ADVENTURE TOUR


Bhutan is swiftly developing its reputation as a premier destination for adventure sports. Set amongst the majestic Himalayas our kingdom is the perfect location for all manner of exciting activities including Hiking, Trekking, Kayaking, Mountain Biking and Fishing.

Whether it’s rafting down crystal clear, glacier-fed rivers or trekking through lush, virgin forests Bhutan offers a one-of-a-kind experience for travelers seeking adventure in an unspoiled and unexplored environment.

All the necessary arrangements for adventure activities can be made through your local tour operator. They will provide you with well-trained and experienced guides to ensure your safety at all times.

CYCLING

The rugged, mountainous landscape of Bhutan lends itself well to both on-road or off-road mountain biking and the sport is seeing increasing popularity among both visitors and Bhutanese alike.

The rugged, mountainous landscape of Bhutan lends itself well to both on-road or off-road mountain biking and the sport is seeing increasing popularity among both visitors and Bhutanese alike. There are a variety of biking routes available ranging from smooth journeys on paved roads to challenging off-road dirt trails that wind through rough terrain. The sport offers a certain intimacy with the environment that is seldom experienced in vehicles. With better roads replacing the old and the increasing number of off-road roads, biking is now becoming a very unique and original way of seeing and interacting with the country, people and the Bhutanese environment.

Most biking trips go through well paved roads while others trail on to dirt roads and trails. Traffic is still relatively very light and the experience very intimate. The more adventurous have the option of making side excursions for more “off-the-road” ventures if prefer. The trails accommodate most types of frames: including MTB, Hybrid, and Road, depending on your cycling style and experience. Biking trails mostly meander through small towns and villages and rural areas; it’s just you, your bike, the tour group and the agrarian and natural scenery.

There are also numerous opportunities for optional hikes with a bit of climbing thrown in. There are some challenging climbs with one in particular that is more than seven hours. You peddle the pads over two miles (3,400 meters) above sea level. Your effort is rewarded with a breathtaking view and an unforgettable experience. Riders should have an adequate level of fitness and stamina and be experienced enough in the art of mountain biking. Tours are fully supported by a van following riders. The van allows riders to rest should they require it. Many of the biking trails lead through small villages and temples which can provide interesting and informative diversions should you wish to take a break.

KAYAKING AND RAFTING

The crystal clear rivers of Bhutan are one of the kingdom’s best kept open secrets. Fed by the glacial-melt of the Eastern Himalayas, six major rivers (Wang Chhu, Sunkosh, Puna Tsang Chhu, Mangde Chhu, Kuri Chhu and Dangme Chhu and their tributaries), have been scouted for kayaking and rafting.

They cut through high valleys and low plains to meet up with the Brahmaputra River in India. The pristine natural setting and the sheer variety of the rivers’ courses provides a unique opportunity to explore Bhutan’s beautiful wilderness. Adventurous travelers will not be disappointed by the rugged, untamed waterways of Bhutan. The rivers are plentiful with strong currents varying between slow, gentle flows in some places and powerful, raging torrents can be found throughout the country. Although adventure sports and tourism are relatively recent introductions to Bhutan, they are rapidly gaining in popularity.

The river courses available in Bhutan offer something for all visitors, regardless of experience: There are easy routes for beginners and hair-raising runs for the veterans. Besides the rafts and the kayaks, Bhutanese agents also organize walking and trekking expeditions along the scenic river banks. The best time for rafting and kayaking is from March to April and November to December.

SAFETY Bhutanese rafting and kayaking guides are well trained and will do everything to ensure that you enjoy the adventure while minimizing the risks. The rivers of Bhutan were first surveyed for potential routes for water sports in 1997 by Gerry Mofatt and Peter Knowles, both experienced rafters/kayakers at the invitation of the Royal Government and the Department of Tourism.

They trained the first batch of Bhutanese river-guides and conducted surveys to grade the rivers. Since then, other rivers have been surveyed including the Punatsang Chhu, Manas and Amo Chhu. TCB guidelines ensure that all operators use well maintained professional equipment and maintain a reasonable guide-client ratio.

Rafting Routes

Paro Chhu (Bondey – Isuna Bridge) Location: Paro Valley, Western Bhutan Length: Approximately 10 km (3 hours) Difficulty: Class III-IV Flow: About 500 cfs Season: March – April Craft: Kayaks recommended due to narrow and steep rapids Upper Pho Chhu (Wangthangkha – Samdingkha)

ROCK CLIMBING

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TREK LIST

Whether you are looking for a day hike or a gruelling 31 day adventure, Bhutan has it all. Pristine mountain lakes, imposing glaciers and some of the world’s most endangered species await you in the mountainous amphitheatre of the Himalayas.

