Trekking Package

This trip allows the travelers to enjoy the daily lives of friendly Bhutanese people by visiting villages, temples, monasteries, and gigantic fortresses. It gives you a chance to meet people, enjoy the pristine forest with rare glimpse of wildlife and observe the ancient old traditions of arts and crafts. We would be traveling through the less frequented areas of Bhutan. Our journey starts from Paro Valley where our flight from Bangkok will land. We spent one and half day sightseeing around the Paro valley and a full day excursion to the Tiger’s Nest locally known as Taktsang Gompa, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. We then start our short, five-day trek, which leads from Paro to Thimphu, or vice versa, crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. Although there is little settlement on this route, there are wonderful lakes teeming with fish and the area is famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests, which bloom in May. In the clear weather of late autumn and winter there are views across to the Himalayas. We finally arrive into the lush valley of Thimphu the Capital city. After touring through this tiny no traffic light Capital city we will return to Paro and take our flight back home with beautiful memories of this Living Museum.

DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO
Flying in to the country’s only airport, in the beautiful Paro valley, the clear mountain air, forested ridges, imposing monasteries and welcoming Bhutanese people in their striking national dress, provides a breath-taking first impression.
Your guide who is going to be with you throughout your trip from Bhutan Wilderness Travels will meet you at the airport. A fifteen minute drive follows the narrow winding road to our hotel which is a traditional Bhutanese building with attractive gardens and an exceptionally peaceful atmosphere. In the afternoon, we will visit the Ta-Dzong which was built in 1651 as a watch tower for the Rinpung Dzong. Since 1967, the watch tower has served as the home of the National Museum and holds a fascinating collection of art, ancient relics and religious artifacts. Next in line is Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro and its district administration. If there is time, we will walk along the small main street of Paro in the evening with its typically Bhutanese shops and small lodges. Altitude at Paro – 2250 meters.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro

DAY 02: EXCURSION TO TIGER’S NEST
After breakfast your car will take you to the starting point of the hike to view the spectacular Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s lair). The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You stop at the cafeteria for a rest and refreshments and continue the hike (if not tired) for short while until you see, clearly and seemingly within reach, the remains of Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. The history states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger. Looking at the monastery flying tigers doesn’t seem so impossible after all.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro

DAY 03:PARO / JILI DZONG (4-5 hours)
To start our trek, we will have to take a short drive of about 15 minutes to the trail head. Today, we will have to make our way up gradually along the ancient trade route till Jili La Pass (3490m). It’s then just a short gentle walk down to our camp in a yak pasture (3450m). If we have time and if you are not tired with day’s walk, we can walk along the ridge that is just above our camp for the stunning view of mountains and the valleys. Overnight: Tented Camp at Jili Dzong (3450m)

DAY 04: JILI DZONG / JANGCHUP LAKHA (4-5 hours)
After making a short climb the trail gets level in the meadow along the ridge for sometime before you walk downhill for a while to climb through thick alpine forest to a saddle at 3,590m. The trail then follows the ridge, making many ups and downs, along the one side of the ridge to the other, heading towards north east to our camp at Jangchup Lakha (3,780m) yet another yak pasture. En route you are likely to see or hear some monal pheasants, and if the weather is clear, you will be rewarded with the breathtaking views of the mount Jhomolhari and its associates. Overnight: Tented Camp at Jangchuplakha (3780m)

DAY 05: JANGCHUP LAKHA / JIMILANG TSHO (4-5 hours)
This morning, we have a short steep climb through the forest of junipers that starts right from the camp. Once the steep climb is done, the trail gets level for a while and then it goes gradually up and down through the thicket of dwarf rhododendrons leading ultimately to Jangchu La (4180m) before you make a big drop to the camp at Jimilangtsho Lake (3,880m). The name of this lake means Sand Ox Lake, named for a bull that emerged from the lake and joined the cattle of a family that uses the area as a summer grazing ground. The lake is also known for its giant sized trout.
Overnight: Tented Camp at Jimilangtsho (3880m).

DAY 06: JIMILANGTSHO / SIMKOTA TSHO (4-5 hours)
Today to start our climb, we will have to walk down to the southern end of the lake and then climb through dwarf rhododendrons till the trail becomes a little flat to get to another lake known as Jahnye Tsho. From here, the path gets much wider as it meanders uphill through the dwarf rhododendrons till the summit near by the camp. As we climb up, if we take a look back to the lake when the rhododendrons are in blossom, this place with the lake gets so beautiful and special that it takes a long time to forget. Also on a clear day from here, we can see the most part of the trail that we trekked on along the ridge on the other side on day two and three of our trek.
Overnight: Tented Camp at Simkota (4040m)

DAY 07: SIMKOTA /THIMPHU (5-6 hours)
The day begins with a short gradual climb along the rocky trail till it gets level for a while and then there is a short descent before you climb up to Phume La (4210m) the highest point on this trek. From here, it’s just under an hours walk to the edge of the ridge which is marked by the Chorten and a grove of fluttering prayer flags. On a clear day, one can have the views of long chain of snow covered mountains, and Thimphu valley underneath. From here, we have a long downhill walk to Thimphu passing Thujidrag temple, a retreat center that hangs on the side of a precipitous rock face and some temples at Phajoding (3870m).
Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu

DAY 08: THIMPHU/PARO (2 hours)
Today’s sightseeing of Thimphu valley includes visit to ; National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts ; the Traditional Medicine Institute, where centuries old healing arts such as acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practiced; the Painting School, where young monks learn the art of Buddhist thangkhas, and the mask maker workshop. There are also workshop for fine metal craft, weaving, ceramics and paper making. Then, visit Handicrafts Emporium and local shops if you like to browse through examples of Bhutan’s fine traditional arts. Here you can buy textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, wood carvings, jewelries, and any other interesting items made from local materials.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro

DAY 09: DEPARTURE
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport in time to catch up your onward flight. Your escort from Bhutan Wilderness Travel will bid you farewell, and soon the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappears again behind its guardian mountains.

This trip allows the travelers to enjoy the taste of the great variety of Bhutanese landscape, and the views from some of the major passes that we come across are breath taking, be it of mountains or the valleys underneath. It gives you a chance to meet people, enjoy the pristine forest with rare glimpse of wildlife and observe the ancient old traditions of arts and crafts. 

DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO
Flying in to the country’s only airport, in the beautiful Paro valley, the clear mountain air, forested ridges, imposing monasteries and welcoming Bhutanese people in their striking national dress, provides a breath-taking first impression.
Your guide who is going to be with you throughout your trip from Bhutan Wilderness Travel  will meet you at the airport. A fifteen minute drive follows the narrow winding road to our hotel which is a traditional Bhutanese building with attractive gardens and an exceptionally peaceful atmosphere. In the afternoon, we will visit the Ta-Dzong which was built in 1651 as a watch tower for the Rinpung Dzong. Since 1967, the watch tower has served as the home of the National Museum and holds a fascinating collection of art, ancient relics and religious artifacts. Next in line is Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro and its district administration. If there is time, we will walk along the small main street of Paro in the evening with its typically Bhutanese shops and small lodges. Altitude at Paro – 2250 meters.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro

DAY O2: TAKTSANG EXCURSION
Today as the part of acclimatization trip, we will hike up to the famous 17th century temple called Taktsang or the Tigers nest perched on a rock face 900 meters above Paro valley. In 8th century, Guru Rinpoche; the great Indian saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, is believed to have arrived here flying on the back of a tigress and have meditated here for about three months. It is revered as one of the most sacred places, every Bhutanese wish to visit this place at least once in their lifetime. To get there, it takes about two hours of uphill walk. The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We will have lunch at the cafeteria on our way back from the monastery, and then continue our hike down to the bottom.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro.

DAY 03: DRUKGYEL DZONG/SHANA/SHINGKARAB (4-5 hours)
Drive up to Gunitsawa Army check post (2,780m) where the road ends and the trek begin. With a gradual climb the trail follows the Pachu (Paro river) passing beautiful meadows, paddy fields and impressive farm houses. After about four hours you will reach Shana village. Continue the hike through conifer forest until you reach small nomad`s settlement just before the split leading ancient trade route to Tibet.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Shingkarab (3050m)

DAY 04: SHINGKARAB/THANGTHANGKA (7-8 hours)
On our second day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley, you enter the Jigme Dorji National Park. The valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path which ascends to a meadow where a camp will be set up. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mount Jhomolhari. Camp – Thangthangka (3610m)

DAY 05: THANGTHANGKA/BASE CAMP (4-5 hours)
If you did not see Mount Jhomolhari last evening, you will have a great chance to get a great view this early morning. This morning, the trek continues up the Pachu valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and meager growths of forest. Cross an army outpost along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. Yaks and the herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another asset on this day. Reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jhomolhari.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Base Camp (4080m)

DAY 06: HALT AT BASE CAMP
The day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views on lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jhomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization. Trek up to Tsophu or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jhomolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lay directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.

