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Why not trek in one of the most intriguing countries of the world, often called Shangri-La? A chance to explore an area beyond ones wildest dreams, with its captivating natural scenery and its photogenic people.

This style of tour is specially designed for you, bearing in mind both your time and money.  You could enjoy a  bit of everything, a memorable hike to the Tigers Nest, a visit to our oldest temple Kyichu and a trek on the pristine paths of Dagala. You will also have the opportunity to sample the delicious local cuisine, much of it organically grown. Our local team will provide quality of service and you will experience firsthand the legendary hospitality for which Bhutan is renowned.

Wondering if this tour is for you?

Trip Type: Single travellers and Groups.

Group consisting of less than 5 or up to 20.

Age Requirements: 12 plus

All travellers below 16 must be accompanied by parents or guardian

Physical Rating: 4 Challenging

Some high elevated hikes and mountains can be strenuous activity.

Service level: Good

Will have experienced guide along with comfortable car.

Trip style: Active Bhutan

There is no better way to explore a country then by trekking, cycling, biking and outdoor sport in Himalayas.

Note: Things to be brought along with you.
-All season sleeping bag
-Medical kit
-if necessary inflatable pillows and mats
-Walking poles
-Water bottles.

***We always suggest you to bring your own all season sleeping bag and proper inflatable mat or we can provide you with minimal fees for maintenance.***

Bhutan Lake Trekking.

 

Day 1, Paro airport to Paro(2280m)

You will be met by our expert guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel.later this evening take a late walk to submerge in the atmosphere of Paro town. In the evening you will be welcomed by your guide with brief meeting, introducing Bhutan. Enjoy a local dinner with the group.

Accommodation

  • 3 star hotel
  • Private vehicle
  • Meals included: Lunch and Dinner.

Day 2, Paro to Paro

Enjoy a day of sightseeing in the Paro valley and gain deeper understanding of the country’s history.Sights include Drugyel Dzong, a ruined fortress that has repelled many invasions, Kyichu Lhakhang, one of oldest temple and Ta-Dzong, an ancient watch tower.

Visit to Drugyel Dzong

It is one of the impressive fortress built in 1647 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to commemorate victory over Allied armies of Mongol and Tibet. But it was gutted by fire in around 1951 and now it’s under the conservation and listed as one of the UNESCO heritage sites in the country.

Visit to Kyichu Lhakhang

It is one of the oldest temple to have been constructed in the country,It was believed that in 7th century, the Tibetan Buddhist King called Songtsenn Gambo built this temple in order to subdue one of the ogress terrorizing this east Himalayan region and therefore he constructed Kyichu Lhakhang on the left ankle of that ogress.

Visit to Ta Dzong or Natinal Museum

It was built as watch tower in the year 1628 but transformed into museum in the year 1968 with the command of His Majesty, the king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, the third hereditary Monarch of Bhutan. Now it houses some of the ancient artefacts belonging to Tantric Buddhism trying to show, how it was passed down from one lineage masters to another disciple and till now.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

 

Day 3, Paro to Paro

Hike to the stunning Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest).

After breakfast, drive about 30 mins to the base of the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). You will walk gradually uphill through the pine forests to this incredible location. And once you reach the entrance to the monastery you will be frisked by the police to make sure that nothing illegal is being brought in or taken outside.

Taktshang(Tiger nest)

It is considered to be the most holy pilgrim sites in Bhutan. It is where Guru Padmasambhava flew to Bhutan for second time from Tibet riding on the back of the Tigress,which again was also believed to be his spiritual consort. And after meditating for 3 months he was able to subdue all the malevolent spirits and thus flourishing tantric Buddhism for the first time in the history of western Bhutan. But the actual temple was only built in 17th century by the second Druk Desi Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye, Walking distance 5hrs.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

 

Day 04, Paro to Gur(3350m).Camping.

Today your trek will be through beautiful alpine flora like various shrubby rhododendron and asters and birds like blue fronted redstart and some common sunbirds along with Warblers. After about two hours of gradual uphill walk you have option to rest on a huge rock platform, offering you a splendid view of the Genekha valley below on a clear day, of course you can expect that towards the late autumn.  After walking for another 2 hour, your walk for the day will come to an end in a place where flowers are abundant in spring.  Camp at Gur amidst tall oak trees.

5 km, 4hours walk/550m Ascent and 60m descent.

Proper tent: On twin sharing basis.

Meals included:Breakfast,Packed Lunch with refreshments and Dinner.

 

Day 05, Gur to Labatama(4280m)

Today you will be mostly walking uphill through wild asparagus and tall coniferous forests until you reach the first pass called Jomo la which means the pass of the local deity ,Aum Jomo.You can have lunch just below the pass near a yak herders camp and after your lunch ,if you prefer to walk on the ridge of Dagala,you will be rewarded with the view of whole Eastern Himalyas,to name few of them, Gangkar Puensum(7570m/24840ft),Kula Gangri(7538m 24698ft) and Gangchenta(6800m/21400).

