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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 Hotel or similar Paro

Meals: D

 

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

 

Day 2- Taktsang Monastery Trek

The Machhu Picchu of Bhutan-Taktsang Monastery and today you’ll visit it. A good way to warm up for the forthcoming trek. 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), the Tiger’s Nest 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: Tenzinling Hotel or similar Paro

Meals: BLD

 

Day 3- Drive over the Cheli La to Haa

It’s about a 90 minute drive to the 3990m Cheli La, but en route you can take a halt to visit the spectacularly located Drakha Dzong. Upon crossing the pass the road descends in a series of switchbacks all the way down to the Haa Valley floor. All in all around 3hrs of driving leads to the old town of Haa (2950m).

Accommodation:Lechuna Heritage Lodge or similar,, Haa

Meals: BLD

 

Day 4- Acclimatisation/Exploring walk in Haa

Your guide will take you on a walking tour around the area and a your first real opportunity to explore the more rural side of Bhutan. Returning to your lodge for lunch the afternoon is free.

Accommodation: Lechuna Heritage Lodge or similar, Haa

Meals: BLD

 

Day 5- Trek to Tso Kham

A private vehicle transfer to the tiny settlement of Kajina, where the trek begins. After a relatively level start you soon start to ascend and walk for around 2hrs up through forests to the Jana Dinghka temple (3305m). The gradient eases slightly up through blue pine woods and eventually reaches a clearing known as Tso Kham. Walking time approx. 4 hrs.

Accommodation: Camp, Tso Kham

Meals: BLD

 

Day 6- Up to Wangjithang

Heading up through a mix of pine and rhododendron forest, you eventually emerge at a pass at around 4070m and then traverse right to a small saddle. The traversing continues before you begin to ascend more steadily, over another col and then down to a mountain stream beneath the Tshago La. It then takes around 45 mins to reach this stone cairned 4305m pass, from which there are amazing views. It’s then downhill all the way and after an hour or so reach a yak herders summer hut and camp nearby (3925m). Walking time approx. 6hrs.

Accommodation: Camp, Wangjithang

Meals: BLD

 

Day 7- Hike to Napatta Lake

Ascending through juniper woodland and forest you’re aiming for the Gongchey La (4365m) and around 2hrs of uphill walking brings you to the pass. Once again you’re treated to a magnificent Himalayan panorama. Now heading down for a while, there’s then a 90 minute ascent up to the Sejo La (4500m) and at times the trail becomes narrow and indistinct. Contouring in a leftwards direction and reaching another stone cairn you will now see tonights camping location below and it’s then a further 30 minutes to reach the site (3890m) above Napatta Lake, which makes for a nice 40 minute round trip if you want to visit this sacred lake. Walking time approx. 8 hrs.

Accommodation: Camp, near Napatta Lake

Meals: BLD

 

Day 8- Trek to Rigona

This rather remote part of Bhutan is notorious for cross border smuggling between Tibet & Bhutan. So, you just never know if you’ll come across any of the locals taking what is a big risk. But, it happens all the same. Today you head back for about 30 minutes to the stone cairn and retrace your steps to a stream near Zaypu. The valleys are essentially uninhabited except for yak herders during the summer. The rather stony trail leads through forest once more and begins to descend. Below you should be able to see an impossibly beautiful lake, which you continue down towards and camp (4150m) is just a shirt distance beyond and below the lake. Walking time approx. 6hrs.

Accommodation: Camp, Rigona

Meals: BLD

 

Day 9 - Trek to Jara Woma

A fairly long day today firstly heading up the mountainside and then down through forest, which can be rather muddy in places. Crossing a stream there’s then a long climb up the other side of this valley all the way up to a herders hut at around 4200m. The trail now weaves its way through the Hashuna Valley leading down to a yak camp by Tshephu Lake. More uphill as the trail zig zags its way up the valleys slopes and after around an hour you’ll reach a pass (4380m) where there’s a mountain tarn. A more gradual ascent ensues as you head to the main pass (4435m). Now you begin to descend momentarily before contouring to a col. Just a few more minutes walking down to camp at grassy mountain shelf (4355m). Walking time approx. 7hrs.

Accommodation: Camp, Jara Woma

Meals: BLD

 

Day 9 - Trek to Jumchoka

An ascent of around 45 mins from camp to the pass and then things start to get interesting as the rather indistinct or very narrow path traverses across a number of rock ledges across the steep mountain side. After what will feel like an endless affair by which time you’ll have also crossed around the mountain you reach the Rumzu La (4310m), which is marked by several cairns. A bit more walking and things may become recognisable as you join the trail you started your Haa Valley trek on. But, instead of dropping down you bear to the left along another trail and descend through forests for a further hour to reach a yak pasture clearing and tonights final camp location at Jumchokha (3610m). As the descent is steep and muddy at times and with around 1000m of descent, you’ll be happy to see camp too. Walking time approx. 6-7hrs.

Accommodation: Camp, Jumchoka

Meals: BLD

 

Day 10- Trek end and to Paro

The early starts of previous trekking days are a thing of the past now.  It’s a relatively short walk, mostly downhill and somewhat leisurely too to reach Haa. Here you’ll transfer by private vehicle back to Paro. Walking time, less than 2 hrs.

Accommodation: Tenzinling Hotel or similar Paro

Meals: BLD

 

Day 11 - Depart Paro

A private vehicle transfer to Paro Airport for your departing flight

Meals: B

 

 

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

 

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