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BHUTAN - TREKKING


CHOMOL-HARI-YAKSA TREK - 14 DAYS
 
Day Programme
Day 01

On arrival in Paro our guide will receive you and check you into your hotel. After lunch we will visit in the National Museum and the Paro Dzong. The evening will be free to take a stroll in Paro town. Overnight in Paro. Altitude: 2200 mtrs.

Day 02 Taktsang or the tiger’s nest temple is the most revered temple to the Buddhist. A hike to this temple will take up most of our morning. In the afternoon visit old Kyichu Lhakhang Temple. Overnight in Paro. Altitude: 2200 mtrs.
Day 03 Paro to Shana. Distance: 15 km, Walking time: 6 hr, Altitude: 2800 mtrs.
We will be met at this historic site by our trekking crew for the start of our trek at the Drukgyal Dzong. It was built in 1654 by the Shabdrung to commemorate one of the many war victories against the Tibetans. Over the centuries, it guarded the trail from Tibet into the Paro valley. Follow the Paro Chu upstream through the village of Tshento on a dirt road for about an hour. Lunch will be served en route. We will have to pass through an army check post before reaching our camp, where your guide will produce your trekking permit.
Day 04 Shana – Thangthangkha. Distance: 21km, Walking time: 8 hr, Altitude: 3630 mtrs.
The trail from Shana to Thangthangkha is a very rocky series of small ups and downs along the Paro Chu and can be very muddy if it rains. About 2 ˝ hours into the trek, you will come at a junction where a trail branches to go to Tibet.
Day 05 Thangthangkha – Jangothang. Distance: 16 km, Walking time: 6 hr, Altitude: 4090 mtrs.
Today you will come across small settlements, and herds of yaks. You will also be crossing the tree line (4000 mtrs). Our camp at Jangothang will bring us face to face with the majestic Chomolhari. Jangothang means the land of ruins; you will see ruins of some old settlements
Day 06 Acclimatization and rest day. A good optional hike is to climb to the Tshophu Lake at 4300 mtrs, which is about 2 hr from Jangothang.
Day 07 Jangothang – Yaksa. Distance: 17 km, Walking time: 7 hr, Altitude: 4090 mtrs, Pass to cross: Bongtey La, 4820 mtrs. Altitude: 3800 mtrs.
2 hours from Jangothang is the Tshophu Lake. From the lake, it’s another 2 hours to the pass. Climbing up to the pass, we will be rewarded with stunning views of the Chomolhari and Jichu Drakey. From the pass, it’s all the way downhill until our camp at Yaksa.
Day 08 Yaksa – Thombu. Distance: 14 km, Walking time: 5 hr, Pass to cross: Thombu La, 4550 mtrs. Altitude: 4150 mtrs.
Climbing out of Yaksa, you will see the few houses that make up the Yaksa village across the valley, and the pass you came over yesterday. About 2 hours of gradual climbing and you will cross the tree line, entering another valley. The pass is 1 hours climb from here. From the pass, you can see the yak herders grazing grounds of Thombu, our camp. On a clear day, you can even see some settlement on the Tibetan side.
Day 09 Thombu – Gunitsawa. Distance: 17 km, Walking time: 6 hr, Altitude: 2600 mtrs.
A short steep climb will take us out of the Thombu basin, traversing along a trail cut into a rocky cliff with a dizzying drop. 4 hours of steep and dusty descent (1 ˝ k of vertical descent) will bring us to the army check post that we crossed on the first day of our trek. Our camp is a further 2 hours downstream from the army camp.
Day 10 Gunitsawa - Paro, Thimphu. Distance: 10 km, Walking time: 4 hr.
Last day of our trek. We are back tracing the trail now. Very soon Drugyal Dzong will come into view where our transport will be waiting. After lunch in Paro, the drive to Thimphu the capital is 1hour 45 minutes. Overnight in Thimphu. Altitude: 2400 mtrs.
Day 11 Explore Thimphu.
Visit the National Memorial Chorten (monument), the Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, Takin zoo, the National Library, the Government Handicrafts and the Handicrafts Emporium. Overnight in Thimphu. Altitude: 2400 mtrs.
Day 12 Thimphu – Punakha. Altitude: 1250 mtrs. Distance: 80 km, Driving time: 2 ˝ hr.
Drive to Punakha over the Dochu La pass at 3000 mtrs. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until the 1950s. After lunch we will visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong which without doubt showcases the finest example of Bhutanese arts and crafts. After the Dzong, we will go on a short drive in the lush upper Punakha valley and hike for 45 minutes to the beautiful chorten temple of Khamsum Yuley on a hill. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 13 Punakha – Paro. Altitude: 2200 mtrs. Distance: 140 km, Driving time: 4 hr.
Visit Chimmi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility, before back tracing our way to Thimphu for lunch. Drive to Paro in the afternoon. Overnight in Paro.
Day 14 Early morning flight from the Paro International Airport for your onward return journey…
Price: On request