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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.

SNOWMAN TREK

The Snowman Trek is an extension of the beautiful Laya Gasa Trek, and leads from Laya into high altitudes of the Bhutanese Himalayas. It takes tough and enduring trekkers into the Lunana region and further on to Gangkhar Puensum and Bumthang or down to Sephu in Trongsa district, depending on which route you choose. The Snowman trek leads through the most remote areas up to very high altitudes. Trekkers have to camp in altitudes above 5,000m more than once, and depending on the seasonal temperatures, the camps are sometimes on snow.

Quick Facts 

Snowman Trek
  • Max Elevation                                                                  5320 m  
  • Min Elevation                                                                   2850 m
  • Trip grade                                                                         Hard
  • No. of Days                                                                      29 Days
  • Season                                                                        July, August,                                                                               September, October
  • Group Size                                  3 Persons Min - 15 persons Max
  • Requires reasonable walking fitness.

HIGHLIGHTS SNOWMAN TREK 

Snowman Trek: Extension of Laya Gasa trek. Trek duration 24 days, one of the Top ten toughest treks in the world. Starts from Paro and ends at Nikachu. Walking distance 348 kms, average walking distance 16 kms a day and average walk time is 7 hours. Highest point is 5320 meters. The trek route passes through Yak Herders’ camp at 3980 m, grazing ground of Blue Sheeps (National animal of Bhutan), remote village of Laya and Thanza and crossing over many passes namely Nyeli La (4890 m), Jhari La (4747 m), Shingela (5005 m), Jaze La (5050 m), camping near Tsho Chena lake (4800 m) and Thampe Tsho at 4200 m. You can view Mt. Jumolhari (7314 m), Masagang (7165 m), Table Mountain (7100 m), Gangla Karchung (6395 m).

SNOWMAN TREK

Day 1. Arrive Paro Bhutan:
Upon arrival at Paro airport, received by the Representative from Bhutan Druk Adventure and transfer to the hotel.

After lunch, drive to the ruins of Drukgyel dzong, now in ruins was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders in 1644; the dzong name’s means indeed “The Victorious Druk”. The Dzong was used as an administrative center until 1951 when a fire caused by butter lamp destroyed it. Then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 2. Day Hike to Taktsang Monastery:
After breakfast, visit the Ta dzong, an ancient watchtower, which has been since 1967, the National Museum of Bhutan followed by visit Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices.

Day hike to Taktsang monastery, the famous “Tiger’s Nest”. The hike which is all uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery which clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters above the Paro valley was devastated by fire in 1998 but the Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore the monastery to its original structure. It is believed that the Buddhist saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley to Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century, a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 3. Drukgyel Dzong to Sharna – Thangkthanka (Snowman trek starts).
Distance: 22 km. Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours.
Leaving Sharna the trail continues upriver and the route winds in and out of rhododendron and blue pine forests. When we enter Jigme Dorji National Park keep your eyes open for wildlife and changes in vegetation as we continue to climb in elevation. Tonight we camp in Thangkthanka (3520 m)

Day 4. Thangthanka to Jangothang:
Distance: 19 km; Hiking Duration: 5 to 6 hours.
An hour out of camp this morning we leave the tree line and head into the high mountains. At the halfway point of our hike, we cross Tengethang, a winter home of the migratory yak herders. Arriving at Jangothang (4040 m / 13,250 ft), we can watch the sun set on Mt. Jhomolhari (7314 m) and Mt. Jichu Drake (6989 m).

Day 5. Rest day in Jangothang:
The first of our acclimatization days, we have many day-hiking options. The first is a three to four hour excursion up the ridge to the north for great views of Jichu Drake. The second is to hike up towards the head of the valley in the direction of Jhomolhari. The third is a trek up the main valley towards the last house and onward toward Jichu Drake, this gives a great view of where we will be going in the next few days. The final alternative is a fishing expedition to Tshophu, a high-altitude lake about a two hour hike away.

Day 6. Jangothang to Lingshi:
Distance: 20 km; Hiking Duration: 6 to 7 hours.
Heading uphill from Jangothang we cross the first of many major passes. The Nyile La pass at 4890 m (16,135 ft) is about a four hour ascent. Descending the other side we will encounter sparce juniper and rhododendron and pass many yak herder camps. From this area on we start to see herds of blue sheep. Arriving in Lingshi we set up camp at 4150 m.

