MATSUTAKE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL

7 Days/ 6 Nights

Package Price: USD 1,250.00/- Per Person

Fixed Departure Dates: 14 Aug – 20 Aug 2019

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

14th AUGUST: ARRIVE PARO – THIMPHU
15th AUGUST: THIMPHU
16th AUGUST: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA
17th AUGUST: PUNAKHA – PHOBJIKHA
18th AUGUST: PHOBJIKHA – PARO
19th AUGUST: PARO
20th AUGUST: DEPART PARO

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Genekha, a secluded village in Thimphu hosts an annual two day mushroom festival in the month of August.  The festival celebrates the beginning of the wild Matsutake mushroom season.  Masutake mushroom is also known as pine mushroom as it grows at the base of the pine trees, however the local name is Sangay Shamu.  This coveted mushroom is known for its aromatic and succulent flavor.  Matsutake mushrooms are believed to be a natural anti-cancer remedy, and useful for managing and treating other conditions like heart disease and high cholesterol.

At the festival, visitors will learn to identify the fabled mushrooms and will get to experience the lifestyle of the local people. Many varieties of mushroom and other local products are displayed at the festival and you can sample delicious Matsutake recipes, engage in songs and dances together with the locals and one can also taste the local cuisine with the mushrooms as one of the ingredients.  The mushroom is prized in Japan and depending on the season and size.  The mushroom can cost up to USD 1000 per Kilogram is a major source of income for the villagers.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MASUTAKE FESTIVAL TOUR

Bhutan provides a stunning array of photographic opportunities, pristine landscapes, scared and ancient sites, colorful festivals and a fascinating people. This fascinating tour offers you to visit to many cultural and wilderness highlights of the western Paro valleys, Thimphu, Punakha and Phobjikha valley.

  • Experience the celebration of the beginning of the Masutake mushroom season at the Festival.
  • Gain a fascinating insight into the rural communities of Genekha village.
  • Discover some of the most scared monasteries and temples.
  • Drive over mountains passes with sensational views of the Himalayan Peaks.
  • Pleasurable and leisurely walk to the Gangtey Nature trail.
  • Visit to many cultural attractions including medieval fortress (Dzongs), markets and museums.
  • Hike up to famous Taktsang Monastery.
  • Marvel at the elaborate and ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples.
  • Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.

BHUTAN TOUR DATES

The Fixed Departure tours were especially designed keeping in mind cost saving for our clients without compromising on the quality of the experience. Our Matsutake Festival Tour is perfect for the client who is adventurous, friendly and willing to share their adventure with other travelers.   The itinerary dates and times are set to facilitate the timely completion of the tours for all our clients that select the set departure tour packages.

Please NOTE that the tours dates are fixed and not changeable in order to ensure the concessions of group travel for our clients.   We set minimum of three clients and maximum of 16 in a group.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

*Private guided tour

*Visas for Bhutan Guaranteed

*Airport transfers

*Daily 3 meals (B/L/D) at designated restaurants or hotels

*Accommodation at 3-star hotel

*A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide

*An experienced driver and Vehicle

*Monument Entry fees & road permits

*Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges

*Mineral bottled water

WHAT’S EXCLUDED

*Flight into Bhutan via Drukair (can be arranged with us)

*Travel Insurance

*Extra baggage charges

*Telephone calls

*Personal expenses

*Soft Drinks and alcoholic Beverages

*Accommodation and meals in luxury hotels

*Tips for the guide and driver