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Druk Path Trek

Druk Path Trek

  • Tine Raeymaekers

    BELGIUM

    “Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

  • Dr. Michelle Foltz

    USA

    “Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Lukas

    “Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

OVERVIEW

Druk Path Trek

A trekking adventure in Bhutan unveils a realm of untouched natural beauty and cultural wonders. The kingdom’s pristine landscapes, from lush forests to lofty mountain peaks, serve as the backdrop for thrilling trekking routes like the iconic Snowman Trek or the scenic Druk Path Trek.

As travelers traverse the undulating terrains, they encounter traditional villages, ancient monasteries, and breathtaking vistas that showcase Bhutan’s serene charm. The trails, adorned with prayer flags fluttering in the mountain breeze, lead to high-altitude campsites where the star-lit Himalayan nights are as enchanting as the days. Bhutan’s commitment to environmental conservation ensures that these trekking experiences are not just adventures but also journeys of immersion into the kingdom’s unspoiled nature and rich cultural heritage.

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DAYS

If you are looking for a light but equally exciting trek, this is tailor made for you. One of the most popular and easier treks, offering great views of the highlands, landscape, the beautiful lakes and Phajoding monastery, it brings you from Paro to Thimphu.

You can blend the trek with glimpses of the Himalayan Kingdom’s most revered sites, such as Paro Taktshang (Tiger’s Lair), Punakha Dzong (Fortress) and others.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
MM
Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Simikota Tsho

    Simikota Tsho, nestled in the serene landscapes of Bhutan, is a pristine alpine lake that captivates travelers with its tranquility and natural beauty. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, this high-altitude gem offers a breathtaking setting for those seeking solitude and connection with nature. The trek to Simikota Tsho takes adventurers through lush meadows, rhododendron forests, and traditional Bhutanese villages, providing a truly immersive experience. The shimmering waters of the lake reflect the majestic mountains, creating a picturesque scene that resonates with the untouched charm of Bhutan’s high-altitude realms. For travelers seeking a serene escape and a glimpse into the kingdom’s unspoiled landscapes, Simikota Tsho promises a memorable and tranquil retreat.
  • Sightseeing

    Sightseeing in Bhutan unveils a harmonious blend of cultural treasures and natural wonders. From the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery to the historic Punakha Dzong, each site narrates a tale of spirituality and architectural splendor. The Dochula Pass offers panoramic views, while the cultural hub of Thimphu showcases a seamless fusion of tradition and modernity. Amidst valleys adorned with prayer flags, Bhutan’s sightseeing experience is a captivating journey into the heart of a kingdom where ancient heritage meets breathtaking landscapes.
  • Bhutanese Culture

    Bhutanese culture, nestled in the Himalayas, welcomes travelers with a rich tapestry of tradition and spirituality. Festivals like Paro Tsechu showcase vibrant mask dances, offering insight into the country’s identity. Dzongs and traditional attire echo an ancient heritage, while warm hospitality invites cultural engagement. Bhutan’s culture, seamlessly blending with its stunning landscapes, turns every traveler’s experience into a profound journey of discovery.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

Download Festival Calendar

Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrival at Paro

    As the plane banks over the mountain slopes, the Paro Valley greet you with luminous paddies rippling in the breeze and tiny houses sprinkled on the bank of the meandering river. The air is crystal clear, light translucent and on horizon, snowcapped mountains frame the idyllic like painting. It does not matter how many time you land in Paro, the bucolic valley unfolds like a dream. If you are lucky, you will have a glorious view of the Snowcapped Himalayas. After visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will meet by our representative from “Journey to Discover Bhutan”.

    Afternoon: Visit Paro Dzong built in 1646, which houses the administrative center of the Paro district and religious institute for monks. The Paro Dzong may be familiar to people who watched Bertolucci’s film The Little Buddha” walk down to the coach crossing over the traditional wooden covered bridge called “Nymezampa” which spans over the Paro river. Overnight at Hotel  Tashi Namgay / Similar.

  • DAY 02: Paro Halt “Taktsang Excursion”

    Today a very special day begin with a hike to Tiger Nest Monastery.

    We drive to the north of Paro Valley to Ramthankha, from where we start our hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche, founder of Buddhism flew from Eastern Bhutan on a tigress, bringing Buddhist teachings and meditated here in this cliff. This is one of the most venerated and sacred of all Buddhist sights around the world. After visiting the monastery, we will walk down to Taktsang cafeteria for Lunch.

    Walk downhill to the road and enroute drive to visit Drukyel Dzong, (now in ruins), which reveals the reminiscence of ancient architecture and you see a spectacular view of Jhomolhari Mountain (7314m), looming over the Dzong on a clearday. This is the starting point for the famous Jhomolhari trek.

    Overnight Leisure at Hotel 

  • DAY 03: Trek Start: Paro by car to the National museum (2450m) to campsite below Jele Dzong (11, 270ft)

    Time: 4-5 hours

    Distance: 5 miles / 8 km

    Altitude gain: 3503ft /1068

    Altitude: 269ft /82

    At the museum you will meet your trekking staff, the horsemen and pack animals. At the start of the Trek, the trek crew takes some times to get organized, so you can continue your hike and the luggage will be undoubtedly behind with you.  The trail winds its way through blue pine forest and around several farmhouses and fenced apple orchards and crosses a dusty road used during the apple harvest. The Damchena (9510ft/2900m) marks the end of dusty road, near the big the big stone.

    After walking for 1hr or so of steady climbing there will be nice views over the Paro valley. The Jele Dzong is visible above, located on the top the ridge. At 9825ft / 2995m, after 1 -2 hrs of hiking, the route passes a long main wall in an open flat meadow. Near here, the route joins one coming from Damji on the east side the Do Chu at 7544ft, 2300m. Climb steeply up now through blue pine, fir and bamboo, around 3235m hemlock trees, over 600 years old, over shadows the trail.

    The trail continues steeply up through the forest just before (11, 540ft/ 3518m) just below before reaching the Dzong, the route opens a bit, there many be some yaks with the herders and dogs. Tonight small camp site (11,270ft /3436m) is little way down from the pass. You can hear the monks playing instruments in the Lhagkhang during one of their prayers sessions.

    Jele Dzong, It is an impressive fort located impressively on a hill, surrounded by many prayers flags. The views are great looking towards the Paro far below, while in the far distance stand snowy peaks mountains on the border with Tibet, including Jomolhari (23,995ft /7314m) in the center. It houses a religious institute for monks and you can pay a visit to the Dzong.

  • DAY 04: Campsite just below Jele Dzong (3436m) to Jimgelangtsho (3880m)

    Time: 6 – 7 hrs,

    Distance: 14 Kms,

    Altitude Gain: 17526ft /580m)

    Altitude loss: 965ft / 295m)

    Today it is a hard day with lot of walking distance and also with the altitude again.  You need to start it early from the camp. After crossing the Dzong, you will walk north for about 10 m on the ridge, with beautiful view before disappearing into forest, which looks rather bleak as a result of damage by bark beetles. Cross over the easterly side of the ridge and go up around the small peak, a steep 110m ascent to an altitude of 12,300ft /3750m). Looking back you see part of Paro valley and the large Do Chu side of valley. To the south, the Dagala range is visible. After about three hours you will reach to a possible camp site Janchu Lakha, 12 365ft /3370m). After another 1hr climb, you will reach to Tshokam (12,995ft /3962m) just after the small saddle, another better campsite; you will have your packed lunch.

    Thereafter your walk will follow along the ridge, offers more stunning views of the mountains or you can take route going down the base to through the alpine forest to Janey Tsho. If you are following the trail along the ridge, you will climb gently for several hours to reach a small pass at about 13,350/4070m). The trail has loose stones, so watch your step.

    Continue further along the ridge, to the next small pass with the view of Jomolhari peak and down below several monasteries are visible at the far end of the valley, Gensakha Gompa, Sharadango Gompa towards the north and Ragyo Chiwokha Gompa.  Opposite side, there is a view of Jimilangtsho. Two possible trails lead to the large sacred lake Jigmilangtsho (Bemilangtsho). The higher trail is a more challenging loop and can be over grown. At the side lake there is good camp site;

  • DAY 05: Jimilangtsho 12, 726ft /3380m) to Simikota Tsho (13,415ft / 490m)

    Time: 4-5 hrs

    Distance: 10 km

    Altitude gain: 689 ft /

    Altitude loss:

    This morning the trail climbs through bushes but later you will have a good views will open up. The exposed cliff trail leads to a small saddle and from here you will see the nest lake Janey Tsho 12,975ft /3956m). From the lake a wide open stone path between rhododendrons bushes traverses a valley with a small lake below.

    Climb up a ridge and after 1hr of walking you will reach at a viewing point (13,610 /4150m) you will see Simikota Lake (13, 410ft /4090), which has some stones ruins nearby. This is tonight’s campsite

  • DAY 06: Simikota Tsho (13, 415ft /4090m) – Phajoding 12, 103ft/ 3690m)

    Time: 4 -5 hrs,

    Distance: 5 miles/ 10kms,

    Altitude Gain: 755ft/ 230m) to the view point

    Altitude Loss: 1330ft / 405m) to Phajoding for 4190ft/277m radio tower)

    The trail begins with gradual climb passing over around seven minor passes before you finally look down to Phajoding and Thimphu valley.  When climbing up pass number five _ Thujedra, Gangkhar Puensum becomes visible. If you are lucky with the weather, the other Himalayan peaks can be seen. From the pass, climb 250m up to the small rocky outlook on the left side. It is covered with flags and there are traces of fires on the top. This place was used for sky burials and has an incredible view over the whole of Bhutan Himalayas.

    After this excursion descend a little, then climb to pass number six (13,515ft/ 4120). The final pass is Dochula (13,430ft /4095m) and it is very windy. There is a good view over the last part of the trek, as steep descent to Phajoding monastery. Camping at Phajoding (12100ft/3690m is definitely worthwhile.

    Togden Pajo, Tibetan yogi is looking for a place for mediation, found the site in the 13th century. Most of the buildings were constructed by 9th Jey Khenpo Shakya Rinchen, in the first half on the 18th century. The 16th Jey Khenpo was also involved in some of the buildings; King’s secretary has donated money for one of the more recent temples, built in honour of Guru Padma Sambava. Phajoding is not just one complex, the many buildings spread out over the mountainside includes Lhakhangs/ gompas, monks quarters and numerous mediation centers. You can also visit the several monasteries.

  • DAY 07: End Of Trek: Phajoding ( 12,103ft/3690m) to Thimphu

    Time: 3- 4 hrs,

    Distance: 4 miles / 8 kms

    Altitude loss: (2860ft /872m)

    This morning the trail to Thimphu is all the way down hill through a forested area of mostly Blue pine.

    By taking leisurely pace you can reach Thimphu in about 2-3 hours for a nice hot shower and lunch at the hotel.

    Evening Leisure at Hotel

  • DAY 08: Thimphu – Paro – Departure

    Early morning drive to Paro international airport for your onward flight.

“The Last Shangri-la”.

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Dagala Thousand Lakes

Dagala Thousand Lakes

  • Tine Raeymaekers

    BELGIUM

    “Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

  • Dr. Michelle Foltz

    USA

    “Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Lukas

    “Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

OVERVIEW

Dagala Thousand Lakes

A trekking adventure in Bhutan unveils a realm of untouched natural beauty and cultural wonders. The kingdom’s pristine landscapes, from lush forests to lofty mountain peaks, serve as the backdrop for thrilling trekking routes like the iconic Snowman Trek or the scenic Druk Path Trek.

