(B: BREAKFAST, L: LUNCH, D: DINNER)
|Day 1||Paro Arrival||Paro||L, D|
|Day 2||Paro||Paro||B, L, D|
|Day 3||Drukgyel Dzong – Sharna Zampa||Tent||B, L, D|
|Day 4||Sharna Zampa – Thangthangkha||Tent||B, L, D|
|Day 5||Thangthangkha – Jangothang||Tent||B, L, D|
|Day 6||Jangothang Halt||Tent||B, L, D|
|Day 7||Jangothang – Dhumzo||Tent||B, L, D|
|Day 8||Dhumzo – Thombu Shong||Tent||B, L, D|
|Day 9||Thombu Shong – Zakhapang||Tent||B, L, D|
|Day 10||Sharna Zampa – Drukgyel Dzong||Thimphu||B, L, D|
|Day 11||Thimphu – Punakha / Wangdue||Punakha||B, L, D|
|Day 12||Punakha / Wangdue – Paro||Paro||B, L, D|
|Day 13||Paro Departure||B|
This beautiful valley is home to many Bhutan’s oldest monasteries and temples. The country’s only airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to Mt Jumolhari (7,300m/24090ft) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley. This is also the home to some of the famous Treks such as Jumolhari and Druk Path trek.
Upon arrival, our guide will greet you at the airport, and transfer to your hotel in town, stop to visit National Museum which it served as during the 17th century to guard the region from the Tibetan invasion. Kichu Lhakhang (Temple) is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan. Archery Practice: Archery is the Bhutan’s national game and the distance of the target is around 150 meters.
After early breakfast, you will cycle from the hotel to the base of the Tiger’s Nest. This is Bhutan’s most recognizable cultural icon perched 800m/2640ft up a seemingly sheer cliff. Although it was tragically and mysteriously consumed by fire in April 1998, it has now been restored to its former glory. Dzongdrakha Temple often called the mini Taktsang, Dzongdrakha temples are built on the cliffs above Bondey village. After that, you can visit the picturesque farm houses dot the valley amongst fields and hillsides. We welcome you to enjoy the hospitality of the Paro farmers.
Jomolhari Trek (Soi Yaktsha) is the shorter one of the two Jomolhari routes – the most popular trek in Bhutan. With altitude differences of 2,500m and nearly 5,000m (lowest and highest point of the route) it offers a wide range of landscape and fauna and flora. The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari Basecamp in Jangothang.
Max. Elevation: 4,890m/16137ft
Highest Camp: 4,080m/13464ft
Best Seasons: April to June, September to November
Start: Drukgyel Dzong (Paro)
Finish: Drukgyel Dzong (Paro)
Start early in the morning to drive up to Drukgyel Dzong (2,580m) where the road ends and the trek begins. With a gradual climb the trail follows the Paro Chhu passing beautiful meadows, paddy fields and impressive farm houses. After about four hours you will reach the army post at Gunitsawa village. The campsite is on the opposite side of the river, not far from Gunitsawa.
Trekking distance: 12 km / 4 hours
On this long day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley, you enter the Jigme Dorji National Park. The valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path which descends to a meadow where a camp will be set up. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mount Jomolhari.
Trekking distance: 22 km / 8 hours
If you did not see Mount Jomolhari last evening, you will have a great chance to get a great view this early morning. This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. Cross an army outpost along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. Reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari.
Trekking distance: 17 km / 5 hours
The day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views on lakes and snowcapped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization. Trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jumolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lie directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.
The trail leads to a last settlement in the valley and drops to the Paro Chhu. Passing the lake of Tshophu (4,380m/14454ft) you will climb up steeply to Bhonte La pass at 4,890m/16137ft, the highest point of this trek route. Reaching the Dhumzo Chhu river, you trek downstream passing the few houses of Dhumzo to arrive at your camp soon after.
Trekking distance: 16 km / 7 hours
The trail climbs 100m/330ft over a ridge to drop to another stream then. After crossing the Takhung La pass (4,520m/14916ft) you descent to Thombu Shong, three yak herder huts with your campsite next to them.
Trekking distance: 11 km / 4 hours
Crossing Thombu La pass (4,380m/14454ft) you will finally reach Gunitsawa and the campsite.
Trekking distance: 13 km / 5 hours
After get to the finish point at Drugyel Dzong, transfer to Thimphu. Thimphu is a bustling town on the banks of the Thimphu Chhu and set gloriously in the hills of the Thimphu valley. It is home to the Bhutanese Royal Family, the Royal Government to several foreign missions and development projects. Thimphu is the only capital city in the world that has no MacDonald, Starbucks, bill boards and traffic lights.
Trekking distance: 17 km / 7 hours
Punakha narrates lots on the histories of Bhutan. It served as the capital of the country from 1637 to 1907 and the first national assembly was hosted here in 1953. It has the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan and one of the most majestic structures in the country.
Visit Memorial Chorten, Hand Made Paper Factory: The handmade paper making in Bhutan stemmed from the age old tradition originated in 8th century. Authentic Craft Bazar, Mini Zoo: Here you can see just one animal – Bhutan’s national – the Takin. Tashichho Dzong (Fortress), its houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body. Kuenschholing View Point (Largest sitting Buddha), get an insight into Bhutan through its stamps and get your stamps out of your own picture.
On the way to Punakha we come across Dochula Pass which is a popular location as it offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range. The Royal Botanical Park –the country’s first recreational Park which is within accessible distance from the capital city, Thimphu. The park attracts lots of visitors which include birdwatchers, travelers, picnickers, etc.
This beautiful valley is home to many Bhutan’s oldest monasteries and temples. Visit Rinchengang village – a 20 minutes hike up from the paved road will take you to a clustered village. It is known for its traditional masonry, Punakha Nunnery which perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang, gleams the magnificent structures of Nunnery Temple. Punakha Dzong (Fortress): Built in 1637 this majestic fortress is built in-between two rivers. The fortress also boasts about displaying itself of unique Bhutanese architecture.
Free at leisure until transfer to airport for departure flight.