**20 & **27
** Departures with festivals in Bhutan. Itinerary may be revised in order
to coincide with festivals
|Maximum group size:
|Land & Air:
||US $ 1640
This is a moderate trek
crossing the chain of mountains, which separate the valleys of Paro and Thimphu. A classic
walk past ruined forts and wonderful lakes teeming with fishes, sometimes a yak herders
tents/camp will be seen and you will also visit temples and holy places in Phajoding which
contains some of the rare Thanka paintings in the country. For most part the route stays
on the ridge affording views of snow capped peaks, the valleys and remote villages and it
is sparsely inhabited.
Day 01: Arrive
Arrive Paro by Druk Air flight and transfer to the hotel. Welcome dinner and briefing
on tour. (Olathang/Pelri Cottages) Alt. 2200m.
Day 02: Paro
Today we visit the Paro valley, site of the famous Tigers Nest, the Taktsang
Monastery where the legendary Guru Padmasambhava is believed to have flown from Tibet on
the back of a tiger to defeat the demons who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in
Bhutan. The walk is long, and can be steep in places, but the views are stunning.
Paro museum, dzong and a farm house. (Olathang/Pelri Cottages)
Day 03: Trek to
Jangchulakha (via Jele Dzong) (B/L/D)
Trek starts today. The trail
is rather gradual climb up till the ruined fort of Jele. From here the views are stunning
with the snowcapped mountains as the backdrop. Distance covered: 16 kms in 7/8 hrs. Camp
alt. 3200 m.
Day 04: Trek to
Todays trek follows the ridge and there are superb views in all directions,
including the Paro valley below, Jumolhari and many of the high peaks- the views without
the slog and absolutely magnificent. You may come across some yak herders camp and
get an idea of how these people live. Camp by the lake of Simkota and try some lake trout
for dinner. Distance: 17 kms in 7/8 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to
A short trekking day today and you begin with a gradual climb to view Mt. Gangkar
Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and also the other peaks. The trail slowly
descends till the campsite at Phajoding. Evening free to wander around and visit Phajoding
Monastery. Distance: 12 kms in 4/5 hrs. Alt. 3200 m.
Day 06: Trek to
The trek today is all the way down through a forested area of mostly blue pine. Taking
a leisurely pace you reach Thimphu in about 3 hours. Visit Memorial Stupa, handicraft
center. (Hotel Wangchuk) 2500m.
Day 07: Thimphu
sightseeing. Drive to Paro.
Whole day will be spent in the capital, visiting National Library, School of Thangkha
painting, traditional medicine institute, the gold & silver smith, Drubthob nunnery
and handicraft center. Evening transfer to Paro. (Olathang/Pelri Cottages)
Day 08: Departure
Transfer to airport for departure flight.