After lunch, walk across hills and meadows, ending the third day of trek.  Camp near Lake Yutsho.

 

12km, 5 hours walk / 1040m ascent and 110m descent.

Meals included: Breakfast, Packed Lunch with refreshments and Dinner.

 

Day 06, Halt at Labatama(4280m).

Today you can make a day excursion to any of the three lake,Yu Tsho,Tsa Tsho and Jagay Tsho or you can also make an attempt to climb the closest peak to Aum Jomos palace at an elevation of 5,050m but only during clear day for there are several confusing routes. You can discuss with your guide for Luncheon summit with spectacular view around to make it a memorable experience.  Return to camp before dusk and get prepared for your next upcoming day.

 

4 hours walk.

Meals included: Breakfast, Packed Lunch with refreshments and Dinner.

 

Day 07, Labatama to Panka(4000m)

After walking gradually uphill for about 20 minutes you will have a majestic view of the Himalayan peaks including    Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga, Jumolhari, Jichu Drake, Tshering Gang, Kangbum, Masang Gang, Tshendeygang and Gangchen Ta.As you take in the view of this Himalayas you will descend down for about 15 minutes and after a while you will ascent to the highest pass of this trek looking like a saddle called Dala tsho la at an elevation of 4520m. In and around this elevation some of the pheasants like Himalyan Monal are very common, apart from yaks. From the saddle the path descends down to a single yak herders camp, where you can have lunch and afterwards we will follow the Docha chhu(river),until we reach the higher slope called Panka.

 

8km/ 7hours/ 260m ascent and 520m descent.

Meals included: Breakfast, Packed Lunch with refreshments and Dinner.

 

Day 08, Panka to Thimphu(2320m).

Today about 4 hours of journey entails the crossing of several pass, each one more impressive than the other. Keep your eyes peeled for different varieties of Blue Poppy during the month of June and July. You can have lunch at a junction where the trail on your right hand side will take you to Nahi under Wangduephodrang district and left will take you back again to Genekha. After your lunch you will mostly walk downhill through mixed vegetation of bamboo forests and wild flowers. Before you could walk upto Talakha monastery and then down to Simtokha Dzong but since 2014 they have changed the trail towards one of the remote sub district of Thimphu,Chamgang. Your vehicle will be waiting near the school of Chamgang, with which later you will be transported to your hotel for a refreshing bath and a sound rest for the day.Overnight in a hotel.

 

10km / 7 hours / 180m ascent and 1200m descent.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Packed Lunch with refreshments and Dinner.

 

Day 09.Thimphu to Thimphu

Visit National memorial Chorten, Buddha point and Takin reserve. In the evening visit Tashichoe Dzong. But when it comes to sightseeing you can ask our local expert to customize it depending on your interests.

The Memorial Chorten

The Memorial Chorten was built in memory of our 3rd King is one of the most prominent religious structures in Thimphu and for local Bhutanese it is a popular place to make their daily prayers. Watch locals walk around the Chorten, spinning the prayer wheels and socialising in this lovely and peaceful spot.

 

Buddha Dordenma

Also known as the “Buddha Point”, it’s is a massive Buddha statue built strategically on the mountain,So that it could be seen from all the corners of Thimphu,made from gilded copper. It.houses temple within the body of the Buddha.

 

Motithang Takin Preserve

 

The preserve was not only made to protect our national animal Takin (mixture of a goat and a cow) but also to protect some of our endangered species of animals like Barking deer and Samber.

 

Tashichho Dzong

Enjoy the visit to Tashichho Dzong fortress. It is constructed in a typical Bhutanese architectural style using no nails, with whitewashed walls and a golden roof. The original structure was built in 1216.Now it houses the main secretariat building, the central monk body and the office of the king.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

 

Day 10, Thimphu to Haa (2638m)

It’s the most remote valley of the west opened to the visitor after 2003. It will be the longest journey in this trip of yours, driving through windy road but beautiful picturesque valley .As the name says, it’s the expression of surprise as no one knew when the two most popular temples black and white temple (Lhakhang Nagpo and Karpo)was built. Therefore naming the remote valley as Haa and the people are called Haaps.

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Lhakhang Karpo and Nagpo (White Temple)

Explore the beautiful Lhakhang Karpo and Nagpo, which was opened to tourists only in 2003. It is said that both the temples was built  in a night by a black and a white pigeon who was believed to be the emanation of the Tibetan Buddhist king known as Songtsen Gambo in around 7th century.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

 

Day 11, Haa to Paro.

You have to drive up to the pass Chelela (3988m) on a narrow road but really a beautiful with the sight of Yak along the way in winter.Before reaching the pass there is a good spot to take a picture of Haa valley. And If you’re energy is still oozing out for some more hike and adventure then you can always hike to the nunnery Kila Goemba for about 4 hours from the left handside top Gung karpo(4562m),which is also the spot for skyburial.