Let us give you a selection of some of the country’s finest treks. Note: Trekking routes on this website are general guides only and may have inaccuracies. They are not to be used for navigation. Your trek guide is the expert on the route to take.

Easy Trek

Bumthang Culture Trek


Total trip 10 nights, 8 nights hotels/lodges, 2 nights camping, trekking max. altitude 3340m/10958ft

The Bumthang valley is the sacred heartland of the nation with great religious histories. This three-day trek passes through several villages through Bumthang. This duration is the shortest duration for this trek. If you feel you have time, we may recommend you to increase you stay by another few days so that you will have more time to explore in relax.

Months: March to May & September to November.

Day 01: Arrive Paro On arrival at Paro airport, meet our representative and transferred to the hotel. Overnight at Paro.

Day 02: Paro(Sightseeing in Paro).

  • visit Ta Dzong
  • Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong)
  • Drukgyel Dzong
  • Kyichu Lhakhang
  • Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 03: Paro – Thimphu
  • National Memorial Chorten
  • National Institute of Traditional Medicine
  • Institute for Zorig Chusum
  • Tashichhodzong
  • Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 04: Thimphu – Trongsa(Drive to Trongsa via Dochu-la pass (3,088m).
  • Visit Dochula pass where you will see Bhutan’s highest peakssuch as (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendegang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158m), Kangphugang (7,170m), Zongaphugang (7,060m) a table mountain, Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.
  • Pele-la pass (3,300m), the traditional boundary between east and west.
  • Overnight at the lodge in Trongsa.
Day 05: Trongsa – Bumthang
  • Morning visit to striking Trongsa Dzong
  • Ta Dzong
  • Jakar Dzong
  • Kurje monastery
  • Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang
Day 06: Bumthang – Ngang Lhakhang(14km, 6 hours)
  • The trek begins here. The trek route follows the Chamkhar Chu (river), taking us through meadows, forests of blue pine and scrub bamboo. We will pass by many villages and temples, on this very relaxing and easy day.
  • Camp overnight at village (2,900m).
Day 07: Ngang Lhakhang – Ogyenchhoeling(19km, 7-8 hours)
  • The trail ascends gradually through juniper forest towards Phephe-la pass (3,340m).
  • Descends to Tang valley,
  • Arriving at Ogyenchhoeling village (2,850m).
  • Camp overnight by the river side near the village.
Day 08: Ogyenchhoeling – Bumthang(11km, 4 hours In the morning)
  • walk up to Ogyenchhoeling Palace, a beautiful private mansion which also houses a small eco-museum,
  • drive to Jakar (Bumthang) following the Tang Chu
  • visit the Mebar Tso Lake(Burning lake)
  • Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 09: Bumthang – Punakha
  • visit to Jambey Lhakhang
  • Tamshing Lhakhang
  • Drive to Punakha with lunch en route.
  • Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 10: Punakha – Paro
  • drive to Paro.
  • Free time for leisure or last minute shopping in Paro market in the evening.
  • Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 11: Paro depart
    Early breakfast in the hotel and drive to the airport for flight to onward destination

Punakha Winter Trek


This is a pleasant and not too taxing low altitude walk over the hills from Dechenchholing/Thimphu to Punakha, and so is particularly suitable for the winter season.

Months: October – March

Day 01: Arrive Paro

Day 02: Paro Full Day Sightseeing.

Day 03: Drive from Paro to Thimphu, afternoon Thimphu Sightseeing

Day 04: Full Day Thimphu Sightseeing

Day 05: Start Trek from Dechenchholing (Thimphu)– Dopshing Pang 17km, 5-6 hours

Day 06: BTrek Dopshing Pang – Chorten Ningpo 18km, 6-7 hours

Day 07: Trek Chorten Ningpo – Kabesa/Punakha 5km, 1 hour, overnight at hotel

Day 08: Continue Trek Punakha – Limukha15km, 5-6 hours

Day 09: End Trek, Limukha–Chungsakha15km, 5-6 hours, drive to Punakha/Wangdiphorang

Day 10: Morning Punakha/Wangdiphodrang Sightseeing, afternoon drive to Paro

Day 11: Fly to onward destination

Samtengang Winter Trek


Months: October – March

Day 01: Arrive Paro

Day 02: Paro Full Day Sightseeing.

