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Bhutan is a legendary kingdom, rich with attractions (stunning countryside, distinctive architecture, vibrant traditions and culture). For many years this country was off limits to foreigners and it remains an unspoilt place where traditions and customs, invariably combined with religion, regulate everyday life.
The grandeur of Chomolhari has been a source of inspiration for years. Situated at 7326 m, it was the birthplace of Goddess Chomo and is known for its traditional dances. This trek takes us to Jangothang, where Chomolhari seems so near you feel you could touch it. Instead of retracing our steps, we continue eastwards, to the magnificent region of the Yaksa, known as the Land of Yaks.
This short version of the Laya Lingshi Trek enables those who cannot afford more time to enjoy a taste of the Bhutanese Himalayas. In addition, this trip takes you to the main cultural sites of Western Bhutan, which is more developped than the rest of the country.
Day 1: Arrive in Delhi
Airport pickup and transfer to hotel in central Delhi. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 : Flight Delhi -Paro (2300m)
Morning transfer to international airport for flight to Paro. Airport pickup and check into hotel in Paro. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3: Paro (2300m)
Taktsang or the ’Tiger’s Nest’ is the most revered temple in Bhutan. This magical site overhangs the valley, clinging to a vertical rockface. The story goes that in the 8th century, Guru Rimpochey, a tantric master flew there on the back of a tigress and starting meditating in a cave, around which the temple was then built. In the afternoon we attend a Buddhist ceremony in the beautiful Kyichu Lhakhang temple to bring us good luck for the rest of the trip. Overnight in hotel.
Day 4 : Paro - Shana (2800m) (6 hour walk)
TREK Drugyal Dzong was built in 1654 by Shabdrung to commemorate one of many victories against the Tibetans. For centuries it acted as a frontier post between Tibet and the Paro valley. This is where we meet the trekking team. The trail follows the Paro Chu upstream through Tshento village. We have lunch in a friend’s house on the way. Just before we arrive at the campsite your guide will obtain your trekking permits at a checkpoint. Overnight at camp.
Day 5 : Shana - Thangthangkha (3630m) (8 hour walk)
TREK The trail, which follows the Paro Chu from Shana to Thangthangkha, becomes rocky and even muddy when it rains. After you have been walking for 2½ hours it divides in 2. One branch goes on to Tibet.
Day 6 : Thangthangkha - Jangothang (4090m) (6-7 hour walk)
TREK Today we come to man made terraces and meet herds of yaks. We cross the tree line (4000m). Our camp at Jangothang brings us face to face with majestic Chomolhari. Jangothang means ’Land of ruins’ and you will see many remains, whose origins are lost in time.
Day 7 : Jangothang (4090m)
Day to acclimatise and rest. Option of climbing to Tshophu Lake at 4300 m (2 hour hike). Overnight at camp.
Day 8 : Jangothang - Yaksa (4090m) (7 hour walk)
TREK Climb to Bongtey La (4820m). At the summit you are rewarded by a stunning view over Chomolhari and Jichu Drakey. From the pass we drop down to Yaksa where we set up camp.
Day 9 : Yaksa - Thombu (4150m) (5 hour walk)
TREK As you climb the path you see the few houses that make up the village. After 2 hours uphill, Thompu La (4550m) appears. It takes another hour to reach the top, from where you see herds of yaks grazing round Thombu camp. When visibility is good you can see houses on the Tibetan border. Overnight in camp at Thombu.
Day 10 : Thombu - Gunitsawa (2600m) (6 hour walk)
TREK A short climb up a trail cut into the rock takes us out of the Thombu basin . This is followed by a long, steep descent to the check point where we obtained our permits on the first day of the trek. The camp is 2 hours downstream from here.
Day 11 : Gunitsawa - Paro - Thimphu (2400m) (4 hour walk)
TREK Last day of trek. We retrace our steps and soon catch a glimpse of Drugyal Dzong. Return by private vehicle to Paro. After lunch we drive to the capital, Thimphu (1¾ hours).
Day 12 : Thimphu
Explore the capital of Bhutan: Tashicho Dzong art museum and the area round the Memorial Chorten with its fabulous paintings and sculpture. Overnight in hotel.
Day 13 : Thimphu - Punakha (3 hour drive)
Drive to Punakha. Cross Dochu La pass (3050m);magnificent panorama of the Bhutanese Himalayas and the high peaks (over 7000m). Explore Punakha Dzong, an impressive fortress built at the confluence of two rivers. Visit numerous villages in the superb Punakha valley. Overnight in hotel.
Day 14 : Punakha -Paro (6 hour drive)
Set off for Wangdiphodrang. Visit village, market and dzong. Take road to Paro and stop off en route at superb dzong in Simtoka. Overnight in hotel.
Day 15 : Paro - Delhi (1½ hour flight)
Transfer to Paro airport for flight to Delhi. Airport pickup and check into hotel in central Delhi. Overnight in hotel.
Day 16: Delhi - international airport Visit New Delhi (Qutb Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort, Jama Masjid) and go shopping. In the afternoon we keep on one hotel room in which to leave our things and have a shower before the late transfer to the airport.