Get all of the highlights of Bhutan along with a challenging, hilly trek without the fear of altitude, and a fully catered, portered, guided camping and outdoor experience.
This is not a cheap budget holiday, as there is a mandatory minimum spend for tourists in the country of 250 USD per day. You will need to have the budget to commit to this once in a lifetime destination.
Moderate: Up steep hills and down exposed ledges, with bouldering and some climbing.
Duration: 5 days
Length: 50 km
Elevation: 4100 m
Day 01: Fly to Paro, Pick up and transfer to Hotel
Fly to Paro International Airport from Kathmandu, Nepal or from Dehli India. As our flight is near Bhutan in clear weather day we can enjoy spectacular views of Himalayas range including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake mountains. Upon arrival at airport, we will be greeted by our representative who will take us to our hotel. Depending on time we arrivd if time permitted we do some local sightseeing of nearby monastery and local market or relax in the hotel.
Day 02: Day hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger Nest) 3180 m , then return back to Hotel visiting Kyichu Lhakang
After breakfast, we drive to the base of Taktsang Monastery, then start hike to the Taktsang Monastery. The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 3 /4 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the paro valley at the altitude of 3180 meters. Afternoon if time permitted visit Kyichu Lhakang then return back to Hotel.
Day 03: Drive to the base of Jele Dzong (3480 m), then trek to Jangchulakha (3770 m)
Distance 13 km, 5 – 6 hrs
Morning after breakfast drive about 1.5 hours to 2 hours to the base of Jele Dzong, as there is now access of motor able dirt road. The journey starts with a short climb up to the hill where Jele Dzong is situated where we spend some time. Further from Dzong we continue our jounry to Jangchulakha. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. You will have fine views of Jhomolhari and other snow capped peaks if the weather is right, and you may hear some monal pheasants calling during the day.
Day 04: Trek from Zangchu lakha to Jimelang Tsho
Distance 11 km, 5 to 6 hrs, 3870 m
The trail follows the ridge, and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valley are sensational. You will enjoy a great view of Jichu Drake (6,989m), the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Our camp is close to the Jimilangtsho lakes, which are famous for their giant sized trout.
Day 05: Trek from JImelasng Tsho to Simkota Tsho (4100 m)
Distance 11 km 5 to 6 hrs, 4110 m
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janetsho. Today you may come across some yak herders’ camps and get an idea of how these people live. Overnight camp close to Simkota Lake, and if you are lucky you can catch a lake trout for your dinner.
Day 06: Trek from Simkota Tsho (4100 m) to Phajoding (3750 m) to Motithang then drive to Thimphu (2320 m)
Distance 15 km 6 to 7 hrs, 2320 m
Today begins with a gradual climb, and if the weather permits you will enjoy majestic views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and a host of other peaks. The trail slowly descends through juniper trees to Phajoding. After visiting Phajoding monastery built in 15th century by Shagcha Rinchen who introduced Drukpa Kagyu School in Bhutan in the 13th century, trek downhill to Thimphu passing through a forested area of mostly blue pine. Taking a leisurely pace, you reach Thimphu in about 3 hours.
Evening visit Trashichhoedzong, “fortress of the glorious religion”. This is the center of government and religion, site of monarch’s throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans.
Day 07: Thimphu (2320 m) Sightseeing then drive to Paro (2250 m)
After Breakfast drive to Thimphu visit memorial Chorten built in the memory of Lt. His Majesty the King by Royal Queen Mother, Drive down to viewpoint from where you have magnificent view of Thimphu valley; Folk Heritage museum where you can see the typical Bhutanese house and their way lifestyle and school of arts & craft (Painting School), later drive to Paro visiting Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha View Point)
Day 08: Drive to airport fly back to onward destination
Morning transfer to Airport for flight to onward destination