Visit Bhutan with its unique cultural heritage, a country where only a lucky few get to explore its incredible trekking routes. Our journey gives us an insight into Bhutanese life by visiting the towns with their splendid dzongs (monasteries/forts) and trekking along a classic Himalayan route.
The five day trek follows the ancient high level route between Paro and Thimpu. We trek through splendid rhododendron forests, crossing several passes including the Phume La. En route we pass yak herders settlements and camp beside clear blue mountain lakes with splendid views of the peaks which border Tibet including Gangar Punsum and Jichudrake. In Paro we visit Takstang Monastery and in Thimpu we visit the impressive Tashichodzong.
Literally meaning Tiger's nest; built around the cave in which Guru Padmasambava meditated in the eight century, clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 800 meters above paro valley. It is believed that Guru Rimpoche landed on this spot in a miraculous manner, flying on the back of a tigress. For local people it is a place for pilgrimage but for tourist a hike up to the view point cafe opposite the monastery is breathtaking, thrilling and mystical.
Meaning fortress on the heap of jewel's was built during the time of Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel in 1646. The approach to the dzong is through the traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge to the dzong is very interesting. The dzong now houses the paro Monastic body and the office civil administration for paro valley. It is also the venue of paro tsechu (Festival), held once a year during spring time.
Chimel Lakhang is a small 16th century temple located at a 20 minute hike from the highway. The temple is dedicated to Drukpa Kinley also known as the Divine Madman by the Bhutanese. This is one of the most revered temples in all of Bhutan with tourists from all over the world flocking to this temple to receive the deities’ blessings. Childless couples seek the blessing of the Drukpa to help them conceive and the temple also known as the temple of fertility
Fly to Paro,visit Paro Dzong and museum.
Paro festival and museum.
Hike to Takstang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery.
Trek to Jele Dzong.
Trek to Jangchu Laka.
Cross Jangchu La to camp by Jimi Langtsho Lake.
To Labana, through Janye Tscho and Simkota Lake.
To Labana Pass (4235m) the highest point of the trek and down to the Thimpu Valley, end trek.
Sightseeing in Thimpu, drive to Paro.
Fly to Kathmandu.