As travelers traverse the undulating terrains, they encounter traditional villages, ancient monasteries, and breathtaking vistas that showcase Bhutan’s serene charm. The trails, adorned with prayer flags fluttering in the mountain breeze, lead to high-altitude campsites where the star-lit Himalayan nights are as enchanting as the days. Bhutan’s commitment to environmental conservation ensures that these trekking experiences are not just adventures but also journeys of immersion into the kingdom’s unspoiled nature and rich cultural heritage.

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DAYS

Be ready for a stunning trek amid lakes filled with trout and a landscape that will capture your imagination. As you see almost the entire Himalayan range in Bhutan, you will be enthralled.

Combine the trek with visits to places of historic and cultural significances, such as Paro Taktshang (Tiger’s Lair), National Museum, Tashichhodzong (which houses the King’s office), the world’s largest Buddha Statue and Punakha Dzong (Fortress), which from far looks like a giant ship on a mass of water.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
MM
Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Labatama – Panka

    Parade of the Himalayan Peaks including Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga etc. The trek starts with a little ascend taking the trail along the western side of Dala Lake up to a mountain saddle at 4,520m.
    From here you can ponder and marvel at the beauty and might of nature, as you see an awe-inspiring parade of the Himalayan peaks, truly majestic and pristine, led by Everest and others like Kanchenjunga, Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, Tshering Gang, Khangbum, Masang Gang, Tsende Gang and Gangche Ta in tow. You then descend to Doccha Chhu (river), follow its course for a while and reach Panka. This trail consists of short but intermittent climbs and descents.
  • Sightseeing

    Sightseeing in Bhutan unveils a harmonious blend of cultural treasures and natural wonders. From the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery to the historic Punakha Dzong, each site narrates a tale of spirituality and architectural splendor. The Dochula Pass offers panoramic views, while the cultural hub of Thimphu showcases a seamless fusion of tradition and modernity. Amidst valleys adorned with prayer flags, Bhutan’s sightseeing experience is a captivating journey into the heart of a kingdom where ancient heritage meets breathtaking landscapes.
  • Bhutanese Culture

    Bhutanese culture, nestled in the Himalayas, welcomes travelers with a rich tapestry of tradition and spirituality. Festivals like Paro Tsechu showcase vibrant mask dances, offering insight into the country’s identity. Dzongs and traditional attire echo an ancient heritage, while warm hospitality invites cultural engagement. Bhutan’s culture, seamlessly blending with its stunning landscapes, turns every traveler’s experience into a profound journey of discovery.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

Download Festival Calendar

Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrival at Paro

    Arrive at Paro International airport, where our representative will welcome you. The flight to Paro will be an exhilarating one, as the route traverses parallel to the mighty Himalayas enabling passengers to see the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest, and many more. The descent affords a panoramic view of Bhutan’s foothills culminating into a thrilling landing at what is considered one of the world’s most challenging airports.

    Paro visit: We will check in to a hotel, have lunch and then visit Paro valley famed for its historical monuments, agricultural farms and quintessentially Bhutanese village communities. You will be visiting the National Museum, formerly a watch tower, and then the “Castle on a Heap of Precious Jewels” or Rinpung Dzong.

    Visit Paro town later in the evening.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  • DAY 02: Visit Taktshang (Tiger’s Lair) and Drugyel Dzong (Castle of the Victorious Drukpas)

    After breakfast and half an hour drive, you will hike to Taktshang, a five hour round trip, following an ancient but oft-trodden footpath along water-driven prayer wheels.

    Taktshang: Perched on a hair-raising ravine about 1,000metres above the valley floor, Taktshang is renowned in the Himalayan Buddhist world as one of the most popular sites of pilgrimage. Associated with the eight century tantric Saint Padmasambhava, it was within a cave in the temple that he subdued evil forces obstructing the teachings of the Buddha. It is said that he came riding on a tigress in a wrathful form.

    Drugyel Dzong: After Taktshang, you will visit the ruins of Drugyel Dzong, the fortress known as the “Castle of the Victorious Drukpa”, which is a symbol of Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetan invasions in the 17th and 18th centuries. On a clear day you can get a view of Mt Jomolhari.

    Enroute to the hotel, we will visit the 7th century Kyichu Temple which is believed to have been built on a place that resembled the left knee of a giant ogress.

  • DAY 03: Paro – Gynekha – Gur

    Distance seven km, five hours; 550m ascent, 210m descent; camp altitude 3,290m;

    Highlights: Flora, fauna, landscape

    The trek begins from Gyenkha, an hour drive from the hotel, starting with a short descent to a river and then an up-hill climb to a huge rock platform from where we can enjoy a picturesque view of the valley below. After another two hours we will reach our camp site at Gur. We will come across some yak pastures near our main trail.

  • DAY 04: Gur – Labatama

    Distance 12km, six hours; 1,220m ascent, 110m descent; camp altitude 4,300m

    Highlights: Flora, fauna, Mighty Himalayan Peaks, a lake

    We will be trekking through ridges and beautiful, rugged mountain vegetation carpeted with wild alpine flowers. There will also be refreshing meadows. As soon as we cross the first pass, we will be greeted with a breath-taking view of the world’s third highest mountain, Kanjenjunga, and nearly all the Himalayan peaks in the Bhutanese territory.

    A short distance from the pass takes us to the Dagala range, interwoven with meadows and huts of yak herders. We will finally descend to our camp site nearby a tranquil lake called Uthso Tsho.

  • DAY 05: Labatama halt

    Highlights:

    Spectacular landscapes, lakes, trout fishing

    Enjoy and relish the beauty of the landscape and nature. You can undertake an excursion to any of three surrounding lakes – Reli Tsho, Hen Tsho and Jama Tsho and even try trout fishing.

  • DAY 06: Labatama – Panka

    Distance 8km, six to seven hours; 260m ascent, 520m descent; camp altitude 4,000m.

    Highlights:

    Parade of the Himalayan Peaks including Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga etc. The trek starts with a little ascend taking the trail along the western side of Dala Lake up to a mountain saddle at 4,520m.

    From here you can ponder and marvel at the beauty and might of nature, as you see an awe-inspiring parade of the Himalayan peaks, truly majestic and pristine, led by Everest and others like Kanchenjunga, Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, Tshering Gang, Khangbum, Masang Gang, Tsende Gang and Gangche Ta in tow. You then descend to Doccha Chhu (river), follow its course for a while and reach Panka. This trail consists of short but intermittent climbs and descents.

  • DAY 07: Panka-Talakha

    Distance eight km, five to six hours; 180m ascent, 110m descent; camp altitude 3,080m

    Highlights:

    Passes, blue poppy, high altitude birds It is a wonderful day, where you cross several mountain passes but without any major ascent involved. Along the trail, you can keep your eyes open for various species of Blue Poppy (June-July) and sightings of rare high altitude birds. Before you descent to Talakha monastery, you will cross the last pass, Tale La, located at 4,180 meters.

    The night’s camp will be near the monastery. You will be woken up early morning by the chants of the monks and chimes of ritual bells. You could savor one last great panoramic view of Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu.

  • DAY 08: Talakha – Chamgang – Thimhpu

    Distance six km, three hours; 440m descent

    A short walk will take you to a feeder road and to Chamgang village. You will then be driven to your hotel in Thimphu. You can relax for the rest of the day.

  • DAY 09: Thimphu sightseeing

    Bhutan’s capital and the Kingdom’s largest city have a lot to offer. National Memorial Stupa: one of the most beautiful stupas of the Nyingmapa Sect of Buddhism, built in memory of the Father of Modern Bhutan, Third King Jigmi Dorji Wangchuck.

    Buddha Point: the largest statue of Buddha Shakyamuni undergoing construction. From here you have a spectacular view of Thimphu.

    Changangkha Lhakhang: Founded by Phajo Drugom Shigpo in the 13th century and later embellished by his son Nyima. Today, the temple is considered the spiritual home of children born in Chang region of Thimphu.

    Other places will be the Takin Zoo, National Handicrafts Emporium, Bhutanese local handmade paper factory and others.

    In the evening you will visit Tashichhodzong (Fortress): the power centre of Bhutanese government, which houses the King’s office, Throne Room, government ministries and is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot.

    We will also take the opportunity to see the nearby parliament complex. We will spend the rest of the day watching an archery match and strolling around town.

    Halt in hotel.

  • DAY 10: Thimphu – Punakha/Wangduephodrang

    This is a three to four-hour drive from Thimphu through a constantly changing kaleidoscope of vegetation, waterfalls, flowers, mountains and meadows. After 45 minutes we stop at Dochula Pass (3,100m).

    Dochula Pass: On a clear day, we can see the entire eastern Himalayan range, teeming with 6000m to 7554m snow-capped mountains. The pass also known for its abundant species of extremely beautiful flowers has 108 Buddhist stupas exquisitely built around a mound, adding to the natural splendor of the place.

    As you cross the pass, you will gradually descend to the sub-tropical valley of Punakha, which was ancient Bhutan’s capital.

    Punakha Dzong (Fortress), which represents the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture, stands girded by two rivers (Male and Female) and from far looks like a giant ship on a body of water. It is the treasure house of the Kingdom, containing the country’s main treasures in the form of Buddhist relics.

    Temple of Fertility: We will lunch with a rural farming household in a nearby village and proceed to visit the Temple of Fertility – Chimi Lhakhang, built in the 15th century to honour the “Divine Madman”, Lam Drukpa Kuenley, a saint iconoclast who is also associated with phallus worship. The Temple attracts barren couples from all over the world to receive the blessings from a phallus.

    Overnight at hotel in Punakha.

  • DAY 11: Punakha/ Wangdue – Paro

    We will visit the ruins and reconstruction work underway at Wanduephodrang, a fortress which was built in 1638 but was tragically gutted by a fire in 2012. After a short stroll in Wangdue town, we will drive 125 kilometers (four hours) back to Paro where we will visit some other significant historical places. A brief farewell ceremony will be held during dinner in the hotel.

  • DAY 12: Departure

    After breakfast, you will be driven to Paro International Airport for departure to your next destination.

“The Last Shangri-la”.

DISCOVER BHUTAN

If you’re unsure or still deliberating where to travel in Bhutan, we’ll put you in touch with our Travel Specialists to offer you sound advice and an honest take on any places you might be considering for your trip.

+975 17110849

Your Travel Plans
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
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Beautiful Laya – Gasa

Beautiful Laya – Gasa

  • Tine Raeymaekers

    BELGIUM

    “Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

  • Dr. Michelle Foltz

    USA

    “Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Lukas

    “Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

OVERVIEW

Beautiful Laya – Gasa

A trekking adventure in Bhutan unveils a realm of untouched natural beauty and cultural wonders. The kingdom’s pristine landscapes, from lush forests to lofty mountain peaks, serve as the backdrop for thrilling trekking routes like the iconic Snowman Trek or the scenic Druk Path Trek.

As travelers traverse the undulating terrains, they encounter traditional villages, ancient monasteries, and breathtaking vistas that showcase Bhutan’s serene charm. The trails, adorned with prayer flags fluttering in the mountain breeze, lead to high-altitude campsites where the star-lit Himalayan nights are as enchanting as the days. Bhutan’s commitment to environmental conservation ensures that these trekking experiences are not just adventures but also journeys of immersion into the kingdom’s unspoiled nature and rich cultural heritage.

