Bhutan – Chomolhari Trek

Trip Overview

A classic trek through one of the most isolated countries on Earth.

A trek in Bhutan must be the ultimate goal of the Himalayan connoisseur. Trekking here is highly exclusive, with only a handful of walkers joining the nomadic yak herders and local villagers on the trails. Our new route takes us from the idyllic Paro Valley past abandoned dzongs (forts) to higher pastures overshadowed by the magnificent peaks of Chomolhari and Jichudrake. We spend a day at Chomolhari Base Camp beneath this magnificent peak, before crossing the Nyile La (4,900m) to the remote village of Lingshi. We then head south across the Yale La to the capital, Thimpu, where there will be time to visit the memorial stupa and the magnificent Tashicho Dzong, the seat of government. The spring departures are scheduled to witness the famous Paro festival and the autumn departures will visit the Thimpu festival.

Day to Day Activity

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.
Day 02: Fly to Paro,
Day 03: Sightseeing in Paro,
Day 04: Trek to Shana Zampa.
Day 05: Trek to Thangthangka.
Day 06: Trek to Chomolhari Base Camp (4040m).
Day 07: Acclimatisation day,
Day 08: Cross the Nyile La (4900m).
Day 09: Free day at Lingshi.
Day 10: Cross Yale La to Shodu.
Day 11: Trek to Barshong.
Day 12: Trek to Dolam Kencho.
Day 13: Trek to Dodina and drive to Thimpu.
Day 14: Sightseeing in Thimpu,
Day 15: Drive to Paro and visit Takstang monastery,
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu.
Day 17: Depart Kathmandu,

Note: You only get Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu. You’re on full board supported camping trek in Bhutan.

Trip Highlight

» A classic trek to Chomolhari Base Camp
» Cross the Nyale La and the Yale La, visit the remote village of Lingshi
» Fantastic views of Chomolhari and Jichudrake in the eastern Himalaya
» Cultural highlights include the Takstang Monastery, Paro Dzong and Thimpu's Memorial Chorten
» Masked dance festival at either Paro or Thimpu

Itinerary
  • 13– 30 MARCH AND 15 MARCH – 1 APRIL DEPARTURES (INCLUDES PARO FESTIVAL),

    Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu,

    Check in to your Hotel (Yak and Yeti) right in the centre of the town, just off Thamel. It’s easy to get all the important sights in Kathmandu valley.CH,
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast

    Day 02: Fly to Paro,

    We transfer to the airport for the flight to Paro. If the weather is clear, we should get a fantastic view of much of the eastern half of the Himalaya, including Everest, Kanchenjunga and Chomolhari (Jhomolhari). After completing visa formalities in Paro, we transfer to our hotel. The Paro Valley is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Bhutan. Its blue pine-covered hills and attractive, solidly built farmhouses among the paddy fields are dominated by the
    famous Dzong. If there is time we will have a short stroll around the small town centre where there are shops selling some beautiful Bhutanese clothes and souvenirs. SH,
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 03: Sightseeing in Paro,
    We spend today sightseeing in and around Paro. We aim to visit the Paro Dzong and the National Museum above it. If time and weather permit we can walk up to the viewpoint of Takstang Monastery. On the March departures we will spend most of the day at the Paro Festival. This is the most famous festival in Bhutan and thousands of people gather to see the monks dressed in colourful brocade, silk costumes and wearing painted masks re-enact the story of the gompa's particular divinity though music and dance. For several days there are masked dances, prayer meetings and a general carnival atmosphere as many villagers arrive to meet old friends and catch up with the mountain gossip. SH,
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 04: Trek to Shana Zampa,
    We drive out of Paro to Drukyul Dzong, built in 1649 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to celebrate the victory of Bhutan over Tibetan invaders in 1644. It was destroyed by fire in 1951 and now stands in ruins. On a clear day, there is a spectacular view of Chomolhari (7320m) from an area near the dzong. Here we set off walking along the Paro Chu (Paro River) on a rather rocky trail, first through cultivated land dotted with the occasional farmhouse. Soon the valley narrows and we enter a beautiful forest of birch, rhododendron and Himalayan oak with plenty to interest the botanist. We camp at Shana Zampa (2580m). Approx 5/6 hours walk and 16km drive. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 05: Trek to Thangthanga,
    Continuing along the Paro Chu through the forest, today is a long day with occasional glimpses of the peaks along the Tibetan border, which we are steadily approaching. Most of the time we are quite close to the river, but there is nevertheless a certain amount of climbing up and down to negotiate the spurs that plunge into the river. Turning north, the forest changes to pine and juniper and begins to thin out. We camp in a meadow at Thangthanga (3,610m) with our first good view, clouds permitting, of Jhomolhari ahead in the distance. Approx 8/9 hours, 24kms. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 06: Trek to Chomolhari Base Camp,
    Clear morning skies should allow early risers excellent views of Chomolhari. Today is a short day as the forest now gives way to rough pasture and small fields for growing barley and we will probably see yaks grazing for the first time. The valley levels out as we approach Jangothang, Chomolhari Base Camp at 4100m, delightfully situated close to a ruined dzong, with a full frontal view of the huge bulk of Chomolhari. Approx 4/5 hours, 12kms. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 07: Acclimatization Day,
    A day for acclimatisation and to enjoy the magnificent scenery. Various excursions can be undertaken up to about 5000m for close up views of Chomolhari (7314m) and Jichudrake (6974m) - a spectacular peak only recently climbed. In addition, we can also visit Tsopu Lake. From the campsite there are spectacular sunset views on Chomolhari and we may well see herds of 'bharal' (blue sheep), which scramble on the hills around camp. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 08: Cross Nyale La (4850m),
    A long day today as we cross our first pass. Leaving the valley by a short steep trail we ascend through a broad open landscape. A final steep climb takes us to the top of the pass, the Nyale La, at 4850m. From here there are magnificent views of the dozens of peaks that line the border with Tibet. A long easy descent through a sea of dwarf rhododendrons brings us back to the tree line, and down towards Lingshi dzong (4150m), situated on a small hill in the bottom of the valley. We camp tonight in a meadow below the dzong (sometimes we continue on and camp in Lingshi village). Previous groups have seen musk deer, and there are snow leopards in the area. Approx 6/7 hours, 18km. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 09: Free day at Lingshi,
    After the exertions of yesterday, we have a day to rest and explore Lingshi and its surroundings. We start today by visiting the impressive Lingshi dzong, perched on a hill above the camp giving incredible views north towards Tibet. The rest of the day is free to explore the village or we can go for walks in the surrounding hills. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 10: Cross Yale La (4820m),
    Leaving Lingshi behind the scenery becomes more wild and barren and inhabited by only a few yaks and their herders. Today is a hard day as we cross our second pass, the Yale La. The trail climbs through wild high pastures to the top of the Yale La at 4820m. From the top the magnificent panoramic view of Chomolhari, Jichudrake and make all the hard work worthwhile. Once over the pass there is a long descent to our camp at Shodu (4110m). Approx 7/8 hours. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 11: Trek to Barshong,
    The trail today follows the Thimchu River and descends through rhododendron, juniper and pine forests. We have stunning views of cliff facing rocks and waterfalls. Eventually we descend to our camp near the ruins of Barshong dzong (3500m). Approx 5/6 hours. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 12: Trek to Dolam Khencho,
    We continue descending to the Thimpu River and then a steep ascent brings us to a ridge at 3330m. We are walking through dense bamboo And pine forest. Descending from the ridge we camp tonight at Dolam Khencho. Approx 5/6 hours FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 13: Trek to Dodina and drive to Thimpu,
    A short walk today as we descend all the way to Dodina and the end of our trek, where we will meet our transport for the drive to Thimpu. We should arrive by lunchtime and the afternoon is free to explore the quaint capital of Bhutan. Approx 2/3 hours walking. SH,
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 14: Sightseeing in Thimpu,
    We spend today in the capital visiting the main sights. The magnificent Tashichho Dzong - the main secretariat building, which houses the National Assembly, all the ministries and the office of the King (please note that visiting inside the dzong is dependent on whether
    the legislative committee is in Thimpu or Punakha). There is the memorial stupa to the present King's father and there should be time for some souvenir hunting at the handicraft shops. If we cannot visit the dzong the new Textile Museum is very interesting and we can visit the zoo to see the takins, the national animals of Bhutan. SH,
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 15 Drive to Paro and visit Takstang monastery,
    We have a short drive (approximately 1.5 hours) back to Paro. Today we trek to the spectacularly situated Takstang monastery. Takstang, or 'Tigers Nest', has the most stunning location, perched on the ledge of a cliff high above the Paro Valley. The monastery was partly destroyed by a fire in 1998 but is now completely restored to its former magnificence. To reach the monastery involves a return trek of around 4 hours. For those not wishing to do the full walk there is a classic viewpoint at a cafe half way up. The buildings of the monastery seem to cling to the cliff wall across the gorge above us and until we get there it's almost impossible to see a way up to this amazing building. We spend our last night in Bhutan in Paro. SH,
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu
    We fly from Paro to Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel.CH,
    Overnight Comfortable Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 17: Depart Kathmandu,
    The trip ends after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to the Airport for the flight back home.
    Included meal: Breakfast,

    ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY :

    23 SEPTEMBER–10 OCTOBER DEPARTURE (INCLUDES THIMPU FESTIVAL)

    Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu,
    Check in to your Hotel (Yak and Yeti) right in the centre of the town, just off Thamel. It’s easy to get all the important sights in Kathmandu valley.CH,
    Overnight Comfortable Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast

    Day 02: Fly to Paro,

    We transfer to the airport for the flight to Paro. If the weather is clear, we should get a fantastic view of much of the eastern half of the Himalaya, including Everest, Kanchenjunga and Chomolhari (Jhomolhari). After completing visa formalities in Paro, we transfer to our hotel.The Paro Valley is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Bhutan. Its blue pine-covered hills and attractive, solidly built farmhouses among the paddy fields are dominated by the famous Dzong. This afternoon we visit the Paro Dzong and the National Museum. SH,
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 03: Sightseeing in Paro and visit Takstang Monastery,

    Today we trek to the spectacularly situated Takstang monastery. Takstang, or 'Tigers Nest', has the most stunning location, perched on the ledge of a cliff high above the Paro Valley. The monastery was partly destroyed by a fire in 1998 but is now completely restored to its former magnificence. To reach the monastery involves a return trek of around 4 hours. For those not wishing to do the full walk there is a classic viewpoint at a café half way up. The buildings of the monastery seem to cling to the cliff wall across the gorge above us and until we get there it's almost impossible to see a way up to this amazing building. We spend our last night in Bhutan in Paro. SH,
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 04: Trek to Shana Zampa,

    We drive out of Paro to Drukyul Dzong, built in 1649 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to celebrate the victory of Bhutan over Tibetan invaders in 1644. It was destroyed by fire in 1951 and now stands in ruins. On a clear day there is a spectacular view of Chomolhari (7320m) from an area near the dzong. Here we set off walking along the Paro Chu (Paro River) on a rather rocky trail, first through cultivated land dotted with the occasional farmhouse. Soon the valley narrows and we enter a beautiful forest of birch, rhododendron and Himalayan oak with plenty to interest the botanist. We camp at Shana Zampa (2580m). Approx 5/6 hours, 16km. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 05: Trek to
    Thangthanga,
    Continuing along the Paro Chu through the forest, today is a long day with occasional glimpses of the peaks along the Tibetan border, which we are steadily approaching. Most of the time we are quite close to the river, but there is nevertheless a certain amount of climbing up and down to negotiate the spurs that plunge into the river. Turning north, the forest changes to pine and
    juniper and begins to thin out. We camp in a meadow at Thangthanga (3,610m) with our first good view, clouds permitting, of Jhomolhari ahead in the distance. Approx 8/9 hours, 24kms.FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 06: Trek to
    Chomolhari Base Camp,
    Clear morning skies should allow early risers excellent views of Chomolhari. Today is a short day as the forest now gives way to rough pasture and small fields for growing barley and we will probably see yaks grazing for the first time. The valley levels out as we approach Jangothang, Chomolhari Base Camp at 4100m, delightfully situated close to a ruined dzong, with a full frontal view of the huge bulk of Chomolhari. Approx 4/5 hours, 12kms. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 07: Acclimatization day,
    A day for acclimatisation and to enjoy the magnificent scenery. Various excursions can be undertaken up to about 5000m for close up views of Chomolhari (7314m) and Jichudrake (6974m) - a spectacular peak only recently climbed. In addition we can also visit Tsopu Lake. From the campsite there are spectacular sunset views on Chomolhari and we may well see herds of 'bharal' (blue sheep), which scramble on the hills around camp. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 08: Trek to Lingshi Village,
    A long day today as we cross our first pass. Leaving the valley by a short steep trail we ascend through a broad open landscape. A final steep climb takes us to the top of the pass, the Nyale La, at 4850m. From here there are magnificent views of the dozens of peaks that line the border with Tibet. A long easy descent through a sea of dwarf rhododendrons brings us back to the tree line, and down towards Lingshi dzong (4150m), situated on a small hill in the bottom of the valley. We camp tonight in a meadow below the dzong (sometimes we continue on and camp in Lingshi village). Previous groups have seen musk deer, and there are snow leopards in the area. Approx 6/7 hours, 18km. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 09: Free day at Lingshi,

