Recommended Season: Late February to April, September to November
Maximum Elevation: 4210 meters
One of most popular and versatile treks in Bhutan, this route has wonderful mountain views and the advantage of being accessible from Thimphu and Paro. The trek passes by lakes famous for rainbow trout, forests, rhododendron shrubs etc. Presenting enchanting views of the Himalayan ranges.
Note: The sighting of the flora and fauna is seasonal.
This is only a suggested itinerary and you can always customize the trip to suit your plans and needs.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive at Paro airport. Visit the sights within the valley. Halt in Paro.
Day 2: Paro
ACCLIMATIZATION DAY! Hike up to Paro Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest). Walk around Paro town and prepare for the trek. Halt in Paro
Day 3: Trek Day 1: Ta Dzong to Jangchulhakhang
Distance: Approximately 15 km about 7-8 hours. Campsite Altitude: Approximately 3700 meters.
The trail starts from Ta Dzong (National Museum) in Paro. The trek follows a gravel road past a few farms for about 30 minutes and then climbs up a steep ridge before leading through blue pine and fir forests to Damche Gom and finally emerging above the trees at Jele Dzong, where you will have you lunch. The trail continues climbing along the ridge taking you through thick alpine forests and dwarf rhododendron tress. You may see herders and their yaks around your campsite.
Day 4: Trek Day 2: Jangchulhakhang to Jimilangtsho
Distance: Approximately 11 km about 5-7 hours. Campsite Altitude: Approximately 3800 meters.
The trail follows a ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are simply stunning. The campsite is close to the Jimgelangtsho (Lake). This lake is known for its giant sized trout (fishing is not allowed). Over night camp by the lake.
Day 5: Trek Day 3: Jimilangtsho to Simkotra
Distance: Approximately 11 km about 5-7 hours. Campsite Altitude: Approximately 4100 meters.
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and past Janetsho Lake. You may come across some yak herder camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho. Over night by the lake.
Day 6: Trek Day 4: Simkotra to Phajodhing
Distance: Approximately 10km about 5-7 hours. Campsite Altitude: Approximately 3600 meters.
The day begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and several other Himalayan peaks. From this pass, the trek takes you downhill towards Phajodhing where you will halt for the night. The camp is located just above Phadjoding Monastery.
Day 7: Trek Day 5: Phajodhing to Thimphu.
Distance: Approximately 5 km 2-4 hours. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Expore the Phajodhing area and visit the temple after breakfast and then descend in to Thimphu Valley. The trek to Thimphu (Mothitang) is downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. Your car will be waiting for you at the trail end to take you to your hotel.
Day 8: Thimphu
A slow and relaxed day to recuperate from the trek. Low key sightseeing around Thimphu Vally. Halt in Thimphu.
Day 9: Punakha
Transfer to Punakha in the morning over Dochula Pass. If you wish you can go on a 3 hour hike from Dochula. Continue towards to Punakha. Halt in Punakha.
Day 10: Punakha
Short hike in the morning and continue with sights around the valley. Halt in Punakha.
Day 11: Paro
Transfer back to Paro through the same route. Stop at the botanical garden at Lamperi. After arriving in Paro you either have the option to do some sightseeing or walk around town to do some last minute souvenir shopping or just soak up the vibe. Halt in Paro.
Day 12: Departure
Depart from Paro Airport