DAY 07: BASE CAMP/LINGSHI (6-7 hours)
After 15 min. from the camp the trail climbs rapidly for about half an hour and then becomes a gradual ascend to the Nyilila pass at 4,870m. While on the climb enjoy the surrounding. You might see herds of blue sheep grazing on the slopes of the mountains. From the pass you will have spectacular views of Mt. Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang, all of them rising above 7,000m. On the way down to the camp you will pass by some of the yak herder’s tent, made from yak wool, where the herders take shelter while on the move to various pastures for their yaks. As you come down into the Lingshi basin, you get a wonderful view of Lingshi Dzong on a clear day. Tserimgang and its glaciers rise up at the north end of the valley. The campsite is next to a stone hut you reach just before Lingshi Dzong.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Lingshi (4010m)

DAY 08: LINGSHI/SHODU (8-9 hours)
The trail climbs up to the Yelila pass at an altitude of 4,930m. From the pass, on a clear day you will get an excellent view of Jhomolhari, Tserimgang and Masanggang. The trek from the pass to the campsite at Shodu is a steep downhill.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Shodu (4080m)

DAY 09: SHODU/BARSHONG (5-6 hours)
The trail follows the Thimphu Chu (river) through fir and hemlock forests, past beautiful waterfalls along the way. The valley narrows till the path takes to the slopes and gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Barshong (3710m)

DAY 10: BARSHONG/DODENA (7-8 hours)
The trail descends down to the Thimphu Chu (river) valley, through dense forests of rhododendron, birch, conifer, maples and bamboos and then ascends to pasture lands. From here, the trail continues through forested areas winding up and down and if luck favors us, we may see some monkeys and finally reach at the road head which is next to an impressive Bhutanese cantilever bridge where our car will be waiting for us to drive to Thimphu the capital city for about half an hour.
Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu.

DAY 11: THIMPHU/PARO
Today’s sightseeing of Thimphu valley includes, visit to ; National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts ; the Traditional Medicine Institute, where centuries old healing arts such as acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practiced; the Painting School, where young monks learn the art of Buddhist Thangkhas, and the mask maker workshop. There are also workshop for fine metal craft, weaving, ceramics and paper making. Then, visit Handicrafts Emporium and local shops if you like to browse through examples of Bhutan’s fine traditional arts. Here you can buy textiles, Thangkha paintings, masks, wood carvings, jewelries, and any other interesting items made from local materials.
In the evening, we will take a drive to Paro which is about 2 hours. Tonight we will have a celebratory or farewell dinner.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro

DAY 12: PARO DEPART
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport in time to catch up your onward flight. Your escort from Bhutan Wilderness Travel will bid you farewell and soon the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappears again behind its guardian mountains.

This seventeen days trek, though rigorous is quite popular because it traverses a great cross section of Bhutan as it winds from the Paro valley in Bhutanese middle hills, up to Laya and Lingshi in Northwest Bhutan which are situated above 4000m. Fewer visitors a year make their way into Laya, one of the most culturally and ecologically pristine regions in the long arc of the Himalaya. The scenery along the way, past the elegant Mount Chomolhari is awe-inspiring with views of alpine landscape with snowcapped mountains and mirrored crystal lakes dotted with yak hair tents of the migratory yak herders.

DAY 01: FLY INTO PARO
Flying into the country’s only airport, in the beautiful Paro valley, the clear mountain air, forested ridges, imposing monasteries and welcoming Bhutanese people in their striking national dress, provides a breath-taking first impression.
Your guide who is going to be with you throughout your trip from Bhutan Wilderness Travel will meet you at the airport. A fifteen minute drive follows the narrow winding road to our hotel which is a traditional Bhutanese building with attractive gardens and an exceptionally peaceful atmosphere. In the afternoon, we will visit the Ta-Dzong which was built in 1651 as a watch tower for the Rinpung Dzong. Since 1967, the watch tower has served as the home of the National Museum and holds a fascinating collection of art, ancient relics and religious artifacts. Next in line is Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro and its district administration. If there is time, we will walk along the small main street of Paro in the evening with its typically Bhutanese shops and small lodges. Altitude at Paro – 2250 meters.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro

DAY 02: DRUKGYAL DZONG/GUNITSHAWA/SHINGKARAB, 8KMS, 5-6 HRS
After early breakfast we will drive to Drukgyel Dzong (2,780m), 16 kms from Paro town built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the Dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts, village and on a clear day experience the spectacular view of Mt. Chomolhari (7,316m).
Continue our drive through rice terrace for another 13 kilometers until we reach Gunitshawa Army check post where our trek permit will be endorse. After Lunch we start our trek following the Pa Chhu through conifer forest. Our camp tonight is at small nomad`s village before the split of ancient trade route to Tibet.
Overnight: Tented camp- Shingkarab (3050)

DAY 03: SHINGKARAB – THANGTHANGKHA, 22 KMS, 6-7 HRS
The trail continues its gradual climb alongside the Paro Chu (river) through conifers and rhododendron. In places it is quite close to the river; At this point the route enters Jigme Dorji National Park.
The trail makes continuous, but gentle, climb on a rocky trail through Oaks, rhododendron and ferns, crossing several small streams till where there is a small stone shelter and a Bhutanese style house in a cedar grove at the edge of the meadow.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Thangthangka (3630m)

DAY 04: THANGTHANGKHA – JANGOTHANG, 19 KMS, 5-6 HRS
If you did not see Mount Jhomolhari last evening, you will have a great chance to get a great view this early morning. This morning, the trek continues up the Pachu valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and meager growths of forest. Cross an army outpost along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. Yaks and yak herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the villages Soe, Takethang and Jangothang is another asset on this day. Reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jhomolhari.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Jangothang (4090m)

DAY 05: A DAY HALT & EXPLORATION IN JANGOTHANG.
The day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views on lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jhomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization. Trek up to Tsophu or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jhomolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lay directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Jangothang (4090m)

DAY 06: JANGOTHANG – LINGSHI 18 KMS, 5-6 HRS
After a short walk from the camp, the trail climbs rapidly for about half an hour and then becomes a gradual ascent to the Nyilila pass (4,870m). You might see herds of blue sheep grazing on the slopes of the mountains. From the pass you will have spectacular views of Mt. Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang, all of them rising above 7,000m. On the way down to the camp you will pass by some of the yak herder’s tent, made from yak wool, where the herders take shelter while on the move to various pastures for their yaks. As you come down into the Lingshi basin, you get a wonderful view of Lingshi Dzong on a clear day. Tserimgang and its glaciers rise up at the northern end of the valley. The campsite is next to a large stone community hall that is used by both Bhutanese travelers and trekking groups.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Lingshi (4010m)

DAY 07: LINGSHI – CHEBISA, 10 KMS, 5-6 HRS
Cross the stream below the camp on a wooden bridge and climb up the opposite side to a Chorten just below Lingshi Dzong. In the valley to the east is a cluster of wood shingled houses which is one part of Lingshi village. If you look back at Tsering Kang you can see a very distinct rock pinnacle sticking up at the end of the East Ridge. The climb is gradual and easy. The camp site is on a meadow just opposite the Chebisa village (3880 m).
Overnight: Tented Camp – Chebisa (3880m)

DAY 08: CHEBISA – SHOMUTHANG, 17 KMS, 6-7 HRS
This morning, we have a big uphill climb along the vast meadow till Gobula pass (4440m). As we climb up slowly, we may see some blue sheep grazing in high yak pastures and some vultures flying high and handsome in the clear blue sky. After the Gobula pass, it’s mostly downhill to our camp beside a stream through the forests of junipers and firs.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Shomuthang (4260m)

DAY 09: SHOMUTHANG – ROBLUTHANG, 18 KMS, 6-7 HRS
We have a short steep climb and then the trail is level before it gradually starts to climb up the valley crossing the stream for a few times. On this stretch of our trek, we can see lots of edelweiss flowers and we can also have the view of snowcapped peak to the south-east called Khang Bum (6526 m). Once we are at Jhari La (4747 m), the trail goes steep down for about two hours through dwarf rhododendrons, junipers and firs till the campsite. If you are here in the summertime, there will be hundreds of takins to be seen grazing on the slopes of the nearby hills for this valley is a chosen summer home.
Overnight:Tented Camp – Robluthang (4160m)

