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: 18 Nights / 19 days
Trekking Max. Altitude: 4900m / 16076 ft.
Seasons: April – June & Mid-September – Mid-November (April is the best month for the Laya region trekking)
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 Taktsang Hike
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 3: Paro – Shingkharab
After breakfast, 4 to 6 hours’ drive towards Shana.On the way you will reached at the Army post at Gunitsawa village. At the army check point your trek permit (provided by your tour operator) will be checked. After reaching Shana, lunch will be served by the trekking crews. Few hours walk till Shingkharab where Camp will be setup.
Day 4: Shingkharab – Thangthangkha
On this long day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs along crossing a river. After going uphill through the river valley, you enter the Jigme Dorji National Park National Park. Camp at Thangthangkha (3610m)
Day 5: Thangthangkha – Jangothang
Clear morning skies allow excellent views of Jhomolhari. Lunch will be served at the yak herder’s camp. A short walk into the valley will take you to the camp at Jangothang at an altitude of 4040m. At this site you will see a beautiful mountain Jhomolhari and Jichu Drake.
Day 6: Halt at Jangothang
A day for acclimatization and to enjoy the magnificent scenery. Various excursions can be undertaken up to about 5,000m. For close up views of Jhomolhari (7,314m) and Jichu Drake (6,974m). In addition there are also some lovely clear glacial lakes to visit. From the campsite there are spectacular sunset views on Jhomolhari and we may well see blue sheep, which scramble on the hills around camp.
Day 7: Jangothang – Chazhipang
A long day trail as we cross our first pass. Leaving the valley by a short steep trail we ascend through a broad open landscape. A final steep climb takes us to the top of the pass, the Nyele La, at about 4,850m. From here there are magnificent views of the dozens of peaks that line the border with Tibet. After the pass, it’s a gradual descent towards Chazhipang. Camp at Chazhipang.
Day 8: Chazhipang – Chebisa
Today as we walk shortly, you will reach a Chorten below Lingshi Dzong. Here you will get a chance to glance a Dzong for few minutes atop a high ridge which sits ridge. After Lingshi Dzong you will be passing the villages of Lingshi and Goyul. Camp at Chebisa by the side of a stream at 3,860 meters.
Day 9: Chebisa – Shoumuthang
Today begins with a stiff climb of nearly four hours to Gobu-la pass (4,410m), where occasionally sighting flocks of blue sheep as we walk. After crossing the Gobu-la pass, you will reach to a large U-shaped valley called Shakshepasa (3980m). Climbing from here you will finally reach the campsite at Shoumuthang, above the river.
Day 10: Shoumuthang – Robluthang
Today we begin by climbing up the valley to reach Jhari La (4,750m), from where you will see first glimpse of Sinche La. The effort of reaching the pass is rewarded with a panoramic view of the big snow peak in at Gangchhenta (6840m). As we descend, we reach in the beautiful and remote valley called Tsheri Jathang (pasture of Takin). There is another short, steep climb at the end of the day to reach our campsite at Robluthang.
Day 11: Robluthang – Limithang
We start the day with a long as well as tough climb up to Sinche-la pass (4,900m), the last and highest pass. After crossing the pass we descend to Limithang, the path is quite narrow, and we may have to ford the stream again and get wet. The last part of today’s trek is rather a scramble down a steep path, with the compensation of splendid views of Gangchhenta peak (6,840m) along the way. Tonight we camp at 4,100m on flat ground above the river in a forested area, with Gangchhenta towering directly above us to the north.
Day 12: Limithang – Laya
Today is an easy day after the last three hard days crossing high altitude pass. The trail follows towards Laya with Pleasant views at only 3,850m. Arriving at Laya lunch at Laya. Afternoon leisure for exploring the village and meeting the people.
Day 13: halt at Laya
Spend the day at Laya exploring the village and meeting with and observing the daily life of the Layaps.
Day 14: Laya – Tongchudrag
We descend from Laya for an hour to the army camp at the side of the Mo Chu (Mother River of Punakha), and then walk alongside the river till reaching a bridge. After crossing the bridge, the track winds up and down through juniper and fir forests. Campsite at Tongchudrag along the river side.
Day 15: Tongchudrag- Gasa
Today will walk for an hour over the land till Balela Pass (3,740m), the trail undulate and is steep in parts. We then have a long walk through the forest to Gasa. From Gasa there are great views of the mountains across the valley and Gasa Dzong. From Gasa we descend to the Gasa Hot Springs where we camp tonight and we can have a welcome soak in the hot water.
Day 16: Gasa – Punakha
This is our last trekking day. The path winds up and down through heavily forested areas where you can see many wild orchids till Damji where our bus will be waiting for us to drive us along the valley to Punakha. Transfer to the hotel in Punakha.
Day 17: Punakha – Thimphu
After breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong, located on a strategic junction at the confluence of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. We will then drive to Thimphu over Dochula Pass (3050m) and the pass is marked by 108 chortens (Stupa). On the way visit Simtokha Dzong, Bhutan’s most ancient fortress. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 18: Thimphu – Paro
After breakfast full day sightseeing including visit to the Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s Third King. Then visit to Textile & Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating collection of Bhutanese material culture and living traditions. Later visit National Library which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. After that, visit Trashi choe Dzong, the beautiful medieval fortress which houses most of the Government offices and King’s Throne room. Evening drive to Paro and overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 19: Departure
After breakfast, drive to the airport for the flight to onward destination.