Bhutan is swiftly developing its reputation as a premier destination for adventure sports. Set amongst the majestic Himalayas our kingdom is the perfect location for all manner of exciting activities including Hiking, Trekking, Kayaking, Mountain Biking and Fishing.
Whether it’s rafting down crystal clear, glacier-fed rivers or trekking through lush, virgin forests Bhutan offers a one-of-a-kind experience for travelers seeking adventure in an unspoiled and unexplored environment.
All the necessary arrangements for adventure activities can be made through your local tour operator. They will provide you with well-trained and experienced guides to ensure your safety at all times.
Rafting in the Mochhu at Punakha
As a premier destination for nature-based activities, the majestic Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has more to offer when it comes to water sports.
Adventure sports like kayaking and rafting are fast catching up among tourists. The clean and wide rivers compliment the sport further, making it the more enjoyable and adventurous.
Every year, there has been a significant increase in arrivals for adventure sports like rafting, kayaking, motorcycling, biking and fishing activities. Such nature and adventure based experiences are highly promoted as the country’s river system and terrain makes it more favourable.
With safety assured, you can choose your adventure from the six rivers and its tributaries fed by the eastern Himalayas ranging from easy, moderate to challenging. Easy rafting for beginners and hair-raising runs for veterans, choices are aplenty.
The rivers of Bhutan were first graded for water sports in 1997 by the experienced rafters and kayakers Gerry Mofatt and Peter Knowles. They were invited by the government to survey potential routes. The duo trained the first batch of Bhutanese river guides besides exploring routes and conducting surveys. Since then rivers including the Punatsangchhu, Manas and Amochhu were scouted as well.
All operators are mandated to use well-maintained professional equipment and a reasonable guide-client ratio, among others.
Wangchhu river in Capital Thimphu is favorable for kayaking and rafting. The river runs through deep forests and the main town where you can witness a blend of tradition and modernity.
Further towards the west in Bhutan’s old capital, Punakha is the Punatshangchhu river amid the rugged terrain. As you raft in the Punatshangchhu river, you will be enamored by the breathtaking landscape. Don’t miss the Punakha dzong that stands majestically in between the phochhu and mochhu tributaries. The dzong (fortress) is one of the most beautiful dzongs in the country. The other tributaries include different sections along mochhu and in Kabjisa.
Less than 10 kms downstream in Wangduephodrang is Dangchhu river in turquoise that is as appealing as the other rivers. In Central Bhutan, cutting furiously at the base of steep mountains, is the Mangdechhu and in the eastern district of Mongar lies the popular Kurichhu river. In the far east, Dangmichhu river in Trashigang is ideal for water sports.
With a variety of the rivers’ courses of high currents and depth to choose from, rafting and kayaking in these rivers and tributaries is worthwhile.
Rafting and kayaking is often accompanied by walks and trekking along the picturesque riverbanks. Bhutanese rafting and kayaking guides are well trained and will do everything to ensure that you enjoy the adventures minus the risks.
Come join the wilderness and enjoy the glacial rivers of Bhutan!
Angling Golden Mahseer in Bhutan Himalaya
If you are still wondering, where to spend your holiday this season, why don’t you choose Bhutan as your angling destination? Book your Golden Mahseer tour to Bhutan with a local travel expert and explore the unexplored mighty Golden Mahseer fishing trip along the fresh river of Bhutan. Golden Mahseer in Bhutan are still unexplored and untouched by many anglers. If you are travelling to Bhutan then you will get an opportunity to explore the unique culture and traditions of Bhutan. Bhutan is chosen as one of the perfect destination for all Golden Mahseer anglers. During this Golden Mahseer fishing tour in Bhutan, you will get an opportunity to explore the modern western to beautiful central and the subtropical southern Bhutan. Our well trained and expert fishing guide of Bhutan will take you through all the Golden Mahseer fishing spots.
