Trekking Packages

Day 1: Arrive Paro International Airport

During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Jomolhari and Mount Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by our representative and escorted to your hotel.

Evening: relax at the hotel or take a stroll around the hotel compound.

Day 2: Paro - Hike to Taktsang Goemba

Drive to Satsam Chorten (10 km from Paro town) and from there, hike to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means "Tiger's Nest." The Monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 900m and overlooks the Paro valley. According to legend, Guru Rinpoche miraculously flew here on the back of a tigress, meditated in a cave here for three months and converted the whole of Paro valley to Buddhism.

Have a picnic lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria. The round trip hike takes about 4 hrs.

Evening visit Dzong (Frotress) scroll down to Paro small down town.

Day 3: National Museum - Jili Dzong (Distance 10 km, Ascent 1,115m, Descent 40m)

This is a short trekking day but it’s all uphill. The trek trail is rather gradual till the campsite. On a clear day, the Paro Valley can be seen with the snowcapped mountains acting as a backdrop. After about 40 minutes into the trek, you will pass Kuenga Choeling Lhakhang (a Gelugpa school lhakhang) at 2,650m. Another hour’s climb takes you to Damchena (2,880m). A couple more minutes of climbing takes you to a mani (carved stone) wall and campsite in a clearing called Damche Gom (2,985m). From Damchen Gom, it’s a long but not steep climb to the herders’ camp just before the Jili La (3,540m). Continue on till you cross a pass which is marked by a broken chorten and a cairn until you get to the camping place in a meadow surrounded by rhododendron forests right below the Jili Dzong. The Jili Dzong was the residence of Ngawang Chhogyel from 1465 – 1540. Ngawang Chhogyel was the cousin of Lam Drukpa Kunley, the Divine Madman. It is believed that the Zhabdrung meditated here before heading down to Paro valley to defeat the invading Tibetan army. The lhakhang contains an almost 4m high statue of Sakyamuni.

Day 4: Jili Dzong – Rabana (Distance 10 km, Ascent 425m, Descent 50m).

Visit the Jili Dzong in the morning. From the dzong, the trek path follows prayer flags and then descends through rhododendron forests. You can get great views of Paro and the Bemang Rong valley. On a clear day, you can also get great views of Mt. Jomolhari and the other snow-capped peaks. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and dwarf rhododendron trees, and through Jangchhu Lakha, a yak pasture at 3,760m. From Jangchhu Lakha, the trail continues for about 25 minutes to the yak herders’ camp of Rabana (3,890m). The campsite is surrounded by rhododendron forests.

Day 5: Rabana – Jimilang Tsho (Distance 11 km, Ascent 370m, Descent 375m).

There are two trails to Jimilang Tsho. We will take the higher trail since it offers better views including views of Mt. Jomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake (the peak represents the protective deity of Paro) on a clear day. An hour or so from Rabana, you reach the Langye Ja La (Ox Hump Pass) at 4,070m. You can climb the mini-peak to get breathtaking 360-degree views.

From here, descend passing through a small herders’ shelter and ascend 80m to a pass for beautiful views of Mt. Jomolhari. You can also see the yellow roof of Chumpu Ney, a pilgrimage site famous for its statue of Dorji Phagmo. Five minutes from here, you can see the isolated Jimilang Tsho far below you. A steep ~30 minute descent leads you to Jimilang Tsho and the campsite is only about 5 minutes from the lake at 3,885m. The lake is known for its giant sized trout and if lucky you may enjoy well prepared lake trout for dinner.

Day 6: Jimilang Tsho – Simkotra Tsho (Distance 11 km, Ascent 820m, Descent 400m).

The trail starts from the lower end of Jimilang Tsho through dwarf rhododendron trees to a ridge at 4,010m, and then descends to a single stone shelter. Following the ridge, you peak at some prayer flags at 4,050m overlooking the Janye Tsho. From there, descend to a yak herders’ camp near the lake before climbing again to a ridge at 4,150m from where you can get great views of the Simkotra Tsho. Camp at 4,100m.

