The trek ventures to Jigme Dorji National Park, the largest protected area in Bhutan with an altitude range of 1400 to above 7000 meters. The park is vital watershed covering almost half of northern Bhutan, and is an important natural conservatory of glaciers, alpine meadows and scrub lands, sub-alpine and temperate conifer forests, warm and cool temperate broad leaf forests, major rivers and streams, and flora and fauna that inhabit these ecosystem.
Jigme Dorji harbors numerous species of wildlife, many of which are endangered or extinct elsewhere in the world. These include the tiger, snow leopard, takin, blue sheep, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, marmot, red panda and several species of pheasant. This park is also famous for its flora and more than 300 species of plants found here are used in indigenous medicine. The trek goes through a small part of the park passing few of the Yak herder's settlement and the remotest region of Lingshi that are some of the wildest regions of Bhutan. One should be reasonably physically fit to enjoy the majestic mountain views, endure thin air, serenity and the wildness of the landscape while on the trek.
Day 1: Flight to Paro, from Bangkok or Delhi. You will be met by one of our representatives and drive through the lush valley of Paro to check in the hotel, where you will stay for two nights before the trek.
Day 2: Today you hike to Tiger’s Nest to acclimatize yourself and see the most impressive monastery built on the face of a cliff at 3000 meters above sea level.
Day 3: Paro – Shana. Today the trek starts from Drugyel Dzong (2580 meters) to Shana which is about 5 to 6 hours walk with a gradual climb following the Paro river through the farm and impressive village houses. The campsite is opposite an army check post in a meadow near the river, at an altitude of 2800 meters.
Day 4: Shana – Thangthangkha. The trail ascends and descends alongside the same river through the natural forest mixture of Rhododendron and conifer. The campsite is in a flat meadow surrounded by conifer and birch forest, permitting view of mountain Jomo-lha-ri (the peak of Godess Jomo). You would have gained about 1060 meters after 6 to 7 hours of walk today.
Day 5: Thangthangkha – Jangothang. The trail leads through an army outpost station, and the valley widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. The first settlements of the Yak herder’s will come into sight as we come out of the scanty growths where lunch is cooked and served in one of the houses. Camp beneath a ruined fortress at an elevation of 4040 meters after 5 to 6 hours of walking.
Day 6: Jangothang. Rest day or explore around the camp.
Day 7: Jangothang – Lingshi (3915 meters). After 15 minutes from the camp the trail climbs rapidly for about half an hour and then you gradually ascend to the Nyili-la pass 4680 meters. Enjoy the surroundings and you might see herds of Blue Sheep grazing on the slopes of the mountains. From the pass you will have spectacular views of mountain Jomo-lha-ri and Tsherim-gang both rising above 7000 meters. On the way down to the camp you will pass by some of the yak herders' tents, made from yak wool where the nomadic herders take shelter. It is about 5 to 6 hours trek today.
Day 8: Lingshi – Shodu (3815 meters). It is about 7 hours trek today through the deep valley that leads us to the highest point on the trekking expedition. The Yeli-la pass at 4820 meters offers grand views of mouintain Jomo-lha-ri, Tsherim-gang and Masa-gang. Descend down to camp near the tree line.
Day 9: Shodu – Barshong (3685 meters). The trail winds up and down following the Thimphu River and climbs up through coniferous forests to the camp near by a ruined castle (5 to 6 hours walking).
Day 10: Barshong – Dolom-kencho – Thimphu (2300 meters). The trail descends down to the river valley, through dense forests of Rhododendron, birch, conifer, maples and bamboos. At Dolom-kencho lunch is served and we walk for a couple of hours to meet our transport. Night in Thimphu, the capital city.
Day 11: Thimphu – Paro. Visit the National library, Painting school, Flok heritage museum, Bhutanese hand made paper factory, and the post office. After lunch stroll and shop in the city, late afternoon depart for Paro.
Day 12: Paro – Bangkok – Delhi. Early flight, end of tour.
Note: This trekking trip is just one of the types of trekking itineraries we can put together for you.
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