This trek follows the old expedition route to
the Gangkhar Puensum. The trek is rigorous,
but the rewards can be worth the walk. It includes
a stop at natural hot springs, a relaxing treatment
for body aches. As part of this trek, hikers
have the option to go to the Gangkhar Peunsum
base camp. All should be in very good physical
condition to complete this demanding portion
of the route.
Day 1: Arrive at Paro. 2250M.
During this flight, one will experience
breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Kanchen Junga
and other Himalayan peaks including the sacred
Chomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drakey in Bhutan. On
arrival at Paro our representative will receive
you. The drive to the hotel through Paro valley
is enchanting. After lunch you will be taken
to the Ta-Dzong (museum). Overnight hotel.
Day 2: Paro sightseeing.
Drive the winding road northwest up the Pa Chu
to the Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined for, which
once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions.
Mount Jhomolhari, the sacred summit, reaches
skyward beyond the Dzong. This can be viewed
on a clear day. On the way back you visit a
Kichu Lhakhang one of the oldest temples in
Bhutan with Jambay Lhankhang in central Bhutan.
It was built at 7th century by the first king
of Tibet Songtsen Gombo to sub due the Ogress
threaten to the Buddhism and it is believed
that he had built 108 all in total two were
in Bhutan. Take a hike to Taktsang (means) Tiger
Nest on cliff of the rock. Overnight Hotel.
Day 3: Paro - Thimphu. 65 Km. 2 Hours.
This morning follow the winding road beside
the Pa Chu (Chu means river or water) down stream
to its confluence with the Wangchu, then up
valley to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Check
in and lunch at the hotel. After lunch visit
the Memorial Chorten. Here the faithful circumambulate
the shrine dedicated to the late king. Overnight
Day 4: Thimphu - Trongsa. 205 KM. 8
In the morning early breakfast we will drive
to Punakha District. It is 77 Kilometers. The
drive will take 3hours from capital Thimphu
and it lies at the altitude of 1350 m from sea
level. It is sub- Tropical area. On this way
we will come across Dochula pass 3150 m and
on clear day we would witness whole ranges of
eastern Himalayas from here. We will follow
all way down hill till we reach to Punakha.
The temporal ruler of Bhutan Shabdung Ngawang
Namgyel built it in 1637 in between two rivers
called PO-CHU and MO-CHU. (Male &Female)
In afternoon, we will drive to Trongsa. It
is 128 kilometers and 5 hours drive from Punakha.
Wangdue is another District and between this
two it measures of only half hours drives. Same
man built it in 1638 later a one-year of Punakha
Dzong. The road will climb all the way to Pel-ela
pass. It is 3300m. It is like mark between East
& west and from here we will drive all the
way down to Trongsa. But on the way we will
come across Yak herder camps and encounter with
Yaks especially during winter as well we will
see the high Himalayan villages like Rukubji
and Chendbji. All the houses cluster at one
place and fields at another.
Day 5: Trongsa - Jakar (Bumthang).
68 KM. 3 Hours. 2600 -+ M.
Drive to Jakar takes approximately 3 hours.
Tales of the great teacher Guru Padmasambhava
dominate this holy valley. From the viewpoint
you can see Jakar Dzong "the castle of
white bird". Lunch at tourist lodge and
Afternoon hike up to Lame Gompa, a place built
by the 1st king for his two Nun sisters. Outside
the Gompa one can see traditional Bhutanese
papermaking. Overnight Hotel.
DAY 6 : Bumthang – Bumthang.
Bumthang is different from all the other valleys
in Bhutan. It is very spacious and open ranging
in altitude from 2600m to 4000m. Bumthang is
a heaven for hikers and Trekkers, not to mention
the numerous beautiful and important Buddhist
monasteries and pilgrimage sites, making it
the Cultural and Historic center in Bhutan.
One could spend months exploring this fascinating
valley. Almost every little valley or hill has
a background of interesting myths and legends
about Kings, Buddhist masters and Serpents.
