Facts about the Tour / Trek:
Duration: 11 nights / 12 days.
Accommodation: Hotels, Resorts and Tents.
Activity Type: Walking, Trekking & Tour.
Difficulty Level: Moderately Strenuous.
Group size: Minimum 2 pax.
Best Months to do this Trek: March – May, September – 2nd Week of December.
This trek follows ancient cattle migration route from the south central district of Dagana to Thimphu in the western region. This trek is mostly in the alpine region and is the only trail that offers spectacular views of the Himalayas range in Bhutan.
You will come across many beautiful lakes. The trek is also famous for its Golden trout. The trek starts between Thimphu - Paro highway and ends in Thimphu.
Day 01. Arrival Paro (2280 m):
The flight into Paro valley offers amazing views of the mighty Himalayas. Our representative will receive you at the airport and drive you to hotel. After lunch, visit Rimpung Dzong and National Museum. Free to stroll in the town Paro.
Overnight in the hotel in Paro.
Day 02. Paro sightseeing:
After a sumptuous breakfast, hike to the Taktsang, widely known as the Tiger’s Nest, built remarkably on a steep cliff. It takes an hour and a half to climb up to the monastery.
After lunch, visit Drukgyel Dzong, under renovation at the moment. On a clear day, you can see the Mount Jomolhari, which remains covered with snow through the years. On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang- a holy monument pinning down the left foot of a treacherous ogress. We then drive to Paro and visit Dungtse Lhakhang. If time permits, visit local farm house to experience the Bhutanese way of living, you will be served typical Bhutanese dinner at farm house with Ara (local brew). Overnight at Hotel or homestay.
Day 03. Paro – Thimphu (2320m) (Distance: 54km, 1 hr. drive):
Today you will drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan - the only capital in the world where there is no traffic light. On the way, stop a while to view the Tamchog Lhakhang.
Your tour in Thimphu begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity and built in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan. This is followed by visit to the tallest and the largest statue of sitting Buddha. You also get to see the panoramic view of the city. We then visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the fortress like temple perched on a ridge above Thimphu, and the Takin Preserve the National followed by Institute of Zorig Chusum where students undergo training in Bhutan’s thirteen traditional arts and crafts and finally visit Folk heritage before your lunch.
After lunch, visit Post office for the personalized stamps followed by the Textile Museum to see a variety of Bhutanese textiles. You will also visit Bhutanese paper making factory using traditional methods followed by a visit to Tashichho Dzong. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Overnight in Thimphu Hotel.
Day04.Thimphu - Genekha (2800m) (start of the trek): After breakfast, drive for 45 minutes to reach starting point of the trek. The first day walk, over mule path will end after four hours at the signboard of Genekha School. All through the trail, terraced fields and coniferous vegetation are abundant.
Distance:14 km, 4 hours walk. Overnight in camp.
Day 05.Genekha – Gur:
Today’s trek, which is a true communion with the nature, starts with alpine fauna and flora (birds are common). Two hours of steady uphill walk and then rest at a huge rock platform, which offers pleasing views of the valley below. Then walk another two hours to camp. In spring, abundant flowers bloom in Gur.
Distance: 15 km, 4 hours walk.
Overnight in camp.
DAY 6: GUR – LABATAMA:
Today, the trail will lead across the ridges amidst flowers and wild asparagus (in spring). The first pass symbolised by huge cairn gives an outstanding view of the whole Dagala range, meadows and yak herder camps.
Picnic lunch will be served at a nearby yak herder camp. After lunch, you will walk across hills and meadows near Yutsho Lake, which is abundant with golden trout.
Distance: 12 km, 5 hours walk.
Overnight stay in camp.
Day 07. Labatama Rest.
Today your excursion to any of three lakes: Hentsho, Relitsho, and Jamatsho. The day and place is ideal for trout fishing. Overnight stay in camp.