Day 03: Drive from Paro to Thimphu, afternoon Thimphu Sightseeing

Day 04: Drive Thimphu to Punakha, afternoon Punakha Sightseeing

Day 05: Start Trek from Punakha – Limukha 14kms, 5-6 hrs

Day 06: Trek Limukha – Chungsakha14km, 5-6 hours

Day 07: Trek Chungsakha – Samtengang13km, 5 hours

Day 08: End Trek Samtengang – Wangduephodrang, 6km, 3 hours (if taking the shortcut) 15km, 5-6 hours (if taking the longer route), drive to Thimphu

Day 09: Morning Thimphu Sightseeing, afternoon drive to Paro

Day 10:Fly to onward destination

Moderate Trek

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek


This is a short trek near Thimphu, passing by picturesque high altitude lakes. It is a moderate trek with mostly short trekking days, but includes a few steep climbs.

Months: April, September and October.

Day 01:

  • Arrive Paro drive to Thimphu
Day 02: ( Sightseeing at Thimphu)
  • (Hike to Tango Monastery if interested)
  • Visit Takin Preserve
  • Painting School
  • Changangkha Temple
  • See archery match in the stadium
  • Explore local market
  • Overnight at Thimphu
Day 03:
  • Start Trek
  • Thimphu – Genekha 14km, 4 hours
Day 04:
  • Trek Genekha – Gur 15km, 4 hours
Day 05:
  • Trek Gur – Labatama 12km, 5 hours
Day 06:
  • Trek Labatama halt
Day 07:
  • Trek Labatama halt (optional day excursion hikes around the area)
Day 08:
  • Trek Labatama – Panka 8km, 4 hours
Day 09:
  • Trek Panka – Talekha 8km, 4 hours
Day 10:
  • End Trek Talekha – Thimphu, 6km, 2 hours, drive to Paro
Day 11:
  • Hike to Tiger nest
  • Take Hot stone bath
Day 12:
  • Day excursion to Haa valley via Chelela Pass
Day 13: Fly to onward destination

Dhur Hot Springs Trek


This trek follows an old expedition route to Gangkar Puensum

Months: March, April, September, October, early November.
Day 01: Arrive Paro and drive to Thimphu, afternoon Thimphu Sightseeing

  • Visit Painting school
  • Takin Preserve
  • World tallest sitting buddha statue
Overnight at Thimphu
Day 02: Drive from Thimphu to Trongsa(191km, 6 hrs drive)
  • en-route visit Dochula pass
  • Chelela pass
  • Overnight at Trongsa
Day 03: Drive from Trongsa to Jakar(Bumthang)
  • visit Trongsa Dzong
  • Trongsa Museum
  • Overnight at Bumthang
Day 04:
  • Trek begins here
  • Kurjey(Bumthang) – Gorsum 18km, 6-7 hours


Day 05:
  • Trek Gorsum – Lungsum 12km, 5 hours


Day 06:
  • Trek Lungsum – Tshochenchen 15km, 6-7 hours


Day 07:
  • Trek Tshochenchen – Dhur Tshachu 17km, 7 hours


Day 08:
  • Trek – Dhur Tshachu rest day


Day 09:
  • Trek Dhur Tshachu – Tshochenchen 17km, 7 hours


Day 10:
  • Trek Tshochenchen – Gorsum 18km, 6 hours
Day 11:
  • End Trek : Gorsum – Dhur (motor road) 9km, 3 hours, drive to Jakar
  • Overnight atBumthang
Day 12: (Bumthang to Punakha)
  • Drive to Punakha
  • Overnight at Punakha
Day 13: (Punakha Sightseeing and afternoon drive to Thimphu)
  • Hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Stupa
  • Punakha Dzong
  • Temple of fertility
  • Drive to Thimphu
  • Overnight at Thimphu.
Day 14: (Drive to Paro)
  • Suspension bridge at Taachogang temple
  • 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang
  • Rimpung dzong
  • Paro Museum
  • Overnight at Apro
Day 15: Sight seeing at Paro
  • Hike to Tiger nest
  • Overnight at Paro.
Day 13: Fly to onward destination

The Druk trek Path


Total trip 12 nights: 7 nights hotels/lodges, 5 nights camping, trekking max. altitude 3400m/11154ft. This is a short five-day trek, which leads from to Thimphu from Paro or vice versa, crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. Although the route is sparsely inhabited, there are wonderful lakes teeming with fish and the area is famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests, which bloom in May. In the clear weather of late autumn and winter there are great views of the Himalayas.

