Morning visit Drugyel Dzong, 18 kilometers away from Paro town. On a clear day one can get a glimpse of the sacred Mount Chhomolari, Mountain of Goddess, (24,000 ft). Visit a typical Bhutanese farm house and sightseeing trip to the Paro Bazaar. Visit also Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum followed by a short walk to Paro Rimpung Dzong.
Drive through the beautiful valleys of Paro and Thimphu to the capital of Bhutan - Thimphu. Visit the Memorial Chorten built in memory of His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and later visit the Handicraft Emporium.
Sightseeing in Thimphu includes visit to the National Library, Zelukha Nunnery, Painting School, Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion) and Memorial Chorten. Afternoon, stroll through Thimphu town.
In the morning, visit gold and silversmiths at work. Drive over Dochula Pass (10,000ft / 3080m) where one gets the most spectacular views of the Himalayas and on to Wangdue Phodrang. The drive from Wangdue Phodrang to Trongsa goes over Pelela Pass (Alt 11,155ft / 3,400 m) in the Black Mountain ranges, which separates the western region from the other regions of the country.
Visit the premises of Trongsa Dzong one of the largest Dzongs in the country. Visit also the Ta Dzong (Watch Tower) and stroll through the small Trongsa town. After lunch, drive across Yutola Pass and on to Bumthang Valley. The Jakar Dzong (The Castle of the White Bird) towers over the small town. In the evening, see some weavers weave the famous Yathra which is a unique material woven from coarse sheep wool.
Drive to Ura - one of the four valleys of Bumthang. Visit Ura Lhakhang and drive through the picturesque valley of Bumthang to see Kurje Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang and Kuenshusum Lhakhang. Visit the Swiss Farm in the evening.
The Bumthang - nganglhakhang trek route begins along the Chamkhar Chhu, a river known for its richness in trout. Lunch stop at Thangbi Lhakhang. You will then enter the "Swan Land" (Ngang Yul) with its center at the "Swan Temple" (Nganglhakhang). Overnight in camp. Altitude 9,500 ft / 2,896 m. Distance - 14 kms. (approx 4 - 5 hours.)
The climb to Phephela pass (Alt 11,965 ft / 3625 m) will take you to the highest point on the trek. The trial to the pass leads through one of the most beautiful forested areas of the region. Overnight at camp. Altitude 9,790 ft / 2,965m. Distance - 19 km. (approx. 5 - 6 hours.)
The Sa-Serbo - Ugyenchholing trail passes through mini bamboo pasture with the view of Ta-hung village and Ugyenchholing Palace on the way. Overnight in camp. Altitude 9,300ft / 2,820m. Distance - 12 kms. (approx. 3 - 4 hours.)
The Ugyenchholing - jakar (bumhang) trial follows the Tang - Chu, another trout filled river. Along the banks of this river is Tang Rimpoche Lhakhang. Enroute to Jakar, visit Membar Tsho also known as the "Flaming Lake". From Pangshing, drive to Jakar. Overnight in hotel. Altitude 9,000ft / 2,743m (approx.) Distance - 10 kms. (approx. 2 - 3 hours.)
Drive to Wangdue Phodrang. Lunch at Chendebji. Visit Wangdue Phodrang town. The drive to Paro takes approximately 5 - 6 hours. Stroll through Paro town.
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