This trek offers the perfect blend of 7 days of picturesque trekking with tours of some of Bhutan's most incredible cultural and historical sites. The route is a very popular one, passing through Jangothang and the base of the captivating Mount Jumolhari, taking you through some of the beautiful high passes and the Yak Herders' camp. Trekkers will enjoy some of the most spectacular sceneries of the Higher Himalayas including Jichu Drake, all the while taking in the beautiful wildlife of Bhutan such as herds of blue sheep, lush forests, impressive rock cliffs, waterfalls, and snow-covered peaks as we take you up to Bonte La, the highest point (4900m) and back down again. Adventurers will also get the chance to bask in the rich culture of Bhutan as we take you to view their oldest and grandest buildings such as the Ta dzong, a National Museum housed in an old watchtower, the popular and stunning Paro Taktsang monastery, also known as The Tiger's Nest, as well as the Lungchutse hike which takes you to the Lungchutse temple and provides an unbelievable 360 degree view of the Himalayan mountain range.
*Single Supplement of $450.
- Airport Transfers
- Bhutan Visa
- Transportation by private vehicle in Bhutan
- English speaking guide
- All meals
- Entrance fees, Trekking permits, All local taxes
- Services of Guide, Cook & Helper on the Trek
- Mess Tent, Kitchen and Toilet Tent
- Ponies to carry supplies
- Sleeping Pads (Bring your own Sleeping Bag)
Day 1: Arrive Paro. (By Druk Air flight)
Your Guide from Yak Holidays will receive you at the airport and drive you the short distance to the hotel. After lunch, we'll visit the Ta dzong, a National Museum housed in an old watchtower above the Rimpung Dzong, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. We'll have dinner and spend the night at the hotel in Paro.
Day 2: Paro Excursion to Taktsang Monastery - Shana
After an early breakfast, we'll take a day hike up through the beautiful pine forest, stopping for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) before continuing our journey to the awe-inspiring, cliff-clinging Paro Taktsang monastery, also known as "The Tiger's Nest". After lunch, we'll drive to and explore the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong before driving to Shana where we'll camp for the night.
Day 3: Shana - Thangthangka (Start of Trek)
Altitude: 3610m. Distance 22km. Time 7 - 8 hours (770 meters ascent, 10 meters descent).
Today we begin our trek. The trail follows the Paro river through a lush forested area with a few isolated farmhouses, narrowing and closing in, eventually winding up down along the drainage. We will camp in a meadow with a stone shelter for the night.
Day 4: Thangthangka - Jangothang
Altitude 4080m. Distance 19 kms. Time 5 - 6 hours (480 meters ascent)
In the morning, after passing a small army post, the trail will slowly leave the forest line and gradually climb into a beautiful valley, passing Tegethang, a winter home of yak herdsmen. Lunch will be served in one of these huts. Lots of yaks will be seen today before we arrive at the Jomolhari base camp (4,115 m). High mountains overlook the camp and visible nearby are the ruins of an old fortress used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invasions. We'll have dinner and spend the night in camp.
Day 5: Jangothang
Rest day at Jangothang, enjoy the superb view all around.
For Day hikes, you have 3 options on this day at Jangothang.
1. Hike to Jumolhari Glacier which is around 4 and half hours (Back and forth)
2. Hike to Jichu Drake Glacier which is around 3 hours (Back and Forth).
3. Walk up the mountain between Jumolhari and Jichu Drake, the summit is at 5200 meters with a great view of both the mountains. This is 8 hours (Back and forth).
Day 6: Jangothang - Dhumzo (Soi Yaktsa) via Bonte La pass
Highest Point: 4900m, Duration 7 - 8 hours walk, Distance - 16Kms, Level of Difficulty: Moderately hard.
On today's trek we'll get stunning views of Jomolhari, Jitchu Drake and the valley to Jhomolhari camp site as well as several yak harders tent, Tsho Phu lakes and often a flock of Himalayan blue Sheep. At Bonte La, the highest point (4900m), we'll get time to relax before continuing down through a steep, narrow gully to Dhumjo. We'll have dinner and camp in Soi yaksey Valley; a beautiful site with impressive rock cliffs, waterfalls, deep side valleys, and snow-covered peaks.
Day 7: Dhumzo (Soi Yaktsa) - Thombushong via Tagalun Pass
Highest Point: 4550m. Duration 5-6 hours. Distance 14Km. Level of difficulty: Moderate.
The next morning we'll climb from the camp through forest and meadow until we reach a beautiful valley set up with a couple of Yak Herders' camps. You can also get a view of Jomolhari for a short while. We'll stop for lunch before embarking on a steep hour long climb to the pass where we'll be able to see the pristine campsite at Thombushong where we'll have dinner and camp. If you are trekking during May and June, you can see Takins (Our National Animal) as this is their Migratory route.
Day 8: Thombushong to Zankepang via Thombula pass
Highest Point 4300m. Duration 7-8 hours. Distance 18kms. Level of Difficulty: Moderate (Long downhill, punishment to your knees)
Today we'll start our half an hour climb to Thombula where we'll walk on the ridge and enjoy spectacular views of several mountain peaks, the closest one being Jichu Drake (5980 Meters). During the spring the mountains around are covered with beautiful rhododendron of different colours. After a while the path descends very steeply to the army camp. Another 1/1/2 hours and we'll reach our camp where we'll have dinner and spend the night.
Day 9: Zankepang to Drugyel Dzong - Thimphu
Altitude 2320m. Distance: 68km. 2 hrs drive. Trekking Distance: 7km.
Today you'll see off your Trekking staffs and your horse men and walk 2 hours to the roads end before driving to Thimphu. After lunch, you're free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography. Enjoy dinner and spend the night at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 10: Thimphu Sightseeing
Altitude 2320m. Distance 58 kms. Drive Time 1 hour
Today begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, and the Dupthop Lhakhang, followed by a visit the impressive National Library, and the Painting School where traditional art is kept alive through the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). After lunch we'll drive and view these various sights: the Traditional Medicine Institute, Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal silver smiths and Bhutanese paper factory at work, Tashichho Dzong, and the Handicrafts Emporium, ending the day by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. We'll spend the night at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 11: Thimphu - Punakha
Altitude 1310m. 76 Kms. 3 hours drive
After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula pass where, if the weather is clear, we'll stop to view Higher Himalayas. We'll also stop to view Chimi Lhakhang, "the Temple of Fertility". After lunch, we'll visit Punakha Dzong situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). We'll spend the night at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 12: Punakha - Thimphu
After breakfast, hike to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery and drive to Thimphu. After lunch, enjoy the Lungchutse hike. This 2 hour hike starts at Dochula and finishes at Hongtsho village and is one of the most rejuvenating and picturesque hikes in the Thimphu region, taking you through forest, meadow and bamboo. At Lungchutse you'll be met with a temple and a 360 degree view of the Himalayan mountain range. In the evening, you're free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography. We'll have dinner and spend the night at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 13: Paro - Departure
After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.