    After the exertions of yesterday, we have a day to rest and explore Lingshi and its surroundings. We start today by visiting the impressive Lingshi dzong, perched on a hill above the camp giving incredible views north towards Tibet. The rest of the day is free to explore the village or we can go for walks in the surrounding hills. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 10: Trek to Shodu,

    Leaving Lingshi behind the scenery becomes more wild and barren and inhabited by only a few yaks and their herders. Today is a hard day as we cross our second pass, the Yale La. The trail climbs through wild high pastures to the top of the Yale La at 4820m. From the top the magnificent panoramic view of Chomolhari, Jichudrake and make all the hard work worthwhile. Once over the pass there is a long descent to our camp at Shodu (4110m).
    Approx 7/8 hours. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 11:
    Trek to Barshong,
    The trail today follows the Thimchu River and descends through rhododendron, juniper and pine forests. We have stunning views of cliff facing rocks and waterfalls. Eventually we descend to our camp near the ruins of Barshong dzong (3500m).
    Approx 5/6 hours. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 12: Trek to
    Dolam Khencho,
    We continue descending to the Thimpu River and then a steep ascent brings us to a ridge at 3330m. We are walking through dense bamboo and pine forest. Descending from the ridge we camp tonight at Dolam Khencho. Approx 5/6 hours. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 13: Trek to Dodina and drive to Thimpu
    ,
    A short walk today as we descend all the way to Dodina and the end of our trek, where we will meet our transport for the drive to Thimpu. We should arrive by lunchtime and the afternoon is free to explore the quaint capital of Bhutan. Approx 2/3 hours walking. SH
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 14: Sightseeing in Thimpu,
    We spend the morning at the Thimpu festival which takes place in the magnificent Tashichho Dzong – the main secretariat building, which houses the National Assembly, all the ministries and the office of the King. This is one of the most famous festivals in Bhutan and thousands of people gather to see The monks dressed in colourful brocade, silk costumes and wearing painted masks re-enact religious dances. For several days there are masked dances, prayer meetings and a general carnival atmosphere as many villagers arrive to meet old friends and catch up with the mountain gossip. We should have time today to see some of the sights in Thimpu which include the memorial stupa to the present King's father. SH,
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 15: Drive back to Paro,
    We have the morning in Thimpu so there is another chance to catch some of the festival and see the sights we missed yesterday. (Please note that the order in which we do things in Thimpu depend on what is happening at the festival and your Bhutanese guide will make sure you make the most of your time in Thimpu). In the late afternoon we have a short drive back to Paro. SH,
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu,
    We fly from Paro to Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel. CH,
    Overnight Comfortable Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 17: Depart Kathmandu,
    The trip ends after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to the Airport for the flight back home.
    Included meal: Breakfast,

    ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY :

    4–21 OCTOBER DEPARTURE (INCLUDES THIMPU FESTIVAL)

    Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu,
    Check in to your Hotel (Yak and Yeti) right in the centre of the town, just off Thamel. It’s easy to get all the important sights in Kathmandu valley.CH,
    Overnight Comfortable Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast

    Day 02: Fly to Paro,

    We transfer to the airport for the flight to Paro. If the weather is clear, we should get a fantastic view of much of the eastern half of the Himalaya, including Everest, Kanchenjunga and Chomolhari (Jhomolhari). After completing visa formalities in Paro, we have a
    short (1.5 hour) drive to Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. SH,
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 03: Enjoy Thimpu Festival,
    We spend most of the day at the Thimpu Festival, which takes place in the magnificent Tashichho Dzong - the main secretariat building, which houses the National Assembly, all the ministries and the office of the King. This is one of the most famous festivals in Bhutan and thousands of people gather to see the monks dressed in colourful brocade, silk costumes and wearing painted masks re-enact religious stories though music and dance. For several days there are masked dances, prayer meetings and a general carnival atmosphere as many villagers arrive to meet old friends and catch up with the mountain gossip. In the late afternoon we drive back to Paro. SH,
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 04: Trek to Shana Zampa,
    We drive out of Paro to Drukyul Dzong, built in 1649 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to celebrate the victory of Bhutan over Tibetan invaders in 1644. It was destroyed by fire in 1951 and now stands in ruins. On a clear day there is a spectacular view of Chomolhari (7320m) from an area near the dzong. Here we set off walking along the Paro Chu (Paro River) on a rather rocky trail, first through cultivated land dotted with the occasional farmhouse. Soon the valley narrows and we enter a beautiful forest of birch, rhododendron and Himalayan oak with plenty to interest the botanist. We camp at Shana Zampa (2580m). Approx 5/6 hours, 16km. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 05: Trek to Thangthanga,
    Continuing along the Paro Chu through the forest, today is a long day with occasional glimpses of the peaks along the Tibetan border, which we are steadily approaching. Most of the time we are quite close to the river, but there is nevertheless a certain amount of climbing up and down to negotiate the spurs that plunge into the river. Turning north, the forest changes to pine and juniper and begins to thin out. We camp in a meadow at Thangthanga (3,610m) with our first good view, clouds permitting, of Jhomolhari ahead in the distance. Approx 8/9 hours, 24kms. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 06: Trek to Chomolhari Base Camp,
    Clear morning skies should allow early risers excellent views of Chomolhari. Today is a short day as the forest now gives way to rough pasture and small fields for growing barley and we will probably see yaks grazing for the first time. The valley levels out as we approach Jangothang, Chomolhari Base Camp at 4100m, delightfully situated close to a ruined dzong, with a full frontal view of the huge bulk of Chomolhari. Approx 4/5 hours, 12kms. FC ,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 07: Acclimatization day.
    A day for acclimatisation and to enjoy the magnificent scenery. Various excursions can be undertaken up to about 5000m for close up views of Chomolhari (7314m) and Jichudrake (6974m) - a spectacular peak only recently climbed. In addition, we can also visit Tsopu Lake. From the campsite there are spectacular sunset views on Chomolhari and we may well see herds of ‘bharal’ (blue sheep), which scramble on the hills around camp. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 08: Cross Nyale La,
    A long day today as we cross our first pass. Leaving the valley by a short steep trail we ascend through a broad open landscape. A final steep climb takes us to the top of the pass, the Nyale La, at 4850m. From here there are magnificent views of the dozens of peaks that line the border with Tibet. A long easy descent through a sea of dwarf rhododendrons brings us back to the tree line, and down towards Lingshi dzong (4150m), situated on a small hill in the bottom of the valley. We camp tonight in a meadow below the dzong (sometimes we continue on and camp in Lingshi village). Previous groups have seen musk deer, and there are snow leopards in the area. Approx 6/7 hours, 18km. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 09: Free day at Lingshi,
    After the exertions of yesterday, we have a day to rest and explore Lingshi and its surroundings. We start today by visiting the impressive Lingshi dzong, perched on a hill above the camp giving incredible views north towards Tibet. The rest of the day is free to explore the village or we can go for walks in the surrounding hills. FC
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 10: Cross Yale La to Shodu,
    Leaving Lingshi behind the scenery becomes more wild and barren and inhabited by only a few yaks and their herders. Today is a hard day as we cross our second pass, the Yale La. The trail climbs through wild high pastures to the top of the Yale La at 4820m. From the top the magnificent panoramic view of Chomolhari, Jichudrake and make all the hard work worthwhile. Once over the pass there is a long descent to our camp at Shodu (4110m). Approx 7/8 hours FC, Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 11: Trek to Barshong,
    The trail today follows the Thimchu River and descends through rhododendron, juniper and pine forests. We have stunning views of cliff facing rocks and waterfalls. Eventually we descend to our camp near the ruins of Barshong dzong (3500m). Approx 5/6 hours. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 12: Trek to Dolam Khencho,
    We continue descending to the Thimpu River and then a steep ascent brings us to a ridge at 3330m. We are walking through dense bamboo and pine forest. Descending from the ridge we camp tonight at Dolam Khencho. Approx 5/6 hours. FC,
    Overnight Camp, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 13: Trek to Dodina and drive to Thimpu,
    A short walk today as we descend all the way to Dodina and the end of our trek, where we will meet our transport for the drive to Thimpu. We should arrive by lunchtime and the afternoon is free to explore the quaint capital of Bhutan. Approx 2/3 hours walking. SH,
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 14: Thimpu sightseeing, drive to Paro,
    This morning we visit the memorial stupa to the present King’s father.
    We can also visit a painting school and the new Textile Museum. In the
    late afternoon we drive to Paro. SH,
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 15: Paro sightseeing, walk to Takstang monastery,
    The Paro Valley is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Bhutan. Its blue pine-covered hills and attractive, solidly built farmhouses among the paddy fields are dominated by the famous Dzong. We aim to visit the Paro Dzong and the National Museum above it. We also have time to visit Takstang monastery. Takstang, or ‘Tigers Nest’, has the most stunning location, perched on the ledge of a cliff high above the Paro Valley. The monastery was partly destroyed by a fire in 1998 but is now completely restored to its former magnificence. To reach the monastery involves a return trek of around 4 hours. For those not wishing to do the full walk there is a classic viewpoint at a cafe half way up. The buildings of the monastery seem to cling to the cliff wall across the gorge above us and until we get there it’s almost impossible to see a way up to this amazing building. We spend our last night in Bhutan in Paro. SH,
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu,
    We fly from Paro to Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel. CH,
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 17: Depart Kathmandu,
    The trip ends after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to the Airport for the flight back home.
    Included meal: Breakfast,

