19 NIGHTS 20 DAYS
DAY 1 : Arrival
by Druk Air to Paro
Fly into Paro. If you are flying in from
Kathmandu or Delhi the flight over the
Himalayas is one of the most spectacular
experiences one will ever experience.
You will fly past Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga
and the entire Himalayan range visible
on the left hand side.
DAY 2 : Paro - Sightseeing
Drive the winding road northwest up the
Pa Chu to Drugyel-Dzong, the ruined Fort
which once defended this Valley from Tibetan
invasion. Mt. Jumolhari, the sacred summit,
can be viewed on clear day. On the way
back you visit a typical Bhutanese farm
house. After lunch arrive to TA-Dzong
to visit National Museum and stroll in
the Paro town. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 3 : Paro - Sharna
Start the Trek. Distance 17 kms and walking
time 5-6 hours. Starting at Drukgyel (2580m)
and camp near Sharna Zampa (2870m). Gradual
climb following the Paro river through
the agriculture valley and villages. The
campsite is opposite to the Gunyitsawa
Army check post in a meadow.
DAY 4 : Sharna -
Distance 22 kms and walking distance 6-7
hours. Starting at Sharna Zampa (2870m)
and camp at Thangthangka(3630m). The trial
is a gradual ascent with plenty of ups
and downs through conifer forest, ferns
and Rhododendrons. A magnificent view
of Mt. Jumolhari can be seen from your
camp site on clear days.
DAY 5 : Thangthangka
- Jangothang Trek
Distance 19 kms and walking distance 5-6
hours. Starting at Thangthangka (3630m)
and camp at Jangothang (4090m). Yak herders
live here . Camp beneath a ruined fortress
at the base of Mt. Jumolhari.
DAY 6 : Jangothang
Acclimatisation Day. You can spend the
day relaxing or there are several day
hikes to choose from. Two interesting
hikes would be to get views of Mt.Jumolhari
or Jichu Drake. If you are interested
in a lake then you can take the hike to
Tsophu. Overnight at camp.
DAY 7 : Jangothang
- Lingshi Trek
Distance 18 kms and walking time 5-6 hours.
Starting at Jangothang (4090m) and camp
at Lingshi (4010m) Today you encounter
your first major pass at 4890m ( Nyile-la
).You also get snow peak views of Tserim
Kang (6789m) Camp near a stream in a meadow.
DAY 8 : Lingshi
- Chebisa Trek
Distance 10 km and walking time 5-6 hours.
Starting at Lingshi ( 4010m) and camp
at Chebisa (3880m). Today is a pleasant
walk and you encounter parts of Lingshi
village and the settlement of Goyak. On
reaching camp at Chebisa village you can
visit the village houses.
DAY 9 : Chebisa
- Shomuthang Trek
Distance 17 km and walking time 6-7 hours.
Starting at Chebisa (3880m) and camp at
Shomuthang (4220m). Todays walk is mostly
through wild high pastures and yak pastures
with few people & Yaks. You also encounter
a pass 'Gobula' at 4440m. Camp is on a
bench above a river, a tributary to the
Mo Chu which comes out just below Gasa
DAY 10 : Shomuthang
- Robluthang Trek
Distance 18 km and walking time 6-7 hours.Starting
at Shomuthang (4220m) and camp at Robluthang
( 4160m) On the early part of the trek
you will get views of Kang Bum(6526m).
After crossing Jhari la pass at 4747m
you get views of Gangchenta (6840m) ,
Tserim Kang and upper half of Jumolhari.
You pass by Tsheri Jathang, a valley by
the river side where herds of Takin are
normally seen during the summer months.
DAY 11 : Robluthang
- Limithang Trek
Distance 19 km and walking time 6-7 hours.
Starting at Robluthang (4160m) and camp
at Limithang (4140m) Today is a hard day
as you have to cross Sinche la (5005m)
the highest point on your trek. The second
half of todays walk is through rocky trails
and moraines. Limithang is in the Laya
district and here you begin to see the
wonderful children in funny hats. Camp
at Limithang is beneath Gangchhenta, the
Great Tiger Mountain. If you have time
it would be worthwhile to spend a rest
and exploration day here.
DAY 12 : Limithang
- Laya Trek
Distance 10 km and walking time 4-5 hours.Starting
at Limithang (4140m) and camp at Laya
(3840m) Today is all the way down hill
along a winding river valley with quite
a closed-in feeling. The trail splits,
one going down with the river to the camp
site used by the army. The other stays
high and brings you into the west side
of Laya village. You can camp on a high
flat bench above the east end of Laya
village. The peak towering above Laya
is Masagang (7165m)
DAY 13 : Laya -
Visit Laya village houses or hike above
the camp. A day halt is interesting here
or just spending the day with the Layaps
DAY 14 : Laya -Koina
Distance 19 km and walking time 6-7 hours.
Starting at Laya (3840m) and camp at Koina
(3050m) The trail winds up and down along
the Mo Chu river, avoiding natural obstacles
and affording breathtaking views of the
crashing river, feeder streams and water-falls.
The beginning of the trek will take you
past an army camp and the route junction
for the Snowman trek. Campsite at Koina
is one of the worst campsites on this
trek but you will have to use it due to
non availability of camp sites or availability
DAY 15 : Koina -
Distance 14 km and walking time 6-7 hours.
Starting at Koina (3050m) and camp at
Gasa (2770m) The route may seem all the
way downhill but you have to cross the
last pass on this trek - Barila pass at
3900m after which is all the way down
hill till you reach camp. The camp is
near the Gasa Dzong and village. You can
go further 1-1/2 hours to Gasa Tsachu
(hotspring) if you prefer a hotspring
dip than the Gasa village. The decision
should have been made at the start of
the trek and the the camp staff should
have been informed.
DAY 16 : Gasa -
Geon Damji Trek
Distance 18 km and walking time 5-6 hours.
Starting at Gasa (2770m) and camp at Geon
Damji (2430m) Todays trail winds through
rolling hillsides with vistas of fields,
villages and Oak and Pine forests. Gasa
Dzong will be visible behind you, glued
to the valley wall. Todays walk takes
you through small settlements and finally
at camp of Geon Damji village - a large
village with rice terraces on the hillsides.
DAY 17 : Geon Damji
- Tashithang Trek
Distance 16 km and walking time 5 hours.
Starting at Geon Damji (2430m) and ending
at vehicle point at Tashithang (1840m)
From here it is 18 km (1 hour drive) to
Punakha but the initial 5-6 km is unpaved.Overnight
DAY 18 : Punakha
Visit Chhimi Lhakhang - the temple of
the devine madman (roundrtrip 1-1/2 hours
walk ). Visit Wangdue tomw and after lunch
to Thimphu (3hours) drive.
DAY 19 :Thimphu
Sightseeing - Paro
Morning start the sightseeing with Zelukha
Nunnery, National Library, Memorial Chorten
of Late King, Handicrafts Emporium, Post
Office and walk around Thimphu city for
shopping of souvenirs from Bhutan. If
this day falls on a Saturday or Sunday
a visit to the Weekend Market is a must.
After lunch drive to Paro enroute visit
to Simtokha Dzong the first fort built
in 1627-29 by Shabdrung who unified the
Kingdom and continue the journey following
the Thimphu river till Chuzom (Confluence)
and taking the direction toward Paro following
Pa-chu for 2 hours. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 20 : Departur