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Laya Gasa Trek

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Day 01: Arrival in Paro.
On this flight the views of the Everest, Kanchen Junga and other Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drakey in Bhutan are awesome. On arrival in Paro HBT representative will receive you and transfer to your assigned hotel. After lunch we will see the rich history of Bhutan exhibited in the 17th century National Museum. The Paro Dzong, a massive fortress built in the 17th century now houses the monastic body. A tour of this beautiful Dzong will introduce us to the unique aspects of the Bhutanese Buddhism. A lovely stroll downhill from the Dzong over an old cantilever bridge wraps up an eventful first day in this magical kingdom. Overnight in Paro, altitude 2200m.

Day 02: Paro sightseeing.
Taktsang or the tiger’s nest temple is the most revered temple to the Buddhist. This magical temple clings to a vertical granite cliff 800m above the valley. Legend has it that in the 8th century, Guru Rimpochey, a tantric master flew here on the back of a tigress and meditated in a cave around which the temple is built. A hike to this temple will take up most of our morning. In the afternoon, we will host a special Buddhist prayer ceremony at the beautiful 1200 year old Kyichu Lhakhang Temple, to bring us good luck for the rest of the journey. Overnight in Paro.

Day 03: Paro to Shana (start). Distance 15k, walking time: 6h, Sleeping altitude: 2800m.
The Drugyal Dzong was built in 1654 by the Shabdrung to commemorate one of the many war victories against the Tibetans. Over the centuries, it guarded the trail from Tibet into the Paro valley. We will be met at this historic site by our trekking crew for the start of our trek. Follow the Paro Chu upstream through the village of Tshento on a dirt road for about an hour. We will have lunch in a friend’s house on the trail. Just before reaching our camp, we will have to pass through an army check post, where your guide will produce your trekking permit.

Day 04: Shana to Thangthangkha. Distance 21k, walking time: 8h, sleeping altitude: 3630m.
The trail from Shana to Thangthangkha is a very rocky series of small ups and downs along the Paro Chu and can be very muddy if it rains. About 2 ½ hours into the trek, you will come at a junction where a trail branches to go to Tibet. Don’t go to Tibet!

Day 05: Thangthangkha to Jangothang. Distance: 16k, Walking time: 6h, Sleeping altitude: 4090m.
Today you will come across small sparse settlements, and herds of yaks. You will also be crossing the tree line (4000m). Our camp at Jangothang will bring us face to face with the majestic Chomolhari. Jangothang means the land of ruins; you will see ruins of some old settlements, which no one seems to know much about.

Day 06: Jangothang Halt.
Acclimatization and rest day. A good optional hike is to climb to the Tshophu Lake at 4300m, which is about 2h from Jangothang.

Day 07: Jangothang to Lingshi. Distance: 17k, walking time: 7h, sleeping altitude: 4090m, Pass to cross: Nyele La, 4890m.
Heading uphill from Jangothang we cross the first of the many passes. 4 hours of uphill climbing will take us over the very windy Nyele La pass at 4090m. Scree makes it a little tricky to go down the pass on the other side. Lingshi dzong will soon be visible in a distance.

Day 08: Lingshi to Chebisa. Distance: 12k, walking time: 5h, sleeping altitude: 3880m.
Since today’s hike will not be as long, we can afford to wander around a bit. We will start off by visiting the Lingshi dzong, built on a commanding hill by the Shabdrung in the 1600s. About 3 hours into our trek is the dramatic village of Gangyul, surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of cliffs. Our camp is in windy Chebisa, a small village with 2 storey stone houses.

Day 09: Chebisa to Shakaypasa. Distance: 16k, walking time: 6h, Pass to cross: Goku La, 4350m, sleeping altitude: 3880m.
2 hours of climbing from Chebisa will get us over the Goku La pass at 4350m. From the pass we descend into a rhododendron filled valley, and continue past some yak herder camps to Shakaypasa.

Day 10: Shakaypasa to Tsheringyangu. Distance: 17k, walking time; 7h, Pass to cross: Jari La, 4747m. sleeping altitude: 4000m.
An early morning start will get us on the way to Jari La pass at 4747m. From the pass, its all the way downhill into the picturesque valley of Tsharijatha where herds of takin (the national animal of Bhutan) are normally seen in the summers. From here a small climb will take us to our camp at Tsheringyangu.

Day 11: Tsheringyangu to Limithang. Distance: 18k, walking time: 7h, Pass to cross: Sinche La, 5005m. sleeping altitude: 3890m.
Snow Leopard country. Being highly elusive animals, it is very rare to spot one but their paw marks can be seen occasionally. Starting early, a strenuous hike will get us over the Sinchey La, the highest pass on our trek. Descending to Limithang we’ll see the snow covered peak of Gangchenta (6840m) and the glacially carved Gangchenta valley. Gangchenta means Great Tiger Mountain.

