BHUTAN TREK TOUR TYPE
It is a 7-days Bhutan Trek Tour from Paro to Jumolhari base camp at Jangothang, returning via the same route or by an alternative trail to Paro. Jumolhari Mountain (7314 M) from Jangothang is spectacular. The Trek is very popular. The highest point is 4115 Meters.
BEST MONTH TO TREK YAKTSA:
Last Week of March to last week of June and Last week of September to the end of November.
BHUTAN TREK TOUR Cost: $3290 PP
|Tour Program||Destination||Tour Activity||Hotels/Camps|
|Day 01||Paro||Cultural Sightseeing||Tashi Namgay Resort|
|Day 02||Paro||Culture and Hike||Tashi Namgay Resort|
|Day 03||Paro to Shana||Trekking begins||Camp at Shana|
|Day 04||Shana to Soi Thangthangkha||Trekking||Camping at Thangthangkha|
|Day 05||Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang||Trek||Camping at Jangothang|
|Day 06||Jangothang Halt (Acclimatize and explore around Jangothang||Trek||Camping at Gangothang|
|Day 07||Jangothang- Bontela – Dumzo||Trekking||Camping at Dumzo|
|Day 08||Dhumzo – ThongbuShong||Trek||Camping at Thongbushong|
|Day 09||Thongbushong – Shana||Trek||Camping at Shana|
|Day 10||Shana – Paro||Rest at Hotel||Hotel Tashi Namgay Resort|
|Day 11||Paro – Thimphu||Sightseeing around Thimphu||Hotel Phuntshopelri|
|Day 12||Thimphu – Punakha – Wangdue||Cultural Tour||Hotel Lobesa|
|Day 13||Punakha – Thimphu – Paro||Cultrural Tour||Hotel Gangtey Palace|
|Day 14||Paro to Airport and SEE OFF|
Day 1: Paro Arrival by Flight
You will be welcomed by the representative of Excursion to Himalayas at the airport. After tea take rest in the hotel for some time. Your program that follows after tea are visit to only Museam in Bhutan. The watch tower of Paro followed by Majestic Paro Dzong built in 1645 by great saints. This is also the Dzong which you can see while landing at Paro Airport.
Day 2: Paro – Takshang / Tiger’s Nest
One of the highlight of Bhutan Trek Tour is the popular Tiger nest temple. Bhutan’s most scenic icon and important place for pilgrimage and refuge for over 1200 years the Takshang or the Tiger’s nest. This secret temple clings 200 meters on the steep cliff overlooking Paro valley. The place was first visited by Guru Rimpoche, the founder of tantric form of Buddhism in Himalayan countries in 8th century. It was said that he came there riding on a tigress and meditated in a cave about three months. After him, lots of high Buddhist priests came to meditate and had attended highest spirituality.
It is considered as the 10th holiest site in the Buddhist world.
The total hike will take you about four hours.Try Bhutanese Jacuzzi or Hot stone Bath at the farm house.
Overnight hotel or Farm house.
Day 03: Paro – Gunyitsawa – Shana (Alt. 2870m 14km, 4h, +300/-80)
After about fifteen kilometer at the road end from Paro is the old Drugyel dzong in ruin, which dominated the valley of Paro. During the clear weather you can see the beautiful mt.Chomolhari (7325m) exposing itself at the far end of the Himalaya. This is the starting point of most of the treks including the full Snow man trek, Laya Gasa Trek or the half snowman, round Chomolhari Trek and the Yaktsa trek.
Start of the Trek
From Drugyel Dzong the trek starts along the river of Paro, at the beginning follow left side of the river crossing the fields where they cultivate rice, wheat and potatoes depending on the seasons. It is a leisure walk with sounds of river and the birds. You will also be going through the beautiful forest and finally you will be crossing the army base camp where you have to show your permit.
The campsite for the night is about two hundred meters from the check point. The campsite is beautifully located at the side of the river. The first part of the trek is quite easy.Overnight at camp.