Months: Late February to June & September to December.

Day 01: Arrive Paro

  • On arrival at Paro airport,meet our representative, and transferred to your Paro hotel.
  • Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Overnight at Thimphu Day 02: Paro
  • Drive northwest up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong
  • Kyichu Lhakhang
  • Ta Dzong
  • Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong), “the fortress of the heap of jewels”.
  • Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 03: Paro – Jele Dzong(8km, 3 hours)(Trekking begins).
  • The short climb up to Jele Dzong-ascends gradually up to the camp, and if the weather is clear Paro valley can be seen with snow-capped mountains behind. Above the camp is Jele-la pass (3,400m) and Jele Dzong (mostly in ruins). There is also a lhakhang containing a statue of Buddha Sakyamuni.
  • Overnight camp.
Day 04: Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha(10km, 3-4 hours)
  • Beginthe trek through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons.
  • You will have views of Jomolhari and other snow capped peaks, monal pheasants, yak herders around your campsite.
  • Overnight camp.
Day 05: Jangchulakha – Jimilangtsho(11km, 4 hours)
  • Enjoy a great view of Jichu Drake (6,989m)
  • Our camp is close to the Jimilangtsho lakes, which are famous for their giant sized trout.
  • Overnight camp.


Day 06: Jimilangtsho – Simkota(11km, 4 hours)
  • The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janetsho.
  • overnight close to Simkota Lake.
Day 07: Simkota – Phajoding(10km, 4 hours)
  • Begins with a gradual climb and enjoy majestic views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, and a host of other peaks.
  • The trail slowly descends through juniper trees to a campsite near Phajoding cafeteria.
  • Overnight near
Day 08:Phajoding – Thimphu(5km, 3 hours)
  • The trek to Thimphu is downhill , passing through a forested area of mostly blue pine.
  • Taking a leisurely pacefor about 3 hours to end trek.
  • Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 09: Sight seeing at Thimphu.
  • visit Takin Preserve
  • National library
  • Painting school
  • Tallest Buddha statue
  • Overnight at Thimphu
Day 10:Thimphu to Punakha.
  • Drive to the Punakha
  • Explore Dochu-la pass (3,088m)
  • visit Punakha Dzong
  • Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 11: Punakha– Paro
  • Temple of fertility
  • Visit Semtokha Dzong
  • Suspension bridge at Taachogang
  • Overnight Paro
Day 12: Day long hike to Tiger’s nest
  • Drive to Punakha
  • Overnight at Punakha
Day 13: Depart Paro
    After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination

Challenging Trek


The Jomolhari Trek


Total trip 12 nights, 4 nights hotels/lodges, 7 nights camping, trekking max. altitude 4820m/15814ft. Starting at Drukgyel Dzong, Paro this trek passes through scattered hamlets and farmland into a deep and richly forested valley, which leads to a high alpine pastureland where yak herders graze their animals. The trek offers a taste of the great variety of Bhutanese landscape.

Months: April to June & September to November.