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DAYS

Join the league of people who have had a taste of this beautiful trek along Bhutan’s northern frontiers. Capture the scenic and mesmerizing views of Mount Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, Gangchhenta (Great Tiger Mountain), Masangang, Gangkhar punsum and other peaks, along with the opportunities to spot blue sheep and even takins.

Interact with the nomads; the unique culture and appearance of the Layaps (people of Laya district) and end the trek with a refreshing dip at Gasa hot springs.
Tour Highlights

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
MM
Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Laya and Gasa

    Laya and Gasa, two enchanting destinations in Bhutan, beckon travelers to the northern reaches of the kingdom with their unique charm and cultural richness. Laya, perched at high altitudes, is renowned for its distinctive customs, including the women’s traditional conical bamboo hats. The journey to Laya unveils stunning mountain vistas, pristine landscapes, and encounters with the friendly Layap people. Further south, Gasa is famed for its soothing hot springs and the iconic Gasa Dzong, set against a backdrop of lush forests. Both destinations offer a retreat into the tranquility of Bhutan’s northern realms, providing a glimpse into the traditional way of life amidst breathtaking natural beauty. Travelers can immerse themselves in the warm hospitality of these remote communities, making the journey to Laya and Gasa a truly enriching and memorable experience.
  • Sightseeing

    Sightseeing in Bhutan unveils a harmonious blend of cultural treasures and natural wonders. From the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery to the historic Punakha Dzong, each site narrates a tale of spirituality and architectural splendor. The Dochula Pass offers panoramic views, while the cultural hub of Thimphu showcases a seamless fusion of tradition and modernity. Amidst valleys adorned with prayer flags, Bhutan’s sightseeing experience is a captivating journey into the heart of a kingdom where ancient heritage meets breathtaking landscapes.
  • Bhutanese Culture

    Bhutanese culture, nestled in the Himalayas, welcomes travelers with a rich tapestry of tradition and spirituality. Festivals like Paro Tsechu showcase vibrant mask dances, offering insight into the country’s identity. Dzongs and traditional attire echo an ancient heritage, while warm hospitality invites cultural engagement. Bhutan’s culture, seamlessly blending with its stunning landscapes, turns every traveler’s experience into a profound journey of discovery.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

Download Festival Calendar

Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrival at Paro

    Fly into Paro.

    The flight over the Himalayas is one of the most spectacular experiences one will ever experience. You will fly past Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the entire Himalayan range visible on the left hand side. On landing at Paro you will be met by our representative from Journey to Discover Bhutan. After Customs and Immigrations formalities, you will be escorted to the hotel. Over night at hotel

  • DAY 02: Paro – Sightseeing

    A very special day, with a excursion to Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest) perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the floor of Paro valley, to acclimatization the altitude for the trek. It is 1-2 hours hike. Lunch at Taktshang cafeteria. After lunch visit the place of interest in Paro.Over night at hotel.

    Start of Trek. DAY 3 Paro – Sharna: Trek Day 1

    Distance: 15 kms/ 9.5 miles.

    Walking time: 5 hours.

    Altitude Gain: 310m / 1020ft

    Altitude loss: 80m / 260ft

    Starting at Drukgyel(2580m / 8064ft) and camp near Sharna Zampa(2890m / 9480ft). Gradual climb following the Paro river through the agriculture valley and villages. The campsite is opposite to the Gunyitsawa Army check post in a meadow.

  • DAY 03: Paro – Sharna

    Trek Day 1

    Distance: 15 kms/ 9.5 miles.

    Walking time: 5 hours.

    Altitude Gain: 310m / 1020ft

    Altitude loss: 80m / 260ft

    Starting at Drukgyel(2580m / 8064ft) and camp near Sharna Zampa(2890m / 9480ft).

    Gradual climb following the Paro river through the agriculture valley and villages. The campsite is opposite to the Gunyitsawa Army check post in a meadow.

  • DAY 04: Sharna – Thangthangka

    Trek Day 2

    Distance: 22 kms/13.6 miles

    Walking Time: 6-7 hours.

    Altitude Gain: 685m / 2250ft

    Altitude loss: 0m/0ft

    Starting at Sharna Zampa (2870m/9840ft) and camp at Thangthangka(3630m/11,730ft).

    The trial is a gradual ascent with plenty of ups and downs through conifer forest, ferns and Rhododendrons. A magnificent view of Mt. Jumolhari can be seen from your camp site on clear days.

  • DAY 05: Thangthangka – Jangothang

    Trek Day 3:

    Distance: 17 kms/10.5 miles

    Walking Time: 4-5 hours.

    Altitude Gain: 469m / 1530ft

    Altitude loss: 0m/0ft

    Starting at Thangthangka (3630m/11,730ft) and camp at Jangothang (4044m/13,260ft)

    Today trial passes an army post and the village of Soe and a small settlement at Takethang. Yak herders live here. Camp beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mt. Jumolhari.

  • DAY 06: Jangothang – Halt

    Trek Day 4:

    Acclimatization Day.

    You can spend the day relaxing or there are several day hikes to choose from. Two interesting hikes would be to get views of Mt.Jumolhari or Jichu Drake. If you are interested in a lake then you can take the hike to Tsophu. Overnight at camp.

  • DAY 07: Jangothang – Lingshi

    Trek Day 5:

    Distance: 21 kms/13 miles

    Walking time: 5-6 hours.

    Altitude gain: 2780m/845ft

    Altitude loss: 2890m/880ft

    Starting at Jangothang (4044m/13260ft) and camp at Lingshi (4010m,13,150ft)

    Today you encounter your first major pass at 4890m/16,040ft ( Nyile-la ).You also get snow peak views of Tserim Kang (6789m) Camp near a stream in a meadow.

  • DAY 08: Lingshi – Chebisa

    Trek Day 6:

    Distance: 16 kms/10 miles

    Walking time: 4-5 hours.

    Altitude gain: No major elevation gain or loss

    Altitude loss: No major elevation gain or loss

    Starting at Lingshi (4010m/13,150ft) and camp at Chebisa (3990m/13,090ft).

    Today is a pleasant walk and you encounter parts of Lingshi village and the settlement of Goyak. On reaching camp at Chebisa village you can visit the village houses.

  • DAY 09: Chebisa – Shomuthang

    Trek Day 7:

    Distance: 16 kms/10 miles

    Walking time: 5-6 hours.

    Altitude gain: 450m/1470ft

    Altitude loss: 440m/1440ft (plus few small up and downs of less 40 m)

    Starting at Chebisa (3990m/13,090ft) and camp at Shomuthang (4220/13,845ftm).

    Todays walk is mostly through wild high pastures and yak pastures with few people & Yaks. You also encounter a pass ‘Gobula’ at 4440m/14,560ft. Camp is on a bench above a river, a tributary to the Mo Chu which comes out just below Gasa Tsachu.

  • DAY 10: Shomuthang – Robluthang

    Trek Day 8:

    Distance: 16 kms/10 miles

    Walking time: 6-7 hours.

    Altitude gain: 785m/2575ft

    Altitude loss: 785m/2575ft

    Starting at Shomuthang (4220m/13,845ft) and camp at Robluthang (4160m/13,645ft)

    On the early part of the trek you will get views of Kang Bum (6526m). After crossing Jhari la pass at 4785m/15,695ft, you get views of Gangchenta (6840m), Tserim Kang and upper half of Jumolhari. You pass by Tsheri Jathang, a valley by the riverside where herds of Takin are normally seen during the summer months.

  • DAY 11: Robluthang – Limithang

    Trek Day 9:

    Distance: 14 kms/8.5 miles

    Walking time: 6-7 hours.

    Altitude gain: 840m/2755ft

    Altitude loss: 840m/2755ft

    Starting at Robluthang (4160m13,645ft) and camp at Limithang (4140m)

    today is a hard day as you have to cross Sinche la (5000m/16,400ft) the highest point on your trek. The second half of todays walk is through rocky trails and moraines. Limithang is in the Laya district and here you begin to see the wonderful children in funny hats. Camp at Limithang is beneath Gangchhenta, the Great Tiger Mountain. If you have time it would be worthwhile to spend a rest and exploration day here.

  • DAY 12: Limithang – Laya

    Trek Day 10:

    Distance: 9 kms/5.5 miles

    Walking time: 5 hours.

    Altitude gain: few small climbs

    Altitude loss: 360m/1180ft

    Starting at Limithang (4160m/13,645ft) and camp at Laya (3800m/12,465ft)

    Today is all the way down hill along a winding river valley with quite a closed-in feeling. The trail splits, one going down with the river to the campsite used by the army. The other stays high and brings you into the west side of Laya village. You can camp on a high flat bench above the east end of Laya village. The peak towering above Laya is Masagang (7165m)

  • DAY 13: Laya – (Halt)

    Trek Day 11:

    Visit Laya village houses or hike above the camp. A day halt is interesting here or just spending the day with the Layaps (nomads)

  • DAY 14: Laya -Koina

    Trek Day 12:

    Distance: 16kms/10 miles

    Walking time: 6 hours.

    Altitude gain: 0m/0ft

    Altitude loss: 560m/1837ft

    Starting at Laya (3800m/12,465ft) and camp at Koina (3240m/10,627ft)

    The trail winds up and down along the Mo Chu river, avoiding natural obstacles and affording breathtaking views of the crashing river, feeder streams and water-falls. The beginning of the trek will take you past an army camp and the route junction for the Snowman trek. Campsite at Koina is one of the worst campsites on this trek but you will have to use it due to non-availability of campsites or availability of water.

  • DAY 15: Koina – Gasa

    Trek Day 13:

    Distance: 12 kms/7.4 miles

    Walking time: 4-5 hours.

    Altitude gain: 660m/2165ft

    Altitude loss:1680m/5510ft

    Starting at Koina (3240m/10627ft) and camp at Gasa (2220m/7282ft)

    The route may seem all the way downhill but you have to cross the last pass on this trek – Barila pass at 3900m/12,792ft, after which is all the way down hill till you reach camp. The camp is near the Gasa Dzong and village. You can go further 1-1/2 hours to Gasa Tsachu (hotspring) if you prefer a hotspring dip than the Gasa village. The decision should have been made at the start of the trek and the camp staff should have been informed.

  • DAY 16: Gasa – Geon Damji – Punakha

    Trek Day 14:

    Distance: 14 kms/8.7 miles

    Walking time: 4-5 hours.

    Altitude gain: 0m/0ft

    Altitude loss:30m/99ft

    Starting at Gasa (2220m/7282ft)

    today trail winds through rolling hillsides with vistas of fields, villages and Oak and Pine forests, our transport will we waiting us at Gaza Pang, Over Night at Damchen Resort or Zangdopelhri.

  • DAY 17: Punakha – Thimphu – Paro

    This early morning we drive to visit the Punakha Dzong, which is one of the most beautiful and architecturally impressive Dzong in the country. It is ideally located between two rivers Pho Chu “Male River” and Mo Chu “Female River”. It was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngwang Namgyel and it has served as the seats of the Government till 1953. The construction of the the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoch, who predicted “a person named Namgyel will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”.

    At the time there was a smaller Dzong “smaller Dzong” that house a statute of Duddha. It has said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in from of the statue. While Palep was sleeping in front the statue; the Shadrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From this vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper.

    The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang, “Palace of Great Happiness.” Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo “Chief Abbot” and central monk body. Here the war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved. In 1952; King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here. Thereafter you will drive to to Paro. Lunch will be serve at Dochu-la Pass and continue your journey to Paro.

