Day 08: Departure
Paro International Airport and bid you farewell Day 01: Paro- Thimphu (54Kms/1.5 Hours)
Fly to Paro. If you get a seat on the left side of the plane and the weather cooperates, you may have spectacular views of the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas. Meet your guide and driver and head towards Thimphu. On the way, stop at Tachog Lhakhang (the Iron Chain Bridge), a temple located across the famous iron chain bridge built over the meandering Pa Chhu (Paro River). Devour yourself to the invigorating ambiance of the cool-sweeping breeze and bright colored prayer flags. The whole set up a feast to the eye.
Take a stroll around town and soak in the atmosphere of this magical capital. Also, visit the archery ground where local teams demonstrate amazing skill with bow and arrow as they practice the national sport of Bhutan.
If time permits we can also visit a few other Landmark places.
Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu
Day 02: Thimphu- Genekha (30Kms/45 Minutes), Genekha To Gur
You will begin the day by driving from Thimphu for about 45 minutes to the beautiful Genekha village from where your trek starts. The village is famous for producing Masutake and chanterelle mushrooms.
Genekha to Gur
7Kms| 5 Hours | 550M Ascent | 60M Descent | Camp Alt 3290M
You will walk over mule path, through terraced fields and coniferous forests rich with alpine flora and plenty of birds. You will then descend down to the river and after two hours of gradual uphill climb you reach the huge rock platform at 3350m, which offers a picturesque view of the valley. After another two hours of trekking you will reach your campsite at Gur (3,290m), amidst abundance of wild flowers.
Overnight at Camp
Day 03: Gur – Labatama With Spectacular View Of Kanchenjunga And Dagala Range
While trekking across the ridges, one can enjoy the beauty of the rugged mountain vegetation. Today’s trek is amidst flowers, wild asparagus (in spring) and large meadows, which freshens your mind. Weaving through tiny streams, you will climb gently through scattered birches and rhododendrons to arrive at Pag Labtsa pass (4,250m) marked by huge cairns. From the pass, you will have spectacular views of Kanchenjunga (Sikkim) and most of the Bhutanese Himalayan peaks. Descending from the pass one will view the entire Dagala range meadows and yak herders camp. Lunch at nearby yak herder’s camp. You will descend into the Labatama valley and then ascend gradually through the valley passing some yak herder huts till you reach Utsho Lake (4,300m) where golden trout are in abundance. Our campsite is right next to the lake.
Day 04: Exploratory Halt At Labatama
You will spend the day exploring any one of the nearby lakes such as Relitsho, Hentsho, Setsho, and Jagetsho Lakes. These lakes are full of trouts and your trekking leader will tell you mystic stories about these lakes. Lunch by the lakeside with a spectacular view around can be a memorable experience. After lunch, you can also attempt to climb the Jomo peak at an altitude of 5,050m. Return to camp by dusk and prepare for the next day.
Day 05: Labatama- Panka
8Km | 5-6 Hours | 220M Ascent | 520M Descent | Camp Alt 4000M
You will walk along the western side of Dalatsho up to a saddle at (4520m) from where you have a majestic view of the prominent Himalayan peaks such as Everest (Nepal), Kanchenjunga (Sikkim), Masangang, Tiger Mountain, Tsendagang, and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. From the saddle, the path descends, passing some yak herder huts to Doccha Chuu River. You will follow the river for a while, staying higher up on the slope until you reach Panka. Here the Himalayan monal pheasants are a common sight, besides yaks and horses. We will camp at Panka (4,000m).
Day 06: Panka Via Talakha & Chamgang To Thimphu
14Kms | 8 Hours | 180M Ascent | 1540M Descent
Today, you will be crossing several passes, each one more impressive than the other. Different varieties of Blue Poppy (June-July) and mountain birds can be found on the trail. Lunch at the point, where one trail leads to Talakha and the other to Wangduephodrang. After lunch, an hour’s gradual climb brings you to the last pass, Tale La (4180m) from where the views of Dagala range and Thimphu is superb. Start a long descent through a forest of spruce, birch, juniper, and rhododendrons to Talakha Goempa (3080m). From the Talakha Goempa, you will hike down through mixed vegetation, apple orchards, and feeder road to the Village of Chamgang. Your car will be waiting here to transfer you to Thimphu.
Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu
Day 07: Thimphu- Paro (65Kms/1hour), Tiger’s Nest Hike (4 Hours)
In the morning we will stop by General Post Office General Post Office where you can make a postage stamp with your own picture which can be posted within Bhutan & then head towards Paro.
We can take a steep, 1½-hour hike to a teahouse, where you can enjoy a great view of Taktsang Monastery (its name means “tiger’s nest”), perched on a cliff 2,700 feet above the floor of the Paro valley. The hike follows a steep switchback trail through the forest, and after a break with tea and cookies, we can continue another thirty minutes to a closer viewpoint.
On the way back to Paro, we can stop by Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. In the evening we can visit the Paro town with a street of typical Bhutanese traditional buildings or visit Namgay Artisanal Brewery and try out different flavors of Bhutanese beer.
Overnight at Hotel in Paro