It is a 5½-day trek near Thimphu, to a large number of lovely high altitude lakes. The trek is easy and most trekking days are short but there are some long steep climbs. It starts from Khoma (near Thimphu) and ends in Simtokha, Thimphu. The highest point is 4300 Meters.

It is a 5½-day trek near Thimphu, to a large number of lovely high altitude lakes. The trek is easy and most trekking days are short but there are some long steep climbs. It starts from Khoma (near Thimphu) and ends in Simtokha, Thimphu. The highest point is 4300 Meters.

  • Excursion to the famous Tiger’s Nest – Taktsang Monastery
  • Visit Drugyal Dzong/Victory Fortress (built in1644), Kichu Monastery (built in 7th century), and the National Memorial Chorten
  • Visit the tallest Statue of Buddha in Bhutan
  • A panoramic view of the Higher Himalayas from the Dochu La Pass (3140m)
  • Visit Punakha Dzong (built in 1637) and Chimi Lhakhang – “The Temple of Fertility”

Cost inclusive of:

  1. All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
  2. Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
  3. All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  4. Royalty & Govt. Taxes
  5. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments only
  6. Visa Fee
  7. Airport tax
  8. Contribution to Tourism Development Fund
  9. Guide
  10. Sightseeing

Cost exclusive of:

  • Druk Air fare
  • Insurance Premiums
  • Payments for service provided on a personal basis
  • Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include Head”
  • Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest, etc.
  • Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, camera charges, bottled water, incidentals, portage, bellboy charges, tips or any other services

While on Trek, the cost covers:

Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) Nu.1000

  • 3 meals a day
  • Service of cook & helper
  • Guide, sleeping tent
  • Mess Tent, Kitchen Tent & Toilet Tent
  • Ponies to carry supplies
  • Royalty
  • We will provide you with sleeping mats but you have to bring your own sleeping bags.

Optional activities that you can add in the program:

  • Hike to Dzongdrakha
  • Excursion to Chelela Pass
  • Hike to Cheri /Tango Monastery
  • Visit to a Bhutanese Farm House
  • Cultural show in Thimphu
  • Visit the Centenary Farmers’ Market
  • Witness an Archery Match in Thimphu

For Trekking, one must bring:

  • Strong comfortable trekking boots – water-resistant for the rainy period  of June-August
  • Sunscreen
  • Flash light
  • Rain coat (especially for rainy period – June-August)
  • Head gear/hat/cap for sun and rain protection
  • Water pills – for extra caution in purifying stream; (boiled water is provided at all times during the trek)
  • Aspirin – incase of altitude sickness
  • Lots of socks
  • Warm clothes

OPTIONAL ITEMS

  • Sunglasses
  • Headgear
  • Folding umbrella (only for wet months — July and August)
  • One towel
  • Pillow case
  • Wet-packed tissue paper
  • Pillow

Detailed Itinerary

The flight into Paro is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of Bhutan. In clear weather, you will be able to see some of the world’s highest peaks as you fly into Paro. As the aircraft prepares to land, you will be surrounded by the lush green valleys. On landing, our representative will greet you at the exit terminal, and then drive you the short distance to the Hotel.

After lunch, drive to the ruins of Drukgyel dzong (Victory Fortress), built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders in1644. Then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the 8th century. Overnight in a hotel in Paro.

After breakfast a short drive will take you to Satsam Chorten, from where you start your 2-hour hike to view the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forests. You will stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Zakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until you see, clearly and seemingly within reach, the famed Taktsang Monastery. Built in the 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff. It is said that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, came to Taktsang riding on a tigress. After lunch, visit Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong is currently the administrative center of Paro. You will also visit the Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, now the National museum of Bhutan. In the evening, a two-hour drive will take you to Thimphu. Overnight in a hotel in Thimphu.

You will walk through terraced paddy fields and coniferous forests to the settlement of Geynikha. The route then descends to a chorten that marks a camping place alongside a stream. 

Altitude 2800 m; Distance 14 Km; Time 4 hours.

Crossing a suspension bridge, the trail heads west for a while, then climbs steeply towards the south to a rock platform and a crest at 3200 meters. A further walk of about two hours leads to a camp in a forest clearing at 3290 meters.

Altitude 3290 meters; Distance 7 km; Time 5hrs; Ascent 550 meters, descent 210 meters.

You will cross the pass at 4240 meters for a view of spectacular Dagala village, and then pass through several herders’ camps en route the foot of the broad Labatamba valley at 4300 meters near Utso Lake, where plenty of Golden Trout flourish. There are many lakes in the vicinity. You will camp near the lake. Overnight in a camp.

Altitude 4300 meters; Distance 12 km; Time 5hrs; Ascent 1040 meters, descent 110 meters.

The trail climbs along the western side of the lake from where you will get awesome views of the surrounding mountains. From the pass there is a steep descent to another lake at 4350 meters. A short distance beyond the lake leads to the valley and then to Panka.

Altitude 4000m; Distance 8 km; Time 6-7  hours; Ascent 260 meters, descent 520 meters.

The route leads north crossing a pass at 4000 meters, then climbs along the side of a ridge to a crest at 4270 meters. From here there is a view of the Dagala range and a view of Thimphu, far to the north. It is then a long descent through forests to the Goemba and village of Talakha (3080 meters).

Altitude 3080 m; Distance 8 kms; Time 6-7 hours; Ascent 180 meters, descent 1100 meters.

Walk downhill on a steep trail to Chamgang (2640 meters) from where our vehicle will pick you up and drive you to Thimphu. After lunch, rest and free to stroll around the town. Overnight in a hotel.

Distance 6 Kkm; Time 3 hours; Descent 440 meters.

After breakfast, sightseeing in Thimphu. It includes: the National Library, which has a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts, followed by a visit to the Painting School, famous for carving and free hand art. After lunch visit the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built in 1627 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, and then visit the National Memorial Chorten, a monument dedicated to the third King of Bhutan. Then visit the Handicrafts Emporium to see the exquisite artistry of traditional crafts and textiles. You will also visit the Tashichhodzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion), built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and reconstructed in 1961 by the third King, His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is regarded as the Father of Modern Bhutan.  You will have the evening free for shopping and leisure. Dinner and overnight in a hotel.

After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while to view the higher Himalayas. In Punakha, you will visit the Dzong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and located between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). Punakha is the winter residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Lama of Bhutan. After lunch, we will drive to Wangduephodrang, and en route stop a while to view Chimi Lhakhang also called the ‘Temple of Fertility’ built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley also popularly known as the Divine Madman in the 15th century. You will also visit the Wangduephodrang Dzong (from outside) built in 1638. Overnight in a hotel.

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu. Lunch in Thimphu. After lunch, you will be free for shopping and photography in the town. Dinner and overnight in a hotel.

Early morning drive to the airport and farewell.

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