Day 04: Shana – Soi – Thangthangkha (Alt. 3570m 22km, 6-7h, +70)
Today, it is going to be the longest day of the trek. Lots of ups and down will make this day quite tiring. You will be crossing the farm isolated of Shing Karap, at about 3100 meters and after sometime you will come to the cross point of the trails marked by the piled up rocks and with the prayer flags on it. If you take left side of the trail it will lead to Tibet crossing the pass called Tremo la. On the rock it is written “way to Soi” with the arrow pointing towards the right trail, which you will follow.
The steep climb followed by descend will take you to the bridge which will permit you to come to the left side of the river. Continue climbing in the forest till you reach the clearing called Thongo Samba, ideal place for lunch.
The forest is always beautiful, through the different vegetations. As you go high it is normal that you will come across the yaks. Be careful, they are not very kind to the strangers. If they are on the way, keep good distance and let them pass first. It is always advisable to keep high above them then below the trail.
The trail will take you to the bridge and a small white stupa. Do not cross the bridge as it will take you the village of Yaktsa. Half an hour from the bridge will take you to the camp at SoiThangthangkha. Overnight camp.
Day 05: Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang (Alt.4500m 17km, 4-5hrs, +500)
It is quite rewarding to wake up early in the morning and admire the rays of the sun touching the second highest peak the Chomolhari (7314m) between two steep valleys. As you continue following the left side of the Pa chhu or Paro River after about one hour of walk you will be leaving behind the tree level and entering into the stunning valley. You will come across the military camp site which guards the border with Tibet.
As you go higher, the valley becomes much wider and you will view some high and snow capped peaks. You will come across some yaks and camps for winter. Several small houses are found on the way and this place is called SoiaYutey. You may stop here in one of this house for a cup of butter tea and lunch.
Day 06: Jangothang Halt (Acclimatize and explore around Jangothang) Alt. 4100m
This day is reserved for you to rest and acclimatize as you are at 4100m. But there are possibilities to explore around Jangothang. You can go towards Lake TshoPhu situated at about 4400m. There are lots of trout in this lake and the view of Mt. Jichu Drakey from there is superb. You will take about 2hrs to get there and little bit less to come back. There are other possible hikes; you can go towards the base of Chomolhari staring behind the ruins or towards Jichu Drakey mountain to the end of the valley.
If your heart allows you to go even higher, you can try going towards the small peak at 5150m towards the north-west of the camp. The view of Chomolhari and JichuDrakey is awesome. The last few meters can be quite steep. It is not rare to see animals like rare blue sheep in these places.
Day 07: Jangothang- Bontela – Dumzo (Alt. 3840m, 18km, 7h, +540/-1100m)
Today we will cover a distance of about 18 km. on the way you will view Mt.Jomolhari, Mt.Jichu Drakey, and the valley of Jomolhari campsite. You will also come across several yak herders tents. Around Tsophu Lake you will normally see flocks of Blue sheep. The trail winds up till Bonte la (4890m), the highest pass of this trek. Stop for some time to enjoy the panoramic view of Himalayas.
From the top, you will see Basingthang peaks (5500m), Chatarake(Djo Drake 5570m) and Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. The trail drops through a steep, narrow gully with gravel and loose rocks till you reach Dumzo. The SoiYaktsa valley is a beautiful valley with impressive rock cliffs, waterfalls, deep valleys and snow covered peaks.
Day 8: Dhumzo – Thongbu Shong (alt. 4120m, 11km, 4h, +2420/-420m)
You will have to climb from the camp through rhododendron, birch, oak forest draped in mosses will take you to the meadow with huge juniper trees and the then leads to Dunge La(4700m) and then to the Tagulun La(4540m). You will have a stunning view of the Himalayan ranges. You will be able to see the campsite for the night.
This campsite is used by the yak herders in spring and autumn. This campsite is the second highest campsite of this trek.
Day 9: Thongbushong – Shana alt. 2890m, 14km, 5h, +150m/-1380m
Today, you will cross the valley through a swampy area to a clear trail through rhododendron bushes climbing steeply to Thombu La (4270m). Take a last glimpse of the Himalayan ranges from the pass. The trail following the ridge is the part of the trek with beautiful views.
