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 campsite 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 – Tshori
The trek route to Tshori has many ridges trekkers need cross over. The ridges will gradually rise up to 4650 meters. With the elevation gain, trekkers will have a spectacular view of the thanza valley below and the table mountain. Trekkers will walk for about 9 hours. Camp altitude will be at 5120 meters.
Day 21: Tshori – Gangkhar Puensum Base Camp
The trek to the Gangkhar Puensum base camp is the highlight of this trek. It begins with a short climb to the Tshori Lake and the trek will peak at the Gophula Pass at 5230 meters. Trekkers will then descend to the base camp. The way to the base camp from the Pass is glorified with the view of the Gangkhar Puensum Mountain. Trekkers will walk for about 7 hours. Camp altitude will be at 4970 meters.
Day 22: Gangkhar Puensum base camp – Geshe Woma
The trail follows the Shachhu River and descends to Geshe Woma. Trekkers will walk for about 7 hours. Camp altitude will be at 4200 meters.
Day 23: Geshe Woma – Warathang
The trail continues following the Shachhu River for about 2 hours and the trekkers then begin the climb to the Sakala Pass 4800 meters. The visibility along this trail is very bad hence trekkers must keep their eyes on the top of the ridge to stay on track. Along this trail, trekkers will come across many mountain lakes. Trekkers will walk for about 9 hours. Camp altitude will be at 4000 meters.
Day 24: Warathang – Duer Tsachu
The trek begins with a climb to the Julila Pass at 4700 meters. Trekkers will then descend to the riverside through a dense forest of conifer, juniper and rhododendron forests. The final leg is a short climb up to the hot spring. Trekkers can spend an extra day and unwind by soaking in the hot spring. Trekkers will walk for about 5 hours. Camp altitude will be at 3590 meters.
Day 25: Duer Tsachu – Tsochenchen
The trail continues with steady climb. Trekkers will have a great view of the mountains in Lunana and also come across blue lakes and yak herders huts. Trekkers will walk for about 9 hours. Camp altitude will be at 3850 meters.
Day 26: Tsochenchen – Duer Village
The final day of the trek follows the Chamkharchhu River and finally arrive the village of Duer. Trekkers will be driven back to Jakar and spend the night at Bumthang.
Day 27: Sightseeing in Bumthang
Trekkers will spend the day in Bumthang to explore the cultural tourist attractions. Attractions include:
- Jambay Lhakhang – Is a sacred monastery built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. It is one of the 108 monasteries built by him to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region.
- Chakhar Lhakhang – Besides the main road, a short distance beyond Jambay Temple is Chamkhar (Iron Castle)
- Kurjey Lhakhang – (Kurjey means, “Body imprint”). The temple to the right was built by MinjurTempa in 1652. It was built around the cave in which Guru Rinpoche meditated and left his body imprint.
- Tamshing Lhakhang – This temple is also known as Tamshing Lhendrup Chholing (Temple of the Good Message). Overnight
Day 28: Drive to Thimphu
Trekkers will drive back to Thimphu. En route trekkers will visit the Trongsa Museum. Overnight at Thimphu.
Day 29: 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.