This trek is one of the most beautiful trekking routes in Bhutan. Through this trek, one can enjoy the wonders of nature and…
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This trek is one of the most beautiful trekking routes in Bhutan. Through this trek, one can enjoy the wonders of nature and scenic mountain peaks (including the majestic Jhomolhari, Jichu Drakey, Tsherim Gang and Gangchhentag) of Bhutan, apart from sighting some of the rare and endangered animals (snow leaopard and Takin), and also see folks of blue sheep, besides seeing the Highland culture and their traditions of yak rearing.
Part of the trekking area has also been used and blessed by the Great Saint, Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyal, the fouding father of Bhutan as he embarked his journey from Tibet to Bhutan.
This beautiful trekking routes falls with the jurisdiction of Jigme Dorji National Park and you will get to see the National icons such as National bird, National flower, National tree and National animal. The trek suitably ends with dipping in hot spring revered for its medicinal values.
Recommended timing is from April to June, and September to November. The altitude variation of this trek is from 2250 meters above sea level to above 5000 meters above sea level.
Arrival ParoArrive Paro International Airport and pick up by our team members and take you to hotel. Later you will visit Taa Dzong (National Museum), Rinpung Dzong which was built in 17th Century by Great Zhabdrung Ngwang Namgyel and has served as a key strategic place to defend the external forces. Towards evening you can take a stroll in the town. Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Acclamatization and visit to Taktshang monasteryVisit Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, built on a steep cliff is one of the most iconic place where Guru Rinpochhe is believed to have flown here on the back of a tigress to spread Buddhism in 746 A.D. The round trip takes about 4 hour hike. Later visit Drugyel Dzong (Castle of the Victorious Drukpa) and Kyichu Monastery (one of the oldest Moastery built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo). Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Paro to ThangthangkhaAfter breakfast, drive around 2 hours to Shana, from where the actual trekking starts. Shana, the begining of the trek route also coincide with the boundary of the Jigme Dorji National Park. The entire trek falls with the park area. The trail is gradual and passes through the conifer forest and Rhododendron following along the Pachu river. The features of the trek is when you reach at Tshenduzam, a magnificent view of Mt. Jhomolhari can be seen. Overnight at Tented camp at Thangthangka.
Thangthangkha to Jomolhari baseThe route passes through the villages of Soe (semi-nomadic community) and will see some government establishments on the way until you reach to campsite beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mt. Jhomolhari (4090 masl) situated in place called as Jangothang. Overnight at Tented camps at Jomolhari base camp.
Acclimatization at Jomolhari base campJangothang, where actual Jomolhari base camp lies is a perfect environment for acclimatization, as beyond which the trekkers have to pass through high passes. There are various options of taking day hikes, such as trek up to Tsohphu tsho (lake), day-hikes to see great views of Jhomolhari and Jichu Drake, and also interact with nearby herders. Also you will have good chances to spot some blue sheep and on rare occasion see Snow Leopard. Overnight at Tented camps at Jomolhari base camp.
Jomolhari base to Camp near Lingshi DzongAfter breakfast, start the trek with an ascend up the mountainside until reaching Nyelila pass situated at 4870m. During the ascend you will be seeing the Mt.Jhomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drake and Tsherim Gang all of them rising above 7000 meters apart from seeing folks of blue sheep grazing on the mountain slopes. Overnight at Tented Camp in Lingshi.
Lingshi to ChebisaEnroute you will see Lingshi Dzong, pass through village below Lingshi Dzong where the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Thimphu has a drying plant for its medicinal herbs. Overnight at Tented camps in Chebisa
Chebisa to ShomuthangThe trek starts with an ascend along the meadow till Gobula pass (4440m). Enroute you will see some blue sheep grazing in high yak pastures. After the Gobula pass, it’s mostly desending passing through junipers and fir forest until you arrive at camp beside stream. Overnight at Tented Camp in Shomuthang.
Shomuthang to RobluthangThe days start with a short steep climb and then along the ridge and valley crisscrossing the stream for a few times until we reach at Jhari La pass (4760 m). Along the route edelweiss flowers and view of snowcapped peak to the south-east called Khang Bum (6526 m) can be seen. After Jarila, the trail descends down through dwarf rhododendrons, junipers and fir forest till the campsite. The area is also used by takin as their summer habitat and if you visit the area during summer you will be able to see herds of takin grazing. Overnight at Tented Camp in Robluthang.
