ay 01: Arrival Paro
Today upon arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by our local representative with a traditional welcoming style and after a short introduction at the airport you will be then transferred to the hotel. After a short rest in the hotel you will be led further for local sightseeing in the picturesque Paro valley. Your sightseeing begins with a visit to the National Museum which house the collection Bhutanese treasures, with awesome Bhutanese artwork and weapons from centuries. This museum was once the fortified tower. From the museum a leisurely walk down to visit Paro Dzong – an awesome and impressive introduction to the world of dzongs, this massive fortress was later built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1645 on the present location and locally known as Rinpung Dzong which means “Fortress on the Heap of Jewels”. Coming down from the dzong, drive to the main town and explore somewhat a bustling small township of Paro. In reality Paro is a village now transformed itself into a small town. Today it is undeniably undergoing lots of construction with booming contemporary buildings following the same traditional Bhutanese architecture.
Day 02: Hotel – Tiger’s Nest
Today we recommend a reasonably early start - drive up to the base of Tiger’s Nest (11 km from the town), and its now time to embark on your somewhat arduous adventure for the day. The monastery lies at 3000ft/915m clinging to a vertical granite cliff overlooking the Paro valley and its one of the most spectacularly located monastery in Bhutan. Remember that the hike to Tiger’s Nest is quite an uphill task and it takes around three to four hours at an average speed. Legend says that in the second half of the eight century, the great Buddhist spiritual master Guru Rinpoche meditated in this site and manifested himself in a terrifying form of Dorji Drolo to subdue the malevolent spirits and demons. He also concealed many profound treasures in this site. Today, Taktsang is one of the supreme sacred holy place in Bhutan. After the monastery hike down the same path towards the valley floor. Your last stop for the day is the historical Kyechu Lhakhang. This temple is one of the first and old temple in Bhutan along with the Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang, built in the same year as early as seventh century. It was built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gyampo inorder to pin down the gigantic ogress lying over the whole Tibet and Himalaya.
Day 03: Hotel (Paro) Gynekha – Gur
After your breakfast in the hotel drive to Gyenekha, a beautiful village which falls under Thimphu district. Your drive from the main road takes rough 8km track from the main road up to the Primary School from here a short descent to the river bank where your adventure begins. This village is known for the production of Matsutake and Chantarelle Mushrooms. Your true communion with the nature starts with alpine flora and birds as you wonder around the terrace fields and coniferous vegetation. Your first day covers only 7 km and will pass through yak pastures and oak forest before you reach to the campsite at 10.824ft/3300m. Your trek begins with crossing a river and gradually ascends uphill till you reached a huge rock platform from where you will have a picturesque view of the valley below and good stop for your picnic lunch. From this place you will further walk for two hours to reach your campsite at Gur which lies amongst abundance of flowers, fig and juniper forest.
Day 04: Gur – Labatamba
Today your adventure winds you through fir, spruce, birch, rhododendrons and through crossing the ridge of Pagalaptsa Pass (4250m) from where you will enjoy the affordable views of the rugged mountain vegetation. Appreciate the rugged beauty of the surroundings and the spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjunga (Sikkim), and other Himalayan range. From the pass you will gradually descent down through yak pastures and the stone house built by the yah herders. The trail takes you through the whole Dagala range with beautiful landscape, through alpine wildflower meadows. Onec reaching the Labatamba valley your trail take you gradually upward through several yak herders camp till you reach your campsite by Utsho Tsho at an altitude 14,104ft/4300m – a lake well known for its golden trout.
Day 05: Labatamba Halt
Today you will be spending your day here in Labatamba exploring numerous lakes here in this vicinity. Enjoy your day with walking up the lakes like – Sertsho, Relitsho, Jagetsho, Hentsho, Janatsho, Jomila tsho and many more. We also encourage our trekkers to carry your fishing stuff and get approved license to take advantage of the opportunity to engage in trout fishing as the location is ideal for trout fishing.
Day 06: Labatamba – Panka
Your trail begins with a gentle walk uphill for 20 minutes along the side of Dala Tsho up to the top at 4520m. Reaching the top the view back down the valley below will have a fascinating view of the majestic Himalayan peaks like – Mt. Everest (Nepal), Mt. Kanchenjunga (Sikkim) with other permanent peaks of Bhutan like Mt. Jomolhari(7326), Mt. Jichu Drakey(6794m), Mt. Tserim Gang(7300m), Mt. Khang Bum(6526m), Mt. Masagang (7165m), Mt. Tshendn Gang(7100m), Mt. Gangchen Ta (6794m). Her the Himalayan Monal Peasant are common. As you descent further passing some yak herders camp to Dochhu Chu (stream) following the river for a while and slowly your journey hits upward through a slope to reach your campsite at Panka (4000m).
Day 07: Panka – Talakha
Today your journey leads you to Talakha, the last campsite with the day beginning with crossing several passes and ridge with less climb. Every pass offer you an opportunity with impressive look out to the Himalayan peaks. If you are here in the month of June and July, search for the Blue Poppy (the national flower of Bhutan) and variety of mountain birds flock around this around this area. Once crossing the pass, Tale-La (4180m), you will gradually started to descent downhill till you reached Talakha Gomba (temple). You campsite will be just above the temple and this is one of the best spot to treat yourself with adorning view of the Thimphu city.
Day 08: Talakha – Thimphu
Today you will be treated with short walk downhill till the feeder road through alpine and mixed vegetation. Your vehicle will pick you from the road below the temple and drive you to the capital city. Having entered the capital Thimphu, you will soon notice that it is unlike most capital cities of the world. Thimphu consist of around 80,000 population with no high rise buildings and no traffic lights rather it is directed by the police.
Day 09: Thimphu Sightseeing
After your breakfast in the hotel, drive further north of Thimphu valley for your day excursion to Cheri Gompa which takes around 1.1/2 hours walk from the main parking road and then take the alternative, and shorter, path from the parking lot up to Tango Gompa which is a 300m ascent and takes around one hours. Returning back for lunch in the capital city your next stop is the Memorial Chorten, Semtokha Dzong, Golden Buddha, Painting School and in the evening the giant fortress of Thimphu.
Day 10: Thimphu – Paro - Depart