This is a short, four day trek which leads from Thimphu to Paro or vice versa, crossing chain of mountains that seperates the two valleys. Although thereis little settlement on this route,there are wonderful lakes teeming with fish and the area is famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests which bloom in May.
Day 01: Arrive Paro (by Druk Air).
The flight into paro (2280m/7524ft) on Druk air, is spectacular. In the clear weather, magnificient view of the world’s highest peaks give way to the verdant green of the paro valley. The foirst gift from Bhutan is cool, clean fresh air as we step from the plane. After clearing customs and visa control we are met by our guide and then drive a short distance to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure with walk through the main street of Paro. Dinner and overnight at Paro.
Day 02: Paro valley sight seeing.
Drive to drugyel Dzong (a ruined fortress- 16lm away from Paro town). The dzong, although in ruins, holds a great historical significance. It was from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The name means victorious Bhutanese. This spot offers a magnificient vista of Mount Jhomolhari, “ Mountain of Goddess” (7329m). visit a typical Bhutanese farm house on the way back. A short distance south of the road is Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temple in Bhutan, built in 7th century. This temple is said to have built in 659 by King Sontsen Gampo of Tibet. It holds down the left foot of ogress whose body was so large that it covers Bhutan and most of eastern Tibet. Also visit rinpung dzong . built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the first temporal ruler of Bhutan, it is now houses of the Paro monastic body and the office of governor and Judge of Paro district. It is the venue of the paro tsechu held every once a year. Then visit Ta- Dzong , an ancient watch tower. This dzong was converted into National Museum in 1968. The Museum boasts antique Thangka, textiles, weapons and armours, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Paro-hike to Taktshang.
Morning drive till Satsam Chorten to hike upto the Taktshang Monastery(Tiger’s Nest). The hike up to the cafeteria will take around one and half hour. At the view point, enjoy stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of Tigress in the 8th century. After lunch at the café walk back to the road point where your car will pick you up and then drive to your hotel . by evening get prepared for the trek next day. Dinner and over night at hotel.
Day 04: Jele Dzong ( trekking begins).
After an early breakfast you will be picked up by our representative from the hotel and drive you to paro and further up to Ta Dzong or the national museum. Start of trek day 1: distance 8kms and walking time 4-5 hours. Starting at Ta Dzong (2300m) and camp at Jele Dzong (3436m). the trek trail is rather gradual climb till the camp and if the weaher is clear the Paro valley can be seen with the Mount Jhomolhari (7314m) and other snow-capped mountains behind the valley.
Day 05: trek day 2 (Jeledzong to Jangchulhakha)
Distance to cover is 10kms and walking time 3-4 hours. Starting at Jele Dzong and camp at Jangulakha (3780m). the trail takes you through thick alpine forest and rhododendron trees and most of the walking is up and down on the ridge. Mt. Jhomolhari will be visible on this day.
Day 6 : Jangchulakha to Jimilangtsho
Trek day 3: distance 11Km and walking time 4-5 hours. Starting at Jangchulakha(3780m) and camp at Jimelangtsho(3880m). the trail follows the ridge and on clear day the view of mountains and valleys are beautiful, in particular the Jichu Drake(6989m). camp is close to Lake of Jimilangtsho. These lakes are known for their giant sized trout.
Day 07: Jimilangtsho to Simkota:
Trek day 4: Distance 11Km and walking time 4-5 hours. Starting at Jimilangtsho(3880m) and camp ar Simkota(4040m). The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and then you pass by the lake of Janye Tsho. Today you may come across some Yak herder’s camp and you can have a look as to how these people live. Camp is close to Simkota lake.
Day 08: Simkota-Phajoding.
Trek day 5: distance 10Km and walking time 3-4 hours. Starting at Simkota (4040m) and camp at Phojoding(3780m). You begin with a gradual climb up to Phume la (4210m) the highest elevation on this trek. Of the weather permits you will have beautiful views of Mt. Gankhar Puensum(7541m) the highest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalaya peaks. Below you can see the entire Thimohu valley.
Day 09: Phajoding to Thimphu.
Trek day 6. End of Trek: distance 4-5Km and walking time 3 hours. Starting at Phajoding (3870m) and trek down to Thimphu (2300m). The trek is all the way downhill hill through blue pine forest. By taking leisurely pace you can reach Thimphu in 3 hours for a nice hot shower and lunch. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Thimphu-Paro
In the morning visit the Institute of traditional Medicine, where old healing arts such as acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practiced. Also visit the Folk Heritage Museum, where the art of traditional weaving is still kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in color and design. In the afternoon we will visit Bhutan handmade paper factory, Zilukha Nunnery, Motithang Zoo and Sangaygang viewpoint. In the evening , we will drive to Paro for overnight stay. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Paro-Departure by Druk Air.
In the morning your Bhutanese escort from All Bhutan Connection(ABC) will bid you farewell at Paro Airport. Good-bye and happy journey back home