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LEGENDARY SNOWMAN TREK

Itinerary

Today at your arrival at the Paro International airport, you will be met by your local tour representative and then after short introduction you will be transferred to your hotel. Visit Paro Rinpung Dzong “the Fortress on the Heap of Jewels”, an awesome and impressive introductory to the world of dzongs that lies ahead of the Paro town overlooking the valley below. After the dzong drive further uphill to visit the Ta Dzong “the watch tower” located over the ridge overlooking the Rinpung Dzong and the Valley below. Since 1967 the dzong was re-established as the National Museum and holds fascinating collection of arts, relics, religious antiquity and ancient warrior’s armors. In the evening stroll around the small town of Paro.

We suggest you making an early start for your arduous adventure of the day. It is one of the most spectacular Goemba (temple) in all of Bhutan perched on a Cliffside of 3000ft/915m from the valley below and 9700ft/2950m from above sea level. This Goemba is believed to be the meditation site of Guru Padmasambhava who flew on the site on the back of the tigress in the eight century. The site has been recognized as the most sacred and visited by many permanent religious leaders and also visited by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. It has become an important Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Himalayas, with its stunning vistas and spectacular architecture against a backdrop of sheer giant cliff. The walk up to the Goemba takes arou dthree to four hours at an average speed.

After your breakfast in the hotel, you will be driving further 16 Km away from the town to Drukgyel Dzong, make a short visit to the ruined Drukgyel Dzong, though the dzong lies in ruin it has a great historical significant that goes back to 17th century. In this dzong the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetain. The name means the victorious fort. From here the majestic view of Mt. Jomolhari can be visible,towering at 24,00ft/7314m pyramid shape, snow-clad that lies far end of the border of Tibet and it is revered as the abode of goddess Jomo. Drive further north of Drukgyel Dzong to Guinitsawa village where your adventure expedition begins. Your campsite will be somewhere close to Guinitsawa which is on the other side of the river (Paa Chhu).

Today your journey leads you to Soi Thangthanka. As the trail continues you will be, making numerous ascend and descent as you traverse through meadow-laden flowers, juniper and some medicinal plants. The journey takes you through deep forest filled with oak, rhododendron, fir and birch. Heading further, you will gradually descend to a meadow where a camp will be set up. If the weather is appealing this campsite provides you with another best spot for the great view of Mt. Jomolhari.

Today after your breakfast you will be heading to one of the finest and beautiful campsite in the Himalaya the “Jomolhari Base Camp”. Your journey brings you up the Paa Chu valley leading you through alpine meadow with scanty growth of forest, yak pastures with nomadic herders and their stone houses scattered throughout, Buddhist prayer flags held high in its glory and a remnant of a fortress which lies in ruin was used to fend the valley from Tibetan invasion and a spectacular backdrop of Mt. Jomolhari looming at the valley head.

After a long continuous 03 days walk, the rest day in Jangothang usually spent time in camp, acclimatizing and drinking in the magnificent view of Mt. Jomolhari. This rest day provides several possibility of half-day walk with breathtaking views of snowcapped mountains like – Mt. Jomolhari (7326m) along with Mt. Jichu Drakey (6794m), and also the high altitude lakes. The region here also provides a great chance to spot some of the blue sheep. If you have a fishing license, you can even choose to go for fishing in the high altitude lakes, Tshophu.

Today you have a long journey and we recommend you to make an early start. As you head further, just after ten minutes from the campsite the magnificent Mt. Jichu Drakey (6989m) and Mt. Tserim Gang (6789m), appears their presence. As the trail begins rapidly, the final pull begins a gradual ascent to Nyilila Pass (4870m) which usually takes four hours from the base camp till the top of the pass. Enjoy the surrounding while climbing the pass and en-route you might encounter herds of Blue Sheep grazing around the mountain slope. Once you reached the top of the pass, there you will have a spectacular view of Mt.Jomolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tsherim Gang. From here your journey descent downhill till you reached your campsite opposite of Lingshi Village.

