6 Days Bhutan Adventure Tour
6 days Bhutan adventure tour starts from Khoma (near Thimphu) and ends in Simtokha, Thimphu. The highest point is 4300m. The Trek is easy and most trekking days are short but there are some long steep climbs.
6 days Bhutan adventure tour takes you to a multitude of pristine, crystal clear lakes. As you walk by the scintillating lakes you will experience first hand, the stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain ranges including some of the world’s highest peaks like Mount Everest, Jomolhari, Masanggang, Jichu drake, Gangcheta and many more. It will be a one of a kind of an experience never ever experienced in a whole life time. Ga-rented off course.
Actual Trek Duration 5 days, Total Duration 11 days.
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Facts about the Tour / Trek:
Trek Duration: 5 ½ days.
Total Duration: 11 nights / 12days.
Accommodation: Hotels, Resorts and Tents.
Activity Type: Walking, Trekking & Tour.
Difficulty Level: Moderately Strenuous.
Group size: Minimum 2 pax.
Best Months to do this Trek: March – May, September – 2nd Week of December.
Trek distance: 41 Km
Highest altitude: 4720m
Start Point: Geynikha Pry. School.
Finish Point: Chamgang.
Day 01. Arrive at Paro.
Day 02. Paro sightseeing.
Day 03. Khoma – Geynikha (2950 meters) – (14 Km, 4hrs).
Day 04. Geynikha – Gur.
Day 05. Gur – Labatamba.
Day 06. Labatamba – Panka.
Day 07. Panka – Talakha.
Day 08. Talakha – Chamgang – Thimphu.
Day 09. Thimphu Sightseeing.
Day 10. Thimphu – Punakha – Wangdi: (72 Kms, 3 hours drive).
Day 11. Wangdi Phodrang – Thimphu.
Day 12. Departure.
Detail Itinerary for 6 Days Bhutan Adventure Tour
Day 01. Arrive at Paro: Upon arrival at Paro airport, received by representative of Yak Holidays and transfer to the hotel.
After lunch, visit the Ta dzong, an ancient watchtower which has been since 1967 the National museum of Bhutan and visit Rimpung Dzong, the administrative center of Paro valley. Dinner and overnight at the Tashi Namgay Resort .
Day 02. Paro sightseeing- Thimphu:
After breakfast, 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 Drukgyel dzong, now under construction/ renovation, in ruins was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders in1644; the dzong name’s means indeed “The victorious Druk”. The Dzong was used as an administrative center until 1951 when a fire caused by butter lamp destroyed it. Then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century. In the evening , drive to Thimphu. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Migmar or similar.
Day 03. Khoma – Geynikha (2950 meters): (14 Km, 4hrs), Walk through terraced Paddy fields and coniferous forests to the settlement of Geynikha (2950 meters). The route then descends to a chorten that marks a camping place along side a stream at 2800 meters.
Day 04. Geynikha – Gur: Crossing a suspension bridge, the trail heads west for a while, then climbs steeply towards the south to a rock platform and a crest at 3200 meters. A further walk of about two hours leads to a camp in a forest clearing at 3290 meters.
Walking Distance 7 Km, 5hrs. Ascent 550 meters, Descent 210 meters.
Day 05. Gur – Labatamba: Cross the pass at 4240 meters for a view of Spectacular Dagala village. Pass though several herders camps enroute to the foot of the broad Labatamba valley at 4300 meters near Utso Lake, where plenty of Golden Trout flourish. There are so many lakes in the vicinity. Camp near the lake at 4300 meters. Dinner and over night in Camp.
Walking Distance: 12 Km, 5hrs, Ascent 1040 meters, Descent 110 meters
Day 06. Labatamba – Panka: The trail climbs along the western side of the lake to saddle at 4500 meters, where there are good mountain views. From the pass there is a steep descent to another lake at 4350 meters. A short distance beyond the lake leads to the valley and then to Panka at 4000 meters.
Walking Distance 8 kms, 6-7 hours, Ascent 260 meters, Descent 520 meters. Camp at 4000 meters.
Day 07. Panka – Talakha: The route leads north crossing a pass at 4000 meters, then climbs along the side of the ridge to a crest at 4270 meters. From here there is a view of the Dagala range and a view of Thimphu, far to the North. It is then a long descent through forests to the Goemba and village of Talakha (3080 meters).
Walking distance: 8 kms, 6-7 hours, Ascent 180 meters, Descent 1100 meters, Camp at 3080 meters.
Day 08. Talakha – Chamgang – Thimphu: Walk downhill on a steep trail to Chamgang (2640 meters) from where the Vehicle will pick you up and drive to Thimphu. After lunch, Rest and free to stroll in the town. Dinner and over night in Hotel Migmar or similar.
Walking Distance: 6 Km, 3 Hrs, 440 meters descent.
Day 09. Thimphu Sightseeing: The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our 3rd King, late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (The Father of Modern Bhutan), Tallest Statue of Buddha, Changangkha Lhakhang, Takin Preserve center, Sangaygang view point, and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.
After lunch, we then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls) and Folk Heritage Museum. 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. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.
Day 10. Thimphu – Punakha – Wangdi: (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. 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 new national Assembly here in 1952.
After Lunch, drive to Wangdi Phodrang. Enroute stop a while to view Chimi Lhakhang also called the “Temple of Fertility” built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley also popularly known as “Devine Mad man” in 15th century. Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang, it includes: visit to Wangdiphodrang Dzong (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 religion to the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers. Overnight in Meri Puensum or similar.
Day 11. Wangdi Phodrang – Thimphu: After breakfast, drive to Thimphu. Lunch in Thimphu. After lunch, free for shopping and photography in the town. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Migmar or similar
Day 12. Thimphu-Paro: Departure: Early morning, drive to the airport and farewell.
- Hot stone bath.
- 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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- Village walk
- Hike to Dzongdrakha Monastery.
- Hike to Kila Gompa.
- Excursion to Chelila Pass.