Trek, starts at Gangtey and ends at Wangdue, 3 trek days with an extra 6
days and reaches a maximum altitude of 3400 m, rated mild.
Extra days: the minimum number of days needed for sightseeings,
acclamatising and to drive to the starting place of the trek and pick up
at the end of the trek
Day 1 Arrival by Druk Air to Paro
Fly into Paro. You will be met by our representative. After
Customs and Immigrations formalities, you will be escorted to the hotel.
Over night at hotel.
Day 2 Paro Sightseeing - Thimphu
After breakfast drive through the valley straight north to see
the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, a victory fortress of the 17th century. On
the way back stop at the Takshang (tiger's nest) view point, visit a
farm house. After lunch visit Ta-Dzong (National Museum) which is
considered to be the one of the best natural and historical museum and
walk down hill for a view of Paro Dzong with its traditional bridge over
the Pa-chu (Paro River).Evening drive to Thimphu. Overnight hotel.
Day 3 Thimphu - Gangtey Gompa
Todays drive will be 6-7 hours. The first half of the drive is
about 3 hours leisurely drive over the Dochula pass at 10,000 ft. to
Wangdue. Enroute you will see some of the highest peaks in Bhutan
including Gangkhar Puensum(7541m), the highest unclimbed mountain in the
world. The descent through the temperate forest colored with
Rhododendrons and Magnolias takes you to the semi-tropical zone of
orange, bananas and cactus and to the valley of Wangdue. Visit the town
of Wangdue, Afterlunch drive to Gangtey Gompa, 3 hours. You will be
lodged up in a farm house converted into a small guest house or camp if
rooms are not available. The camp site and guest house is at Tabiting.
Day 4 Gangtey Gompa - Gogona
Trek Day 1 : Distance 15 km and walking time 6-7 hours.The trek
starts at Tabiting at 2830m and camp at Gogona (3100m). A moderate trek
that takes you through meadows and fields then ascends the Tselela pass
at 3440m through mixed forest of Juniper, bamboos, Rhododendrons and
Magnolias. On this trek you will meet people who speak different dialect
called Bjop-kha (language spoken by nomads in Bhutan ). Because of their
isolation they continue using their own dialect and a life of their own.
Gogona is a small village with an outstanding monastery under the care
of Gangtey Gompa.Overnight camp.
Day 5 Gogona - Khotokha
Trek Day 2 : Distance 16 km and about 6-7 hours walking
time.Starting at Gogona and camp at Khotokha (2790m). A gradual climb
today takes you to Shobjula pass at 3410m. On descending you will reach
a wide valley with clear view of the mountains around you . Overnight
Day 6 Khotokha - Tikke Zampa/Punakha
Trek Day 3. End of Trek : Distance 12 km and walking time 5
hours.A short climb takes you to the Tashila pass at 2800m. As you walk
down you will notice the changes in the vegetation and finally reach the
motorable road at Tikke Zampa where you will be received by our tour
bus. From here it is a 30minute drive to Punakha. Overnight Hotel.
Day 7 Punakha - Thimphu
Morning at leisure or take a hike to Chhimi Lhakhang (temple of
the devine madman) It will be a 2 hour roundtrip hike. After lunch drive
to Thimphu (3 hours)
Day 8 Thimphu Sightseeing
After breakfast visit the National Memorial Chorten, built in
memory of the late King. Also visit the Handicraft Emporium/Chokey
handicraft and the National Painting School. After lunch visit the
traditional gold smiths and a stroll in Thimphu market. If today is a
Saturday or Sunday then a visit to the weekend market and archery ground
is a must.
Day 9 Thimphu – Paro (2 hours) and
Day 10 Departure