 

Kila Goempa (3350m)

It is one of the oldest nunnery built in 9th century, perched on the craggy rock.Kila Goemba is a historically significant as a sacred meditation place and therefore there are about 65 cheerful nuns residing in a cold dormitories provided to them by the monastery. Giving up all the worldly matter’s in search of path towards liberation. The simplicity of the nunnery can be relished round the year but to make most of it, it is always recommended towards the autumn season,as the weather is clear and the path is dry.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

 

Day 12, Paro and outbound.

Airport transfer included. Our representative will accompany you till the airport to bid you farewell and trashi delek.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

 

Trip Type: Single travellers and Groups.

Group consisting of less than 5 or up to 20.

Age Requirements: 12 plus

All travellers below 16 must be accompanied by parents or guardian

Physical Rating: 4 Challenging

Some high elevated hikes and mountains can be strenuous activity.

Service level: Good

Will have experienced guide along with comfortable car.

Trip style: Active Bhutan

There is no better way to explore a country then by trekking, cycling, biking and outdoor sport in Himalayas.

Whats included?

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Local sightseeing.
  • Trekking and camping (4nights and 5days)

Accommodations : 3 star Hotels (7 nights), camping (4 nights).

Meals : 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners.

Transportation:  Private vehicle.

 

General information on Trekking

Trekking seasons

The best months for trekking  in Bhutan is during spring (March-May) and late Autumn (September to November). For those birders and flower lovers they can always come in spring season and for trekkers with clear view of Himalayan Mountains. Trekking in winter can be difficult, but some treks are manageable in early December like Samtengang trek and Sinchula treks.

At any time of the year, weather can change from warm or hot days to a very cold night especially in higher elevated places. You need to be prepared for any sort of changes.

 

Food on trek

We have experienced cooks who can cook western Pasta as well as local Ema Datshi( hyperlink this with picture of  chili). But you can always bring some light snacks and chocolate bars or dried.

You will have breakfast with porridge, egg and toast, juice, tea and coffee. Lunch will be provided on the trail and this will either be packed lunch (sandwiches, boiled eggs, potato, juice and tea/coffee) or usually our cook will make a meal of rice and vegetables. When you reach near your camp, our staff will provide tea and snack.

Please make sure you bring all the things mentioned in general.This information includes everything you might want to consider, what to bring and to leave out on a long and high elevated treks.

General

  • Rucksack or kit bag to put overnight trekking kit in for horses to carry (might get beaten up)
  • Waterproof sac to put over your day pack and plastic bags to help segregate and organise things in kit bag
  • Day packs to carry things you want access to during the day
  • Sleeping bag – 3 seasons up to elevation of 3000 meters, 4 season above that
  • Silk liner for extra warmth
  • Inflatable mattress (if you feel you need extra padding as we only provide thin mattress)
  • Inflatable pillow (finds it more comfortable when sleeping on flat ground)

 

Clothing (generally, more clothing would make sense as the temperature keeps on changing)

  • Trekking trousers
  • Fleece pants or tracksuit to wear in camp
  • T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirt
  • Thermal underwear (top and bottom) .

Outerwear

  • Down jacket above 3500 meter
  • Fleece
  • Windproof jacket
  • Scarf and gloves

Footwear

  • Hiking boots (should be water repellent)
  • Sandals or trainers for use in camp
  • Thick woolen socks and silk sock liners to guard against blisters
  • Gaiters (Weather keeps on changing)

Headwear

  • Broad brimmed hat or baseball cap for sun during the day with bandana for shading the neck
  • Woolen hat for evenings
  • Polarized sunglasses – best to have the ones with side covers

Other

  • Walking poles
  • Head torch with spare batteries and bulbs
  • Small knife
  • Water bottles (preferably metal)
  • Snacks and chocolate bars.

Medicines

  • Medicine for diarrhea (Immodium)
  • Rehydration sachets
  • Paracetamol or Nurofen
  • Plasters for blisters
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Strepsils for cold and flu medicine
  • Sting relief and Insect repellent

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper, tissues, wet wipes
  • Sun cream (including total sun block)
  • Travel towel and sponge
  • Soap and biodegradable liquid for laundry
  • Iodine tablets – or you can just use boiled water and on shorter treks mineral water
  • Chap sticks
  • Camera and film
  • Kindle or books, iPod, playing cards and other diversions for evenings.

 

Note: Things to be brought along with you.
-All season sleeping bag
-Medical kit
-if necessary inflatable pillows and mats
-Walking poles
-Water bottles.

Note*** We always suggest you to bring your own all season sleeping bag and proper inflatable mat or we can provide you with minimal fees for maintenance.***

The trek group is consisting of:

  • Tour leader -Guide with proper experience
  • Cook with assistant
  • Horseman with assistant(depending on the size of the group)
  • Medical Kit

Staff & experts: Local guide and cooks and horse for the treks.