Fly from Kathmandu to Paro by Druk Air flight.
The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan
Mountains. On arrival you will be greeted by the guide and transfer
to the hotel. After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout
tower that is now the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to
visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels".
Next visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. From
there you will be taken to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort),
which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan
invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari,
Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,314meters. Stay overnight at
hotel in Paro.
Hike to Tiger’s Nest
After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's
Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated
at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown
on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery
now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located
about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the
edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After having
explored the monastery, you will hike down to Paro. Stay overnight
at hotel in Paro.
Paro-Jele Dzong Trek begins
10KM / 4-5 HOURS / 1115M ASCENT 40M DESCENT
After breakfast in your hotel, you will
drive to the road head at the National Museum from where you will
start the trek. The trek trail is rather gradual up till the camp
and if the weather is clear the Paro valley can be seen with snow-capped
mountains behind including Jumolhari in the distance. Above the camp
is Jele La Dzong (3,400m) and Jele Dzong is mostly in ruins and there
is a Lhakhang with the statute of Buddha Sakyamuni. Stay overnight
in camp. Altitude 3480m.
11KM / 3-4 HOURS / 425M ASCENT 50M DESCENT
Before your trek, you can explore the
Jele Dzong which sits at 3570m. Today’s trek begins with an
hour and half climb and then ascend gradually up. The trail takes
you through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons crossing the Jele
La (3490m). You may see yak herders around your campsite. There are
fascinating views of Jumolhari and other snow capped mountains and
you can also hear some Monal peasants during the day. Stay overnight
in camp. Altitude 3770m.
12KM / 4-5 HOURS / 375M ASCENT 370M DESCENT
The trail climbs steeply to the Jangchulakha
(4180m). On a clear day the views of the mountains and valleys are
sensational. Descending from the pass you arrive at your camp beside
the Jimilangtsho lakes. These lakes are famous for their giant sized
trouts. Also there are great views of 6,989m Jichu Drake, the peak
representing the protective deity of Paro and Gangkar Puensum (7497m),
Bhutan’s highest mountain. Stay overnight in camp. Altitude
11KM / 4-5 HOURS / 820M ASCENT 400M DESCENT
The trails climbs up from lower end
of the lake and makes a traverse along the side of the ridge, then
descends to a single stone shelter. Again ascend to a summit at 4050m
overlooking Janetsho Lake. Today you may come across some yak herder’s
camp and get an idea how these people live. Camp is close to Simkota
Lake. Stay overnight in camp. Altitude 4110m.
10KM / 3-4 HOURS / 130M ASCENT 680M DESCENT
Today you begin with gradual climb and
if the weather permits, you will enjoy majestic view of Mount Gangkar
Puensum, and also the other peaks. The trail slowly descends through
junipers trees to a community hall near Phajodhing. From Phajodhing
the trek to Thimphu is downhill all the way, passing through a forested
area of mostly blue pine. On arrival, check into hotel in Thimphu.
Stay overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Day 08: Thimphu-Punakha
After breakfast you will visit the King's
Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who
reigned from 1952-1972), Nunnery temple, the National Library (which
houses ancient manuscripts), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also
known as the painting school). You will also visit the National Institute
of Traditional Medicine, the traditional paper factory and the majestic
Tashichhodzong. After lunch, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with
a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you
can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill
through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive
at Punakha after traversing through rice field and along the bank
of Punakha River. Stay overnight at hotel in Punakha.
After breakfast, you will visit the
Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and
female rivers like an anchored ship. Then drive to Paro. On the way,
you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through
the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated
to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive the
blessing from the Lama’s wooden phallus! Continue drive to Paro
via Dochu La Pass. Here, you will visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery,
which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings
depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary
works. Stop in Thimphu for lunch. Later in the evening, you can drive
to Paro. Stay overnight at hotel in Paro.
Early morning after breakfast, fly out from Paro to Kathmandu.