This route explores some of the least visited areas of Bhutan before continuing on to Tashiyangste following the ancient caravan route across. The landscape is spectacular with stark cliffs and gorges and dense coniferous forests. The region is notably famed for its weavers and special textiles & fabrics. Climbing through temperature forest with an abundance of wildlife (including several types of Pheasant) and in the spring time the flowers and bird life make this trek a sheer delight.
Day 01 : Arrive Paro by Druk Air flight which will offer you great views of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Tsrim gang and Jichu Drake. The moment you step out of the plane you will see the difference . Bhutan welcomes you with cool, clean fresh air. Peace and quietness is just another bonus. Our Bhutan agent will escort you to Kichu resort. If time prevails visit the National museum & Rinpung Dzong. O/N Kichu resort.
Day 02 : To acclimatize yourself a hike to Taktsang monastery meaning a tiger’s den lies at an altitude of 3000m which takes about 2/3 hours. The monastery was gutted by fire in 1998 but the remains of the structure still attract visitors. The Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore and re-construct the old structure. Tea and snacks will be served at the cafeteria where you can gaze at this beautiful monument built during the 17th century. Stroll back to Kichu resort. Evening at leisure .
Day 03 : Drive to Thimphu is 2 hours and will be a pleasant one mainly due to the luxurious Japanese transportation and well maintained road through out Bhutan. Upon arrival check into Hotel Druk or River view. PM sightseeing - Visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Doiji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare "Takin" national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and free time in the market.
Day 04 : AM visit the Painting school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft centers. PM drive 3 hours to Wangduephodrang crossing the Dochula pass 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of lobesa. Visit the Wangduephodrang Dzong from outside and the market area. Overnight at Wangdi Kichu Resort.
Day 05 : Today the drive takes about 6/7 hours crossing 3 passes over 3000 meters. The route offers magnificent views of the Himalayas and beautiful landscape through scattered hamlets and forest of rhododendrons and pins. Picnic lunch will be served at the 18 century Chendebji chorten. After one and half hour arrive at a small town known as Trongsa meaning new village. The town mainly consists of fresh Tibetan refugees but the most impressive of all is the Trongsa Dzong. The whole of eastern Bhutan was controlled from this fortress during the mid 17th century. Visitors are not allowed inside the building. Proceed another 2 hours to Bumthang visiting the Chume weaving center. Overnight at Karma Tobden Guest House.
Day 06 : Bumthang altitude 2600m, has an individuality that charms its visitors and separates it from other regions. Comprised of four smaller valleys, the deeply spiritual region of Bumthang is shrouded in religious legend. Here tales of Guru Padmasambhava and his re-incarnation known as Tertons still linger in most nooks and comers. It is also known for its woolen material (yathra) which can be seen hung outside of houses for sale. Sightseeing - Visit die Jakar Dzong, 7th century Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey monastery, Tamshing and Kunchosum monastery. This sightseeing is a round trip so it is more interesting done on foot. Overnight same.
Day 07 : Trek starts to Ngang Lhakhang. The trail folows the Chamkhar river up stream filled with rainbow trouts. The walk is very pleasent through pine forest atid you can take your time admiring the beautiful country side. Arrive camp at 3000 meters. Walking time 4/5 hours.
Day 08 : Nang Lhakhang to Ugyenchholing. Climb gradually over the Phephe la pass at 3600 meters. Along the way one can enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings. Arrive camp at 3100 meters. Walking time 6/7 hours.
Day 09 : Ugyenchholing to Phokpey. The trail ascends through bamboo, hemlock and finally reaching the alpine forests. Camp at 3450 meters. Walking time 6/7 hours.
Day 10 : Phokpey to Ungaar. Continue for one hour to Phokpey la pass at 4050 meters. Then descend through the gorge overlooking mountain valleys and plains. Arrive camp at 23100 meters. Walking time 7/8 hours.
Day 11 : Ungaar to Taskila. This trail winds up and down enroute Drula village and Khaine temple, one of the oldest in existence. Arrive camp at 2100 meters. Walking time 7/8 hours.
Day 12 : Taskila to Lhuntsi. You can either drive or hike to Lhuntsi. Lhuntsi is a small town and is famous for its textile weavers. You can stroll around and mingle with the people. Overnight at Guest house or camp.
Day 13 . Lhuntsi to Menji. Drive down to Kuri Zam and begin trek through paddy fields and villages. Camp at 2000 meters. Walking time 4/5 hours.
Day 14 : Menji to Pemi Continue uphill through thick forest overlooking mountain views. Reach camp at 2350 meters. Walking time 4/5 hours.
Day 15 : Pemi to Taupang. Today will be quite a long day. Hike uphill to Dongla with great mountain views and descend through thick evergreen forest till you reach camp at 2200 meters. Walking time 7/8 hours.
Day 16 : Taupang to Yangtsi. Today is the last day and the longest trek. The trail leads gradually downhill through chirpine, Oak of sub tropical zone. Camp at 1400 meters. Walking time 8/9 hours.
Day 17 : ITT coach will drive you for 2 hours to Trashigang, On the way visit Chorten Kora a huge white washed stupa and further on Gom Kora. This small temple is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche who subdued a demon. His body imprints can be seen on the huge boulder. Overnight Hotel or lodge.
Day 18 : Drive 6/7 hours to Samdrupjongkhar. On the way visit Kanglung the only university in Bhutan. Further on visit the blind school and the famous weaving center.
The road takes you through numerous towns and villages, the drive can be both adventurous and awesome. Upon arrival at Samdrupjongkhar the climate is warmer and more busy than the last visited areas since it is the border town with India. Overnight Hotel.
Day 19 : Transfer to AIrport
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