteads and farmland to Khamsum Yuley Namgay Chorten, a shrine recently built by the royal family (the chorten can be clearly spotted from our breakfast table). This ornate and elaborate structure has a rainbow of Guru Rinpoche images and superb views.

Heading down along the riverside the massive architectural edifice of the 17th-century Punakha Dzong soon looms into view. The fortress-monastery was built in 1637 by Shabdung Nawang Namgyal in a commanding position at the confluence of the Po Chhu and Mo Chhu (Father and Mother rivers). It once served as the seat of the Kingdom's government and is now the winter home of Je Khempo, the head abbot of Bhutan, along with a retinue of 1,000 monks.

In the afternoon a short walk across rice paddies takes us to Chimmi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist saint known popularly as the Divine Madman. The temple sits atop a picturesque hill surrounded by rice fields. Drukpa Kuenley built a chorten on the site in the 14th century,and it has long been a pilgrimage site for couples hoping to start a family.

Duration: 6-7 hours
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Guided with picnic or lunch at Uma Punakha.

Overnight Uma Punakha.

Time to retrace our steps over the Dochu La for a second view of the wonderful Himalayan range. Returning to the Chuzum (river confluence) we catch a glimpse of the three shrines in Nepali, Tibetan and Bhutanese style which were built to ward of evil spirits near the checkpoint.

Time permitting the journey can be broken with a visit to Tamchhu Lhakhang built by Thangtong Gyalpo, the so-called Iron Bridge Builder. This former saint from the 14th century introduced the art of building suspension bridges with iron chains and the only way to reach his temple is by one of these bridges.

On the final leg the road snakes alongside the Pa Chhu river, through apple orchards and rice paddies, past quaint homesteads to our home in the mountains, Uma Paro.

After check-in, we invite you to spend the rest of the day relaxing around the property, enjoying the facilities or trying an activity like the Bhutanese national sport of archery or a traditional Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath.

Duration of drive (Punakha to Paro via Thimphu): 3-4 hours (126km).
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Guided with picnic or lunch at local restaurant.

Overnight Uma Paro.

Walk to Zurig Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Ta Dzong, Paro town, Kyichu Lhakhang and Drukgyel Dzong

We wind through pine forests high above Uma Paro to the pretty grounds of the fortress-like monastery of Zurig Dzong. We traverse across to Ta Dzong, housing Bhutan’s National Museum with magnificent views over Paro, and on down to Rinpung Dzong (Fortress on a Heap of Jewels). The trail then leads across Paro Chhu river via the traditional covered bridge, Nyamai Zam, and then past the main archery ground, Ugyen Pelri Palace and into Paro town.

Driving a few kilometres north of Paro, we pay our respects at Kyichu Lhakhang, which is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan with its magical orange tree that bears fruit all year round.

Time permitting, we drive further up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1648 by Zhabdrung gawang Namgyal to control the northern route to Tibet.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Guided with picnic or lunch at local restaurant.

Overnight Uma Paro.

One of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan is Taktsang Goemba - the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Legend has it that this cliffside was where Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet. To avoid the hot sun we start early for the two-hour climb to the Tiger’s Nest viewpoint.

Descending steeply, we then climb up to the monastery, passing a waterfall and entering through the main gates which are decorated with murals. We then retrace our steps or alternatively, if time and energy levels allow, head further up to several remote temples and monasteries.

Returning to Uma Paro in the afternoon, we have some time to relax and enjoy the facilities including the steam rooms, swimming pool or a Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath.

Duration: 7-8 hours
Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
Guided with picnic or Taktsang cafeteria.

Overnight Uma Paro.

Druk Air normally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions, so after breakfast, it is time for your 10-minute transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.

  • This itinerary is intended as a guide only. Local conditions and weather may necessitate variations to the programme which can affect the availability of views and panoramas described. Please be aware that all times stated are approximate, and may vary with individual and group fitness and interest levels.
  • Uma by Como at Paro & Punakha provides complimentary drinking water for all guided itineraries. If you have any special dietary requests, please let us know in advance. Where stated, trips include lunchtime picnics prepared by Uma Paro’s chefs.
  • Throughout your stay you have the option to participate in a range of extra outdoor activities at an additional charge.

Land Cost

Price per person in USD

7D6N Himalayan Explorer; 4 Nights in Uma Paro & 2 Nights in Uma Punakha.

