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One of the best ways to experience the heart and soul of this unique destination is to incorporate a trek into your itinerary. With much of the kingdom covered with ancient forests and high alpine meadows, a trek will not only bring you closer to nature but provide you with the opportunity to meet rural people.
Whilst you will need to be physically fit and used to long walks, our trekking itineraries have been designed to travel at a gentle pace. You will be accompanied by a local trekking guide, cook, camp hand and horsemen who look after the yaks and ponies that transport your luggage and camping gear. The crew take care of all the camp chores and will provide you with simple but wholesome food along the way.

DRUK PATH TREK
Requires reasonable walking fitness.

JOMOLHARI YAKSA TREK
Requires reasonable walking fitness.

LAYA LINGSHI TREK
Requires reasonable walking fitness.

SNOWMAN TREK
Requires reasonable walking fitness.

DAGALA TREK
Requires reasonable walking fitness.

NABJI KORPHU TREK
Requires reasonable walking fitness.

DRUK PATH TREK

The Druk Path Trek is a moderate, six-day trek. This popular trek offers beautiful views as you cross the chain of mountains that separate the Paro and Thimphu valleys. This route is also famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests and wonderful high altitude lakes teeming with fish. There will be a number of temples and dzongs to visit on the way, and in the clear weather of late autumn and winter there are great views of the Himalayas. As well as being able to visit the sites of Paro and Thimphu before and after the trek, you may also enjoy a day excursion to the Punakha valley to visit the imposing Punakha Dzong.

Quick Facts 

Druk path trek
  • Max Elevation                                                                  4200 m  
  • Min Elevation                                                                   2400 m
  • Trip grade                                                                        Medium
  • No. of Days                                                                        8 Days
  • Season                                        March, April May, June, August,                                                            September, October, November
  • Group Size                                  3 Persons Min - 20 persons Max
  • Requires reasonable walking fitness.

HIGHLIGHTS DRUK PATH TREK 

The Druk Path Trek is a moderate, six-day trek. This popular trek offers beautiful views as you cross the chain of mountains that separate the Paro and Thimphu valleys. This route is also famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests and wonderful high altitude lakes teeming with fish.

Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests and snow capped mountains.
Experience Bhutan’s unique culture up-close with farmhouse visits and village excursions.
Spend time Marvelling at the ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples.
Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor.

DRUK PATH TREK

DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. Our Bhutan Druk Adventure representative will meet you at Paro airport. After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the National Museum, Ta Dzong. This museum houses many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical and cultural past. Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. Dzong’s are large monasteries and district administrative centres, which were once strategic forts. Afterwards walk to the beautiful cantilever wooden bridge still in use. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

DAY 02: PARO
After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours uphill takes you high above the Paro valley. The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight.According to legend, great Guru Rimpoche and his consort mediated in a cave here for three months when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. After meditation, they manifested themselves in the forms of Guru Dorji Drolo and a tigress to subdue demons in the valley below. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for lunch.

In the afternoon drive to the almost fully reconstructed Drukgyel Dzong. The original monument (destroyed by fire in 1951) was built by Shabdrung to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop. On the return drive to Paro, visit other sights in Paro valley. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

DAY 03: PARO – JELE DZONG
8km, 4-5 hours. 1090m ascent
Today is a short trekking day. The journey starts with a climb up to Jele Dzong. The trek trail ascends gradually up to the camp, and if the weather is clear Paro valley can be seen surrounded by snow capped mountains. Above the camp is Jele La (3400m) and Jele Dzong. There is also a Lhakhang containing a statue of Buddha Shakyamuni. Overnight at campsite. Altitude 3480m

DAY 04: JELE DZONG – JANGCHULAKHA
10km, 3 – 4hours. 310m ascent, 50m descent
Begin with a one and a half hour climb and then ascend more gradually upwards. The trail takes us through thick alpine forests of rhododendrons. We will have fine views of Mt. Chomolhari and other snow capped peaks if the weather is right. We may hear some pheasants calling during the day. We may also see yak herders around your campsite. Overnight at campsite. Altitude 3770m.

