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Gangtey Trek
7 Nights and 8 Days

$1960/-


This is a 3-day trek at relatively low elevations, which visits several remote villages.

Phobjikha Valley, at 3000m 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 villages of Gogona and Khotokha, through meadows and fields, then forest of juniper, magnolia and rhododendrons. This is one of the finest low level treks in Bhutan.

Here is a highlighted overview of this package

  • Day 1: Arrive Paro
  • Day 2: Thimphu
  • Day 3: Gangtey
  • Day 4: Gogona
  • Day 5: Khotokha
  • Day 6: Chuzomsa
  • Day 7: Paro
  • Day 8: Depart Paro

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Day

one

Arrive Paro

Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, our representative will receive you.

After an early lunch, we will take a quick visit to the ruins of 1647 AD Drukgyel Dzong followed by 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D. by a Tibetan King

On way back, we will visit Dungtse Lhakhang, which was built in 15th century. This will be followed by a visit to Ta Dzong, the watchtower built in 1649 AD to safeguard the main structure of Rinpung Dzong from the Tibetan invaders. It has been converted to house the National Museum in 1968.

We will also visit 1645 AD Rinpung Dzong located just below the museum. This massive fortress houses the District Administration office and the Monk Body

Early evening, take a leisurely stroll in the town.

Day

two

Thimphu

After breakfast, we will visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the late 3rd King.

Then, we will visit one of the oldest temples in Thimphu valley, the 15th century Changangkha Lhakhang. This will be followed by a visit to the National Library, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Institute for Zorig Chusum, Textile Museum and Folk Heritage Museum. A visit to the workshops of traditional boot and mask makers’, fine metal craft, weaving, ceramics and paper making will also be arranged.

After lunch, we will drive to Kuensel Phodrang, popularly known as the Buddha Point, and enjoy the panoramic view of Thimphu valley.

A visit to Semtokha Dzong, built in 1629 AD, will also be arranged.

Then, we will visit 1641 AD massive structure Tashichho Dzong, which houses part of the Government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the senior monks and the Chief Abbot.

Early in the evening, we will visit Handicrafts Emporium and local handicraft shops. If it falls on weekends, including Thursday, we will also visit the Centenary Farmer’s Market.

Day

three

Gangtey

Drive to Gantey is 90 km from Thimphu. On the way, halt at Dochula pass (26 km, Alt. 3100m) for tea and snacks and to enjoy the most spectacular view of the eastern Himalayan mountain ranges (the view is possible only on a clear day). Enroute visit Punakha (77 kms) the former capital of Bhutan. The Punakha Dzong lies between two rivers known as Phochu and Mochu which means " Male River and Female River ". The Dzong now houses the District Administration office and the winter residence of the State Monastic Body and its Chief Abbot. It was built in 1637 AD.

Also on the way one will get a good view of the Wangue Phodrang Dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1639. It houses the civil administration and monastic body for Wangdue district. Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site for the Dzong, four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered auspicious sign, representing the spread of Buddhism in all directions from this place. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of the Puna-tsang-Chu and Tang-Chu rivers.

Overnight stay at the Guest house: The Guest house in Gangtey is modest but very clean and comfortable. The food is excellent. Gangtey is a beautiful place surrounded by snowcapped mountains in the distance with a landscape of rolling hills and green meadows. It is situated at an altitude of 3000m. From Gangtey, one can closely view the picturesque Black Mountain ranges as well as the beautiful Phobjikha valley. Gangtey Gompa (Gantey Monastery) is perched atop a small hill that rises from the valley floor. The Monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of about 140 Gomchens (lay monks) who take care of the Monastery. The Gangtey Gompa is the only Nyingmapa Monastery on the western side of the Black Mountains and is also the biggest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan.

Day

four

Gogona

The Gantey Winter Trek begins here. Riding ponies can be provided if required. The trail winds through meadows and fields and the climb takes you through a mixed forest of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendron to Tselela pass (3320m). After the last short climb you will reach Gogona village. The people of Gogona were originally nomads and they speak a language, “Jopkha” (language of the nomads). Distance 15 km, about 5 - 6 hours. Overnight halt in camp at an altitude of 3000m above sea level.

Day

five

Khotokha

In the morning you will climb up a gentle slope leading to Shobjula pass (3390m) for your lunch stop. Then the path leads down to a wide valley of Khotokha, which is surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges. This valley is the summer place of the people of Sha (under Wangdue district) Overnight in camp. Distance about 16 km. Time taken about 6-7 Hours.

