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We have shown the itinerary on the basis of a complete holiday purely for illustrative purposes. Naturally as tailor-made Bhutan holiday specialists we would be happy to discuss additional options, whether it be other activities, more/less sightseeing, alternative/upgraded accommodation etc dependent upon your interests, preferences and time available. We even tailor-make a suggested 'what to pack' list for you based upon your ultimately chosen Bhutan tailor-made holiday too.

Day 1 - Arrive Paro. Transfer to Paro Hotel.

Arrive at Paro Airport. You’ll be met upon arrival and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel in the very small town of Paro Dependent upon your arrival time, you may be able to enjoy a short sightseeing tour of Paro.

Accommodation: Tenzinling Resort Hotel or similar, Paro

Meals: D

 

For detailed information, choices and advice for International flight options to Paro, Bhutan - please click here

 

Day 2 -Trek to Shana

Beginning from right outside your hotel the walking is heading uphill to then follow a wooded ridge line further up to one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, Kyichu Lhakang. From here you then travel by private vehicle to the village of Gunitsawa and walk by a river upstream to Shana camping area (2790m). Total walking today is around 5-6hrs.

Accommodation: Camp, Shana

Meals: BLD

 

Day 3- Trek to Soi Thangthanka

Most of todays walking is up, up and up through dense forests, with just the odd remote farmhouse along the way. Usually you’ll spot some bird life along the way and maybe even bears. Walking time approx. 7-8hrs. Altitude at camp 3520m

Accommodation: Camp, Soi Thangthanka

Meals: BLD

 

Day 4- Chomolhari Base Camp

You continue walking towards to Chomolhari. At 7314m this is the second highest peak in Bhutan. Once again you’re trekking up through forsts, but after an hour or so of walking you emerge above the tree line. Heading further up the valley the ascent is fairly gradual and now amongst a more open landscape you’re in the alpine zone of the Bhutan Himalayas. Chomolhari is seen at the end of the valley as you pass a place known as Tengethang, a Yak grazing area used during the winter months by the local herders. Eventually you’ll see a row of chortens and a few stone built huts that is regarded as Chomolhari Base Camp. Needless to say the views of Cholohari from here as it looms over the camping area are worth all the effort required to reach here. Altitude at camp is 4104m with toady’s walking time being approx. 5-6hrs

Accommodation: Camp, Jangothang (CBC)

Meals: BLD

 

Day 5- Chomolhari Base Camp - Acclimatisation Day

Now at just above the 4,000m mark an acclimatisation day is necessary. But, that doesn’t mean sitting around. Nearby there’s an old fortress (now in ruins) that used to protect Bhutan from the threat of Tibetan invaders to take a look at. There are a couple of acclimatisation walk options too. Up towards Jitchu Drake or a rather more difficult hike up to a Chomolhari’s glacier and up a ridge to a rocky summit for amazing views of both Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake.

Accommodation: Camp, Jangothang (CBC)

Meals: BLD

 

Day 6- Over the Bonte La

Probably the toughest day of the trek, the crossing of the 4900m Bonte La. The whistling of Himalayan Marmots may sound your approach as you initially ascend very steeply up a hanging valley. Climbing ever higher you reach the picturesque Tso Phu Lakes. No doubt you’ll stop for breath frequently on the climb up and can look behind you to see some outlandish views of Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake. Heading further up the valley side there’s still a couple of hours more ascent to reach the Bonte La. But, the views are getting even better and at the pass itself are simply outlandish. Big Himalayan peaks and a true mountain wilderness. There’s around 1100m of descent to follow as you enter the Soi Yaksey Valley. Down below you’ll see a more greener and less steep sided part of the valley, which is where tonights camp will be at around 3820m. A challenging walking day of around 9hrs.

Accommodation: Camp, Soi Yaksey Valley

Meals: BLD

 

Day 7- Over the Tagulun La to Thangbue

As remote and isolated as you now are, there are some small, permanent habitations in the valley. Leaving camp after breakfast you head upwards to reach a mani wall and then descend to the river below, only to now climb up again through rhododendron forest. Things ease off briefly, but it’s ascending again once more to reach the Tagulun La (4540m). Once again you are treated to views of Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake before descending around 400m to camp at 4110m. Walking time approx. 7 hrs. One option would be to spend an additional day/further night at Soi Yaksey camp before tackling this other high pass and taking a day hike to Sey Dzong.

Accommodation: Camp, Thangbue

Meals: BLD

 

Day 8- Thombu La to Shana

Another day and another pass, this time the Thombu La. Thankfully this one isn’t as hard as the previous two. Heading up to a ridge, there’s some really enjoyable ridge walking for just over an hour, with wonderful views on both sides to reach the Thombu La (4270m). Now it’s a long, long down hill into the Paro Chu Valley that thankfully eases…..eventually. Things become more gradual as you enter beneath the tree line once more and walk down though forest to camp at Shana (2895m). Walking time today is a little less, approx. 6hrs.

Accommodation: Camp, Shana

Meals: BLD

 

Day 9 - End of the trek at Drugyel Dzong

A short and easy day in comparison to everything that has gone before. Your legs may well be grateful that it’s relatively level walking through the very beautiful farmed area of the Paro Chu Valley. Reaching the road head you’ll then be driven by private vehicle back to Paro. Walking time approx. 3hrs

Accommodation: Tenzingling  Resort Hotel or similar, Paro

Meals: BLD

 

Day 10- Taktsang Monastery Trek

The Machhu Picchu of Bhutan-Taktsang Monastery and today you’ll visit it. It’s actually a stiff 2hr walk up through woodland and a rather steep climb of around 350m ascent it is too. Thankfully there’s a teahouse at one of the classic Taktsang Monastery view points where you can rest and refresh before a further 30 minutes of climbing brings you to Takstang (3110m) itself. On the final climb you pass what is probably the most famous view point that looks directly across to the monastery. It’s usually possible to enter the monastery, but if there’s something going on at the monastery (religious/VIP visit) then it may not be possible. Heading steeply down a descent of around 100m leads into a gorge before climbing back up to the main monastery gate, from which it’s down to the valley floor and your ride “home”. Walking time is around 4-5hrs with around 750m of ascent and descent. It’s actually quite a challenging walk to get your iconic photo’s of what is probably Bhutan’s most famous site.

Accommodation: Tenzingling  Resort Hotel or similar, Paro

Meals: BLD

 

Day 11 - Depart Paro

A private vehicle transfer to Paro Airport for your departing flight

Meals: B

 

 

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