DAY 05: JANGCHULAKHA – JIMILANGTSHO
11km, 4 hours. 230m descent, 330m ascent
The trail follows the ridge, and when the weather is clear views of the mountains and valley are sensational. We will enjoy a great view of Jichu Drake (6989m), the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Our camp is close to Jimilangtsho lakes, famous for their giant sized trout. Overnight at campsite. Altitude 3870m.

DAY 06: JIMILANGTSHO – SIMKOTA
11km, 4 hours. 820m ascent, 400m descent
The trail takes us through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janeetsho. Today we may come across some yak herder’s camps and get an idea of how these people live. We camp overnight close to Simkota Lake. If you are lucky you can catch a lake trout for your dinner. Overnight at campsite.

DAY 07: SIMKOTA – PHAJODING
10km, 4 hours. 130m ascent, 680m descent
Today begins with a gradual climb and if the weather permits you will enjoy majestic views of Mt.Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan. You may also view a host of other peaks from Phume La (4080m). The trail slowly descends through juniper trees to a campsite. Overnight at campsite. Altitude 3610m.

DAY 08: PHAJODING – THIMPHU
5km, 3 hours
The trek to Thimphu is downhill all the way, passing through a forested area of mostly blue pine. Taking a leisurely pace, you reach Thimphu in about 3 hours. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

DAY 09: THIMPHU
(Day excursion to Punakha)
After breakfast, drive over the Dochu-La Pass (3100 m), which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks before descending into balmy Punakha valley (about 3 hrs total driving time). The drive through the countryside affords a glimpse of everyday life in this most remote of Himalayan kingdoms. In the Dochu-La area there are vast Rhododendron forests that bloom in late April/early May covering the mountains in a riot of glorious spring colour.

Punakha was the ancient capital of Bhutan. On arrival, visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’ as predicted by the great Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava). It is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu Rivers and is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move en masse from Thimphu to this warmer location. The three story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver.

After lunch, enjoy a walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the Drukpa Kuenly who is also known as the Divine Madman. He inherited the Divine Madman title since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhism in his time. He taught the people that religion is an inner feeling and it’s not necessary that one should be an ordained monk. He is also considered a symbol of fertility and most childless couples go to his temple for blessing. Return to Thimphu. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

DAY 10: THIMPHU – PARO
Enjoy sightseeing in Thimphu beginning with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten depicting the Buddhist faith in the form of paintings and statues. This temple was first initiated by the Third King as a protection from the negative elements of modernization. The Royal Queen Mother completed it as a memorial stupa for the third King who passed away in the year 1972. Other highlights include the 12th Century Changangkha Temple, Drubthob monastery housing the Zilukha nunnery, the School for Arts and Crafts where the students are taught to master the 13 types of Bhutanese art, the National Library housing a collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century, and a fascinating replica of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum. If there is time, you may also visit the nursing pen for the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan and Tashichhodzong. In the early evening depart for Paro. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

DAY 11: DEPART PARO
Breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination.
Tashi Delek!

What is included : 

Private guided tour
Visas for Bhutan
Airport transfers
Daily 3 meals (B/L/D)
Accommodation
A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
An experienced driver
A tour vehicle
Entry fees & road permits
Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges
Mineral bottled water
Cook and camp hand who will take care of camp chores and provide wholesome meals.
Services of horsemen who will look after the yaks & ponies that transport luggage and camp gear.Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip

What's Excluded
Flight into Bhutan (can be arranged with us)
Flight on other airline to catch Drukair Flight
Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants
Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
Expenditure of personal nature
Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
Tips for the guide and driver
Alcoholic drink

Special Offer :
Do you have a group of 10 or more? You may qualify for a special group rate. Allow us to make sure your group travels happy and confidently.

Payment & Cancellation Policy

Payment Terms

The approval of tourists VISA is contingent on the full payment of the tour
Flight ticket payment is subject to the Ticketing Time Limit issued by the airlines

Tour Cancellation and Refund Policy

30 to 15 days prior to arrival - 20% of the total tour cost will be levied as cancellation fee
14 to 7 days prior to arrival - 50% of the tour cost will be levied as cancellation fee
Less than a week prior to arrival - 100% cancellation charge will be levied as cancellation fee

Flight Ticket Cancellation and Refund Policy

Subject to the cancellation terms of the Airline

Rescheduling Tour Dates:

There are no charges for rescheduling your trip. However the minimum daily tariff, hotel rates, airline charges are subject to change depending on your new travelling dates.

