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LUNANA-SNOWMAN TREK, 26 Days & 25 Nights

Day 01: Paro – Thimphu

You will be welcome by a guide at the airport and head to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon will move for sightseeing around the Paro valley and see its natural beauty, visit Ta Dzong(watchtower) and the castle Ringpung Dzong. End up the day with a walk around Paro town. Evening drive towards Thimphu almost 1hrs. On the way stop at Tagchog Monastery view and chuzom the meeting point of two rivers Pachhu(Paro) and Wangchhu(Thimphu). Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing

After breakfast, we will drive to Buddha Point, the world’s largest sitting Buddha which provides a spectacular 360-degree close-quarter view of Thimphu valley. Next, we will move to Memorial Chorten built in the memorial of 3rd king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, then visit the 12th-century Changangkha Temple, Takin Zoo and the viewpoint at Sangaygang. On the way back, we will stopover at a Nunnery, the Folk Heritage Museum and the Textile Museum. After lunch, we will visit TrashichhoDzong, the 17th-century fortress which today houses the offices of the king, Chief Abbot and the government ministries. We will also take the opportunity to see the nearby parliament complex, later will move to 13 Arts and Crafts school and next visit the vegetable market and then spend the rest of the day watching an archery match and evening walk around Thimphu town and overnight stay at Thimphu.

Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha

After breakfast, we will drive towards Punakha(77km, 3hrs) and on the way, we will stop at the famous Dochula pass(3,116m) where on a clear day we can see the entire eastern Himalayan range, teeming with 6,000m to 7,554m snow-capped mountains. One can also experience a bird’s eyes view of distant hamlets tucked away within the folds of the undulating hills, Dochula is better known for the 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten or stupas. From the pass, we will move to the sub-tropical valley of Punakha. Punakha served as the ancient capital of Bhutan and still possesses the country’s main treasures in the form of Buddhist relics. On the way we will stop for a lunch at a local restaurant and after lunch, we will walk in a small nearby village with an endless view of ripening paddy fields to the Temple of Fertility(chimi Lhakhang). This temple was built in the 15th century to honor the ” Divine Madman”, a saint iconoclast who is also associated with phallus worship, visiting a couple from all over the world to receive fertility blessing from an anointed phallus. Then drive further to Punakha and visit Punakha Dzong, later visit the SangchenLhendrup Nunnery Monastery. Overnight stay at Punakha.

Day 04: Punakha – Damji-Gasa(25 Km, 4 Hours)

After breakfast drive for half an hour and start hiking towards khamsumyuley Temple which is one and half hours walking, this hike will be very interesting that you will see a nice view of the mountains, Mo Chhu river, rice paddy field and the Punakha valley, After the hike drive 3 hours towards Gasa along the riverside, on the way we will see many orchids growing around the village the path run through the subtropical forest up to Gasa Tshachuu(hot spring). The Tshachhu is famous for its curative powers and people come all over the country to bathe here. After lunch, we will climb up to Gasa Dzong(2,900m) where we can camp overnight.

Day 05: Gasa – Chamsa(13km, 6-7Hours)

With delicious breakfast we are going to visit Gasa Dzong then our trek begin with a steep climb up to Bele-La Pass(3,700m) through mixed forests. Our overnight camp will be at Chamsa(3,650m)

Day 06: Chamsa – Laya(22km, 8-9Hours)

After morning breakfast our trail descends to the bank of the Mo Chhu. After crossing the Mo Chhu we have lunch by the bridge. From here it is a gradual climb up to Laya(3,800m) passing by an army camp en route. We camp at Laya.

Day 07: Laya Explore Day

After breakfast we will explore Laya village, we can visit one of the local houses. Traditional Bhutanese hospitality is extended even to the stranger and a cup of tea and chang(alcohol brewed from barley) is always offered as a welcoming guest of honor. Overnight stay at Laya.

Day 08: Laya – Rhodophu(19km, 8-9Hours)

From Laya, we will move to the army camp and continue following the trail along the river till the turn-off point for Rhodophu. After lunch, we continue climbing upwards through rhododendrons till we reach a hanging valley where there are yaks grazing (4,350m). We camp here by the river.

Day 09: Rhodophu – Tarina(25km, 10-11Hours)

Today’s trek is the longest trip and it is important to start early around 5 am. We first climb up to Tsimo-La Pass(4,700m) where we can enjoy a superb view of Lunana and the peaks of Jomolhari and Jichu Drakey. Following 4 hours of level walking, we climb up to Ganglakarchung-La Pass(5,080m). The view from the pass is breathtaking, encompassing the whole mountain range. After crossing the pass, it is a very long way to the Tarina valley, where we camp at(3,980m) above sea level.

Day 10: Tarina – Wochey(17km, 6-7Hours)

The path goes through a coniferous forest, following the upper reaches of the Pho Chhu. The trail then climbs over a ridge and drops to Wochey at(3,800m) the first village since Gasa, Overnight camp at the altitude of(3,800m) above sea level.

Day 11: Wochey – Lhedi(17km, 6-7Hours)

Today’s trek begins with a walk through mixed forests and further ahead through rhododendron bushes. We climb up to Keche-La Pass(4,480m), We enjoy mountainous views en route. We walk upstream as far as Lhedi village(3,650m), Where we camp overnight.

