Day 01. Arrive Paro International Airport
During the flight to Paro, one will experience breath taking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Chomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by representatives of our tout operator, who will escort you to the Hotel where arrangements have been made for two nights halt.
DAY 02. A DAY HIKE TO TAKTSANG MONASTERY – SHANA
Morning: Walk up to Taktsang Monastery (acclimatization hike). The name Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest “. The Monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 4000 ft. and overlooks the Paro valley and the river. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, meditated in the spot where the Monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress.
Picnic lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria, than after descend to the base and then after drive to Shaha passing Drugyel Dzong. The road goes upstream of the Pachu River thorough villages gradually ascending to 2800 meters at Shana camp. O/N Camp
Day 03. Shana – Soi Thangthangkha
The trail continues uphill through the river valley. The valley gradually narrows to a mere path which descends to a meadow where a camp will be set up.
Day 04. Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang
Distance – 19 Kms. About 5 – 6 hours journey. Altitude of Jangothang 4040 m.
The trek starts up the Pa Chu. Cross an army outpost along the way. The valley begins to widen here with a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. Yaks and the herders’ winter homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Camp for the night beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mt. Chomolhari.
Day 05. Jangothang – Halt
Trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Chomolhari and it subsidiary mountain chains lie directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and a number of unscaled peaks to the east. Overnight halt in camp
Day 06. Jangothang – Lingshi
Distance – 19 Kms. About 5 – 6 hours journey. Altitude of Lingshi 4150 m.
Trek through wide yak pastures and up and down passes. As you come down into the Lingshi basin, you get a wonderful view of Lingshi Dzong on a clear day. Tsarim Kang and its glaciers rise up at the north end of the valley. Night halt is a choice between a stone hut or the tent.
Day 07. Lingshi – Halt
A day excursion to Tsokha (Lake), which is the base camp for Jichu Drâke, can be organized. Blue sheep and musk deer are plentiful along the trek route. Distance 15 Kms. About 3 – 4 hours journey. Altitude of Tsokha 4500 m.
Day 08. Lingshi – Shodu
Distance – 22 Kms. About 7 – 8 hours journey. Altitude of Shodu 3963m.
The trail climbs up to the Yalila Pass at an altitude of 4820 m. From the pass, you can get an excellent view of Chomolhari, Tserim Gang and Masagang on a clear day. The trek from the pass to camp site at Shodu is steep down hill. Camp can be made in a stone shelter or in tent.
Day 09. TREK FROM SHODU TO BARSHONG – DOLAM KENCHO/THIMPHU.
Shodu to Barshong. The path follows the Thimphu river descending through rhododendron, Juniper and pine forests. The view of the cliff facing rocks and waterfalls are stunning. The trail gradually ascends after 3/4 hours to the ruins of Barshong Dzong reaching the camp at 3500 meters.
Continue walk down along Wang chhu, passing through forests of Rhododendron, till you reache the point where car and welcome teams are waiting for you, meet with the team and drive to Thimphu. Dist. 6 to 7 hours walk. O/N Hotel
Day 10. Thimphu – Day excursion to Punakha and Wangdi
Drive to Punakha and Wangdi for a day’s excursion. Visit Punakha Dzong. Packed lunch will be arranged. Return to Thimphu. Overnight halt in Hotel.
Day 11. Thimphu sightseeing- Paro
Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main Government Secretariat building, where the government ministries, the Office of His Majesty the King and the Throne Room , and the offices and living quarters of the monk body and the Chief Abbot are housed.
Explore the town, visit shops and the Handicrafts Emporium, where Bhutanese textiles and other handicrafts are available. Visit the workshop where the handicrafts are made.
Visit the painting and woodcraft schools where traditional painting and other crafts are still practiced. Visit the National Library and see the ancient manuscripts preserved there.
Evening transfer to Paro. O/N Hotel
Day 12. Departure
Drive to Paro International Airport for onward flight