Day 12: Limithang to Laya. Distance: 10k, Walking time: 5h, Sleeping altitude: 3840m.
Since we are nearing Laya, we will come across Layaps going to tend to their yaks. We will be entering Laya from the west, through narrow cobble stone paths between houses, to camp in the wheat field that belongs to a friend.

Day 13: Laya Halt
Rest day. Explore Laya.

Day 14: Laya to Koina. Distance: 16k, Walking time: 6h, Sleeping altitude: 3010m.
2 hours downhill from Laya is Taktsimakhang, a small army check post. A little further from the army camp the trail branches and the left trail is to go to Lunana, on the Snowman trek. Koina has often been described as the worst camp site in Bhutan, especially when it rains.

Day 15: Koina to Gasa. Distance: 18k, Walking time: 7h, Sleeping altitude: 2200m.
Junipers and spruce give way to pine tress. The circular Gasa dzong can be seen as you as you climb down the very rocky trail. Despite its remoteness and lack of motor roads, Gasa is an administrative district, with the office of the district governor in the Gasa dzong. The hot springs are a good 1½ hour downhill from the dzong.

Day 16: Gasa Tshachu to Punakha (trek end) Distance: 17k, Walking time: 7h.
Gasa dzong can be seen as you look back. After lunch at the village of Damji, a further 2 hours and our trekking crew will wave us goodbye at Kabina, where our transport will be waiting for us. From Kabina, it is about 2 hours drive on a dirt road to our hotel in Punakha. Overnight in Punakha, altitude 1350m.

Day 17: Punakha to Thimphu (2. 5 hrs).
Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until the 1950s. Today, the central monk body moves to Punakha in the winter when it gets too cold in Thimphu. With a climate almost tropical in the summer, the valley is blessed with an abundance of fruits and rice. We will visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong which without doubt showcases the finest example of Bhutanese arts and crafts. After the Dzong, we will drive to the capital, Thimphu, over the Dochu La pass (3000m). Overnight in Thimphu, altitude 2400m.

Day 18: Thimphu to Paro
Enjoy delicious breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed to visit School of Arts and Craft and nearby national library. Later, explore craft bazzar of Thimphu city and government own handicraft emporium before proceeding to Paro. Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. One can also venture to try local restaurant for dinner. Overnight in Paro.

Day 19: Departure
The tour will end today. After the breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight. Carry smile on your face, eyes with tears and memories unlimited. Tour staffs will bid you farewell at the airport departure gate with the quick prayer of save journey and to see you again in future.


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Bumthang Cultural Trek

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Day 1:ARRIVE AT PARO-THIMPHU (55 Km , 2 Hours)

Arrive in Paro airport and drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. In the evening, leisure time in town.

Overnight stay at hotel in Thimphu

Day 2: THIMPHU

Whole day sightseeing in Thimphu visiting popular tourist attractions.

Overnight stay at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3: THIMPHU-PUNAKHA (70 Km, 3 Hours)

Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. Enjoy spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges. Visit the temple of fertility called Chhimi Lhakhang and Punakha Dzong (fortress).

Explore the town in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel in Punakha.

Day 4: PUNAKHA-TRONGSA (142 Km, 6.5 Hrs)

Drive to Trongsa through Wangdue town and cross the Pelela Pass .Enjoy the beautiful landscapes and pristine nature.

Overnight stay at hotel in Trongsa.

Day 5: TRONGSA-BUMTHANG ( 68 Km, 2 Hrs)

Visit the Ta-Dzong and the Trongsa Dzong (fortress) and drive to Bumthang through Yontongla. Overnight stay at hotel in Bumthang.

Day 6: BUMTHANG

Wholeday sightseeing and visit the most popular temples in the country like Jambay Lhakhag, Kurje Lhakhang and Tamzhing Lhakhang.

Leisure time in the afternoon/ evening.

Overnight stay at hotel in Bumthang.

Day 7: TOKTUZAMPA – NGANG LHAKHANG (Distance 12km, 5 hours)

Trek Begins

Day 8: NGANG LHAKHANG – TAHUNG (Distance 16km, 6 hours)

Day 9: TAHUNG – MESITHANG (Distance 16km, 6 hours)

Trek ends

Day 10: BUMTHANG-PHOBJIKHA/GANGTEY ( 188 Km , 7 Hrs)

After early breakfast drive to Phobjikha, winter residence of the Black necked cranes through the 3,300m high Pele la pass. Visit Gangtey Gompa and visit other popular tourist attractions if time permits. Overnight stay at hotel in Gangtey.

Day 11: PHOBJIKHA/GANGTEY -THIMPHU ( 135 Km , 6 Hrs)

Arrive in Thimphu city and explore the evening and nightlife. You can buy souvenirs and visit other attractions of the capital. Overnight stay at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 12: THIMPHU – PARO (55 Km, 2 hours)

After breakfast drive to Paro and check in hotel. After lunch, visit popular tourist attractions like Paro Musuem and Rinpung Dzong. Overnight stay at hotel in Paro.

Day 13: PARO

Hike up to Tiger’s Nest and visit the National Museum in the afternoon. Evening is a cultural bonanza, a value-added activity provided by The Bhutan Travelclub inclusive of the package price.

Day 14: PARO DEPART

After breakfast, you will drive to Paro airport for departure.


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Jomolhari Trek

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Day 1: Arrive at Paro. 2250M.
A flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see Mt. Everest, Kanchen Junga, Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Chomolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tsrim Khang. The first gift from Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. You will be received by our representative and escorted to the hotel.
Afternoon visit to Ta-Dzong built in the 17th century, as watchtower to defend Paro Dzong below. This Ta-Dzong was converted into the National Museum in 1968, and it is filled with antique Thangka paintings, textiles, weapons and Armour.  Driver to the Rinpung Dzong built in the 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now used as an administration center and school for monks.  Every Dzong has dual system together with the religion section.

Day 2: Paro Sightseeing.
In morning hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger Nest). The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 3 hours. Enjoy the stunning view of the monastery where Guru Padmasambava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century, and meditated here for three months.  And following Guru’s foot steps lot of great saints meditated here. The monastery was later built in this holy place in 1684. Overnight Paro.

Day 3: Paro – Shana. 17 Km. Walking time 5-6 hours.
Drive to Drugyal Dzong (15 km), at the end of the valley and the trek begins here. It goes upstream of the Paro River, through villages, gradually ascending to Shana.  Overnight Camp. Altitude: 2870m.

Day 4: Shana – Soi Thangthangkha. 22 Km. Walking time 7 -8 hours.
The trail again follows Pa-chu (Paro river), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. Hot lunch will be served after crossing the bridge towards the left side of the river. After lunch follow the river climbing up through rhododendron forests and finally crossing the bridge again, and reaching to the camp. Overnight Camp. Altitude: 3630m.

Day 5 : Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang. 19 Km. Walking time 5 hours.
The path ascends for a while till you reach the army camp. Then follow the river above the tree line enjoying the stunning view of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a yak herder’s camp. A short walk in the valley reaches you to the camp at Jangothang. The view of Mt. Chomolhari and Jichu Drakey is superb.  Overnight Camp.  Altitude: 4090 m.

Day 6: Rest day at Jangothang. (Optional walk around)
It is rest day and free. But clients love to take hike to Tshophu, walk towards the glacier lake of Chhomolhari base or to the Jichu Darkey base glaciers lake.

Day 7: Jangothang – Lingshi. 18 Km. Walking time 5- 6 hours.
The trail follows the stream for half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Start the climb up to the first ridge with a breathtaking view of Chomolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tsrim Gang. Then walk towards the valley, almost flat for a while, until the climb to the Nyele la pass at an altitude of 4,890 meters. After the pass it’s a gradual descent to the Lingshi camp, enjoying the panoramic view of the peaks and Lingshi Dzong.  Overnight Camp. Altitude: 4010 m.
Day 8: Lingshi – Shodu. 22 Km. Walking time 8 -9 hours.
The path follows the stream up towards the valley opposite the Dzong, gradually ascending through the valley for 4 hours, until the stiff climb to the Yelela pass (4800 meters), the highest pass on this trek. After the pass it is along and gradual decent to the Shodu. Overnight Camp. Altitude: 4110 m.

Day 9: Shodu – Barshong. 16 Km. Walking time 5 -6 hours.
This is the place where one comes back to the tree line. The path follows the Thimphu River, descending through rhododendron, juniper and other alpine forest. The view of the cliff facing rocks and waterfalls are stunning. At the riverside you will be served hot lunch. After lunch the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of the Barshong dzong, reaching the camp at the altitude 3680 m.

Day 10: Barshong – Dolamkencho.  15 Km. Walking time 5-6 hours.
The road descends through alpine forest and we once again join Thimphu River for a while. Rest for lunch then climbs up to Dolamkencho is patch of meadow. Where the yak herders use for make shift camp. When they bring their Yaks in summer season here and if you were in month of April. You will encounter with full swing bloom of rhododendrons through this way to Dodana. Overnight Camp. Altitude: 3430m.

Day 11: Dolamkencho – Dodena -Thimphu. 8 Km. walking time 3 – 4 hours
The path descends through bamboo forest all the way to Dolamkencho, finally joining Thimphu River again. Arrive at Dodana where you will be picked up by your vehicle to drive Thimphu (15km). Overnight hotel.