  • DAY 18: Departure

    Depart for Paro airport for your onward flight. Thank you for your visit, we wish you a wonderful flight and safe journey back Home.

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Jomolhari Round Trek

Jomolhari Round Trek

  • Tine Raeymaekers

    BELGIUM

    “Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

  • Dr. Michelle Foltz

    USA

    “Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Karl

    AUSTRALIA

    “Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

  • Lukas

    “Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

OVERVIEW

Jomolhari Round Trek

This is a strenuous 10 days trek, starting from Drukgyel Dzong, Paro and ending at Dodina, Thimphu. This trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan, passing through scattered hamlets and farm land into densely forested valleys. It takes us to high alpine pasture land, where yak herders gaze their animals. The trek offers a great variety of landscape and stunning views of the Himalayan peaks. Along the trek route you will see the Blue sheep and many other examples of our wild life.

The trek takes up the Paro Chu (valley) to Jhomolhari base camp over the first three days. The views at the camp are amongst the best in the Himalayas. For those that are carrying on over the 2 high passes we spend a day at base camp to acclimatize and tour the region. Then it is over the first of the high passes – Nyilela pass 4870m (15680ft) an exciting adventure as we continue along a mountain ridge getting fabulous views of the Himalayas upclose. We spend the night near a military camp and next day can either be at rest for exploration of the Linjshi valley and Dzong.

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Its then over the highest pass of the trek at 4930m (16270ft) Yelila pass frequently snow covered. From there it is a 3 day trek down the valley to Thimpu – climbing up to highs as we go. The scenery is sometimes ragged as we cut through deep gorges and always green.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
MM
Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Jhomolhari Basecamp

    Jhomolhari Base Camp in Bhutan is a destination that epitomizes the allure of high-altitude adventure and pristine wilderness. Nestled at the foot of the majestic Jhomolhari mountain, this base camp offers a breathtaking panorama of towering peaks and expansive landscapes. The trek to reach this remote spot takes travelers through alpine meadows, rhododendron forests, and charming Bhutanese villages. As the air thins and prayer flags flutter against the mountain breeze, visitors are rewarded with a sense of serenity and accomplishment. Jhomolhari Base Camp encapsulates the essence of Bhutan’s untouched beauty, making it a must-visit for those seeking both physical challenge and spiritual connection in the heart of the Himalayas.
  • Sightseeing

    Sightseeing in Bhutan unveils a harmonious blend of cultural treasures and natural wonders. From the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery to the historic Punakha Dzong, each site narrates a tale of spirituality and architectural splendor. The Dochula Pass offers panoramic views, while the cultural hub of Thimphu showcases a seamless fusion of tradition and modernity. Amidst valleys adorned with prayer flags, Bhutan’s sightseeing experience is a captivating journey into the heart of a kingdom where ancient heritage meets breathtaking landscapes.
  • Bhutanese Culture

    Bhutanese culture, nestled in the Himalayas, welcomes travelers with a rich tapestry of tradition and spirituality. Festivals like Paro Tsechu showcase vibrant mask dances, offering insight into the country’s identity. Dzongs and traditional attire echo an ancient heritage, while warm hospitality invites cultural engagement. Bhutan’s culture, seamlessly blending with its stunning landscapes, turns every traveler’s experience into a profound journey of discovery.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

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Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrival at Paro

    Fly into Bhutan on Druk Airways. If you are lucky, you will have glorious view of the snowcapped Himalayas. The remarkable and steep descent into the Paro valley is an awe-inspiring beginning to an adventure of a lifetime.

    After visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will meet the Bhutanese representative from Bhutan Journeys, who will receive you and drive through Paro valley to your hotel.

    After settling down at the hotel, you will have your lunch. Afternoon visit the National Museum (Tak Dzong) (one of the fine museums in Asia that would shed further light to your adventurous trip to Bhutan and Paro Rimpong Dzong, administration center and religious institute of the valley. This Dzong may be familiar to people who watched Burtolucci’s film “The Little Buddha”, followed by walk through Paro town.

    Dinner and Overnight: Hotel

  • DAY 02: Paro – Taktsang (Tiger Nest Excursion)

    After breakfast we drive to the north of Paro valley to Ramthangkha, from where we start our hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). Visitors are permitted to hike up to the viewpoint from where they can see the monastery hanging on a cliff. We will obtain the special permit to visit the monastery.

    Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche flew from Eastern Bhutan on a tigress, bringing Buddhist teachings and meditated here in this cliff. This is one of the most venerated and sacred of all Buddhist sights around the world.

    Lunch will be served at Taktsang cafeteria. Walk downhill to the road and enroute visit Drukgyel Dzong (now in ruins), which reveals the reminiscence of ancient architecture and followed by visit to Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by Songtsen Gompo, which denotes the spread and emergence of Buddhism in the country.

    Evening at leisure: Dinner and Overnight: Hotel

  • DAY 03: Shana (9480ft/2890m)

    Trek Day 1: By car to Drugyel Dzong (8460ft/2580m), trek to Shana (9480ft/2890m)

    • Time: 5hr
    • Distance: 9.3 miles / 15 Km
    • Altitude gain: 1020ft/310m
    • Altitude loss: 260ft/80m

    At the end of the road north from Paro lie the ruins of Drugyel Dzong with Mount Jhomolhari (23,995ft/7315m) behind – a wonderful vista for the start of this trek. Bhutanese trekking staff and the first group of pack animals are met here. Walk along a dirt road for 1 hr through a wide, rich, cultivated valley, beneath forest-covered mountains, following the Paro Chhu. Beware of the sun, which can be very fierce at this altitude.

    At Tshento (Chang Zampa)- the first small settlement encountered – there is a small shop and a Basic Health Unit (BHU), which cares for people who live far away from hospitals. High up to the right on cliffs is a hermit building, the Chona Gompa (11,430ft/3485m). Throughout the valley there are big, magnificent, traditional Bhutanese farmhouses with bright red chilies drying on their roofs in season. Farmers in the upper Paro Valley grow red rice, potatoes and wheat. They measure their land in langdo, a section of land that can be ploughed by a pair of bulls in one day. At the end of the dirt road a new Swiss-built suspension bridge (8150ft/2485m) is crossed.

    The trek continues on the east side of the river. The trail climbs gently and will probably be muddy. Not far from the suspension bridge you pass a traditional stone bath, then a chorten; walk around its left side. After 2-2.5hr, just before entering a forest below a farmhouse, there is a spring with holy water that originates from Hedi Gompa further up the valley. In the forest there is another chorten (8,450ft/2577m), normally the lunch spot. There are two streams round the chorten: the smaller one, on the left, is holy water. The larger one, which has to be crossed by the bridges next to the chorten, starts from one of the glaciers on Chatarake. This mountain can be seen from tonight’s camp.

    Cross the main bridge and continue on a pleasant trail with no steep climbs through forest next to the Paro Chhu; look for the famous Hedi Gompa, located 200m higher. This is a very important monastery with some large old statues. At the hamlet of Chobiso (9120ft/2780m) there is a walk-through chorten with prayer wheels; you gain merit if you walk through, the valley widens, and after 2-2.5hrs the big military camp is reached, with ‘Welcome to Gunitsawa – the Phurba Battalion’ painted on a boulder. The camp has a big school and some shops, and your trekking permit will be checked at camp entrance. Next to the entrance there is a house with a tall, water-powered prayer wheel and a Bhutanese-style house/chapel with Buddha statues and an enormous phallus fixed to its outside wall.

    From the military camp you can see a ridge coming down from the northeast. This is the old route (2004) for descending from the Jhomolhari circuit trek, which starts and finishes in Drukgyel Dzong/Paro (see Trek 4, day 8). The trail bypasses the camp and crosses Paro Chhu on a new footbridge. After the bridge, turn straight to the north-northwest following a trail next to the river, which climbs for 10min. After another 10min through forest, you suddenly see the camp in a big open field at Shana (Sharna Sampa; 9480ft/2890m. be aware of burglary at this camp! Looking back from camp you can see a big snowy peak, Chatarake (Djo Drake, Jo Darkey: 18,270ft/5570m or 21,320ft/6500m), was first climbed in 1993 by two Dutch climbers.

  • DAY 04: Soi Thangthanka (11,730ft/3575m)

    Trek Day 2 Shana (9480ft/2890m) to Soi Thangthanka (11,730ft/3575m)

    • Time: 6-7hr (add 1hr if trail is muddy)
    • Distance: 13.6 mile s/ 22Km
    • Altitude gain: 2250ft / 685m
    • Altitude loss: 0ft / 0m

    Sun reaches camp at about 0700hr. This is a hard day, with a lot of distance to cover. The altitude gain is above the limit, and after lunch the trail is rough and stony with many rises and drops. Count on a late arrival at camp and carry an extra sweater.

    Follow the river upstream on its right side on a muddy trail. After 10min an old ruined bridge (Penji Zam or Shana Zampa, 9440ft/2878m) is reached, destroyed by major floods caused by glacial lake outbursts in 1950 and 1960. The bridge, named for a Bhutanese official called Sharna Dungpa, was used in the old days by travelers coming from or going to the north, to Phari in Tibet. It was the first administered by the Shana Dungpa (Dungpa = a chief of a sub-district). Traders returning from Tibet paid tax here in the form of salt; traders from Bhutan had to pay in different goods. There is also Lhakhang on the other side of the old bridge.

    On the other side of the river, to the right of a house, is a signboard for the Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP), which can only be read using binoculars. It is placed out of range to prevent it being demolished! The Trail climbs steadily through a beautiful thick forest of Oak, rhododendrons, bamboo and ferns. Look out for birds: there are many species here. After crossing a couple of small streams and trekking for 2-2.5hr, a clearing with two houses, Shing Karap (10,170ft/3100m), is reached. Home-brewed beer is sold, and the house is plastered with empty bottles. Not far after Shing Karap, the trail forks, marked by a big cairn heavily decorated with flowers and prayer flags. Turn right- ‘Way to Soe’ is written on a stone, with an arrow pointing right.

    The trek to Soi Thangthanka continues for 3-4hr through beautiful forest consisting mainly of birch, fir, larch, maple, blue pine and rhododendron. This 300m+ clim could easily amount to 500m or more due to all small rises and drops.

    After some hours of walk you will cross a big bridge (11,675ft/3560m). Be careful: yaks may be encoutered from now on – always give way for yaks, and make sure you move onto the upper side of the track, not the lower, as they pass. A short climb follows and a big chorten and second bridge appear ahead, at the confluence of the two rivers Paro Chhu (Sey Chhu) from the north and Ronse Ghon from the west. This is Seyende Zumb or Seyende Zam. From the bridge leading to the chorten you might see Jhomolhari to the north. A big valley, called Soi Yakse, opens up to the west with several big snowy peaks between 5000m and 5650m at its end. Further up the Soi Yakse valley is the camp that is used on day six or seven of the Jhomolhari Trek, which starts and ends at Drugyel Dzong/Paro

    To reach Soi Thangthanka camp you don’t cross the second bridge but continue for 20-30min on a good trail along the west side of the river. Soi Thangthanka or Tshajeu Din Kha camp is in a big meadow. The Department of Tourism once built a tourist bungalow here, but it has collapsed and is beyond use.

