Pickup from airport (2200m altitude) after completing the airport formalities and drive to hotel at Paro. Check into the hotel and after lunch; visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. A short walk takes you to the base of the Dzong at the sight of cantilever bridge over Paro River. Overnight stay at Paro.
Distance 5KM, 5-6 Hours, 900m Ascent
After breakfast at 7:30am, driver will drop guest(s) at the base of Taktsang monastery. From here hike upwards to the monastery which climbs through a beautiful pine forest. The hike leads to the imposing Taktsang monastery, built in 1600s. It is believed that in the 8th century, Guru Rimpoche, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tigress to subdue a demon. Guru Rimpoche is supposed to have meditated here for three months in a cave where monastery stands at present. Upon return to the base, drive towards Thimphu. Overnight stay in Timphu.
Distance 7 km, 5 hours, campsite altitude 3,290 m.
From Thimphu drive for 45km towards the starting point of the trek. Today’s trail is all through terraced fields and conifers vegetation. The trek starts at beautiful Gynekha village and begins with a short descend to the river. After crossing the river start climbing up to a huge rock platform from where beautiful picturesque view of the valley below can be seen. The campsite is located two hours ahead at Gur.
Distance 12 km, 5 hours, campsite altitude 4,300 m.
On the second day, the trail leads through the high ridges from where guest(s) can truly appreciate the rugged beauty of the surroundings and the mountain vegetation. The path winds through refreshing meadows adorned with wild flowers and asparagus (in spring). The first mountain pass of the trek gives a spectacular view of Kanjenjunga (Sikkim) and a number of the Bhutanese Himalayan peaks. After the pass enjoy descend and will be able to see the entirety of the Dagala mountain range including meadows and yak herder camps. After descended into the Labatama valley begin to climb gradually through the valley, passing several yak herder huts before Uthso lake. The campsite is right next to the lake.
This day will be dedicated to relaxing and recuperating at Labatama. It is an ideal to take an excursion to any of three nearby lakes: Reli Tsho, Hen Tsho and Jama Tsho. Hikers are encouraged to take the opportunity to engage in some trout fishing as the location is ideal. Permit is required for fishing so guest(s) should request Legpai Druk Yul Tours & Treks to make the necessary arrangements beforehand.
Once the tour package is booked, cancelled package(s) are subject to the following cancellation charges: • Earlier than 4 weeks prior to commencement of the tour program: 7% of the rates • 2 weeks prior to commencement of the tour program: 25% of the rates • 1 week prior to commencement of the tour program: 40% of the rates • After arrival in Bhutan: 100% of the rates. 25% cancellation fee on air ticket(s) will be deducted, if cancelled one week prior to scheduled flight date.
Mr. Purna Lopchan