This trek leads from the high altitudes of the Bhutanese Himalayas. It is a rather tough trek and requires a bit of endurance. You will be taken into the Lunana region, then to Gangkhar Phuensum and through some of the remotest areas. This 26 days of trek is considered one of the most difficult, but will be one of the most memorable, as you spend almost a month in the Bhutanese mountains.
DAY 01. Paro (Ta Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang)
Once at Paro airport, you will be received the company guide, who will accompany you for the duration of your stay. After lunch, visit theTa Dzong, at about16 km away from Paro town. The dzong is of great historical importance to the Bhutanese people as it is where a Tibetan invasion had been defeated. If the weather is clear, be treated to a most spectacular view of the sacred Mount Jhomolhari, also known as the Goddess Mountain, one the highest in the world. Follow a trail downwards and see the Rinpung Dzong, literally translating to “Heap of Jewels”. It is the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. Then, visit Kyichu Lhakhang. Indeed, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century. Many elderly pilgrims go round the monastery in order to gain good merit! In the evening explore the quaint and tranquil Paro town, then dinner at your hotel in Paro.
DAY 02. Paro – Sharna Zampa
17km, 5-6 hours Today the trek officially begins. Drive 12 km north of Paro valley from your hotel, after breakfast, to the historic Drugyal Dzong ruins, from where the trek starts. The trekking crew will be waiting for you. After a brief meeting, walk downhill on a wide trail following the Pachhu, climbing gently through rice terraces and fields of millet. After sometime, the valley widens giving into the tiny settlements of Mitshi Zampa and Sangatan. Reach the army post of Gunitsawa passing through blue pine forest. At this point, the trekking permit will be checked and stamped; and is the final stop before the border to Tibet. Then, cross Pachu River on a wooden bridge and climb to Sharna Zampa at 2,870m. Just beyond Sharna Zampa, campsite will be set up for the night amongst several meadows surrounded by trees.
DAY 03. Sharna Zampa to Soi Thangkha
22km, 7-8 hours The path continues alongside the Pachhu (Paro river), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. 2 hours later, reach Shingkharap, a stone house at 3110m. Cross a bridge towards the left side of the river. Enjoy ahot packed lunch that will be served. Continue walking and then climb through rhododendron forests and finally once you cross the bridge, you reach campsite at Soi Thangkha, at 3750m.
DAY 04. Soi Thangkha to Jangothang base camp
19km, 5-6 hours Gain significant heightas the path leads you above tree line. Climb for a while until the army camp. Then follow the river above the tree line, all whilst appreciating the stunning view of surrounding snowcapped peaks. Cotinue walking until you enter the yak herders’ camp, where a hot lunch will be served. Then follow the trail past the yak herder settlements of Soe and Takethang. Walk across a plateau and up a stream bed and Dangochang village, from where the campsite of Jangothang at an altitude of 4,040m comes into view. Enjoy the spectacular views of Mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake.
DAY 05. Jangothang acclimatization and exploration
Explore Jangothang today. It is flat grassy land base, beneath the colossal Mount Jumolhari and Jitchu Drake. As it is common for people to get altitude sickness at this point, trekkers halt here. If you choose, there will be a four-hour acclimatization hike to the north of your campthat involves, climbing on an open slope until Mt Jichu Drakye (6989m) comes into view. Then, hike further up until the monumental Mount Jumolhari can be seen. If lucky you can come across animals, birds and flowes such as the “blue sheep”, golden eagles and the blue poppy. However, if you do not wish to hike, you can just remain at camp, relaxing and exploring the surrounding areas.
DAY 06. Jangothang to Lingshi
19km, 6-7 hours The trek starts from Jangothang. Follow the stream and about half an hour later, cross the bridge over to the right side. Climb up to the first ridge with another beautiful angle of the Mount Jumolhari (7314m), Jichu Drake (6989m) and Tshering Gang (6789m). Continue walking towards the valley, then climb to the Ngye La pass at an altitude of 4,700m. After the pass, gradually descend to campsite at an altitude of 4010m.
DAY 07. Lingshi to Chebisa
12km, 5-6 hours Visit the Lingshi Dzong, perched on the hilltop with a view of green hills, and the mountains surrounding it. The Dzong served, for centuries, as a way station for weary Buddhist pilgrims and also as a defense fort against Tibetan and Mongol invaders. Then, walk to Chebisa, a small little village, through villages and yak herders’ camp. Campsite will be set up at Chebisa, by the side of a stream at an altitude of 3,850m.
DAY 08. Chebisa to Shoumuthang
17km, 6-7 hours Today, start with a climb of about 4 hours, up a ridge to Gogu La pass (4,500m). You may sight the rare blue sheep on the rocks near the top of this pass. After the pass, descend through rhododendron bushes. After lunch, continue along the trail with intermittent ascents and descents to Shakepasa. From there, walk down through a thick rhododendron forest .Climb steeply up to the northern side of the valley and pass by a couple of yak herder’s camp until campsite at Shomuthang beside a stream at an altitude 4,250m.
