Highlights: This trek is for Nature lovers. During spring is the rhododendrons season. The trail takes you through forest filled with many species of Primula and shades of red and orange rhododendrons. From the pass you will have panoramic view of the two valleys Paro & Haa and of course the beautiful Himalayan ranges of Bhutan.
Arrive Paro by Druk Air flight which will offer you great views of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Tsrim gang and Jichu Drake. The moment you step out of the plane you will see the difference . Bhutan welcomes you with cool, clean fresh air. Peace and quietness is just another bonus. ITT representatives will escort you to Kichu resort. If time prevails visit the National museum & Rinpung Dzong. O/N Kichu resort.
To acclimatize yourself a hike to Taktsang monastery meaning a tiger’s den lies at an altitude of 3000m which takes about 2/3 hours. The monastery was gutted by fire in 1998 but the remains of the structure still attract visitors. The Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore and re-construct the old structure. Tea and snacks will be served at the cafeteria where you can gaze at this beautiful monument built during the 17th century. Stroll back to Kichu resort. Evening at leisure .
Trek starts to Chonana. Drive till the trekking point and the hike is gradually uphill through farm houses. The view from the trail is beautiful. Camp at 3100 meters. Walking time 4/5 hours.
Chonana to Jebkarpo. Today the walk will be mostly uphill so take it easy allowing plenty of stops. The trail takes you through a forest filled with many species of primula and rhododendron. From the top along the ridge of Chele la the Himalayan range can be seen. Camp at 3650 meters. Walking time 5/6 hours.
Jebkarpo to Lower Mingula. We advise you to get up early to enjoy the stunning views of Mt.Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Gang. The path leads along the ridge with mountain scenery and also offers birds eye view of Paro and Haa valley. Camp at 3750 meters. Walking time 4/5 hours.
Lower Mingula to Thong. This day will also offer excellent views of the mountains and valleys sometime coming across yak herders camp. You can visit one of the camps and enjoy their companion. As tradition you will be offered butter tea or chang (local wine). Camp at 3650. Walking time 5/6 hours.
Thong to Drugyel Dzong. The trail will descend all the way through pine and rhododendron forest. The trek ends at 2400 meters near the ruined fortress which once defended the valley from Tibetan invasion during the 17 century. Walking time 3/4 hours. Drive to Kichu resort.
Drive to Thimphu is 2 hours and will be a pleasant one mainly due to the luxurious Japanese transportation and well maintained road through out Bhutan. Upon arrival check into Hotel Druk or River view. PM sightseeing – Visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare “Takin” national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and free time in the market.
AM visit the Painting school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft centers. PM drive 3 hours to Wangduephodrang crossing the Dochula pass 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of lobesa. Visit the Wangduephodrang Dzong from outside and the market area. Overnight at Wangdi Kichu Resort.
AM drive 45 minutes to Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong which served as an old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. Proceed to Thimphu. PM drive back to Paro. Overnight Kichu resort.
Transfer to airport for departure.