  • DAY 05: Jangothang (Jhomolhari camp) (13,260ft/4044m)

    Trek Day 3: Soi Thangthanka (11,730ft/3575m) to Jangothang (Jhomolhari camp) (13,260ft/4044m)

    • Time: 4-5hr
    • Distance: 10.5 miles / 17Km
    • Altitude gain: 1530ft / 469m
    • Altitude loss: 0ft / 0m

    After enjoying the view to Jhomolhari and a good breakfast, walk for 1 hr through forest. Gradually the view is lost, but the mountain will be seen again in its full glory from Jangothang (Jhomolhari camp). Somewhere between Soi Thangthanka camp and the military camp the border between the Paro Dzongkhag and Thimphu Dzongkhag is crossed. A Dzongkha (district) is divided into smaller gewogs. We now enter the Soe (Soe Yutey) gewog. Today’s trail again follows the river and changes direction several times. Late in spring, towards the treeline, the blue poppy (Bhutan’s national flower) has been spotted. At (12,235ft/3730m a military camp with Bhutanese and Indian army personnel is reached. The camp (Soe Makhang, Heansho Jhangkha) has a helipad, and guards another pass into Tibet, 11Km away from Phari.

    About 1 hr beyond the camp, the trail turns right at a mani wall. Climbing a ridge, we reach a big open meadow with a chorten in the middle, a beautiful campsite: Geza (or Genza or Heysi Thangka). Yaks are kept here in winter. In the bushes near the river is a ruin, supposedly a small dzong built to ‘stop’ invasions from Tibet. Take it easy now since the altitude is approaching 4000m.

  • DAY 06: Rest day at Jhomolhari Camp (13,260ft/4044m)

    Trek Day 4: Rest day at Jhomolhari Camp (13,260ft/4044m)

    Sun reaches camp at 0800hr in fall. Most people will feel the effects of ascending 1800m in three days, so a rest day at Jhomolhari camp will help with acclimatization. There are some good day hikes from Jhomolhari camp, and it is important to hike today so that you will acclimatize. Follow the standard rule: trek high, sleep low.

    Side trips for the rest day

    • An easy day hike up the valley towards the foot of Jhomolhari; there are several yak trails. After nearly 1hr there is an open sandy space, once probably a big lake. Follow a trail that climbs the moraine on the right and go as far as possible on this towards Jhomolhari. The moraine – ridge walk gives a good view down to the glacier. Ahead, the east face of Jhomolhari gets closer and closer. Watch out for a head of Himalayan blue sheep in this valley.
    • One of the more beautiful hikes goes eastward up to the twin lakes Tsho Phu (14,270ft/4350m), which are full of trout (2hr to the lakes; 1.5hr back to camp). From the lakes there is a spectacular view back to Jhomolhari and jitchu Drake. Watch out for the yak herders’ dogs: they are sometimes kept half-starved and are trained to drive unwelcome visitors away. Start by going up the valley from camp. At Jangothang, just at the first house, a bridge crosses the river at the start of an obvious steep trail. For more information about the area and a note on fishing, see Trek 4, day 5.
    • The most challenging day hike is up the steep, grassy ridge located next to camp to the north. It takes 3-4hr to reach the final rocky summit (15,610ft/4760m). The views get better and better, first of Jitchu Drake (about 22,470ft/6850m) and, at one point, when crossing over a ridge, Jhomolhari (23,995ft/7315m) is just opposite. The last part of the rocky summit can be tricky due to loose rocks and wind; bring a windproof jacket, gloves and hat.
    • A very pleasant hike (2-2.5hr up, 1-1.5hr down) goes in the direction of Jitchu Drake. Walk northeast from camp, following the same trail used to cross Nyile La to Lingshi (see day 5). Pass the last house in Jangothang and find a bridge to cross the river (the second bridge at Jangothang). Immediately after crossing the bridge, turn left and follow a less steep trail into the valley that leads to the foot of Jitchu Drake. You could turn around once you reach a major side valley. A little bit higher up there is a big, flat meadow that used to have a memorial plaque for two Italians who were killed on Jitchu Drake in 1948; unfortunately, the plaque was
  • DAY 07: Lingshi (13,150ft/4010m) via Nyile La (16,040ft/4890m)

    Trek Day5: Jangothang (13,260ft/4044m) to Lingshi (13,150ft/4010m) via Nyile La (16,040ft/4890m)

    • Time: 6 – 6.5 hr
    • Distance: 13 miles / 21 Km
    • Altitude gain: 2780ft / 845m
    • Altitude loss: 2890ft / 880m

    Leave camp and walk north to the houses of Jangothang. At the first house there is a good view of Jitchu Drake (22,925ft/6989m). Continue hiking to the last of the three houses and find a log bridge crossing the river. (This is the second log bridge; the first leads to Tsho Phu lakes.) A steep switchback trail starts climbing out of the valley into another that leads to the final climb and pass.

    One year a dead yak-slaughtered or accidentally killed – lay in the river, near the first house. The people of this area only cut meat from a carcass on a date advised by the astrologer, which can be up to a week after death. They believe that cutting fresh meat may lead to more cattle dying. The corpse is kept in the stream to keep the meat from rotting. One man from Jangothang is known to be a good astrologer, the only one in the area and well respected by the people. People seek his advice about illness in both humans and livestock.

    It is a long climb – 3-3.5hr – to reach the first high and very windy pass of this trek, the Nyile La (16,040ft/4890m; Nglele La, Ngile La; ‘sleepy pass’). A yak ride up to the pass is an option (although you need luck to find one calm enough to ride!). Today’s trek will test your level of acclimatisation. If you’re having problems this is the time to turn back; once you’ve crossed over to Lingshi you can only get out by crossing high passes.

    From Nyile La you can see far towards the east-northeast into the trekking area covered over the next couple of days. The mountain Takaphu (21,405ft/6526m) dominates the view towards the north. Tiger Mountain is the main mountain to be seen looking east.

    From the pass, descend a short, steep section with some loose stones. Be careful if the yaks are on their way down at the same time; if they start running they are difficult to stop. Less than 30min down is a flat, more sheltered area-a good lunch spot.

    Continuing to descend and passing a narrow gorge with a small river crossing, you can spot Masa Gang peak in the far distance. The trail in now easy, flat and good, leading to a viewing point from which Lingshi Dzong can be seen in its full glory; a powerful, solitary structure in the middle of an enormous wilderness.

    Lingshi Dzong gets closer during the steep 900m drop, and camp is located next to a tourist bungalow.

  • DAY 08: Rest day at Lingshi for exploring

    Trek 6: Rest day at Lingshi for exploring

    You will spend an extra day here to explore the Lingshi surroundings. Looking towards the east from camp are views of Takaphu (21,405ft/6526m) and its glacier. At the end of this valley (1hr walk) are two big old yak herder houses at Guilpho (Jukhuje) and a little gompa called Gyo Gompa. Gyo Gompa was built on a rockface at the beginning of the last century, and can be reached by climbing some stairs. Its setting is dramatic with Jitchu Drake in the background. Another day hike could be to visit the lake Chhokam Tso (14,225ft/4337m) near the base of Jitchu Drake. From here a pass, called Bake La – as difficult as Nyile La-leads to Jitchu Drake base camp on the Jangothang side.

    The Lingshi tourist bungalow (now totally out of order – 2004) is another big shelter with a shingled roof, built by the former government –run tourism company, BTCL. There are only three tourist bungalows in Bhutan (2002), but there are plans to build new ones and to renovate the three existing ones. There is a separate room for cooking, and a big room where the group can sit, trying to survive the smoke of a welcome fire. The bungalows normally have a caretaker who keeps the campsite in shape, sells firewood, some vegetables and other products. One night in 2001 the bungalow at Lingshi was attacked twice by a Himalayan bear. The bear tried to get in through the roof, but the caretaker scared him away. His wife had died the previous year, and he believed she had taken all the good luck with her!

  • DAY 09: Shodu (13,380ft/4080m) via Yale La ( 16, 235ft 4950m)

    Trek 7: Lingshe (13, 150ft /4010m) to Shodu (13,380ft/4080m) via Yale La ( 16, 235ft 4950m)

    • Time: 8 – 9hr
    • Distance: 13.6 miles / 22 km
    • Altitude gain: 3085ft / 940m
    • Altitude Loss: 2855ft /870m

    Today it is a long, hard day. We start early taking a trail through the rhododendron forest on the ridge above the camp in an easterly direction towards a small chorten. Turn a corner and go south into a valley with few trees. Below flows the No chu or Chabeyt Chang Chu (Blue River).

    The climb rises steadily to reach an altitude of about 4450m, 2.5 – 3 hrs after leaving the camp. Cross the main river to its right side and climb out to the main valley into side valley. The last part of climb is through area called Jimenameshing with large boulders and several switch backs. Finally you will reach to the big cairn on top of the Yale La, with the views towards the snowy mountains around Lingshi and Basingthang Peaks to the south. Most people travel between Lingshi and Thimphu use the Yale la, so the trail is well marked. The decent joins the Jaradingthang Chhu, which becomes the Thimphu Chhu. At around 4150m, you will come across a small chorten from where the trail takes an easterly direction following the river. The campsite is at shoudu ( 13, 380ft/ 4080ft) just after crossing a sandy slope.

  • DAY 10: Barshong (12, 200ft / 3720m)

    Trek Day 8: Shodu 13,380ft/4080m) to Barshong (12, 200ft / 3720m)

    Today pass the deserted military camp ad follow the trail to the river through the lime stone valley. Monks use this caves in the rocks for mediation and Shabdrung is said to have mediated there. Cross the Main River, which offer good views of giant rock faces and waterfalls? Towards the end of the today’s trek the trail gradually ascends 130m to Barshong Dzong ruins (12, 200ft/3720m). There is a muddy campsite below the Dzong or you can carry on for 1- 1.5hr to a better campsite. Barshong Village is a very small, consisting less the half a dozen of houses.

  • DAY 11: Dolam Khencho (10,790ft / 3290m)

    Trek Day 9: Barshong (12, 220ft /3720m) to Dolam Khencho (10,790ft / 3290m)

    • Time: 4 hr
    • Distance: 9.3 miles / 15km
    • Altitude gain: 0ft / 0m
    • Altitude loss: 1410ft / 430m

    After crossing a side stream, Tshongjug Chhu, makes a steep descent on a rocky trail ending at the Wong Chhu or Thimphu Chhu. There are several ups and downs and crossing of smaller side stream; the main river follows a very obvious, nearly perfect 90 degree corner, changing from west – east to the south. Reach a split in the trail, the one on the right descends to the camp site for tonight. Dolamak Kencho (10,790ft/3290m).

  • DAY 12: Thimphu (45 minutes drive)

    Trek Day 10: Dolam Kencho (10,790ft / 3290m) to Dodena (8577ft / 2615m) and Thimphu (45 minutes drive)

    • Time: 3 hr
    • Distance: 4.3 miles / 7km
    • Altitude Gain: 525ft / 160m
    • Altitude Loss: 2214ft / 675m

    Climb back from the campsite up to the main trail to the cairn at 11, 315ft / 3450m, from where the route descends to a side stream (10, 070ft/3070m). There are small ups and downs followed by a couple of short steep switchbacks to descend a vertical cliff before finally reaching the last stretch to Dodena.

    The Trail descends through bamboo forest, following the mule trail high above the river until finally meets it again at Dodena. A large sign marks the one of the entry and exit point of Jigme Dorji National Park, and a beautiful styled covered wooden bridge marks the path to Cheri Gompa. Drive to Thimphu for a nice hot shower at your hotel.

