8 Days Bhutan Trek Itinerary:
Day 01. Arrival at Paro and sightseeing (2280 meters):
Meet & greet at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
After lunch, visit to:
- The Ta dzong, an ancient watchtower, which has been since 1967 converted to the National Museum of Bhutan.
- Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices.
In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.
Day 02. Paro sightseeing – hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang) – Shana:
Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.
Day hike to Taktsang monastery, the famous “Tiger’s Nest”. The hike is uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery which clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters above the Paro valley.
On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo.
- Visit the ruins of Drukgyel dzong built in 1644 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
In the evening, drive to Shana (22 kms).
Dinner and overnight in camp.
Day 03. Shana – Thang thangkha (Start of Trek):
After breakfast, start the trek. The camp is in a meadow with a stone shelter.
Altitude: 3610 m; Distance 22 Km; Time 7 – 8 hours. (Ascent 770 meters, Descent 10 meters)
Day 04. Thangthangka – Jangothang:
Base of Mt. Jomolhari.
Today we cross Tegethang, a winter home of the Yak Herders. You will see many Yaks today before we arrive at the Jhomolhari base camp (4,115 m).
There are high mountains that overlook the camp and you can see the ruins of an old fortress that was used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invaders.
Altitude: 4080 m; Distance 19 Kms; walking time 5 – 6 hours. (Ascent 480 meters).
Day 05. Jangothang (Rest day):
Today we rest at Jangothang for acclimatization, enjoy the beautiful view all around.
For Day hikes, you have 3 options on this day at Jangothang:
- Walk up the mountain between Jumolhari and Jichu Drake, the summit is at 5200 m with a great view of both the mountains. This is 8 hours (Back and forth).
- Hike to Jichu Drake Glacier which is around 3 hours (Back and Forth).
- Hike to Jumolhari Glacier which is around 4 ½ hours (Back and forth).
Day 06. Jangothang – Lingshi:
Today you can see the breathtaking view of Jumolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tsherim gang. and climb the Nyeley la pass at an altitude of 4,700 meters. After the pass it’s a gradual descent to the camp at Lingshi. You will enjoy the panoramic view of the peaks and Lingshi dzong.
Camp altitude is 4010 m. 18 kms, time: 6-7 hours, Ascent 840 m, Descent: 870 m.
Day 07. Lingshi – Shodu:
Today, the trail leads to the Yalila Pass (4930 m), impressive views of Mt. Jumolhari, Tserim Kang and Masagang can be seen.
Camp at Shodu: 4080 m.
Distance: 22 kms, 8-9 hours walk, Ascent 940 m, Descent 920 m.
Day 08. Shodu – Barshong:
We are back to the tree line. The path follows the Thimphu River, descending through rhododendron, juniper and other alpine forest. The view of the cliff facing rocks and waterfalls are stunning.
After lunch the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of the Barshong Dzong near the camp at Altitude: 3710 m.
Distance: 16 km. walking time 5-6 hours, Ascent 250 m, Descent: 670 m.
Day 09. Barshong – Dolamkencho:
The road descends through alpine forest and we walk along the Thimphu River for a while. After lunch, we climb up hill to the Dolamkencho camp at the altitude 3320 m.
Distance: 15 km. 4-6 hours walk, Ascent 290 m, Descent 640 m.
Day 10. Dolamkencho – Dodena – Thimphu:
The trail will descend through bamboo forests and join the Thimphu River again.
Your vehicle will pick you up at Dodena.
Distance 8 km, 4 hours walk. Ascent 500 meters, Descent 930 meters.
After lunch, visit to:
- The Craft Bazaar and free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.
In the evening, visit to the Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat and the office of the King.
Day 11. Thimphu sightseeing:
National Memorial Chorten.
In the morning, we visit:
- The National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
- Dupthop nunnery one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.
- National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts.
- Painting School or the school of 13 Arts and Crafts.
After lunch, visit to:
- The tallest statue of sitting Buddha Dordenma which stands at 51.5 m,
In the evening, witness Archery match at the Changlimithang stadium.
Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 12. Thimphu – Paro (Departure):
After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.