Trekking in Bhutan
An itinerary for lovers of adventure and trekking to discover Bhutan where every step will surprise you for the breathtaking landscapes of unique beauty and for the ancient traditions and culture. Each stretch, in a surprising landscape, is interspersed with a visit to some of the most beautiful monasteries in Bhutan, such as the Taktshang Monastery.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival at Kathmandu airport. Meeting with our staff. Transfer to the hotel. Visit of the historic center of Kathmandu, at 1330 meters above sea level, including the Palace Square with the pagoda temples and the Kumari Ghar, the house where the "child goddess" lives, considered the incarnation of the goddess Kali. Climb to the 2,500-year-old Swayambhunath stupa, a sacred site of Buddhism. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu / Paro (by flight)
Breakfast and transfer to the airport and flight to Paros. Arrival in Paro by Druk Air flight during which you can enjoy an enchanting view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari Jichu Drake and other Himalayan peaks. Upon arrival, meeting with our staff for presentations. Accommodation at the hotel. After lunch visit the Ta-Dzong and the museum. After dinner, evening stroll through the city. Full board.
Day 03: Paro
Breakfast at the hotel. Day dedicated to walking uphill for 3 hours (which can also be done on horseback or with mule) to get to Taktsang monastery (Tiger's Nest) which clings to a vertical granite rock at 3000 meters. Legend says that Guru Padmasambhava flew here on the back of a tiger to meditate. When the Guru finished his meditation he ordered this monastery to be built. I'm going back to the hotel. Full board.
Day 04: Paro / Jele Dzong
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for the trek which today takes about 7 km. and a half at an altitude of 8500 feet (about 2,600 meters above sea level). The path gradually climbs up to the camp and if the weather is clear you can admire the whole Paro valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Overnight stay in a tented camp on full board.
Day 05: Jele Dzong / Jangchulakha
Breakfast and departure for the trek which today covers a distance of about 10 km at an altitude of about 2,900 m.s.l.m. It starts with about an hour and a half of climbing and then gradually climbs again. The trail goes through alpine forest and rhododendron trees. It is not difficult to encounter herds of yaks grazing. Overnight stay in a tented camp on full board.
Day 06: Jangchulakha / Jimilangtso
Breakfast and start of the trek that today runs about 11 km at an altitude of about 4040 m.s.l.m .. The path follows the ridge of the mountain and on a clear day the view leaves you breathless. Overnight at the tented camp located near the Jimilangtso lake, famous not only for the beauty of the context in which it is located, but also for the giant trout. Overnight stay in a tented camp on full board.
Day 07: Jimilangtso / Simkota
Breakfast and departure for today's trekking which covers a distance of about 11 km at an altitude of about 3485 m.s.l.m. The trail leads through dwarf rhododendron trees and Lake Janetso. Along the way it is likely to come across fields of yak herders. Overnight in a tented camp located near Simkota Lake. Full board.
Day 08: Simkota / Phajoding
Breakfast and start of the trek that develops for about 10 km at an altitude of about 3,000 m.s.l.m. It starts with a gradual climb and if time permits you will enjoy a majestic view of Mount Gangkhar Puensum, the highest in Bhutan, and other peaks of the Dochula Pass. The path descends slowly until it reaches the Phajoding cafeteria. Overnight at the cafeteria or in a tented camp. Full board.
Day 09: Phajoding - Thimpu
Breakfast and departure for the trek that today covers about 10 km at an altitude of about 2,500 m.s.l.m. The trek to Thimphu passes through a mostly blue pine forest area. In about 3 hours you reach Thimphu. Accommodation in the hotel and relaxation for the rest of the day. Full board.
Day 10: Thimphu
Breakfast and full day dedicated to visiting Thimphu, the National Library (ancient Buddhist manuscripts), the School of Fine Arts (Thangka painting and other traditional arts), the Royal Dance Academy. Visit the Zangto Pelri and Changgangkha temples and the Drubthrob convent. Visit of the Folklore and Textile Museum and the Memorial Chorten. Visit of Tashichhodzong, seat of the Dragon Throne and main monastery of Je Khenpo (chief Abbot). Visit of the Handicraft Center. Lunch in a local restaurant. Overnight at Hotel. Full board.
Day 11: Thimphu / PunakhaBreakfast and transfer by car which begins along a scenic road on the mountain road to Punakha, once the capital of Bhutan; you cross the Dochu La Pass (10,000 feet, about 3,000 m a.s.l.). The route offers beautiful landscapes of the Himalayan ranges especially if the day is clear. Stop at 108 stupas dedicated to His Majesty the King by Her Majesty Queen Ashi Dorji Wangchuck Wangmo. Later we descend to the valley to visit Wangdue Dzong, the most picturesque in Bhutan. Visit the local market of Wangdue and then the Punakha Dzong, which is located at a distance of about 8 miles (about 13 km.). The Dzong, at the confluence of two glacial rivers, the Mo Chu and the Pa Chu, which flow down from the high peaks of the Himalayas, was the capital of the kingdom in ancient times. Visit of the Chimi Lhakhang Monastery reachable with a walk of about 30 minutes through the fields and the ancient houses of the village. Overnight at Hotel. Full board.
Day 12: Punakha / Paro
Breakfast and departure for Paro. Visit of the Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort that once defended this valley from the Tibetan invasion. In the background, Mount Chomolhari, the sacred peak. I'm going back to the hotel. Full board.
Day 13: Paro / Kathmandu (by flight)
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandui, meeting with our staff. Visit of Patan and Bakhatpur, the oldest of the royal cities in the Kathmandu valley and UNESCO World Heritage. Dinner and transfer to the airport. Boarding the flight to return home.