Enjoy the variety of polish nature from valley, through the clean lakes and primeval forests to majestic mountains. Rest, relax just how you like and experience a unique trip to Bhutan hiker’s paradise.
Trekking in Bhutan can only be hiked in particular season i.e. March, May, late September and December. All the trekking in Bhutan are arranged at designated place.
Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
Trekking Max. Altitude: 3,400m / 11,154 ft.
Seasons: Late February – June & September – December
On arrival at Paro airport, you will be received by our representative and check-in to hotels of Paro. Later visit the Ta Dzong (National Museum), which served as the watch tower for Paro Rinpung Dzong in the early days. After that will go down to visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong, which sits on a hillock above the Paro Township. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 02: Paro
Begin the day with a short drive to Taktsang Monastery, the spot where the Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress and mediated. On the return to Paro town visit en-route Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in the kingdom of Bhutan. In the evening visit local market and overnight in the hotel.
Day 03: Paro – Jele Dzong
The first day hikes have to climb 3,480 meters elevation which is of 8km, 3 hours hike. The journey starts from the Ta Dzong in Paro and climbs up to Jele Dzong. Once you cross the Jele la pass, you will see Jele Dzong and the campsite will be below Jele Dzong.
Day 04: Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha
The journey begins with a climb for 11km which is about 3 - 4 hours and then rise gradually up. The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and dwarf rhododendron tress. Beautiful view of Jhomolhari Mountain (7,314m) and other snowcapped peaks can be seen from the trail. You may also see yaks and yak herders around your campsite. Campsite at 3,780m near yak herder’s camp.
Day 05: Jangchulakha – Jimilang tsho
The trail climbs steeply to the Jangchulakha (4,180m). On the way you will enjoy a great view of Jichu Drake (protective deity of Paro) which is about 6,989 meters and Gangkar Puensum (7,497m), Bhutan’s highest mountain. The campsite is close to the Jimilang tsho Lake
Day 06: Jimilangtsho – Simikota
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janetsho. You may come across some yak herder’s camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simikota Lake. The trek is of 11km, 4 hours.
Day 07: Simikota – Phajoding
10km, 4hours trek begins with a gradual climb till Phume La (4,210m) the highest elevation of the trek. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mountain Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan peaks. From this pass, the trek takes you downhill to Phajoding for a nights halt. The camp is above Phajoding.
Day 08: Phajoding – Thimphu
After passing Phajoding monastery, the trek to Thimphu is all the way downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine.by taking leisure pace you can reach Thimphu in 3 hours for a nice shower and lunch. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09: Excursion to Punakha
After breakfast, full day excursion to the Punakha valleys. The drive from Thimphu crosses the Dochula pass (3,088m) with enchanting mountain views. In Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong situated at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers along the cantilever bridge, built in the 17th century. Then visit Chimi Lhakhang, known famously as the fertility temple. In the evening drive back to Thimphu. Overnight and dinner at the hotel.
Day 10: Thimphu – Paro
After breakfast, full day of sightseeing of Thimphu, like visit the School of 13 Arts and Crafts, National Library, Textile and Folk Heritage and Tashi choe Dzong. After lunch, visit the Memorial Chorten (built in 1974 in honor of the 3rd King) and drive up to Kuensel Phodrang to see the magnificent statue of Buddha (The tallest statue of “sitting Buddha” in the world) and a bird’s eye view of Thimphu. Evening drive towards Paro and overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 11: Depart from Paro
After early breakfast, drive to the airport for flight.