DAY 09. Shoumuthang to Rogluthang
17km, 6-7 hours Walk through edelweiss bound trail and climb to Jari La pass at altitude 4,700m. Appreciate a view, to the south-east, of Kangbum at 6526m. Then, descend to Tsarijathang valley, which is the summer residence of rare Himalayan Takins. From here, cross over to the left side of the stream, and climb until campsite at Robluthang, at a rocky meadow.
DAY 10. Robluthang to Lingmithang
19km, 7-8 hours The path will take you acorss the highest pass in the entire trek. Climb up, crossing streams, passing marmot holes and moraine, until you reach the top of Shingchen La pass (5005m). Appreciate the stunning view of Gangchenta or the Tiger Mountain (6,840m) to the north. After the pass, the trail will take you down to Kango Chhu River. Cross a stream and then walk through cedar forests until Lingmethang (4,140m), a beautiful scattered meadow by the river with Tiger Mountain, where campsite will be set up for the night.
DAY 11. Lingmithang to Laya
10km, 3-4 hours Pass through a damp forest, covered with moss where you can hear different types of birds. Then arrive at Laya village, the second highest settlement in the country, at an altitude of 3,800m.
DAY 12. Rest day at Laya
Today will be a rest day allowing you to explore around Laya village. It is possible to visit any of the houses around, as Bhutanese hospitality is offered to anyone, with a cup of chang (local wine).Take in the gorgeous view of the peaks surrounding this settlement. Also interact with the local people and appreciate their traditional attires. For instance, the women wear traditional black wool kiras and conical bamboo hats decorated with turquoise, silver ornaments and strings of beads. Dinner will be served at campsite.
DAY 13. Laya to Rodophu
19km, 7-8 hours The trail leads down to the Lunana trail junction and then climbs to hilltop with good views over the Mo Chhu and the Rhodo Chhu. Follow the Rhodo Chhu valley, first through mixed conifers and then through rhododendron, above tree line. From top of a large rockslide, enjoy a view of the glacial valley and a big glacier on Tsenda Gang (7100m). Reach campsite at Rodophu.
DAY 14. Rodophu to Narithang
17km, 5-6 hours Follow the alpine grassland where you will see many yaks, then continue alongside the river through rhododendron shrubs before turning right up the hill. Then climb to a high open valley to Tshomo La Pass (4915m), from where you can appreciate the breathtaking views of Mount Jomolhari and Tibetan border. Next, hike on the barren land and after some time arrive at Narithang (4900m), where campsite for the night will be set up.
DAY 15. Narithang to Tarina
18km, 6-7 hours Climb to Ganglakarchung Pass at an altitude of 5120m. From the pass, enjoy the views of Kangbum (6530m), Tsendhen Gang (7100m), Teri Gang (7300m) and Jejegangphu Gang (7120m). Then descend to the edge of straight cliff with views of glacial hanging from Teri Gang forming two turquoise-colored lakes at the base. Continue descending through a steep path, until arriving at campsite in Tarina, at 4350m.
DAY 16. Tarina to Woche
15km, 5-6 Walk through junipers down the Tangchu River, passing through amazing waterfalls. Climb out of the valley for sometime, and then make a steep ascent to Woche Village, which is the first settlement in Lunana region at an altitude of 4350m.Tuck in for the night at campsite there.
DAY 17. Woche to Lhedi
19km, 6-7 hours Start by climbing up the Woche valley. Then descend to a wooden bridge across a Woche Chu River and climb up past a clear glacial lake to reach Keche La pass (4650m). Then there will be another descent to Pochu Valley, reaching Thaga village at 4050m, pass a few scattered settlements, waterfalls and reach campsite at Lhedi (4200m).
DAY 18. Lhedi to Thanza
19km, 6-7 hours Walk through several farms and then reach Chuzo Village (4090m) and visit the Chezo Dzong. Then follow the trail along the riverbed and climb a steep hill until reaching Thanza valley at 4250m.
DAY 19. Rest day in Thanza
Today is a rest day! You can choose between two optional activities for the day. First choice is to visit the Thanza village, an untouched medieval-like society, or explore nearby glacial lakes. Or the other option is to take a hike through small moraine rocks to clusters of Raphstreng Tsho and Thorthormi Tsho, the source of Phochu River of Punakha. You can also enjoy a magnificent view of Table Mountain (locally known as Zongphu Gang).
