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It is one of the most popular treks among tourists. It's a 17-day trek, which is rated a medium hard trek. It takes one through diverse terrain and mountain hamlets all the way down to Gasa. The hot springs here are famous all over the world for their immense medicinal benefits. For five days, this trek follows the route of the Jhomolhari trek till Lingshi. For the next five days, you will walk for 6-7 hours daily and make a number of ascents and descents. You will be blessed with a golden opportunity to witness the true essence of nature during your entire trek.
Day01: Arrive in Paro
On arrival at Paro International airport, you will be received by our representative and escorted to your Hotel. In the evening visit Paro town. Overnight in Paro
Day0 2: Paro Hiking and Acclimatization
After breakfast we will take you to Taktsang or the “tiger’s nest” perched precariously on the cliff 900m above the floor of the Paro valley. It is the most famous monastery in Bhutan. It is said that Guru Rimpoche have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress and meditated here for three months. Lunch would be served in the Cafeteria. Return to Paro in the evening. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 03: Paro - Shana (Trek starts) 17km, 6hrs
Trek begins: Drive up to Drukgyal Dzong where the road ends and start the trek by following the river gently uphill through a narrowing valley of paddy fields. You will find plenty of traditional farmhouses in a purely rural setting. The campsite is just beyond an army outpost. Alt. 2800m,
Day 04: Trek Shana - Soe Thangthangkha 3400m, distance 15 km, time 4-5 hours
Continue uphill through the river valley, which narrows and closes in after some distance. The trail then winds up and down along the drainage. Most of the trail actually is down hill after the initial climb. The campsite is located in a meadow with stone shelter.
Day0 5: Thangthangkha - Jangothang Alt. 4040m. , Distance 19 km and time 5-6 hours
Walk up along the Pachu (Paro river), pass a small army outpost where the valley begins to widen again. You can now clearly view the high ridges and the snow-capped mountains all around and also see the yaks and the yak herder’s winter homes. Camp beneath a ruined fortress at the base of the Jumolhari Mountain.
Day 06: Jangothang - Lingshi Alt. 4150m. Distance 19 km. Time 5-6 hours
Walk up toward the pass through a wide pastureland. Depending on the season you are there, you might find some yak herders in their camping tents along the way. As you come down after the pass to the Lingshi basin, you will see some beautiful views of the Lingshi Dzong, valley, Tserim Kang (mountain) and its descending glaciers at the north end of the valley. Camp in a stone shelter with a built-in fire pit or in the tent.
Day 07: Lingshi - Chebisa Alt. 3850m. Distance 12 km. Time 3-4 hours
Today is the shortest walking day and you can really take it easy. On reaching the campsite at Chebisa, you can visit the village houses if you feel up to it.
Day 08: Chebisa - Shomuthang Alt. 4260. Distance 17 km. Time 5-6 hours
You walk through a wide pastureland towards Gobu-la (pass). On the way, you will see few people herding the yaks. After crossing the Gobu -la (Alt. 4350m) descend down to the valley. The campsite is on a bench above a river, which is a tributary of the Nochu river.
Day 09: Shomuthang - Robluthang Alt.4390m. Distance 15 km. Time 6-7 hours
As the walk is little strenuous, it is advisable to start little early. After crossing the Jerela (pass) alt. 4600m you come down to Tsharijathang valley where you can normally see herds of Takins. Camp at Tsharijathang.
Day 10: Robluthang - Lingmithang Alt. 4140m. Distance 19 km. Time 6-7 hours.
After crossing the Shingela pass, alt. 4900m, you come down and follow the valley. Lingmithang is under the Laya District and you will see people dressed in typical Laya costume with long pointed bamboo hats on their head. Camp at Lingmithang. If you have time, it would be advisable to spend a day here exploring the valley and meeting the people who have a different and unique culture.
Day 11: Lingmithang - Laya Alt. 3850m. Distance 10 km. Time 3-4 hours.
Today, you walk all the way downhill along a narrow winding river valley. The trail leads you to the west side of Laya village. Campsite is on a high flat bench above the Laya village.
Day 12: Rest/Exploration day at Laya
Rest and explore the Laya village.
Day 13: Laya - KoenaAlt. 3800m. Distance 19 km. Time 6-7 hours.
The trail winds up and down along the river valley avoiding natural obstacles and affording breath-taking views of the crashing river, feeder streams and water falls. Camp.
Day 14: Koena - Gasa Alt. 2900m. Distance 17 km. Time 6-7 hours
You cross the Babela pass, Alt.3740m, after which the trail is all the way down till you reach the campsite which is close to Gasa Dzong..
Day 15: Gasa - Gasa Tsachu (Hot Spring)
After a late breakfast, trek to Gasa Tsachu. After lunch relax in the hot spring. The Gasa Tsachu is one of the most popular hot springs in Bhutan. Camp at Gasa Tsachu.
Day 16: Gasa Tsachu - Tashithang - Punakha (Trek ends) Distance 18 km, 5-6 hours
After a short climb, the trail winds through the rolling hills and passes through the pine and oak forests, villages and wheat fields. You will also see a beautiful view of the Gasa Dzong glued to the valley wall seeming to float in space. Arrive Damji.. Your car will be waiting here to transfer to Thimphu. You will drive through the high agricultural benches above the Mochu (Chu means River) into a lush semi-tropical gorge filled with banana trees, creepers and various tropical vegetation till Tashithang. Continue driving to Punakha. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 17: Punakha with excursion to Wangdue
After breakfast drive for half-hour to Wangdue. Wangdue town which is a typical small Bhutanese town, with bustling market and well stocked shops. Visit Wangdue Dzong, the 17th century monument. It sits atop a high ridge between the Puna Tsang Chu and the Dang Chu. The place is also known for its fine bamboo work, slate and stone carvings. Also visit the Rinchengang village on the opposite side of the river, which is a unique cluster of houses made up of red mud. The people of this village are of Indian origins, who originally were brought into Bhutan as construction workers of the Dzong (fortress). In the evening drive back to Punakha. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 18: Punakha - Thimphu
Set out for Thimphu with a stop in Dochu La for tea. Visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. Continue drive to Thimphu and check into your hotel on arrival. Overnight at the hotel In Thimphu.
Day 19: Sightseeing in Thimphu
Visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third king who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the Wood Craft and Painting school where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased. Visit Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 AD. Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body, living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 20: Thimphu - Paro
In the morning you can hike to Tango Monastery, which was built by the "Divine Madman" in the 15th century. It's a center of study for monks, and it affords a great view of the Thimphu Valley. Drive back to Thimphu and after lunch you will proceed to Paro. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 21: Departure
After breakfast drive to Paro International Airport. Our representatives will see you off
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|Trek Style:||Full Board Camping|
|Group size:||Min - 2 & Max 16|
|Mode of Travel:||Fly to / from Paro|
|Price details:||Upon Request|