Valid from Jan 01 - Dec 31, 2017
Travel Season in 2017Room TypeDouble OccupancySingle Occupancy
Season 1
Jan 01 - Feb 28
Jun 01 - Aug 31
Dec 01-31
Valley View Room37285588
One Bedroom Villa46467424
COMO Villa
Sleeps 4 persons in 2 Bedrooms
Season 2
Mar 01 - Apr 04
Apr 14 - May 31
Sep 01-22
Oct 05 - Nov 30
Valley View Room40656261
One Bedroom Villa52388607
COMO Villa
Sleeps 4 persons in 2 Bedrooms
Season 3
Apr 05-13
Sep 23 - Oct 04
Valley View Room42186567
One Bedroom Villa55449219
COMO Villa
Sleeps 4 persons in 2 Bedrooms
There is an additional charge of USD $60 per room per night during the Paro and Thimphu Festivals, and USD $90 per person when staying on Christmas Eve (Dec 24) and New Year’s Eve (Dec 31).


  • Bhutanese Government Visa Fees and Royalties
  • Private airport transfers and transport in Bhutan
  • 04 (four) nights in choice of accommodation at Uma Paro
  • 02 (two) nights in choice of accommodation at Uma Punakha
  • Full board meals (excluding beverages). Includes picnic lunches during excursion days
  • 05 (five) and a half days of privately guided walks and day excursions taking in the highlights of the Punakha, Thimphu and Paro Valleys
  • Complimentary drinking water while on guided itineraries
  • Private guiding services of an experienced English-speaking Bhutanese Uma guide
  • All museum and visitor centre entry fees and road permits
  • 01 (one) 60-minute COMO Shambhala massage per person
  • Complimentary scheduled 01-hour daily Yoga class whilst at Uma Paro (except on Sundays)
  • 10% service charge and 10% sales tax


  • Air passage to/from Paro in Bhutan
  • Personal expenditure such as phone bills, laundry services, hard/soft beverages, other spa treatments, other optional tours, etc.
  • Travel insurance
    • It is strongly recommended that you be insured against medical and personal accident risks (including repatriation costs, air ambulance and helicopter rescue services) and that you also take out cancellation insurance. You should be aware that some policies restrict coverage or do not cover travel to Bhutan and may not cover activities such as trekking (and mountain bike).
    • Please ensure that your policy provides a sufficient level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.
    • You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you to Bhutan.

Terms & Conditions

  1. All offers are subject to the availability of air passage seats on Drukair, and rooms at Uma Paro and/or Uma Punakha, and may not be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  2. Flights arranged by Cango Travel must be paid in full at the time of booking.
    1. The airfare may be refundable, with administrative charge, subject to Drukair's fare rules, and terms and conditions of carriage
  3. Deposit comprising 30% of the resort booking is required on booking
    1. Deposit becomes non-refundable 30 days before arrival date for Season 1 bookings, and 60 days before arrival date for Season 2 & Season 3 bookings
  4. Balance Payment must be made 35 days before arrival date for Season 1, and 65 days before arrival date for Season 2 and Season 3
  5. Late arrivals, no shows and early departures will be charged in full
  6. All cancellations must be made in writing
    1. Refunds by Uma Bhutan will be subject to credit card and/or bank transfer fees incurred in fulfilling the booking with the resort
  7. A service fee of SGD $500 per booking will be charged by Cango Travel for any cancellations initiated by the customer, and will be deducted from any refunds given by Uma Bhutan
  8. Uma Paro and Uma Punakha reserve the right to substitute certain visits and excursions outlined in the itineraries as local conditions and weather may necessitate variations to the programmes
  9. Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve meal supplements are compulsory
  10. All stays at Uma Bhutan to be completed by Dec 31, 2017/2018 respectively.

Drukair flight schedules

Singapore (SIN) to Paro (PBH)

 TUE     KB501 SIN/PBH 06:00/10:15 (Sep to May)
 THU     KB501 SIN/PBH 06:00/10:15
 SUN     KB501 SIN/PBH 06:30/10:45

Paro (PBH) to Singapore (SIN)

 MON     KB500 PBH/SIN 07:20 15:35 (Sep to May)
 WED/SAT KB500 PBH/SIN 07:20 15:35