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Maximum - 27 Days
About This Trek:
This trek goes to the
remote lunana district and considered as the most difficult trek in
Bhutan. The attributes those make it a tough trek are; distances,
altitudes, weathers and remoteness.
I t i n e r a r y
Arrive Delhi and fly from Delhi to Kathmandu-Paro (Bhutan)
On arrival at Paro airport, received by Connecting Horizons Adventures
representative and transfer to Thimphu. Overnight at the hotel in
Full day city tour of Thimphu. Visit the Memorial Chorten,
Tashichhodzong, National Library, Painting School, Traditional
Medicine Institute and Handicrafts Emporium. Overnight at hotel in
Punakha - Tashithang
Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass (3100m), through magnificent forests
of rhododendron and magnolia. From the pass one can have the panoramic
view of eastern Himalayan peaks and enticing view of the Lunana route.
Picnic lunch at Punakha by the riverside. Enjoy the view of Punakha
Dzong, built in 1637 during the time of Shabdrung. The Dzong is now
used as the winter residence of monk body and administrative centre of
the district. After lunch drive on to Tashithang following the Mo Chu
river. Camp at Tashithang at the end of road at an altitude of 1600m.
The trek starts by the riverside, following a well made path through
semi tropical forest. This part of the area is quite wet and one has
to be careful of leeches. Also for flower lovers there is abundant of
wild orchids here. They days walk is fairly gentle climbing upto Damji
village. Camp at Damji at an altitude 2250m. Walking time 5/6 hours.
Damji - Gasa
The path continues through sub-tropical forests and villages upto Gasa
Tshachu (hot spring). The Tshachu is a famous place where people from
all over the country come to have bath, due to its curative powers.
Here there are four pools of different temperature from mild to hot.
Hot lunch will be served close to spring. After lunch two hours stiff
climb to Gasa Dzong. Camp below the Dzong at an altitude of 2900m.
Walking time 6/7 hours.
After breakfast, visit the Dzong which was built in 17th century, to
protect the valley against Tibetan invaders. The path starts with
stiff climb upto Bele la pass (3700m) through bamboo, rhododendron,
juniper and fir forests. Then descend for about half an hour to camp
at Chamsa at an altitude of 3650m. Walking time 6/7 hours.
The trail starts by descending to the bank of Mo Chu river. Lunch will
be served at the side of bridge, across the river. After lunch climb
up gradually to Laya crossing the army camp. Overnight camp at an
altitude of 3800m. Walking time 8/9 hours.
Rest Day At
Laya For Acclimatization
One can go around the villages, visiting houses and the people. Laya
people are very friendly and will happily pose for photographs. Women
of Laya wear a special dress and typical bamboo hats decorated with
turquoise and silver ornaments. Cultural evening with dances performed
by local girls.
From Laya we descend to army camp and continue following the river
till the turn off point to Rhodophu. After lunch continue the climb
through rhododendron bushes till we reach the camp at altitude 4,350m.
Walking time 8/9 hours.
Today is the longest day of the trip and it is important to start
early. Start at about 5 a.m. by climbing to Tsimola (4700m). After
crossing the first pass and the little summit, one can have superb
view of Lunana, Mount. Chomolhari and Mount. Jichu Drake. The path is
flat for another four hours till climb to Kangla Karchula pass (5080m)
is started. The view from the path is breathtaking and whole range of
mountains including Masagang, Tsendgang, Teri Gang can be seen. After
the path, it is very long descent to Tarina valley. Camp at an
altitude of 3980m. Walking time 10/11 hours.
The walk leads down through conifer forests following the upper
reaches of the Pho Chu. The trail then climbs over a ridge and drops
to Woche at 3,800m. Walking time is 6/7 hours.
The trek starts through juniper and fir forests and further ahead
through rhododendron bushes. Climb up to Keche la pass (4,480m) where
one can have the great view of mountains. After the pass, descend to
the riverside walking through the village with stunning view of table
mountains and others. Follow up the river till Lhedi village, which is
one of the main source of Pho Chu. Camp at an altitude of 3,650m.
