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12 Days' Punakha Trek:

 

Day 01 Arrive Paro International Airport During the journey to Paro, one will experience breath taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jhomolhari and Mount Ji chu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by our staff, who will escort you to the Hotel where arrangements have been made for two nights.

Day 02 Paro - Sightseeing Drive to Drugyal Dzong (a ruined fortress - 16 Kms away from Paro Town). Although now in ruins this Dzong is of historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the Tibetans and drove them back. From here too the Peak of Jhomolhari "Mountain of the Goddess" (Alt. 7,329m/24029ft) can be viewed on a clear day. On the way back you visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse. After lunch, at the hotel, take a leisurely stroll around the compound.

Day 03 Paro - Thimpu Drive to Thimpu takes about 2 hours with a distance of 65Km. Check in at Hotel. After some rest, visit the following places: Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952 - 1972. The National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit Tashi Chho Dzong. This is the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government ministries, office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and senior monks.

Day 04 Thimpu - Sightseeing Visit Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 A.D. It houses the largest monastic schools in the country. Visit the woodcraft and painting school where traditional art and crafts are still kept alive. Visit the handicrafts emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased. Lunch and afternoon siesta Early evening will be left free to stroll around Thimpu valley and its town.

Day 05 Thimpu - Shong Pang Drive north up the valley towards Dechencholing (the residence of the Queen Mother) Palace, following the Thim-Chu. The transport will reach you up to Pangrizam, the last motor point. From here, the trek starts towards Shong Pang, which takes about 4/5 hours through villages. The camp will be just above Chamina village.

Day 06 Shong pang - Dopshing pang The trek trail ascends gradually up till you reach the pass called Sinchula, which are about 3,490m. From this point, if the weather is clear, one can see Phajoding Monastery, which is just above Thimpu. After 2 Km walk, you can view Thinley Gang village, Talo Monastery and the motor highway towards the ancient capital of Bhutan. The trek from the pass is more or less downhill till you reach the campsite.

Day 07 Dopshing Pang - Chorten-Ningpo The trek to Chorten Ningpo is rather gradual and will be walking through thick forests, villages and rice fields. The campsite is at an Alt. of 2,700 m.

Day 08 Chorten Ningpo - Zomlingthang For about 2-3 hours the trek trail will be through several villages until you reach a motor road. From the motor road, you will follow the road towards Punakha, which is the ancient capital of Bhutan.

Day 09 Zomlingthang - Limukha Follow the motor road till Punakha Dzong and then cross the Pochu River (Male River), the river that drains the remote Lunana region. You will have a steady half-day climb into a forest of scattered long needle Chir Pines. Make sure to fill your water bottle before leaving Punakha, as there is no water on the way for a couple of hours. You will have a wonderful view of Punakha valley and the Dzong. If the weather is clear, you can see some snow mountains to the north. The campsite is near Limukha village (2,250m).

Day 10 Limukha - Chungsakha/Wangdi Phodrang The trek trail ascends gradually up through the thick forest of oak species and rhododendrons till you reach a pass called Dochula. Then descend through the thick forest leading to a small monastery dedicated to a lama called Drukpa Kuenlay (popularly known as the Divine Madman). From Chungsakha you can look across the valley to Samteygang on the ridge to the south. Walk down hill till you reach the motor road and then drive for about half an hour to Wangdi Phodrang. Overnight in Guest House.

Day 11 Wangdi Phodrang - Thimpu After breakfast, drive to Punakha Dzong viewpoint at the north end of the Punakha Valley. The Punakha Dzong lies between two rivers known as Pochu and Mochu, which mean (Male River and Female River". It houses the District Administration office and the winter residence of the State Monastic Body and its Chief Abbot. Drive up to Dochula pass and stop for a hot cup of tea and some snacks. Continue to drive down to Thimpu. Evening: guests can either rest in the hotel or relax at the Health Club.

Day 12 Thimpu - Paro International Airport for departure.

 
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Gangtey Gompa Tour and Trek
10
Strenuous
Mar- May & Oct - Dec
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Samteygang Tour and Trek
10
Strenuous
Mar-May & Sep-Nov
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Chilela Trek
12
Strenuous
Mar-May & Sep-Nov
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Druk Path Trek
12
Strenuous
Mar-May & Sep-Nov
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Punakha Trek
12
Strenuous
Mar- May, Oct - Nov
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Dagala Trek
13
Strenuous
Mar- May, Oct - Nov
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Jhomolhari Trek
15
Strenuous
Mar- May & Oct - Dec
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Lunana Snowman Trek
23
Strenuous
Mar- May & Oct - Dec
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Hot Spring Tour and Trek
17
Strenuous
Mar- May & Oct - Dec
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Beautiful Laya/Ghasa Trek
22
Strenuous
Mar- May & Oct - Dec