This is an adventurous trek that takes you through high alpine pastures and coniferous and rhododendron forests of northern Bhutan. The best time to go on this trek would be in the spring, from April to June and in the fall from mid-September to mid-November. We recommend you plan this trek for the spring. Though the duration of the trip is for 14 days, it may be shortened to 12 days for your convenience.
Day 01 Arrive at Paro
You will be received by a representative of Kibou Bhutan Tours and Treks at the airport from where you will be driven to your hotel. In the afternoon after a visit to the Rinpung Dzong (fortress/monastery) the rest of the day may be spent at leisure with a stroll through the town. End the day with a welcome dinner back at the hotel.
Day 02 Paro (Sightseeing)
Drive to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong in the morning to take in the view of the valley and other sights along the way such as the famous Tiger’s Den Monastery perched precariously upon a cliff and other temples and monasteries. In the afternoon visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang (temple) and the National Museum which is housed in an ancient watch tower then stroll through a typical Bhutanese village and visit a farmhouse to experience the life of the local farmer with butter tea and local snacks. Return to the hotel for the night.
Day 03 Paro – Shana (Alt. 2800m)
After an early breakfast, we drive back to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong which is the starting point of the trek. The trail follows the river as it gradually ascends through the fields and villages until we arrive at our camp in the middle of a wide meadow.
Day 04 Shana – Thang Thanka (Alt. 3850m)
We trek today for about 6 to 7 hours through coniferous and rhododendron forests. The camp is at Thang Thangka with a breathtaking view of Mt Jhomolhari (the abode of the goddess Jhomo)
Day 05 Thang Thanka – Jangothang (Alt. 4040m)
We continue up the river trail until the valley begins to widen. The view is spectacular with high ridges and the snow-capped peaks around us. The valley is the grazing grounds of Yaks and the winter homes of Yak herders. We camp near a ruined fortress at the base of Mt. Jhomolhari.
Day 06 – Jangothang (Halt)
We halt today at Jangothang for a day and hike to the places nearby. We could either hike towards Mt. Jhomolhari or Mt. Jichu Drake or visit Lake Tsho Phu. With proper permits, you can even fish for trout in the lake and return back to camp in the evening.
Day 07 Jangothang – Lingshi (Alt. 4150m)
We trek through wide Yak pastures with great views of the Lingshi Dzong (fortress) as we descend to our camp on the valley floor. Tserim Kang and its glaciers lie to the north end of the valley where we camp for the night.
Day 08 Lingshi (Halt)
We halt at Lingshi for the day and make an excursion to Lake Tshokha nearby. If we are lucky we may catch glimpses of Blue sheep and the rare musk deer. Return to camp in the evening
Day 09 Lingshi – Shodu (Alt. 3830m)
The trail takes us through a narrow valley as it ascends to Yeli pass at an altitude of 4820 m. The view of the mountains is breathtaking from the top of the pass. We then descend to 3830 m as we arrive at our camp in the middle of a wide meadow.
Day 10 Shodu – Barshong (Alt. 3690m)
The winding trail follows one of the streams that make up the Wang chu. A gradual climb brings us to the ruins of Barshong Dzong that used to be a frontier outpost in bygone times. We camp for the night at the base of the ruins.
Day 11 Barshong – Dolam Kencho (Alt. 3430m)
We now descend gradually until we come to the banks of the Wang chu (Thimphu river). A short trek through coniferous forests brings us to our camp at Dolam Kencho
Day 12 Dolam Kencho – Thimphu
From here it is a gentle climb until we arrive at the road head at Dodeyna from where the vehicle will take us to our hotel in Thimphu.
Day 13 Thimphu
Spend the day sightseeing and visiting places of interest in Thimphu valley such as the National Memorial Chorten, the Nunnery at Zilukha, the Folk Heritage museum and the Textile Museum. Later in the evening drive back to Paro or remain in Thimphu. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14 Paro – Airport
Morning drive to Paro international airport for your onward journey home