JOMOLHARI YAKSA TREK

The most popular trekking routes in Bhutan. With altitude differences of 2,500m and nearly 5,000m it offers a wide range of landscapes, fauna and flora. The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari Basecamp (Jangothang).

Quick Facts 

Jomolhari Yaksa Trek
  • Max Elevation                                                                  5000 m  
  • Min Elevation                                                                   2500 m
  • Trip grade                                                                        Medium
  • No. of Days                                                                       10 Days
  • Season                                                                           April May                                                          September, October, November
  • Group Size                                  3 Persons Min - 15 persons Max
  • Requires reasonable walking fitness.

HIGHLIGHTS JUMOLHARI YAKSA TREK

The Jumolhari Trek highlights the great diversity that the Bhutanese landscape has to offer. You will pass through thick pine forests, scattered hamlets and alpine meadows that lead to the high pastureland where yak herders graze their animals.

Experience fabulous views of snow-capped mountains such as Mt. Jumolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake.
Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.
Discover Bhutan’s unique culture up-close with farmhouse visits and village excursions.
Camp overnight at the base of Mt Jumolhari.
Spend time Marvelling at the ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples.
Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor.

JUMOLHARI YAKSA TREK

Day 01| Arrival in Paro – Thimphu (1 Hr)
Early morning flight to Paro, Bhutan (Please check the flight timing). The flight from Delhi/Kathmandu is considered as one of the most scenic flight offering the view of the world’s top ten highest peaks. Upon your arrival in Paro airport our guide will be there to welcome you and transfer to Thimphu. After Lunch visit the Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King. This place now happens to be a get together point for the elderly people, who spend their whole day chanting prayers and meeting their friends. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley offering a beautiful view of the valley. Enclosure where the national animal, Takins are kept and drive to visit the largest and the newly built statue of Buddha offering magnificent view of entire Thimphu valley. After 5 PM, visit the fortress of Thimphu, Tashichho Dzong, which houses the throne of the king. Evening walk around the happening town, the largest and the most crowded town in Bhutan.

Overnight: Thimphu| Altitude: 2300m

Day 02| Thimphu – Paro (1.5 Hrs)
Morning visit the happening weekend market (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) where the locals from the surrounding villages come to sell their produce. They sell their goods and in return they buy their basic necessities. In olden days, bata system was practiced by everyone. Visit the traditional Hand Made Paper Mill. Visit the School of Arts and Crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan. Visit Folk Heritage Museum which explains how a traditional house used to be like in the olden days. Later visit the National Library which houses the collection of Bhutanese rich religious text and the contemporary Buddhism teachings from master all around the world. Drive further up to visit the Dechenphodrang monastic school and meet the young monks. Later continue to Zilukha nunnery to meet the nuns and interact with them. Lunch in the town and drive back to Paro. Upon arrival, relax in the hotel.

Overnight: Paro| Altitude: 2200m

Day 03| Paro Sightseeing
Morning drive to the base for the hike (3 hrs uphill) to Tiger’s Nest, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff over looking the Paro valley. Most of the day will go on the hike. Evening if you have the energy and time visit the Kichu Lakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan which marks the beginning of Buddhism in the country. It will bring us good luck for the rest of the journey. Back to the hotel and get yourself packed and ready for the much awaited adventurous trek.

Overnight: Paro

Day 04| Paro to Shana – Thangthangkha (Start of trek)
Distance: 21 km
Walking time: 8 hours
Sleeping altitude: 3630m

Morning drive to the north end of the valley where the road ends by the ruins of Drugyal Dzong. Over the centuries, it guarded the trail from Tibet into the Paro valley. This is where the dirt road starts for another hour following Paro Chu upstream through the village of Tshento. Finally reaching by the army check post, where your trekking crew and ponies will be waiting for you. The trek starts with crossing the army checkpost and the river. It 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! It’s a long hike following the valley with gentle ups and down.



