The best time to do this trek is in April to June, September to November. You will come across dwarf rhododendrons, primlas and other high altitude flowers. In June and July, you can also see the rare Rheum flower which looks like an elongated cabbage. You will be camping beside the pristine lakes and the passes will offer stunningly beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains. This is a moderate trek and is not very strenuous.
|Day 1||Arrival |
Kuzuzangpola – Welcome to Bhutan!
|The flight to Paro is an experience like no other.
During the journey, you will get inspiringly beautiful glimpses of some of the worlds most famous Himalayan peaks.Rest of the time at leisure for the guest to abosorb themselves in the pure air of Bhutan.Overnight: Hotel in Paro.
|Day 2||Paro sightseeing – Taktsang excursion||The main highlight of the day is the hike to one of Bhutan’s most venerated pilgrimage sites, the Taktsang Gompa, commonly referred to as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’.
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.
Resting at an altitude of 900 m above the valley, Taktsang is an architectural wonder and the spectacular four hour walk will be your most overwhelming experience ever.
Drive on to visit Drukgyel Dzong (the ruined fortress -17 km from the town), built in 1647 by ShabdrungNgawangNamgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetans in 1644.
Drukgyel means ‘fortress of the victorious Drukpas’.
The Dzong, with a delightful village nestling at its foot, and the Mount of Jumolhari
(Alt 24,000 feet) appearing as a back drop on a fine weather is an awe-inspiring sight.
On the way back, stop at one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, the Kyichulhakhang built in the 13th century by the famous Buddhst Tibetan king, SongtsenGampo .
Overnight: Hotel in Paro.
|Day 3||Paro – JeleDzong (7 kms) Altitude 2576 m (8,500 ft) Time : 4-5 hrs||This is a short trekking day. Its a gradual climb till the end and if the weather is clear, you will see an awe-striking view of Paro valley against the back drop of snow-capped mountains.
|Day 4||JeleDzong – Jangchulakha (10 kms) Altitude 2879 m (9,500 ft) Time: 4-5 hrs||You begin with an uphill climb for an hour and a half. The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and dwarf rhododendron bushes. You may see yaks with yak herders around your campsite.
|Day 5||Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso (11 kms) Altitude 3330 m (10, 890 ft) Time: 5-6 hrs||The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the view of mountains and valley are breathtakingly beautiful. The campsite is close to Lake Jimilangtso. These Lakes are known for their giant size trouts.
|Day 6||Jimilangtso – Simkota Lake (11 kms) Altitude 3485 m (11, 500 ft) Time: 4-5 hrs||The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron bushes and the lake of Janetso. You may come across some Yak herders's camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of nomadic life. The campsite is close to Simkota Lake.|
|Day 7||Simkota – Phajoding - Thimphu (18 kms) Altitude 2879 m (9, 500 ft) Time: 5- 6 hrs||The trek begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount "Gangkhar Punsum", the highest mountain in Bhutan as well as other Himalayan mountain ranges from the Dochula pass. From here, the trek takes you downhill to Phajoding.
The trek to Thimphu is all the way downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours.
Hot shower and dinner at the hotel.
O/n Hotel in Thimphu
|Day 8||Thimphu sightseeing||Morning, visit the Memorial Chorten, dedicated to the 3rd Prince of Bhutan.
Also visit the Folk Heritage Museum, Institute of Arts and Crafts, National Library and Takin Sanctuary (Takin is the national animal of Bhutan).
Post luncg, visit “the fortress of the glorious religion”, Tashichhoe Dzong.
It’s a majestic fortress in all its grandeur and serves as the seat of Bhutan’s government. The Dzong houses the secretariat, throne room, offices of his majesty the king and the ministries of home affairs and finance. On the drive back, you will pass the only golf course in bhutan.
Ramble along the numerous handicraft stores in town in the evening to check out intricately woven Bhutanese textiles and exclusive handicrafts which you can take back with you as a souvenir of your trip to Bhutan.
Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu.
|Day 9||Thimphu to Paro Time: 1 hours||After breakfast visit the post office town to see/buy a wondrous collection of Bhutanese stamps and postcards.Depart for Paro.Enroute visit the Buddha Dordome, the giant statue of Lord Buddha from where we will have a great view of Thimphu valley.
Drive further towards Paro crossing the confluence point at Chunzum and driving along the Paro chu.
In Paro, check in to the hotel.
Visit Ta -Dzong, the National Museum, which showcases the cultural and ecological richness of Bhutan. Ramble down to visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong, the ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’ . Hike down the Dzong to the typical Bhutanese bridge to our waiting car.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro
|Day 10||Departure||TASHI DELEK!|
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