Day 7. Lingshi to Chebisa:
Distance: 14 km; Hiking Duration: 4 to 5 hours.
This morning we will visit Lingshi Dzong, also known as Yugyel Dzong in the 17th century, it was used in the past to control travel between Tibet and Bhutan. Since today’s hike will not be as long, the pace will be more relaxed. Upon reaching the camp at Chebisa (3850 m / 12,600 ft), we will have time to visit Chebisa village and see a slice of Bhutanese village life.

Day 8. Chebisa to Shakshepasa:
Distance: 13 km; Hiking Duration: 4 hours.
Crossing the Gombu La pass at 4350 m (14,300 ft), we descend into a rhododendron filled valley, and continue past some yak herder camps to Shakshepasa where we camp at 3980 m (13,100 ft).

Day 9. Shakshepasa to Robluthang:
Distance: 18 km; Hiking Duration: 7 to 8 hours.
An early morning start will get us on the way to Jhari La pass at 4747 m (15,600 ft). Decending to Tsharijathang, the valley where herds of Takin (the national animal of Bhutan) are normally seen. From here we climb to our camp at Robluthang at 4160 m.

Day 10. Robluthang to Limithang:
Distance: 19 km; Hiking Duration: 7 to 8 hours.
Starting early a strenuous hike leads to the Shinge La pass at 5005 m (16,650 ft). Descending to Lemithang we’ll see Mt. Gangchenta (6840 m) and the glacially carved Gangchhenta valley. Gangchhenta means Great Tiger Mountain. We camp at 4140 m.

Day 11. Limithang to Laya:
Distance: 10 km; Hiking Duration: 4 to 5 hours.
A shorter hike follows a trail in and out of a heavily wooded, uninhabited valley. Climbing up out of the forests we will be rewarded with some great views of Gangchhenta and Masang Gang (7165 m) mountains. We camp at Laya at 3840 m.

Day 12. Rest day in Laya:
Staying in Laya for the day we will get a chance to see the village with its community school, hospital, archery field and the first shop since the Paro Valley. Laya is a unique village of about 800 people with their own language, customs and distinct dress. The women keep their hair long and wear peculiar conical bamboo hats with a bamboo spike at the top. They wear a lot of silver jewellery on their backs, on many women this display includes an array of teaspoons.

Day 13. Laya to Rodufu:
Distance: 19 km; Hiking Duration: 6 to 7 hours.
The trek leads gradually downhill to the Lunana trail junction, then makes a gradual climb to the camp through a forest of conifers, maple and rhododendron. The trail improves and becomes wider as we climb out of the river valley. We camp at Rodufu near a small stream at 4160 m.

Day 14. Rodufu to Narethang:
Distance: 16 km; Hiking Duration: 8 to 9 hours.
It is a long hike, first crossing the Tsimo La pass at 4950 m (16,200 ft). Descending to Narethang we pass some dwarf rhododendron and hike in the shadow of Gangla Karchung peak (6395 m). We camp at 4900 m.

Day 15. Narethang to Tarina:
Distance 18 km; Hiking Duration: 5 to 6 hours.
Climb to Karchung La pass at 5240 m (17,187 ft) and down to the glacial lakes that are the source of the Tang Chhu river. Above the lakes are the mighty peaks of Jejekangphu Gang (7300 m) and Tsenda Kang (7100 m). We camp at Tarina, 4020 m.

Day 16. Tarina to Woche:
Distance: 15 km; Hiking Duration: 5 to 6 hours.
The walk leads down through conifer forests, following the upper reaches of the Pho Chhu river. The trail then climbs over a ridge and drops to the village of Woche at 3940 m. The trek has now entered the Lunana region.

Day 17. Woche to Lhedi:
Distance: 19 km; Hiking Duration: 7 to 8 hours.
It’s a gradual climb from Woche to the Keche La pass at 4580 m (15,100 ft), then downhill to Thega village. The hike continues to Lhedi village where we camp at 3600 m.