Day 05| Thangthangkha to Jangothang
Distance: 16 km
Walking time: 6 hours
Sleeping altitude: 4090m

Today the trek is much easier and shorter with better trail. 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| Halt
Acclimatization and rest day. A good optional hike is to climb to the Tshophu Lake at 4300m, which is about 2h from Jangothang. Or could hike up right at the base of the Mt. Jumolhari offering magnificent glacier lakes.


Day 07| Jangothang to Yaksa
Distance: 17 km
Walking time: 7 hours
Pass to cross: Bongtey La, 4820m

Sleeping altitude: 3800m

2 hours from Jangothang is the Tshophu Lake, which you probably visited yesterday. From the lake, it’s another 2 hours to the pass. Climbing up to the pass, we will be rewarded with stunning views of the Chomolhari and Jichu Drakey. From the pass, it’s all the way downhill until our camp at Yaksa.


Day 08| Yaksa to Thombu
Distance: 14 km
Walking time: 5 hours
Pass to cross: Thombu La, 4550m
Sleeping altitude: 4150m

Climbing out of Yaksa, you will see the few houses that make up the Yaksa village across the valley, and the pass you came over yesterday. About 2 hours of gradual climbing and you will cross the tree line, entering another valley. The pass is 1 hours climb from here. From the pass, you can see the yak herders grazing grounds of Thombu, our camp. On a clear day, you can even see some houses in Tibet.


Day 09| Thombu to Gunitsawa (End of trek) – Paro
Distance: 17 km
Walking time: 6 hours

A short steep climb will take us out of the Thombu basin, traversing along a trail cut into a rocky cliff with a dizzying drop. 4 hours of steep and dusty descent (1 ½ k of vertical descent) will bring us to the army check post that we crossed on the first day of our trek. Our transport will be waiting here for us. This is where we say goodbye to our trekking crews and drive back to Paro through the dirt road. Check in to your hotel, get to unpack your stuff and do all the washing and end with a lovely farewell dinner with your guide. If you wish hot stone bath could be also arranged.

Overnight: Paro

Day 10| Departure
Morning transfer (15 mins) to the airport for your departure flight. Your guide will bid you farewell at the airport.

What is included : 

Private guided tour
Visas for Bhutan
Airport transfers
Daily 3 meals (B/L/D)
Accommodation
A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
An experienced driver
A tour vehicle
Entry fees & road permits
Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges
Mineral bottled water
Cook and camp hand who will take care of camp chores and provide wholesome meals.
Services of horsemen who will look after the yaks & ponies that transport luggage and camp gear.Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip

What's Excluded
Flight into Bhutan (can be arranged with us)
Flight on other airline to catch Drukair Flight
Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants
Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
Expenditure of personal nature
Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
Tips for the guide and driver
Alcoholic drink

Special Offer :
Do you have a group of 10 or more? You may qualify for a special group rate. Allow us to make sure your group travels happy and confidently.

Payment & Cancellation Policy

Payment Terms

The approval of tourists VISA is contingent on the full payment of the tour
Flight ticket payment is subject to the Ticketing Time Limit issued by the airlines

Tour Cancellation and Refund Policy

30 to 15 days prior to arrival - 20% of the total tour cost will be levied as cancellation fee
14 to 7 days prior to arrival - 50% of the tour cost will be levied as cancellation fee
Less than a week prior to arrival - 100% cancellation charge will be levied as cancellation fee

Flight Ticket Cancellation and Refund Policy

Subject to the cancellation terms of the Airline

Rescheduling Tour Dates:

There are no charges for rescheduling your trip. However the minimum daily tariff, hotel rates, airline charges are subject to change depending on your new travelling dates.

LAYA LINGSHI TREK

The Laya-Gasa Trek is considered one of the most scenic treks in Bhutan, offering amazing views of some of the most pristine and unspoiled landscapes in Bhutan. This fourteen day, 217 km journey begins at Drukgyel in Paro and takes you through gorgeous alpine meadows, high mountain passes and dense sub-tropical jungles before terminating in Damji in Tashithang.

