This trek gifts you with great variety of Bhutanese landscapes and is without doubt one of the most beautiful and unspoiled trekking areas in the entire Himalayas. The trek begins at Drugyal dzong passing through beautiful villages, scattered hamlets and farmland. Different vegetation from richly forested valley to high alpine pastureland where Yak herders graze their animals. Trout fishing in the sky blue lake with magnificent view of three majestic peaks are some activities which can be done on a rest day. You will also encounter rare species like the blue sheep & snow leopard.
DAY 01 ARRIVE PARO BY DRUK AIR FROM BANGKOK, DELHI, KOLKATA OR KATHMANDU.
Arrive Paro by Druk air, the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful view of the Himalayan ranges. Weather permitting views of Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga is visible. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by our members. Afternoon / evening time at leisure. Overnight Hotel.
DAY 02 DAY HIKE TO TAKTSANG MONASTERY (altitude acclimatization)
Day hike to Taktsang monastery (Tigers nest monastery). The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through pine forests. The monastery which clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley was devastated by fire in 1998 but the Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore the monastery to its original splendor. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Stroll back to your hotel.
Paro Altitude. 2300m. elevation gain. 2800m. total hike about 7km.
DAY 03 DRIVE TO DRUGYEL DZONG AND TREK TO SHANA CAMP
Drive to Drugyel Dzong where the trek begins. The path goes upstream of the Pachu river through villages gradually ascending to 2800 meters at Shana camp. Walking time 5/6 hours.
DAY 04 TREK FROM SHANA TO SOI THANTHANGKHA
Shana to Soi Thangthangkha. The trail again follows the Pachu river ascending through pine, oak and spruce forest. Lunch will be served near a wooden bridge. The camp is at an altitude of 3800 meters near a stone shelter. Walking time 7/8 hours.
DAY 05 TREK FROM SOI TO JANGOTHANG.
Soi to Jangothang. Climb slowly for a while till you reach an army camp. Then follow the river above tree line with stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a Yak herders camp. An easy walk will reach you to Jangothang at an altitude of 4050 meters. The view of Jhomolhari (7320 meters) and Jichu Drake (6900
meters) is superb. Both the mountains are still virgin peaks. Walking time 4/5 hours.
DAY 06 REST DAY AT JANGOTHANG
Halt at Jangothang. Explore the surrounding areas like Tshophu lake, visit Yakherders or simply relax.
DAY 07 TREK FROM JANGOTHANG TO LINGSHI
Jangothang to Lingshi. The trail follows the stream for half hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Climb up the ridge and enjoy stunning views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Khang mountains. Than walk through the wide open valley sometimes coming across herds of blue sheep. The climb upto the Nyele la pass 4700 meters is not too difficult and the view is breathtaking. After the pass its a gradual descend and through the valley with beautiful views on all side. Nearing the camp you will see the Lingshi Dzong perched ontop of a hill with commanding view of the valley. Arrive camp at 4100 meters near a stone shelter. Walking time 6/7 hours.
DAY 08 TREK FROM LINGSHI TO SHODU
Lingshi to Shodu. Today is the most difficult day so start early. Begin walk opposite the dzong gradually through the valley until the stiff climb to Yale la pass at 4950 meters the highest point of the trip. The panoramic view of Mt.Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Gang is breathtaking. After the pass its a long descent to the camp at 3750 meters. Walking time 7/8 hours.
DAY 09 TREK FROM SHODU TO BARSHONG
Shodu to Barshong. The path follows the Thimchu river descending through rhododendron, Juniper and pine forests. The view of the cliff facing rocks and water falls are stunning. The trail gradually ascends after 3/4 hours to the ruins of Barshong Dzong reaching the camp at 3500 meters. Walking time 5/6 hours.
DAY 10 TREK FROM BARSHONG TO DODINA AND DRIVE TO THIMPHU
Barshong to Dodina. The path descends for a while joining the Thimchu river and gradually ascending and descending through thick bamboo and pine forests. From Dolemkencho the trail descends all the way to Dodina where the Our coach will be waiting for your return. Walking time 7/8 hours. Drive 1 and half hour to Thimphu (capital city). Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 11 SIGHTSEEING IN THIMPHU AND DRIVE TO PARO
AM stroll around the market and do some sightseeing and shopping in Thimphu and drive 2 hours to Paro. PM Paro sightseeing.
DAY 12 TRANSFER TO AIRPORT FOR DEPARTURE
Cost for the trek.
FROM USD 2550 per person.
4N hotel accommodation on full board.
Trekking equipments like tents, cooks, dining tent, toilet tent. Pack animals.
Whole Tour on Full board.
All entry fees to sights where applicable.
Bhutan Visa and Trek permits.
Flights to reach Bhutan
Personal bills in hotels, for beverages, bar, telephone calls.
Tips for the crew.
Please bring personal sleeping bags, good walking shoes, warm clothing, down jackets are recommended.
Personal items of personal nature like leatherman, flash lights, water bottles, thermal clothing, wind breaker jackets, gloves, sun screen lotion (120SPF>). sun glasses are always useful on the trek.
There could be snow on the mountains, and passes during FEB – early march.
Time for Trekking.
Feb,March, April, Sep, Oct, Nov.
The members of the trek can impart knowledge to locals/yak herders about conserving environment at high altitude. This would mean keeping the trek trails clean and about educating the locals of how to dispose plastics, and other wastes that are harmful to our environment.
Our crew and the trek members can bring trash from the trek routes, like plastic bottles, chips packets etc. This will be greatly appreciated by the people of Bhutan and also help educate people of Bhutan about keeping our environment clean.
Our Bhutanese people are less educated and hence lack civic sense and need education about keeping our environment clean.
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