The trek continues following the river, rising gradually to Choejong
village. After lunch, visit the Choejong Dzong and continue walking
towards the wide valley. Cross the bridge to reach Thanza camp at an
altitude of 4,000m. Walking time is 7/8 hours.
Rest Day At
One can walk around or climb up the ridge for fascinating view of
lakes and mountains.
The trek start by climbing the ridge, with great view of the table
mountain and Thanza valley below. The ridge altitude is 4,500m and it
rises gradually upto 4,650m. After lunch walk upwards the left side of
the bridge enjoying the view of snow capped mountains. Further after
climbing ridges, you reach the camp site of Tsorim at altitude 5,125m.
Walking time 8/9 hours.
Gangkar Puensum Base Camp
This is the highlight of the trip and day starts with a short climb to
the Tsorim lake. Walk on the side of the lake enjoying the panoramic
view of Gophula ranges. The last climb to the Gophula pass (5230m) is
very short. After the pass descend to the base camp, walking along the
ridge and enjoying the great view of Gangkar Puensum. If interested,
one can divert to the left side to climb up the pyramid peak for a
better view or you can go down to base camp nearby Sha Chu at the
altitude of 4,970m. Walking time is 6/7 hours.
Rest Day At The
Base Camp Enjoying The Great View
Puensum Base Camp - Geshe Woma
Its time to leave beautiful mountains, but the trek is not yet over.
The trail further follows the Sha Chu and descends gradually to Geshe
Woma at the altitude of 4200m. Walking time is 6/7 hours.
Geshe Woma -
The path continues following Sha Chu for two and a half hours until
the stiff climb to Sakala begins. Visibility along the Sakala trail is
poor so one must see top of the ridge for guidance. Lunch nearby a yak
herders camp. After that climb up to Sakala pass at an altitude of
4800m. Descends to the lakes and another short ascent leads to
Wartangle pass (4590m). Scenery once again is stunning with small
lakes and the mountain peaks. Camp at the altitude of 4,000m. Walking
time is 8/9 hours.
A short half hour climb leads to Juelela pass (4400m). After the pass
descend to the riverside through dense rhododendron, juniper and
conifer forests. After the bridge a short climb leads to Dur Tshachu
hot spring, where Guru Padmasambhava is suppose to have taken bath in
8th hot spring. Walking time is 5 hours.
From the pring it is a long and steady climb again with great views of
the mountains in Lunana. You also come across blue lakes and yak
herders camp at altitude of 3850m. Walking time is 8/9 hours.
- Dur / Bumthang
This is the last day of the trek where you change from yak to pack
ponies. The path follows the Chemkhar Chu, descending gradually with
few climbs. The trek ends when you arrive at Dur village where
Connecting Horizons Adventures transport will pick you up and drive to
the lodge in Bumthang.
Bumthang valley is center of cultural wealth. The hills around valley
are filled with monasteries dedicated to Guru Padsambhava. Also it is
home to one of the great Buddhist teachers, Pmalingpa, to whose
descendants the present dynasty trances its origin. Explore valley
visiting , Jakar Dzong, Kurje Lhakhang, Jambet Lhakhang and Tamshing
Lhakhanng. Overnight at the lOdge in Bumthang.
Tongsa is the ancestral home of Bhutan's royal family. The crown
Prince of Bhutan traditionally becomes Penlop, (Governer) prior to
crowned as King. Tongsa Dzong, built in the master piece of Bhutanese
architecture which has been traditional home of all four kings of
Bhutan before they crowned as King. Standing above this fortress is,
Ta Dzong which once guarded this place from internal rebellion and
provides visitor more insight into the historical significance of
Tsonga in Bhutan's history. Overnight at the lodge in Bhutan.
After breakfast drive to Paro. Evening at lesiure or visit traditional
farm house. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Full day sight seeing in Paro. Visit Drukgyel Dzong, Ta Dzong
(National Museum), Rinpung Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang. Overnight at the
hotel in Paro.
After early breakfast, transfer to airport for connecting flight to
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