Embark on a remarkable winter adventure in the enchanting kingdom of Bhutan with the Gangtey/Gogona/Khotokha Winter Trek. This 9-day journey takes you through the breathtaking landscapes of the Paro Valley, Thimphu, Gangtey Gompa, Gogona, and Khotokha, offering a unique blend of cultural immersion and natural beauty. Begin your voyage with a scenic flight into Paro, where you’ll explore the Ta-Dzong museum and then journey to Thimphu, the vibrant capital. The trek commences as you drive to Gangtey, with panoramic views of the Himalayas along the way. Explore Gangtey Gompa and then embark on a moderate hike through forests and meadows to Gogona, where you’ll experience the unique Bjopkha culture. Continue through pristine valleys to Khotokha, known for its big sky mountain views. The trek concludes with a visit to Punakha Dzong and a return to Thimphu, before departing from Paro. This winter trek is a captivating blend of adventure, culture, and natural splendor in the heart of Bhutan.
Day 01: Arrive Paro by Druk Air
During this flight, one will experience breaktaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchan Junga and other Himalayan Peaks including sacred Chomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport you will be received by our representative. Then drive to Olathang Hotel through Paro valley, an enchanting experience. After lunch go to visit the Ta-Dzong (previously a fort but now a museum). Overnight at Olathang Hotel.
Day 02: Paro – Thimphu
This morning follow the winding road beside the Pa Chu (Chu means river or water) down stream to its confluence with the Wangchu, then up valley to Thimphu, the capital. Afternoon lunch at the Hotel. After lunch visit the Memorial Chorten, here the faithful circumambulate the shrine dedicated to the Late King saying their prayer beads as they walk. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 03: Thimphu-Gangtey Gompa
After breakfast leave for Gangtey. The road winds through the forest to Dochula (La means pass), where in good weather 200 miles of Himalayan summits are in view. After driving for 3 more hours you will reach Wangdi. Stop for lunch at Wangdi. After a further 3 hours drive you will reach Gangtey. Overnight in camp.
Day 04: Gangtey Gompa-Halt
For the eager and active trekker good fishing can be done by hiking down to the river, or hike in and around Gangtey village to stretch your legs for the onward trek.
Day 05: Gangtey Gompa-Gogona
A moderate trail winds through meadows and field then ascends to the Tselela pass through mixed forest of Juniper, bamboo, Magnolia and Rhododendrons. The people of Gogona speak a language called Bjopkha, the langauge of the nomads. Their life in this isolated valley has encouraged them to continue using their ancient dialect. Distance is about 15 Kms. about 6/7 hours.
Day 06: Gogona-Khotokha
A gentle climb leads to Shobjula 11,155ft. The descend leads to a wide valley, reminiscent of the big sky views of mountain. Distance is about 15 Kms about 6/7 hours. Overnight in camp.
Day 07: Khotokha-Chuzomsa/Wangdi via Nizergang
A short climb up the hill leads to the Tashila 9,200ft. Be sure to fill your water bottle shortly after crossing the pass, as the descend is dry. Walk down through overchanging vegetation into the drainage of the Dang Chu. Overnight in Wangdi Guest House.
Day 08: Wangdi-Thimphu
After breakfast drive to Punakha Dzong view point at the north end of the Punakha valley. It was the nations capital until 1966. The Je-Khenpo, the head abbot of the religion in the country, and most of the monks of Thimphu occupy this Dzong through the winter as the lower elevation of this valley has a morecomfortable temperature. Return over Dochula pass and stop at the Cafeteria for a hot cup of coffee and some snacks. If the weather is clear you will have an excellent view of the Himalayan snow-capped mountains. Continue to drive to Thimphu, the present capital of Bhutan. Overnight in hotel.
Day 09: Thimphu – Paro Airport.
Drive to international Airport at Paro for onward flight.