Visit Drugyel Dzong, the ruin fortress that once defended the valley from Tibetan invasions in the 17th century. On a clear day, one can get a good view of Mount Chhomolhari, Mountain of Goddess (24,000 ft). Visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse on the way back to town. Visit Ta Dzong, the watchtower that now houses the National Museum and see a traditional wooden bridge.
Spend a full day hike to Taktshang, the Tiger's Nest. This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 3,000 ft above the valley floor. The monastery unfortunately got burnt in 1998 and has recently been reconstructed.
Drive to Drugyel Dzong and where the motor road ends the trek begins. The trail follows the river uphill through a narrow agricultural valley. Camp is just beyond an army post. Altitude 9,500 ft / 2,800 m. Distance - 17 km. (approx. 5 - 6 hours).
The Shana - Soi Thangthangkha path leads uphill through the river valley and along the river drainage. The trail passes through conifer and rhododendron forests. On the way, there is a great view of Mount Chhomolhari. Camp will be set up in a meadow with stone shelter. Altitude - 12,664 ft / 3,860 m. Distance - 19 km. (approx. 6 -7 hours).
Follow the river and pass a small army post where the valley begins to widen again. The view of the high ridges and snow capped peaks can be seen on all sides. At this altitude, one will also be able to see the yaks and yak herders. Camp will be set up beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mount Chhomolhari. Altitude - 13,255 ft / 4,040m. Distance - 19 km. (approx. 5 - 6 hours.)
One can trek up to Tsophu for fishing or hike in three directions - Mt Chhomolhari and its subsidiary are directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and unclaimed summits and ridges to the east.
The Jangothang - Lingshi trail climbs gradually to Nyilila Pass (Alt. 15354 ft / 4,680 m). Wide yak pastures can be seen all along the trail. If the weather is clear, one can get a great view of the Lingshi Dzong as one descends into the Lingshi basin. Tserim Kang and its descending glaciers can be seen at the north end of the valley. Camp is in a stone shelter. Altitude - 12,844 ft / 3,915 m. Distance - 19 km. (approx. 5 - 6 hours.)
During the day halt at Lingshi one can do a day excursion to Tsekha (Lahe) i.e. base camp of Jichu Drake. During the excursion, hundreds of blue sheep and musk deer may be seen on the way. Altitude - 14,764 ft / 4,500 m. Distance - 15 km. (approx. 4 - 5 hours.)
The Lingshi - Shodu trail ascends up to the Yalila Pass (Alt 15,814 ft / 4,820 m). From the pass, Mount Chhomolhari, Tserim Gang and Masa Gang can be seen on a clear day. Altitude - 12,516 ft / 3,815 m. Trek - approx. 6 - 7 hours.
This Shodu - Barshong trail goes along the Thim-Chhu and through forests filled with rhododendrons and water falls. The trail ascend up to the ruins of Barshong Dzong. The camp, which is a stone shelter, is just below the ruined fortress. Altitude 12,090 ft / 3,685 m. Distance - 13 km. (approx. 3 - 4 hours.)
The Barshong - Dolam Kencho trail follows the Thim-Chhu and through forest of thicker rhododendrons and into pasture land. Camp will be set up at a meadow. Altitude 11,247 ft / 3,428 m. Distance - 11 km. (approx. 3 - 4 hours.)
The Dolam Kencho - Thimphu path goes over a small pass and through forests. Wild animals may be seen along the way. Your transportation will be waiting for you at Dodena and will take you to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu. Distance - 14 km. (approx. 4 - 5 hours.)
Sightseeing includes visit to the National Library, Memorial Chorten, Zelukha Nunnery and the Handicraft Emporium. Stroll through the Thimphu town.
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