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.
Overnight at Paro (1 Night)
This trek begins at Gunitsawa Village were you pass the army post. At the army checkpost your trek permit (provided by your tour operator) will be checked and endorsed. The campsite is on the opposite side of the river, not far from Gunitsawa.
On this long day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley the valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path which descends to a meadow where a camp will be set up. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mt. Jomolhari.
If you did not see Mt. Jomolhari the previous evening, you will still have a chance to get a great view early this morning. This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. You will cross an army checkpoint along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. In this area yaks and their herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another asset on this day. After reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari.
The rest day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization. You can also trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jomolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lie directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and there are a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.
The trail leads to a last settlement in the valley and drops to the Paro Chhu. Passing the lake of Tshophu (4,380m) you will climb up steeply to Bhonte La pass at 4,890 m, the highest point of this trek route. Reaching the Dhumzo Chhu river, you trek downstream passing the few houses of Soi Yaktsa (Dhumzo) to arrive at your camp soon after.
The trail climbs up to the Yelila pass at an altitude of 4,930m. From the pass, on a clear day you will get an excellent view of Jumolhari, Tserimgang and Masanggang. The trek from the pass to the campsite at Shodu is a steep downhill.
The trail follows the Thimphu Chhu through rhododendron forests, past beautiful waterfalls along the way. The valley narrows till the path takes to the slopes and gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong.
The trail descends down to the Thimphu Chhu river valley, through dense forests of rhododendron, birch, conifer, maples and bamboos and then ascends to pasture lands. The camp is in a meadow.
The trail continues through forested areas winding up and down and through a small pass. Langurs (monkeys) can be seen along the way. In Dodena, you will exit the Jigme Dorji National Park and reach the road head next to a impressive cantilever bridge.
The trek finishes at the beautiful Cherri Monastery, while it is a 40 min hike to the monastery it is well worth it.
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.
After breakfast, drive to the airport for your onward flight.
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