DAY 10: ROBLUTHANG-LIMITHANG, 19KMS, 6-7 HRS
Today we have a long, hard day, crossing Sinchu La, the last and the highest pass on the trek. It’s a tough climb from here to the pass because the high altitude will slow you down considerably. Passing a false summit with a cairn, the trail levels out a little before reaching some rock cairns and prayer flags on Sinchu La (5005m). The snow covered peak of Gangchentag fills the horizon to the north.
The descent is on a rough, rocky trail that follows a moraine into another glacial valley. It’s then a short walk on a good trail through a cedar forest interspersed with small meadows to Limithang (4140m), a lovely camp site in a big meadow by the river. The peak of Gangchentag towers over the campsite, even though it’s quite a distance away.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Lingmithang (4140m)

DAY 11: LIMITHANG-LAYA, 10 KMS, 4-5 HRS
Today its mostly downhill along a winding river, the trail splits, one going down with the river to the camp site used by the army. The other stays high and takes you into the West Side of Laya Village. We will camp on a high flat bench above the East End of the Laya village (3800m).
Overnight: Tented Camp – Laya (3800m)

DAY 12: LAYA – KOINA, 19 KMS, 6-7 HRS
The trail exits the village through a Khonying (arch Chorten), then passes another Chorten at Taje-kha as it descends on a muddy trail to a stream. There are a few houses near the trail, but it’s mostly deep forest all the way to the river. The route follows the Mo Chhu down stream all the way to Punakha. Beyond the army camp the trail goes uphill, crossing a few streams and making little ups and downs. About half an hour from the army post is an inconspicuous trail junction at 3340m. The route for the Snowman Trek leads uphill from here on a tiny path. The route to Gasa keeps going downstream on a muddy trail. The muddy trail stays high for about half an hour until it reaches a stone staircase, where it turns into a side valley, traversing for a bit, then dropping to a large stream. Welcome to Koina (3050m), a muddy bog in the forest by the bridge. There is a single stone house with some muddy camping places scattered around.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Koina (3050m)

DAY 13: KOINA TO GASA TSACHU (TSACHU-HOT SPRING), 14 KMS, 6-7 HRS
You may think that because you are headed downstream this trek is finished, but there’s another major ascent ahead to get over Bari La, which crosses a side ridge. Cross the bridge at Kino and start up the hill ascending to Bari La at 3900m. There’s a small rock cairn and a few prayer flags at the pass, then its reasonably level walk to another Chorten. The route starts down again, sometimes steeply, through a bamboo forest to a stream. At 3080m it rounds a corner where you can finally see Gasa Dzong on the opposite side of a large wooded side valley. Continue walking until you reach Gasa Tsachu (hot spring at 2240m), your night halt for tonight will be here.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Gasa Tsachu (2240m)

DAY 14: GASA-PUNAKHA
After Leisure breakfast we than drive to Punakha passing through village of Damji and Tashithang where the Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Park ends.
Overnight: Hotel in Punakha.

DAY 15: PUNAKHA – THIMPHU – PARO
After breakfast you will resume your drive back to Thimphu, on your way back you will once again stop at the Dochula Pass to witness the Panoramic view of Bhutan’s snow capped peaks that stretches about 200 miles long. Continue your drive down to Thimphu and lunch will be served you will have a few hours here before you proceed to Paro.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro

DAY 16: PARO DEPART
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport in time to catch up your onward flight. Your escort from Bhutan Wilderness Travel will bid you farewell and soon the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappears again behind its guardian mountains.

Recommended season: April, May, June, September, October & November


The ultimate trek in Bhutan and one of the greatest treks in the world. Three full weeks of highly challenging hiking, crossing some of the mightiest passes in these great mountains, in the wildest, most remote part of the legendary kingdom. The route leads into a hidden region of stupendous beauty, utterly removed from the outside world. The trail winds through dreamlike vistas directly below the massive snow and ice barrier of the Himalayas along the Tibetan border. Majestic peaks, crystalline waterfalls, turquoise alpine lakes, roaring glacial rivers, endless fields of exquisite mountain flowers, and encounters with rare animals and birds become the trekker’s world. The people we meet along the way still live according to ancient, centuries-old patterns, following a way of life as it existed before the industrial age changed the face of the earth forever.

DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO
Flying in to the country’s only airport, in the beautiful Paro valley, the clear mountain air, forested ridges, imposing monasteries and welcoming Bhutanese people in their striking national dress, provides a breath-taking first impression.
Your guide who is going to be with you throughout your trip from Bhutan Wilderness Travel will meet you at the airport. A fifteen minute drive follows the narrow winding road to our hotel which is a traditional Bhutanese building with attractive gardens and an exceptionally peaceful atmosphere. In the afternoon, we will visit the Ta-Dzong which was built in 1651 as a watch tower for the Rinpung Dzong. Since 1967, the watch tower has served as the home of the National Museum and holds a fascinating collection of art, ancient relics and religious artifacts. Next in line is Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro and its district administration. If there is time, we will walk along the small main street of Paro in the evening with its typically Bhutanese shops and small lodges. Altitude at Paro – 2250 meters.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro

DAY O2: TAKTSANG EXCURSION
Today as the part of acclimatization trip, we will hike up to the famous 17th century temple called Taktsang or the Tigers nest perched on a rock face 900 meters above Paro valley. In 8th century, Guru Rinpoche; the great Indian saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, is believed to have arrived here flying on the back of a tigress and have meditated here for about three months. It is revered as one of the most sacred places, every Bhutanese wish to visit this place at least once in their lifetime. To get there, it takes about two hours of uphill walk. The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We will have lunch at the cafeteria on our way back from the monastery, and then continue our hike down to the bottom.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro

DAY 03: DRUKGYEL DZON-SHANA-SHINGKARAB (4-5 hours)
Drive up to Gunitsawa (2,680m) where the road ends and the trek begin. With a gradual climb the trail follows the Pachu (Paro river) passing beautiful meadows, paddy fields and impressive farm houses. After about an hours you will reach Shana village. trail continues through conifer forest with lash greens thundering water fall until the first Nomad`s settlement at Shinkarab.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Shinkarab (3050m)

DAY 04:SHINGKARAB-THANGTHANGKA (7-8 hours)
Your second day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley, you enter the Jigme Dorji National Park. The valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path which ascends to a meadow where a camp will be set up. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mount Jhomolhari.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Thangthangka (3610m)

DAY 05: THANGTHANGKA-BASE CAMP (4-5 hours)
If you did not see Mount Jhomolhari last evening, you will have a great chance to get a great view this early morning. This morning, the trek continues up the Pachu valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and meager growths of forest. Cross an army outpost along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. Yaks and the herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another asset on this day. Reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jhomolhari.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Base Camp (4080m)

DAY 06: HALT AT BASE CAMP
The day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views on lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jhomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization. Trek up to Tsophu or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jhomolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lay directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.

DAY 07: BASE CAMP-LINGSHI (6-7 hours)
After 15 min. from the camp the trail climbs rapidly for about half an hour and then becomes a gradual ascend to the Nyilila pass at 4,870m. While on the climb enjoy the surrounding. You might see herds of blue sheep grazing on the slopes of the mountains. From the pass you will have spectacular views of Mt. Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang, all of them rising above 7,000m. On the way down to the camp you will pass by some of the yak herder’s tent, made from yak wool, where the herders take shelter while on the move to various pastures for their yaks. As you come down into the Lingshi basin, you get a wonderful view of Lingshi Dzong on a clear day. Tserimgang and its glaciers rise up at the north end of the valley. The campsite is next to a stone hut you reach just before Lingshi Dzong.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Lingshi (4010m)

DAY 08: LINGSHI – CHEBISA (5-6 hours)
Cross the stream below the camp on a wooden bridge and climb up the opposite side to a Chorten just below Lingshi Dzong. In the valley to the east is a cluster of wood shingled houses which is one part of Lingshi village. If you look back at Tsering Kang you can see a very distinct rock pinnacle sticking up at the end of the East Ridge. The climb is gradual and easy. The camp site is on a meadow just opposite the Chebisa village (3880 m).
Overnight: Tented Camp – Chebisa (3880m)

DAY 09: CHEBISA – SHOMUTHANG (6-7 hours)
This morning, we have a big uphill climb along the vast meadow till Gobula pass (4440m). As we climb up slowly, we may see some blue sheep grazing in high yak pastures and some vultures flying high and handsome in the clear blue sky. After the Gobula pass, it’s mostly downhill to our camp beside a stream through the forests of junipers and firs.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Shomuthang (4260m)

DAY 10: SHOMUTHANG – ROBLUTHANG (6-7 hours)
We have a short steep climb and then the trail is level before it gradually starts to climb up the valley crossing the stream for a few times. On this stretch of our trek, we can see lots of edelweiss flowers and we can also have the view of snowcapped peak to the south-east called Khang Bum (6526 m). Once we are at Jhari La (4747 m), the trail goes steep down for about two hours through dwarf rhododendrons, junipers and firs till the campsite. If you are here in the summertime, there will be hundreds of takins to be seen grazing on the slopes of the nearby hills for this valley is a chosen summer home.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Robluthang (4160m)