Day 01: Arrive Paro

  • visit to Paro market and town.
  • Takin Preserve
  • Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Overnight at Thimphu
Day 02: Paro
  • visit to Ta Dzong,
  • National Museum
  • Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong)
  • Kyichu Lhakhang.
  • Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 03: Paro – Shana(17km, 5-6 hours)
  • Trek begins here from Drukgyel Dzong (2,580m) with a short downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail then climbs gently through well-maintained rice terraces,fields of millet, apple orchards and forests.
  • Soon the valley widens, and we reach the army post of Gunitsawa (2,810m).
  • continue upwards to just beyond Sharma Zampa (2,870m), where there are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees.
Day 04: Shana – Soi Thangthangkha(20km, 7-8 hours)
  • The trail follows the Pa Chu (Paro river) through pine, oak and spruce forests.
  • continue along the river, climbing upwards through rhododendron forests, and crossing the river once more before reaching our campsite (3,750m).
Day 05: Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang(19km, 7-8 hours)
  • The path ascends for a while until we reach the army camp. We then follow the river above the tree line, enjoying stunning views of the surrounding peaks.
  • REach campsite at Jangothang (4,040 m). with the views of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake are superb.
Day 06: Jangothang – Lingshi(18km, 7-8 hours)
  • The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janetsho.
  • Camp overnight close to Simkota Lake.
Day 07: Lingshi – Shodu(22km, 8-9 hours)
  • The Laya-Gasa route leaves the Chomolhari trek route here.
  • Climbs up towards a small white chorten on a ridge above the camp, then turns south up the deep Mo Chu valley. The trail stays on the west side of this largely treeless valley, climbing steadily a short distance above the Mo Chu. It then crosses the river, and climbs steeply for two hours to Yeli-la (4,820m). On a clear day you can see Chomolhari, Gangchenta, Tserimgang and Masagang from this pass. Descend alongside a stream to a rock shelter in the cliff face, and then continue on downstream till reaching Shodu (4,100m), where we will camp in a meadow with a chorten in it.
Day 08: Shodu – Barshong(16km, 6 – 7 hours)
  • We are now back at the tree line, and our path follows the course of the Thimphu Chu, descending through rhododendron, juniper and mixed alpine forests. There are stunning views of rocky cliff faces and waterfalls along the way. We stop at the riverside for a hot lunch. Then the trail takes us gradually upwards to the ruins of Barshong Dzong (3,600m), near which we camp for the night.
Day 09: Barshong – Dolam Kencho(15km, 5 – 6 hours)
  • The trail descends gently through a dense forest of rhododendron, birch and conifers, then drops steeply to meet the Thimphu Chu.
  • The trail runs along the left bank of the river, climbing over ridges and descending into gullies where side streams run down into the river.
  • The final stage of the trail climbs around a cliff face high above the Thimphu Chu, coming out onto pastureland where we camp for the night at 3,600m.

Day 10: Dolam Kencho – Dodena – Thimphu(8km, 3 hours)
  • The trail winds in and out of side valleys above the Thimphu Chu, making a long ascent through a forest of conifers and high altitude broadleaf species to a pass at 3,510m. The trail then drops steeply down to the river, following it southward to the road head at Dodena (2,600m).Trek ends here, and drive to Thimphu.
  • Overnight at hotel in Thimphu
Day 11: Thimphu – Paro(Full day of sightseeing in Thimphu and drive tp Paro by evening)
  • National Memorial Chorten; Tashichhodzong (“the fortress of the glorious religion”)
  • National Library
  • Institute for Zorig Chusum (Bhutanese arts and crafts school)
  • Handicrafts Emporium.
  • Evening drive to Paro.
  • vernight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 12:
    Day long hike to Tiger’s nest
Day 13: Depart Paro
    After breakfast, drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.

The Laya Trek


Total trip 21 nights, 6 nights hotels/lodges, 15 nights camping, trekking max. altitude 4900m/16076 ft. his route offers a great variety of trekking conditions, from picturesque farmland and forests to alpine pastureland and high passes. Spectacular campsites, beneath some of Bhutan’s most impressive peaks, of which the most notable are Chomolhari and Jichu Drake, are also features of this trekking route. Numerous isolated Dzongs and scattered settlements, including the extraordinary village of Laya, provide a great deal of cultural interest en route.

Months: April to June & mid-September to mid-November. April is the best month for the Laya region.

Day 01: Arrive Paro

  • On arrival at Paro airport, transfer to your hotel. Evening visit to Paro market and town.
  • Overnight at the hotel in Paro.


