This tour offers the magnificent picturesque lakes, Alpine meadows, abundant wildlife and many yak herder camps set to a backdrop of magnificent panoramic mountains standing high. The center piece of this communion with nature is time spent exploring the high altitude lakes overflowing with trout fish and mystical history. This trek is highly recommend to those trekkers who wants to hike on higher altitude with ease as the most of the trek are of short duration with a inclusion of a few climbing steps, one can witness the beauty of a forest having wild flora and fauna too. The trekkers can capture the glimpse of the local nomadic lifestyle as well. And the Talakha Monastery is simply a place to have a bliss moment for you.
|Reach trekking point in private vechile|
|3 nights accommodation in Paro in Full Board basis.|
|2 nights accommodation in Thimpu in Full Board basis.|
|5 nights accommodation in camp while trekking with three time meal. i.e. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.|
|Highly experienced trek guide , English speaking and government licenced|
|Porter service (2 trekkers one porter) one porter only carries 18kgs of weight.|
|All necessary paperwork and trekking permits(ACAP , TIMS, National park fees)|
|Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.|
|All government and local taxes|
|Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)|
|Food and drinks/ Beverage bills|
|Extars cost for upgrading rooms and services at hotels|
|donation in temples, schools, monasteries etc .|
|Personal Hiking gear, personal kits|
|Emergency rescue evacuation insurance of any kind|
Day 1: Arrival at Paro (2195m)
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. Our Bhutan Travel Bureau representative will meet you at Paro airport. After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the National Museum, Ta Dzong. This museum houses many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical and cultural past. Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. Dzong’s are large monasteries and district administrative centers, which were once strategic forts. Afterwards walk to the beautiful cantilever wooden bridge still in use. Overnight in Paro.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Paro
After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours uphill takes you high above the Paro valley. The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for lunch. In the afternoon drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, an historic monument built by the Shabdrung to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop. On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Kyichu is built in a manner similar to the Jokhang in Lhasa. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.
Day 3: Drive to Thimpu
Drive duration: 2 hours
After having Breakfast in the hotel, you will commence driving downstream alongside the Pa Chu (Paro River) to its confluence with Wang Chu (Thimphu River) then up valley to Thimphu. Few miles before arriving Thimphu, we will see Simtokha Dzong, Kingdom’s oldest fortress which is now used as Dzongkha language school of Bhutan. Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of Late third King of Bhutan. Tashichho dzong, Thimphu’s most impressive building situated at the banks of Wang Chu. It now houses National Assembly, King’s Throne room and also the summer residence of Chief of monk body. Evening take a walk in Thimphu market and town. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 4: Sightseing in Thimpu
Have your breakfast in the morning and today you will visit the Painting School where centuries old art of Bhutanese paintings is taught. National Library is another interesting place to visit, which has a vast and unique collection of ancient Buddhist texts, manuscripts. Traditional Medicine Institute where centuries old healing arts are still practiced. Handicrafts Emporium where exotic weaves in silk, wool, cotton, silver jewelry, carpets, thankha paintings, bamboo ware and other traditional crafts of the Kingdom are available and in the evening you will drive to view point for a fascinating view of Thimphu valley which will mesmerize you for sure. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 5: Drive to Genekha and trek to Gur (3350m)
Drive duration: 45 mins, Hike duration: 4/5 hours
Have your breakfast in the morning and later on you will drive upto the Genekha village by a private vehicle. Genekha village is the trek commencing point and from here you will start your trek. You will cross a bridge over the Wang Chu (Thimpu River) and then you will follow a trail gradually going up through the oak forest and then to the rocky platform having a good platform to have a short break for rest, after resting for while you will have a gradual hike up through the birch and bamboo forest to reach your camp in a meadow at Gur. After reaching to Gur have a rest in your camp. Overnight camp in Gur.
Day 6: Hike to Wataching (4100m)
Hike duration: 5 hours
After having breakfast in the morning, you will start your hike towards Wataching. You will ascend gradually up until you reach the alpine zone with the open views allowing you to have a picturesque village view all the way down the valley. After hiking for some time you will reach to Gibze Kebze which is a camp site too and mostly trekkers use to camp in this place to get acclimatize but you will move on from here as well as today you will be ascending all the way up so the hike will be pretty tiring one so have frequent short breaks to get rest, after hiking for some time across hill sides lined with rhododendron to Pagalabsta La Pass (4170m) you can have the magnificent and panoramic views of the Dagala range and from there you will continue descending to stone yak herders hut at Wataching. After reaching to Wataching have a rest in your Camp and later on you can stroll the surroundings as well. Overnight camp in Wataching.
Day 7: Hike to Labatamba (4300m)
Hike duration: 5 hours
After Breakfast, you will start trekking across the ridges. One can enjoy the beauty of the rugged mountain vegetation. Today’s trek is amidst flowers and wild asparagus (in spring). The meadow freshen the trekkers with poetic sentiments. The first pass (4250m) symbolized by a huge Cairns gives a spectacular view of the whole ‘Dagala’ range, meadows and yak herders camp. Lunch at nearby yak herder’s camp. After lunch walk across hills and meadows, ending the third day of trek at Labatamba. Camp near ‘Utso’ lake where golden trout flourish. Overnight camp at Labatamba.
Day 8: Hike to Panka (4000m)
Hike duration: 4hours
After having your Breakfast, you will start walking upwards for half an hour and then descend down. Today your path will present you with a majestic view of Himalayan peaks (alt. 4,450). The prominent peaks such as Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, Tsering Khang, Khangbum, Masagang, Tsendegang and Gangchecn Ta can be clearly seen from here. Apart from yaks and horses, Himalayan Monal Pheasants are a common sight en route. You will get some free time in Panka, your camping site. You can spend your time in roaming around the camp. Overnight camp at Panka.
Day 9: Hike to Talakha Monastery (3050m)
Hike duration: 4hours
After breakfast in the morning, you will be walking through several interesting passes. The area is also known for different varieties of Blue-poppy (June-July) and mountain birds. The trail ascends along the western side of a lake to saddle at 4,400m, where there are fascinating mountain views. In the afternoon, an hour’s gradual climb brings you to the tip of last Dagala range from where the view of Thimphu valley is superb. Further you will hike downward from the mixed forest of fir, juniper, rhododendron, rose, bamboo and birch and finally you will reach to the Talakha Monastery from where you can have a tremendous views over the Thimpu valley and outdoor bathtub make for a memorable stay. Overnight at camp near the Talakha Monastery.
Day 10: Hike down to Simtokha and drive to Paro (2195m)
Hike duration: 1 hour, Drive duration: 2 hours
Take your breakfast in your camp and start hiking downhill on a steep, eroded trail to Simtokha amidst forests of rhododendron and bamboo and apple orchards. Visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, which now houses the School for Buddhist studies. After an hour hike you will reach to your trek ending place at Simtokha and from here you will ride the vehicle which will be ready at Simtokha Dzong drive back to Paro via Thimphu. Enjoy the landscape and the vegetation on the way while you get back to Paro. After reaching Paro, check in hotel and have rest, later on you can explore the Paro city and the local streets. Overnight in Paro.
Day 11: Departure
Have your breakfast in the hotel in an early morning and later on our office representative will transfer you to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Have a safe journey onwards.
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