DAY 11: ROBLUTHANG-LIMITHANG (6-7 hours)
Today we have a long, hard day, crossing Sinchu La, the last and the highest pass on the trek. It’s a tough climb from here to the pass because the high altitude will slow you down considerably. Passing a false summit with a cairn, the trail levels out a little before reaching some rock cairns and prayer flags on Sinchu La (5005m). The snow covered peak of Gangchentag fills the horizon to the north.
The descent is on a rough, rocky trail that follows a moraine into another glacial valley. It’s then a short walk on a good trail through a cedar forest interspersed with small meadows to Limithang (4140m), a lovely camp site in a big meadow by the river. The peak of Gangchentag towers over the campsite, even though it’s quite a distance away.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Lingmithang (4140m)

DAY 12: LIMITHANG-LAYA (4-5 hours)
Today its mostly downhill along a winding river, the trail splits, one going down with the river to the camp site used by the army. The other stays high and takes you into the West Side of Laya Village. We will camp on a high flat bench above the East End of the Laya village (3800m).
Overnight: Tented Camp – Laya (3800m)

DAY 13: REST DAY AT LAYA
If you have trekked from Drukgyel Dzong you should spend a day recuperating from the trek to Laya and preparing yourself for the rest of this hard but spectacular trek. If you have started from Tashitang/Damji (Punakha) you should also walk up to Laya to acclimatise and not just stay at the trail junction to Lunana. However, only for the great views from Laya and its extroadinary inhabitants it’s worthwhile to spend one day in Laya.

DAY 14: LAYA- RHODUPHU (7-8 hours)
From Laya we descend to an army camp and continue following the river till the turn off point to Rhoduphu. After lunch the climb continues through rhododendron bushes till you reach the camp at Roduphu just next to the Rhodu Chhu.
Overnight: Tented Camp- Rhoduphu (4160m)

DAY 15: RHODUPHU-NARETHANG (5-6 hours)
After following the river for about half an hour you will have a steady climb to a high open valley at 4,600m and then further up to Tsomo La (4,900m). Tsomo La offers a superb view of Lunana, Mount Jomolhari and Jichu Drake, and the Tibetan border. The route then crosses a flat, barren plateau at about 5,000m. The campsite at Narethang is towered by the peak of Gangla Karchung (6,395m).
Overnight: Tented Camp – Narethang (4900m)

DAY 16: NARETHANG-TARINA (6-7 hours)
From the camp you will climb for about an hour to Gangla Karchung La (5,120m). The view from the pass is breathtaking and the whole range of mountains including Jekangphu Gang (7,100m), Tsenda Kang and Teri Gang (7,300m) can be seen. The pass descends along a large moraine. Again one has great views: a massive glacier descends from Teri Kang to a deep turquoise lake at its foot. Up here a glacial lake burst through its dam in the early 1960s, causing widespread damage and partially destroying Punakha Dzong. Finally, it is a very long descent through thick rhododendron to Tarina valley, where you will find several good campsites along the Tang Chhu.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Tarina (3970m)

DAY 17: TARINA-WOCHE (6-7 hours)
The walk leads down through conifer forests following the upper ridges of the Pho Chhu, passing some impressive waterfalls. The trail then climbs over a ridge and drops to Woche, a settlement of a few houses, the first village in the Lunana region.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Woche (3910m)

DAY 18: WOCHE-LHEDI (6-7 hours)
The trek starts through juniper and fir forests, and further ahead, through rhododendron bushes. Climb up to Keche La pass (4,650m) where one can have the great view of surrounding mountains again. After the pass, descend to the riverside walking through a village with a stunning view of Table Mountain and others. Follow up the river till Lhedi Village. Lhedi has a basic health unit, a school and a wireless telephone connection.
Overnight Camp – Lhedi (3700m)

DAY 19: LHEDI-THANZA (6-7 hours)
In clear weather, you will have great views of Table Mountain (7,100m).Around lunchtime you will pass the small village of Chozo (4,090m) which has a dzong still in use. Reaching Thanza again you will have a great view of Table Mountain which forms a 3,000m high wall of snow and ice behind the village. Although there are possibilities to camp directly at Thanza, most groups prefer to camp in Thoencha.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Thanza (4150m)

DAY 20: REST DAY AT THANZA
In Thanza walk around and experience some village life or climb up the ridge for fascinating views of lakes and mountains. But as it takes time to arrange new yaks (the yaks from Laya will not go further than Thanza) you might have to spend one day at Thanza anyway.

DAY 21: THANZA-DANJI (3-4 hours)
From Thoencha, the trail climbs up to a large boulder from where you will have excellent views of Thanza, Toencha and Choso village and the surrounding mountains. After a few hours of relatively flat and easy walking, you will reach a yak meadow with some yak herders’ huts. An excellent campsite with a great chance to spot some blue sheep is on the hills above. A trail junction near the campsite will give you the choice between the route further on to Bumthang or to Sephu (Trongsa).
Overnight: Tented Camp – Danji (4230m)

DAY 22: DANJI-TSOCHENA (5-6 hours)
Having chosen the route to Sephu, the trek crosses the creek and after a long climb, you will reach Jaze La (5,150m) with spectacular panoramic mountain views. The path then descends between snow covered peaks and a couple of small lakes to the campsite near the Shore of Tshochena Lake.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Tsochena (4970m)

DAY 23: TSOCHENA-JICHU DRAMO (5-6 hours)
You follow the bank of the blue green lake before arriving at a ridge at 5,100m, where there is another spectacular view in all directions. After going up and down over small hills to reach a glacial lake, the route descends first before climbing again up the next pass, the Loju La (5,140m). Finally after crossing a small saddle (5,100m) you will enter a wide glacial valley from where the trail descends gradually to the campsite at Jichu Dramo.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Jichu Dramo (5050m)

DAY 24: JICHU DRAMO-CHUKARPO (5-6 hours)
Right after leaving the camp you will climb through a moraine to Rinchen Zoe La (5,320m). A spectacular mountain scenery with Gangkhar Puensum amongst the impressive mountains is the reward for climbing the highest pass on this trek route. Rinchen Zoe Peak (5,650) towers above the pass the west. Descending from the pass, the route leads into a wide valley with several lakes and goes steeply down along a moraine to the Thamphe Chhu. Here the vegetation begins to thicken again and you will see the first real trees since Lhedi. After a couple of hours you reach the campsite at Chukarpo.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Chukarpo (4600m)

DAY 25: CHUKARPO-TAMPE TSO (5-6 hours)
The descent continues along the river till you reach the yak herder huts at Gala Pang Chhu (4010m). From here the trail climbs steeply towards Tampe Tsho, a beautiful clear turquoise lake, with the campsite next to it.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Tampe Tso (4300m)

DAY 26: TAMPE TSO-MAUROTHANG (4-5 hours)
From the lake you climb steeply to the last pass on your trek, the Thampe La (4,600m) with a good chance to spot some blue sheep on the way. Then the path descends to the sacred lake Om Thso. Passing a waterfall you will reach another, smaller lake 100m below to descend steeply to the Nikka Chhu. The path finally leads through mixed forest to large clearing on the banks of the river with a few yak herder huts, Maurothang.
Overnight: Tented Camp – Maurothang (3610m)

DAY 27: MAUROTHANG-SEPHU (5-6 hours)
On the last day of this extraordinary trek you will have to change from yaks to horses as the yaks will not be willing to go further down. The path follows the Nikka Chhu to reach a large grassy area overlooking the road and the village of Sephu. You finally reach the road at the Nikka Chhu Bridge at Sephu where you will find several stores (mainly selling bamboo products) and small restaurants. This is where our vehicle will be waiting for us to take a drive of about an hour to Phobjikha valley across Pele La pass to sleep eventually in nice rooms with hot showers.
Overnight: Hotel in Phobjikha

DAY 28: PHOBJIKHA-THIMPHU
This morning, we will proceed to Thimphu. Enroute visit to the famous Punakha Dzong of 17th century, and as we get to Dochu La (pass) we will be able to see most of the mountains that we got so close while on trek.
Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu

DAY 29: THIMPHU-PARO
Day at leisure in Thimphu and then take a drive to Paro towards the evening for your last night stay in Bhutan. We will have a farewell dinner tonight.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro

DAY 30: DEPARTURE
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport in time to catch up your onward flight. Your escort from Bhutan Wilderness Travel will bid you farewell and soon the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappears again behind its guardian mountains.

A short two nights tented camping in sub-tropical region of Punakha has been designed for group visiting Bhutan mainly in winter. This short trek not only give people to experience camping in wilderness, but also offer lot to it by visiting remote villages. Interacting with local people and learning their way of unhurried Bhutanese life style.

