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This is a relatively short, moderate grade trek leading from Paro valley (2,250m / 7,382ft) to Thimphu valley, or vice versa, and crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. The route passes through sparsely populated places. One of the interesting features of this trek is the presence of beautiful lakes enroute teeming with fish. Also, this area is particularly famous for spectacular rhododendron forests that run riot in the month of May.
Day 01: Arrive at Paro Airport (2,200m) and transfer to your Hotel.
Day 02: After an early breakfast, head down to Taktsang Monastery (3,120m), hike for 2 hours to reach the hilltop for splendid views. Later, take a leisure drive to Drugyel Dzong (2,500m) and explore the ruins.
Day 03: Trek to Jele Dzong (2,576m).
Day 04: Ascend gradually to Jangchulakha (2,879m).
Day 05: Follow the trail to Lake Jimilangtso (3,485m).
Day 06: Keeping on with the trail, you reach Lake Simkota.
Day 07: A Gradual climb to Phajoding Valley and we finally descend downhill to Thimpu.
Day 08: There is Full day sightseeing in Thimpu, covering all the major landmarks of Thimpu.
Day 09: Explore the towns of Punakha and Wangdi valley.
Day 10: Trip concludes and departs for onward journey.
Although this trip is currently unscheduled, Richa Tours is keen to prepare the necessary arrangements for the group or yourself. Feel free to contact us. The best months to travel this destination are between March to May and October to November.
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Arrive at Paro Airport. Be received by our staff that will help in assisting you to get transferred to the hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Paro with BB Plan.
In the morning, hike to Taktsang (3120m), the Tiger’s nest, a magical monastery that clings to a vertical granite cliff 4000 ft. above the valley floor. Legend says that Guru Padmasambhava flew here on the back of a tigress – hence the name – to meditate. The tigress was actually his favorite consort, Yeshe Tsogyel, whom he transformed to a flying tigress for the purpose of this journey. The Guru finished his meditation and he instructed that a monastery be built. The hike to Taktsang Monastery takes about 4 hours. Have lunch at cafeteria and on the way back, drive to Drugyel Dzong (2500m), a ruined fortress – 16 km. away from the Paro Town. Although now in ruins, this Dzong is of historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the Tibetans and drove them back. From here too, the peak of Chomolhari “Mountain of the Goddess”, (7329 m) can be viewed on a clear day. On the way back, you visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse. Overnight stay at a hotel in Paro with BB Plan.
In the morning, visit the National Museum and start your trek to Jele Dzong (2576m). This is a short trekking day where the trail is rather gradual till the camp and if the weather is clear, the Paro Valley can be seen with the snowcapped mountains behind the valley. Overnight stay at a hotel in Paro with BB Plan.
You begin with about an hour and half climb of trekking and then ascend gradually up to Jangchulakha (2879m). The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and dwarf rhododendron tress. You may seek yaks and yak herders around your campsite.
The trail to Jimilangtso follows the ridge and on a clear day, the view of the mountains and valley is beautiful. The campsite is close to Lake Jimilangtso (3485 m). These lakes are known for their giant sized trout and if lucky you may enjoy a well-prepared lake trout for dinner.
The trail to Simkota (3485m) takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and lake of Janetso. You may come across some yak herder’s camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simkota Lake and if you are again lucky, you can do some trout fishing.
The trek begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount “Gangkhar Punsum” (7570m), the highest mountain in Bhutan as well other Himalayan mountain ranges from Do Chula pass (3100m). From this pass, the trek takes you down hill to Phajoding, overlooking the view of Thimphu Valley. We slowly descend downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine to Thimphu. Then walk, at a leisurely pace back to the hotel for lunch.
Visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge Stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reined the Kingdom from 1952-1972.Visit the handicrafts emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased. Visit the schools of painting and woodcraft where the traditional art and painting are kept alive. Later, visit the folk heritage museum and the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. In the evening, visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building where the office of the government ministries and its Chief Abbot are housed.
We take a day trip to Punakha (1200m) and Wangdi Valley. Punakha is the former capital of Bhutan which is 77 Km from Thimphu whereas Wangdi is 16 Km away from Punakha. The Punakha Dzong houses the winter residence of the monastic body and its Chief Abbot. The massive fortress is situated between two rivers known as “Phochu Mochu” (Male Female River). The drive takes about three hours one way. In the evening, we drive back to Thimphu where we’ll take an overnight stay at the hotel.
Catch a flight for final departure back home.