7 Days Bhutan Trek.

(Yaktsha Trek)

This 7 Days Bhutan Trek (Yaktsha Trek) route is a very popular, passing through Jangothang and the base of Mount Jumolhari. The Trek Route passes through some of the beautiful high passes and the Yak Herders’ camp. The Trekkers can see some of the most spectacular mountain views of the Higher Himalayas including Jichu Drake. You will also have the opportunity to see Blue sheep and other wild life in these areas.

7 Days Bhutan Trek Overview:

Trek duration: 07 days.

Total duration: 12 nights / 13 days.

Highest Point: 4115 m.

Start Point: Shana, Paro.

End Point: Drugyal Dzong, Paro.

Difficulty Level: Strenuous.

Sketch Itinerary for 7 Days Bhutan Trek:

Day 01. Arrive Paro & sightseeing (Altitude 2280 m):

Your Guide will receive you at the airport and drive to the hotel.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Ta Dzong built in1656 and renovated in 1968. This is an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum.
  • Rimpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Day 02. Paro – Hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery – Shana:

Taktsang-(Tiger's-Nest)

Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest).

In the morning, hike to the Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang Monastery).

After lunch, visit to the Drukgyal Dzong, built in 1647 by the Great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. On a clear day, you can see the beautiful view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m).

We then drive to Shana.

Dinner and overnight at camp.

Day 03. Shana – Thangthangka (Start of Trek):

The trail follows the river through a heavily forested area.

Altitude: 3610 m; Distance 22 Km; Time 7 – 8 hours, 770 m ascent, 10 m descent.

Day 04. Thangthangka – Jangothang:

Today, we pass through Tegethang, a winter home of the Yak herder. We camp at Jangothang, Jhomolhari base camp (4,115 m).

There are ruined fortresses around which used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invaders.

Altitude 4080 m; Distance 19 Km; Time 5 – 6 hours, 480 m ascent.

Day 05. Jangothang (Halt Day):

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Base of Mt. Jomolhari.

Today is the rest day at Jangothang. You enjoy the scenic views of the mountains around.

For Day hikes, you have 3 options on this day at Jangothang:

  1. Hike to Jichu Drake Glacier which is around 3 hours (Back and Forth).
  2. Walk up the mountain between Jumolhari and Jichu Drake, the summit is at 5200 meters with a great view of both the mountains. This is 8 hours (Back and forth).
  3. Hike to Jumolhari Glacier which is around 4 ½ hours (Back and forth).

Day 06.  Jangothang – Dhumzo (Soi Yaktsa) at 3800 m via Bonte La pass 4900 m:

You will see the view of Mt. Jhomolhari, Jitchu Drake and the valley to Jhomolhari camp site. Good chances to see Blue Sheep.

We cross Bonte La (4900 m) pass and is also highest pass of this trek.

Highest Point: 4900 m, Duration 7 – 8 hours walk, Distance – 16 Km, Level of Difficulty: Moderately hard.

Day 07. Dhumzo (Soi Yaktsa) – Thombushong (4100 m) via Tagalun Pass at 4550 m:

Yaktsha-Trek

Yaktsa Trek

The Trail leads through rhododendron, birch, oak forest draped in moss.

If you trek during May and June, you can see Takins, the national animal of Bhutan. This place is the migratory route of the Takins.

Highest Point: 4550 m, Duration 5-6 hours, Distance 14 Km, Level of difficulty: Moderate.

Day 08. Thombushong to Zankepang at 2600 m via Thombula pass (4300 m):

You will see the several mountain peaks view from the pass, Jo Drake at 5980 m being the closest one.

Highest Point 4300 m. Duration 7-8 hours, Distance 18 Km, Level of Difficulty: Moderate.

Day 09. Zankepang to Drugyel Dzong – Drive to Thimphu – Distance: 68 km, 2 hrs drive):

Walking distance: 7 km.

The Trek ends at Drugyal Dzong. You see off your Trekking staffs and your horse men and drive to Thimphu.

After lunch, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and over night in Hotel.

Day 10. Thimphu Sightseeing:

Buddha-Statue

Tallest statue of sitting Buddha in the world (51.5 m).

In the morning, visit to:

  • National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • The Tallest statue of Buddha Dordenma in the world (51.5 m).
  • Dupthop nunnery.
  • Takin Preserve center.
  • Changangkha Monastery, the oldest temple of Thimphu valley built in 13th

After lunch, visit to:

  • The School of 13 Arts and Crafts or the Painting School.
  • The Textile Museum.
  • Craft Bazaar.

In the evening, visit to the Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat and the Office of the King.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 11. Thimphu – Punakha (76 Kms, 2 hours drive):

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Dochula Pass at 3100 m.

After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochu La pass at 3100 m.

  • We stop at Dochula pass (3100 m) and visit 108 stupas and view the Higher Himalayas.
  • Visit Chimi Lhakhang built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in 15th

After lunch, visit to:

  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, hike to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 12. Punakha – Thimphu – Lungchutse hike:

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Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu via Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

  • Visit to Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

After lunch, Lungchutse hike (2 ½ hours).

This is a beautiful hike from Dochu La pass to Hongtsho. With visit to Tashigang goemba and Lungchutse visit. You can enjoy 360° view of the Himalayan mountain range from the hiking route.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 13. Paro – Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.