Day 12: Thimphu sightseeing. 2350M.
Visit to the National Library. It has a vast collection of ancient manuscripts and religion art facts. Visit the Institute of Art & Painting school. Visit the Indigenous Hospital. Where the traditional medicine are made. Visit Textile museum.
Drive to sangyegang viewpoint from here you could see the entire Thimphu valley. Way back, stop at the mini zoo to see the Takin (Bhutan’s National Animal) after drive further down and turn to left and visit the Zilukha Nunnery – the only nunnery in Thimphu & Paro region.

Day 13:  Thimphu – Punakha. 77KM.  3 Hours. 1350M.
Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass (altitude 3050 meters). From here on a clear day one can see superb view of the highest peaks in Bhutan, such as Gangkar Puensum, Table Mountain, Jeje Khang, Masangang and Gangchey Ta. From here drive is all the way descend down till you reach to your hotel for lunch.
Visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 between the two Rivers called PHO – CHU and MO CHU, (Male & Female Rivers) This place is consider as a old capital of Bhutan and the first hereditary Kingship of Bhutan has started from her in 1907. 17th December. Every consecutive year on 17th December is observed as national day in Bhutan.
Drive further up road to make small hike to Khansum Yuelly Namgyal Chorten built by Present queens. Hike is through villages and here it is allowed to get inside. Where Buddha in installed in dome and from here you will enjoy the beauty of Punakha valley far down and you will see winding of Mo-Chu River slowly following down. Overnight Punakha.
Day 14:  Punakha  – Paro. 5Hours
Drive to Thimphu. Visit the Handicraft Emporium and spend time for shopping. Afternoon drives to Paro (2 hours) for stay overnight at the hotel.

15:  Departure.
Our representative will bid you a good-bye farewell at Paro International Airport.


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Druk Path Trek

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Paro to Jele Dzong past Damchena village
10KM | 4-5 HOURS | 1003M ASCENT | 10M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 3480M
Although today’s trekking day is short, we keep slow and steady pace as altitude gain is significant. After breakfast, you will drive to the road head at the National Museum (2487m) above Paro from where you will start your trek. We will walk from the Museum heading up hill through apple orchards, smallholdings of Damchena village and pine forests. Visit Jele Dzong (3,490m), perched on a whaleback ridge. Jele Dzong is mostly in ruins and there is a Lhakhang with the statute of Buddha Sakyamuni. On a lear day, the views of Paro town far below and of mount Jomolhari (7,314m) are breathtaking. Overnight camp at 3480m.

Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha
10KM | 4 HOURS | 300M ASCENT CAMP ALT 3780M
Begin with gradually ascent and then descend below the ridgeline to walk through the trail of thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. You may see yak herders in the area. There are fascinating views of Jhomolhari and other snow capped mountains and you can also hear some monal peasants during the day. We continue our up hill walk to reach a yak herders’ pasture at Jangchulakha (3,780m) with outstanding views of the Himalayan range. We camp in a yak pasture near the hillside

Jangchulakha to Jimilangtsho Lake
11KM | 4-5 HOURS | 400M ASCENT | 300M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 3880M
The trail follows the ridge and at times through juniper trees and dwarf rhododendrons. The views of the mountain valleys of Thimphu and Paro are sensational. After making an ascent and then a steep descent, we arrive at Jimilangtsho Lake (3,880m). The lake is famous for their giant sized trouts. Near the camp, you can have great views of 6,989m Jichu Drake, the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Overnight camp close to Jimilangtsho Lake.

Jimilangtsho via Janetsho Lake to Simkota
11KM | 4 HOURS | 270ASCENT | CAMP ALT 4110M
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and bypasses the lake of Janetsho. You may come across some yak herder’s camp and get an idea how these people live. Trail winds and undulates with magnificent view of the Himalaya across deep valleys. Simkotatsho Lake (4,110m) can be seen below after crossing one final spur. We continue our trek until we reach the yak pasture where we camp for tonight.

Simkota via Phajodhing (3,870m) to Thimphu city
14KM | 7 HOURS | 100M ASCENT | 1800M DESCENT
Today you will begin with a gradual climb to a small saddle at 4,150m from where you enjoy majestic view of Mount Gangkar Puensum and other himalayan peaks on clear weather. You will then descend to another small lake and then climb to the Phume La pass (4,210m) which is adorned with beautiful prayer flags. From here, you will enjoy great view of Thimphu city far below. The trail slowly descends through junipers trees to a community hall near Phajodhing (3,870m). Walk way down hill to Thimphu through a forests of blue pine and juniper until you arrive the roadhead of Sangaygang on the outskirts of Thimphu valley.