Rudungla Trek in Bhutan
This is the new trek introduced recently in Bhutan. The trail passes through alpine and bamboo forests, meadows, and mountain passes, through villages and temples offering hikers an incredible array of biodiversity to appreciate. The trek can be covered in 10 days but can shorten it as per the requirements of the clients. The trek starts from Bumthang and ends at Trashiyangtse.
BEST TIME TO TREK RODUNGLA:
The weather is very unpredictable and choosing the best time to trek is a priority. Spring(March, April, and May) is the best time to trek Rodungla considering the vegetation on the trekking routes.
TREK BHUTAN COST:
For Single pax USD 3100 pp
For 2pax USD 2700 pp
For 3pax and above USD 2400 pp
|Tour Program||Destination||Tour Activity||Hotels/Camps|
|Day 01||Paro||Cultural Sightseeing||Tashi Namgay Resort|
|Day 02||Paro to Bumthang via domestic flights||Culture and Hike||Jakar Village Lodge|
|Day 03||Jakar to Ngang Lhakhang||Trekking||Camping|
|Day 04||Ngang Lhakhang to Ugyencholing||Trekking||Camping|
|Day 05||Ugyencholing to Phokpey||Trekking||Camping|
|Day 06||Phokpey to Pemi||Trekking||Camping|
|Day 07||Pemi to Khaine Lhakhang||Trekking Tour||Camping|
|Day 08||Kaine Lhakhang to Tangmachu||Trek||Camping|
|Day 09||Tangmachu to Menji||Trek||Camping|
|Day 10||Menji to Pemi||Trek||Camping|
|Day 11||Pemi to Trashi Yangtse||Trek||Hotel|
|Day 12||Trashiyangtse to Guwahati INDIA||SEE OFF|
DETAIL TREK BHUTAN PROGRAM:
DAY 1: Arrival at Paro
Arrival Bhutan by flight from Bangkok/Kathmandu/Delhi and leisure time at Paro town.
DAY 2: Paro to Bumthang via Domestic flights
Arrival Bumthang via flight which takes 30 minutes and our guide will receive you at the airport and take you for cultural sightseeing. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 3: Jakar to Ngang Lhakhang :
The route takes you around Chamkhar Chhu, a river rich in trout. After passing Thangbi Lhakhang, a temple built by the first Karma Shamar in the 13th century you will enter Ngang Yul or ‘Swan Land” named for the swans that were once common in this part of the valley. Near the center of this area, you will find Ngang Lhakhang, the “Swan Temple”. The Ngang Lhakhang was erected by the Lama Namkha Samdrup in the spot where his arrow landed. The design of the Lhakhang inspired by a vision he had.
(Distance is 20km, Time 6 to 7 hours, Camp altitude is 2800m)
DAY 4: Ngang Lhakhang to Ugyen Choling :
You begin with a gradual climb to Phephe La pass (3,353m). Follow the trail until the pass takes you through a picturesque forested region. It is recommended that you allow for stops along the way to enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings. You will stop for the night at Ogyen Choling Manor. This manor houses one of the most interesting museums of Bhutan and visitors will gain a better understanding of the lives of the landed gentry in traditional Bhutanese society.