Day 7: Simkotra - Phajoding (Distance 10 km, Ascent 130m, 680m Desent).

The trek begins with a gradual climb and turns into a long climb through three false summits before descending to the Labana campsite at 4,110m. The Labana campsite is near a stone hut and an almost-dry lake. Then climb again to Labana La at 4,235m and then descend to a pass at 4,090m marked by a chorten. Form here, you can see the whole of Thimphu. If the weather permits, you can also have a spectacular view of Mt. Gangkhar Punsum, the highest mountain in Bhutan. Take the side trail southeast down to Thuji Drak, a remote meditation center that clings to the side of a rock at 3,950m. There are lhakhangs and meditation sites spread throughout the hillside. The campsite is below the main Jampa Lhakhang at 3,640m.

Day 8: Phajoding – Motithang, Thimphu (Distance 4-5 km, Ascent 0m, Descent 1,130m).

The trek to Thimphu is downhill all the way through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours and enjoy the beautiful view of city Thimphu.

Relax at the hotel and lesuire time in Thimphu town.

Day 9: Thimphu – Sightseeing

Visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who reigned the kingdom from 1952-1972.Next, visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts and relics of Buddhism are preserved along with other national documents. Short execursion to Dochula pass.

Drive back to paro and over night at Hotel.

Day10:
Depart for Paro International Airport where our representative will bid you Bon Voyage!

Trek Day 1:

Start of Trek : Distance 5 km and walking distance 4 hours. Starting at Geynikha 2950m and camp at Gur 3350m. Today you trek will take you through alpine flora and fauna (different kinds of birds can be seen). 2 hours of gradual uphill walk and rest at a huge rock platform reveals the beauty of nature below. Another 2 hours walk ends the days trek.

Trek Day 2: Distance 12 km and walking time 5 hours.

Starting at Gur and camp at Labatamba (4300m) The trek today will across the ridges and amidst flowers and wild asparagus (in spring) with the mountain side meadows which will freshen the trekkers with poetic sentiments. You will see the spectacular view of the Dagala Range, meadows and yak herders camp from the first pass you will be crossing at 4240m. Lunch will be served nearby a yak herders camp. After lunch walk for about 2 hours across hills and meadows. Camp near Utsho lake where plenty of golden trout flourish.

Trek Day 3: Excursion to nearby lakes.

Trek Day 4: Distance 8km and walking time 4 hours.

Starting at Labatamba and camp at Panka (4000m) Today you start your days trek for 20 to 30 minutes uphill before descending down the valley. You will get very good views of the Western Himalayan range inside Bhutan. The trek will take you through meadows, lakes and shrubs. Camp at Panka.

Trek Day 5: Distance 8 km and walking time 4 hours.

Starting at Panka and camp at Talakha (3080m) The days trek will be passing several passes each reveling its own beauty. Lunch will be at a junction which leads to Wangdue phodrang. After lunch around 1 hours gradual climb brings you to the last of the Dagala range from where you will have a spectacular view of Thimphu. Camp near Talakha monastery and village.

Trek Day 6: End of Trek : Distance 3 km and walking time 3 hours.

Today’s trek will be through alpine forest, mixed vegetation and apple orchards. The trek ends at the roadhead above Simtokha Dzong. Drive to Thimphu (20 minutes). Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Morning at leisure or if today is a Saturday or Sunday then visit the Weekend Market. Early lunch and then drive to Paro (2 hours) and sightseeing. Visit the National Museum drive to Drukgyel Dzong. Evening explore Paro town.

Our representatives will escort you to Air port. (Departure) Tashi-delay.