As you begins your journey just after few minutes, you will reach a chorten (stupa) and then the Lingshi Dzong, kindly make a short visit to the dzong. The dzong was built in 17th century. After your visit of LingshiDzong the trail pass through a small compact village of Lingshi and then reaching a ridge at 4140m, the trail gradually descent downhill to a pleasant settlement of Goyul village at an altitude of 3870m. Crossing the village of Goyul, your trail leads you through small ascent and descent and the route finally reaches to a Chebesa where you will be holding your night camp. Depending upon your interest once reaching the campsite, you have plenty of time to explore the village house of Chebesa and also there is a waterfall behind the village which will give you a new look and worth your visit.

We recommend you to make an early start because from the village of Chebesa to Gobu-La Pass (4510m) will take you uphill around 3 hours. On this day you will also have an opportunity to spot the Blue Sheep above the trail, Branded Vultures, Himalayan Griffons and several yak herders hut en-route. After crossing the pass, you will descent down to the valley through rhododendron bushes and a stream at about 4170m. The trail from here again ascent a short uphill through a cedar forest and then descent downhill through deep forest of fir and birch and then finally reaches to the village of Shakshepase (3980m), a large U-shape valley. Climbing from here you will finally reach the campsite at Shomuthang (4200m), in a cluster of brush beside the river. The river below your camp is a tributary of Nochu River.

Today your journey begins by ascending up the valley to Jhari-La Pass (4750m) with a view of Mt. Khang Bum (6539m). As your journey continues, you can catch the first glimpse of Sinche La Pass and on the northern side the view of the giant Mt. Gangchen Ta (6840m). Depending upon the clarity of the weather, you will also have the opportunity to view Mt. Tserim Gang and the tip of Mt. Jomolhari. From here, you will descent downhill to TseriJathang valley, a campsite by the river. This place is known for the summer residence of the rare Himalayan Takin which is the national animal of Bhutan “Takin”, the animal migrate here in the summer and remain for nearly 4 months. This valley has also been declared as the “Takin Sanctuary”. From here you will climb up a bit through rocky meadows and finally reaches to the campsite at Robluthang.

Today you will have to climb one of the highest pass on this trek, the Sinche La Pass (5005m). This pass is one of the final and high pass and takes around five hours. Crossing the pass you will gradually descent downhill and as to the far side of the pass you will have a glimpse of impressive terminal moraine and glacier lakes at the foot of the valley.  Below this moraine you will pass through rough, rocky trail into a glacial valley, you will reach eventually to KongoChhu (stream) and from here a short climb takes you through rhododendron trail and cedar forest interspersed small meadow and soon reach to Limithang campsite with a towering peak Mt. GangchenTa (6840m) over the campsite though it lies quite a distance away from your campsite. The campsite of Limithang is at 2140m

A lovely and pleasant walk, you will traverse all the way downhill through narrow and winding river valley. This extremely pleasant walk takes you through densely forested region with moss an singing birds, you will also have a spectacular view of – Mt. GangchenTa(6840m) and Mt. Masagang (7165m). Finally, you will reach Laya, the village of Laya is one of the second highest village / settlement in the country at an altitude of 3,800m. Your campsite is just below the school.

Today, either you will rest in the camp or you will go around visiting the village houses on short hike. The village women wear a vibrant and colorful dress made of yak wool with a distinctive conical pointed hat. The village itself is some of the highest and most remote human settlements on earth. The people live here are semi-nomadic yak herders who spent time between the villages and the high altitude yak herding camps.

From Laya we descend to an army camp and continue following the river till the turn off point to Rhoduphu. After lunch the climb continues through rhododendron bushes till you reach the camp at Roduphu just next to the Rodhu chhu

In the morning we follow the river for about half an hour and then you will have a steady climb to a high open valley at 4,600m and then further up to Tsomo La (4,900m). Tsomo La offers a superb view of Lunana, Mount Jomolhari and Jichu Drakey and the Tibetan border. The route then crosses a flat, barren plateau at about 5,000m. The campsite at Narethang is towards by the peak of Gangla Karchung (6,395m).