Steep descend for about 2 hours, will take you to the army check point, from where you will take about half an hour to the campsite at the bank of the Pa chhu.
Day 10: Shana – Paro alt. 2300, 10km, 4h, +0/ -590m
The last part of the trek through the lovely valley will take you to Drugyel Dzong where the transportation will be waiting for you to be picked and than drive you to hotel. Overnight hotel.
Day 11: Paro – Thimphu Tour
The road between Paro and Thimphu is considered as one of the best road in Bhutan. On the way to Thimphu stop at Ta- chhogagang temple and hike down to the 14th century suspension bridge made out of iron chains. It was built by the great engineer and Buddhist poet called Lama Thangtong Gyalpo or Lama Chazampa.
Thimphu with the population of about 80000 is the biggest and most populated city in Bhutan.
It is also famous for being the only capital city with no traffic light.
Day 12: Thimphu – Punakha – Wangdue (Drive 3hrs)
If you are interested to take a glimpse of the Himalayas, it is advisable to drive early in the morning.
En route stop at Dochula pass (3150m), enjoy the panorama of the Bhutan Himalayas. Here you can spend some time walking around and photographing the 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens built in 2004 to “celebrate the stability and progress that His Majesty has brought to the nation,” this hill of 108 religious monuments in the middle of the pass reflects Bhutan’s spiritual and artistic traditions.
As you descend from the pass, you will observe dramatic changes in vegetation. At the lower elevations in Punakha and Wangdue, cacti, banana plants, poinsettias and other semi- tropical plants dominate the exotic landscape.
On the way back to the hotel stop at Lobesa and take a short hike to Chhi- med ( means no dogs) Lhakhang in the picturesque valley. Visit the temple of Bhutan’s foremost Saint, the Lama DrukpaKuenley, popularly known as the Divine Madman.Overnight hotel.
Day 13: Punakha – Thimphu – Paro (Drive 4 ½ hrs)
Drive back to Paro, en route stop at Dochula pass for some refreshments, on a clear day you can view the wide range of himalayan mountain. Visit the oldest SimtokhaDzong. It was the first dzong built by Shabdrung in 1629.It has a huge statue of Buddha and a beautiful prayer hall.It has the only statue of sitting Buddha of compassion in the country. After lunch drive to Paro.
Day 14: Paro – Departure
Drive to the airport for departure.
Please keep in mind that before you take this trip. Few things to remember are your visa acceptance letter, your air tickets, Passport validity should be 6 months and more. If you have any health condition please make sure your health insurance covers all.
Emergency contacts during Bhutan Trek Tour
Being a responsible company, we are always available for 24 hours a day, in case if you need any emergency help. It is best to first call your designated travel coordinator or sales person (whose contact numbers are will be listed on your tour agreement), for any reason if you are not able to reach to him/her then please ring us on the below numbers:
Thimphu Head Office: (00975)-331423
Mobile number: (00975)-17140505(Available 24/7)
Note: office working time is 9am – 5pm from Monday to Friday.
Mr. Sagar Pradhan (Operation Manager) 00975 17343497 (Available for 24 hours a day)
What to wear during this Bhutan trek Tour?
Its important to come in comfortable cloths for this Bhutan trek Tour. It is always polite to wear long pants at all times (Man and Women) while visiting monasteries and Dzongs. As for treks you can check our page on what to wear during Bhutan Trekking
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 guide.
Meals are usually provided in buffet system and most of tourist food are blend and if you need to change the foods varieties we are very open to change and you need to discuss with guide. We have Indian, Chinese and authentic Bhutanese restaurant where you can have very spicy food.
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.
Bhutan Trek Tour Guide:
Mr.Lal Bdr Rai have done this trekking 20 times and have very good knowledge about this Trekking route. He had in-depth knowledge of the place.
Trekking Cook for this Bhutan Trek Tour:
Our Cook Kaka is 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.