Trip Description

We have been doing a choice of strenuous short organized trek in the Himalayan region of Bhutan since a couple of decades. When you add it all together our programs has been sorted out into two categories in term of elevations. Such as High Altitude Treks and Low Altitude Treks. Especially a High altitude Treks generally emphasizes in superior degree of physical fitness of trekkers is curtailed due to the uncertainty of seasonal fluctuations. Apart from a number of other trek routes Snow Man Druk Path, Laya-Lingshi and Chomolhari treks are most popular routes in the Thunder Dragon Land of Bhutan.

The Government of Bhutan is strictly sensitive to the delicacy of environmental damage and cultural spoil in order that controlling in entering into country with limited number of levelheaded holidaymakers even if there lots of unexplored myseteries to be absorbed.

Bhutan , the land of thunder, lies to the east of the Himalayas . A land of magical charm, it offers magnificent mountain views, forest scenery, and ancient architecture. Friendly people who follow age-old cultures inhabit the country.

Bhutan 's foremost priority is to preserve its natural and cultural assets. It maintains a restriction policy that allows a small number of visitors into the country. Thus, over the years, tourism has had little impact on the lifestyles of the people and their traditional way of life. Across the Himlayas Treks & Expidetion in Kathmandu offers well - organized tours in Bhutan .

Trip Itinerary

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu . Welcome clients at the airport and trasfer to hotel and check-in. A short briefing on the program after refreshment.

Day 02: An exciting sightseeing tour in three beautiful queen cities in Kathmandu Valley meanwhile our liaison officer will process and obtain travel permits for Bhutan .

Day 03: Arrive Paro: The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of the country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world's highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. Our Bhutanese escort will greet you on arrival, and then drive you the short distance to the hotel. In the evening, drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan , the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo.

Day 04. Paro: Excursion to Taktsang Monastery: A very special day, with an excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang {Tiger's Den } monastery - After breakfast a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, from there a 2 hour horse ride till the viewpoint point of the monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang {cafeteria} and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche's meditation cave in the 1684by 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 , flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.

After lunch, visit Ta Dzong {built in1656 and renovated in 1968}, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum . Below the museum is the Rimpung Dzong {literally "Heap of Jewels", built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered bridge. A short distance further is one of the innumerable archery grounds. {Archery is the national sport of Bhutan }. If we are lucky, we may catch a match in action. The evening ends with a walk through Paro's main shopping district. Dinner and over night in Hotel.

Day 05. Paro - Jele Dzong {Start of Trek}: Today is a short trek. The trek begins above the National Museum ; we climb till we reach camp. If the weather is clear the Paro valley and the snow- capped mountains can be seen. The campsite is near the old Jele Dzong. If the caretaker is there you can visit the Dzong. Altitude 3,350m; Distance 10 Km; Time 3 - 4 hours.

Day 06. Jele Dzong - Jangchulakha: The trek starts with a short climb and then passes through a thick alpine forest of rhododendron and gradually climbs till we reach camp. You may see yak herders around your campsite. Altitude 3,700m; Distance 12 Km; Time 4 - 5 hours.

Day 07. Jangchulakha - Jimilangtso: The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valleys are beautiful. Our camp is close to Lake Jimilangtso . These lakes are known for their giant sized trout, and if lucky, you may enjoy well- prepared trout for dinner. Altitude 3,800m; Distance 16 Km; Time 6/7 hours.

Day 08. Jimilangtso - Simkota. {4-5hours}: The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees past the lake of Janetso . Overnight camp.

Day 09. Simkota - Phajoding – Thimphu {4-5hours}: From here we slowly descend down to Phajoding Monastery from where Thimphu town is visible at the valley floor. Overnight camp.

Day 10. Thimphu Sightseeing: The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan . We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). After lunch we drive to the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices, and to Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal silver smiths and Bhutanese paper factory at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan ). We finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu . Over night in Hotel.

Day 11. Thimphu – Punakha – Wangdiphodrang - Thimphu { 72 Kms, 3 hours drive}. After breakfast, Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. While in Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male river) and Mo Chu (Female river). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, "…a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant". There was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in front of the statue, while Palep was sleeping, the Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang ( Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je- Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952.

After lunch, drive to Thimphu , enroute visit Chime Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley. He subdued the demons with his " Magical Thunder bolt". The Temple is also known as "the Temple of Fertility " and Wangdiphodrang Dzong. Overnight in Hotel in Thimphu .

Day 12. Departure: Early morning, drive to the Paro Airport and farewell.

Day 13: Arrival in Kathamdnu.

Day 14: Departure

Cost Includes/Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Trekking guide
  • Trekking permit

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Visa fee
  • International Air fare

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