Day 02: Paro
  • visits to Ta Dzong (National Museum)
  • Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) and Kyichu Lhakhang.
  • Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 03: Paro – Shana 17km, 5-6 hours
    The trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong (2,580m) with a short downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail climbs gently 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 (2,810m). This is the last stop before Tibet. The trail continues up to 2,870m, just beyond Sharma Zampa, where there are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees.
Day 04: Shana – Soi Thangthangkha 20km, 7-8 hours
    The trail again follows the Pa Chu (Paro river), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. After crossing a bridge to the left bank of the river, we stop for a hot lunch. Then we continue along the river, climbing upwards through rhododendron forests, and crossing the river once more before reaching our campsite (3,750m).
Day 05: Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang 19km, 7-8 hours
    The path ascends for a while until we reach the army camp. We then follow the river above the tree line, enjoying stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch is served at a yak herder’s camp. A short walk from here into the valley takes us to our campsite at Jangothang (4,040 m). From here, the views of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake are superb.
Day 06: Rest day at Jangothang
    Enjoy a leisurely day at this scenic spot, enjoying a superb view of the south face of Chomolhari and the ruined dzong.
Day 07: Jangothang – Lingshi 18km, 7-8 hours
    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. We camp overnight close to Simkota Lake, and if you are lucky you can catch a lake trout for your dinner.
Day 08:Lingshi – Chebisa 10km, 5-6 hours
    We continue on the trail past Lingshi Dzong, perched on its hilltop, enjoying exhilarating views of green hills, the winding river and magnificent peaks as we walk. It is an easy day, and a pleasant walk through villages and yak herders’ camps. After lunch, a short walk takes us to Chebisa village, where we camp by the side of a stream (3,850m).
Day 09: : Chebisa – Shoumuthang 17km, 6-7 hours
    Today begins with a stiff climb of nearly four hours up a ridge to Gubu-la pass (4,500m). We descend from the pass through rhododendrons to our lunch place. We cross the stream after lunch, and continue along the up and down path, through rhododendron forests and yak herders’ camps, occasionally sighting flocks of blue sheep as we walk. Tonight’s campsite is at an altitude of 4,250m.
Day 10:Barshong – Dolam Kencho 15km, 5 – 6 hours
    The trail descends gently through a dense forest of rhododendron, birch and conifers, then drops steeply to meet the Thimphu Chu. The trail runs along the left bank of the river, climbing over ridges and descending into gullies where side streams run down into the river. The final stage of the trail climbs around a cliff face high above the Thimphu Chu, coming out onto pastureland where we camp for the night at 3,600m.
Day 11: Shoumuthang – Robluthang 18km, 6-7 hours
    The trek starts with a climb up to Jari-la pass (4,700m). We descend from here to Tasharijathang valley, the summer grazing ground of the rare Himalayan takin (Bhutan’s national animal). We may have to ford the stream here, as the footbridge is frequently washed away. After crossing to the left bank of the stream, the trail ascends to Robluthang (4,200m) where we set up our camp for the night.
Day 12: : Robluthang – Limithang 19km, 7-8 hours
    We start the day with a long climb up to Shinje-la pass (4,900m), enjoying stunning mountain views from the path. After crossing the pass we descend to Limithang. The path is quite narrow, and we may have to ford the stream again and get wet. The last part of today’s trek is rather a scramble down a steep path, with the compensation of splendid views of Gangchenta peak (6,840m) along the way. Tonight we camp at 4,100m on flat ground above the river in a forested area, with Gangchenta towering directly above us to the north.
Day 13: Limithang – Laya 10km, 4-5 hours
    In the morning we wake to a superb view of Gangchenta peak in front of our camp. The walk to Laya is very pleasant with wonderful views along the way. We pass through a damp forest, filled with moss and singing birds. We set up camp on arrival at Laya village, the second highest settlement in the country, at 3,800m.
Day 14: Rest day at Laya
    Today we explore the village and environs. You can go and visit any of the houses around. Traditional Bhutanese hospitality is extended even to a perfect stranger, and a cup of tea and chang (an alcoholic drink) is always offered. The people in this village are very interesting, especially the women, whose plain black yak wool garments are set off by elaborate necklaces and conical bamboo hats decorated with turquoise and silver ornaments. In the evening, witness a cultural program of dances performed by village girls by the campfire, and enjoy the local alcohol (ara and chang, brewed from barley) if you have a strong stomach.
Day 15: Laya – Chamsa 19km, 8-9 hours
    We descend from Laya to the army camp at the side of the Mo Chu (Mother river of Punakha), and then walk alongside the river till reaching a bridge. After crossing the bridge, the track winds up and down through juniper and fir forests. We camp in the forest at Chamsa (3,800m).
Day 16: Chamsa – Gasa Tshachu 14km, 6-7 hours
    After a 30 minute walk over flat land to Bele-la pass, it’s downhill all the way to Gasa Tshachu. We take lunch at Gasa village (2700m), afterwards visiting the village and Gasa Dzong. The Dzong was built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, to protect the valley against Tibetan invaders. We then descend to Gasa Tshachu (hot spring), where we set up our camp (2,200m).
Day 17: : Gasa Tshachu rest day
    After a long trek, this is the place to relax! Enjoy a hot bath and try some of the local beer.
Day 18: Gasa Tshachu – Damji 18km, 5-6 hours
    The path winds up and down through heavily forested areas where you can see many wild orchids. Take care, as there are leeches too! We camp overnight near Damji village (2,400m).
Day 19: Damji – Tashithang – Punakha 16km, 5-6 hours/span>
    This is our last trekking day. The trail descends through heavy forest, following the course of the Mo Chu, till reaching the road head at Tashithang (1,620m), drive to Punakha, 15 km. down the road.
Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 20: Punakha – Thimphu
    Morning sightseeing in the Punakha and Wangduephodrang valleys, visit Punakha Dzong and local market. Afternoon drive to Thimphu. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 21: Thimphu
    Today tour Thimphu, visiting the following as time permits: National Memorial Chorten, Tashichhodzong, National Library, Institute for Zorig Chusum (Bhutanese arts and crafts school), National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only), Handicrafts Emporium, Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 22: Thimphu – Paro
    Morning for shopping and at leisure. After lunch drive to Paro visiting Semtokha Dzong en route. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 23:Depart Paro
    After early breakfast in the hotel drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.