Bumthang is especially dominated by the religious
influence of Guru Padamasambhava (believed as
second Buddha 7th –8th A.D) and his reincarnation
the Treasure Finder. Terton Pemalingpa from
1450-1521. Who is known to have discovered many
sacred Buddhist texts hidden by Guru Padmasambhava
(Guru Rimpoche) in different places.
Take a walk up to Tamshing monastery, founded
by Terton Pemalingpa, where about 200 monks
reside. Visit the historical temple. Visit to
Wangdichholing Palace, Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey
Lhakhang, and an oldest monastery in the Kingdom.
All the Kings of Bhutan are taken for their
cremation rites to Kurjee Monastery. Visit some
Drive to the sacred Mebartso (Meaning Burning
Lake). The important of the site is indicated
by the extensive array of prayer flags and is
considered as one of the most holy places for
Buddhist pilgrimage. Evening have free time
Day 7: Bumthang – Gorsum. 18
KM. 6-7 Hours. 3120M.
After breakfast the transport will
reach you up to the trek point just below Kurje
lhakhang, one of Bumthang's most renowned temples.
The trek route takes you along the Chamkhar
Chu, a river known for its richness in trout.
The trek trail for Bumthang to Gorsum is rather
gradual. Overnight camp.
Day 8: Gorsum - Lungsum.12 KM. 5Hours.3160
Today you will be walking through dense
forests of spruce, hemlock, cypress, juniper
and maples. The trail is more or less muddy
and ascends gradually till you reach to your
campsite. Overnight camp.
Day 9: Lungsum - Tsochenchen. 15 KM.
6-7 Hours. 3100M.
Vegetation is dense from Tsochenchen all the
way uphill to the Julila pass, which are about
4,700m. The vegetation from Lungsum to Tsochenchen
is more or less the same till you reach near
to your campsite. The camp will be above tree
line. Overnight camp.
Day 10: Tsochenchen - Dur Tsachu. 18
KM. 6 - 7 Hours. 3400M.
Trek from Tsochenchen is uphill till
you reach the Julila pass at about 3,400m. From
here if the weather is clear surrounding mountains
can be viewed. After crossing the pass the trek
trail descends till you reach the campsite.
Musk deer, herds of Blue Sheep and Himalayan
bear may be seen en route. Overnight camp.
Day 11: Dur Tsachu - halt.
After a late breakfast relax in the hot spring
or hike in and around the camp. Overnight camp.
Day 12: Dur Tsachu - Tsochenchen. 18
Km. 5 – 6 Hours. 3100M.
Trek trail from Dur tsachu is uphill
till Julila. After crossing the pass the trail
descends till you reach the campsite. Overnight
Day 13: Tsochenchen – Gorosum.
27 KM. 9 Hours. 3120 M.
Today the trek begins early, as the
trail is long. The trail drops gradually down
for about 2 hours till you reach campsite. Overnight
Day 14: Gorsum - Bumthang. 18Km. 5-6
From Gorsum descend downhill till you cross
the Dur village bridge. Then follow the new
motor road till you meet up with transport.
After lunch, leisure time and free. Overnight
Day 15: Bumthang - Wangdue.
Drive to Wangdue takes about 8 hours.
Picnic lunch will be provided at the lodge.
Day 16: Wangdue - Thimphu.
Drive to Punakha. Visit the Dzong when the monks
are in Thimphu. Punkha Dzong was the nation's
capital until 1955. The remains of Shabdrung,
the saint who unified Bhutan in the 17th century,
are interred here. The Je-Khenpo, the head abbot
of the country, resides here with the monk body
from Thimphu during winter. Then drive back
to Thimphu over Dochula pass. Overnight hotel.
Day 17: Thimphu sightseeing - Paro.
A whole day Thimphu sightseeing and shopping.
Visit the Handicrafts Emporium. Visit the workshop
where all the handicrafts are produced. Afternoon
visit Tashichhodzong and drive to Paro. Overnight
Day 18: Departure
Your guide will bid you a farewell
at Paro International Airport.