8 days & 7 nights in Bhutan

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The scope for trekking in Bhutan is immense – from short walks to arduous treks. Trekkers are fortunate people, as they can experience the kingdom of Bhutan at its most magnificent. From the towering snow peaks of the inner Himalayas to the verdant forests which cloak the hills above its peaceful valleys, the trails are clean and unspoiled, and the wilderness still pristine in its beauty.

Here are a few of our trekking itineraries, each one offering you an enchanting journey amidst the Himalayas. Our trekking tours are planned in great detail, and we will send you on your way with a competent and resourceful team of BHUTAN TRAVEL ZONE guides, caterers etc. to take care of all the necessities, so that you can enjoy your trekking experience to the full.

GANGTEY/GOGONA TREK

This trek is to the beautiful Phobjikha valley (3,00m), one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan, which lies in the mountains east of Wangduephodrang. After crossing over the pass you soon come to the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few kilometres down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quite, remote valley is the chosen winter home of the rare black necked cranes, which migrate here annually from the Tibetan plataue. This moderate trek visits the villages of Gogona and Khotokha, passing through meadows and fields, then forests of juniper, magnolia and rhododendrons in full bloom in April. It is one of the finest low level treks in Bhutan.

Season: The best times for this trek are March to May, and September to November. The best months are April and early May when the rhododendrons are in full bloom.

Day 01: Arrive Paro

On arrival at Paro Airport, you will be met by your BHUTAN TRAVEL ZONE representative, and transferred to Thimphu on completion of arrival formalities. Your sleepover is at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 02: Thimphu – Gangtey

After eating the breakfast, in the morning we tour to Thimphu, visiting National Memorial Chorten. Tashichhodzong, National Library and Institute for Zorig Chusum (generally known as the Painting School), where students learn the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.

After lunch drive for about 5 hours to Gangtey. En route cross Dochu-la pass (3,088m) and drive by Wangduephodrang Dzong. Your sleepover is at a camp/farm house, Gangtey.

Day 03: Gangtey Gompa – Gogona

15km, 6-7 hours
Trek commences today. The trail winds gradually upwards through meadows and fields, ascending to Tsele-la pass (3,400m) where we stop for lunch. The trial then descends gradually for some time through forests of junipers, bamboo, magnolias and rhododendrons. After a last short climb, we reach Gogona village. The people of Gogona were originally nomads and they speak a language called Bjopkha (language of nomads). We are sleeping tonight at a camp under the stars.

Day 04: Gogona – Khotokha

16km, 6-7 hours
The trial winds up gently above Gogona village, climbing into a forest of firs, oak, spruce, rhododendron, cypress and junipers. A long and gradual climb takes us up to Shobju-la pass (3,400m). The path leads down to the wide valley of Khotokha, where the people of sha (a region of Wangduephodrang district) come in summer to graze their animals. Sleepover tonight is at a camp under the stars.

Day 05: Khotokha – Chazam/Wangduephodrang

12km, 5 hours
A short ascent takes us to a pass, from which the path descends steeply through ever-changing vegetation till finally reaching the bridge at Wangduephodrang. The trek ends here. Your sleepover is at the hotel in Wangduephodrang.

Day 06: Wangduephodrang – Thimphu

After exploring the attractive Wangduephodrang and Punakha valleys, we drive to Thimphu. Afternoon sightseeing in Thimphu, including visits to the following as time permits: Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums; Handicrafts Emporium; papermaking factory; market. Your sleepover is at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 07: Thimphu – Paro

In the morning we drive to Paro, en route visiting Simtokha Dzong. Today’s sightseeing in Paro includes visits to: Ta Dzong (National Museum), Rinpung Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang. Your sleepover is at the hotel in Paro.

Day 08: Depart Paro

After early breakfast drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination, enjoying superb mountain views from the aircraft as you fly out of the valley. Soon you leave Bhutan surrounded in mist and by her guardian peaks.