DAY 5: Ugyen Choling to Phokpey:
Today’s walk is through bamboos, hemlock, and finally up to an alpine forest. The camp is in a meadow at the head of the valley. (Distance is 17 km, Time 5 to 6 hours, Camp altitude is 3680m, Ascent is 920m)
DAY 6: Phokpey to Pemi :
Rodung La (4,160m) is about three hours climb from the camp. From the pass you then continue downhill through a gorge, overlooking scenic mountain valleys covered in lush pine forests. The region is rich in folklore concerning spirits and yetis. Near the camp you can see a ruined stone building that once acted as a grain storehouse during the reigns of the first and second king. (Distance is 20km,Time 6 to 7 hours, Camp altitude is 2950m)
DAY 7: Pemi to Khaine Lhakhang:
This trail winds through the villages of Ungaar, Bulay, Kulaypang and Gomda before bringing you to Drula village and Khaine Lhakhang. One of the oldest temples in the country, it was built in the mid 7th century by the King Songtshen Gampo of Tibet to subdue demons. (Distance is 21KM,Time 7 to 8 hours, Camp altitude is 2010m)
DAY 8: Khaine Lhakhang to Tangmachu:
From your camp, the trail goes down to a stream and back up to a basic health unit and a community school in Gorsam. Further on, you pass a Tibetan-style Umling Mani, built by a lama from Tibet, and a chorten on Zerim La (1,940m). Before reaching the next pass, Tage La (1,760m) you will see Menjabi, a beautiful Bhutanese village with large white houses. The campsite for the night is located South-east of Tage La near Tangmachu High School. Another possibility is to organize transport and drive to Lhuentse, the capital of Lhuentse district. Lhuntese Dzong is considered to be one of the most impressive dzongs in Bhutan. (Distance is 18km,Time 6 to 7 hours, Camp altitude is 1720m)
DAY 9: Tangmachu to Menji:
After arriving at Kuri Zampa the trek begins to gradually climb up through paddy fields and villages before bringing you to Chusa. (Distance is 16km, Time 4 to 5 hours, Camp altitude is 1830m)
DAY 10: Menji to Pemi:
Today’s trek has you continue uphill through thick forests overlooking spectacular mountains. The camp is located in a forested area at an altitude of 2,400m. (Distance is 20km, Time 5 to 6 hours, Camp altitude is 2450m)
DAY 11: Taupang to Trashi Yangtse:
Today is the longest day of the trek. It is a gradual descent to Trashi Yangtse. As you descend oak trees slowly replace the chirpin and hardwood forests. The final camp of the trek is located in a subtropical forested region. (Distance is 24km,Time 8 to 9 hours)
DAY 12: Trashi Yangtse to Samdrupjongkhar and to Guwahati.
NOTE: YOU CAN ALSO DO THIS TREK VICE VERSA, Starting from Guwahati and ending at Paro. Check the latest info on this Rodungla Trek
How to Plan this Trek?
Your Trek in Bhutan is only successful if you plan well. Bhutan is a unique destination and planning before is very essential. Rodungla trek is newly opened for trekkers and getting proper information about the campsite, altitude and route is very important.
Etiquette and Taboos
Cultural Considerations: Be aware that your cultural values may differ from those of locals. These may include different concepts of time, personal space, communication, etc., which are not wrong or inferior, just different. Making the extra effort to respect local customs and cultural differences will enhance your interactions with locals during your time in Bhutan and contribute to building mutual respect between locals and tourists.
Appropriate attire: Most Bhutanese are pretty conservative from our western perspective so it is always polite to wear long pants at all times (Man and Women). Women should wear long pants or skirts. Shirts should not be revealing and bras should be worn. Unfortunately, many tourists ignore these cultural norms and can be seen in towns and villages wearing shorts and revealing summer attire; while it may be comfortable, it is not appropriate, especially when visiting monasteries and Dzongs.
Generally we adhere to the original itinerary that we described but sometimes little alterations can be born due to the situations that are beyond our control. On the other hand, in order to make our trip for your personal experiences and flexible, we allowed our clients to make minor changes by discussing with us (office staff) and guide (field staff). The trip detail itinerary is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destination or activities is by no means of guarantee that they will be encountered or carried due to sudden change in time and the local circumstances and climate.
Keeping in touch with your beloved at home
If your family members or colleagues or friends want to talk to you during your Bhutan Tour or Trek, then you can either provide your guide mobile number to reach you during the trip or you can directly give the company phone number. We will make the arrangement to reach you with a guide.
Meals during the Trek
All our trek is completely organized by our staff and there is no restaurant or tea stall on the way. Our cook will prepare all your meals during the trek and if you have any special requests we are open to change. We have Indian, Chinese, and authentic Bhutanese restaurants also where you can have very spicy food.
Destination Guide for Bhutan
Bhutan is a unique travel destination with some special considerations. It is highly recommended that you undertake some background reading before travel to Bhutan. The more you learn about your destination, the more rewarding your travel experience will be.
Guide for Rodungla Trek:
The guide is the ambassador of Bhutan and we don’t make mistakes in choosing the best guide for all trekking in Bhutan. Mr.Lal Bdr Rai has done this trekking 10 times and has very good knowledge about this Trekking route. He had in-depth knowledge of the place.
Cook during the Trek:
Our Cook Kaka is a licensed and trained Trekking cook. Though he may not be a very good conversational list in English but he is well trained in cooking of all kinds of meals.
We use high quality of tents and equipment imported from US for comfort stay.