  • DAY 13: Thimphu Sightseeing

    After breakfast, you will be taken to the following places of cultural interest.

    The folk Heritage Museum: This museum lets you experience the Bhutanese way of life. Art and Craft Institute: This is a vocational training Institute where the art of painting, woodcraft and sculpturing are taught to students with the objective of preserving the rich and pristine heritage.

    The National Library: This repository houses ancient religious and historical manuscripts.

    Those of you interested in whetting your intellectual appetite may do so here. Lunch will be served at your Hotel. Afternoon you will visit

    The Drubthob Gompa Nunnnery: Nuns with sport short hair, who play a vital role in the religious affairs of the local community, are enrolled here. Thereafter you will be taken to have a “Birds Eye view” of Thimphu valley. Enroute, you shall visit the mini zoo to see the National Animal “ Takin”.

    After seeing this place you will have a free time to explore the Handicraft Emporium and other local Handicrafts shops to experience the beauty of Bhutanese Textiles.

    Dinner and Overnight: Hotel

  • DAY 14: Thimphu – Paro

    This morning visits The Textile Museum: This museum displays the finest art of weaving from various regions of Bhutan. You will also be able to see the different fabrics and the intricacies of weaving. There will be a brief audiovisual program on textiles of Bhutan.

    Bhutan Post (Post Office): As the sole postal organization of Bhutan, Bhutan Post offers you the finest collections of stamps and post cards. You can purchase the finest stamps and cards as a souvenir. The Memorial Chorten built in the honor of the late King of Bhutan; this Chorten is centrally located for young and old people to pray.

    Afternoon you will depart to Paro for your overnight hotel. We will take 2 hours leisurely drive following the Thimphu River till the confluence of Thimphu and Paro River, Chunzom. At the confluences, here your will see three forms of Chorten in different styles i.e. Nepalese, Tibetan and Bhutanese.

    The drive then follows the Paro River upwards passing through several villages. Enroute you will view Tachogang Monastery, (the monastery of the Excellent horse) built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Iron chain builder in Bhutan) and his Iron chain bridge can be still seen.

    Drive though village of Shaba and then to you hotel at Paro. Evening at leisure. Farewell Dinner and Overnight: Hotel

  • DAY 15: Paro – Airport

    Depart for Paro airport for your onward flight having experienced the best of Bhutan.

    Note: This itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule and everything that you will be able to see during your trip. Numerous factors such as weather, the physical ability of the participants, may dictate itinerary changes either before or while on the trip. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of trip participant’s safety, comfort and general well being. We have included everything that is feasible for you all to see during the trip.

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OVERVIEW

Soi Yaksa Trek

A trekking adventure in Bhutan unveils a realm of untouched natural beauty and cultural wonders. The kingdom’s pristine landscapes, from lush forests to lofty mountain peaks, serve as the backdrop for thrilling trekking routes like the iconic Snowman Trek or the scenic Druk Path Trek.

As travelers traverse the undulating terrains, they encounter traditional villages, ancient monasteries, and breathtaking vistas that showcase Bhutan’s serene charm. The trails, adorned with prayer flags fluttering in the mountain breeze, lead to high-altitude campsites where the star-lit Himalayan nights are as enchanting as the days. Bhutan’s commitment to environmental conservation ensures that these trekking experiences are not just adventures but also journeys of immersion into the kingdom’s unspoiled nature and rich cultural heritage.

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DAYS

This is a nine days trek, starting and ending the trek at the Drukgyel Dzong, Paro. It is one of the best treks for nature lovers, which offers stunning views of peaks and alpine pastureland. Many scattered settlements of Yak herders of Thongbu valley and you will be in the wilderness nature of habitat of Takins and blue sheep can be seen along the route.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
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Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
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90-120
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Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
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0-70
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Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
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5-10
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Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Thongbu Valley

    Thongbu Valley in Bhutan unfolds as a hidden gem for intrepid travelers seeking serene beauty and cultural immersion. Tucked away amidst the lush landscapes of the Himalayas, this enchanting valley offers a tranquil retreat where traditional Bhutanese villages dot the undulating terrain. Visitors can engage with the warm locals, witness age-old customs, and admire the breathtaking scenery. The valley’s charm lies in its simplicity, providing an authentic experience that resonates with the untouched beauty of Bhutan’s natural and cultural heritage.
  • Sightseeing

    Sightseeing in Bhutan unveils a harmonious blend of cultural treasures and natural wonders. From the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery to the historic Punakha Dzong, each site narrates a tale of spirituality and architectural splendor. The Dochula Pass offers panoramic views, while the cultural hub of Thimphu showcases a seamless fusion of tradition and modernity. Amidst valleys adorned with prayer flags, Bhutan’s sightseeing experience is a captivating journey into the heart of a kingdom where ancient heritage meets breathtaking landscapes.
  • Bhutanese Culture

    Bhutanese culture, nestled in the Himalayas, welcomes travelers with a rich tapestry of tradition and spirituality. Festivals like Paro Tsechu showcase vibrant mask dances, offering insight into the country’s identity. Dzongs and traditional attire echo an ancient heritage, while warm hospitality invites cultural engagement. Bhutan’s culture, seamlessly blending with its stunning landscapes, turns every traveler’s experience into a profound journey of discovery.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

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Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrival at Paro

    As the plane banks over the mountain slopes, the Paro Valley greet you with luminous paddies rippling in the breeze and tiny houses sprinkled on the bank of the meandering river. The air is crystal clear, light translucent and on horizon, snowcapped mountains frame the idyllic like painting. It does not matter how many times you land in Paro, the bucolic valley unfolds like a dream. If you are lucky, you will have a glorious view of the Snowcapped Himalayas.

    After visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will meet by our representative, who will drive through Paro valley for lunch.

    Afternoon we will drive to visit the Paro National Museum, which will shed further light to some of things that you will be seeing on your trip and visit Paro Dzong built in 1646, which houses the administrative center of the Paro district and religious institute for monks. You will walk down to the coach crossing over the traditional wooden covered bridge called “Nymezampa” which spans over the Paro River.

    Thereafter you will walk through Paro Then finally we will take a walk through Paro’s main street to interact with the local people and visit small shops occupying the ground levels that provides the basic necessities.

    Dinner and Overnight: Hotel

  • DAY 02: Paro – Taktsang (Tiger Nest Excursion)

    After breakfast we drive to the north of Paro valley to Ramthangkha, from where we start our hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). Visitors are permitted to hike up to the viewpoint from where they can see the monastery hanging on a cliff. We will obtain the special permit to visit the monastery.

    Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche flew from Eastern Bhutan on a tigress, bringing Buddhist teachings and meditated here in this cliff. This is one of the most venerated and sacred of all Buddhist sights around the world.

    Lunch will be served at Taktsang cafeteria. Walk downhill to the road and enroute visit Drukgyel Dzong (now in ruins), which reveals the reminiscence of ancient architecture and followed by visit to Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by Songtsen Gompo, which denotes the spread and emergence of Buddhism in the country.

    Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.

  • DAY 03: PARO – DRUKGYEL DZONG TO SHANNA

    Trek Day 1

    • Start Elevation: Drukgyel Dzong 2580m, 8282ft
    • Elevation Gain: 1624’
    • Ending Elevation: 9,482
    • Elevation loss: 0
    • Distance: 11.2 miles

    START OF THE TREK: The first day the trek starts with a 20 min (16km) drive to the northwest of Paro Valley to Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined Dzong, which once defended the valley from the Tibetan invasion. This fortress, now a burned shell, was once a strategic in Bhutan’s defense against the Tibetan aggression.

    Mt Chomolhari (7314m/24,500ft), sacred submit, reaches skyward behind it, are forming the starting décor of the Trek. Here we meet our Bhutanese Trekking crew and the first group of pack animals. It will take a while to sort the loads before the pack animal leave. So there is time to visit the ruins of the Dzong and to take some obvious picture painted on the side of a house next to the road.

    We start walking down about 80m along a dust road for the first hour, through the rich agriculture valley, following the Paro Chu. From the Trek leader Ethan Goldings’ Trek journal: Route straightforward, up wide flat valley. Looks bit like north of Pokhara (a decade or more ago!). You step off the pavement and you’re in it………..off on Trek. And what a magnificent trek.’’

    After two and half hour walk from the Drukgyel Dzong you enter a forest in which very soon you come across a Chorten, where packed lunch will be served. The trails proceeds up a wide valley beneath the forest-covered mountains and beautiful farmhouses.

    After two and half hours you will get to a military camp called Gunitsawa but generally called as Shana. Our trekking permit will be checked at the army gate and cross the army camp’s bridge, which you start climbing for around 20min. We walk for another 30 minutes and all of sudden you reach to an open field with the grove of pines, where is our camp for tonight.

    Campsite: 2857m or 16544ft.

  • DAY 04: SAHANA – SOITHNAGKHA

    Trek Day 2: SAHANA – SOITHNAGKHA

    • Starting elevation: 9,482ft
    • Elevation loss: 0
    • Ending Elevation: 11.745ft or 767m
    • Distance: 14. 5 miles (23. 35kms)
    • Elevation Gain: 2,559ft

    Today is a hard day. Lot of distance to cover; altitude gain is also above the limit and the trail after lunch is tough due to many ups and downs with many stones sticking out. Up early this morning, after bed tea and washing water, then breakfast at 7:00am and depart the camp by 8.00am.

    We follow the river upstream on the right side on a muddy trail and after 10min we reach to the ruin of old wooden bridge being photographed by Claude White in the beginning of last century and on the right side of house, you can see a sign board JDNP (Jigme Dorji National Park) “ Leave nothing but the foot prints. Take nothing but the memories”, which is possible for you to read by using binoculars.

    The trail climbs steady through the beautiful thick forest of oaks, rhododendrons, bamboo and ferns reaching at a clearance with two houses, called Shing Karap. Not far after crossing Shing Karap, your trail occurs a major split decorated with heap of stones. The left trail goes up and is more visible with even stone paved surface; the trail leads up the forbidden pass Termo La and onwards to the city of Phari to Tibet. 14km.

    We will take this route, which goes a bit, down hill through the forest. Another 35 min, including with a little steep climb and decent again brings us to wooden bridge called Syende Zam (River Sey Chu). Continuing up streams and following the main river on the left side, after 5 min you find a wide clearance in the forest, which is a lunch spot.

    Continue your trek to Sio-Thangkha for another 3/4 hours trekking and 300+ Climbing, but actual is about 500m or more due to all the ups and downs to be climbed. You come across the beautiful forest consisting mainly birch, firs, larch, maple. blue pine and rhododendrons. We finally reach to a last real step climb for today and decent down to the main river, following the river you reach a bridge at 3560m which we should cross. A short climb after bridge you will be able to see a chorten and look into a wide valley towards the right called Soi Yaksa, which has some big snowy peaks between 5000m to 5650m at the end. On the other side of the camp you these mountains, you will find Basingthang – a campsite on the trek from Lingshi to Thimphu.

    In this valley there are also a quite big farmhouses and the ruin of a Dzong Called Sey Dzong. We will not cross the bridge leading to the chorten but follow the trail to the left side of the river, which gives a opportunity to have a spectacular view of Mt Chomolahari from the bridge on a clear day. Walk for another 30min or so to reach at the campsite Soi-Thangthangkha for today.

