In this trek near Thimpu, the climb is not
difficult, although there are some longer, steep
sections as you ascend to 3400m above sea level.
The trek takes you to a number of beautiful,
high-altitude lakes; with clear weather, you
will also enjoy wonderful views.
DAY 01 : Arrive Paro. 2250M.
A flight to Paro is one of the most
spectacular of all mountain flights. One can
see Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and other
peaks in Bhutan such as Chomolhari, Jichu Drakey
and Tsrim Gang. Our representative will receive
you on arrival at Paro Airport. Then drive to
the hotel through the enchanting Paro valley.
After lunch you will be taken to Ta-Dzong (museum).
DAY 02 : Paro sightseeing.
Drive the winding road northwest up the Pa Chu
to Drukgyal Dzong; this ruin once defended the
valley from Tibetan invasions. Mt. Chomolhari,
the sacred summit reaches skyward beyond the
Dzong, which can be viewed on a clear day. On
the way back you can visit a typical Bhutanese
farmhouse. After lunch walk up the hill just
above the hotel to stretch you legs for the
excursion to the Taktsang viewpoint.
DAY 03 : Paro -Thimphu. 68 KM. 2 Hours.
Morning drive downstream alongside the Pa Chu
River to its confluence with Wangchu. Then up
the valley to the capital Thimphu. After lunch
visit the Memorial Chorten where the faithful
circumambulate the shrine dedicated to the Late
King, turning their prayer wheels as they walk.
Then visit others monasteries. Overnight hotel.
DAY 04 : Thimphu - sightseeing.
Full day Thimphu sightseeing. Stroll
in town. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium. Visit
the workshop where all the handicrafts are produced
if you like. Afternoon: visit Tashi Chhodzong.
DAY 05 : Thimphu - Genekha.
A 45 minutes drive to the starting
point of the trek. The first day’s walk,
over a mule path, will end after four hours
at the Genekha School. All through the trail
terraced fields and coniferous vegetation are
abundant. Overnight Genekha Camp.
DAY 06 : Genekha - Gur. 5Km. 4 hours.
Leave Genekha (the village of medieval
metallurgists). The communion with nature starts
with alpine flora and fauna (birds are common).
2 hours of gradual uphill walk and then a rest
at a huge rock platform offering a picturesque
view of the valley below. Another 2 hours walk
ends the days trek. This camp is in the heart
of the wood, ideal for an afternoon stroll.
Flowers are abundant in the spring. Altitude:
DAY 07 : Gur - Labatama. 12 Km. 5 hours.
Trekking across the ridges one enjoys
the beauty of the rugged mountain vegetation.
The trek today is amidst flowers and wild asparagus
(in spring). The first pass symbolized by a
huge cairn gives a spectacular view of the whole
Dagala range, meadows and the yak herder’s
camps. Lunch is at a near by yak-herder’s
camp. After lunch walk across hills and meadows.
Toady’s walk is around 5 hours. Overnight
Camp. Altitude: 4050m.
DAY 08 : Labatama halt.
Excursion to Setsoi and nearby lakes,
the Hike to Setsoí is a very easy
(15 minutes). Afterwards walk over a small ridge
and then down to Jagetsoí Lake. Attempt
climbing Jomp peak of 5050 m. Lunch at the summit
with the spectacular view around can be a memorable
experience. Return to camp by dusk and prepare
for the next Day.
DAY 09 : Labatama - Panaka. 8 Km. 4
This point is around 4500 m. above
sea level. Your guide will identify peaks like
Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Jichu Drakey,
Tsrim Gang, Kangbum, Masagang, Tsendaygang and
Gangchen Ta. Passing through meadows, shrubs
and lakes. Camp at Parkai. The Himalayan monal
pheasants are a common sight apart from yaks
and horses. Altitude: 4000m.
DAY 10 : Panaka - Talakha. 8 Km. 4
This day entails the crossing of several passes,
each one more impressive than the other. Look
out for the different varieties of the blue
Poppy (in the months of June-July) and mountain
birds. Lunch at the point where one trail leads
to Talekha and Wangduephodrang. After lunch
an hours gradual (easy) climb brings you to
the tip of the last Dagala range from where
the view of Thimphu is spectacular. It appears
as though Thimphu is spread in the palm of the
observer's hand. An hour walk downhill and you
are at the last camp, a little above Talekha
monastery. Overnight Camp. Altitude: 3080m.
DAY 11 : Talakha – Thimphu- Paro.
Passing through alpine and mixed vegetation
(bamboo thickets and wild flowers) one reaches
Talekha monastery and Talekha village. Once
again the view of Thimphu is superb. Passing
through mixed vegetation and apple orchards
one reaches the main motor able road to Thimphu
where your transport awaits. Toady’s trek
is 3 to 4 hours. The trek ends here and drives
to Paro, about an hour. Afternoon: free to relax.
Day 12 : Departure.
Our guide will you farewell at Paro