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Dochula Treks

Duration: (2 Nights and 3 Days Treks)

This is popular trail used by nomadic of Dagala during their migration(shifting pastureland). The trail goes along the ridge between Thinphu and Wangdi valley. It is good combination treks with visiting temples and walks through the farm land and wonder land into the deep forest.

Day 1

  • –  Enter Bhutan amidst its breathtaking landscape from Kathmandu, Kolkata or Bagdro – and take in sights of some of the world’s tallest peaks, Everest, Kanchen Dzonga, Lhotshe and Jomalhari. You will be warmly received by our  friendly, traditionally dressed representative with the offering of a white welcome scarf.
  • Transfer to hotel in Paro (about 25-minute drive from airport).
  • Arrival at hotel and relax with welcome tea followed by check-in at hotel.
  • Stroll around Paro town, which was developed after the airport was built in 1983.
  • –  Visit Ta Dzong (watch tower) which was built in 1649 by Paro Governor Tenzin Drugda to protect the fortress below.  The Ta Dzong was almost destroyed in 1965 but was restored by the third king Jigme
    Dorji Wangchuk into the National Museum of Bhutan in 1968.
  • Visit Paro Dzong which was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Rimpoche.  It was built to protect Paro Valley from frequent Tibetan invasions.  Today this Dzong serves as the administrative office of Paro district and houses 110 monks.
  • –  Visit Kichu Lhakhang which was founded by Tibetan king Songtshen Gyambo in 659 AD.  It was built to subjugate the demon occupied lands all over the Himalayas and prevented the spread of Buddhism.  The
    king built 108 temples in a day to overcome the demon.
  • Over night hotel in Paro.

Day 2 Paro

  • Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery, the holiest monastery in the Buddhist World
  • Over night hotel in Paro.

 

Day 3 Thimphu

  • Visit the Memorial Chorten of third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.  The Chorten was built in 1974 by Her Royal Grand Mother Ashi Phuntsho Choden.  Today it is popular worship place in Thimphu city.  You will see many elderly men and women circling the chorten and chanting mantara.
  • Visit Zorichusum (meaning 13 arts and crafts) which is popularly known as the painting school.  Students in this school learn traditional arts and crafts like painting, sculpture, wood carving,
    weaving and embroidery.
  • Visit the Changangkha Temple (built in the 15th century by famous Lama Nima).  Inside the temple is “God of Compassion” made out of platinum.  You may witness blessing of a newborn baby in
    this temple.
  • Over night hotel in Thimphu.

Day 4

  • After break feast in the hotel drive to Dochula Pass, it is 45 minutes drive. From Dochula pass trail goes into forest on the right side of the road. The trail starts climbing through the Hemlock forest; the trails
    go through different vegetation zone and finally see the 14th century old temple, front of Lungchutshe Monastery is camp site at 3530m. Altitude gain 550m, Altitude loss 0, Distance 5 km.

 

Day 5

  • Walk along the ridge through the dense fir vegetation. Trail gradually climbs along the ridges. After three hours walks trail drop down into thick hemlock forest and reached to open camp site with small stupa on the Helila pass. Altitude gain 340m, Altitude loss 450m, Distance 6 km.

Day 6

  • Trail drop down to Khujulakha village in Wangdiphodrang.
  • This is old trail used by people of Thimphu and Wangdiphodrang as main high way trail. Trail goes through the pine forest, mixed forest and chir pine forest. It is good opportunity to see lots of birds.
    By the small village driver will be waiting with refreshment.
  • Altitude gain 0 m., Altitude loss 1250, Distance 6.5km.
  • Drive to Hotel in Wangdi.
  • Afternoon visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong, it is third Dzong built by Zhabdrung Rimpoche in 1638.
  • Walk around the Rinchengang village. This is beautiful village located opposite to of Wangdi Dzong. These people have come from India around 500 years ago. All the houses are built together in one place.
  • Over night hotel in Punakha

Day 7

  • –  Visit Punakha Dzong which played an important role in the olden days.  It was Bhutan’s second monastery school after the Cheri Monastery.  The first king was crowned inside this Dzong in 1907. It is residence to the Centre Monk’s Body and Chief Abbot in winter.
  • Hike to Chemi Lhakhang through a nice walk along the rice field and through farm houses.  The temple was built by Lama Nawang Chogyel in 1499 and is today a popular temple where barren women come to
    pray for a child.  The temple is popularly known as the Fertility Temple.
  • Over night hotel in Paro.

Day 8 Depature