Gangtey Gogona Trekking
This trek is Bhobjikha valley at 3,000m is in one if the few glacial valleys in Bhutan. It is chosen home of the rate Black - Nacked cranes who migrate here in winter from Tibetan plateau. Also 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 visits the village of Gogona and Khotokha, passing through meadows and fields, then forests of juniper, magnolia and rhododendrons. It is one of the finest low level treks in Bhutan.
07 Days - 08 Nights
Places Covered : Paro - Thimphu - Gangtey - Gangtey Gompa - Gogona - Gogona - Khotokha - Khotokha - Chazam - Wangdiphodrang - Thimphu - Paro
The good time for this trek is March to May and September to November.
Day 1 : Arrive Paro
On arrival at Paro airport, received by Connecting Horizons representative and transfer to Thimphu. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 2 : Thimphu - Gangtey
Morning after breakfast, Thimphu city tour, visiting Memorial Chorten, Tashichhodzong, National Library and Painting School. After lunch drive for about 5 hours to Gangtey. Enroute cross 3,100m Dochula pass and drive by Wangdiphodrang Dzong. Overnight at Camp / Farm House, Gangtey.
Day 3 : Gangtey Gompa - Gogona [15 Km, 6/7 Hours]
Trek commences today. The trail winds up on a slow climb through meadows and fields and then ascends the Tselela Pass (3,400m) which is also your lunch stop. Then it descends gradually for some time through forests of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendrons. After the last short climb, you reach Gogona village. The people of Gogona were originally nomads and they speak a language called Bjopkha (language of nomads). Overnight at camp.
Day 4 : Gogona - Khotokha [16 Km, 6/7 Hours]
The trail winds up gently above Gogona village climbing into a forest of firs, oak, spruce, rhododendron, cypress and juniper. A long and gradual climb leads to Shobjula pass (3,400m). Later the path leads down to a wide valley of Khotokha, a summer place of people of Sha (under Wangdiphodrang district). Overnight at camp.
Day 5 : Khotokha - Chazam / Wangdiphodrang [12 Km, 5 Hours]
A short ascend leads to Mulaila pass then the path descends through an ever changing vegetation till the bridge in Wangdiphodrang. Your trek ends here. Overnight in the hotel in Wangdiphodrang.
Day 6 : Wangdiphodrang - Thimphu
After exploring fascinating Wangdiphodrang and Punakha valleys drive to Thimphu. Afternoon, in Thimphu visit Traditional Medicine Institute, Handicrafts Emporium and market. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 7 : Thimphu - Paro
Morning drive to Paro enroute visiting Simtokha Dzong. Today's sight seeing in Paro includes, visit to Ta Dzong (National Museum), Rinpung Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 8 : Paro Depart
After early breakfast drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination, enjoying another mountaineous view from the aircraft. Soon you leave Bhutan shrouded among her guardian peals.