Day 1: Arrive Paro:
The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by the guide. After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. The museum has wide assortment of ancient paintings, armors, philatelic display and “field of Buddhas”, which helps one to visualize while meditating. Afterward you will visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and the most sacred shrine in the country. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 2: Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery :
After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Bhutan’s most famous monastery, which stands at 3100m gives you acclimatization for the next day’s trek. The 8th century Spiritual Master, Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Explore the Monastery hike back to Paro. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 3: Paro-Shana Trek starts :
17KM / 5-6 HOURS / 300M ASCENT / CAMP ELEV 2850M
The trek starts from Drugyal Dzong at 2300m with a downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail climbs gently traversing through well-maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. The route later enters an area of apple orchards and forests. Soon the valley widens and you reach the army post of Gunitsawa at 2810m. This is the last stop before Tibet. At 2,850m, just beyond Shana Zampa, there are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees.
Day 4: Shana-Sio Thangthangkha:
21KM / 5-6 HOURS / 900 ASCENT / CAMP ELEV 3750M
The trail again follows Pa Chhu (Paro River), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. Hot lunch will be served after crossing the bridge towards the left side of the river. After lunch follow the river climbing up through rhododendron forests and finally crossing the bridge again, reaching to the campsite at the altitude of 3,750m.
Day 5: Sio Thangthangkha-Jangothang:
19KM / 5-6 HOURS / 300M ASCENT / CAMP ELEV 4050M
The path ascends for a while till you reach the army camp. Then follow the river above the tree line enjoying the stunning view of surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a yak herder’s camp. A short walk into the valley will take you to the camp at Jangothang at an altitude of 4,050m. From here, the view of Mt. Jumolhari and Jichu Drake are superb.
Day 6: Halt day at Jangothang, Jumolhari Base Camp:
Today is a day of acclimatization. You may choose from four day hikes: a 3-4 hours hike up to a ridge that gives a good view of Jichu Drake; a hike up to the end of the valley, toward Jumolhari; a trek up the main valley toward Jichu Drake or a hike to Tsophu, a pair of lakes with a good supply of brown trout. Altitude 4050m.
Day 7: Jangothang–Lingshi:
19KM / 6-7 HOURS / 800M ASCENT / 730 M DESCENT / CAMP ELEV 4100M
The trail follows the stream or half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Start the climb up to the first ridge with a breathtaking view of Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshering Gang. Then Walk towards the valley, almost flat for a while, until the climb to the Ngye La pass at an altitude of 4830m. After the pass, it is a gradual descent to the Lingshi camp, enjoying the panoramic view of the peaks and Lingshi Dzong. Camp at an altitude of 4100m.
Day 8: Lingshi-Shodu:
22KM / 8-9 HOURS / 940M ASCENT / 920M DESCENT / CAMP ELEV 4100M
The Laya Gasa route leaves the Jumolhari trek here. The trek route climbs towards a small white Chorten on a ridge above the camp, then turns south up the deep Mo Chhu valley. The trail stays on the west side of the largely treeless valley, climbing steadily a short distance above Mo Chhu. It then crosses the river, and climbs steeply for two hours to Yeli La pass (4,820m). From the pass, on a clear day, you can see Jumolhari, Gangchen Ta, Tshering Gang and Masang Gang. Descend alongside a stream to a shelter, and then further downstream to a camp at Shodu (4,100m), a meadow with a Chorten.
Day 9: Shodu-Barshong :
16KM / 5-6 HOURS / 250M ASCENT / 670M DESCENT / CAMP ELEV 3600M
At this place, one comes back to tree line. The path follows Thimphu River, descending through rhododendron, juniper and other alpine forests. The view of the cliff facing rocks and waterfalls is stunning. Hot lunches will be served by the riverside. After lunch the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of riversides. After lunch the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong, reaching the camp at an altitude of 3,600m.
Day 10: Barshong-Dolam Kencho:
15KM / 5-6 HOURS / 280M DESCENT / CAMP ELEV 3320M
The trail descends gently through a dense forest of rhododendron, birch and conifers, and then drops steeply to meet Thimphu Chhu. It stays on river left, climbing over ridges and descending to side streams. Then traverses steep cliff to Dolam Kencho, a camp among pastureland at 3320m.
Day 11: Dolam Kencho-Dodena-Thimphu Trek ends :
8KM / 3-4 HOURS / 680M DESCENT
The trail goes in and out steeply to the river and follows it southward to the road head at Dodena, elevation 2,640m where you will be picked up by Bhutan Travelers transport to drive to Thimphu. In the evening, you can stroll in Thimphu city. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day 12: Thimphu-Paro Depart :
After breakfast, drive to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell.