Drive to airport/Kathmandu and fly to Paro/ Bhutan &Drive
to hotel, Hotel Tiger Nest.
Sightseeing includes a visit to the northern part of the
valley to Drukgyel Dzong ruins (Monastery Fortress) that
once was a strategic post to withhold invading Tibetan
forces from the north; visit the famous Kyichu Lhakhang-
one of 108 sacred Lhakhangs built by the Buddhist King
Srongtsen Gampo of Tibet. Visit the district Dzong called
Rinpung Dzong; hotel.
03 - Paro
Early mornning hike up to the Tiger's Nest known as Taktsangone
of the most spectacular and most sacred pilgrim sites
to all Buddhists. One of the great founders of Tantric
Buddhism- Guru Padmasambhava is known to have flown on
a tigress to meditate on the cliffs--the tigress being
his consort the divine Yeshe Tsogye.
04 - Begin Qumolahari trek
Paro Shana Drive upto Drugyel Dzong where the road
ends and thetrek begins, following the river gently uphill
through a narrowing agriculture valley. Initially you
will pass through the serene pastoral life of the villages
with their dogs and children playing in the fields. Camp
is just beyond an army post. Alt.2800m,. Distance - 17
Kms about 5 - 6 hours.
05 - Shana - Soi Thangthangkha
Continue uphill through the river valley. It narrows and
closes in and the trail winds up and down alongthe drianage.
Camp out in the meadow with the starry sky above you.
Distance is about 21 Kms, 7 - 8 hours.
06 - Soi Thangthangkha Jangothang
The trail climbs up the Pa Chu pass a small army post
where the valley begins to widen out. Views of high ridges
and snow-capped peaks are seen all around, and close by
are yaks and yak-herders camps. Lunch will probably be
at one of these camps beneath a ruined fortress at the
base of Chomolhari. Alt. 4040 m Distance - 19 Kms, about
5 - 6 hours.
07 - Jangothang Lingshi
Open yak pastures on the way up and down the pass.Quite
possibly still some people in their yak tents depending
on the time of the year that you are there. Great views
of Lingshi Dzong as you come down into the.Lingshi basin
if the weather is clear. Tserim Kang and its descending
glaciers at the north end of the valley. Alt. 4150 m.
Distance - 19 Kms about 5-6 hrs.
08 - Lingshi Shodu
The trail today climbs to the Yalila pass (alt. 4820m),
from where on a clear day- impressive views of Mount Chomolhari,
Tserim Kang and Masagang can be seen. Alt. 3963 m. Distance
- 22 Kms about 7 - 8 hrs.
09 - Shodu Barshong
Follow the Thim-Chu through a forest of Rhododendrons
with water falls; the path at first narrows and closes,
then winds up and down along the drainage, eventually
climbing up to the ruins of Barshong Dzong.Camp just below
the ruined fortress. Alt.3785m, Distance - 13 Kms about
3 - 4 hours.
10 - Barshong - Dolam Kencho
The trail descends to meet the Thim-Chu river following
gradually through the forest of Rhododendrons, and then
ascending upto the pasture land. Camp in a meadow at Alt.3628m,
Distance - 11 Kms about 3 - 4 hours.
11 - Dolam Kencho Thimphu
Continue up-hill through the forest to a small pass. The
trail undulates along the drainage. The rare golden langour
can be seen amongst other wild monkey species. Your pick-up
transport will be waiting at Dodina- to jolt you back
to the 20th century. Distance- 14 Kms about 4 - 5 hours.Overnight
at Hotel Jumolhari / Wangchuk.
12 - Thimphu
Sightseeing includes:the Thimphu General Post Office;
School of Thanka Painting and Mask Making; Traditional
crafts in silver and gold; the Kings Memorial Chorten;
the handmade Paper Factory and the Archery Grounds where
Bhutan's national sport of Archery can be witnessed. Afternoon
visit the local Handicrafts Center and the Traditional
Medicine Hospital; stroll in the capital town of Thimphu,
13 - Thimphu/Punakha/Paro
Early morning drive over the 10,000 ft pass of Dochula
to view the stunning scenery of the Himalayan ranges;
descend to Punakha and Wangdi valley. Visit the Punakha
Dzong- winter home to the state monks. After lunch return
drive to Paro, hotel Tiger Nest resort.
14 - Paro : Drive to Paro airport fly to Kathmandu/