The first five days of this trek follow the same route as the Jomolhari Trek I through Jigme Singye National Park and offer awe-inspiring views of Mt. Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang. On the sixth day the path diverges and you will depart Lingshi for the camp site at Chebisa, a charming little village adorned with a beautiful waterfall of crystal clear water.

Along the trail you’ll be able to spot indigenous animals such as blue sheep and Takins, the national animal of Bhutan. You’ll travel through remote mountain villages inhabited by Layaps (people of Laya), a distinct segment of the Bhutanese society with unique culture, traditions and appearance. Thhe trek also offers a day of relaxation at the famous Gasa hot springs that is sure to rejuvenate you.

This is one of the more difficult treks offered in Bhutan due to the high altitudes and steep ascents and descents along the path. The best seasons to complete this challenge are in April-June and Mid-September-Mid-November. 

Quick Facts 

Laya Lingshi Trek
  • Max Elevation                                                                  5320 m  
  • Min Elevation                                                                   2850 m
  • Trip grade                                                                         Hard
  • No. of Days                                                                     10 Days
  • Season                                                                      July, August,                                                                              September, October
  • Group Size                                  3 Persons Min - 15 persons Max
  • Requires good walking fitness.

HIGHLIGHTS LAYA LINGSHI TREK

The Laya Trek offers a great variety of trekking conditions, from picturesque farmland and forests to alpine pastureland and high mountain passes (16,100 ft). Numerous isolated dzongs and scattered settlements, including the extraordinary village of Laya, and Gasa make this trek one of the most popular.

Experience fabulous views of snow-capped mountains such as Mt. Jumolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake.
Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.
Explore the isolated community of Laya.
Soak in the therapeutic waters of the Gasa Hot Springs.
Camp overnight beneath some of Bhutan’s most impressive mountain peaks.
Spend time Marvelling at the ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples.
Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor.

LAYA LINGSHI TREK

Day 01| Arrival in Paro
Early morning flight to Paro, Bhutan (Please check the flight timing). The flight from Delhi/Kathmandu is considered as one of the most scenic flight offering the view of the world’s top ten highest peaks. Upon your arrival in Paro airport our guide will be there to welcome you and transfer to your hotel. Later visit the National museum which has all range of collections ranging from pre history of Bhutan. Visit Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Continue further to stroll around the old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. Could get some opportunity to see the traditional game, Archery match going on. Evening back to the hotel.
Overnight: Paro| Altitude: 2200m

Day 02| Paro Sightseeing
Morning drive to the base for the hike (3 hrs uphill) to Tiger’s Nest, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff over looking the Paro valley. Most of the day will go on the hike. Evening if you have the energy and time visit the Kichu Lakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan which marks the beginning of Buddhism in the country.
Overnight: Paro

Day 03| Paro to Gunitasawa to Thangthangkha (Moderate-Strenuous)
Distance: 22Km
Walking time: 9Hr
Sleeping altitude: 3600m
Morning drive to the starting point of the trek. The road ends at the ruins of Drugyel Dzong and a small dirt road starts from there. Before our trek used to start from here but now as the dirt road goes very close to the first day of the camp to we drive all the way up. Follow the Paro Chu upstream through the village of Tshento and a small school. The road ends at the army check post, where your guide will produce your trekking permit. Our trekking crew will be waiting for you and get your bags packed for the trek. Cross the suspension bridge and follow the stream upwards crossing your first camp Shana. The trail is very rocky series of small ups and downs along the Paro Chu and it can be very muddy if it rains. There are few houses on the other side of the river as the trek begins. About 3 hours into the trek, you will come at a junction where a trail branches to go to Tibet, but DON’T go to Tibet. Cross the small bridge and have lunch, after the lunch the trail can get pretty tiring. Finally once you cross the last bridge you will reach your camp site. On a clear day you will be able to see the trip of the Mt. Jumolhair.

Day 04| Thangthangkha to Jangothang (Moderate)
Distance: 16Km
Walking time: 6Hr
Sleeping altitude: 4100m
Today you will come across small sparse settlements, and herds of yaks. You will also be crossing the tree line (4000m). Shortly you will be coming across a small army checkpoint and the valley slowly opens up with few settlements just before the camp site. You will get to see one of the remote schools of Bhutan. Our camp at Jangothang will bring us face to face with the majestic Mt. Juomolhari. Jangothang means the land of ruins, you will see ruins of some old settlements, which no one seems to know much about.

