Gangtey Trek

Day 01:                 Paro
Day 02:                 Tiger Nest hike (for acclimatization)
Day 03:                 Paro – Thimphu
Day 04:                 Thimphu
Day 05:                 Thimphu – Gantey
Day 06:                 Gantey – Gogona (Trek commences)
Day 07:                 Gogona – Khotokha
Day 08:                 Khotokha – Chuzom – Wangdue (Trek ends)
Day 09:                 Wangdue – Punakha
Day 10:                 Punakha – Thimphu
Day 11:                 Thimphu – Paro
Day 12:                 Paro Sightseeing
Day 13:                 Departure

Day 01: Paro

The flight to Paro offers magnificent sight of some of the highest peaks in the world and provides a scenic view of the Paro valley as you land. One can get a glimpse of Mt. Everest, Kanchen Junga, Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Jomolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tsrim Khang. The first gift from Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing immigration and customs, you will be received by our representative from Vajrayana Tours and Travels and take you to the hotel.

Afternoon visit to Ta-Dzong built in the 17th century, as watchtower to defend Paro Dzong below. This Ta-Dzong was converted into the National Museum in 1968, and it is filled with antique Thangka paintings, textiles, weapons and armour. Drive to the Rinpung Dzong built in the 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now used as an administration center and school for monks.  Every Dzong has dual system together with the religion section

Overnight Paro valley.

Day 02: Tiger Nest Hike (for acclimatization)

In the morning, hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Also known as Tiger’s Nest). Built amazingly on a cliff (perched 900m above the floor of Paro Valley), it brings pride to the Bhutanese about the work of their ancestors. The most important architecture and one of the holiest place in Buddhist world which dates back to 8th century, it is said that Guru Padmasambava arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence, it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. You will have a great view of the valley besides visiting the inner sanctum of one of the most sacred sites in the kingdom

After lunch, if time permits, take a quick visit to Kyichu Lhakhang – one of Bhutan’s oldest and most beautiful temples boasting an orange tree that perpetually bears fruit. Kyichu Lhakhang was built in 7th century by Tibetan king to subdue giant ogress in the eastern Himalayan region in order to propagate the religion. Afterwards, simply spend the time relaxing at the hotel or enjoy a well earned massage or hot stone bath.

In the evening, visit weaving centre and souvenir shopping in Paro town.

Overnight in Paro valley.

Day 3 Paro/Thimphu

The journey from Paro to Thimphu is little more than an hour. It is a pleasant drive along the river, villages, and farms. Once in Thimphu, you will be taken for a detour of the capital. You will visit the Changangkha monastery, the memorial Chorten, Tashichhodzong and Kuenselphodrang. You will also be taken to the Takin Zoo in upper Motithang where you will get to see the national animal Takin. In the evenings, it’s a nice time to come out in the streets, just for a stroll.

Day 4 Thimphu Hike

After breakfast, you will be driven to North Thimphu. From the road point, it is a gentle hike uphill to Tango monastery. The trail runs through a beautiful forest. Tango monastery is the leading Buddhist University in the country.

Day 5 Thimphu/Gangtay

In the morning, you will leave for Gangtey that overlooks the picturesque valley of Phobjikha, the winter habitat of the endangered black necked cranes. At Dochula (mountain pass), there will be a short stop over. If the weather is favorable, the majestic mountains ranges can be seen. After three hours drive downhill, you will reach Wangduephodrang where lunch will be served. You resume the drive, uphill, for another three hours to reach Gangtey. You will halt the night at the camp.

Day 6 Gangtay/Gogona

The trek is an easy one. The trail runs through meadows and agriculture fields before climbing uphill to Tselela. The route passes through a mixed forest of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendrons. Along the way, you can meet indigenous Bhutanese habitants who speak their ancient dialect. You will also be able to enjoy the beauty of nature.  You will camp at Gogona.

Day 7 Gogona/Khotokha
Distance: 15/16 kms
Time: 6-7 hours.

The trail is gentle climb to Shobjula after which you will descend to a broad valley, with mountains in the periphery. The breath-taking landscape adds to the experience. The night will be halt here.

Day 8 Khotokha/Chuzom/Wangdue

You will climb uphill for a short while to Tashila. From there it is a steep descend. The trail cuts through an ever changing vegetation until you reach the Drangchu. You will spend the night at the hotel by the river side.

Day 9 Wangdue/Thimphu

After visiting the Wangduephodrang dzong, and taking a hike to the famous village of Matalungchu, you will head back to Thimphu. Tea will be served at Dochula cafeteria. You will spend the night in Thimphu.

Day 10: Exit

Your tour executive will see you off at the Paro airport.