Day 12: Lhedi – Thanza(17km, 7-8Hours)

The route continues by the river and gradually rises to Choejong village(the biggest village in Lunana) where we stop for lunch. After lunch, we visit the village temple, then walk for some time until we reach to a suspension bridge to cross the river. Soon we reach our campsite at Thanza(4,000m) above sea level.

Day 13: Thanza Rest Day

A welcome day of leisure, or if you are feeling really energetic, you can climb up to the ridge for yet another splendid view of the mountains.

Day 14: Thanza – Tshorim(19km, 8-9Hours)

The trek starts after breakfast with a climb up to the ridge, from where there is a great view of Table Mountain and Thanza valley below. We then follow a stream through a small valley, enjoying the view of snow-capped Mountains. We then climb up out of the valley to reach our campsite at Tshorim and overnight stay at Tshorim(5,125m).

Day 15: Tshorim – Gangkar Puensum Base Camp(16km, 6-7Hours)

Today’s trek is one of the highlights of the trip. The day starts with a short climb up to Tshorim Lake. We walk around the side of the lake, enjoying a panoramic view of the Gophula Ranges. The final stretch up to Gophu-La Pass(5,230m) is very short. After crossing the pass, we move to the base camp, walking along the ridge and enjoying a great view of Gangkar Puensum. Climb up a pyramid-shaped peak for a better view or you can go directly to the base camp(4,970m) near the Sha Chhu)

Day 16: Gangkar Puensum Base Camp

Rest day at the base camp, enjoy the great views, and have a nice selfie too.

Day 17: Gangkar Puensum Camp – Geshe Woma(14km, 6-7Hours)

After breakfast, the trail follows along the Sha Chhu and descends to Geshe Woma(4,200m) where we camp overnight.

Day 18: Geshe Woma – Warathang(18km, 8-9Hours)

The path continues along the Sha Chhu until we climb to Shaka-La Pass(4,800m). The view is not that clear from this trail, so we must keep watching the top of the ridge in order to stay on course. Enjoy stunning views of small lakes spread below towering peaks. We camp at 4,000m above sea level.

Day 19: Warathang – Dhur Tshachu(14km, 5Hours)

With morning breakfast a short half-hour climb takes us up to Juli-La Pass(4,400m), and we walk to the riverside through dense rhododendron, Juniper and conifer forests. We then cross a bridge and after a short climb reach Dhur Tshachu(hot spring), where legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava bathed in the 8th century. Overnight camp at Dhur Tshachhu.

Day 20: Dhur Tshachu – Tshochemchem(16km, 8-9Hours)

From the spring, it is a long and steady climb upwards, with great views of the mountains in Lunana. Eventually, the ground levels out and we see several beautiful deep blue lakes, yaks grazing on the surrounding pasture, and a yak herder’s camp(3,850m).

Day 21: Tshochemchem – Dhur – Bumthang(Jakar) (21km, 13Hours)

This is our last day trek and we must set off very early in order to our destination Bumthang before dark. The path follows Chamkhar Chhu with few climbs. Our trek will end when we reach Dhur village, where the transport will meet and drive us to the lodge in Bumthang. Overnight stay at Bumthang.

Day 22: Bumthang Sightseeing

Bumthang is one of the richest places in spiritual and cultural Bhutan. After breakfast our first sightseeing will be one of the sacred sights Kurje Lhakhang, the rock imprint of Guru Rimpoche’s body, then Jambay Lhakhang built in the 7th century, Jakar Dzong. Also, visit Tamshing Monastery and see some of the oldest wall paintings of Bhutan. Overnight stay at Bumthang.

Day 23: Bumthang – Trongsa(3 Hours)

After breakfast drive towards Trongsa, Trongsa is one of the ancestral homes of the ruling dynasty of Bhutan. After lunch visit Trongsa Dzong, a wonderful architecture design in Bhutan. Trongsa Dzong is one of the largest Dzong in Bhutan and also the location where the institution of monarchy in Bhutan began. Next visit Ta Dzong located on the hill overlooking the Trongsa Dzong. Overnight stay at Trongsa.

Day 24: Trongsa – Paro

After breakfast journey starts towards Paro, On arrival walk around the Paro town and overnight stay at Paro.

Day 25: Paro Sightseeing

After breakfast, drive for half an hour and start the hike towards Taktshang Monastery, which is about 5 hours round trip. The trail is along an ancient path marked by river-powered prayer wheels. As you reach the top you will wonder about the architecture of the Buddhist shrine in Bhutan. The monastery precariously perched some 1000m, 3000ft on a cliff overlooking the Paro valley, it is one of Bhutan’s wonders. Tragically wrecked in a fire in early 1998, it has been rebuilt to its original the one you see today. It has a history that the legendary saint from India called Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tigress to tame five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D. Hence the name Taktshang ( Tiger’s Lair). On our way back we will visit another structure that was ruined and now the reconstruction is going on as its original glory the Drugyel Dzong or castle of the Victorious Drukpa. which was built by the Zhabdrung to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Tibetans in the 16th and 17th centuries. From here we can clearly see the Jomplhari Peak(Mountain of Goddess) the one that we see from Tsimo-La Pass while we move from Rhodophu – to Tarina. Next stop at Kichu Monastery one of the oldest built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King Songsten Goembo. Overnight stay at Paro.

Day 26: Paro – Delhi/Bangkok/Katmandu

After breakfast drive to the airport and Takeoff.