Multi-river Rafting

19 Days

Trip Overview

A 19-day trip mixing culture with world-class white water of three famous rivers: Mo Chhu, Ema Datzi canyon of the Mangde Chhu and the Drangme Chhu.

  • Hike to Tigers Nest

  • Stay at a riverside camp

  • Visiting Dzong and museum

  • Ema Datzi canyon

  • Stretch of white-water

  • National flower Blue Poppy

Itineraty Outline
  • Day 1: Arrive Paro
  • Day 2: Drive to Punakha
  • Day 3: Punakha valley
  • Day 4: Drive to Tongsa
  • Day 5: the Ema Datzi canyon
  • Day 6: Arrive at Bumthang
  • Day 7: Rest day at Bumthang
  • Day 8: Bumthang to Mongar
  • Day 9: Trashigang
  • Day 10 - 15: Drangme Chhu to Manas
  • Day 16: Drive to Gelephug
  • Day 17: Drive Gelephug to Thimphu
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Trip Facts



Group Size

Any Number



Max. Altitude

N/A m

Trip Starts


Trip Ends



  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

Discover Bhutan

Bhutan, Druk Yul, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. It’s a land of contrasts and in few places is the divide between ancient and the encroaching ‘modern’ so evident.

    Tour Details

    Day 1: Arrive Paro

    Hike to the famous monastery “Tigers Nest” and overnight in Paro. We suggest arriving at your connecting airport a day or two early to have a chance to recover from flights and be fully recharged for your flight to Bhutan!

    Day 2: Drive to Punakha

    Drive to Punakha in comfortable motor coaches, visit Punakha Dzong and stay at a riverside camp after paddling the class 4 Mo Chhu (2 hours on river). Multi-sport options after rafting include horseback riding, trekking or cycling.

    Day 3: Punakha valley

    Spend another day and night in the Punakha valley. Rafting, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking are all options for today.

    Day 4: Drive to Tongsa

    Drive to Tongsa and visit the Dzong and museum. Four hour trek across the Mangde Chhu river valley.

    Day 5: the Ema Datzi canyon

    Paddle the Ema Datzi canyon of the Mangde Chhu river – a great stretch of white-water in an absolutely dazzling river canyon straight out of a fairytale with emerald green water contrasting the shiny black walls and verdant jungle. Overnight at the family Dzong of our Bhutanese contact and friend Ugyen Dorji at Enduchholing (Palace of the first King), with a private festival for the group. This will include traditional religious mask dances and a sumptuous feast.

    Day 6: Arrive at Bumthang

    Arrive at Bumthang from Enduchholing

    Day 7: Rest day at Bumthang

    Rest day at Bumthang exploring this spiritual heartland of Bhutan. Night in Bumthang

    Day 8: Bumthang to Mongar

    Drive 193 km from Bumthang to Mongar. Night at hotel in Mongar

    Day 9: Trashigang

    Drive 91 km to Trashigang. Relax and set up for the expedition. Night at camp

    Day 10 - 15: Drangme Chhu to Manas

    Drangme Chhu to Manas. This is the crux of the expedition! Once we leave the road access at the top of the river there is no other access for 100 km. We’ll be totally self-sufficient carrying all expedition gear on our rafts as we explore one of the last untouched rivers in the world

    Day 16: Drive to Gelephug

    Drive to Gelephug

    Day 17: Drive Gelephug to Thimphu

    Drive Gelephug to Thimphu

    Day 18: Rest day in Thimphu

    Rest day in Thimphu. Night in Thimphu or Paro

    Day 19: Departure

    Departure from Paro Internationall Airport to your return destination.

    Cost includes
    • Accomodation on twin sharing
    • All transfers and sightseeing as on itinerary
    • Three meals a day
    • English speaking local tour guide
    • Sightseeing admission fees
    • Bhutan visa fee
    Cost does not includes
    • Internal and international airfare costs (airfare is separately quoted)
    • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tip, laundry, phone, etc.
    • Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
    • Travel Insurance

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    Abhinaya Man Singh Shrestha (Abhi)
    Chief Operating Officer – Nepal
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    Pema Nidup (Pema)
    Operations Manager – Bhutan
    +975-02-335671, +975-02-335672
    Palpasa Shrestha
    Operations Co-ordinator
    Robin Lal Shrestha
    Operations Co-ordinator
    • We used Rural Heritage Bhutan on our most recent trip in April 2019 to organize a trek in the Langtang Valley and were so happy with the level of service they gave our group. The experienced staff add so much value to a trek, showing you secret spots along the trail, introducing you to cultural life in the mountains, and spotting elusive wildlife you might normally miss!

      Craig Allen, Mountain Travel Nepal
    • Eight days is just enough time to venture eastwards to the spiritual heart of Bhutan, to the valleys of Bumtang. This suggested itinerary also includes all of the most popular destinations in Bhutan and gives you the chance be a little adventurous with a rafting trip in Punakha and picturesque hiking in Bumtang.

      Jonathan Doe, Mountaineer
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