DAY 1: ARRIVE PARO (Altitude: 2280m)

Flight into Paro with Druk Air, Bhutan’s National Airline is spectacular. The flight takes you over the great Himalayas, offering most beautiful scenery of the world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will see the Paro Dzong (Fortress) on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chhu(river), with Ta Dzong, formerly a watch tower and now the National Museum, above it. You will be received by our representative at the Airport. After checking in hotel and with some refreshment we will visit the Dzong to attend the festival. Evening is free to relax or take stroll through town. Overnight stay at hotel, Paro.

DAY 2: PARO ACLIMAZATION HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST “Taktshang”

Today’s day you will begin driving through the Paro valley to take on a stunning hike on foot to visit the Taktshang Gompa or Tiger’s Nest viewpoint. Your hike to Taktshang from the road point will take through the well maintained path which is quite uphill and it takes around 3-4 hours at an average walking speed. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees adorned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche's meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger,Dorji Drolo, said to be his consort.

In the afternoon you will drive to the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. The third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck housed it into the National museum in the 1960s. The seven floor museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. We will take a short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks where the festival takes place. Evening if you wish your dinner at typical Bhutanese farm house to experience the Bhutanese living or we can halt a night in farm house or at hotel, Paro.

DAY 3: PARO TO SHANA

Our car will drive you to Drugyel village where trekking crews are waiting to start the trek. After a brief introduction, we began your trek, following unsealed road down to Paro chu “River” and then by the river through farm lands until to Misi Zam suspension bridge, here you cross Paro chu by a suspension bridge to the right. From here keeping on the right of the river, the trail takes you through occasional Farm lands and pine woods, until you reach a open meadow, called Zangkha pang, where we will be served the picnic lunch. After lunch, the trail goes along by the river through pine woods with short ascend and descend and finally entering the Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National park. Further short ascend, by the river reach to Gunitshawa army camp. Thereafter, the trail switches back to the left of the river over a suspension bridge and takes you to your first camp at Shana. The camp here is at 2700meter. Over the river, next to your camp you can see the Shana village, consisting of only two house hold and small spread out farm lands. All throughout the night the gentle sound of the river puts you to sound sleep, perhaps this is difficult to get used to it in the beginning. Overnight stay at camp altitude: 2800m, approximate walking distance: 17 km/ 5-6 hours.

DAY 4: SHANA TO THANGTHANGKA

Today our trail is quite long. At a normal speed you will take 7 to 8 hours. But the walk through the beautiful alpine woods and frequent clear elegant stream rushing to join the Paro Chu just flowing beneath you, keeps your imagination ever growing. The trail gradually ascends, where at a point you reach a place called Shinkharab with a single house of a yak harder. Here you can take a relaxing break. Little further from Shinkharab you will reach a junction, where you would find a big and tempting trail leading to north. If you take this trail it will take you to Phari, a town in Tibet. We have to take the trail on the right to keep us on the right direction. At some point we have to cross the Paro River once more to the right and little further you will find your picnic lunch ready to be served. After lunch, the trail gradually ascends and descends; finally switch us back to the left side of the Paro River. Little further up from the bridge you would reach another junction with a bridge over Paro River to right, which actually goes to Soe Yaksa. We have to keep going on the left side of the Paro River. After 20 minutes from here you will reach Thangthanka camp at about 3750meter. Our trekking crews have already set up hot tea and coffee. This is a beautiful camp site with an amazing Jomolhari Mountain View. Overnight stay at camp altitude: 3400m, approximate walking distance: 15 km/4-5 hours.

DAY 5: THANGTHANKA TO JANGOTHANG

Thou the previous day was long walk, today we have a short day trail, which is about 4 to 5 hours walk. As you start the day from Thangthanka we will soon be above tree line and would find the view getting better and better. Even the trail level makes the walking much easier. We would also notice the gain in elevation above 4000 meter. Our trekking staff will be waiting at a pretty yak harder village, to serve us the picnic lunch. Here we will find the valley has widened up with striking tall Mountains overlooking and often spotted with grazing yaks. After lunch we continue walk passing a basic health unit and archery ground of the place and soon we will find the amazing view of Mount Jichu Darke welcoming us to the Jomolhari base camp. Overnight stay at camp altitude: 4090m, approximate walking distance 19km/ 5-6 hours.