Day

Six

Chuzomsa

A short ascent will bring you to the Tashila pass (2780m). You walk through an ever changing landscape into the drainage of Dang-chu (‘chu’ means river or stream). Fill your water bottles, as water is scarce. Your trek ends here at. Overnight at the guesthouse.

Day

Seven

Paro

Walk from Chuzomsa to the motor road which takes about 45 minutes. Drive to Paro (120 km). On the way have lunch in Thimphu (a 6 km diversion) and continue to Paro. Overnight in Hotel

Day

Eight

Depart Paro

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport for your onward flight.

Service INCLUDED on Package Rate:

The Package Tariff Rate covers the following land costs for a Standard Package:

  • Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis (Single room supplementary charge is US$ 50 per night during festival season and US$ 35 per night during other times) in best available tourist Standard hotels
  • All meals
  • Transportation
  • Trained English speaking guide and driver
  • Museum fees and other fees associated with the programme listed in the itinerary
  • 35% Tax to the Government

Service NOT INCLUDED on Package Rate:
  • Air Fares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Internet / Telephone
  • Laundry
  • Expenses of Personal Nature /tips

Optional Add-ons:

Standard Package upgrades can be made for the following at additional costs:

  • Standard Hotels : Deluxe Rooms/ Suite Rooms
  • Vehicle : 4-wheel drive SUVs
  • Guides : Other than English Speaking guides
  • Extra Activities : Cultural shows, guest speakers on specific topics, personalized religious ceremonies for well-being, traditional Bhutanese/Buddhist weddings, etc.
Visa Information

All foreign nationalities (except for Indian Passport holders) require a visa for Bhutan. Visa must be obtained before departing for Bhutan.

As Mandated by the government, your Bhutan Visa can be processed only upon receipt of the tour payment by the designated bank (Bhutan National Bank as of now) in Bhutan. The payment has to be made at least SIX WEEKS prior to the commencement of the tour. In order to process for our Bhutan Visa we will require the following information of yours:

  • Full name as it appears in your passport
  • Date and place of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Occupation
  • Adresses: Both permanent and present
  • Passport Number
  • Type of Passport
  • Place of Issue
  • Date of Issue
  • Date of Expiration

Further, you will need to send us scanned copies of your passport and a passport size photograph.

Based on the information provided, Phuentshok Tours & Treks will process your Bhutan Visa and email you the same upon receiving the clearance as issued by the Department of Immigration.


Tourism Mandate

Tourism has been strictly limited in Bhutan so that traditional culture can be preserved and nurtured. The tourism industry in Bhutan is founded on the principle of sustainability, that is to say that tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable and economically viable. For these reasons, tourism is carefully monitored and the number of tourists visiting Bhutan is kept to an environmentally manageable level.

All tourists are required to make their travel arrangements for both tours and treks through an authorised tour operator on pre-planned, pre-paid and guided package. Independent travel in not permitted in Bhutan. The tour operator is responsible for all land arrangements during your stay in Bhutan including in-country travel and various permits (including route, heritage visits and special permits). Undoubtedly visitors can experience Bhutan in its true nature only on all-inclusive standard packages.


Insurance

There is no personal insurance of any kind included in the tour price. Therefore it is advised that your travel insurance be obtained from places of residence before the commencement of your trip. Phuentshok Tours & Treks will not accept liability for any illness, injury or death sustained during a tour/trek. However, all possible logistic support will be provided by the company.


Remittance of Tour Payment

Entire tour payment must be settled SIX WEEKS prior to date of arrival in Bhutan and Visa is cleared by the Government subject to advance payment only.


Delayed Arrival/Departure

There shall be no charges for the number of days of delyas in arrival of the visitors due to weather conditions, airline problem or road blocks. And accordingly there shall be no charge for the number of days of delay in departure of visitors due to the same reasons as mentioned earlier.

However, visitors will be charged only the actual expenses on accommodation, food, transportation and any other services required.


Cancellation Policy

The tour programmes booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

  • 30 days before date of arrival in Bhutan : Free
  • Before 21 days : 10% of tariff
  • Before 14 days : 15% of tariff
  • Before 7 days : 30% of tariff
  • 7 days or less : 50% of tariff
  • After arrival in Bhutan : 100% of tariff

The flights booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges. Similarly, charges apply any changes required for flight dates and names. Charges levied are as follows:

a. Cancellation of Tour:

  • Before 30 days of Date of Travel : 100% Refund
  • Between 10 – 30 days : 50% refund
  • Within last 10 days : No refund/ Ticket valid for 1 year
  • Administrative fee : US$ 25 per cancellation

b. Changes in flight dates : US$ 10 or equivalent local currency

c. Name corrections after obtaining PNR : US$ 25 or equivalent of local currency