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Bhutan Trekking Programmes The scope for trekking in Bhutan is immense whether it's just pleasant short treks or arduous long treks. Trekking in Bhutan is not only walking but exploring, whether it

Bhutan Trekking

Bhutan Trekking Programmes

The scope for trekking in Bhutan is immense whether it's just pleasant short treks or arduous long treks. Trekking in Bhutan is not only walking but exploring, whether it’s the verdant forests which cloaks the hills above the peaceful valleys or the magic of the enchanting trails and the wilderness that dwells in the mountains.

Gangtey/ Gogona Trek (7 Nights/ 8 Days)

This trek is to the beautiful Phobjikha valley. Phobjikha valley lies at an altitude of 3000metres in the mountains east of Wangduephodrang and it is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan. This quiet, isolated valley is the chosen winter home of the rare black necked cranes, which migrate here annually from the Tibetan plateau.

The trek is pleasant walking through the villages of Gogona and Khotokha passing through meadows and fields and then coming to the forests of Juniper, Magnolia and Rhododendrons. The trek is of moderate level and is considered one of the finest low level treks in Bhutan.

The best seasons for this trek are March to May, and September to November. The best months are April and early May when the rhododendrons are in full bloom.

Day 01: Arrival in Paro aiport. Drive to Thimpu which is 54 km away  

                        from Paro.

                        Overnight at the hotel in Thimpu

 

Day 02:           Thimpu- Gangtey

                        After breakfast, set off on a morning tour of Thimpu, visiting

                        National Memorial Chorten, Tashichhodzong, National library and Institute for Zorig Chusum (traditional arts and crafts school of Bhutan)

                        After lunch, drive for about 5 hours to Gangtey crossing Dochu-la pass (3,088m) on the way.

                        Overnight at camp/ farm house in Gangtey

 

Day 03:           Gangtey Gompa- Gogona

                        15 km, 6-7 hours

                        Trek commences from today. The trail windes gradually upwards through meadows and fields, ascending to Tsele-la pass (3,400m) where we stop for lunch. The trail descends gradually for some time through forests of junipers, bamboo, magnolias and rhododendrons.

                        We reach Gogona village. The people of Gogona were originally nomads and they speak a language called Bjopkha.

                        Overnight at camp

 

Day 04:           Gogona – Khotokha

                        16 km, 6-7 hours

                        The trail winds up gently above Gogona village, climbing into a forest of firs, oaks, spruces, rhododendrons, cypress and junipers. After a long and gradual climb, we reach Shobju-la pass (3,400m). We descend down the path to the wide valley of Khotokha where the people of Sha come in summer to graze their animals.

                        Overnight at camp

 

Day 05:           Khotokha – Chazam/ Wangduephodrang

                        12km/ 5 hours

                        A short ascent takes us to a pass from which the path descends steeply through ever changing vegetations till finally we reach the bridge at Wangduephodrang.

                        Trek ends here. Overnight at hotel in Wangduephodrang

 

Day 06:           Wangduephodrang – Thimpu

                        After sightseeing, we drive to Thimpu which takes 3 hours.

                        Evening leisure sightseeing in Thimpu including visits to Folk Heritage and Handicrafts Emporium.

                        Overnight at the hotel in Thimpu

 

Day 07:           Thimpu – Paro

                        Early morning drive to Paro, en route visiting Smitokha Dzong. Upon arrival in Paro, visit the famous Ta Dzong (National Museum), Rinpung Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang.

                        Overnight at the hotel in Paro

 

Day 08:           After breakfast, drive to the airport for departure

 

 

                                    **End of Arrangement**

 

 

                        Druk Path Trek (10 Nights/ 11 Days)

This is a moderate five days trek which leads from Paro to Thimpu or vice versa, crossing the chain of mountains that secludes the two valleys. The route is sparsely inhabited but there are beautiful lakes and the area is also famous for its wild rhododendron forests. The views of the Himalayan ranges while walking is also spectacular.

 

The best season for trekking in this region is from late February to June and from September to December.

 

Day 01:           Arrive Paro.

                        Transfer to hotel

                        Overnight at the hotel in Paro

 

Day 02:           Paro

                        We drive northwest up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders.Then we make a visit to village houses, Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan.

                        In the afternoon, we visit Ta Dzong (national museum) and Rinpung Dzong, 'the fortress of the heap of jewels'.

                        Overnight at the hotel in Paro

 

Day 03:           Paro – Jele Dzong

                        8km/ 3hours

                        Trek starts from today. The journey starts with a short climb up to Jele Dzong. The trek trail ascends gradually up to the camp. Above the camp is Jele- la pass (3,400km) and Jele Dzong (mostly in ruins).

