Although there are very few houses to see, there are wonderful lakes teeming with fish at 4000 meters (13,000 feet) and spectacular rhododendron forest that bloom in the month of May. In winter and in clear weather, there is a magnificent view over the high Himalayas. A climb through thick alpine forest and rhododendron to a saddle at 3590 meters will follow in north to yak herder camps. You pass through Jimilang Tsho Lake (Sand Ox Lake) named for a bull that emerged from the lake and joined the cattle of a family that uses the area as a summer grazing ground.
The lake is also known for its giant trout. Depending on the weather, good views of the Mt. Jichu Drake 6,989 meters can be seen, the peak that represents the protective deity of Paro to the west. The route passes Tsalu Ney, a 14th century Lhakhang (temple) on the site of a cave. You also pass through another lake, Simkota which is also a fishing spot. The route passes through a pilgrimage site, Phajoding Monastery and Thujidrag Goemba (monastery), a meditation center that hangs on the side of a precipitous rock face.
Day 1: Arrive Paro/drive to hotel/day at leisure. Includes: (L, D).
Day 2: Paro sightseeing. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 3: Trek day 1 to Jele Dzong. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 4: Trek to Jangchulakha. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 5: Trek to Jimilangtso. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 6: Trek to Simkota. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 7: Trek to Phajoding. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 8: Trek to Thimphu. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 9: Sightseeing in Thimpu. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 10: Drive to Paro. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 11: Departure. Includes: (B).
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