Day 01: Arrival In Paro
Today at your arrival at the airport, our local tour executive will be standing outside with your nameplate ready to welcome you with the traditional Bhutanese way and after short introduction; you will be transferred to your hotel. After a short refreshment of tea/coffer you will be driven out for short sightseeing in the enchanting Paro valley which lies at an altitude of 2280m. Your sightseeing in Paro begins with your first visit to the impressive Paro Dzong locally means “Fortress on the Heap of Jewels” which lies on the other side of the Paa Chhu river on a small hill towering over the valley below. This giant fortress has its history form twelfth century and later consecrated by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in the year 1946. Your next stop is the Ta (watchtower) dzong that lies above Paro dzong and dated back to 1650 and later in the reign of the Third King turned into museum housing collections of Bhutanese treasures. Your last stop of the day sightseeing the Jangsa Dumtse Lhakhang en-route National Museum. This temple is built by Saint Drubthob Thongtong Gyalpo who came to Bhutan in search of iron ore to be used for the construction of bridges in his homeland Tibet. It was built in the year 1421. This is the only temple built in the shape of a chorten and is literally chained down since local people belief that otherwise it will fly off to heaven.
Day 02: Hike to the Famous Taktshang Goempa
We suggest an early start – This famous Tiger’s Nest lies at an altitude of 3000ft/915m from the valley and 9700ft/2950m from the sea level. A short drive from Paro town to Taktshang Goempa takes around eleven kilometer reaching the parking lot its time for your to embark on your somewhat arduous adventure for the day. According to the legendGuru Rinpoche visited the site in the eight century flying from the eastern Bhutan on the back of the tigress (a form of one of his consort). He spent for three month in the cave meditating and demining his terrifying form of Dorji Droloe subjugating the evil spirit that resides here. The trail to the goempa is quite an uphill task and takes you through beautiful pine forest and many of the trees festooned with Spanish moos. After reaching a half way there you can veer off, leading to the restaurant for a short refreshment and then walk short distance until you see clearly and seemingly within reach. The main shrine where Guru Rinpoche meditated was built in 1684 by Desi Tenzin Rabgyel an regretfully the old structure was burn down completely in 1998 and restored to thepresent building in the following year. After Taktsang Goemba, walk down the same path to the parking lot and drive to visit Kyechu Lhakhang. This lhakhang dated back to seventh century and was one of the oldest temple in Bhutan along with Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang. It’s worth visiting.
Day 03: Paro – Sharna Zampa
Today after your breakfast in the hotel, drive further north of Paro valley to Drukgyel(2580m) a tiny village that lies at the head of the Paro valley and is negotiable within eight kilometer and takes around thirty minutes. The ruined fortress lies on the small ridge above the parking lot is the Drukgyel Dzong which means the “victorious fortress”, we suggest you to make a short visit to the site. This beautiful fortress lies in ruin overlooking the valley below was built in 1649 to commemorate the victory of Bhutanese over the allied Tibetan-Mongolian forces. It once houses the finest armory in the country. If the weather is clear the towering majestic view of Mt Jomolhari (24000ft/7314m) in its pyramid-shape with snow-clad massif that lies at the border can be visible. After completion, drive further to northern end of Gunitsawa Village where you will begin your adventure journey. The journey takes you pass by an army post after an trek permit is endorsed. The gentle ascent takes you through climbing midst of blue pine and fir forest to your campsite at Sharna Zampa at an altitude of 9348ft/2850m, which lies on the opposite side of the river.
Day 04: Sharna Zampa – Soi Thangthanka
The trail takes you through following Paro Chhu(river) with lots of sharp ascent and descent through pint, fir, oak, spruce and rhododendron forest. As your journey continues through crossing the river valley with a section of negotiating rocks as the trail continues through oak and rhododendron forest and then through rich forest of birch and firs, the valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path and descends to a rolling alpine meadow. If the weather is clear, you will have a good view of the majestic Mt. Jomolhari (24000ft/7314m) looming at the valley head. Your campsite will be setup here at an altitude of 11808ft/3600m.