Day 05| Halt
Acclimatization and rest day. Early morning you will be greeted with majestic Mt. Jumolhari over looking at you. A good optional hike is to climb to the Tshophu Lake at 4300m, which is about 2 hrs hike from the camp. After lunch relax or could got for another hike to see the glacier at the base of Mt. Jumolhari, which will take about another 2 hrs. Both the hikes offer a good opportunity to see herds of blue sheep.

Day 06| Jangothang to Lingshi (Strenuous)
Distance: 17Km
Walking time: 7Hr
Pass to cross: Nyele La, 4900m
Sleeping altitude: 4000m
Heading uphill from Jangothang we cross the first of the many passes. As you start climbing up the view of Mt. Jumolhari and Mt. Jichu Drakey behind you is spectacular. 4 hours of uphill climbing will take you over the very windy Nyele La pass at 4900m. Scree makes it a little tricky to go down the pass on the other side. The descend is steep till we arrive the lunch spot. After 30 mins of walk from lunch point, Lingshi dzong will soon be visible in a distance located at a hilltop. The final descend through thick rhododendrons bushes for 30 mins will lead you to the campsite, which is just before arriving Lingshi village (60 houses). It’s better to camp in the valley by the small stream.

Day 07| Lingshi to Chebisa ((Moderate)
Distance: 12Km
Walking time: 4Hr
Sleeping altitude: 3880m
Morning you will be greeted by Mt. Jichu Drakey and Mt. Tshering gang. Since today’s hike will not be as long, we can afford to wander around a bit. Enroute we can take a short detour to visit 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 with 20 houses, surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of cliffs and guarded by Tsheringang mountain. Our camp is in windy Chebisa, a small village with 25 storey stone houses located in a small beautiful valley.

Day 08| Chebisa to Shakaypasa (Moderate-Strenuous)
Distance: 16Km
Walking time: 6Hr
Pass to cross: Goku La, 4350m
Sleeping altitude: 3900m
Morning walk around the village and meet the locals. 2 hours of steep climbing from Chebisa will get you over the Goku La pass at 4350m. It’s quite a challenging climb but the view behind you is beautiful and you won’t realize the hardship. From the pass we descend into a rhododendron filled valley, and continue past some yak herder camps to Shakaypasa. Your camp is near a small stream.

Day 09| Shakaypasa to Tsheringyangu (Moderate-Strenuous)
Distance: 17Km
Walking time; 6Hr
Pass to cross: Jari La, 4800m
Sleeping altitude: 4000m
The starting of the hike is quite nice and easy with a slow climb and after 3 hours you will be crossing Jari La pass at 4800m. 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. The descend from the pass for 2 hours till you reach the bridge is quite challenging with loose sand and stones. From here a small climb will take us to our camp at Tsheringyangu. You might meet some Layaps around this place.

Day 10| Tsheingyangu to Limithang (Strenuous)
Distance: 18Km
Walking time: 7Km
Pass to cross: Sinche La, 5000m
Sleeping altitude: 3900m
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 your trek. 5 hrs of uphill at 5000mts high pass and harsh cold weather could be very challenging. Once you reach the pass, the breathtaking view of the mountain peaks is worth the challenge. Descending to Limithang we’ll see the snow covered peak of Gangchenta (6840m) and the glacially carved Gangchenta valley. Gangchenta means Great Tiger Mountain. As you descend through the rocky trail, after more than an hour you will be seeing a beautiful glacier lake with an abandoned house made out of stone.

Day 11| Limithang to Laya (Easy)
Distance: 10Km
Walking time: 5Hr
Sleeping altitude: 3800m
Morning you will be seeing Gangchenta right behind your camp. After breakfast, follow the small stream coming from the Gangchenta glacier lake. Today is one of the easiest hike requiring very little climb. Just need to follow the valley towards south crossing few small streams. Since you 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 near the school. Laya is the biggest village you will be crossing with around 120 houses.