Day 18. Lhedi to Thanza.
Distance: 19 km; Hiking Duration: 6 to 7 hours.
The trail climbs gradually following the main source of the Pho Chhu to Chozo village. At the small Chozo Dzong there are some lay monks. Above Chozo the valley opens as we approach Thanza village near the foot of 7100 m Zogophu Gamp, which is also know as Table Mountain. We camp at Thanza, 4080 m.

Day 19. Rest day in Thanza, 4080 m (13,300 ft):
This day is a fantastic opportunity to interact with the hospitable local villagers, and explore the beautiful surrounding area, our farthest point in the Lunana valley. Alternatively you can relax around camp and rest up for some of the tough days ahead. As Thanza is a transfer point for horses and yaks, it is important to have a day here for our staff to ensure all the necessary yaks are rounded up by the local herders.

Day 20. Thanza to Danji:
Distance: 8 km; Hiking Duration: 4 hours.
Today is a relatively short, although somewhat steep, climb to a campsite called Danji, part way up to the Jaze la pass. It will allow us to have some extra time in the morning and make a later start. The camp is around 4600 m, with spectacular views of snow-capped peaks! It is an important acclimatization spot.

Day 21. Danji to Tso Chena:
Distance: 12 km; Hiking Duration: 5 hours.
The first part of the day involves a climb up over three false summits to Jaze La pass at 5050 m (16,570ft). From the pass it is a short downhill trek to the campsite at the lake of Tso Chena at 4800 m. Keep your eyes open for blue sheep during the hike.

Day 22. Tso Chena to Jichu Dramo:
Distance: 14 km; Hiking Duration: 4 to 5 hours.
The trail has a series of gradual ups and downs between the snow-capped peaks and across the Loju La pass at 4940 m (16,300 ft) before descending to camp at Jichu Dramo at 4880 m.

Day 23. Jichu Dramo to Chukarpo:
Distance: 18 km; Hiking Duration: 5 to 6 hours.
We start with a hard climb to Rinchen Zoe La pass at 5290 m (17,350 ft), the highest on the trek. It is then all downhill to Chukarpo, which is just above the tree line at 4950 m (16335 ft).

Day 24. Chukarpo to Thampe Tso:
Distance: 18 km; Hiking Duration: 5 to 6 hours.
It is a long mostly downhill walk along the river, followed by a climb up to the Um So lake at 4230 m (13,950 ft). In this lake Pema Lingpa found a number of religious treasures. Continuing downhill we camp by the lake of Thampe Tso at 4200 m (13,860 ft).

Day 25. Thampe Tso to Maurothang:
Distance: 14 km; Hiking Duration: 5 hours.
It is a short walk to the base of Thampe La and a steep climb to the pass at 4580 m (15,100 ft). The trek is then all downhill through rhododendron bushes to the yak pasture of Maurothang where we camp at 3550 m.

Day 26. Maurothang to Nikachu Chazam (End of Snowman Trek) / Drive to Punakha:
Distance: 23 km; Hiking Duration: 7 to 8 hours.

A long final day of trekking will descend through the lovely village of Sephu to finish at Nikachu Chazam, the road head. From there we will drive to a comfortable guest house near Trongsa. This beautiful Dzong is the centre of the region of Bhutan called “Bumthang” (central region). The Trongsa Dzong is the most impressive in the kingdom and can be see from a great distance in its strategic position high above the Mangde Chhu river.

Drive from Trongsa to Punakha. (Approximately 3 hours) In the mid-afternoon, there is a spectacular drive back west across the mountains to Punakha. We will probably stop along the way at Chendebji to visit the Chendebji Chorten, patterned after Swayambhunath in Kathmandu and built in the 19th century by Lama Shida from Tibet. We may also stop at the top of the Pele La pass (3400 m). Overnight in hotel.

Day 27. Drive Punakha to Thimphu:
Morning visit to Punakha Dzong (the second of Bhutan’s dzongs to be built) which for many years served as the seat of government. The dzong was first built in 1637 and is still one of the largest in Bhutan. Drive to Thimphu. After lunch visit the Trashi Chhoe Dzong, built as the symbol of the capital and then explore the shops along Norzin Lam, Thimphu’s main street. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 28. Thimphu sightseeing:
After breakfast, visit National Postal Museum, which is worth a visit for you can get your own picture on Bhutanese stamp right then and there. Get a photo clicked then and there or give a photo of your dear ones and you will get personalized stamps in 5 minutes followed by a visit Memorial Chorten, a monument dedicated to the Third King of Bhutan. Late His Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insight into Buddhist Philosophy. Changangkha Monastery, Takin Preserve centre and Sangay Gang view point, the Largest and tallest statue of Buddha in the world.