                        Overnight at camp

 

Day 04:           Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha

                        10 km/ 3-4 hours

                        Begin with a one and half hour climbn and then ascen gradually upwards. The trail takes you through the thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. Yak herders can also be seen around the campsite.

                        Overnight at camp

 

Day 05:           Jangchulakha – Jimilangtsho

                        11km/ 4 hours

                        The trail follows the ridge, and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valleys are sensational. A magnificient view of Jichu Drake (6,989m), the peak representing the protective deity of Paro is also seen.

                        Overnight at camp

 

Day 06:           Jimilangtsho – Simkota

                        11km/ 4 hours

                        The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janetsho.

                        We camp overnight close to Simkota late

 

Day 07:           Simkota – Phajoding

                        10km/ 4 hours

                        Today begins with a gradual climb and if weather permits, you get to enjoy the majestic views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum and other peaks. The trail slowly descends through juniper tress to a campsite beside a community hall near Phajoding cafeteria.

                        Overnight in camp/ cafeteria

 

Day 08:           Phajoding – Thimpu

                        5km/ 3 hours

                        The trek to Thimpu is downhill all the way, passing through a forested area of mostly blue pine. Taking a leisurely pace, you reach Thimpu in about 3 hours.

                        Overnight at hotel in Thimpu

 

Day 09:           Excursion to Punakha/ Wangduephodrang

                        After breakfast, full day excursion to Punakha and Wangdue valleys.

                        In the evening, drive back to Thimpu

                        Overnight at hotel in Thimpu

 

Day 10:           Thimpu – Paro

                        Today will be full day sightseeing of Thimpu

                        The sightseeing includes National Memorial Chorten built as a memorial to Bhutan's third king. The chorten is also a monument of world peace and prosperity.

                        Tashichhodzong- the impressive fortress/ monastery housing some ministries, Handicrafts Emporium- a wide assortment of handwoven textiles and other craft products, National Library which boasts of an extensive collection some dating back hundred years, Institute for Zorig Chusum where the 13 traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts are taught and National Institute of Traditional Medicine

 

                        In the evening, drive to Paro

                        Overnight at the hotel in Paro

 

Day 11:           After breakfast, drive to the airport for departure

 

                           ** End of Arrangement**

 

 

 

 

Bumthang Cultural Trek (10 Nights/ 11 Days)

The beautiful Bumthang valley is the religious heartland of the nation and home to some of its oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. This three day trek passes through several villages on its route through Bumthang countryside, and provides an exceptional opportunity for contact with Bhutanese rural life.

 

The best season for this trek is from March- May and then again from Septembet to November.

 

Day 01:           Arrive Paro

                        Transfer to hotel in Paro

                        Overnight at hotel in Paro

 

Day 02:           Paro

Full day sightseeing of Paro. The visit includes Ta Dzong (monastery) a watchtower, now a National Museum, Rinpung Dzong, Drukyel Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries of the kingdom.

Overnight at hotel in Paro

 

Day 03:           Paro – Thimpu

                        Drive to Thimpu which takes 2 hours. On the way, catch a glimse of Bhutan's most ancient fortress Simtokha Dzong (built in 1627).

                        Thimpu is the capital city of Bhutan and has lot of interesting historical artifacts to view.

                        After getting to Thimpu, we go for sightseeing.

                        Overnight at hotel in Thimpu

 

Day 04:           Thimpu – Tongsa

                        Drive to Tongsa via Dochu- la pass (3,088m) and Pele- la pass (3,300m).

                        Overnight at the lodge in Tongsa

 

Day 05:           Tongsa – Bumthang

                        Early morning, visit to striking Tongsa Dzong, the ancestral abode of Bhutan's royal family, Ta Dzong (National Museum).

                        Afternoon, drive to Bumthang

                        Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang

 

Day 06:           Bumthang – Ngang Lhakhang

                        14km/ 6 hours

                        The trek begins today. The trek route follows the Chamkar Chu (river) taking us through meadows, forests of blue pine and scrub bamboos. We will pass by many villages and temples, on this very relaxing and easy day.

                        Overnight at camp in the village (2,900m)

 

Day 07:           Ngang Lhakhang – Ugyenchholing

                        19 km/ 7-8 hours

                        The trail ascends gradually through juniper forests towards Phephe- la pass (3,340m). From there, the path descends to Tang valley, finally arriving at Ugyenchholing village (2,850m).