DAY 6: JANGOTHANG HALT

Today is acclimation and rest day for those who want to stretch the legs and also a day to explore Soe Jangothang which offers a great variety of beautiful geographical landscapes. One can choose to hike towards Mount Jomolhari to see Glacier Lake with optional, which is quite popular to take a hike for two hours to visit a beautiful glacier Tshophu Lake, and another option is to climb the solid mountain standing towards Jomolhari and Jichu Darke in front of your camp. Indeed, if you can make to the top of this huge mountain, which is about 500 meters above the base camp, you will be able to see spectacular views of both Jomolhari and Jichu Darke. The hike would take you about 3 hours. Overnight stay at camp altitude: 4090m.

DAY 7: JANGOTHANG TO SOE YAKSA

Today we will start early so that we can have more time on the way to look around and take pictures. The trail leaves the base camp and upon reaching a yak harder house we have to descend to the river and cross it to right and then climb gradually up for about an hour until to the open valley. Then we walk by the gentle slope of the grass land and with majestic view of Jomolhari and Jichu Darke and finally arriving at two Tshophu lakes, so beautiful and crystal clean. After spending quite a time in Tshophu we take the trail on the left side of the lake gradually climbing up to Bongtey La at about 4890 meters pass. This will be the highest pass that we will have on the trek. Here we will have miraculous views of great snow peak Himalayan mountain ranges besides Kanchenjunga in the far west.

After Bontey La, the trail descends with open grassy land spread out below offering beautiful views of lofty standing cliff above and pastures land below. The view is so spectacular that you can’t help exclaim. The lunch is normally served down below the end of the pasture. Further down, after lunch the trail drops down quite steep that you would find it hard on your knees until you reach Dumzochu and further crossing the river we reach to opening place where we will camp. Overnight stay at camp altitude: 3900m, approximate walking distance 17km/ 6-7 hours.

DAY 8: SOE YAKSA TO THONGBU

Today after your early breakfast as we began your trek the trail gradually ascends taking you through beautiful highland vegetation. We would also be able to see yaks grazing. The herd of blue sheep can also be seen. After gradual climbing about two hours we arrive at a yak harder camp site and then after a steady climb of about an hour we reach Dhunge La which is 4700 meters pass. From this pass you will be able to see series of snow Peak Mountains in the far west. Some believe Kanchenjunga is one of them. After the pass the trail goes down through steep mountain face and finally reaches Thongbu Shong or Thongbu valley which is actually quite open valley with some stone huts of yak harder. The yak harder spent summer time up here as the place provides big and rich pasture land for their yak. The camp here is at 4200 meters. Overnight stay at camp altitude: 4200m, approximate walking distance 14km/ 4-5 hours.

DAY 9: THONGBU TO SHANA

The trail after Thongbu camp ascends about thirty minutes and reaches the Tagulun La 4500meter pass; this is our last pass of the trek. The trail from the pass gradually descends down following the ridge. Today’s trail will be able to see the beautiful views of pasture land with Paro Tshentho villages down below the valley. Thereafter, we come across blue pine forest and finally descends to Shana camp just above Gunetshawa army camp. Overnight stay at camp altitude: 2600m, approximate walking distance 17km/ 5-6 hours.

DAY 10: SHANA TO PARO

Today we be the end of our trek, from Shana we will passing by Gunetshawa army camp and walk back same way that we starts the trek to Mesi Zampa village and finally arrive at Drugyel Dzong. After some refreshment by Yeoong Travels with trekking crews before they bid you farewell. We will drive to hotel and you can have a hot shower after a week long trek. Overnight stay at hotel, Paro.