After lunch, hike to Cheri monastery.

In the evening, visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) and finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 29. Thimphu – Paro airport (Departure):
After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.

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
Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip
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.

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.

NABJI KORPHU TREK


This one week trek offers a short, easy and enjoyable journey around scenic Trongsa Dzongkhag. The climate is warm and pleasant as the trail stays between 1000-1500m in altitude and there is a wide array of flora and fauna observable along the route including the rare Golden Langur, Red Pandas, Himalayan Black Bears, Rhesus Monkeys, Rufous-necked Hornbills and Clouded Leopards.

Hikers on this trek will have plenty of opportunity to experience traditional rural life as they will spend nights in the villages of Nabji, Korphu and Nyimshong. Nabji is an idyllic village surrounded by verdant paddy fields and the villagers of Korphu are famed for their hospitality. Visitors will often be greeted by a Chipdrel procession and Marchang ceremony, practices typically reserved for royalty. Nyimshong is a good place to observe some of the local culture as the women often put together cultural shows full of singing and dancing for visitors.

This is the perfect trek for visitors looking to learn about and experience traditional rural life firsthand while enjoying the natural beauty and biodiversity of Bhutan. The best time to embark on this trek is in winter, between October-April. 

Quick Facts 

Nabji Korphu Trek
  • Max Elevation                                                                  1500 m  
  • Min Elevation                                                                   1000 m
  • Trip grade                                                                         Easy
  • No. of Days                                                                       6 Days
  • Season                                             January,February,March, April,                                                           October, November, December
  • Group Size                                  3 Persons Min - 20 persons Max
  • Requires reasonable walking fitness.

HIGHLIGHTS NABJI KORPHU TREK

This is the perfect trek for visitors looking to learn about and experience traditional rural life firsthand while enjoying the natural beauty and biodiversity of Bhutan. The best time to embark on this trek is in winter, between October-April. This one week trek offers a short, easy and enjoyable journey around scenic Trongsa Dzongkhag. The climate is warm and pleasant as the trail stays between 1000-1500m in altitude and there is a wide array of flora and fauna observable along the route including the rare Golden Langur, Red Pandas, Himalayan Black Bears, Rhesus Monkeys, Rufous-necked Hornbills and Clouded Leopards. 

NABJI KORPHU TREK

DAY 01: ARRIVAL PARO – THIMPHU I 1320M I 55KM I 01HR
Soon after your arrival at Paro airport our tour guide and driver will greet you and transfer you to Thimphu. The drive takes you through scenic countryside of terraced rice field and settlements, and takes around one hour to drive the 55km’s. Thimphu the bustling capital city is home to more than 80,000 people and serves as the cultural hub for both foreigners and locals alike. Your cultural sightseeing in Thimphu includes a visit to Kuensel Phodrang, National Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Lhakhang and the Trashichhoe Dzong – which can be visited only after office hours.

DAY 02: THIMPHU – TRONGSA I 2180M I 192KM I 06HRS
After an early hotel check out drive to Trongsa. It is a long 199km’s and takes around 7-8 hours. Trongsa is the ancient home of the Bhutan’s ruling dynasty. It is the sacred and temporal heart of Bhutan and has played a significant role in creating the history of Bhutan. Your drive takes you through scenic natural beauty with an insight into rural life and scattered settlements dotted throughout the landscape. Upon arrival at Trongsa, drive straight to your hotel and check in. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

DAY 3: THONGTONGPHEY - JANGBI VILLAGE 
(Distance: 7-9.5 km, Duration: 3-4 hours, Altitude range: 1000-1350m)