Robulthang to LimithangYou will have to start little early as you will be passing over the highest point on this trek, Shingjay la Pass at 5005 m and as such the trek may look tough till the top. From here, you will start descending through a cedar forest interspersed with small meadows to Limithang, which is under Laya Geog (block), under Gasa District. Here you may see herders dressed in their traditional dress. The peak of Gangchentag towers over the campsite, even though it’s quite a distance away. Overnight at Tentend Camp in Limithang.
Limithang to LayaYour trek starts by gently descending down along a winding river and pasture land until reaching Mochu river. Then you cross Mochu river and make gentle ascend through the fir forest until reaching the Laya settlement. Overnight at Tented Camp in Laya.
Rest and explore Laya villageAfter breakfast you will make short day hike to Langothang, a flat land above the Laya. From here you can have a view of Laya village, as well as meet the the yak herders and see Blue Sheep. Later witness the tradition and culture of Laya in village. Also visit a house in Laya, who has been patron of Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel to receive blessings from the Zhabdrung's relics. Evening cultural dance programme can be arranged . Overnight at Tented Camp in Laya.
Laya to KoinaYou have to make exit way below the village and start descending until reaching Army outpost at Takshimakhang. After about half an hour from the army post, you will arrive at trail junction (3340m) from where the the route for the Snowman Trek leads uphill. The routes then keep going downstream on a muddy trail along the Mochu river until we reach at Koina. "Koina" has been the place where Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel took rest while coming from Tibet. Infact it has been "Ku Nay Nang" meaning place of resting, but later changed to Koina. Overnight at Tented Camp in Koina.
Koina to Gasa TshachuThe trek traverses through fir and spruce forest and we may come acoss Monal Pheasant and musk deer on the way. Opposite to the route, accross the Mochu river, you may be able to see Takin if you visit during the fall as Takin migrates towards their winter residence. The route descends from Barila, through a fir forest with bamboo understorey until we reach Gasa, the District Head Quarters. Against the backdrop of Gangchen Tag Mountain, we can see a majestic Gasa Dzong. Later reach Gasa hotspring and soak in hot spring to relax our tiring body. Overnight at Tented Camp in Gasa Tsachu.
Gasa to PunakhaAfter breakfast drive to Punakha and will pass through the villages of Geyza, Zamina and Damji. If you happen to come during winter months we may be able to see Takin across the river on the other as Takin from the Damji village as they use these area as their winter habitat. In Punakha, you will visit Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan, built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel (the Founding Father of Bhutan) at the confluence of two rivers. This majestic Dzong served as both the religious and the administrative centre of Bhutan in the past. It is still being used as winter residence for the Central Monastic Body, headed by the Chief Abode (The Jekhenpo) and still all the Kings of Bhutan are crowned here. . Overnight at hotel in Punakha.
Punakha to ThimphuAfter breakfast move to Thimphu. En-route visit visit Royal Botanical Park, Lampelri and Dochula pass to view the sites of Himalaya Mountain Ranges as well as to visit 108 beautiful Druk Wangyal Chortens (stupas) built on a mound. Arrive Thimphu and visit Buddha Point (the tallest Buddha in Bhutan) and Tashi Chodzong ( the present day Head Quarters of the King and also summer residence of the Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body). Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Thimphu SightseeingVisit various places of historical, traditional and cultural sites as listed; National Library, Folk Heritage Museum, Institute of Traditional Arts and Crafts, Royal Takin Preserve, Memorial Chorten (stupa), Changangkha Lhakhang (monastery), Zilukha Nunnery and BBS Tower. Towards evening visit some handicraft stalls. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu
Thimphu to Paro (Departure)Depending on your flight timing our team will drop you to the airport for your onward journey.
- Twin share/double in Bhutanese 3-star hotel accommodation (4/5 star entails extra charge).
- All meals, tea, snacks and bottled water.
- A licensed professional tour guide.
- All internal transport (excluding internal flights).
- Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
- All entrance fees and visa fees (USD40/-).