DAY 11: PARO DEPARTURE
Early morning, 1 hour drive to Paro International Airport for your onward journey.

Day 1: Arrive Paro International Airport

During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Jomolhari and Jitchu Drake in Bhutan.

On arrival at the Paro International Airport, you will be received and escorted to your hotel by our representatives.

Day 2: Paro – Sightseeing

Morning: Drive to Drugyel Dzong (a ruined fortress about 16 km away from Paro town).The Dzong, although in ruins, is of great historical significance. It was from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The name Drugyel means "the Victorious Bhutanese." You also have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari ("Mountain of Goddess") at 7,329m from the Drukgyel Dzong.

Visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse on the way back to get a feel of the traditional living style of the Bhutanese.

Day 3: Paro - Thimphu

Drive alongside the Paro Chhu (Chhu - river) to the confluence with the Wang Chhu, then follow the Wang Chhu to Thimphu, the Capital. Lunch will be served at the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Memorial Chorten, dedicated to the Late Third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

Day 4: Thimphu - Trongsa

The journey to central Bhutan begins today. The drive to Trongsa takes about 7-8 hours from Thimphu. Pack lunch stop at Chendebji Chorten.

Day 5: Trongsa - Jakar (Bumthang)

Drive for 2 .5 hours to Jakar. Bumthang (meaning “the Plain of Ghosts”), is a land of myth and mystery and tales of the great Guru Padmasambhava who performed formidable feats and miracles here.

A beautiful view of the Jakar Dzong ("Castle of the White Bird") can be had from viewpoint. Lunch will be served in hotel. In the afternoon, hike up to Lame Goemba, a temple built by the First King of Bhutan for his two nun sisters. Outside Lame Goemba, one can see a traditional Bhutanese paper-making workshop.

Day 6 :Duer – Gorsum (Distance 18 km, 6 hours, Ascent 380m, Descent 0m)

After breakfast transport will reach the group to the starting point of the trek just below Kurjey Lhakhang. The trek route follows the Gorzam Chhu, a river rich in trout. The trail to Gorsum (3,120m) is a gradual climb.

Day 7 :Gorsum –Lungsum (Distance 12km, 5 hours, Ascent 40m, Descent 0m)

The trail ascends gradually through dense forest of spruce, hemlock, cypress, juniper and maple to the campsite at Lungsum (3,160m).You might see Bhutanese wild dogs on the way.

Day 8 :Lungsum – Tsochenchen (Distance 15 km, 6-7 hours, Ascent 620m, Descent 0m)

The vegetation remains the same until the campsite at Tsochenchen which is above the tree line at 3,780m.

Day 9 :Tsochenchen - Deur Hot Springs (Distance 18 km, 8-9 hours, Ascent 1,340m, Descent 1,530m)

The trek from Tsochenchen is uphill all the way till the Juli La Pass at 4,700m. From the pass, if the day is clear, surrounding mountains can be seen. After crossing the pass, the trail descends all the way down to a lake at 4,220m before ascending again to Gokthong La at 4,640m and then descending again through the jungle to a camp near the Duer Tsachhu (hot springs) at 3,590m. Musk deer, herds of blue sheep, and Himalayan bear are sometimes seen along the route.

Day 10 :Halt at Duer Tsachhu

After a late breakfast, relax in the tsachhu or hike around the surrounding areas.

Day 11 - 13:Duer Tsachhu - Duer

Take the same route back to Duer.

Day14 :Bumthang - Wangdue Phodrang

The drive to Wangdue takes about 7 hours. Picnic lunch will be arranged along the way.

Day15: Wangdue Phodrang –Thimphu

Visit Punakha Dzong on the way. Punakha used to be the winter capital of Bhutan until 1966. It is a place of great historical significance. The mortal remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal is preserved in a shrine here. Punakha is also the winter residence of the Je Khenpo (Head Abbot) and the Central Monk body. After visiting the Punakha Dzong, continue on to Thimphu.

