10 Days | 9 Nights
Day 01: Arrive at Paro International Airport and Cultural Sightseeing at Paro
Take in the spectacular aerial view of the valley as you approach Paro International Airport. Assigned tour guide and driver will greet tourists on arrival at the airport and drive to the hotel. In the afternoon travellers will explore the beautiful Paro valley. Some of the highlights include National Museum, Paro Dzong and drive north of Paro town and visit the Drugyel Dzong. On a clear weather day, tourists can see the Mount Jomolhari.
Day 02: Hike to Taktsang Monastery
The highlight of the trip is the hike to the Tiger’s Nest. Tourists will drive up to the base of the monastery and a two hour hike awaits. Refreshment will be served on the way up at the cafeteria where tourists can take in a close up view of the Tiger’s Nest perched on a cliff. After the short break, continue the hike and on arrival at the monastery, tourists will visit the shrine. After the exploration, tourists will descend back to the cafeteria where lunch is served. After lunch, tourists will descend back to the base and onwards to the hotel.
Day 03: Paro – Jili Dzong
Trekkers will begin the trek from Paro to Jili Dzong. Trekkers will gradually climb up the valley to the camp site. On a clear weather day, trekkers can catch a spectacular view of Paro valley and the Mount Jomolhari. In the first day, trekkers will walk for 5 hours covering 7 Kilometers. First night camp site is at Jili Dzong. Camp altitude will be at 3480 meters.
Day 04: Jili Dzong – Jangchulakha
On the second day, trekkers will continue the gradual climb through thick alpine forests and rhododendron trees. At the camp site, trekkers may meet yak herders. Trekkers will walk for about 5 hours covering 10 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 3770 meters.
Day 05: Jangchulakha – Jimelangtso
The trail to Jimelangtso follows the ridge and the views are majestic on a clear weather day. The camp site is next to Jimelangtso (lake). The lake is known for its giant sized trout. Trekkers will walk for about 4 hours covering 11 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 3870 meters.
Day 06: Jimelangtso – Simkotra
The trail to Simkotra takes trekkers through rhododendron trees. Trekkers will come across yak herder camp site through the course of the trek. Camp site will be close to the Simkotra Lake. Trekkers will walk for about 4 hours covering 11 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4110 meters.
Day 07: Simkotra – Phajoding
Trekkers will begin a gradual climb and on this leg of the journey, if the weather permits, trekkers can view Mount Gangkhar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan. Closer to the camp site, trekkers will start descending and arrive at Phajoding Monastery. Trekkers will camp next to the monastery. The morning view of the Thimphu valley below from Phajoding can be quite spectacular. Trekkers will walk for 4 hours covering 10 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 3750 meters.
Day 08: Phajoding – Thimphu
The final leg of the trek is all downhill. Trekkers will descend through thick blue pine forests and finally arrive at Thimphu in about 3 hours. Trekkers will be transported to the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 09: Thimphu Sightseeing
Tourists will do some cultural sightseeing in Thimphu. Attractions include Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park, Folk Heritage Museum and Takin Preserve.
Day 10: Depart from Paro
Drive to Paro international airport for your onward departure flight.