  • DAY 05: SOI THANGKHA – JANGOTHNAG (CHOMOLHARI BASE CAMP)

    Trek Day 3: SOI THANGKHA – JANGOTHNAG (CHOMOLHARI BASE CAMP)

    • Starting elevation: .11745ft
    • Elevation loss: 0
    • Ending Elevation: 13,480ft or 4040m
    • Distance: 11. 9 miles (19kms)
    • Elevation Gain: 9,674ft

    The trail follows the Pa Chu and after one-hour walk or more you pass a small army post where the valleys begins to widen. During the day, you cross so many beautiful settlements, which makes it a very attractive day. We continue through open valley above the tree lined with snow peaks.

    We pass the small settlements, with the out reach health clinic for the community and within an hour, you reach at the base of the ruins of an ancient fortress and you can see the Mt. Chomolhari looming at the end of the valley.

  • DAY 06: JANGOTHNAG HALT (CHOMOLARI BASE CAMP)

    Trek Day 4 : JANGOTHNAG HALT (CHOMOLARI BASE CAMP)

    Ascending 1800m in 3 days is something that most people feel. Therefore, we keep a rest day at Chomolhari Base Camp to give your body to acclimatize. There are some really nice hikes, which are ideal to do during the rest day. The hike includes climbing up facing the Chomolhari in the front and hike towards the northeast to view Mt. Jitchu Drake.

    The other option is going in the valley facing Chomolhari in the front to view the glaciers at the base. For those feeling the altitude or just interested in relaxing at the camp, watching the shifting light on Chomolhari…not a bad way to spend the day! The summit of Chomolhari is considered to be abode of the goddess Jomo. It is the perfect mountain with ideal shape – more or less symmetrical – a real throne for a goddess.

    The other most exciting one is going in easterly direction up to two big lakes called Tshophu, which are full of trout fish. From the lakes you have a nice view back of Chomolhari, Jitchu Drake and Tsherim Gang. You will be passing through Tshophu (lakes) on your journey to Chorapang.

    Today is more or less a rest day. There are stupendous day hikes in 3 directions. Chomolhari and its subsidiary are directly west, Jichu Drake to the north, unclimbed summits and ridges to the east. It is possible to enjoy another day hike from Jangothang before heading to the lakes and the new campsite, which is about 10 minutes from the lakes. Those interested in fishing may wish to head up to the lakes earlier in the day.

  • DAY 07: JANGOTHANG TO CHORAPANG

    Trek DAY 5: JANGOTHANG TO CHORAPANG

    • Starting elevation: 14,100’ at Jangothang
    • Ending elevation: 12,300’ at Chorapang (Camp along river in Soi Yaksa valley)
    • Elevation gain: 1,576’ to Bang Tue La
    • Elevation loss: 3,215
    • Approximate mileage: 8.57 miles

    Today, we pass the yak herder’s houses and cross the small river, The trail climbs steeply for about 45minutes with spectacular views of Jitchu Drake and Chomolhari, which gradually gets more impressive as you gain altitude. Once you reach the top of the plateau, the trail will level out and after crossing a small hill, the first lake will come into view. This is a spectacular walk with the three major peaks rising above the valley a broad stream on your right and snow covered peaks.

    H.R.H Prince Namgyal Wangchuk stocked these two lakes with brown trout in the 1960s. Fishing is strictly prohibited in these two lakes.

    After crossing the lakes, we tackle the Bang Tue La (Pass) which is the highest point on our trek at 15,600’ An early start is recommended to allow for enough time to reach camp and to get over the pass in the morning when the weather is pleasant.

    Be on the lookout for Blue sheep on the steep hillsides above the valley. In the fall, the sheep gather together in herds numbering up to 500 individuals. In addition to the Blue sheep, there are several Snow leopards, which live in these regions.

    As we climb, we will pace ourselves to allow our bodies to adjust to the elevation. At a slow pace, we should be at the pass by approximately 11.00 am.From the pass, the trail drops quickly to a huge grass covered plateau dotted with yak herder tent stone circles. To the right is a massive cliff with waterfalls and a vast scree field below.

    The valley of Soi Yaksa is an incredibly scenic box canyon, which ends abruptly at the foot of the steep cliff. Above the canyon floor the landscape is comprised of cliffs, waterfalls and higher still, snow covered peaks. Above the cliff to our right the mountain rises to a dramatic point, resembling the throne of a local deity.

    As we ramble thought the steep grazing fields, we can see the edge of the plateau which ends with a final descent to the valley floor and camp site beside a rushing stream.

  • DAY 08: CHORAPANG/THONGBU

    Trek DAY 6: CHORAPANG/THONGBU

    • Starting elevation: 12,300’ at Chorapan (camp along river in Soi Yaksa valley)
    • Ending elevation: 13,123’ at Thongbu
    • Elevation gain: 2,132 up to Takalung la
    • Elevation loss: 1,312’ down from Takalung la
    • Approximate mileage: 6.84 miles

    We climb steadily for 600 feet above the camp and the trails levels out and winds around a ridge and cross a stream. Another steep climb to a small pass marked by several small chortens-stupas. We stooped for a brief tea break and then continue, now above tree line, past one yak herder tent and herds of grazing yak. We reach the next valley, which has a beautiful snow fed river.

    We cross the river and began the climb to the pass. It is steep, but we take our time and after one ad a half hours we reach our second pass. The Takalung la at 14,400’. From the pass we can see the large valley of Thongbu and our campsite for the night. A Gently winding tail leads us down hill to our camp.

    If the weather co-operates the view from the pass is spectacular, with Chomolhair and Jitchu Drake rising over the mountain range we covered yesterday. We have a clear view of Thebang Teu La (yesterday’s pass) and the Soi Yaksa Valley. Thongbu is a wide valley filled with yak herder encampments, many yaks’ horses and a few goats.

    Camp at Thongbu

  • DAY 09: THONGBU TO SHANA

    Trek DAY 7: THONGBU TO SHANA

    • Starting elevation: 13,200’ at Thongbu
    • Ending elevation: 8,202’ at Drukyes Dzong
    • Elevation gain: 722’ up to Thongbu la
    • Elevation loss: 5,742 down from Thongbu la to Drukyel Dzong
    • Approximate mileage: 15.54 miles

    Our trail climbs steeply from camp up the side of a mountain covered with dwarf rhododendron. It is a relatively short but steep climb to the small pass. From this point, we begin a wonderful part of our trek route. For almost two hours, we walk along a ridgeline trail with drops off to the valley floors below on both sides. If it is clear, there are panoramic views of the major peaks and distance valleys.

    Eventually we drop from the high ridge and we begin to glimpse views of another dramatic peak, Drake Gang. Like Jitchu Drake, it is the residence of a local male deity, while Chomolhari is the home of Jomo, a female deity. We were now in an area of rocky cliffs and parapets, which faded in and out of the mist. We dropped further to a lovely spot with views of the valleys below us. We stop for a tea break while enjoying the views.

    From this tranquil spot, we begin one of our most challenging parts of the trek. For the next three hours, we dropped steeply on a switch back trail losing more than 4,500 feet. The trail again is littered with many stones, which make footing challenging. Taking our time and (watching our knees!) we descend to the valley floor.

    As we lose elevation, the landscape changes from alpine with dwarf rhododendrons to lush pine forests with huge old growth trees. Even lower, we entered a mixed forest of pine and oak.

    We break our journey at Shana and camp here for the night.

  • DAY 10: SHANA TO DRUGYEL DZONG TO THIMPHU

    Trek DAY 8: SHANA TO DRUGYEL DZONG TO THIMPHU

    For the remaining journey from Shana to Drukyel Dzong we will have riding ponies available for those who would like to ride. Anyone wishing to walk to the head may do so at their leisure. Upon arrival at Drukyel, the representatives from the office will meet us and vehicles for a post trek celebrations.

    We drive the distance to your Hotel in Thimphu for the night, where our luggage and hot shower awaits us!

  • DAY 11: Thimphu – Sightseeing

    You can do some sightseeing in Thimphu or one can have leisure day in Thimphu. This morning you will visit the following places of cultural interest.

    In the morning you will visit the National Memorial Chorten with its golden spines shining in the sun, its tinkling bells built in honour of third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insights into Buddhist Philosophy in all its complexity of tantric Buddhism. This Chorten is centrally located and you will see an endless procession of elderly people circling around it.

    The Folk and Heritage Museum: lets you experience the Bhutanese rural way of living through an exhibitions of items and artifacts used in households. The principal exhibit is the museum building itself which is a resorted three storey traditional rammed mud and timber house.

    The Arts and Craft Institute: This is a vocational training institute, where traditional techniques of drawing, paintings, calligraphy, embroidery, weaving, wood carving and sculpturing are taught to students with the objective of preserving the rich and pristine heritage.

    The Indigenous Hospital: The hospital manufactures traditional medicines from various raw materials collected from varying altitudes within the country.

    Evening Visit Tashi Chodzong and their after drive to Buddha point for a bird view of Thimphu Valley

    Overnight leisure at Hotel

  • DAY 12: Departure

    Drive to Paro Airport for your onward flight.

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The Sacred Valley Trek

The Sacred Valley Trek

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OVERVIEW

The Sacred Valley Trek

A trekking adventure in Bhutan unveils a realm of untouched natural beauty and cultural wonders. The kingdom’s pristine landscapes, from lush forests to lofty mountain peaks, serve as the backdrop for thrilling trekking routes like the iconic Snowman Trek or the scenic Druk Path Trek.

As travelers traverse the undulating terrains, they encounter traditional villages, ancient monasteries, and breathtaking vistas that showcase Bhutan’s serene charm. The trails, adorned with prayer flags fluttering in the mountain breeze, lead to high-altitude campsites where the star-lit Himalayan nights are as enchanting as the days. Bhutan’s commitment to environmental conservation ensures that these trekking experiences are not just adventures but also journeys of immersion into the kingdom’s unspoiled nature and rich cultural heritage.

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The scared valley trek is a moderate trek of ten days that takes you through the magnificent Thangbi valley, following along the Chamkhar River. It takes you to the base camp of Gangkhar Puensum (Bhutan’s highest mountain and te world’s highest unclimbed mountain). According to Bhutanese history, the mountain is the source of three major Bhutanese rivers, the Kurui Chu, Chamkhar Chu, and the Mangde Chu. These rivers flow through the Lhuntse, Bumthang and Trongsa valleys respectively, and each area has a pivotal significance in Bhutanese history, religion and culture.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


4-25
°C
20-50
MM
Spring
MAR – MAY
15-27
°C
90-120
MM
Monsoons
JUN – AUG
3-26
°C
0-70
MM
Autumn
SEPT – NOV
(-2)-17
°C
5-10
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Winter
DEC – FEB

Trip Highlights

  • Gangkhar Puensum Basecamp

    Gangkhar Puensum’s base camp in Bhutan beckons adventurers to an extraordinary trek amidst the kingdom’s pristine Himalayan terrain. This high-altitude journey offers breathtaking views, encounters with yaks, and the serenity of remote lakes. As the world’s highest unclimbed peak, Gangkhar Puensum’s base camp promises not only a physical challenge but a spiritual sojourn, providing a rare opportunity to connect with the untouched beauty of Bhutan’s majestic Himalayas.
  • Sightseeing

    Sightseeing in Bhutan unveils a harmonious blend of cultural treasures and natural wonders. From the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery to the historic Punakha Dzong, each site narrates a tale of spirituality and architectural splendor. The Dochula Pass offers panoramic views, while the cultural hub of Thimphu showcases a seamless fusion of tradition and modernity. Amidst valleys adorned with prayer flags, Bhutan’s sightseeing experience is a captivating journey into the heart of a kingdom where ancient heritage meets breathtaking landscapes.
  • Bhutanese Culture

    Bhutanese culture, nestled in the Himalayas, welcomes travelers with a rich tapestry of tradition and spirituality. Festivals like Paro Tsechu showcase vibrant mask dances, offering insight into the country’s identity. Dzongs and traditional attire echo an ancient heritage, while warm hospitality invites cultural engagement. Bhutan’s culture, seamlessly blending with its stunning landscapes, turns every traveler’s experience into a profound journey of discovery.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

  • Meal Plan: All the meals

  • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

  • Guide: Professional English Speaking

  • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

  • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

  • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

  • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

Tour Excludes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

  • Private Calls

  • Beverages or Drinks

  • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

  • Bank Charges

Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

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Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrival at Paro

    The flight over the Himalayas is one of the most spectacular experiences one will ever experience. You will fly past Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the entire Himalayan range visible on the left hand side.

