This trek gifts you with great variety of Bhutanese landscapes and is without doubt one of the most beautiful and unspoiled trekking areas in the entire Himalayas. The trek begins at Drugyal dzong passing through beautiful villages, scattered hamlets and farmland. We find different vegetation from richly forested valley to high alpine pastureland where Yak herders graze their animals. Trout fishing in sky blue lake with magnificent views of three majestic peaks is one of the activities, which can be done on a rest day. You will also encounter rare species like the blue sheep & snow leopard.
The Bhutan Himalayas offer great opportunities for trekking. Treks can range from a merry jaunt or a day’s outing to the arduous 27-day “Snowman Trek” that will test even the stamina and prowess of the seasoned trekker. The land offers scenic beauty with its splendid lofty mountains and deep valleys undisturbed by modernization. Nature unfolds in all its glory and charm whenyou venture out into the country with your sights set on that distant mountain peak. Away from the bustle of towns and cities, the trail will take the trekker through densely wooded slopes abounding in magnolia, pine, juniper and rhododendron trees to verdant high meadows carpeted with alpine flowers, which come to life with a riot of colors in the spring. The days will be free of care as you amble over the sun-drenched hills and dales, reveling in the sheer joy of being alive and a part of the pristine natural environs that makes it seem as if every new day is the first. And there is no more heartwarming sight as the dusk descends. You approach the camp site and see in the distance the glimmer of cooking fires where the advance party eagerly awaits your arrival with a welcoming feast.
Trekking in the Bhutan Himalayas can be a truly rewarding experience and Himalayan Holidays with its team of trained and trusted Sherpa staffs from Nepal and backed by the local Bhutanese staffs in their “Go” or traditional attire, offer treks listed below to choose from. Trekking permits are required for all parties. A trekking day usually consists of five to six hours of walking. Pack animals, ponies and yaks for the higher altitude treks, are provided for carrying provisions, baggage and equipment and food preparation is provided by the Company.
A trained and trusted guide, a cook, a trek assistant and at least one horseman accompany all trekking parties. The support crew walks ahead of the trekking party each day and pitches camp before the trekkers arrive.
Altitude sickness may be a problem for some trekkers for high altitude treks, which usually goes above 3,000 meters. Those who have not properly acclimatized or suffer from altitude sickness are advised either to choose lower altitude treks or to start slowly and allow you to acclimatize.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, meet, assist and transfer to hotel welcome refreshments will be served and room check in assistance provided. Eve: Pre departure trip briefing followed by welcome dinner at a Nepali restaurant featuring cultural program
Fly to Paro (Bhutan) and transfer to hotel.
After breakfast meet ransfer to the International Airport to board the Druk Air flight to Paro. This flight offers breathtaking views of Rolwaling Himalaya, Mount Everest, Makalu, Kangchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mt. Chomolhari and Mt. Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by our representatives and escorted to the hotel. Pm: Sightseeing tour of Paro valley (time permitting). Diner and overnight at hotel / resort.
Day hike to Taktsang Monastery.
Day hike to Taktsang Monastery also popularly known as the "Tiger's Nest". The hike that is all the way uphill takes about 2~3 hours through small villages and pine forests. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters above the Paro valley. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17-century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their lifetime. Stroll back or drive back to the Kichu Resort for a hearty lunch and some rest. Later in the afternoon visit the Paro Dzong, the Paro Market area and the National Museum. Dinner and overnight at hotel / resort.
Drive to Drugyal Dzong and trek to Shana Camp (6 hrs / 2800 m.)
After breakfast drive to Drugyel Dzong where the trek begins. The path goes upstream of the Pachu River through villages gradually ascending to 2800 meters. Overnight camp at Shana.
Trek to Soi Thangthangkha (8 hrs / 3800 m.)
After breakfast leave the campsite and start trek following the Pachu River ascending through pine, oak and spruce forest. Lunch will be served near a wooden bridge. The camp is at an altitude of 3800 meters near a stone shelter. Dinner and overnight at camp.
Trek to Jangothang (5 hrs. / 4050 m.)
Climb slowly for a while till you reach an army camp. Then follow the river above the tree line with stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a Yak herder’s camp. An easy walk will reach you to Jangothang at an altitude of 4050 meters. The view of Chomolhari (7320 meters) and Jichu Drake (6900 meters) is superb. Both the mountains are still virgin peaks. Walking time 4~5 hours. Diner and overnight at camp.
Rest day in Jangothang.
Explore the surrounding areas like Tshophu Lake, visit Yak herders shelters or simply relax around the camp with a book. Dinner and overnight at Camp.
Trek to Lingshi (7 hrs / 4100m.)
The trail follows the stream for about half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Climb up the ridge and enjoy stunning views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Khang mountains. Walk through the wide-open valley sometimes coming across herds of blue sheep. The climb up to the Nyele la pass 4700 meters is not too difficult and the view is breathtaking. After the pass it’s a gradual descend through the valley with beautiful views on all sides. Nearing the camp you will see the Lingshi Dzong perched on top of a hill with commanding view of the valley. Arrive at the camp at 4100 meters near a stone shelter. Dinner and overnight at Camp.
Trek to Shoudu (8 hrs / 4750m.) via Yale la pass (4950 m)
Today is the most difficult day so the walk should start early. Begin walking opposite the dzong gradually through the valley until the stiff climb to Yale la pass at 4950 meters, the highest point of the trip. The panoramic view of Mt.Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Gang is breathtaking. After the pass it’s a long descent to the camp at 3750 meters. Dinner and overnight at camp.
Trek to Barshong (6 hrs. / 3500 m)
The path follows the Thimchu River descending through rhododendron, Juniper and pine forests. The view of the cliff facing rocks and waterfalls are stunning. The trail gradually ascends after 3/4 hours to the ruins of Barshong Dzong reaching the camp at 3500 meters. Dinner and overnight camp at Barshong.
End trek in Dodina (7 hrs.) & drive to Thimphu City (1 hr.)
The path descends for a while joining the Thimchu river and gradually ascending and descending through thick bamboo and pine forests. From Dolemkencho the trail descends all the way to Dodina where you will meet the waiting vehicle. After bid farewell to Trekking team drive to Thimphu City for refreshment and rest. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Sightseeing tour of Thimphu City and drive to Paro.
After breakfast proceed for a sightseeing tour of Thimphu City. After lunch in Thimphu drive Paro. Dinner and overnight at hotel / resort in Paro.
Fly to Kathmandu.
Transfer to Paro’s international Airport to board the scenic flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu meet assist and transfer to hotel for some rest and relaxation. Eve: Group farewell dinner ant famed Rum Doodle Restaurant. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Final departure from Kathmandu.
Free until final departure transfer to Kathmandu’s International Airport.
Arrival / departure transfers by air-conditioned vehicle with our airport representative in Kathmandu and in Bhutan.
Two nights’ accommodation at 3 star hotels (Hotel Tibet or Hotel Manaslu) on Bed & Breakfast basis.
3 nights stay at Paro Kychu Resort in Paro inclusive of all meals.
1 night stay at Hotel River View or similar inclusive of all meal.
Eleven nights / twelve days Bhutan Trip on full board basis as per the itinerary on twin room / tent sharing basis.
All sightseeing tours and transfers as per itinerary with English speaking guide.
Meals except welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
Items of personal nature such as bar bills, alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone calls, extra mileage, personal gratuities as tips to guide, porters, drivers etc.
The itinerary listed is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide you. This trekking can be modified according to your time and requirements. We will be pleased if you provide every minor details about your trip.