The trekkers will come across stunning mountain lakes and enjoy a panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range through the course of the trek. Some of the experiences include fishing in the mountain lakes, meet and interact with the yak herders. The package also includes cultural sightseeing before and after the trek.
Day 01: Arrive at Paro International Airport and Cultural Sightseeing at Paro
During this flight one will enjoy the view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan Mountains including the sacred Mt. Jhomolhari & Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro Airport a representative of Bhutan Soul Tour and Travel will receive you and drive to hotel.
After lunch visit:
- Kyichu Lhakhang – One of the oldest and most sacred temple in the kingdom, dating back to the 7th century.
- Ta Dzong – Former Watch Tower which now houses the National Museum
- Rinpung Dzong – Which houses the monastic school and the office of the civil administration and walk down passing close by crossing the Bhutanese typical wooden roofed bridge to Paro town.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 02. Paro – Excursion to Taktsang (Tiger nest)
After breakfast, drive for half an hour and start the hike, which is about 5 hours (round trip.) The trail is along an ancient path marked by river-powered prayer wheels. As you reach Taktsang you will be struck by the architectural wonder of this most pious Buddhist shrine in Bhutan. Perched some 1000m, 3000ft on a cliff overlooking the valley; it would justifiably qualify as one of Bhutan’s wonders. Tragically wrecked in a fire early in 1998. It has been rebuilt to its original glory. It is said that the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tigress to tame five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D. Hence the name, Taktsang, or the “Tiger’s Lair.”
Descend back to Ramthangka. If the time permits, drive further north to visit another symbolic structure, which is now under reconstruction. Drugyel Dzong, or “”Castle of the Victorious Drukpa,” which was also built by the Shabdrung to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetans in the 16thcenturies. From here, the Jomolhari Peak (“Mountain of the Goddess”) can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,329m/24,029ft.). Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Genekha – Gur
Trekkers will drive to Genekha village and begin their trek. In the first day, trekkers will walk for 5 hours covering 7 Kilometers. First night camp site is on a pasture land for yaks. Camp altitude will be at 3290 meters.
Day 04: Gur – Labatama
Journey to Labatama trail takes trekkers along the high mountain ridge. The trail winds through refreshing meadows adorned with wild flowers. With the elevation gained, trekkers will start seeing the Himalayan peaks including Kanchenjunga. Passing through Labatama valley, trekkers will arrive at Uthso Tso (lake). The camp site for the night is right next to the lake. Trekkers will walk for about 5 hours covering 12 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4300 meters.
Day 05: Halt at Labatama
Trekkers will rest for a day at Labatama. During this day, trekkers can engage in excursion to nearby lakes in the area. The lakes include Reli tso, Hen tso and Jama tso.
Day 06: Labatama – Panka
The trail climbs along the Dala tso and peak at 4520 meters. The journey here on out is majestic with spectacular view of the Himalayan Mountains. Some of the visible peaks include Mount Everest (Nepal), Kanchenjunga (Sikkim), Mount Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Masang Gang. From here, trekkers will descend to Dochha Chhu passing through some yak herders hut. Trekkers will walk for about 7 hours covering 8 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4000 meters.
Day 07: Panka – Talakha
Trekkers will pass through many mountain passes on this leg of the trek. Trekkers will come across many varieties of blue poppy (June – July) and mountain birds in the area. Trekkers will begin the descend to Talakha goemba after crossing Tale La at 4180 meters. Trekkers will camp right next to the monastery. From the camp site, trekkers can finally view the Thimphu city. Trekkers will walk for 6 hours covering 8 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 3080 meters.
Day 08: Talakha – Chamgang
A short walk to the feeder road will lead to Chamgang village. Trekkers will then drive to Thimphu and overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Thimphu – Sightseeing
Tourists will do some cultural sightseeing in Thimphu. Attractions include:
- Buddha Point/ Kuensel Phodrang – Is the largest Buddha statue in the country, from there you can get a good view of the Thimphu valley.
- Memorial Chorten – Built in the year 1974 in the memory of our third king of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
- Motithang Takin Preserve – Houses the rare national animal of Bhutan. Takin is listed by international conservation agencies as a vulnerable species and it is a rare animal found only in Bhutan, Nepal and Burma.
- National Institute for Zorig Chusum – The school of Arts and crafts is an institute where student undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan
- Tashichho Dzong – The “fortress of the glorious religion” was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s. Tashichho Dzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Paro – Departure
After breakfast, drive to Paro international airport for your onward flight. The representative of Bhutan Soul Tour and Travel will see off and bid farewell.