DAY 20. Thanza to Tshochena
18km, 7-8 hours Start by climbing to a large boulders hill, to the south of Thanza. After few hours of easy walk, reach Danji (4500m), where you may spot herds of blue sheep grazing on the meadows. Then climb to the top of a ridge and continue walking until reaching the junction of trails leading to Gangkar Phunsum and Tshochena. Take the trail to the right leading to Jaze La pass; at 5200m. On the way, enjoy majestic views of surrounding mountains. Then there will be a final descent to Tshochena at 5000m, where campsite will be set up.
DAY 21. Tshochena to Jichu Dramo
14km, 5-6 hours Trek alongside a blue-green lake, then climb to a ridge at 5150m. From here, follow the trail that ascends and descends over a small rounded hill, pass a glacial lake and reach Loju La pass (5170m). Cross a small hill and descend further down to the highest campsite of the trek, at Jichudramo camp (5050m), where camp will be set up for the night.
DAY 22. Jichu Dramo to Chukarpo
15km, 5-6 hours Start by climbing through a moraine path to Rinchen Zoe pass (5350m). From this pass, The Gangkar Puensum (7520m), highest mountain in Bhutan can be seen. Then descend through lakes and yak pastures until reaching camp at Thongsa Thang (4400m), not far from Chukarpo.
DAY 23. Chukarpo to Tampetsho
19km, 7-8 hours Descend to a Galapang yak pasture. Then climb steeply through forests of junipers and silver firs, and then walk alongside a stream leading to the lake. At the end of the lake, campsite for the night will be set up at Tampetsho.
DAY 24. Tampetsho to Maraothang
24km, 4-5 hours Today Climb steeply to the Tampela Pass (4600m), and then descend to the Omtsho Lake; where according to legend, in 15th century, the famous saint Terton Pema Lingpa miraculously discovered a treasure from it. Follow the trail until the outlet of the lake. Continue walking until reaching a large open area. Then walk along mixed forests to reach the last campsite of the trek at Maraothang at 3620m.
DAY 25. Maraothang to Nika Chhu Zam
20km, 6-7 hours The trail goes downhill through bamboo forests, rhododendron forest, deep mud pools and streams, to a large grassy area overlooking the road and the Sephu Village (2650m). Transport will be waiting for you at this point, which will escort you to Punakha and put an end to a fabulous, almost a month long trek.
DAY 26. Punkha (Punakha Dzong, Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten) – Thimphu (Memorial Chorten, Tashichhodzong) – Paro
First stop is the astonishing Punakha Dzong, built in 1637. It is situated between two rivers, the Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). Punakha Dzong served as the seat of the Government until 1955. It truly is a magnificent fortress, in which, the much mediatised Royal Wedding of the Fifth King of Bhutan took place to the beautiful Queen Jetsun Pema in October 2011. Then drive about 7km out of Punakha town, crossing a spectacular suspension bridge with prayer flags fluttering in the wind, over the Mochu River. From this point, enjoy a walk of about 30-45 minutes to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten (Stupa), perched on a strategic beautiful ridge overlooking the nearby villages under Kabisa gewog. After lunch, drive to Thimphu, and visit the Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to the late Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Next, if time permits, visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicines, the National Institute of Zorig Chusum (School of 13 arts & crafts), where you can appreciate the beautiful local crafts and art. Drive to Paro, and enjoy dinner at your hotel in Paro.
DAY 27. Departure from Paro airport to onwards destination
Drive to the Paro International Airport and get checked in. Then it will be time to part from your guide and driver! We can only hope that you would have had an unforgettable and fantastic trip to Bhutan! Tashi Delek!
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By Air: Druk Air, the national carriers is the only service operator in the kingdom and operates several flights per week from Bangkok (Thailand), Delhi & Kolkata (India) and Kathmandu (Nepal) to Paro (Bhutan). The Paro International Airport is located about an hour and a half drive from Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.
Paro airport is daylight restricted, and the flights are totally dependent on the weather. As a result, sometimes flights are delayed. It is therefore a good idea to keep at least 24 hours of transit time for connecting flights out of Paro. You might also want to consider traveling on a non-restricted ticket so that if you miss a connecting flight, you can be rerouted or seated on the first available carrier.
Sometimes flights into Paro are disrupted because of unfavorable weather conditions. If this occurs, the flight will stop for the night at the transit airport. To be prepared, you may want to carry your essential personal items in your carry-on luggage.
By Land: Phuentsholing, a Bhutanese town in the southwest has road access to India. It is located about 170 km from the Indian domestic airport at Bagdogra, West Bengal. Phuentsholing is about 172 km from Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan and is about 6hours drive distance. And S/
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Trip Length: 26 nights/27 days
1pax = USD 6750
2 Pax = USD 6550 per person
3 Pax & above = USD 6450 per person.
The above price is inclusive of the followings:
- Government Royalty USD 65/person/night
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- Meals (Three Meals a day)
- Comfortable Land Transportation within Bhutan.
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