From Geynikha, where you will make a climb, all the way to the beautiful Takakha Gomp in 5 Day.
Day 1: Arrival in Paro, Bhutan
Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Reaching at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival hall. Today, we will take it easy to acclimatise to the altitude. Drive to Thimphu, check in to the hotel and lets have your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine and some light sight-seeing in Thimphu if possible.
Takin enclosure – See the national animal of Bhutan, the Takin.
Heritage Museum – Dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past though exhibition of artefacts used in rural households.
Textile Museum – witnesses the art of traditional weaving.
Thimphu Dzong – the largest Dzong, is also the seat of the office of the King of Bhutan.
National Memorial Chorten – which was built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.
Paper making factory – witnesses the art of paper making.
Simtokha Dzong – Five miles from Thimphu, on a lofty ridge, stands Semtokha Dzong the oldestfortressin the Kingdom.
Day 2: Thimphu to Geynizampa
Drive from Thimphu to Geynikha. From there we make a climb up to a ruin from which good trail starts descending to the Geynitsang Chhu, passing a small waterfall and an irrigation channel built on some stakes till the first campsite is reached. If we arrive at camp early, we will visit the villages Zamto and Chhochhekha up the valley.
Distance : 1.25 miles / 2 km
Duration: 5 hours (first 2 hours for drive)
Day 3: Geynizampa to Gur
Leaving campsite we make a steep climb and then steadily through the oak forest. The trail becomes less steep, skirting around the hillside through a big birch forest that gradually gives way to bamboo. Soon we reach our campsite Gur. We could have reached this place in a day, but Gur is about 1,000m higher than Thimphu so we have to watch the altitude. Gur camp is just within the recommended height gain between campsites.
Distance : 2.2 miles / 3.5 km
Duration: 2 hours
Day 4: Near Utsho Tsho to Kiwi Chowa via Labajong
A clear and wide trail leads us to a beautiful high altitude landscape with gentians and a fine view of the Dagala Range including some rocky peaks. Soon we enter a broad main valley where there a are quite a few yak herders huts. We continue to the end of the valley and camp just below the cliffs near the lake. If you have obtained a fishing permit, enjoy some golden trout fishing.
Distance : 6.2miles / 10 km
Duration: 5 hours
Day 5: Near Utsho Tsho to Kiwi Chowa via Labajong or Jomo (Dagala) Peak
The lower route crosses a pass of 4300m. The pack animals and horsemen uses this trail since it is easier. Alternatively, adventurous travellers can take the high route reaching altitudes of 4520m and is even higher if you want to climb to a viewing point , Jomo Peak (4716m). The Jumolhari and Kanchenjunga can be seen on a fine weather.
Several short climbs follow in and out of minor valleys finally reaching a small saddle with a cairn. Then we make the last climb for the day before reaching our campsite at Kiwi Chowa next to a little stream.
Distance : 6 miles / 10 km
Duration: 3-4 hour
Day 6: Kiwi Chowa to Thimphu via Tale La and Talakha Gompa
We climb to a pass where four trail meets. We take the trail goin towards Talakha Gompa. On our trek to Talakha Gompa, we have to be careful because there are big loose stones, very unpleasant for horses. It leads us to a meadow from where we make a final long descent through mixed fir, juniper, and rhododendron etc. We will reach the beautiful Takakha Gompa with a well looked after garden with a superb view of Thimphu Valley. Below the gompa is the road where our transportation will be waitin for us to take us to Thimphu.
Distance : 5.5 miles / 9km
Day 7: Thimphu to Paro
Paro Valley – The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s old monasteries and temples. The country’s only Airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley. The following are some of the prominent places to visit in Paro.
Paro Dzong – Also known as Rinpung Dzong, this 15th century massive fortress/monastery, is also the administrative center of the dzonkhag.
Ta Dzong – Built as a watch tower the Ta Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts antique Thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
Day 8: Paro
Drukgyal Dzong – A morning drive, north of Paro valley brings us to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate.Explore the ramparts and relive the memories of a glorious past.
Taktsang Monastery – A one hour hike to the cafeteria is also a vantage view whereby you can enjoy the stunning view of the monastery. Prayer flags adorn the cliff and this is also where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century.
Kyichu Lhakhang – After a sumptuous local lunch, we will retrace our steps to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.
Day 9: Depart Paro
Today we will bid fond farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country and take an early flight back to Singapore. We hope by now you would have made some friends and also kept many photos and beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless Enchantments! Tashi Delek!
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