5 Days Bhutan Hiking Tour

5 Days Bhutan Hiking Tour

Sketch Itinerary

The 5 days Bhutan hiking tour will let you to explore the bowl shaped Phobjikha Valley (3000 m), one of the few glacier valleys in Bhutan. It is the chosen home of the rare black–necked cranes which migrate here in winter (Oct end) from the cold Tibetan highlands. When the cranes arrive they usually fly around the Gangtey Gompa three times before settling on the valley down below and repeat the same act when they leave at the end of February. The valley of Gangtey is one of the most beautiful places in Bhutan and the Gangtey Gompa monastery is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the Black mountains.

This moderate 5 days Bhutan hiking tour passes through the village of Gogona and Khotokha, through meadows and fields, then forest of juniper, magnolia and rhododendrons. One of the finest low level treks in Bhutan.

Actual Trek Duration 5 days, Total Duration 11 days.

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Facts about the Tour / Trek:

Trek Duration: 4 night / 5 days.

Total Duration: 10 nights / 11 days.

Accommodation: Hotels, Resorts and Tents.

Activity Type: Walking, Trekking & Tour.

Difficulty Level: Moderate Trek.

Group size:  Minimum 2 pax

Best Months to do this Trek: January – May, September – December.

Sketch itinerary

Day 01. Arrive Paro.

Day 02. Paro:  Excursion to Taktsang.

Day 03. Thimphu Sightseeing.

Day 04. Thimphu – Punakha.

Day 05. Punakha – Gangtey Gompa.

Day 06. Start of Trek: Phobjikha – Suibikha (5-6 hrs).

Day 07. Suibikha – Gogona (4-5 hrs).

Day 08. Gogona – Khotokha (5 hrs).

Day 09. Khotokha – Rubisa (Wangdue) (5-6 hrs).

Day 10. Wangduephodrang – Thimphu.

Day 11. Departure.

Detail Itinerary

Detail Itinerary for 5 Days Bhutan Hiking Tour

Day 01. Arrive Paro: Your Guide from Yak Holidays will receive you at the Airport and transfer to the hotel.

After lunch, visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge.

Dinner and overnight at Tashi Namgay Resort.

Day 02. Paro:  Excursion to Taktsang – Thimphu (2320 m) (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr). After breakfast, drive to Paro and hike to Taktsang Monastery: a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, from there a 2 hour walk till the viewpoint point of the monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684by the Penlop of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.

After lunch, drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong, under construction/ renovation, 16 km up the valley. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang that was built in 659 by the Tibetan King Srongsen Gampo. In the evening, drive to Thimphu. Dinner and over night in Hotel Migmar or silimar.

Day 03. Thimphu Sightseeing: The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls).

After lunch, drive to Buddha Point to see the Tallest Statue of Buddha in the world, Changangkha Lhakhang, Takin Preserve Center and the View Point. In the evening, visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) and finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Over night in Hotel Migmar or similar.

Day 04. Thimphu – Punakha (1310m) (76 Km, 3 hours drive). After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. On the way, stop a while to view/visit Chimi Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in 15th century. He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”.

While in Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male river) and Mo Chu (Female river). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, “…a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”. There was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in front of the statue, while Palep was sleeping; the Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the First National Assembly here in 1952. Overnight in Meri Puensum Resort or similar.

Day 05. Punakha – Gangtey (3000 m) (Distance: 67 km, 3 hrs): After breakfast, drive to Gangtey. Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang includes visit to the Wangdiphodrang Dzong (razed by fire in 2012), & under construction (from outside) built in 1638. Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong; four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered auspicious sign, representing the spread of Buddhist religion to the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers. Drive further to Gangtey.

While in Gangtey, visit Gangtey Gompa. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation. It is a Nyingmapa monastery and is affiliated to other Nyingmapa monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang.

After lunch, explore Phobjikha valley, the roosting ground of the Rare Black necked Cranes in winter and visit the Crane Information center. Dinner and overnight in Theckchen Phodrang Guest house or similar. 

Day 06. Start of Trek: Phobjikha – Suibikha

  • Starting Point – Tshikopang (2900m)
  • Lunch spot – Yaklam
  • Camp – Suibikha (3860m)
  • Time taken – 5-6 hrs.
  • Difficulty – moderate, gradual ascend
  • Attractions – beautiful landscape, flora and fauna sightings (rhododendrons, pheasants, etc.)

Day 07. Suibikha – Gogona

    • Starting point – Suibikha pass (3860m)
    • Lunch spot – Pangeymo
    • Camp – Gogona (2950m)
    • Time taken – 4-5 hrs.
    • Difficulty – moderate, gradual descend
    • Attractions – beautiful landscape, flora and fauna sightings, visit to Gogona cheese factory, possibility for traditional; hot stone bath since the village has a source for Menchu (mineral water)

Day 08. Gogona – Khotokha

  • Starting point – Gogona Village
  • Lunch spot –
  • Camp – Khotokha (2600m)
  • Time taken – 5 hrs.
  • Difficulty – moderate/ easy
  • Attractions – Scenic beauty (view of Jumolhari can be sighted from Shoblaa pass, for example), Khotokha Valley, Black necked cranes during season, potential day hike destinations (valley surrounded by many monasteries and temples)

Day 09. Khotokha – Rubisa (Wangdue)

  • Starting point – Khotokha
  • Lunch spot –
  • Camp – Rubisa/ Wangdue Phodrang
  • Time taken – 5-6 hrs.
  • Difficulty – moderate
  • Attractions – beautiful valley of Wangdue and parts of Punakha can be sighted from almost all parts of the trail, with magnificent view of Jumolhari, Gangkar Puensum and other snow capped mountain ranges

Day 10. Wangduephodrang – Thimphu: After breakfast, drive to Thimphu. After lunch, hike to Cheri Monastery. In the evening, free for shopping. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.

Day 11. Thimphu – Paro: Departure: After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.

Tour Photo Gallery
Rinpung Dzong @ Paro
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Value Added Services
  • Hot stone bath.

    bhutanese archery

    Practicing Archery

  • Cycling around Paro valley.
  • Practice Archery.
  • Bhutanese cooking class.
  • Bhutanese cultural show featuring various mask dances and folk dances.
  • Talk on Gross National Happiness / Buddhism.
  • Consulting an Astrologer.
  • Practice Dart.
  • Performing religious ceremony.
  • Marriage ceremonies.
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Optional Activities
  • Village walk
  • Hike to Dzongdrakha Monastery.
  • Hike to Kila Gompa.
  • Excursion to Chelila Pass.