As you climb from the camp for about an hour to Gangla Karchung La (5,120m) you will have a breathtaking view of the whole range of mountains including Jekangphu Gang (7,100m), Tsenda Kang and Teri Gang (7,300m) can be seen. The pass descends along a large moraine. Again one has great view; a massive great glacier descends from Teri Gang to a deep turquoise lake at its foot. From here you will have a very long descent through thick rhododendron to the campsite at Tarina.

Your walk leads downhill through conifer forests following the upper ridges of the Pho Chu and impressive waterfalls. The trail then climbs over a ridge and drops to Woche, a settlement of a few houses, the first village in the Lunana region.

The trial leads you through juniper, fir and rhododendron bushes. As you climb up to Keche La pass (4,650m) you can have the great view of surrounding mountains again. After the pass, descent towards the river side, walking through the village with a stunning view of Table Mountain and others. Follow up through the river till the campsite at Lhedi village.

Table Mountain (7,100m) will be great view if the weather is clear. Pass the small village of Chozo (4,090m) which has a dzong still in use. From Thanza you will also have a great view of the Table Mountain which forms a 3,000m high wall of snow and ice behind the village.

In Thanza walk around and experience some village life or climb up the ridge for fascinating views of lakes and mountains. But as it takes time to arrange new yaks (the yaks from Laya will not go further than Thanza) you might have to spend one day at Thanza anyway.

From Thanza, the trail climbs up and you will have excellent views of Thanza, Toencha and Choso village and the surrounding mountains. After a few hours you will reach a Yak meadow with some Yak herder’s hut. A great chance to spot some Blue Sheep on the hill above. A trial junction near the campsite will give you the choice between the rout up to Gangkar Punsum base camp, and further on the Bumthang or to Sephu (Trongsa).

As you follow the bank of the blue green lake before arriving at a ridge at 5,100m, where there is another spectacular view in all directions. After going up and down over small hills to reach a glacial lake, the route descends first before climbing again up the next pass, the Loju La (5,140m) . Finally after crossing a small saddle (5,100m) you will enter a wide glacier valley from where the trail descends gradually to the campsite at Jichu Dramo.

Reaching Rinchen Zoe La (5,320m) you will have spectacular mountain scenery with Gangkhar Puensum amongst the impressive mountains. Rinchen Zoe Peak (5,650m) towers above the pass the west. Descending from the pass, you will encounter several lakes. As you continue the vegetation begins to thicken again and after a couple of hours you reach the campsite at Chukarpo.

The descent continues along the river till you reach the yak herder huts at Gala Pang Chhu (4010m). From here the trail climbs steeply towards Thampe Tsho, a beautiful clear turquoise lake, with the campsite next to it.

Thampe La (4,600m) will be the last pass for you in this trek and on the way you will have a good chance to spot some blue sheep. Then the path descends to the sacred lake Om Thso. Passing a waterfall you will reach another, small lake 100m below to descend steeply to the Nikka Chu. The path finally leads through mixed forest to large clearing on the banks of the river with a few Yaks herders hut, Maurothang.

The last day of this extraordinary trek, your porters will have to change from yaks to horses as the yaks will not be willing to go further down. The path follows the Nikka Chhu to reach a large grassy area overlooking the road and the village and the Sephu. You finally reach at the road side at Nikka chu bridge at Sephu where you will find several stores (mainly selling bamboo products) and small restaurant. Punakha lies at an elevation of 4430ft/1315m.

Today your drive takes you to Paro via Thimphu (7700ft/2350m). In the morning visit the Punakha Dzong saddled at the confluence of Pho Chhu (river) and Mo Chhu (river). This massive building was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. After the dzong drive to the tiny village of Lobesa to visit the Chemi Lhakhang (No Dogs Temple) which is about 30-40 minutes’ walk though the cultivated fields to the hilltop temple. The temple dated back to 1499 and was built by lam Ngawang Chogyel in honor of his brother Lama Drukpa Kuenley (divine madman). After the temple your drive takes you through Dochu La Pass (10150ft/3100m) which provides you with a refreshing overview of your trek. From the pass straight drive to Paro via Thimphu.

After your leisurely breakfast in the hotel drive to airport and board your onward flights.

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