Phobjikha Valley, at 3000 meters is in one of the few glacier valleys in Bhutan. It is the chosen home of the rare black–necked cranes which migrate here in winter from the Tibetan Plateau. 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 trek 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.
Destination: Bhutan – Haa Valley
Activities: Sightseeing & Trekking
Start/End: Paro/ Paro
Trip Duration: 10 Days
Accommodation: standard hotel or
tented camp will be provided as per program
Max. Altitude: Approx. 3000 Meters
Day 1: Arrive Paro International Airport.
During the flight one will experience breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. Received at airport by your representative and escorted to hotel for lunch and check-in. After lunch visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong) Once the watchtower for the Rinpung Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley in all its glory. On the way back visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong. A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roofing and abutted by two guardhouses, to the dzong. Today the Dzong is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork.
Evening visit Paro town and enjoy dinner at a cozy local restaurant. Overnight Hotel Olathang or Pedling Lodge.
Day 2: Drive to Thimphu (2-hour drive) capitol of Bhutan.
Visit the famous Thimphu weekend market (if on a weekend). Stalls of fresh produce, jewelry, Bhutanese handicrafts and enchanting local shoppers will entice your camera to snap snap away. Ask permission to photograph. Thank You. Check into Hotel Druk and after lunch we drive to Tango Monastery for a 2-hour uphill hike up to the mountaintop it sits on. Meet with senior monks for Discussion. Tango Monastery is one of Bhutanese most important Buddhist colleges. Overnight Druk Hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Wangduephodrang across Dochula pass (10,500ft).
On a clear day you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayan mountain range. Hotel check in and lunch. Early afternoon visit the Punakha Dzong, the former winter capital and present administrative seat of the district. Also the winter residence of the central monastic body and its Chief Abbot. The Dzong lies between two rivers, the Pochu and Mochu, male and female rivers. It was built in 1637 AD. We as well will visit the Wangduephodrang Dzong courtyard; a most impressive dzong which you can view from your room at hotel overlooking the River. Overnight at Dragons Nest Resort.
Day 4: Return to Thimphu in the morning after breakfast.
Tour the Textile Museum in Thimphu and spend the afternoon at your leisure to shop for Bhutanese crafts, books, collector stamps, or visit the National Library, archers match or the paper and incense house of manufacturing. Your guide will assist you. As always Bhutanese guides are extremely ready to please. Overnight Druk Hotel.
Day 5: Drive to Haa valley from Thimphu through the Confluence in Chuzum .
Picnic lunch en route. On arrival in the picturesque Ha Valley, stroll through quaint town and begin the first part of the trek starting from Katso village (alt. 8840 ft). This is a fairly easy trek of about one hour walk through Katso village and fields. Opposite Katso village, one can see the famous Katso Lhakhang (temple) of Guru Rimpoche built against the rocky ledge. Camp above Katso Village in an open meadow through which runs a beautiful stream. Camp altitude 9472 ft.
Day 6:Katso to Kalila:
A 5 hour trail walk beginning with a gradual climb crossing the stream through blue pine forest. After crossing the same stream three times, the trail leads up hill through spruce and conifer forest until you reach Kalila Pass at alt. 12497 ft. En route you will meet a few cow herders in summer and yak-herders in winter. From the Kalila Pass one can get a spectacular view of Paro and Haa valleys as well as the western Himalayan mountain ranges on a clear day. Camp at the pass in the open meadow.
Day 7:Kalila to Ngoba
This is another day of 5 hour walk crossing the pass where the trail winds down hill over-looking Paro valley through thick spruce and fir forests - a great place for bird-watchers. After descending down for about 3 hour you will find stone piled stupa, which is dedicated to the deity of Ngoba village. Camping in a farm house at Ngoba village.
Day 8: After a leisure breakfast we trek down from Ngoba toward Paro
for about an hour to the main road head, where transportation will be waiting to receive you. Drive to the hotel for a nice hot bath and lunch. Spend this afternoon exploring Paro town with your guide. Dinner at a cozy restaurant in Paro Village.
Day 9: Visit tiger nest
Today we drive to "Tigers Nest Monastery" where you may hike or ride a pony, to the famous Taktsang Monastery. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 4,000 feet. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava, the saint who converted Bhutan to Buddhism, alighted here upon the back of a tigress. Here we enjoy snacks and tea at the cafeteria viewpoint.
Overnight in our hotel and enjoy farewell dinner with your guide.
Day 10: Depart to Paro airport for your Bhutan departure.
We hope you enjoyed your visit to Bhutan.
Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made program to suit your equipments. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as trekking in Nepal and cultural tour in Nepal, overland tour in Tibet, etc...
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The trip cost will vary depending on the number of person in your group, trip duration and standard of services required. Please contact us or send us a quick inquiry with your details to obtain a quote.
During the day a light shirt or jumper and lightweight pants will be suitable, but a warm fleece or down jacket is recommended for the evenings. Sleeping bags for trip also highly recommended. Comprehensive list of equipments will be provided by Mission Eco Trek once you book your trip.
Throughout your time in Bhutan you will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Bhutanese guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide valuable insights into the Bhutanese way of life. All our Bhutan trekking trips are run in cooperation with our Bhutanese counterpart, so you can be assured that authentic local touch.
In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we hope will not happen; you shall be transferred to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own.
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