Day 08.Labatama Rest: Excursion to Setsho and nearby lakes. Hike to Setsho Lake is easy and interesting. Your will hike toward the small ridge and then descent to Jagetsho Lake. Whole day trout fishing with packed lunch at lakeside. You can also attempt to climb the Jomo 5,050 meters peak. Your picnic lunch at summit with spectacular view around can be memorable experience. Retrace to camp by dusk. Overnight stay in camp.
Day 09. Labatama – Panka:
Your trail ascends for 20 minutes to a pass (4,460metres) from where you will have majestic views of Himalayan peaks during the descent. The mountains you can view at the far eastern edge are Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Jumolhari, Tshering Gang, Jichu Drake, Khangbum, Tsendegang Masang Gang and Gangche Ta. Here the Himalayan monal peasants are a common sight, apart from yaks and horses.
Distance:8 km, 4 hours walk. Overnight stay in camp.
Day 10. Panka – Talekha:
Today you will be crossing several passes, each one more impressive than the other. You can look for different varieties of Blue Poppy (June-July) and mountain birds. Your packed lunch will be served at a pass, where one trail leads to Talekha and the other to Wangduephodrang.
After lunch, you will make a steady climb to the tip of the last Dagala range from where you can view Thimphu. An hour’s walk and you will reach the last camp of the trek, which is above Talekha monastery.
Distance: 8 km, 4 hours walk. Overnight stay in camp.
Day 11.Talekha – Thimphu:
Your trail today passes through alpine and mixed vegetation (bamboo thickets and mixed wild flowers), until Talekha monastery. After passing through mixed vegetation and apple orchards, you will reach the main road to Thimphu where your transport and driver will be waiting.
Afternoon, relax in the hotel. Overnight in hotel in Thimphu.
Day 12. Thimphu – Punakha Excursion (1310m) (Distance: 76 km, 3 hrs. drive):
After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula pass adorned with 108 stupas. On a clear day, you will be able to see the higher Himalayas.
Drive to Punakha. En route visit Chime Lhakhang built by Drukpa Kuelay – the Divine madman. It is about 25 min walk from the roadhead through the paddy field.
After lunch, visit the magnificent architecture of Punakha Dzong built on the confluence of Mo chu and Phochhu.
In the evening, drive to Thimphu. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Thimphu.
Day13. Thimphu – Paro:
DEPARTURE: After breakfast, drive to Paro airport for your onward journey.
Tour & Trek Cost:
Cost inclusive of:
- All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
- Accommodation [Twin Sharing]
- All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
- Royalty & Govt. Taxes
- Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments only
- Visa Fee.
- Airport tax
- Tourism Development fund
Cost exclusive of:
- Druk Air fares.
- Insurance Premiums,
- Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
- Cost for any services not mentioned in the "Cost Include head".
- Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
- Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water, incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services
While on Trek, the cost covers:
- Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) nu.1000
- 3 meals a day,
- service of cook & Helper,
- guide, Sleeping Tent,
- Mess Tent, Kitchen Tent & Toilet Tent,
- Ponies to carry supplies,
- We will provide you with sleeping mats but you have to bring your own sleeping bags.
THINGS TO BRING FOR A TREK IN BHUTAN
Personal clothing: strong normal clothing (according to season). Preferably cotton, even for summer, woolen clothing for the evening and winter.
For Trekking, one must bring:
- Strong comfortable trekking boots – water-resistant for the rainy period-June-August.
- Flash light
- Rain coat (especially for rainy period –June-August)
- Head gear/hat/cap; sun and rain protection
- Water pills – for extra caution in purifying stream; (boiled water is provided at all times during the trek)
- Aspirin – incase of altitude sickness
- Lots of socks
- Warm clothes
OPTIONAL ITEMS TO BRING FOR TREKKING IN BHUTAN
- Head gear
- Folding umbrella (only for wet months — July and August)
- One towel
- Pillow case
- Wet-packed tissue paper.