- A Sustainable Development Fee (SDF of USD 65 per person per night included within the costs except for Eastern Bhutan).
- On the day of departure, the local agents shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on usage basis.
- International flights, stopover accommodation or domestic.
- Items of a personal nature, phone calls, laundry, hard drinks, etc.
- Tipping for guide & driver.
- Wire transfer fee for transferring tour payment from your bank to Bhutan.
- Travel Insurance.
- The price quoted is for twin/double share in 3 star hotel and for single room supplement it is USD 25/night
- The price quoted is for minimum of 3 pax and above. If the pax is 2 and below surcharges is applicable as; for 2 pax = USD30/day/person and for 1 pax =USD40/day
- There are various discounts for children, students and depending upon the number of days ((refer to FAQs No.6).
- There are group discounts as well if you come in a group (refer to FAQs No.6).
Bhutan (Druk - a dragon Kingdom) with approximate size of Switzerland is a Buddhist Kingdom located between China and India, and is known for its peace loving people. It has been increasingly seen as tourist hotspots due its Dzongs (fortress), snow capped mountains, valleys, rivers, good forest cover and many historical and natural heritage sites that were preserved as Bhutan remained in self imposed isolation until 1960s.
Our Government regulation mandates that all tourists have to arrange the visit through the registered tour operator of Bhutan. All International tourists visiting to Bhutan (except Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian who need to obtain permit at entry port) must obtain a visa clearance. Visas are processed online by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator, upon receiving full tour costs.
According to the suitability of season there are two seasons with different rates to visit Bhutan. The rate is inclusive of Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) of $65 per person per day, accommodation, food, English speaking guide services and land transportation within Bhutan.
i. Peak or high season months are March, April, May, September, October and November = USD250/person/day
ii. Low season months are December, January, February, June, July and August = USD200/person/day
There are two ways
1. You can use your Master and Visa Card to directly send the tour costs. Online card payment will charge you 3.5% on the total payment, (2% will charge by the Card Company, 1% by your bank, 0.5% by the bank in Bhutan).
2. You can directly wire the money using the banks in your corresponding countries (the list will be provided based on your country). After remitting the payment to Bhutan in our account, we have to request our bank in Bhutan to transfer it to the Tourism Council of Bhutan Account. The transfer fee vary according to the bank which you have to bear it.
- SDF is Sustainable Development Fee and amounts to USD65/day/person that is deducted from the daily rate (say USD 250/- during peak and USD 200/- during low season). SDF is paid directly to government and are used for providing free health care, education and infrastructure development.
- The daily rate is the amount inclusive of SDF.
Yes, there are discount as listed below; Individual and Group discount.
- Children between 0-5 years old, no charge
- Children between 6-12 years old, no SDF charge and 50% discount on daily remaining rate
- Full time student under 25 years old with valid student card gets 25% discount on daily rate
- 50% discount on SDF after the 8th nights
- 100% discount on SDF after 14th nights
- 50% discount on daily rate is given to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people.
- 100% discount on daily rate is given to one member in a group exceeding 16 people.
Surcharge apply if the group size is 2 pax and below
- Single (individual) – US$ 40 per night
– Group of 2 person – US$ 30/person/night
Surcharges are determined by Government and is directly deducted from the tour costs.
Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum and has same value as the Indian currency of Rupee. As such Indian currency note is also used widely in Bhutan. But the international tourists must make payment in the dollar.
ATMs are located through out the country and you can easily withdraw the amount in Bhutanese currency.
Bhutan has been gaining popularity as a peace loving nation and is everyone’s dream to visit Bhutan. The slogan of Tourism Council of Bhutan is "Bhutan-a happiness is a place?"
No, there won't be any language barrier as lmost all the Bhutanese can speak English. Moreover English is used as a medium of learning and is also used for communication purpose.
No, there are SDF (Sustainable Development Fee of USD65/day/person) waiver if you visit Eastern parts of Bhutan comprising of Samdrupjongkhar, Trashigang, Pemagatshel, Trashiyangtse, Mongar and Lhuntse). That waiver is until December 2020 only.
We will be glad to provide answers on any front to enable you to enjoy your visit to Bhutan,