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All of our packages include accommodations in standard quality hotels, all meals a day, a reliable vehicle, and an experienced driver to get you around safely.

Listed below are some of our most popular cultural tour and trek itineraries. We will work with you on customizing these tour arrangements to meet your interests and needs.


 

GANGTEY TREK

Summary:


The Gangtey Trek is relatively short and easy trek. The trek starts from Gangtey and ends after three days in Chuzomsa. Riding ponies can be provided if required. This trek will lead you through isolated villages, lush valleys, wildlife preserves, forests covered with rhododendron shrubs, juniper trees, magnolia, and bamboo. You will also have amazing views of the Himalayas.

Best time for trek: March to May; September to November

Duration: 10 days; Actual Trek: 3 days

Start:Phobjikha

Finish: Tikke Zampa

Maximum Elevation:3,480m

Difficulty: Easy

Day 1: Arrive at Paro International Airport

Kuzuzangpola – Welcome to Bhutan!

During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Jomolhari and Mount Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by our representative and escorted to your hotel.

Evening: relax at the hotel or take a stroll around the hotel.


Day 2: Paro - Sightseeing

Morning: Drive to Drugyel Dzong (a ruined fortress about 16 km away from Paro town). Drugyel Dzong means the fortress of the victorious Drukpas. From here, the peak of Jomolhari (“Mountain of the Goddess”) at 7,329m can be seen on a clear day. On the way back, visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse.

Visit the Rinpung Dzong. Built in 1645 A.D., this fortress is presently the seat of the district administration and the residence of the monk body.

Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong). Once the watchtower for Rinpung Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968.

Have tea at the hotel and drive to Thimphu.

Evening: Reception with local musicians.


Day 3: Thimphu – Sightseeing

Morning: Visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge Stupa built in memory of the third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who reigned the kingdom from 1952 - 1972.Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts and relics of Buddhism are preserved along with other national documents.

Visit the Wood Craft and Painting school where traditional art and craft are still kept alive.

Also, visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased.

Evening: Stroll through Thimphu town.


Day 4: Thimphu – Gangtey
 
Drive to Gangtey, ~90 km from Thimphu. On the way, halt at Dochula pass at 3,100 m for tea and snacks. On a clear day, you can get the most spectacular view of the eastern Himalayan mountain ranges from the pass. Also visit Punakha (~60 km), the former capital of Bhutan. The Punakha Dzong lies between two rivers known as Pho Chhu (Male River) and Mo Chhu (Female River). The Dzong, built in 1637 now houses the District Administration and is also the winter residence of the State Monastic Body and the Chief Abbot.

Gangtey is a beautiful place of rolling hills and green meadows surrounded by snow-capped mountains. It is situated at an altitude of 3,000m. From Gangtey, one can closely view the picturesque Black Mountain ranges as well as the beautiful Phobjikha valley. Gangtey Goemba (Gangtey Monastery) is perched atop a small hill that rises from the valley floor. The Monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens (Lay Monks). The Gangtey Goemba is the only Nyingmapa (sect of Buddhism) Monastery on the western side of the Black Mountains and is also the biggest of its kind.


Day 5: Gangtey – Zasa (Distance 15 km, 6-7 hours, Ascent 610m, Descent 410m)

Begin the Gangtey trek near the village of Tabithang. Riding ponies can be provided if required. The trail winds through meadows and fields and the climb takes you through a mixed forest of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendron to Tsele La pass (3,430m). From Tsele La, descend into the Kangkha Chhu valley and then to the TSele Pang at 3,280m.Continue into a forest of cypress, juniper, daphne, and rhododendron to a small village called Tserina (3,120m). Go past Gogona (3,090m). Gogona Lhakhang contains statues of Chenrezig, Atisha, and minfestations of Guru Rinpoche. As camping is not allowed at the temple, trek around the ridge the small but beautiful village of Dangchu at 3,040m. People here speak Bjop-kha, the language of the nomads. The campsite, Zasa (3,130m) is besides a small stream in a yak pasture.


Day 6 :Zasa – Chorten Karpo (Distance 16 km, 5-7 hours, Ascent 450m, Descent 860 m)

A gentle climb through forests covered with fir, oak, spruce, dwarf rhododendron, miniature azalea, cypress, and juniper leads to Shobe La at 3,480 m. The descent from the pass leads to a wide valley, surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges. Chorten Karpo is made up of four chortens in a forest of blue pines at 2,680m. The first chorten was built in honor of a Je Khenpo (Head Abbott), the second one was for a rich merchant from Kokoktha, the third one is called Kani (archlike chorten), and the last one was built by a flour merchant from Kokoktha.




Day 7 :Chorten Karpo – Tikke Zampa (Distance 12 km, 4-5 hours, Ascent 120m, Descent 1,340m)

A short ascend will bring you to the Tashila pass at 2,780 m. If you walk a few minutes more to the top of the Tashila ropeway, you can watch rice and building supplies coming up and logs going down. The trail runs through an ever changing landscape and finally ends past steep terraced wheat fields to two shops at 1,460m on the road at Tikke Zampa.

Day 8 :Thimphu - Paro

Visit Semtokha Dzong, located about 6 km from Thimphu town. Built in 1629 by the Zhabdrung, the Semtokha Dzong is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan.Next, visit Tashichhodzong, the seat of the Royal Government including his Majesty the King and the winter residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbott of Bhutan) and the monastic school.

In the evening, drive to Paro and stroll around Paro town.

Day 9 :Paro - Visit Tiger's Nest (Taktshang Goemba)

Drive up to Satsamom and then begin the walk to Taktsang Goemba. The name Taktsang means "Tiger's Nest ". The Monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 900m above the floor of Paro valley.

Taktsang is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites in the Himalayan world and it has 13 holy sites. However, most people can only visit the main site called Taktsang Pelphug. According to legend, Guru Rinpoche miraculously flew here on the back of a tigress, meditated in a cave here for three months and converted the whole of Paro valley to Buddhism. The round trip hike takes about 4 hrs.


Day 10: Paro - International Airport

Our representative will bid you Bon Voyage!

TASHI DELEK!

Our package includes:

1. Accommodation in the best standard hotels available on twin sharing basis

2. All meals and evening tea

3. All transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary (itinerary is flexible)

4. Full time English speaking Guide

5. All museum fees

6. Car and driver

7. Camping equipment such as tents, camping chairs, etc. provided. You will need to bring your own sleeping bags, trekking shoes, rain gear, etc.

NOTE: We can also make arrangements for you to see/participate in a traditional archery match.


      

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