DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO
The flight offers you beautiful view of Himalayan mountain ranges and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received and transferred to hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight at hotel
DAY 02: EXCURSION TO TAKTSANG MONASTERY
The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2/3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery which clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley was devastated by fire in1998 but the Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore the monastery to its original structure.
Overnight at hotel
Day 03: PARO – SHANA (2800m)
Drive to Drugyel Dzong where the trek begins. The path goes upstream of the Pachu river through villages gradually ascending to 2800 meters at Shana camp. Walking time 5/6 hours.
DAY 04: SHANA – SOI THANGTHANGK (3800m)
Shana to Soi Thangthangk. The trail again follows the Pachu river ascending through pine, oak and spruce forest. Walking time 7/8 hours.
Day 05: Soi to Jangothang
Climb slowly for a while till you reach an army camp. Then follow the river above tree line. A 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.
Day 06: Jangothang
Explore the surrounding areas like Tshophu lake, visit Yak herders camp or relax enjoying the view of mount Chomolhari.
Day 07: Jangothang to Lingshi 4100m)
The trail follows the stream for half hour and crosses the bridge. Climb up the ridge then walk through the wide open valley sometimes coming across herds of blue sheep. The climb upto the Nyele la pass 4700 meters is not too difficult and the view is breathtaking. After the pass its a gradual descend and through the valley with beautiful views on all side. Nearing the camp you will see the Lingshi Dzong perched on top of a hill with commanding view of the valley. Walking time 6/7 hours.
Day 08: Lingshi to Chebisa (3900m)
Walk pass the Lingshi Dzong and admiring the magnificent mountains. Today is a very pleasant walk through villages, yak herders camps and keep a sharp eye on herds of blue sheep that looks like rock boulders on the mountain side. A short walk after lunch we will reach to Chebisa village. Walking time 4/5 hours.
Day 09: Chebisa to Shomuthang (4250m)
Today begins with a stiff climb up a ridge to Gobu la pass 4600 meters taking nearly ¾ hours to the top but rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas. This is a blue sheep area so always keep a sharp eye. After the pass descend through rhododendrons bushes. The path goes up down crossing streams and Yak herders camps. Walking time 7/8 hours.
Day 10: Shomuthang to Robluthang (4300m)
The trek starts with a climb to Jari la pass 4650 meters. Then descend all the way to Tsharijathang a summer feeding ground for the rare Takins (national animal of Bhutan). During summer/monsoon the path is all wet so be prepared to get wet as the small wooden bridges are all washed away. After crossing the stream the trail ascends for a while till we reach Robluthang. Walking time 7/8 hours.
Day 11: Robluthang to Limithang (4100m)
Today will be a long climb up to Shinje la pass at 4950 meters. The view of Gangchey ta mountain 6800 meters from the pass is breathtaking. From the pass descend all the way with a wider view of the mountain.
Arrive Limithang a wide open valley and summer grazing ground for the yaks of the Laya people. Walking time 7/8 hours.
Day 12: Limithang to Laya (3850m)
Morning enjoy the breathtaking view of Gangchey Ta mountain in front of you. The walk to Laya is pleasant passing through damp forest filled with moss and singing birds. Arrive Laya village the second highest settlements in the country. Walking time 4/6 hours.
Day 13 : Laya
Explore the village by visiting the home of the Laya people. Every home will welcome you with smiling faces and there is no need for invitation. A cup of butter tea, yak milk, Chang (local brewed wine made from wheat or barley) any of your choice will be offered. The Laya women have a dress that is unique in Bhutan. They wear the conical bamboo hats decorated with turquoise and silver ornaments and dark yak wool dress.
Day 14: Laya to Koina (3400m)
Trek down to the army base camp and follow the river crossing small streams. During the winter months you will see the rare Takins grazing on the bamboo shoots. The trail is up and down. Camp will be near a river next to a stone shelter. Walking time 5/6 hours.
Day 15 : Koina to Gasa Hot spring (2200m)
The trail ascends for some time and gradually to the Bamela pass at 3750 meters. The path is all the way down hill till the camp. During monsoon the trail is filled with leeches but it is surprising not finding any leeches near the hot spring. The hot spring was discovered by Guru Rinpoche and it is believed that who has faith in him can cure sickness which was impossible by modern medicine. Walking time 6/7 hours.
Day 16: Hot Spring to Goen Damji (1850m)
The walk begins through semi tropical vegetation filled with wild orchids crossing rivers and streams. Walking across huge suspension bridges and one bridge is over 150 meters in height. It is a easy walk and you can take your time in admiring the scenic beauty of the country side. Walking time 4/5 hours.
Day 17: Damji to Tashithang (1550m)
Today is the last day of trekking. Continue walking gradually down hill following the Mochu River through heavily forested area till we arrive Tashithang. The bus will be waiting and proceed for 1 hour to Punakha. Visit the 17 centuary Punakha dzong and drive to hotel.
Overnight at hotel
Day 18: Drive 4/5 hours to Paro via Thimphu
After lunch proceed to Paro. Overnight at hotel.
Day 19: Transfer to airport for final departure