DAY 01: ARRIVAL PARO
Upon arrival, your tour escort from Bhutan Wilderness Travel welcomes you at the airport and transfers you to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will take a short walk around Paro for orientation and acclimatization purposes.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro

DAY 02: HIKE TO TAKTSHANG MONASTERY
After breakfast you will be driven to the starting point of a hike to view the spectacular Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forests, passing trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. After a refreshment stop at a cafeteria on the way, you will continue for a short distance until you see, across a deep chasm but clearly and seemingly within reach, the Taktsang Monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. History states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger. In the afternoon before returning to your hotel, you will visit the 7th century Kyichu Monastery, one of the oldest in the kingdom.
Duration: 5 -7 hours
Overnight: Hotel in Paro

DAY 03: PARO-THIMPHU
After breakfast drive to Thimphu, the present day capital of Bhutan. Just before Thimphu, stands Simtokha Dzong. Built in 1627, it is the first Dzong built by Shabdrung Ngawang, which now houses the School for Dzongkha studies. Afternoon, visit Tashichhodzong, “fortress of the glorious religion”, built in 1641 by the first Shabdrung and reconstructed in 1961 under the Late King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Visit Memorial Chorten, the beautiful stupa built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan’s Third King who is popularly regarded as the Father of modern Bhutan. In the evening visit Handicrafts Emporium, which displays wide assortment to beautifully hand-woven and drafted products.
Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu

DAY 04: THIMPHU-PUNAKHA
Drive to Punakha. Enroute stop at Dochula pass (alt. 3100) to get fascinating view of snowcapped eastern Himalayan mountain peaks. One hour decent will takes us to sub-tropical climate of Punakha valley at 4000 ft. hike to Chimi Lhakhang the fertility temple dedicated to divine madman “Drukpa kuenley”Visit sacred Punakha Dzong, a superb example of Bhutanese architecture. Fire earthquake and floods have inflicted their devastating influence of this Dzong, which under the direction of present King has been restored completely. The remains of the Shabdrung are extomed here in the chapel of Machin Lhakhang. The road from Thimphu to Punakha is a magnificent canvas of colour, a profusion of multi-coloured blossoms amongst the soft green of wild herbs and forest trees.
Overnight: Hotel in Punakha

DAY 05: PUNAKHA-LIMBUKHA 11 Km, 5/6 Hours
After breakfast we drive roughly 45 minute to our trek start point. The trek begins with gradual climb through chirpine forests. Magnificent view of Punakha dzong can be seen almost through the hike. Visit to Dompala village enroute.
Overnight: Tented Camp.

DAY 06: LIMBUKHA-CHUNGSAKHA 12 Km, 5-6 Hours
The trail takes you through rhododendron and oak forested areas with lash green ferns and plants. Just before reaching our second campsite we pass a famous Drukpa Kuenly Lhakhang. Today the site is use for strict retread for monks.
Overnight; Tented Camp

DAY 07: CHUNGSAKHA-WANGDUE
Today we have very short and easy decent for about an hour. We will have time to explore and interact with local people. Visit farmhouses and experience the rural life of Bhutan. After reaching to our bus we drive another 30 minutes and relax at lovely resort, which is set up by the river.
Overnight: Hotel in Punakha

DAY 08: PUNAKHA-PARO
This morning, we will take a drive back to Paro via Thimphu. We will have lunch and spend some time in Thimphu shopping or just walking along the street before we proceed to Paro. Thimphu has a special charm and it is fascinating to sit and watch a gathering of local people in the town square, wearing their traditional dress and going about their business in a typically unhurried Bhutanese way.
Duration: 6 – 7 hours
Overnight: Hotel in Paro

DAY 09: DEPARTURE
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport in time to catch up your onward flight. Your escort from Bhutan Wilderness Travel will bid you farewell, and soon the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappears again behind its guardian mountains.

Recommended season: All year round

This trek is the Most popular trek which offers great scenery, life of nomads and bit of wildlife. Its rated as moderate to hard but every people who had done it over the pass years says – its awesome! Come and share what you think!

DAY 01: ARRIVAL-PARO
Flying in to the country’s only international airport, in the beautiful Paro valley, the clear mountain air, forested ridges, imposing monasteries and welcoming Bhutanese people in their striking national dress, provides a breath-taking first impression.
Upon arrival at the Paro airport, your guide from Bhutan Wilderness Travel welcomes you and transfer you to the hotel. In the evening, you can stroll along Paro downtown for acclimatization and orientation.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Day 02: DAY HIKE TO TIGER NEST MONASTERY
This morning, we will take a short drive to the trail head to start our hike to Taktsang Monastery. This is one of the Buddhist world’s most venerated pilgrimage sites and is known as the Tiger’s Lair. It is said that the Indian saint Guru Rinpoche came to Taktsang on the back of a tigress and, whilst meditating in a cave, converted the Paro valley to Buddhism. A number of temples have been built on the site in 16th hundred and these occupy precarious positions, clinging to a black cliff high above the Paro valley. The visit involves a two-hour climb on a steep footpath through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro

DAY 03: DRUKGYEL DZONG-GUNITSAWA-SHINGKARAB (05-06 hours)
Drive up to Gunitsawa (2,780m) where the road ends and the trek begin. With a gradual climb the trail follows the Pachhu (Paro River) passing beautiful meadows, paddy fields and impressive farm houses. After about an hours you will reach the Shana village. continue through conifer forest along Pachu until you reach the first nomad`s settlement at Shinkarab.
Tented Camp: Shingkarab (3050m)

DAY 04: SHINGKARAB-THANGTHANGKA (07-08 hours)
Due to long distance to cover today we will start bit early. Most of the campsite is designated by government depending on area and access to water. Mainly to protect from deforestation and disturbance to wild animals. The short walk from the camp takes us to the Jigme Dorji Wildlife Sanctuary, the largest protected area in the country. The park is home to several endangered species including the takin, snow leopard, blue sheep, tiger, red panda, and the Himalayan black bear. More than 300 species of birds have been cataloged within the park. After about 02 hours, you will get to a fork where the path that we are not supposed to follow or the ancient trade route to Tibet is much wider and definitely more inviting. Turn right and follow the smaller trail through oak, spruce, birch, alpine yellows trees. After lunch the trail become bit tricky with wet and loose rock for some section. After an hour hike you will come across a bridge and chorten (Stupa) not to turn toward chorten. Keep left!
Tented Camp: Thangthangkha (3645m)

DAY 05: THANGTHANGKA-BASE CAMP (04-05 hours)
The trail continues with gentle climb along Pa chu to another army post. The valley finally widen up gradually to a mere path which ascends to a meadow where same yak herders have their winter home. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful stroll. When you approach the campsite you will see Mt. Chomolhari and its neibouring snow capped peaks.
Tented Camp: Jangothang (4180m)

DAY 06: HALT TO BASE CAMP
Jangothang is a perfect environment for the acclimatization before we go over the high passes. Relax or hike in the spectacular surroundings. From here you can see a line of great peaks on the horizon; Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, Tsering Kang and many more. There are herds of blue sheep in the area. In the summer, the ethereal Himalayan blue poppy can be seen in this area. Today you can rest in camp or go for a day hike in this beautiful place. If yak herders are in the vicinity, perhaps you can visit inside one of the big black smoky yak-hair tents. Chomolhari is a mountain sacred to a female deity (Jomo); lhari means snow peak. An Indo-Bhutanese team reached the summit in 1970, but now the high peaks may no longer be climbed.
Tented Camp: Jangothang (4180m)

DAY 07: JANGOTHANG/YAKSA (06-07 hours)
After a short walk from the camp the trail climbs rapidly for some time and then becomes a gradual ascent to the camp in yak pasture. You might see herds of blue sheep grazing on the slopes of the mountains and if the weather permits you will see Mt.Chomolhari, Jichu drake and Tsherim kang. Higher the better opportunity for snap shots. Then the path becomes much broader and gradual. We continue our hike passing the beautiful lake (Tsho Phu).The government has stocked brown trout in many alpine lakes in 1980’s. Now the climb to Bongtoe La at an elevation of 4890m begins. Roughly take about an hour to reach the meadow before the summit and another 45 minutes to top. From here it’s all downhill to the basemen of Yaksa village. The villager often comes with their local product to sell like, textile, yak cheese etc.
Camp: Chorapang (3830m)

DAY 08: YAKSA-THONGBU (06-07 hours)
A gradual climb above treeline, past hillsides covered with rhododendron and azalea. We will come across some yak herder’s camp. After crossing small stream the trail continues with climb about an hour over the Takalung La (windhorse pass) at 4540m. Descend to grassy meadows where herds of yak graze during the summer months. It is a very large meadow.
Camp – Thongbu Shong (4120m)