Include/Exclude

Price Includes

» Arrival and departure transportation
» Accommodation in Kathmandu and Bhutan
» All transportation, entrance fees and Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Bhutan
» Return flight to Bhutan
» All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Tea, Coffee in Bhutan
» Food, accommodation, salary and insurance for the local staff
» All Camping equipment
» All transportation by private bus

Price Excludes

» Meals in Kathmandu
» Travel insurance (compulsory)
» International Airfare
» Nepal entry Visa fee
» Personal expenses,laundry, alcoholic drinks, cold drinks and mineral water,
» Tips for guide and porter

Equipment List

Equipment List

NOTE:
You can bring your personal clothing if you already have them with you, if not it’s worth buying all below mentioned clothing and equipments here in Kathmandu in good rates and your guide will help you with it. You will have plenty of time before the trek to buy stuffs in Kathmandu (Thamel).
PERSONAL EQUIPMENTS FOR TREKKING
Sun glasses
Chap stick/Sunscreen
Face mask or Scarf
Hand towel
Fleece beanie
Wind stopper/waterproof top and bottom
Cold weather down jacket below waist
Fleece jacket and trouser
Trekking trouser
T-Shirts (short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom, at least 2pairs,
Wind stopper and fleece gloves
Socks and under wears
Trekking boot
Snow Gaiter (optional)
Runners/Snickers for camps
Head torch
Water Bottle/Camel Pak
Trekking/Ski pole (optional. Handy for anyone with knee problem)
Spare batteries for Camera and flash light. Check charging facility along your journey
Day pack Minimum25L with side pocket for water bottle
Small personal first aid kit

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TAAN Pokhara Chapter Explored New Trail
A team of Trekking Agencies'' Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Association Pokhara has explored a new trekking trail that starts from Kushma of Parbat and ends at Baskharka of Myagdi district.

A 17-member team led by Narayan Sapkota, former president of TAAN Pokhara, started the exploration with a drive to Kushma from Pokhara. From Kushma, the walk started toward Banau (2150 meters) through Ghumti, Bagaicha, Bhatebari, Dhakdhake and Sidhali
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01. Hiking
01. Hiking

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02. Camping

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