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: Paro – Shana – Soi Thangthangka

Trekkers will drive to Shana and begin their trek to Thangthangka. The gradually ascending trail follows the Paro River. Trekkers will walk for about 8 hours covering 22 Kilometers. Trekkers will camp their first night in a stone shelter amidst the meadow. Camp altitude will be at 3610 meters. On a clear weather day, trekkers can catch a spectacular view of the Mount Jomolhari.

Day 04: Thangthangka – Jangothang

On the second day trek, the valley begins to widen and trekkers will come across winter house for yak herders where lunch will be served. Trekkers will camp beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mount Jomolhari. Trekkers will walk for about 6 hours covering 19 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4080 meters.

Day 05: Halt at Jangothang

Trekkers will stop their journey at the base for acclimatization. During this day, trekkers can engage in day hike around the area. The place offers a great view of the Mount Jomolhari and Jichu Drake peak. Trekkers can also spot blue sheep grazing on the slopes of the valley.

Day 06: Jangothang – Lingzhi

Trekkers will continue their journey to Lingzhi. The trek path will peak at Nyelila Pass from which trekkers will descend to the camp. Trekkers will walk for about 7 hours covering 18 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4010 meters.

Day 07: Lingzhi – Chebisa

The trek to Chebisa will pass through Gongyuel village and trekkers may spot Raven, the elusive national bird of Bhutan. Trekkers will camp at Chebisa. Chebisa is winter house for the yak herders. Trekkers will walk for 6 hours covering 10 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 3880 meters.

Day 08: Chebisa – Shomuthang

Trekkers will begin with a steep climb till Gobula Pass. The path starts descending gradually from the pass until the camp site by the river. Trekkers will walk for about 7 hours covering 17 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4410 meters.

Day 09: Shomuthang – Robluthang

Trek begins early. Trekkers will climb up to the Jhari La Pass and drop again to Tsharijathang. Trekkers will spot many Takin grazing in the meadow. Trekkers will walk for about 7 hours covering 18 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4160 meters.

Day 10: Robluthang – Lemithang

Trekkers will pass the highest point of the trek while crossing the Shingle Pass at 4870 meters. From the pass the trail descends to Lemithang under Laya District.          Trekkers will walk for about 7 hours covering 19 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4140 meters.

Day 11: Lemithang – Laya

The trek from Lemithang to Laya is downhill following a river. Trekkers will walk for about 5 hours covering 10 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4410 meters.

Day 12: Halt at Laya

Trekkers will spend a day at Laya village. This time can be used to explore the village.

Day 13: Laya – Rhoduphu

Onwards from Laya, trekkers will descent to the Lunana trail junction and climb again through conifers, maple and rhododendron forest. Trekkers will halt near a camp at Roduphu near a small stream.  Trekkers will walk for about 8 hours covering 19 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4160 meters.

Day 14: Rhoduphu – Narethang

It is a long hike to Narethang. Trekkers will cross the Tsimola Pass at 4950 meters and descend to Narethang. The camp site at Narethang has a spectacular backdrop of Ganglakarchung Peak. Trekkers will walk for about 6 hours covering 17 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4900 meters.

Day 15: Narethang – Tarina

Trekkers will climb up to the Karchungla Pass at 5240 meters and start to descend. Trekkers will come across glacial lakes and also see Mount Jejekangphu (7300m). Trekkers will camp at Tarina. Trekkers will walk for about 6 hours covering 18 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 3970 meters.

Day 16: Tarina – Woche

Trekkers will come across some impressive waterfalls during this leg of the trek. After a steady climb and pass over a ridge, trekkers will descend to Woche village with few households. Woche is the first village in the Lunana region. Trekkers will walk for about 7 hours covering 17 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 3910 meters.

Day 17: Woche – Lhedi

Trekkers will climb up to Kachela pass at 4580 meters and descend to Thega village. The journey continues to Lhedi village where trekkers will camp for the night. Trekkers will walk for about 7 hours covering 17 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 3700 meters.

Day 18: Lhedi – Thanza

The trail to Thanza village follows the source of Pho Chhu River in Punakha. As trekkers approach Thanza village, a table mountain greet can be seen near the camp site. Trekkers will walk for about 8 hours covering 17 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4150 meters.

Day 19: Halt at Thanza

Trekkers will stop at Thanza village for a day. During this day, trekkers can interact with local villagers and explore the area.

Day 20: Thanza – Danji

The trek to Danji is relatively shorter however it is steep. From the camp site, trekkers will have an amazing view of the snowcapped mountains.  Trekkers will walk for about 4 hours covering 8 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4230 meters.

Day 21: Danji – Tsochena

Trekkers will climb up to Jazela Pass at 5050 meters and continue on a short trek downhill to the camp site. The camp site is near the lake of Tsochena. Trekkers will walk for about 6 hours covering 12 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4970 meters.

Day 22: Tsochena – Jichudramo

The trail to Jichudramo has a series upward and downward path between the snowcapped peaks. Trekkers will camp at Jichudramo. Trekkers will walk for about 5 hours covering 14 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 5050 meters.

Day 23: Jichudramo – Chukarpo

Trekkers will start with a challenging climb up to Rinchen Zoela Pass at 5290 meters. The Pass is the highest point on trek. After crossing the Pass, trekkers will descend to Chukarpo. The camp is just above the tree line. Trekkers will walk for about 6 hours covering 18 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4600 meters.

Day 24: Chukarpo – Thampetso

The trek to the beautiful turquoise lake of Thampetso is mostly downhill along the river. The camp site is next to the lake. Trekkers will walk for about 6 hours covering 18 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4300 meters.

Day 25: Thampetso – Maurothang

It is a steep climb up to a pass before descending to Maurothang camp. Trekkers will walk for about 5 hours covering 14 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 3610 meters. Maurothang is a pasture land for yaks.

Day 26: Maurothang – Sephu – Punakha
The final day of the trek follows the Nikka chhu River and finally arrive the village of sephu. Trekkers will be driven back to Punakha and spend the night at Punakha. Trekkers will walk for about 6 hours covering 18 kilometers.

Day 27: Punakha – Paro

After breakfast, trekkers will visit the Punakha Dzong and en route to Paro, stop over at the Chimi Lhakhang popularly known as the Temple of Fertility. Overnight at hotel.

Day 28: 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.

TASHI DELEK!!!