Tour Outline – Details Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Paro – Thimphu Drive
Once you landed at Paro International Airport, you will be met by our tour guide and then transfer to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. It will take you 60 minutes to reach Thimphu from Paro town or airport. Later in Thimphu, visit to Giant Buddha, Memorial Stupas, Takin Zoo (National Animal of Bhutan) and Tashichho Dzong(Giant fortress) Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02: Thimphu – Punakha – Tsirang Drive Today, we will depart early for Punakha valley. Enroute to Dochu La Pass (108 Stupas) Stop for a panoramic view of Himalayan range from pass. Later descent down towards Punakha valley crossing mitsana and lobesa. Visit to Chimi Lhakhang temple(dedicated to Divine Madman) and Punakha Dzong(fortress) which is located between Pho Chu(male) and Mo Chu(female) river. After lunch we then drive towards Tsirang, where our today’s fishing spot is located, following Punatshangchu River at our left hand side, all the way from Bajothang. Today we won’t be fishing but we will make it everything ready for tomorrows fishing. Dinner and overnight stay at tent / camping.
Day 03: Angling Golden Mahseer in Tsirang(Sunkosh River) Today, we will start our angling very early along the Sunkosh River and we will be spending whole day doing angling. Dinner and overnight stay at tent / camp.
Day 04: Angling Golden Mahseer in Dagachu Again, today also we will spend whole day angling along Sunkosh. Dinner and overnight stay at tent / camp.
Day 05: Tsirang – Tingtibi Drive After early breakfast, we will depart for country side, Tingtibi village, where there is less settlement with basic infrastructures. Enroute to Tsirang – Damphu, Sarpang and then to Gelephu. After crossing, Tsirang, we then descent down till we reach stretch of Sarpangtar (plain) Upon reaching Gelephu town (nearest border town of India) we will climb uphill leaving Gelephu behind. We will stop for a while at immigration check point and continue towards Tingtibi. Dinner and overnight stay at tent / camp.
Day 06: Golden Mahseer Angling in Tingtibi Today we will try to spend whole day at Tingtibi along Mangdechu River, hunting for Golden Mahseer and Chocolate Mahseer. Tingtibi is very popular for Chocolate Mahseer. Dinner and overnight stay at tent / camp.
Day 07: Tingtibi – Panbang(Angling) After early breakfast, we will depart for Panbang, the Royal Manas National Park. We will spend half of the day fishing Golden Mahseer. Dinner and overnight stay at tent / camp / lodge.
Day 08: Golden Mahseer Angling in Panbang We will spend whole day angling in Panbang which falls under Royal Manas National Park. Dinner and overnight stay at tent / camp / lodge
Day 09: Panbang – Gelephu – Tsirang Drive After breakfast, we will drive back to Tsirang for overnight stay. Visit to small town of Tsirang – Damphu. Dinner and overnight stay at tent / camp / lodge.
Day 10: Tsirang – Thimphu(Drive) After breakfast, we will drive back to Thimphu, crossing Sunkosh River and Lobesa village. After crossing Lobesa, gently we will climb upward until we reach on top of the Dochu La Pass. From Dochu La Pass, we then descend down until we reach Simtokha. If time permits, visit weekend market and Thimphu downtown. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11: Thimphu – Paro(Tiger’s Nest) Right after early breakfast, we will drive back to Paro valley, following Thimphu – Paro highway and our car will directly drop us to Taktshang(Tiger’s Nest) base. From here will hike uphill about 2-3 hours and 1 hour downhill, depending on physical strength. Afternoon visit Musuem(Watch tower) which is destroyed by a earthquake and currently its under renovations and Rinpung Dzong. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel. Optional: One can also use pony / horse till cafeteria
Note: Please note that, every Tuesday Tiger’s Nest remains closed for cleaning purposes.
Day 12: Departure / Exit After morning breakfast, our guide and driver will transfer you to airport for your onward flight and assist with your luggage. Your beautiful Bhutan Tour ends here!!!