This popular trek endows you with great variety of Bhutanese landscape, which is, without doubt one of the most beautiful and unspoiled trekking areas in the entire Himalayas.
On this 12 day trek you not just embrace an amazing opportunity to trek the hotspots of Bhutan but also get to feast on an incredible diversity of mountain and ecosystems. A hike to Taksang Monastery provides ample acclimatization for a delightful trek from Drugyal dzong towards the campsite at Shana ( 2800M)and thereon to Soi,Thangthangkha and the to Jangothan. A rest day in Jangothang acclimatizes you completely for the further trek to Lingshi, Shodu, Barshong and finally Dodina.
You will be received by our guide at the Paro International Airport and escorted to your hotel for refreshment. In the evening, we visit to Paro. Overnight at the hotel.
In the morning, visit to Ta Dzong and then Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong), ‘the fortress of the heap of jewels’, built in 1646. In the afternoon, visit Kyichu Lhakhang built by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo built in the 7th century which is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
The trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong (8,500 ft). The trail climbs gently through well maintained rice terraces. Soon the valley widens, and we reach the army post of Gunitsawa (9,200 ft). This is the last stop before Tibet. We continue upwards to just beyond Sharma Zampa (9,500 ft), where there are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees.
The trail 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
The path ascends until we reach the army camp. We follow the river above the treeline. 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.
The trail follows the stream for half an hour. We now start our climb up to the first ridge, enjoying breathtaking views of Jhomolhari, Jitchu Drake and Tserimgang. The trail then takes us across a level valley floor until the climb up to Nyele-la pass (15,400 ft). We descend gradually from the pass to our campsite at Lingzhi, enjoying a panoramic view of the mountain peaks and Lingzhi Dzong as we walk.
The Laya-Gasa route leaves the Jhomolhari trek route here. Our trail 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 (15,800 ft). On a clear day you can see Jhomolhari, Gangchenta, Tserimgang and Masagang from this pass. Descend alongside a stream to a rock shelter in the cliff face, and then continue downstream until reaching Shodu (13,500 ft), where we camp in a meadow near a chorten.
Back at treeline the path descends 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 where we camp for the night.
The trail descends gently through a dense forest of rhododendron, birch and conifers, then drops steeply. 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, coming out onto pastureland where we camp for the night.
The trail winds in and out of side valleys, making a long ascent through a forest of conifers and high altitude broadleaf species to a pass at 11,500 ft. The trail then drops steeply down to the river, following it southward to the road head at Dodena. Village Tours transport meets us here, and we drive to Thimphu. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Full day of sightseeing in Thimphu Valley visiting the following, as time permits: National Memorial Chorten; Tashichhodzong (‘the fortress of the glorious religion’); National Library; Institute for Zorig Chusum (Bhutanese arts and crafts school); National Institute of Traditional Medicine ( outside only )Handicrafts Emporium. Evening drive to Paro.Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Early morning drive to Paro international airport after breakfast.