After an early breakfast at the hotel, you could afford some time to strut around the Trongsa town, combining it with a visit to the Dzong and also the Ta Dzong. The latter is going to be upgraded into a museum, which will definitely captivate a visitor with its myriad collections. A 2 hour drive from the town along the Zhemgang highway brings you to Tongtongphey, the start of the Trek. You could also augment your itinerary along the way, with a visit to Kuenga Rabten palace, an important heritage in Bhutanese history. After gathering ample information about the trek from the information booth, the village guide steers you down to the Mangdi river where you cross a suspension bridge. Unless you have a strong proclivity for ants and other ground creatures, it is almost impossible to miss out on Golden Langurs that are bountiful on this stretch. The first day brings you in contact with the Monpas who are believed to be the first inhabitants of Bhutan. A glimpse on their lifestyle further validates their ethnicity, coupled by mythical legends about their origins. The campsite in Jangbi stands on the valley sill, which offers a resplendent view of the Mangdi valley. If you are still left with some energy, you could audience yourself to a local cultural program, or better, partake in it.

DAY 4: JANGBI - KUDRA VILLAGE
(Total distance: 13-14.5 kms, circa 6 hours, Altitude range: 1350-1500m)

The morning allows you to further interact with the Monpas. Before you proceed, you could also pay a visit to the orchid garden that fences about 75 different kinds of orchids. The hike to Kudra provides a nuance of jovial atmosphere because this part of the trail meanders along the stone imprints of Guru Rinpoche’s footprints, dagger and phallus, festooned by stories that espouse Guru’s praxis. Lunch is served just before you arrive at Phrumzur, one of the villages of the Monpa communities, off the trail. You could also visit the village Lhakhang in Phrumzur and then proceed to the campsite in Kudra. En route, you traverse another small Monpa village called Lekpogang, after which, the campsite in Kudra is just an hour’s walk. The campsite offers a bird’s-eye-view of Nyimshong village and also the Zhemgang town.

DAY 5: KUDRA - NABJI VILLAGE
(Distance: 11-14 kms, circa 5-7 hours, Altitude range: 1500-1300m)

You wake up with the distant call of the Rufous-necked hornbill. This part of the trek is a collage of streams, waterfalls and thick forests that will give you an invigorating feeling of being out in the wild. The Great Himalayan Squirrel, Rhesus Mecaques, and small snakes are often spotted along the trail. Unseen but present, are Himalayan black bear, Red pandas, tigers, Clouded leopards and others. Upon arrival at the holy tree in Nabji, the people will give you a heartwarming reception. Nabji is a beautiful village where paddy fields seem to circumambulate the clustered houses. You could also hike to the community school and indulge yourself in game of football or volleyball, where children rejoice the presence of outsider athletes.

DAY 6: NABJI -KORPHU VILLAGE DAY HIKE.     
(Distance: 9.5-13km, Duration: 2-3 hours, Altitude range: 1300-1500m)

En route to Korphu, the Nabji temple is located in the middle of the paddy fields. Inside, there remains a stone pillar on which Guru Rinpoche, while traveling through Bhutan in the 8th century, brought consensus between the warring kings: King sindha Gyelp of Bumthang, and King Noeche, by imprinting their thumbs on each side of the stone. A unique festival is celebrated sometime in early January at the temple grounds. Korphu is situated on a mountaintop at an altitude of 1500m. The most striking thing about Korphu is that the people exemplify hospitality almost treating you like ‘A King on accession to throne’. You have the option of being welcomed with a traditional ‘Chipdrel’ procession and a ‘Marchang’ ceremony, singing traditional songs of praise and wellbeing for new visitors. They also perform the traditional ‘Tashi Labey’ dance to bid you farewell. If you are interested, the villagers can explain and demonstrate and even allow you to participate in the quintessential Bhutanese games of ‘Khuru’, ‘Dego’, ‘Sok-sum’, and ‘Gee-dum’, all on the brink of disappearance. You could also pay a visit to the village temple that houses the sacred relics of Pema Lingpa, the famous ‘Treasure revealer’ of Bhutan. A local lunch could be provided in the village campsite which also provides a spectacular bird’s-eye view of Nabji and other surrounding areas. evening we will hike back to Nabji Village for Night Halt.

DAY 07: NABJI  VILLAGE – WANGDI I 150KM I 05HRS
Today after breakfast we will drive back to Wangdi via Trongsa. En-route you will encounter many species of birds including the globally threatened white-bellied heron and several other river birds. From here a steep ascent for an hour brings you up to the main road and then drive to Trongsa.