Wild East Rodung-La Trek


Months: April, May, September, October, early November.

Day 01: Arrive Paro
Day 02:

    Paro Full Day Sightseeing
Day 03: Full Day Thimphu Sightseeing Day 04:
    Drive from Thimphu to Trongsa
Day 05:
    Drive from Trongsa to Jakar(Bumthang), afternoon Jakar sighsteeing
Day 06:
    Morning Jakar Sightseeing, afternoon drive to Ugyenchholing, camp overnight
Day 07: 17km, 5-6 hours
    Trek Start Ugyenchholing – Phokpey
Day 08: 17km, 5-6 hours
    Trek Phokpey – Ungaar
Day 09: 21km, 7-8 hours
    Trek Ungaar – Taskila
Day 10: 20km, 5-6 hours
    Trek Taskila – Tangmachu
Day 11: 16km, 4-5 hours
    Trek Tangmachu – Menji
Day 12: 20km, 6-7 hours
    Trek Menji – Pemi
Day 13: 21km, 6-7 hours
    Trek Pemi –Taupang
Day 14: 24km, 8-9 hours
    Taupang – Trashiyangtse
Day 15:
    End Trek in Trashiyangtse, drive to Trashigang
Day 16:
    Morning Trashigang Sightseeing, drive to Samdrup Jongkhar
Day 17:
    Drive from Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati Airport in Assam for flight to onward destination

Snowman Trek with Gangkar Puensum



Months: mid-June to mid-October.

Day 01:

    Arrive Paro, transfer to Thimphu
Day 02:
    Full Day Thimphu Sightseeing
Day 03:
    Drive from Thimphu to Tashithang (Punakha), camp overnight
Day 04: 8km, 5-6 hours
    Trek Tashithang – Damji
Day 05: 15km, 6-7 hours
    Trek Damji – Gasa
Day 06: 13km, 6-7 hours
    Gasa – Chamsa
Day 07: 22km, 8-9 hours
    Chamsa – Laya
Day 08: Rest day at Laya
Day 09: 19km, 8-9 hours
    Laya – Rhodophu
Day 10: 25km, 10-11 hours
    Rhodophu – Tarina
Day 11: 17km, 6-7 hours
    Tarina – Woche
Day 12: 17km, 6-7 hours
    Woche – Lhedi 17km
Day 13: 17km, 6-7 hours
    Lhedi – Thanza
Day 14:
    Rest day at Thanza
Day 15: 19km, 8-9 hours
    Thanza – Tshorim
Day 16: 16km, 6-7 hours
    Tshorim – Gangkar Puensum Base Camp
Day 17:
    Rest day at Gangkar Puensum Base Camp
    14km, 6-7 hours
    Gangkar Puensum Base Camp – Geshe Woma
Day 18: 14km, 6-7 hours
    Gangkar Puensum Base Camp – Geshe Woma
Day 19: 18km, 8-9 hours
    Geshe Woma – Warathang
Day 20: 14km, 5 hours
    Warathang – Dhur Tshachu
Day 21: 16km, 8-9 hours
    Dhur Tshachu – Tshochenchen
Day 22: 21km, 13 hours
    Tshochenchen – Dhur (motor road) – Bumthang (Jakar)
Day 23:
    Full Day Bumthang Sightseeing
Day 24:
    Drive from Bumthang to Trongsa, afternoon Trongsa sightseeing
Day 25:
    Drive from Trongsa to Paro
Day 26:
    Full Day Paro Sightseeing
Day 27:
    Fly to onward destination