Gangtey Winter Trek
The Gangtey Winter Trek is a popular hiking route in Bhutan that takes around 6 days to complete and covers a distance of approximately 50 kilometers. The trek passes through beautiful forests, valleys, traditional villages, and offers stunning views of the Gangtey valley. The highlight of the trek is the opportunity to witness the endangered black-necked cranes that migrate to the valley during the winter months. Along the way, hikers will experience Bhutanese culture and traditions, as they stay in camps or farmhouses and visit historical sites like the Gangtey Monastery and the Punakha Dzong. The best time to embark on the Gangtey Winter Trek is between November to March.
Arrive in Paro, Bhutan and meet with your guide. Transfer to your hotel for rest and acclimatization.
Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong, National Museum of Bhutan, and Kyichu Lhakhang.
Drive from Paro to Gangtey, stopping en route at Dochula Pass to enjoy views of the Himalayas. Overnight in a hotel.
Begin the Gangtey Winter Trek with a hike from Gangtey to Gogona. The trek takes around 6 hours and passes through forests, valleys, and traditional villages. Overnight in a camp or farmhouse in Gogona.
Hike from Gogona to Khotokha, which takes around 6 hours. The trail passes through forests and meadows, and offers stunning views of the Gangtey valley. Overnight in a camp or farmhouse in Khotokha.
Hike from Khotokha to Tikke Zampa, which takes around 5 hours. The trail descends to the river valley, passing through forests and farmland. Overnight in a camp or farmhouse in Tikke Zampa.
Drive from Tikke Zampa to Punakha. Visit the Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang and Wangduephdrang Dzong
Drive from Punakha to Thimphu and visit the Tashichho Dzong, National Memorial Chorten, and Weekend Market.
In the morning after breakfast, drive to Paro and hike to the iconic Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), which takes around 5 hours round trip. Overnight in Paro.
Depart from Bhutan with fond memories of your Gangtey Winter Trek and Bhutanese cultural experiences.