DAY 08: WANGDI – PUNAKHA I 1350M I 60KM I 03HRS
Today after your early hotel check out drive to Punakha the ancient capital of Bhutan. Just before you enter Punakha, from Sobsokha make a pleasant 30-40 minute hike up to the renowned Chemi Lhakhang (No Dog’s Temple). It dates back to 1499 and was built by Lama Nawang Chogyel in memory of his brother Lama Drukpa Kuenley (Divine Madman). Hiking back along the same trail to the highway you then drive to Punakha and then check in to your hotel.

DAY 09: PUNAKHA – PARO I 2250M I 125KM I 03HRS
Today before you depart to Paro, drive further north of Punakha and hike up to the famed Khamsum Yueley Namgyel temple, built in 1999 for the peace and harmony of the world. The hike up to the temple takes roughly around 1 hour and takes you through rich farmland and traditional Bhutanese farmhouses. You will have good views of the valley below and the surrounding mountains. Following the same trail back to the parking area you then depart to Punakha and visit the impressive Punakha Dzong saddled on the confluence of two rivers. After spending quality time exploring the Dzong you then finally depart to you destination Paro.

DAY 10: HIKE TO THE FAMED TIGER’S NEST I 2950M I 40KM I 04HRS
After your early start, drive further north of Paro town and hike up to Taktshang Goemba. It is quite an uphill task and takes around 3-4 hours walk at an average speed. According to legend Guru Padmasambhava visited Taktshang in 8th century, flying from the east of the country on the back of the pregnant tigress. He meditated in the cave for three months donning his terrifying form of Guru Dorji Droloe subjugating the evil spirit. Later after Guru’s visit many prominent Buddhist teachers visited the site. A monastery was built in 1692 by Desi Tenzin Rabgyel and sadly it caught fire in 1998 and was soon rebuilt to the present reincarnation in 2005. After the monastery, hike down following the same trial to the parking area and then drive to your hotel. Rest day at leisure.

DAY 11: HOTEL – AIRPORT
Today after your leisurely breakfast in the hotel drive to Paro airport and depart to your onward destination. Here you bid adieu to your helpful Bhutanese tour guide and driver.


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.

Dagala Thousand Lakes 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 

Dagala Trek
  • Max Elevation                                                                  4000 m  
  • Min Elevation                                                                   1500 m
  • Trip grade                                                                         Medium
  • No. of Days                                                                     13 Days
  • Season                                                                            April, June,                                                          September, October, November
  • Group Size                                  3 Persons Min - 15 persons Max
  • Requires good walking fitness.

HIGHLIGHTS DAGALA TREK

The Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek passes through a stunning variety of scenery set to a backdrop of magnificent mountains. It is a moderate trek with mostly short trekking days, but includes a few steep climbs. Also includes a tour of the fascinating sites of Thimphu, Punakha and Paro.

An ancient trail used by Daga Penlops (Regional Governor) to travel to Thimphu
Ruin of Daga Penlop’s guest house
The Beautiful Dagala Lakes
Telltale signs of the presence of Grizzly Bear
Rufous Hornbill, Monal Pheasants, Red-Billed Chough
Variety of wildflowers in full bloom 
Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor.

DAGALA 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 exit doors following customs formalities. After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa. Dzong’s are large monasteries and district administrative centres, which were once strategic forts. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

DAY 02: PARO
After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometre above the Paro valley floor (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a horse for transfer up to cafeteria). The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is an important pilgrim site for Buddhists. 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.

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 – GUR
4-5 hours
Drive to the village of Genekha (2800m) to commence the trek. After crossing a bridge over the Wang Chu (Thimphu River), we follow a good track steadily upwards through oak forest to a rocky platform and good resting spot. We continue slowly up through birch and bamboo forest to reach our camp in a meadow at Gur (3350m). Overnight at campsite.

DAY 04: GUR – WATACHING
5 hours
We head upwards from Gur on a good trail to reach the alpine zone with open views down the valley. We soon reach a possible campsite at Gibze Kebze (3710m) where we may camp, for although we have only been walking for a couple of hours, the height gain is 360m and you will start to feel the altitude. If everyone is acclimatizing well, we may carry on across hillsides lined with rhododendron to Pagalabsta La Pass (4170m) for fine views of the Dagala range. Continue downwards to a stone yak herders hut at Wataching (4100m). Overnight at campsite.