Day 12| Rest day (Explore Laya)

Morning could walk around the village and meet the locals. It’s quite a happening village. There is a small school so could pay a visit too. If you are interested to go for longer hikes, could hike (1 hr) to Longola, which offers beautiful view of the mountain peaks including Masagang and a small village at the other side. On the way you will see a small lake where Yaks will be grazing and could spot some Blue Sheep. Back to camp for lunch. Afternoon relax in your camp.

Day 13| Laya to Koina (Moderate)
Distance: 16Km
Walking time: 6Hr
Sleeping altitude: 3100m
Start your hike through the village. 2 hours downhill from Laya is Taktsimakhang, a small army check post. Little further from the army camp the trail branches into two, a small trail towards left is to go to Lunana, for the Snowman trek. Do not go left as you are still not ready/fit for the snowman. Follow the river crossing few small bridges with some easy climbs and descend finally descending to Koina valley. The trail is quite bad and confusion due to flash flood few years ago so at time you have to make a small detour. Camp by the small river side. Koina has often been described as the worst camp site in Bhutan, especially when it rains.

Day 14| Koina to Gasa to Punakha (Easy)
Distance: 15Km
Walking time: 5Hr
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. Due to it’s remoteness Gasa province was the last province to be connected with road. Our trek ends here and our trekking crew will wave us goodbye at Kabina. Drive to Punakha (4 Hrs) through Damji and Kabina village. As the road is new so it’s still not complete and not in good condition but the drive is very beautiful. Upon arrival, relax in the hotel and enjoy the view from your hotel.
Overnight in Punakha| Altitude: 1350m

Day 15| Punakha – Thimphu (2.5 Hrs)
If you are staying in hotel Meri Puensum, hotel Zandopelri or hotel Densa, early morning it will be a treat to walk up to the hilltop to visit the nunnery and interact with the nuns and enjoy the magnificent view of Punkha and Wangdi valley. Later after breakfast drive to visit Punakha Dzong (fortress), which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. This is a must to see fortress in Bhutan and a fine example of Bhutanese rich Art and Architecture. Later taka a nice hike through the paddy field and old village to visit Chimi Lakhang, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus. After lunch, start your drive for Thimphu crossing over Dochula pass (3200 mts). If the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular breath taking view of the highest mountain peaks of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees. Take a break and walk around the newly built 108 stupas and continue your drive for the capital town, Thimphu. After 5 PM, if time permits, visit the fortress of Thimphu, Tashichho Dzong, which houses the throne of the king. Evening walk around the happening town, the largest and the most crowded town in Bhutan.
Overnight: Thimphu| Altitude: 2300m

Day 16| Thimphu – Paro (1.5 Hrs)
Morning visit the happening weekend market (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) where the locals from the surrounding villages come to sell their produce. They sell their goods and in return they buy their basic necessities. In olden days, bata system was practiced by everyone. Visit the traditional Hand Made Paper Mill. Visit the School of Arts and Crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan. Visit Folk Heritage Museum which explains how a traditional house used to be like in the olden days. Later visit the National Library which houses the collection of Bhutanese rich religious text and the contemporary Buddhism teachings from master all around the world. Visit the Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King. This place now happens to be a get together point for the elderly people, who spend their whole day chanting prayers and meeting their friends. Drive further up to visit the largest and the newly built statue of Buddha offering magnificent view of entire Thimphu valley. Later drive back to Paro. Hot stone bath available at an additional cost. Farewell dinner with your guide.
Overnight: Paro

Day 17| Departure
Morning transfer (15 mins) to the airport for your departure flight. Your guide will bid you farewell at the airport.

What is included : 

Private guided tour
Visas for Bhutan
Airport transfers
Daily 3 meals (B/L/D)
Accommodation
A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
An experienced driver
A tour vehicle
Entry fees & road permits
Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges
Mineral bottled water
Cook and camp hand who will take care of camp chores and provide wholesome meals.
Services of horsemen who will look after the yaks & ponies that transport luggage and camp gear.Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip

What's Excluded
Flight into Bhutan (can be arranged with us)
Flight on other airline to catch Drukair Flight
Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants
Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
Expenditure of personal nature
Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
Tips for the guide and driver
Alcoholic drink

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