It is a 11 Days Trek, goes to High Altitude and is moderately strenuous. The Trek route passes through some beautiful High Altitude Lakes. Opportunities to see Yaks, Flowers and see great views of Gangkharphun Sum (7580 m) Mount Jomolhari (7314 m) and other peaks. It starts from Thimphu ends in Paro. It is a popular Treks route.
Day 1: Paro
Druk Air Flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. Flying along the Himalayan range or foot hill, each flight is a mesmerizing feat and offers exciting descent into the kingdom. On arrival at the airport received by our representative and transfer to Hotel. After lunch visit the National Museum (Tak Dzong) (one of the fine museums in Asia) that would shed further light to your adventurous trip to Bhutan and Paro Rimpong Dzong, administration centre and religious institute of the valley. Dinner & overnight: Hotel
Day 2: Paro – Halt
Today we’ll get our hiking legs in shape with a day hike up to Taktsang Dzong. We drive straight away to the north of Paro valley to Ramthangkha, from where we start our hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche flew from Eastern Bhutan on a tigress, bringing Buddhist teachings and meditated here in this cliff. This is one of the most venerated and sacred of all Buddhist sights around the world. Lunch will be served at Taktsang cafeteria. Walk downhill to the road and enroute visit Drukgyel Dzong (now in ruins) which reveal the reminiscence of ancient architecture and followed by visit to Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by Songtsen Gompo, which denotes the spread and emergence of Buddhism in the country.
Day 3: Paro – Jele Dzong
Start of Trek: – Distance 10 Kms and walking time 4 – 5 Hours. Starting at Tadzong and camp at Jele Dzong (3450m). The trek trail is rather gradual climb till the camp and if the weather is clear the Paro valley can be seen with the Mt. Jumolhari (7314m) and snowcapped mountains behind the valley.
Day 4:Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha
Distance 12 – 13 Kms and waking time 4 – 5 hours. Starting at Jele Dzong (3450m) and camp at Jangchulakha (3780m). The trail follows the ridge, takes you through alpine forest and rhododendrons trees and most of the walking is up and down on a ridge. Mt. Jumolhari is also visible today. You may see Yak herders around your campsite.
Day 5: Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso
Distance 12 – 13 Kms and walking time 5 – 6 hours. Starting at Jangchulakha (3780m). The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are beautiful. The campsite is close to the Lake Jimilangtso.
Day 6: Jimilangtsho – Simkota
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and lake of Janetso. You may come across some yak herders camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomads life. The campsite is close to Simkota lake.
Day 7: Simkota – Phojoding – Thimphu
End of Trek, Distance 11 – 12 Kms and walking time 4 – 5 Hours. Starting at Simkota (4040m) via Phojoding (3870m). If the weather permits you will views beautiful Himalayan peaks. Below, you can see the entire Thimphu valley. Phajoding to Thimphu is all the way down hill through a forested area of mostly Blue pine. By taking leisurely pace you will reach for nice hot shower. Evening at Leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 8: Thimphu – Halt
Today you will be taken to the following places of interests. The Folk and Heritage Museum: This museum lets you experience the Bhutanese way of living. The Arts and Craft Institute: This is a vocational training institute where the art of painting, woodcraft and sculpturing are taught to students with the objective of preserving the rich and pristine heritage. The National Library: This repository houses ancient religious and historical manuscripts. Those of you interested in whetting your intellectual appetite may do so here.
The Drubthob Gompa Nunnery: Nuns with sport short hair, who play a vital role in the religious affairs of the local community, are enrolled here. After your visit, you will be taken to have a ” Birds Eye View” of Thimphu valley. En route you shall also visit the mini zoo to see the national animal “Takin”. After seeing this places, you will visit the Handicraft Emporium, and other local handicraft shops to experience the beauty of Bhutanese textiles.
Afternoon visit following places in Thimphu. The Memorial Chorten: Built in the honor of the late King of Bhutan, this Chorten is centrally located for young and old people to pray. Tashi Cho Dzong allowed to visit after the office hours and during the holidays. (Seat of government’s offices and central monk body summer residence). Overnight; Hotel
Day 9th Thimphu – Wangdue
This morning visits The Textile Museum: This museum displays the finest art of weaving from various regions of Bhutan. You will also be able to see the different fabrics and the intricacies of weaving. Bhutan Post (Post Office): As the sole postal organization of Bhutan, Bhutan Post offers you the finest collections of stamps and post cards. You can purchase the finest stamps and cards as a souvenir. Now we depart for Wangdue, the drive takes around 3 hours drive from the capital. The route passes through the horticulture centre in Yusipang before reaching the 10,000ft Dochula pass. On a clear day you will be able to see a spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayas from this pass. Many colourful prayer flags also dot the pass. Lunch at Dochula Cafeteria, we shall descend through the forest of rhododendrons and magnolia. After several stops on the way, you will pass the village of Lumitsawa; Thinleygang and reach the fertile valley of Lobesa. Another 20 minutes’ drive will take you to your hotel. We will visit Wangdue Dzong and its’ town. Dinner and Overnight: Hotel
Day 10th Wangdue – Punakha – Paro
Drive to Lobesa and hike through the rice field to visit Chimi Lhakhang (the monastery of Drukpa Kuenley, divine mad monk). Drive to Punakha Dzong, one of the most impressive Dzong in its architecture. It is ideally located between two rivers Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female). After lunch we depart to Paro for overnight halt: Dinner and Overnight: Hotel.
Day 11th Paro – Depart
Depart from Paro airport with full of Bhutanese Nostalgia.