                        Overnight at camp by the side of the river near the village

 

Day 08:           Ugyenchholing – Bumthang

                        11km/ 4 hours

                        Trek to Ugyenchholing palace, a beautiful private mansion which houses a small eco museum, then drive to Bumthang. On the way, visit the Mebar Tso Lake where Terton Pema Lingpa is said to have discovered religious treasures in the 15th century. This lake is very sacred and on auspicious days, many Bhutanese people go there to offer butter lamps.

                        Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

 

Day 09:           Bumthang – Punakha

                        Early morning visit to Jambey Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo who is believed to be the reincarnation of Avalokitesvara (the Buddha of Compassion).

                        Drive to Punakha with lunch en route.

                        Overnight at the hotel in Punakha

 

Day 10:           Punakha – Paro

                        Drive from Punakha to Paro.

                        Evening at leisure

                        Overnight at the hotel in Punakha

 

Day 11:           After breakfast, drive to airport for departure

 

                                    ** End of Arrangement**

 

 

                        Chomolhari Trek (11 Nights/12 Days)

This trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong, Paro. The trek passes through scattered hamlets and farmland into a deep and richly forested valley, which leads to a high alpine pastureland where yak herders graze their animals. The trek offers a taste of the great variety of Bhutanese landscape.

 

The ideal time for this trek is April to June and September to November

 

Day 01:           Arrival and transfer to hotel from Paro airport

                        Overnight at hotel in Paro

 

Day 02:           Paro

                        Early morning visit to Ta Dzong (National Museum) which

used to be a watchtower for Paro Dzong. Then visit to Rinpung Dzong, 'the fortress of the heap of jewels' which houses the secretariat members of Bhutan.

 

Afternoon, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan.

Overnight at the hotel in Bhutan

 

Day 03:           Paro – Shana

                        17km/ 5-6 hours

The trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong (2,580m) with a short downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail then climbs gently through well maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. We continue upwards to just beyond Sharma Zampa (2,870m), where there are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees.

 

Day 04:           Shana – Soi Thangthangka

                        20 km/ 7-8 hours

                        The trails again follows the Pa Chu (Paro river) and after crossing a bridge, we stop for a hot lunch. Then we continue along the river climbing upwards through rhododendron forests and crossing the river once more before reaching our campsite (3,750m).

 

Day 05:           Soi Thangthangka – Jangothang

                        19km / 7-8 hours

                        The path ascends for a while until we reach army camp. We then follow the river above the tree line, enjoying stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch is served at a yak herder's camp. A short walk from here into the valley takes us to our campsite at Jangothang (4,040m).

 

Day 06:           Jangothang – Lingshi

                        18km/ 7-8 hours

                        The trail follows the stream and crosses the bridge. We now start our climb up to the first ridge, enjoying breathtaking views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tserimgang peaks.

                        We descend gradually from the Nyele- la pass to our campsite at Lingshi.

                        Overnight at camp in Linghsi

 

Day 07:           Lingshi – Shodu

                        22km/ 8-9 hours

                        Our trail climbs up towards a small white chorten on a ridge above the camp. The trail stays on the west side of this largely treeless valley, climbing steadily a short distance above the Mo Chu valley. Descend alongside a stream to a rock shelter in the cliff face, and then continue on downstream till reaching Shodu (4,100m), where we will camp in a meadow with a chorten in it.

 

Day 08:           Shodu – Barshong

                        16 km/ 6-7 hours

                        We are now back at the tree line, and our path follows the course of the Thimpu Chu, descending through rhododendron forests. There are stunning views of rocky cliff faces and waterfalls along the way. We stop at the riverside for a hot lunch. Then the trail takes us gradually upwards to the ruins of Barshong Dzong (3,600m), near which we camp for the night.

 

Day 09:           Barshong – Dolam Kencho

                        15 km/ 5-6 hours

                        The trail descends gently through a dense forest of rhododendron, birch and conifers, then drops steeply to meet the Thimpu Chu. The trail runs along the river, climbing over ridges. The final stage of the trail climbs around a cliff face high above the Thimpu Chu, coming out onto pasturelands where wer camp for the night at 3,600m.

 

Day 10:           Dolam Kencho – Dodena – Thimpu

                        8 km/ 3 hours

                        The trail winds in and out of side valleys above the Thimpu Chu, making a long ascent through conifer forests to a pass of 3,150 m. The trail then drops steeply down to the river to the road head at Dodena (2,600m).

                        Evening drive to Paro

                        Overnight at hotel in Paro

 

Day 12:           After breakfast, drive to Paro airport for further journey.

 

                                    ** End of Arrangement**