Day16: Thimphu – Sightseeing

Visit Tashichhodzong, the main Secretariat Building. It is from here that the Druk Gyalpo (King) and other prominent civil servants run the country. The Head Abbot and the Central Monk Body also reside here during the summer.

Wander through the town, visit shops and the Handicrafts Emporium, where Bhutanese textiles and other handicrafts are available. Visit the workshop where the handicrafts are made.

Visit the painting and woodcrafts schools where traditional painting and other arts are kept alive and the National Library where all the ancient traditional and religious manuscripts are preserved.

Visit the Semtokha Dzong, one of the oldest dzongs in Bhutan built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Semtokha Dzong houses the largest monastic school in the country.

Day 17: Thimphu - Paro International Airport

Drive to Paro International Airport where our representatives will bid you Bon Voyage!

Day 1

During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest,Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Jomolhari and Jitchu Drake in Bhutan.

On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received and escorted to your hotel by our representatives.

Day 2: Paro – Sightseeing

Morning: Drive to Drugyel Dzong (a ruined fortress about 16 km away from Paro town).The Dzong, although in ruins, is of great historical significance. It was from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The name Drugyel means "the Victorious Bhutanese." You also have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari ("Mountain of Goddess") at 7,329m from the Drukgyel Dzong.

Visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse on the way back.

Day 3: Drukgyel Dzong – Sharna Zampa (Distance 17 km, 4-6 hours, Ascent 360m, Descent 80m)

Drive up to the end of the road at Drugyel Dzong (2,850m) where the trek begins. The trek starts with a 80m descent to the Paro Chhu (chhu – river). The trail follows the river gently uphill through narrowing valleys and agricultural fields. The trek takes you to the army post of Gunitsawa at 2,810m which is close to the border with Tibet. Your trek permit will be checked and endorsed here as all army personnel and civilians are required to check in here. Cross the Paro Chhu on a wooden cantiliever bridge at 2,790m and then climb to Sharna Zampa at 2,850m. Sharna Zampa is a camping site amidst meadows surrounded by trees. There is a helipad and an archery field on the opposite side of the river.

Day 4: Sharna Zampa – Thangthangka (Distance 22 km, 7-8 hours, Ascent 770m, Descent 10m)

This is going to be a long and hard day with the trail going up and down the river valley. The valley narrows so much that the path takes to the slopes. There is quite a lot of descending along this stretch. About 15 minutes from Sharna Zampa, you will find remnants of an old bridge with a house and a chorten on to the other side. This is the beginning of the Jigme Dorji National Park.

The trail leads you through forests of conifers, oaks, rhododendrons, ferns, birch, fir, blue pine, maple, and larch. Thangthangka (3,610m) is a beautiful meadow with the majestic Mt. Jomolhari looming at the head of the valley. There is a small stone shelter and a Bhutanese style house in a cedar grove at the edge of the meadow.

Day 5: Thangthangka – Jangothang (Distance 19 km, 5-6 hours, Ascent 480m, Descent 0m)

The trek starts up the Paro Chhu. An army outpost at 3,730m which houses personnel from the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) as well as the Indian Military Training Team (IMTRAT) is crossed along the way. The valley begins to widen again. All around high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks come into view. Yaks and yak herders' winter homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Jangothang at 4,080m is beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mt. Jomolhari. Needless to say, you get a spectacular view of Mt. Jomolhari from here. This is where you exchange your pack horses for yaks from Soe or horses from Dangochang.

Day 6 :Jangothang – Halt for acclimatization and exploration

Trek up to Tsophu, a pair of lakes with a good supply of brown trout. It takes about an hour and a half to get to Tsophu. The views from Jangothang are amazing!

