This is a 12-days Trek, an extension of the Jumolhari Trek and offers diverse flora and fauna, including a good opportunity to spot Blue Sheep, Takins and the Blue Poppy (Bhutan’s national flower). It introduces you to the unusual culture of the Layap people (The Nomadic people of Upper Himalayas bordering Tibet) and offers a stop at a natural hot spring in Gasa. It is a popular Trek. Highest point is 4115 Meter.
Facts about the Tour / Trek:
Trek duration: 12 days.
Duration: 18 nights / 19 days.
Accommodation: Hotels, Resorts and Tents.
Activity Type: Walking, Trekking & Tour.
Difficulty Level: Strenuous.
Group size: Minimum 2 pax
Best Months to do this Trek: March – May, September – 2nd Week of December.
End: Gasa hot springs
Your guide from Bhutan Corinthian will greet you on arrival, and then drive you the short distance to the Hotel.
After breakfast, Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Hike to Taktsang Monastery. Dinner and over night in Hotel.
After breakfast, visit the Ta Dzong and Paro Rimpung Dzong. If we are lucky, we may catch a match in action.
After lunch, drive to Shana. Dinner and overnight at camp Shana.
Altitude 2,850 m; Distance 17 Km;
Altitude: 3610 m; Distance 22 Km; Time 7 - 8 hours, Ascent: 770 meters, Descent: 10 meters.
Altitude: 4080 m; Distance 19 Km; Time 5 - 6 hours, 480 meters Ascent
Rest day at Jangothang, enjoy the superb view all around.
For Day hikes, you have 3 options on this day at Jangothang.
1. Hike to Jumolhari Glacier which is around 4 ½ hours (Back and forth)
2. Hike to Jichu Drake Glacier which is around 3 hours (Back and Forth).
3. Walk up the mountain between Jumolhari and Jichu Drake, the summit is at 5200 meters with a great view of both the mountains. This is 8 hours (Back and forth).
Altitude 4000 m; Distance 17 kms; Time 6 - 7 hours.
Camp site at an altitude of 3880 m; Distance 10 km; Time 5 - 6 hours, Ascent: 280 meters, Descent: 410 meters.
Camp at Altitude 4220 m; Distance17 km; Time 6-7 hours, Ascent 890 meters, Descent 540 meters.
Camp at Altitude: 4,160 m; Distance 18 km; Time 6 - 7 hours, Ascent 700 meters, Descent 760 meters.
Camp at Altitude 4,140 meters; Distance: 19 km; Time 6-7 hours. Ascent 850 meters, Descent 870 meters.
Camp at Altitude3840m; Distance10 km; Time 4-5hours, Ascent 60 meters, Descent 340 meters.
We have a rest day at Laya and an opportunity to meet the local people.
Camp at Altitude 3050 meters; Distance19 km; Time 6-7 hours, 260 meters Ascent, Descent 1070 meters
Camp at Altitude: 2,638 m; Distance 14 km; Time: 6-7 hours, Ascent 900 meters, Descent 1710 meters.
After breakfast, drive to Punakha. Dinner and over night in Hotel.
After breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong followed by a short visit to the longest suspension bridge in the country.
Visit Chimi Lhakhang also called Temple of Fertility built by Lama Drukpa, 20 -30 min walk through the paddy field.
After lunch, drive to Thimphu. Stop a while in Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, you will be able to see the higher Himalayas. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Visit the following:
• National Memorial Chorten (1974)
• Weekend Market (Friday - Sunday)
• Painting School
• Bhutanese Paper making factory
• The Tallest Statue of Buddha in the world.
• Tashichho Dzong,
Early morning, drive to Airport and Farewell.