DAY 09: THONGBU-SHANA(05-06hours)
A steep climb above the valley to Thongbu La (4160m) traverse an incredibly beautiful garden of wildflowers, then begin long and steep descent to Shana and the last campsite, as the trail leaves the forest at a hillside above the river valley where the trek will end tomorrow.
Camp – Shana (2950m)

Day 10: SHANA-THIMPHU(06-07hours)
After leisure breakfast, we drive to Thimphu the capital city. It is a pleasurable ride, with many optional stops along the road. The capital, rests on a wooded hillside by the Wang Chhu. The center of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a bustling town where traditional ways mingle with modern introductions.The drive takes about two hours.
Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu

DAY11: THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING.
Sights include the following, time and local conditions permitting:
National Memorial Chorten: Bhutan’s third king H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuk had wished to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity, but he died before his plan came to fruition. The royal Queen Mother resolved to fulfill his wishes and erected a memorial that would perpetuate his memory and also serve as a monument to peace.
BBS Tower Viewpoint and Takin Compound:One the way to the Viewpoint over Thimphu is the home of Bhutan’s national animal, the takin, a strange looking beast which some say resembles a beestung moose. The Bhutanese have their own story to narrate about how the takin was created by the Master Drukpa Kunley (the divine madman).
View of Tashi Choe Dzong: The “fortress of the glorious religion” was initialy constructed in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in the 1960s. Tashi Choe Dzong houses His Majesty’s secretariat, ministers’ offices, and the Central Monk Body. Entrance may be granted to guests only after 5 pm.
National Institute of Traditional Medicine: The Institute still dispenses traditional herbal and other medicines made from plants, minerals, animal parts, precious metals and gems. A tour of its working facility for research and treatment of local people is fascinating (open – Monday – Friday.)
Folk Heritage Museum: This is a very old house in the capital owned by a reputed family for the last three hundred years. In 2002, H.M. Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk converted it to a museum, in order to preserve its traditional value. (Open Monday – Friday)
Farewell dinner with Bhutanese guest.
Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu

DAY 12: DEPARTURE
This morning we leave early morning to Paro airport. Your guide will bid you farewell, and soon the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappears again behind its guardian mountains.

This journey across the top of eastern Bhutan follows what used to be an important trade route before the establishment of the national highway. Although the trek does not lead into really high altitude, it is tough as it involves going across over the undefeatable Rodung La pass and a long steep descent from there on along the narrow path that run down through the cliffs. A few groups take up the challenge which this long and demanding trek presents each year. It is definitely one of the harder treks in Bhutan!

DAY 01: ARRIVE-PARO
Flying in to the country’s only airport, in the beautiful Paro valley, the clear mountain air, forested ridges, imposing monasteries and welcoming Bhutanese people in their striking national dress, provides a breath-taking first impression.

Your guide who is going to be with you throughout your trip from Bhutan Wilderness Travel will meet you at the airport. A fifteen minute drive follows the narrow winding road to our hotel which is a traditional Bhutanese building with attractive gardens and an exceptionally peaceful atmosphere. In the afternoon, we will visit the Ta-Dzong which was built in 1651 as a watch tower for the Rinpung Dzong. Since 1967, the watch tower has served as the home of the National Museum and holds a fascinating collection of art, ancient relics and religious artifacts. Next in line is Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro and its district administration. If there is time, we will walk along the small main street of Paro in the evening with its typically Bhutanese shops and small lodges. Altitude at Paro – 2250 meters.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro.

DAY 02: TAKTSHANG EXCURSION
Today, we will hike up to the famous 17th century temple called Taktsang or the Tigers nest perched on a rock face 900 meters above Paro valley. In 8th century, Guru Rinpoche; the great Indian saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, is believed to have arrived here flying on the back of a tigress and have meditated here for about three months. It is revered as one of the most sacred places, every Bhutanese wish to visit this place at least once in their lifetime. To get there, it takes about two hours of uphill walk. The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We will have lunch at the cafeteria on our way back from the monastery, and then continue our hike down to the bottom to take a drive to Thimphu for two hours.
Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu.

DAY 03: THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING
This morning, visit the Memorial Chorten, built in 1974 in memory of the third King, His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, lovingly known as the Father of Modern Bhutan. It is a rare stupa that has an inner sanctum of temples. There are intricate paintings and statues representing tantric reverence and practice. A very popular religious monument in the city, there are always numerous devotees circumambulating or turning the giant prayer wheels.

Next stop at the Textile Museum, Established in 2000, this is one of the new theme museums in the city. It is dedicated to the rich skill of Bhutanese weaver, primarily women. Literally, women were ones who clothed the family before the availability of machine made fabrics. The museum has a good collection of sample including rare pieces and antiques, some belonging to the royal family. Since its establishment, the museum has organized competitions to encourage weavers as well as pay tribute to the rich old tradition and skills.

Visit to the Institute of Traditional Medicine; Bhutan has long and rich tradition of medicine based on natural remedies derived mainly from plants and earth, and some animals. This institute has facility for out patients, training, research and production of traditional medicine. The courses to become traditional doctors, called drungtsho, entail six to eight years of strenuous study after high school. The institute has an exhibition room that imparts excellent look into the tradition.

Next stop is at the School of Traditional Arts and Crafts. The school offers an eight-year course in the techniques of traditional art in religious and secular paintings, woodcarving, clay sculpture and traditional mask making. One can see students working through progressive levels practicing precise rules of Bhutanese art. The school also has a showroom from where student works are sold at very reasonable price compared to town for same quality of work.

The Folk Heritage Museum; established in 2001, this is an interesting museum housed in a very old traditional house. The museum is a walk through the fast changing rural tradition, habits and skills, and those of the past. They organize special exhibitions annually on select subject pertaining to Bhutanese heritage. Demonstrations of traditional way of extracting oil, brewing traditional spirit, husking rice etc. and a buffet of traditional food items can be arranged with prior notice

After offices close at 5 pm, visit Tashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery. The massive fortress, whose name translates as the fortress of glorious religion, was initially a smaller structure but took the present form after expansion/reconstruction commissioned by Late Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in 1965. Besides being the summer seat of Je Khenpo, Head Abbot, and the central monastic body, it houses some ministries, the secretariat, the Golden Throne of the King of Bhutan and His Majesty’s office. The National Assembly Hall initially in the Dzong has since 1993 moved to a new location directly across the river.
Before dinner stroll around the town, visiting handicraft stores and mingling with the local people.
Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu.

DAY 04: THIMPHU-PUNAKHA (03 Hours)
The road from Thimphu to Punakha goes northeast and one of the highlights of the journey is at Dochu La Pass, the highest point between Thimphu and Punakha at 10,000 feet. It provides a spectacular view of the Himalayas to the north when the sky is clear. On top of the pass are 108 chortens (Tibetan and Bhutanese name for Stupa), honoring those who were recently killed by insurgents. Chortens are Tibetan Buddhist reliquaries, memorials to the teachings of the Buddha. Sometimes actual relics of the Buddha or revered monks are inserted into the dome of the stupa, but whether or not there are relics inside, the stupas mark the landscape with reminders of the Buddha’s teachings.

In Punakha, we will visit the Dzong that was built by Shabdrung, in 1637, on a strategic junction at the confluence of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers. The Dzong has played a hallowed role in the history of Bhutan. It served as the seat of Shabdrung’s government, several foreign delegations were received here in 18th and 19th century, the election and coronation of the first King was observed in 1907 and the Third King convened the first National Assembly in the Dzong. The central monastic body continues to reside here in winter. The embalmed bodies of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Terton Pema Lingpa are housed on the top floor of the main tower. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King from the latest fire in 1987.
Next in line is a short hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten in the northern part of the valley. Newly built, it is a more elaborate version of the Memorial Chorten in Thimphu. It has an astounding work of frescoes and intricate statues.
Overnight: Hotel in Punakha.

DAY 05: PUNAKHA-TRONGSA (06 Hours)
The drive to Trongsa takes approximately 6 hours. We start early for the fabulous drive to the central valleys of Bhutan through the breathtaking beauties and serenity of Bhutan’s rich flora and fauna. As we cross the fertile valley of Punakha and enter into the valley of Wangdue Phodrang. We take an opportunity to photograph the majestic fortress of Wangdue Dzong, which stands on a spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers. We then climb steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation and then to Pele la pass (3,300 m/ 10,989 ft.) With an alpine environment of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo, the Pass is traditionally considered the boundary between West and East Bhutan. During the clear weather we can view the high snow capped peaks specially the Mount Chomolhari (7,314 m/ 24,355 ft.). As we descend from the pass through the dwarf bamboo and quite often Yaks grazing we reach at Chendebji Chorten. Lama Shida built this Chorten or Stupa in 18th century. Continue your drive to Trongsa, as you enter Trongsa valley, the huge fortress of Trongsa makes you wonder if you will ever reach it. Backing on mountain and built on several levels, the Dzong fits narrowly on a spur that sticks out into the gorge of the Mangde River and overlooks the routes south and west.
In the evening, we will visit the majestic Trongsa Dzong, built in 1647, by Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal, this Dzong was the source of many important historical events in making of Modern Bhutan.
Overnight: Hotel in Trongsa.

DAY 06: TRONGSA-BUMTHANG (03 Hours)
This morning, we will take a drive for about an hour towards south to see the winter palace of the second king, Jigme Wangchuk. It’s an interesting drive, passing Takse Goemba and a large expanse of rice terraces in the lower Mangdechu valley. It’s a good side trip from Tongsa and it gives an intimate insight into life in the early days of Bhutan’s monarchy.
After having lunch in Tongsa, we will then proceed to Bumthang crossing the Yotongla Pass and then into the first valley of Bumthang known as Chumey. We will make a brief stop at Tsungney village, where we will observe the weavers weaving the famous Bumthang fabric known as Yathra.
Overnight: Hotel in Bumthang.

DAY 07: BUMTHANG/NGANG LAKHANG (4-5 hours)
This morning take a drive for about half an hour to the trail head of your trek to Toktu Zampa. The route takes you around Chamkhar Chhu, a river rich in trout. After passing Thangbi Lhakhang, a temple built by the first Karma Shamar in 13th century, further ahead you enter Ngang Yul, ‘Swan Land” and at its center is Ngang Lhakhang, the “Swan Temple”. This part of the valley was at first inhabitated by swans who gave their name (Ngang) to the place. The Lama Namkha Samdrup, having dreamt a vision of how to build a temple, shot an arrow and at the spot where the arrow landed, the Ngang Lhakhang was erected.
Overnight: Tented Camp at Ngang Lhakhang (2800m)

DAY 08: NgGANG LHAKHANG-TANG (5-6 hours)
The day starts out across meadows and with the view of the valley below. Then you climb gradually to Phephe La (3,360m), the highest point of the trek route. The trail passes through beautiful forested areas where many stops can be made to enjoy the natural beauty of the place. The path leads you downhill into a broad valley. Amongst several possible camping places the most likely one is uphill behind the village of Tahung.
Overnight: Tented Camp at Tahung ( 2720m)

DAY 09: TANG-PHOGPHE (5-6 hours)
Today we begin our trek with a short and steep climb to Ugyen Choling Palace which houses a museum. We will have a brief stop to see the museum before we proceed along the old trade route to Phokphe. The path takes you gradually up through the meadows and then trough the thickets of bamboos, hemlock and finally up to the alpine forest. We set up our camp in a beautiful meadow before Rhodung La.
Overnight: Tented Camp at Phokphe (3680m)

DAY 10: PHOGPHE-PEMI (6-7 hours)
Rodung La (4,160m) is about two hours climb from the camp. From the pass you then continue downhill through a gorge, overlooking some of the mountain valleys. The path is so narrow built incredibly through the vertical cliffs with what seems an almost endless stone wall. There is an old phrase, which says “Rhodung La the pass of justice where even the king dismounts from his horse”. The region is well known for its sightings of ghosts and yetis. Towards the camp you see pine trees and the ruined stone building was the grain storehouse during the times of the first and second king.
Overnight: Tented Camp at Pemi (2950m)

DAY 11: PEMI/KHAINE LHAKHANG (7-8 hours)
The trail goes straight down to the bottom of the valley to Ungar where there are cluster of households along the bank of Ungar Chu. From here, the path winds up and down, passing the villages of Bulay, Kulaypang and Gomda till you reach Khaine Lhakhang. It is one of the oldest temples in existence today, built in mid 7th century by the King Songtshen Gampo of Tibet to subdue demons.
Overnight: Tented Camp at Khaine Lhakhang (2010m)

DAY 12: KHAINE LHAKHANG- TANGMACHU-MENJI (6-7 hours)
From your camp, the trail goes down to a stream and back up to a basic health unit and community school in Gorsam. Further on, you pass a Tibetan-style Umling Mani, built by a lama from Tibet, and a chorten on Zerim La (1,940m). Before reaching the next pass, Taki La (1,760m) you will see Menjabi, a beautiful Bhutanese village with large white houses. South-east of Taki La is Tangmachu High School. About 400 students study in this school. Our vehicle will be waiting for us at Takila to take us to the campsite and to Lhuntse to see its impressive Dzong.
Overnight: Farm stay a Menji (1400m)

DAY 13: KHALT AT MENJI
Lhuntse is one of the most isolated districts in Bhutan. The landscape is spectacular, with stark cliffs towering above river gorges and dense coniferous forests. The region is famous for its weavers, and their distinctive textiles are generally considered to be the best in the country. The Kurtoe region of Lhuentse is the ancestral home of the monarchy.

In the morning, we will visit the Dzong which sits high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Kurichu valley. Lhuntse Dzong is one of the most picturesque in Bhutan. After lunch, we will take a short drive to Menji, to the trail head of the last part of our trek and explore Menji village for its distinctive textiles.
Overnight: Farm stay at Menji (1830m)

DAY 14: MENJI-PEMI (2450m)
The path goes up through the thick forest of oaks and rhododendrons and it’s fairly wide as it’s being used by the cow herders and their herds from Menji. After a long climb, we get to numerous patches of meadow called Pemi. All these meadows are being extensively used as the summer pasture for the cow herds of Menji.
Overnight: Tented Camp at Pemi (2450m)

DAY 15: PEMI/TAUPANG (6/7 hours)
Continue up to Dong La (3900m) and pause at the pass to enjoy a splendid view of the surrounding snowy peaks. After the pass, there is a long descent through thick evergreen forest to reach our camp site at Taupang, a forest clearing with a wooden shelter in it.
Overnight: Tented Camp at Taupang (2450m)

DAY 16: TAUPANG/TASHIYANGTSE-TASHIGANG (7-8 hours)
This is the last day of our trek, and we will have to set off early as we have to take a little over two hours drive to Tashigang after the trek. The trail runs gradually down through thickets of bamboos and evergreen forest occasionally passing by small settlements. Our vehicle will be waiting for us on the roadside to take us down to Tashigang.
Overnight: Hotel in Tashigang

DAY 17: TASHIGANG-SAMDRUPJONGKHAR(08 hours)
Today, before we proceed down towards south to Samdrup Jongkhar the border town between Bhutan and India, we will make a short visit to Tashigang Dzong.. En route we will visit the Zangdo Pelri temple at Kanglung, a town with clock tower and the college campus; this is the only degree college in Bhutan. In Khaling, we will visit National Handloom Development project, operated by the National Women’s Association. The hand woven products manufactured from this institute are sold in Thimphu market. You can purchase any hand woven products that you may like.
Overnight: Hotel in Samdrup Jongkhar.

DAY 18: DEPARTURE (02 hours)
Your Indian agent will come and pick you up this morning from Samdrup Jongkhar to take a drive to Gauhati which is about two hours. From Gauhati you can fly to New Delhi or Kolkata for connection of your International flight back home or to Bagdogra and then take the flight to Kathmandu

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01: ARRIVAL–PARO
Flying in to Paro international airport, in the beautiful Paro valley, the clear mountain air, forested ridges, imposing monasteries and welcoming Bhutanese people in their striking national dress, provide a breath-taking first impression.
On arrival, after immigration and custom formalities, your guide from Bhutan Wilderness Travels for the trip will receive you and transfer you to the hotel in Paro. In the evening, you can stroll along Paro downtown to see the people and the local stores.
Overnight: hotel in Paro.