Day 7 :Jangothang – Lingzhi (Distance 18 km, 6-7 hours, Ascent 840m, Descent 870m)

Trek through wide yak pastures and up and down passes. As you come down into the Lingzhi basin, you get a wonderful view of Lingzhi Dzong on a clear day. Tsarim Kang and its glaciers rise up at the north end of the valley. Night halt is a choice between a stone shelter or a tent.

Day 8 :Lingzhi – Chebisa (Distance 10 km, 5-6 hours, Ascent 280m, Descent 410m)

The trail takes you past the Lingzhi Dzong (also known as Yugyel Dzong) at 4,220m sitting on top of a ridge. The Dzong was originally built to control travel over the Linzghi La, a trade route between Punakha and Gyantse (a Tibetan town). It also takes you through Lingzhi village, past village homes, the post office, and school to the spectacular Chebisa valley. Chebisa valley has a frozen waterfall at its head. The campsite is on a meadow opposite Chebisa at 3,880m.

Day 9 :Chebisa – Shomuthang (Distance 17 km, 6-7 hours, Ascent 890m, Descent 540m)

The trek starts off by climbing the ridge behind Chebisa. You will find large herds of blue sheep living there. Continue climbing till you reach Gogu La at 4,440m and then descend into a side valley. Look out for bearded vultures and Himalayan griffons flying overhead. The trail takes you past a couple of yak herders’ huts. The campsite is nest to a stream at the base of the valley at Shomuthang (4,220m).

Day 10 :Shomuthang – Robluthang (Distance 18 km, 6-7 hours, Ascent 700m, Descent 760m)

Start off early as you have to cross the Jhari La at 4,750m. Form the pass, walk downhill following a stream through bushes of rhododendrons along the way until you reach a meadow by Jholethang Chhu at 3,990m. Cross the Jholethang Chhu on a log bridge. You will find herds of takin by a camp near the river in the summer. The takins migrate here in the summer and stay here for about four months. Campsite is in a rocky meadow called Robulathang at 4,160m.

Day 11 :Robulathang – Limithang (Distance 19 km, 6-7 hours, Ascent 850m, Descent 870m)

After crossing Shinche La at 5,005m, the trail descends to the valley beyond. On reaching Limithang (4,140m), the trail splits, with one leading to the army camp and the other following the higher ground to the west side of Laya village.

Camp site is on a flat piece of land overlooking the east end of Laya.

Day 12 :Limithang – Laya (Distance 10 km, 4-5 hours, Ascent 60m, Descent 340m)

The trail takes you across a river that you cross on a wooden cantilever bridge through the uninhabited valley and past a waterfall that you also cross until you see the stone houses and wheat fields of Laya. At 3,700m Laya is one of the highest and remotest villages in Bhutan. The Layaps have their own language and customs and also a distinct style of dressing.

Day 13 :Laya Halt for Rest and Acclimatization

Visit the village houses and take short hikes around the area.

Day 14 :Laya – Rodophu (Distance 10 km, 4-5 hours, Ascent 60m, Descent 340m)

You can get good views of the Mo Chhu and Rhodu Chhu on the way. You will also get a good view of a huge glacier on Tsenda Kang (7,100m). The Rodophu camp (4,160m) is beyond a wooden bridge across the Rhodu Chhu.

Day 15 :Rodophu – Narethang (Distance 17 km, 5-6 hours, Ascent 720m, Descent 0m)

The trail takes you past the Tsomo La at 4,900m, which offers very good views of Mount Jomolhari. The campsite at Narethang (4,900m) is below the peak of Gangla Karchung (6,395m).

Day 16 :Narethang – Tarina (Distance 18 km, 7-8 hours, Ascent 270m, Descent 1200m)

The trek crosses the Gangla Karchung La at 5,120m. You can see a massive glacier descending from Teri Gang (north of Gangla Karchung La) to two deep turquoise lakes, about one kilometer from you. Campsite at Tarina.

