Day 1| Arrival in Paro – Thimphu (1 Hr)
Upon arrival in Paro International airport you will be received by Keys to Bhutan representative and drive to Thimphu by car/bus. If time permits one can visit weekend market in the evening or relax in your hotel.
Overnight: Thimphu | Altitude: 2300m
Day 2| Thimphu sightseeing
Morning visit the weekend market (Thursday, Friday, Saturday Sunday), Hand made paper Mill, School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Lunch in town. Drive pass by memorial chorten built in memory of the 3rd King. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, Enclosure where national animal, Takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery.
Day 3| Thimphu – Paro (1 Hr)
Return drive to Paro. One can either make a hike to the most revered temple in the country (Tiger’s Nest) which hangs majestically on a granite cliff or if you have missed the first day sightseeing you could visit the National Museum, visit Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge, visit Kichu temple, one of the 2 oldest temple in the country and the historic ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong.
Evening stroll around old Paro town and try out a local restaurant for dinner
Overnight: Paro | Altitude: 2200m
Day 04| Paro to Shana – Thangthangkha
Walking time: 8h
Sleeping altitude: 3630m
Morning drive to the north end of the valley where the good 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 the army check post, where your trekking crew and ponies will be waiting for you. The trek starts with crossing the army check post and the river. It is a very rocky series of small ups and downs along the Paro Chu and it can be very muddy if it rains. About 2 ½ hours of 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. It’s a long trek but you don’t have to climb up much as the trail mostly follows the river in the valley.
Day 5| Thangthangkha to Jangothang
Walking time: 6h
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). As you approach the camp, the valley opens up. 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 it.
Day 6| Halt
Acclimatization and rest day. A good optional hike is to climb to the Tshophu Lake at 4300m, which is about 2 hrs. from Jangothang. Or could hike up right at the base of the Mt. Jumolhari offering magnificent glacier lakes and you will often hear the sound of the ice falling off. You will also get to spot many Blue Sheeps.
Day 07| Jangothang to Yaksa
Walking time: 7h
Sleeping altitude: 4090m
Pass to cross: Bongtey La, 4820m
Sleeping altitude: 3800m
Today for the first half of day, you will be climbing all the way up. 2 hours from camp 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 behind you. From the pass, it’s all the way downhill until our camp at Yaksa.
Day 08| Yaksa to Thombu
Walking time: 5h
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)
Walking time: 6h
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. Hot stone bath available at additional cost.
Day 10| Departure:
Transfer to airport for your departure flight. Our tour staff will bid you farewell at the airport.
BOOK THIS TREK
Day 1|Arrival in Paro – Thimphu
Day 2|Thimphu sightseeing
Day 3|Thimphu – Paro
Day 4|Paro to Shana – Thangthangkha
Day 5|Thangthangkha to Jangothang
Day 7|Jangothang to Yaksa
Day 8|Yaksa to Thombu
Day 9|Thombu to Gunitsawa (End of trek)
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