Duration: (5 Night and 6 Days Treks)
This trek goes over the chain of mountains that separates two valley Thimphu and Paro. The treks routs go over 4000m, where see many beautiful lakes with teeming fish. In the months of April and May see many different species of Rhododendrons in full blooms. During the clear weather, there is a magnificent view over the some of high Himalayas.
Day 1 Paro
- 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.
- Paro to Jela
- Twenty minutes drive to Ta Dzong from hotel. Trail follows the farm road till Damchena Gom, but there are many short cut avoiding the road. Damchena is last village, there is no settlement till end the treks. After 30 minutes walk from Damchena village reach to Damchena Gom where long mani wall chorten. From here trail start steep climb through coniferous forest. Two hours climb reached to good lunch sport by the small steam. Another two hours reached to Je la pass(3546m), from pass 300m drop down to Jela camp site. Altitude gain
Day 4 Treks
- Jela to Tshokording
- 620 m steep climb to Jela Dzong(3591m), from the camp site. The Dzong was founded by Lama Nawang Chogyel in 16th century. Principal statues are three Buddha. 1 km walk along the Jala ridge till enter into the thick fir forest. Long climb to reach to lunch sport on the ridge. After lunch it is gradual walk to Jangchulakha Yak headers camp, from here trail goes into thick Juniper forest for 30 minutes to reach camp.
Day 5 Treks
- Tshokording to Jemilang Tsho
- 2 km steep climb up to Langi Jala pass (4066m) from camp. Trails go down hill 100m and continue following rides till Pugu Da Kesa pass (4098m). Finally trail goes down to Jemilangtsho camp.
Day 6 Treks
- Jemilang Tsho to Simkota
- Walk around the lake till reach end of lake. Then trail start climbing through rhododendron forest. After three hours steep climb reach to open space where get good view of Jana Tsho(optional camp site), Climb up ridge for one hour reached to look out point see Simkota Lake. It is to night camp site.
Day 7 Treks
- Simkota to Phajoding
- Walk through the rhododendron bushes following ridges reach small lake. After one hour walk reach Labala yaks herders camp, from here gradual climb to Labala Pass (4230m). After pass trail goes down to Dubchu La pass (4081m). On clear day get excellent view of Mt. Gangkarpunsum tallest Unclimbed Mountain in the world. Steep decent to Phajoding monastery.
- Today three hours decent through nice forested area to treks ending point.
- Over night hotel in Thimphu.
Day 9 Punakha
- Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Punakha, old capital of Bhutan (about 3-hour drive from Thimphu).
- Stopovers on the way at enchanting Docula pass (3040m above sea level). On a clear day one can see panoramic view of the Eastern Himalayas Mountains ranges.
- Arrive at Punakha Valley (1300m above sea level), a fertile valley were farmers grow two crops in a year.
- 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 Punakha.
Day 10 Paro
- Drive back to Paro, over Dochula pass. It is nether opportunity to see Eastern Himalayas Mountains Ranges.