Happy Holidays Treks and Expedition
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This is a beautiful trek and one of the few that offers you the experience of the glacial valleys in Bhutan. It is also the chosen home of rare Black Necked Cranes which migrate here in winter from the Tibetan plateau.
Gangtey is one of the most beautiful places in Bhutan and Gangtey Gonpa is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the black mountains.
For the naturalist flora and fauna are to be found in abundance in a mountain eco-system whose balance has remained undisturbed by the Bhutanese people’s Buddhist way of life.
This trek visits the villages of Gogona and Khotokha, passing through meadows, fields, forests of Juniper, magnolia and rhododendrons.
This is Bhutan’s finest low-level trek, passing majestic snow-capped mountains, protected valleys, and fields of rhododendron, juniper, and bamboo.
No Experience Required
No former trekking experience is needed for this trek. To take part in this trek, you should be physically fit, meaning you should be able to walk a full day with a small day pack. Animals will carry the bulk of our loads.
Day 1 Arrival Paro by Druk Air
On landing at Paro you will be met by our representative. After Customs and Immigrations formalities, you will be escorted to the hotel.
Day 2 Sightseeing at Paro and drive to Thimpu
Drive the winding road northwest up the Pa-Chu to Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined Fortress which once defended this valley from Tibetan invasion. This Dzong was built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel, the spiritual leader of Bhutan.
On a clear day one can view Mt. Jumolhari the sacred Mountain. On the way back we stop at Takshang view point for a look at the fabolus Takshang Temple. We also visit one of the Typical Bhutanese farm house. After lunch at the hotel, we drive to Ta-Dzong which was once the watch tower for Paro valley, now it houses the National Museum and then walk down hill pass the Paro Dzong and crossing the typical traditional roofed bridge to Paro town. In the evening we drive to Thimpu.
Day 3 Thimphu – Gangtey Gompa
The first half of the day is spent is a leisurely drive over the Dochula pass at 10,000 ft. going to Wangdue. Enroute you will see some of the highest peaks in Bhutan including Gangkhar Puensum(7541m), the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. The descent through the temperate forest colored with Rhododendrons and Magnolias takes you to the semi-tropical zone of orange, bananas and cactus and to the valley of Wangdue. We visit the town of Wangdue.
After lunch drive to Gangtey Gompa and you will be lodged up in a farm house converted into a small guest house or camp if rooms are not available.
Day 4 Gangtey Gompa – Gogona
Trek Day 1 : Distance 15 km and walking time 6-7 hours.
The trek starts at Tabiting (2830m) and takes you through meadows and fields then ascends the Tselela pass at 3440m through mixed forest of Juniper, bamboos, Rhododendrons and Magnolias.
On this trek you will meet people who speak different dialect called Bjop-kha (language spoken by nomads in Bhutan ). Because of their isolation they continue using their own dialect and a life of their own. Gogona is a small village with an outstanding monastery under the care of Gangtey Gompa.
Day 5 Gogona – Khotokha
Trek Day 2 : Distance 16 km and about 6-7 hours walking time.
Starting at Gogona, a gradual climb today takes you to Shobjula pass at 3410m. On descending you will reach a wide valley with clear view of the mountains around you.
Day 6 Khotokha – Tikke Zampa/Punakha
Trek Day 3 End of Trek : Distance 12 km and walking time 5 hours.
A short climb takes you to the Tashila pass at 2800m. As you walk down you will notice the changes in the vegetation and finally reach the motorable road at Tikke Zampa where you will be received by our tour bus. From here it is a 30minute drive to Punakha
Day 7 Punakha – Thimphu
Morning at leisure or take a hike to Chhimi Lhakhang (temple of the divine madman) It will be a 2 hour roundtrip hike. After lunch drive to Thimphu (3 hours)
Day 8 Thimphu Sightseeing
After breakfast visit the National Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the late King. Also visit the Handicraft Emporium/Chokey handicraft and the National Painting School. After lunch visit the traditional gold smiths and a stroll in Thimphu market. If the day falls on a Saturday or Sunday then a visit to the weekend market and archery ground is a must.
Day 9 Thimphu – Paro
Drive to Paro and sightseeing.
Day 10 Farewells and departure.
With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors travelling to Bhutan need a visa.
Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals can obtain a permit at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card (VIC).
All other tourists must obtain a visa clearance prior the travel to Bhutan. Visas are processed through an online system by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator directly or through a foreign travel agent.
You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to your tour operator who will then apply for your visa. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. Once received, the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours.
At your point of entry you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, the visa will then be stamped into your passport.
Online Regional Permit System
In order to streamline and facilitate smooth visitation by tourists from Bangladesh, India and Maldives, the Department of Immigration, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs and the Tourism Council of Bhutan have launched the Online Permit System. The system facilitates the online processing of permits for regional tourists through registered Bhutanese tour operators and TCB certified hotels. The facility is offered as an optional channel to process permits for visitors from the region and is applicable for entry from Paro and Phuntsholing. Visitors who use this facility will be able to obtain their permit clearances and route permits ahead of their arrival in Bhutan similar to international tourists.