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Gangkar Puensum Trek

See the world's highest unclimbed peak- Isolated Bhutan Trekking - Taktsang Monastery- Meeting the local yak herders

A wild and challenging rarely undertaken Bhutan trek to pay homage to the world’s highest unclimbed peak- Gangkar Puensum (7570m). Lying on the border with Tibet, there have been unsuccessful attempts to climb Gangkar Puensum, but since then the Bhutanese have decided that the mountain should not be climbed. So this trek to Gangkar Puensum Base Camp or really to what would be determined as “base camp” beneath the soaring peak remains an unspoilt, high mountain wilderness and what a spectacular amphitheatre of Himalayan giants it is. Many of the side valleys in the higher reaches of the Gangkar Puensum region remain by and large unexplored and frequented only by hardy yak herders. This remote and strenuous trek ensures that this is isolation trekking in Bhutan at its very best, with the reward of close up views of magnificent Gangkar Puensum to the very few that dare to venture.


Sleeping bags (4 season) will be required for nights spent camping


This trip features a good Bhutanese standard of hotel accommodation, however there are options to upgrade to 4*/5* top end Boutique Hotels in Paro & Thimpu

18 Days -  13 Days Challenging Walking- Max altitude 5400m - 6nts Hotels - 11nts Camping



The price shown is for guideline purposes. The price is inclusive of all accommodation described in the detailed itinerary (twin share in hotels) - all airport and land transfers,  private overland travel,internal flights within the itinerary,  Full Camp Crew Service (inc Cook), Porterage on Trek (usually pack animals), all camping equipment (except sleeping bags). Tents on twin share basis. all meals as indicated in the itinerary,  permits & fees,  sightseeing where specified, Bhutan Visa & Tourist Taxes & an english-speaking Bhutanese guide.

B = Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner


Price Guide

£ GBP  2860

$ US     3995

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 EUR  3260

Day 1 - Arrive Paro. Transfer to Thimpu


Day 2- Overland to Trongsa


Day 3- Overland via the Yotong La to Jakhar


Day 4-Commence the Gankgar Puensum trek to Khakthang


Day 5- Trek to Gophu


Day 6- A long day to Tsawuu


Day 7- A shorter walk to Shingo


Day 8- Trek to Bamurpa


Day 9 - Acclimatisation Day at Bamurpa


Day 10 - Trek to Gangkar Puensum Base Camp


Day 11- Walking beneath Gangkar Puensum


Day 12 - Descend to Shingo


Day 13 - Trek to Tsampa


Day 14 - Down to Gophu


Day 15 - Back to Jakhar


Day 16- Fly/Drive to Paro & sightseeing


Day 17 - Taktsang Monastery Trek


Day 18 - Depart Paro


Don't forget, this trip can be customised


Bhutan is also renowned for its traditional, colourful festivals. If you’d like your trip to Bhutan to coincide with a  Bhutan festival, and which ones you’d like to witness you can find out more on our Bhutan Festivals page. As all our holidays to Bhutan are exclusively private and tailor made, most of our itineraries can be designed & timed to incorporate your preferred festival choice.


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