This trek offers an incredible and unforgettable trekking experience, but it is important for trekkers to be in good physical condition due to the extensive walking involved and the need to cross two high mountain passes. The sight of Mt. Jumolhari(7314m) from Jangothang is breathtaking, and serves as a highlight of the journey. Additionally, the trek provides an exceptional chance to witness yaks and their herders in their natural environment.
Arrive in Paro, the gateway to Bhutan, and meet your guide and driver at the airport. You will be taken to your hotel where you can rest and freshen up. After lunch, visit the National Museum, which is housed in a historic watchtower and offers a glimpse into Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage. You’ll also visit Paro Rinpung Dzong, a beautiful fortress that now serves as a monastery and administrative center.
After breakfast, hike to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest. The monastery is perched on a cliff 900 meters above the Paro valley and is one of Bhutan’s most iconic sights. The hike takes about 4-5 hours round trip and offers stunning views of the valley below.
After breakfast, you’ll drive to the trailhead at Gunitsawa village, where your trek begins. The trail follows the Paro Chu river and leads to Sharna Zampa, where you’ll set up camp for the night. The hike is relatively easy and takes about 5-6 hours.
Today’s hike takes you through forests of oak, rhododendron, and juniper to reach Thangthangka, a campsite with stunning views of Jomolhari. Along the way, you’ll pass several traditional farmhouses and may even spot some yaks grazing in the fields. The hike takes about 7-8 hours.
Continue along the Paro Chu river and reach Jangothang, a beautiful meadow at the base of Jumolhari. This is a popular campsite and offers stunning views of the mountain. You’ll have the option to explore the area and take a day hike to the Tshophu Lake or hike up to the Jumolhari Glacier. The hike takes about 4-5 hours.
Spend an extra day at Jangothang to acclimatize and explore the surrounding area. You can take a day hike to the nearby Tshophu Lake or hike up to the Jumolhari Glacier for stunning views of the mountain. Alternatively, you can spend the day relaxing at camp and enjoying the serene beauty of the area.
The trail today climbs up to the Nyile La pass, offering spectacular views of the mountains and valleys below. You’ll then descend towards the Lingshi valley, passing through beautiful meadows and forests before reaching the Lingshi campsite.
Hike from Lingshi to Shodu, passing through the Yeli La pass at 4,820m. The trail descends through rhododendron and juniper forests, and you’ll camp at Shodu, located at 4,100m. The hike takes about 8-9 hours.
Continue hiking along the banks of the Thimphu Chu river, passing through forests of pine and rhododendron. You’ll camp at Barshong, located at 3,600m. The hike takes about 6-7 hours.
Today’s trek takes you through beautiful forests and valleys, with several ascents and descents along the way. You’ll cross several small streams and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding peaks before reaching your campsite at Dolam Kencho.
Descend to the roadhead at Dodena and drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Spend the afternoon exploring the city’s sights and sounds, and in the evening at your own leisure
After breakfast, visit the Buddha Dordenma, a massive statue of Buddha that offers stunning views of the valley. Explore Tashichho Dzong, a beautiful fortress and monastery that houses the offices of the king and government. Visit the National Memorial Chorten, a stupa built in memory of the third king of Bhutan. Shop for local handicrafts at the Norzin Lam. Drive to Paro in the evening. Overnight in Paro
Transfer to Paro International Airport for your departure flight.