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Fly onboard Druk Air to Paro, Bhutan. On a clear day the panoramic views of the Himalaya are sensational, including Everest, but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steep turns to land at the tiny airstrip of Paro. In Paro you will be received by your Bhutanese guide and transferred to Thimphu (2 hours).
Overnight at Hotel Peacefull Resort, Thimphu.
Drive to Punakha, sightseeing
In the morning we drive to Punakha, the old winter capital. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs via a series of zigzags over the Dochu La Pass, 10,000ft/3,048m. On a clear day panoramic views can be viewed of the eastern Himalaya, including Bhutan’s highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum, 24,770ft/7,550m. The road drops down through varied forest finally emerging into the highly-cultivated Punakha valley.
In the afternoon hike to Chimi Lhakhang, the divine mad monk’s temple. It is a beautiful walk through a lovely village. The temple can be visited and there is a tree outside which is supposed to have sprouted up after Drukpa Kunley sent a thunderbolt from an adjoining valley to kill some evil spirits who had gathered at the site.Chimi lhakhang also called the temple of fertility and many have believed to have conceived after their visit to this monastery. Also visit Punakha Dzong situated on the confluence of two rivers.
Overnight at Meri Puensum Resort, Punakha
Be ready to explore the beauty of nature, charge your camera battery because you are about to enter the place where nature is the only thing you can see. The place is also protected and falls under Jigme Dorji national park where you will see the most endangered animals like red panda, blue sheep, National animal of Bhutan Takin.
Punakha – Tashithang – Damji
The team of professionals from Excursion to Himalayas will take you to Tashithang(15kms), following the river all the way up. Trek starts from Tashithang and it is the first day of trekking. Continue following the Mo Chu River up through heavily forested areas till you reach Damji at an altitude of 2,200m. Walking time 5/6 hrs. The motor able roads has reached the Gasa town but the charm of walk is very different from the driving you take.Overnight at camp.
Damji – Gasa Tshachu
The path continues ascending and descending through heavily forested area and wild orchids. In this area, there are leeches so one must be careful to. Camp nearby village at an altitude of 2,70m. Walking time 5/6 hours. Overnight at camp.
Gasa Tshachu – Chamsa
Walk for about half an hour over flat land till the Bele La pass. Its down hill all the way to Gasa Tshachu. Lunch at Gasa village at an altitude of 2,700m. After lunch walk through the villages homes and watch beautiful Gasa dzong from the distance. The Dzong was built in 17th century by the first religious King, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, to protect the village from the Tibetan invaders. The ascend through Juniper and Fir forests until you reach the camp at Chamsa at an altitude of 3,80m. Walking time 6/7 hours. Overnight at camp.
Chamsa – Laya
Ascend to army camp and join the Mo Chu( mother river of Punakha). Follow the river till you cross the bridge . After the bridge it is up and down several times, through Juniper and Fir forest. The walk to Laya is very pleasant with wonderful views. You will pass through dense forests, filled with Moss and the Singing birds. Arrive at Laya village, the second highest settlement in the country, at altitude of 3,800m. Walking time: 6/7 hours. Overnight at camp.
Rest Day at Laya
Explore around village. You can go and visit any of the houses around. Even to perfect stranger, traditional Bhutanese hospitality is extended and a cup of tea and Chang (local drink) is always offered.The people in this village are interesting especially the women. They wear conical bamboo hats decorated with turquoise and silver ornaments. In the evening witness the cultural programs (dance) performed by village girls by the campfire and enjoy the local alcohol (Ara & Chang), if you have a strong stomach. Overnight at camp.
Laya – Gejethang/Gejepha
Ascend another 500 m from Laya which will take walking time of 4-5 hrs. Camp at an altitude of 4300 m. Overnight at camp.
Gejethang/Gejepha – Masagang base camp
Climb another 500-600 m to reach Masagang base camp. Camp at an altitude of 4800 m. Walking time 5-6 hrs. This trek will give the opportunity to see the Blue sheep in groups and national flower of Bhutan Blue poppy.
Overnight at camp.
Masagang base camp – Gejethang/Gejepha
Descend back to Gejepha/Gejethang. Camp at an altitude of 4300m. Walking time 4 hrs. Overnight at camp.
Gejethang/Gejepha – Laya
Follow the same route back to Laya. Descend to camp at nearby Laya village at an altitude of 3800 m. Walking time 3-4 hrs. Overnight at camp.
Laya – Chamsa
Descend to army camp and join the Mo Chu( mother river of Punakha). Follow the river till you cross the bridge . After the bridge it is up and down several times, through Juniper and Fir forests until you reach the camp at Chamsa at an altitude of 3,80m. Walking time 8/9 hours. Overnight at camp.
Chamsa – Gasa Tshachu
Walk for about half an hour over flat land till the Bele La pass. Its down hill all the way to Gasa Tshachu. Lunch at Gasa village at an altitude of 2,700m. After lunch visit the village and dzong The Dzong was built in 17th century by the first religious King, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, to protect the village from the Tibetan invaders. The descend to Gasa Tshachu (ht spring0for camps at an altitude of 2,200m.walking time 5/6 hours. Overnight at camp.
Gasa Tshachu – Damji
The path continues ascending and descending through heavily forested area and wild orchids. In this area, there are leeches so one must be careful to. Camp nearby village at an altitude of 2,200m. Walking time 5/6 hours. Overnight at camp.
Damji – Tashithang – Punakha/Thimphu
It is the last trekking day. Continue following the Mo Chu River down through heavily forested areas till you reach Tashithang at an altitude of 1,620m. The Wind Horse Transport will be waiting for you drive you to Punakha (15kms), following the river all the way. After reaching Punakha, further drive to Thimphu for about 3 hrs. Overnight at Hotel Wangchuk, Thimphu.
Thimphu sightseeing, drive to Paro
Today city tour of Thimphu visiting the Memorial stupa of the late King built in 1974, Nunnery, the Traditional Medicine Institute where centuries old indigenous medicines are still practiced, the traditional school of arts and crafts, the National Library that house ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts and hand made paper factory. In the evening drive to Paro (2 hrs). Overnight at hotel Holiday Home, Paro.
Paro – BKK – depart
After early breakfast in the hotel drive to Paro airport for flight to Bangkok.
Tour Cost starts from USD $ 1850 per person
Group should have at-least 2 and above.
- All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
- Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
- All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
- Royalty & Govt. Taxes
- Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments only
- Visa Fee.
- Airport tax
- Tourism Development fund
Whats NOT Included
- Insurance Premiums,
- Payments for service provided on a personal basis
- Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”
- Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
- Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water, incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services