Day 05: Soi Thangthanka – Jangothang
If you have missed to see Mt. Jomolhari (24000ft/7314m) on your arrival – we suggest you to make an early wake up for the panoramic view of the Mt. Jomolhari. The majestic goddess of mountain will reveal its beauty bathing in the down light. Your journey takes you pass by an army camp through Paro Chhu(river) valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growth of forest. Following the river above the tree line and rock-hooping you will enjoy your first glimpses of spectacular view of high mountain ridge and snow-capped peaks as you enter through yak herder’s camp. Yaks and yak herders camp becomes a regular and new look of settlement through this landscape. Passing through muddy track you will pass by high altitude settlement of Soi, Takethang and Dangochang and a short walk through the valley finally takes you to one of the most beautiful campsite of the Himalaya, the Jangothang campsite at an altitude of 13448ft/4100m. Enjoy the spectacular view of Mt. Jomolhari(24000ft/7314m) and Mt. Jichu Drakey(6794m).
Day 06: Jangothang Halt
Spent your day at this camp, acclimatizing and drinking in the magnificent view of Mt. Jomolhari(24000ft/7314m) and Mt. Jichu Drakey(6794m). There are several possibilities of half-day walk that takes you to different vantage points with breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountain peaks such as Mt. Jomolhari((24000ft/7314m) and Mt. Jichu Drakey(6794m) and other peaks with high altitude lakes. If you have opted your fishing license via Wild Mountain Adventure you could even chose to go fishing at the high altitude lake of Tshophu. Before you begin your day hike finalize with your Wild Mountain Adventure’s trekking guide. There are good short hiking trails in different direction. 1. Mt. Jomolhari(24000ft/7314m) and its subsidiary mountain chains lies in the west. 2. Mt Jichu Drakey (6794m) in the northern backdrop. 3. Views of numerous unclimbed peaks in the eastern side.
Day 07: Jangothang – Lingshi
Today your trail takes you to the northern last settlement of this trek by dropping to the Paro Chhu(river). This region is isolated but incredibly beautiful. The trail takes you traverse a large glacier valley with several moraines and the beautiful high altitude lakes of Tshophu(4380m) and then ascending your climb, the steep and windy pass of Bhonte La Pass (4890m) which is the highest point in this trek. As you traverse through Dhumzo Chhu(river), your trail takes you downstream passing the high altitude settlement of Soi Yaktsa the trail finally leads you to the base camp of Mt. Jichu Drakey(6794m) where your campsite lies at Chha Shi Thang at an altitude of 13153ft/4010m with a wonderful view of Lingshi Dzong and on a clear day with Mt. Tsherim Gang.
Day 08: Lingshi – Shodu
Entering the remote glacier valley of Lingshi, your today’s day walk is an arduous and tiring one. Your trail leads you pass by Yeli La Pass which lies at an altitude of 16236ft/4950m and the pass offers you with spectacular views of Mt. Jomolhari(24000ft/7314m), Mt. Tsherim Gang and Mt. Masa Gang(7165m). The trail takes you all the way steep downhill from the Yeli La Pass (16236ft/4950m) till you reached your campsite at Shodu.
Day 09: Shodu – Barshong
Today your trail takes you through following the Thimphu Chhu(river) mainly descending to Thimphu valley. The trails takes you passing through rhododendron and birch forest and then pass a beautiful waterfall along the way and then the trial finally narrow down till you reach the slope and gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong, where you will halt for night.
Day 10: Barshong – Dolam Kencho
The trail takes you through dense forest of rhododendron, birch, conifer, maples, alpine bamboos and picturesque meadows takes you down through Thimphu Chhu(river) valley with an ascent to a pasture land of Dolam Kencho in a pleasant meadow where you will camp.
Day 11: Dolam Kencho – Dodena (Thimphu)
Your last day trek brings you through forested areas with small ascent and descent winding up through crossing small pass you will finally reached to Dodena, the northern end settlement of Thimphu city which is also the exit and entry part of Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Park. Reaching the parking lot at Dodena near by the impressive cantilever bridge, which leads to Cheri Gompa, climb up to Cheri Gompa which takes a short forty-five minutes’ walk. This magnificently located Gompa is built by Zhabdung in 1620 and is the place where he established the first body of monks. Descending downhill from the Gompa, your drive takes you to the main capital city of Bhutan. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 12: Thimphu – Paro (Depart)