DAY 05: WATACHING – LABATAMA
4-5 hours
From Wataching we cross several ridges gradually entering more rugged terrain, and follow a broad valley known locally as Labatama, dotted with several yak herders’ huts. We follow the valley to its end to a dramatic campsite below cliffs near to Utsho Lake (4250m), famous for its golden trout. There is time to explore this area and perhaps to climb Jomo if weather and energy allow. The route to Jomo Passes Setsho Lake and from its summit in fine weather are views of Kanchenjunga and Chomolhari. Jomo represents the female deity which protects animals and is much revered, as most people in the vicinity rely on cattle or horses for their livelihood. Juniper will be burned and locals may request that we stop at the lower peak (4530m) as a mark of respect. Overnight at campsite.

DAY 06: LABATAMA – PANKA
5-6 hours
Leaving Labatama, we cross Labajong La Pass (4400m). For those with energy to spare there is a good view point close to the pass (Approx 30 mins detour). From here there are several camps to choose from. Depending on the availability of water, our camps may vary pre and post monsoon, but we will aim for Panka. If we climb take a different route to Panka. Overnight at campsite.

DAY 07: PANKA – TALAKHA MONASTERY
5-6 hours
A clear early morning will reveal breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari and Jichu Drake amongst many more Himalayan peaks. The path continues on through a forest of rhododendrons populated by Himalayan pheasants. We reach enormous cairns at Chole La Pass (4100m). From here, we drop down to Kiwi Chowa (4030m). Our route then continues to a pass at 3960m where four tracks converge. We follow the northern route past a ruin said to have once been a dzong to monitor the movement of locals between Wangduephodrang & Thimphu districts. A ridge leads to Talakha Peak (4300m) revealing great views of the Thimphu Valley. If there is a good weather, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari and Jichu Drake should be visible from here. From Talakha peak we drop down steadily, sometimes steeply, to reach a mixed forest of fir, juniper, rhododendron, rose, bamboo and birch. Finally we reach Talakha Monastery whose shy monks, tremendous views over the Thimphu valley and outdoor bathtub make for a memorable stay. Overnight at a campsite near the monastery.

DAY 08: TALAKHA MONASTERY – THIMPHU
It’s only an hour’s walk down to the road head and soon we are driving through apple orchards to reach Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. After checking into your hotel and enjoy some time to unwind and eat lunch, enjoy sightseeing around Thimphu, once a rustic village sitting in a broad river valley and today the nation’s capital. Visit the National Memorial Chorten, completed by the Royal Queen Mother as a memorial stupa for the Third King. Continue on to 12th century Changangkha Temple and the Zilukha Nunnery. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

DAY 09: THIMPHU
Continue sightseeing in Thimphu. Visit the School for Arts and Crafts, The National Library housing the collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century, the Traditional Paper Factory and a fascinating replica of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum. If there is time, you may visit the nursing pen for the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan, and Tashichhodzong, ‘the fortress of the glorious religion’ housing some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body. Other options for the day include a hike to Tango and Cheri Monasteries (45 mins), two of the most ancient monasteries in the Thimphu region. If your visit coincides with the weekend, you can walk through the Thimphu Market. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

DAY 10: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA
Drive over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters), 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 grow to tree size and 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, the “Palace of Great Happiness” built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’. It is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (Mother and Father 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. It was here in 1907 that Bhutan’s first king was crowned.

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. Overnight at your hotel in Punakha/ Wangduephodrang.

DAY 11: PUNAKHA – THIMPHU
In the morning drive to Yabesa village and hike to through ricefields and up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten, built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. Perched high on a hill on the bank of the river, the Chorten houses paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions.
Take a picnic lunch on a riverside before enjoying a pleasant walk through farmland and along the picturesque river bank back to Punakha Dzong.

Drive back to Thimphu where you will have an opportunity to visit handicraft and souvenir stores. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

DAY 12: THIMPHU – PARO
The day is at leisure to relax in Thimphu before departing for Paro, or return to Paro early to further explore the beautiful Paro valley. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

DAY 13: 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.

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