Day 17 :Tarina – Woche (Distance 17 km, 6-7 hours, Ascent 275m, Descent 330m)

The trail leads you through conifers and past some beautiful waterfalls. Woche is the first village in the Lunana region and is made up of about five houses. On arrival at camp, visit a village house.

Day 18 :Woche – Lhedi (Distance 17 km, 6-7 hours, Ascent 980m, Descent 950m)

The trail crosses the Keche La at 4,650m past a clear lake. Stop at Thaga village (4,050m) en route and continue on to Lhedi at 3,700m. Lhedi has a Basic Health Unit (BHU), schoo, and a wireless station but like anywhere else in the Lunana district, there are no shops here.

Day 19 :Lhedi – Thanza (Distance 17 km, 4-5 hours, Ascent 400m, Descent 0m)

The trail takes you past the Chozo village. Visit the Chozo Dzong on the way and continue on to Thanza.

Day 20 :Thanza halt

Spend the day visiting village houses, meeting the local people, and visiting the glacial lakes.

Day 21 :Thanza – Danji (Distance 8 km, 3-4 hours, Ascent 80m, Descent 0m)

Danji is a yak meadow with some yak herders’ huts. There are usually blue sheep grazing above the camp and they occasionally walk into camp.

Day 22 :Danji – Tshochena (Distance 12km, 5-6 hours, Ascent 490m, Descent 240m)

The trail crosses Jaze La Pass at 5,150m offering views of mountains in all directions and past several small lakes. The camp is near the shore of Tshochena at 4,970m.

Day 23 :Tshochena – Jitchu Dramo (Distance 14 km, 4-5 hours, Ascent 230m, Descent 140m)

The trail takes you past Loju La at 5,140m and across a small saddle at 5,100m into a wide glacial valley, and then down to the camp at Jitchu Dramo at 5,050m.

Day 24 :Jichu Dramo – Chukarpo (Distance 18 km, 5-6 hours, Ascent 320m, Descent 730m)

The trail crosses Rinchen Zoe La at 5,320m. You can see the Rinchen Zoe peak (5,650m) and Gangkar Puensum from the pass. Camp at Chukarpo (4,600m).

Day 25 :Chukarpo – Thampe Tsho (Distance 18 km, 5-6 hours, Ascent 400m, Descent 640m)

The trail crosses Thampe La at 4,550m. Camp is at the far end of the Thampe Tsho.

Day 26 :Thampe Tsho – Maurothang (Distance 14 km, 5 hours, Ascent 280m, Descent 1,020m)

The trek is mostly all downhill through stunted rhododendron trees. You pass the Om Tsho, a sacred site where Terton Pema Lingpa is said to have found a number of sacred texts and artifacts (terma). Maurothang (3,610m) is a large clearing by the river.

Day 27 :Maurothang – Sephu (Distance 18 km, 5-6 hours, Ascent 0m, Descent 990m)

The trail descends alongside the Nikka Chhu and then gradually through forests and pastures into a grassy area overlooking the Sephu village. Continue on to the main road at Sephu next to the Nikka Chhu Bridge at 2,600m.

Meet your car here and drive to Thimphu.

Day 28 :Thimphu – Sightseeing

Visit the magnificent Tashichhodzong, the main Secretariat Building. It is from here that the King and other prominent civil servants run the country. The Je Khenpo (Head Abbot) and the Central Monastic Body also reside here during the summer.Wander through the town, visit shops and the Handicrafts Emporium, where Bhutanese textiles and other handicrafts are available. Visit the workshop where the handicrafts are made.

Visit the painting and woodcrafts schools where traditional painting and other arts are kept alive.

Visit the National Library and see the ancient manuscripts preserved there.Visit the Semtokha Dzong (~6 km from Thimphu), the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1629. The Semtokha Dzong houses the largest monastic school in the country.

Day 29: Thimphu – Paro International Airport

Drive to Paro International Airport where our representative will bid you Bon Voyage!