02: TAKTSHANG EXCURSION
This morning, we will take a short drive to the trailhead to start our hike to Taktsang Monastery. This is one of the Buddhist world’s most venerated pilgrimage sites and is known as the Tiger’s Lair. It is said that the Indian saint Guru Rinpoche came to Taktsang on the back of a tigress and, whilst meditating in a cave, converted the Paro valley to Buddhism. A number of temples have been built on the site in 16th hundred and these occupy precarious positions, clinging to a black cliff high above the Paro valley. The visit involves a two-hour climb on a steep footpath through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro

03: PARO – TSENDU LA (05-06 Hours)
This morning, before we start our trek we will have to take a drive for about two hours down the valley to Chunzom and then up along the windy and small road to the Juniper Trail head at Chunzomtoe. Altitude: 3310m. The trail runs gradually up along the ridge for over two hours till the base of treeless peak, occasionally passing by beautiful meadows that are being used by the yak herders to keep their yaks in winter. The trail then traverses for sometime before you make your way up through the thick alpine forest of firs, rhododendrons and junipers to Tsendu La a beautiful meadow on top of the ridge with breath taking views, be it that of mountains or of valleys underneath.
Overnight: Camp at Tsendu La (3775m)

04: TSENDU LA -PANGKALA (05-06 Hours)
It is worth rising up early in the morning to see the sun rise over the eastern Himalayan mountains, and then to see the monal pheasants around or to experience the solitude of this heaven like place on earth.
After breakfast, we will trek down the hill till we get to Dongle La (3565m) which is marked by an old two legged Chorten. This pass is along the forsaken ancient trade route between Paro and Ha valley. There is no traffic of mules and people as it used to have once. It’s not a highway anymore! From here, the trail goes gradually up through the alpine forest till you get above the tree line near huge meadow of Pangka La.
Overnight: Camp at Pangka La (4150m)

05: PANGKALA – CHELELA (04-05 Hours)
This morning, after enjoying the peace and serenity of this place to the fullest, we will start our trek sliding down slowly along the wide and well used yaks trail for a short while till the trail gets level on the ridge. Along the ridge, we will come across some yak herder’s camps and then we have a short climb before we make our way down to yet another Pass known as Dzongle La (3565m) through thick forest of rhododendrons. From here, the path gets more of level traversing along one side of the rocky ridge till you get to the finishing point of your trek at highest motor able pass in the country which is marked with grove of fluttering prayer flags known as Chele La (3750m).
Overnight: Hotel in Paro

06: DEPARTURE
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport in time to catch up your onward flight. Your escort from Bhutan Wilderness Travel will bid you farewell and soon the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappears again behind its guardian mountains.

This moderate 4-day trek, also known as “Sagala trek,” named after the main pass, which divides two valleys. The trek follows through the ancient trail through different pastureland use by the nomadic people for summer grazing. In the past the trail was used by rice planters from the Haa Valley on their way to lend their hands to the people of Paro during the rice plantation before aces to motor able road. Season (May – June and July). Max Altitude (on trek): 3,720 m/ 12,200 ft.

DAY 01: ARRIVAL-PARO - orientation and easy walks
Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative at the Paro international airport and transfers you to hotel. In the afternoon, you will take a short walk around Paro for orientation and acclimatization purposes.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro

DAY 2: HIKE TO TIGER NEST MONASTERY & KYICHU LHAKHANG
After breakfast drive to the starting point of a hike to view the spectacular Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forests, passing trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. After a refreshment stop at a cafeteria on the way, you will continue for a short distance until you see, across a deep chasm but clearly and seemingly within reach, the Taktsang Monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. History states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger. In the afternoon before returning to your hotel, you will visit the 7th century Kyichu Monastery, one of the oldest in the kingdom. Duration: 5 -7 hours.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro

DAY 3: DRIVE TO HAA VALLEY
Today we visit the National Museum “Ta Dzong, meaning watch tower (open Tuesday- Saturday.) It commands a magnificent view of Paro valley. We then descend to Rinpung Dzong (fortress on the heap of jewel). From there, the trail leads across Paro Chhu (river) via a traditional covered bridge (Nyamai Zam), past the main archery ground, Ugyen Pelri Palace and into Paro town.
After lunch, we drive across Chele La (pass) which, at 3810m, is the highest road pass in Bhutan. On a clear day, the view of the snow-capped mountains including Mt. Jhomulhari, one of the most sacred mountains in Bhutan, is magnificent. A 45-minute descent takes us to the remote Haa valley, described as carpeted in flowers and covered with pine, where the Bhutanese continue their age-old rural existence beneath dramatic, changing skies. The Haa valley was opened to foreigners in 2002.
Duration: 6 - 7 hours
Overnight: hotel at Haa. Altitude: 9250ft.

DAY 04. SAGA SHONG-TREK START: Altitude: 10,400 ft
Today, after breakfast we begin our trek following the Haa Planters trail towards Paro. Our first portion of the hike is to Yangthang Gompa Village which is set up on a hill top right above our camp. The big temple surrounded by about 14 houses is about 300 years old. The temple is dedicated to Guru Rimpoche (The Patron Saint of Bhutan) and its eight manifestations (Guru Tshengye). We are allowed to visit the temple where we will make small offerings and pray for our ongoing journey. From there, one can have a panoramic picturesque view of the Haa valley and the three sacred hills.
Next, we walk horizontally through the pine groove to catch our main trail that goes through and nearby the beautiful villages of Talung. There are three main villages in this Talung region namely “Tshenka Gom”, “Tshenka Wom”, and “Langlo,” that collectively comprise of about eighty households. The last village that the trekkers encounter today is the Tshenka Gom (The upper Tshenka village) at 9650 Ft. There are plenty of farm lands fenced with piled stones to keep away deer and wild boars from destroying their crops like wheat, potatoes and buckwheat etc. Depending on the season it is possible to see many farmers at work. After passing this village, we hit the Yak trail and hike through numerous meadows and go across a wooden bridge by the name Chagdo Zam (Iron Bridge). Why this name, when it is just a wooden bridge? Well, the locals claim that the 14th Century Saint Thangthong Gyelpo (The man who introduced and built iron bridges all over Bhutan) originally built the bridge. Not only this, you will encounter a rock with twin eyes and distorted mouth in the Khadey Wom Meadow as we get closer to our camp. This rock is the Nyela Doem (The Nyela Demon) subdued by the Saint Thangthong Gyelpo using the Sword of Ignorance (Raydee) by slashing it through the demon mouth and turned her into a rock with his magical powers. Ever since, the travelers using this ancient trail traveled in peace without any harm from this ferocious demon. Watch out for Yaks and Yak herders around here if you are trekking during the late fall and early spring.
Overnight at the tented Camp

DAY 05: NYENGULA Alt: 11400ft
Today we hike over the Sagala Pass at 12200ft. The hike after lunch is gradual for about one and half-hour through various meadows and coniferous forest. Then the uphill climb begins for approximately two hours till we reach the pass. It is customary to take a gift for the pass, either pick a rock or break a twig from above the trail to pile it on the mini stupa (Chorten) formed by thousands of ancient travelers who did the same. We continue our hike along the ride with great scenery of Paro and Haa valley through Rhododendrons and conifer forest. There are few gradual climbs before reaching the campsite.
Overnight at the Tented Camp

DAY 06. GUNGKARPO-PARO
This morning, hike up along the meadow to Kung Karpo (4100m). Weather permitting; we will enjoy the breathtaking views of the snowcapped mountains while walking above the tree line along the ridge that divides Paro and Ha valley. The short steep descent from the top will take us to the nunnery of Kila Gompa. Here the nuns, called Anims, live a life of contemplation and seclusion, with daily prayer and spiritual practice. Numerous meditation huts surround the temple itself, and many hidden caves lie inside the rocky cliffs. A lush forest dominated by tall firs surrounds the gompa. Sparkling mountain streams wind down the slopes, which are covered with a variety of wildflowers and plants.
About 30 Anims, or nuns, live here, ranging in age from about 20 to 80 years. The community is one of the oldest of seven nunneries in Bhutan, and was initially established in the early 9th c. as a meditation site. After being destroyed by fire, the temple was rebuilt and officially established in 1986 as an Anim Dratshang (religious community of Buddhist nuns) Kila Gompa is historically significant as a sacred meditation site. Many renowned Buddhist saints have come here to find peace and seclusion. The main temple houses ancient statues of Chenrezig (Avalokiteswara) and Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) among others.
Life here is simple. The day begins and ends with prayers. The Anims arise at 3 AM and study Buddhist scripture until 8 AM when they go to the temple for prayers. The first simple meal of the day (rice, vegetables and tea) is eaten at 10 AM, after which studies continue until 9 PM when a simple supper is served. The nuns retire after a final session of prayer. Most of the nuns have given up properties and left their families to live with the bare minimum of material things. The government supports their studies and subsistence.
Some of the older nuns have retired into meditation, while many of the younger ones pursue basic Buddhist studies and perform religious ceremonies. The course takes 5-6 years, after which they begin meditation, which can range from four months to three years. One young nun, when asked why she had chosen this life, replied “There is peace in thinking about others, apart from yourself.” Another said “If I was given back my youth, I would still choose this life but I would start it earlier. I have never been more at peace with myself.”
Take 1 hour 30 minutes drive to nation’s capital. In the afternoon, you can have free time on your own to walk along the street to see the people and the local stores. Thimphu has a special charm and it is fascinating to sit and watch a gathering of local people in the town square, wearing the traditional dress and going about their business in a typically unhurried Bhutanese way.

DAY 07: THIMPHU-PARO-DEPARTURE
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to Paro in time to catch up your onward flight. Your escort from Bhutan wilderness Travel will bid you farewell and soon the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappears again behind its guardian mountains.

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