Duration:9 days

Difficulty Level:medium

Price:US$ 00

Group Size:3-4 adults

TREKKING THE GANGTEY VALLEY

The Gangtey valley is home to the black necked cranes and host of other wild life. Take time from your life to hike through the Gangtey, Gogona and Khotokha valleys, camp with the nomads and the local people of the area. Explore the Dzong and Monasteries of Punakha and Wangdi, and wander the cities of Thimphu and Paro.


DAY 01: FLY TO PARO.  (L/D)
Fly onboard Druk Air to Paro, Bhutan.  On a clear day the panoramic views of the Himalaya are sensational, including Everest, but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steep turns to land at the tiny airstrip of Paro. In Paro you will be received by your Bhutanese guide and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel, Paro
 
DAY 02: PARO VALLEY SIGHTSEEING, DRIVE TO THIMPHU (B/L/D)

In the morning tour of Bhutan's national museum . Housed in an old watch tower above the huge Paro Dzong (monastery/fortress), it is a  fascinating place with a fantastic collection of Bhutanese national treasures ranging from ancient armour to textiles and thangkha paintings.
Then, we drive to the head of the valley and visit Drukgyel Dzong built in a location that was chosen for its control over the route to Tibet. A spectacular view of Mount. Jumolhari (23,996ft /7314m) can be seen from here. Afternoon take short walks to visit villages and local farm houses. In the evening you will make the 2 hour drive to the least visited of all the Himalayan capitals, Thimphu. Overnight Hotel, Thimphu.
 
DAY 03: THIMPHU – GANGTEY (PHOBJIKHA). (B/L/D)
Morning drive for about 5 hours to Gangtey. Enroute cross 3,100m Dochula pass and drive by Wangdiphodrang Dzong. The approach to Phobjikha is through a forest of oak and rhododendron. Phobjikha is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan and chosen home of black necked cranes which migrate here from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters. Explore Phobjikha valley and also visit Gangtey Monastery, the most important Nyingma Gomba in the country. Overnight Guest House/Camp.
 
DAY 04: GANGTEY – GOGONA, 15 kms, 6/7 hours (B/L/D)
The trek commences today and is an opportunity for nature enthusiasts to come in close contact with nature- the different species of flora and fauna abundant in this region (temperate). The trail winds up and down through fields and forests of blue pine, spruce, hemlock, michellia, taxus betula, acer, prunus, and bamboo species. Different species of birds ranging from tragopan (dafey munal) to rose-finch to whistling thrub to fly catcher thrive in this area and you may come across most of them in the course of the trek. The trail climbs to the Tselela pass, which is also your lunch stop. Then it descends gradually for sometime through forests of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendrons. After the last short climb, you reach Gogona village. The people of Gogona are originally nomads and they speak the language called Bjopkha (language of nomads). Overnight camp.

DAY 05: GOGONA - KHOTOKHA, 15/16 Kms, 6/7 hours (B/L/D)
Another day of surprises for those interested in nature. The walk goes through forests of mostly spruce, hemlock, rhodendron, and magnolia species with under growths ranging from primula to bosenia to icanthus to wild apple etc. The bird species you are likely to spot include; black faced laughing thrub, yuhira, pheasants, and patridge etc. The beginning of today’s walk will take you slowly to the Shobjula pass (11,155 ft.). From the pass, the path leads down to the wide valley of Khotokha, summer place of people of Sha (under Wangdiphodrang District). Overnight camp.

DAY 06: KHOTOKHA – CHUZOMSA/WANGDI (B/L/D)
A short ascend leads to Mulaila pass (9,200 ft.) from where the path descends through ever changing vegetation till the bridge at Chuzomsa.The trek from Khotokha to Chuzomsa is all the more interesting descending through varied vegetation ranging from temperate to subtropical broad leaf. The dominant species range from; docenia indica to alnus to prunus cericoides to bambosa species with undergrowths of primula, plieoney, acquanitus, rosceo, and hedchium species. Your trek ends at Chuzomsa. Overnight at the hotel, Punakha.

DAY 07: WANGDIPHODRANG – THIMPHU (B/L/D)
Unlike the other places, we have been to so far, Punakha and Wangdi is warm and sub-tropical in climate and highly cultivated. In the morning hike to Chimi Lhakhang, the divine mad monk’s temple. It is a beautiful walk through a lovely village. The temple can be visited and there is a tree outside which is supposed to have sprouted up after Drukpa Kunley sent a thunderbolt from an adjoining valley to kill some evil spirits who had gathered at the site.
If the head-abbot is not in residence, we will visit the inner courtyards of Punakha Dzong. Drive to Thimphu in the afternoon. In the evening, group will be given to a treat of Bhutanese evening- bonfire with dinner and cultural programme of folk songs and dances.
Overnight Hotel, Thimphu.

DAY 08: THIMPHU – PARO (B/L/D)
There are a good many things to see in the capital which has a very relaxed, laid-back feel about it. Thimphu is relatively small having a population of approximately 55,000 people and the streets are wide and tree lined.  
In the morning you will visit the indigenous hospital specializing in herbal medicine. Then visit the traditional painting school where young students learn the traditional arts and crafts (Zo Rig Chusum – the thirteen crafts). taught at the school.
You will also visit the Late King’s Memorial Chorten, the National Library, the Handicraft Emporium and the local handicraft centers.
In the evening, drive to Paro for 2 hours.
Overnight at Hotel, Paro.

DAY 09: PARO DEPART (B)
After early breakfast drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.