    On landing at Paro you will be met by our representative from Journey to Discover Bhutan. After Customs and Immigrations formalities, you will be escorted to the hotel.

    Over night at hotel

  • DAY 02: PARO – BUMTHANG (Fly to Bumathang)

    Fly to Bumthang by domastic flight, The drive takes around 8-9 hours. The road passes through National horticulture center at Yuespang over the Dochu La at 10,000 feet (la, a word we’ll get to know well, means pass). In clear weather, the pass offers paranomic view of Himalayan summits stretching far to the northeast.

    Spiraling down from the pass to the fertile valley of Lobesa, we pass across the fortress of Wangdiphodrang. The trail climbs steadily through tropical vegetation, finally reaching the Pele La (10,825 feet). Descend through the open meadows of yak herder’s settlement till Chendebji Chorten, a shrine of ancient lineage built on the old walking trail across the country.

    The first sight of Trongsa Dzong, the largest in Bhutan, is most impressive and a masterpiece in architecture. The road winds another 20 kilometers before reaching the town. We will have a short stop over in Trongsa to explore the shops of Trongsa. Depart for Bumthang over Yongtong la pass 11,635ft. As we enter the Chume Valley (the first of the four valleys which comprise the Bumthang Valley) we will observe the Yathra weaving center at Zugney. Yathra is the name for the locally produced hand-woven woolen cloth. Distinctive patterns and bright, earthy colors enliven the fabric, which is used for a wide variety of purposes and much sought after throughout Bhutan. Another 20 minutes drive to Jakar. Check in your hotel.

    Overnight Guesthouse.

  • DAY 03: BUMTHANG VALLEY SIGHTSEEING

    Today is kept as an easy day for acclimatization for the Trek. The day begins with visit to the places of cultural and historical interest. First visit will be to Jambay Lakhang, the first monastery built in Bhutan in 7th century by Tibetan King followed by Kurjey Lakhang, which bears the body imprint of Guru Rimpoche on a rock.

    From here start a gradual walk to Tamshing monastery, related to Tertorn Pemalingpa (treasure discover), followed by visit to Kharchu Dratsang, a private monastery of his eminence Namkhai Ningpo. It is a religious institute for monks.

    Lunch at your guesthouse, Afternoon visit Jakar Dzong, castle of white bird, presently the administrative center and religious institute of Bumthang district.

    Evening at leisure. Overnight: Guesthouse.

  • DAY 04: BUMTHANG – KHAGTHANG

    START OF THE TREK FROM TOKTOZAMPA

    Drive to the north Kurjey valley (8800 ft). We start our trek at the Toktozam Bridge. Within 20 minutes we come to Thangbi Lakhang, a 15th century monastery founded by Pema Lingpa with the original statuary of eight bodhisattvas and two protector deities.

    We continue up the valley following the feeder road till Shabjithang Community School. We pass through Nasphey village to Khagthang military camp, where we camp in a meadow near the river.

    • Elevation: 9425 ft
    • Altitude gain: 625 ft
    • Time: 5-6 hrs
  • DAY 05: KHAGTHANG – SHEMTHANG

    Continuing up the west side of the Chamkhar Chu, we walk through rolling terrain of alternating bamboo forest and meadow, past several wooden bridges (which we do not cross) and finally to a new suspension bridge that we cross, onward 20 minutes to our meadow camp at Shemthang.

    • Elevation: 10,750 ft
    • Altitude gain: 1,325 ft
    • Time: 7-8 hrs
  • DAY 06: SHEMTHANG – TSAMPA GOMPA

    We now continue ascending the east bank of the Chamkhar Chu, through bamboo and rhododendron grooves into spruce, fir, juniper, and birch forest to the last settlement in the valley with a small Royal Bhutan Army post at Tsampa Gompa.

    Above us looms a rock citadel festooned with prayer flags, the abode of Draktsen, one of the ancient war gods of pre-Buddhist Bhutan (handy for the army), now sworn to protect the Buddhist teachings and the animals of the valley. Above here no living being can be killed or trash burned. As it is never wise to provoke a war god, even a retired one, we will comply with local tradition.

    • Elevation: 12,225 ft
    • Altitude gain: 1,475 ft
    • Time: 5-6 hrs.
  • DAY 07: TSAMPA GOMPA – SHINGKU

    From our camp at the confluence of two branches of the Chamkhar Chu we now head northwest up the left or main fork. Gaining altitude more quickly now, we pass through the first of numerous seasonal yak-herding camps with ancient boulders carved and inscribed with the mantras of Chenrezig, the bodhisattva of compassion and Guru Rimpoche, the demon-taming saint who is credited with bringing Buddhism to the Himalayas.

    We stop near treeline at the yak camp of Shingku, literally ‘top trees’ in Dzongkha, to savour one last forest meadow and also for acclimatization.

    • Elevation: 13,825 ft
    • Altitude gain: 1,600 ft
    • Time: 4-5 hrs.
  • DAY 08: SHINGKU – BUMARPA

    An easy morning’s walk to the yak settlement of Bumarpa, from which the day-hiking possibilities are seemingly endless and the views of the peaks are spectacular.

    • Elevation: 14,800 ft
    • Altitude gain: 975 ft
    • Time: 3-4 hrs
  • DAY 09: BUMARPA – BASE CAMP

    Exploration/Leisure. If the weather is good, we highly recommend a pre-breakfast jaunt up the hill to the east of camp for an extraordinary early morning view of Gangkhar Puensum (1 hr r/t 500-700 ft alt. gain).

    After that, some people may find a day of relaxation just what the doctor ordered. Others may wish to hike up valley past Buurstam, the last yak encampment, to the base of the glacier (2-3 hrs r/t 500 ft alt. gain). There is a pristine alpine lake, less than an hour from camp in the cirque to the southwest (2 hrs r/t 300-500 ft alt. gain).

    And finally, those with energy to spare may wish to opt for an upclose and personal view of Gangkhar Puensum’s famed three brothers (summits) by taking the valley to the west. This 6-7 hr r/t 2000 ft alt. gain hike is ‘noticeably uphill’ as the guiding euphemism goes, it takes us to what must be the highest (16,500 ft) room with a view in yak-herding Bhutan.

  • DAY 10: BUMARPA – TSAMPA GOMPA

    Today we return down valley and cross the river on a new wooden bridge just above Tsampa Gompa for a secluded riverside camp.

    • Elevation: 12,175 ft
    • Altitude gain: 2,625 ft
    • Time: 6-7 hrs
  • DAY 11: TSAMPA – THOLEYTHANG

    Today we use some of that slowly acquired acclimatization to traverse up and around the rocky spur above camp. The operative word is ‘up’, but the reward is a glorious hanging valley with a chance to see blue sheep, blood pheasant, the extraordinary blue Himalayan monal, and the largest bird in the Himalayas, the lammergier – all seen here on our reconnaissance.

    • Elevation: 14,600 ft
    • Altitude gain: 2,425 ft
    • Time: 5-6 hrs
  • DAY 12: THOLEYTHNAG – THOLEY LA – LABRANG

    We move easily along the valley floor for an hour, past a mirror-smooth alpine lake. Keep an eye and ear open for the ruddy shelduck, a frequent visitor. Then it’s up through the tundra and hardy wildflowers to the pass at 15,685 ft. We’re rewarded with yet another glacially carved hanging valley, this one with immense rock walls and towers. We descend to camp at the yak camp of Labrang.

    • Elevation: 13,625 ft
    • Altitude gain: 1,085 ft
    • Altitude loss: 2,060 ft
    • Time: 4-5 hrs
  • DAY 13: LABRANG – CHOCHOKMEY

    From Labrang it’s a short walk to treeline, then down along the cascading river through rhododendron, juniper, and spruce into denser fir, hemlock, and birch forest. We cross several wooden cantilever bridges, always following the main river drainage downward, ending the day with a short, stiff little climb of 500 ft up the west bank to Chochokmey, a welcome, open meadow camp with excellent views.

    • Elevation: 10,625 ft
    • Altitude gain: 500 ft
    • Altitude loss: 3,500 ft
    • Time: 6-7 hrs
  • DAY 14: CHOCHOKMEY – DHUR – MENCHUGANG – JAKAR

    END OF TREK

    This being Bhutan, our last day of ‘down’ begins with a little more ‘up,’ then rolls downward through bamboo, skirting the downhill edges of several meadows and into blue pine forest. The air seems positively thick here. We descend to the river with live oaks now interspersed among the pines and continue along the valley floor beneath the village of Dhur.

    Finally, we pass under a new suspension bridge, round a corner to see a startlingly white stupa surrounded by prayer flags and it’s over.

    We cross a tributary via another suspension bridge to the trailhead town of Menchugang and our waiting transport back to the luxuries of hot showers, sheets, and possibly a Red Panda beer to toast an extraordinary trek.

  • DAY 15: BUMTHANG – PUNAKHA

    Depart your hotel early morning to Puankha. The drive takes around 7-8 hours and packed lunch will served at Chendebji Chorten. Continue your journey to Puankha. Evening at leisure. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 16: PUNAKHA / THIMPHU / PARO

    Morning visit Punakha Dzong, winter seat of central monk body and an ancient capital of Bhutan, which is remarkably located between two rivers of Pho Chu (male river) and and the Mo chu (Female river) Continue your journey to Paro and lunch will be at Dochula Cafeteria. Drive to Paro takes another 3 hours.

    Evening at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.

  • DAY 17: PARO VALLEY SIGHTSEEING

    Today will be spent sightseeing in the Paro valley. Firstly our day begins with a hike to the Taktsang Lhakhang, known as The Tiger’s Nest this magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 3,000 feet above the valley floor. The legend of Taktsang dates back to 747 AD when Guru Rinpoche (Padma Sambhava), in the wrathful form of Dorje Droloe, is believed to have arrived at this site on the back of a tiger and subdued the evil spirits in the region. The Guru then meditated in the holy cave, which is the site of the Pelphug Lhakhang today. According to Tantric Buddhist mythology, the vanquished local deities became the protectors of the Dharma. Drive to the end of the road head till Ramthangkha In approximately one hour, we will reach a small teahouse that has a wonderful panoramic view of the temple.

    For those interested, it is possible to get a closer view of the monastery by hiking uphill for another 45 minutes. Lunch will be at the teahouse. Walk down hill to the base and drive to visit National Museum and Paro Rimpong Dzong. Finally stroll in Paro town.

  • DAY 18: DEPARTURE

    Depart to the Paro Airport for your onward flight.

“The Last Shangri-la”.

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