This is a classic 9-day trek starting from (Drukgyal Dzong) Paro and ending at Dodena near Thimphu.
The route passes through two high passes from Jangothang. The views of Jumolhari mountain (7,314 m) from Jangothang is spectacular. This trek starts at Paro, following the Pachu (Paro River) upstream literally to its source passing through scattered hamlets and farmland, into a deep and richly forested valley, which further leads to a high alpine pasture land where yak herders graze their animals. The trek offers a taste of great variety of Bhutanese landscape.
Day 01 Arrive in Paro
Day 02 Paro Sightseeing
Day 03 Paro – Shana
Day 04 Shana – Soi Thangthaka
Day 05 Soi Thangthaka – Jangothang
Day 06 Jangothang
Day 07 Jangothang – Lingshi
Day 08 Lingshi – Shodu
Day 09 Shodu – Barshong
Day 10 Barshong – Dolam Kencho
Day 11 Dolam Kencho – Thimphu
Day 12 Thimphu – Paro
Day 13 Departure
Day 01. Arrival at Paro
On arrival at the Paro Airport, you will be received by a representative of Bhutan Peak Adventure who will then take you to your hotel for overnight stay at Paro.
Day 02. Paro – Paro
Full day sightseeing in the Paro Valley. After breakfast drive to the Drugyel Dzong or the Fortress of Victory from where the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The Dzong though in ruins holds great historical importance to the Bhutanese. From there, in fine weather, one can view the majestic Mt. Jhumolhari standing at an altitude of 7329m above the sea. Other places of interest include the National Museum, Paro Rinpong Dzong and the local market. Overnight in hotel.
Day 03. Paro – Shana
Distance: 17 km. Trek time: 5–6 hours. Altitude of camp: 2,800m.
Drive up to the end of the road at Drugyel Dzong where the trek begins. The trail follows the river gently uphill through narrowing valley and agricultural fields of the Tsento Village. Overnight in camp near the army outpost.
Day 04. Shana- Soi Thangthagkha
Distance: 17 km. Trek time: 6–7 hours.
The trail winds continues uphill following the Paro River until the valley narrows and leads to the slopes. Then it descends down into another valley. Camp in a meadow.
Day 05. Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang
Distance: 19 km. Trek time: 6–7 hours. Altitude of camp: 4040m.
The trek is along a gradual uphill trail which passes an army out post. Pack lunch on the way. After lunch you will be passing through the bases of many, snow peaked slopes. Overnight in camp at the base of Mt. Jhumolhari.
Day 06. Jangothang – Jangothang
A day of rest and acclimatisation. Hike to the beautiful lakes around Jangothang.
Day 07. Jangothang – Lingshi
Distance: 19 km. Trek time: 6–7 hours. Altitude of camp: 4150m.
Trek through wide yak pastures and beautiful snow clad mountains. As you approach the Lingshi basin, the breathtaking view of the Lingshi Dzong can be seen. The Tsarim Gang and its glaciers rise up at the north end of the valley. Camp near the stone shelter.
Day 08. Lingshi – Shodu
Distance: 22 km. Trek time: 7–8 hours. Altitude of camp: 4000m.
The trail climbs up to the Yalila Pass at an altitude of 4820m. Then it is down hill all the way to the camp. Camp beside a stone shelter.
Day 09. Shodu – Barshong
Distance: 13 km. Trek time: 4–5 hours. Altitude of camp: 3700m.
The trail follows the Thimphu river through forests of Rhododendrons. It winds up and down the slopes and finally leads to the ruins of the Barshong Dzong.
Day 10. Barshong – Dolam Kencho
Distance: 12 km. Trek time: 4–5 hours. Altitude of camp : 3628m.
Waterfalls and beautiful valleys can be seen along the way. Camp in a meadow.
Day 11. Dolam Kencho – Thimphu
Distance: 14 km. Trek time: 5–6 hours.
The trail continues through forests winding up and down through a small pass. Monkeys can be spotted on the way. Overnight in hotel.
Day 12. Thimphu – Paro
Morning do the sightseeing of Thimphu valley and in the afternoon drive to Paro. Overnight in Paro at hotel.
Morning Transfer to Air-Port for your departure. Where your guide will bid you good bye.