DAY 01 ARRIVE PARO
PARO ALTITUDE 7,600 feet / 2,280 meters
Fly from Bangkok to Paro, from a left window seat on clear days you can experience a spectacular view of Himalayan peaks as you approach Paro. On arrival our representative will receive you and then drive to your hotel. If time permits we will visit around Paro. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 02 PARO SIGHTSEEIONG
After breakfast we start our sightseeing around Paro valley by first visiting Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal, the Dzong was destroyed by fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. On a clear day you can get a magnificent view of the Mount Chomolhari, alt. 7314 m / 23,990 ft. Go round the fortress, it is a 30 minutes leisurely hike, this is a beautiful walk. Drive south to Kyichu Lhakhang, built in seventh century by a Tibetan King, Songtsen Gonpo. After lunch visit the National Museum of Bhutan, (Ta Dzong) which contains works of art, handicrafts, costumes, armors and rare stamps. Take a leisurely hike down to Rimpung Dzong. You will walk through a traditional covered bridge across the river to your waiting car and drive to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 03 PARO – HAA
ALTITUDE: 2,670 m, 8,758ft.
DISTANCE: 65 kilometers about 3 hours
Today after breakfast we will drive to Haa Valley which is also called “Hidden Rice Valley”. We will stop at Chele la Pass (3810m), which separate Paro and Ha. It is a highest motor able pass in Bhutan. In a clear day, there are spectaculars views of Mt. Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and adjoining peaks to North West. After lunch at Haa, we do a light walk visit Lhakhang Karpo and Lhakhang Nagpo, it is said that both the temple were built at the same time by Tibetan King Sonngtshen Gyambo in 7th century. Over night at Lodge.
DAY 04 PARO – KHADEY GOMPA
ALTITUDE GAIN: 2,437 feet / 743
We will begin our trek by walking gradually uphill through a blue pine forest and farmland. As we climb, the terrain gets a little steeper and we’ll walk along streams past rhododendron, juniper, spruce, and birch trees. We’ll lunch in a grassy meadow at about 3413m then continue to our camp at 3596m, about 45 minutes below Saga La (pass). Weather permitting; we’ll take an afternoon hike up to Saga La for views of sacred Chomolhari (7315m) and several other peaks. We’ll also have panoramic views of the Haa Valley. Overnight at Camp
DAY 05 KHADEY GOMPA – DONEY STHO
In the morning, we’ll hike up to Saga La once again and then follow the ridge up and down to 4023m (where we may be able to catch a glimpse of Taktsang Monastery from here). We will continue steeply up through dwarf rhododendron to 4175m and down through narrow grazing paths. Camp is set up for us at Ningula in a rhododendron forest from where you’ll have a beautiful view of the peaks of Chomolhari and JichuDrakye. (5-6 hours hiking)
Overnight at Camp
DAY 06 APRIL 16TH, SUNDAY : END OF TREK-NINGU LA-KUNG KARPO (4115M) – PARO
We will climb steeply back up to the ridge and cross the Kale La at 3932m, with its views of Paro and the Haa Valley. Weather permitting; we’ll have a terrific view of the Paro Dzong and surrounding peaks including Kanchenjunga (8598m), the third highest peak in the world. We ascend up to Kung Karpo at 4115m, with views of the mountains and both valleys again (weather permitting). We then descend and traverse toward the Chele La (3987m). Along the way, we pass a place where Mahayana Buddhists offer their newborn child to God; the Bhutanese do not participate in cremation and believe that if they offer their child to God after their death, they will be born again very soon. All day today we will have clear views of the mountains and the Paro and Haa Valleys (weather permitting). Once at the Chele La, we meet our bus and drive two hours to Paro. (6-7 hours hiking, 2-hour drive)
Dinner & overnight at Zhiwa Ling Hotel (Phone: +975 8 271277)
DAY 07 APRIL 17TH, MONDAY : PARO
After early breakfast our car will drop us at the starting point of the excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s lair). The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You stop at the cafeteria for a rest/lunch and continue the hike for short while until you see, clearly and seemingly within reach, the remains of Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. The history states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger. Looking at the monastery, flying tigers doesn’t seem so impossible after all.
Lunch at the Half Way Cafeteria after visiting Taktsang.
Walk down to the valley where our bus will take us back to the hotel for those wanting to rest and relax, while for others we will continue on to Paro town.
We can either visit Paro Dzong or just walk around the town for some shopping in the small Bazaar.
Dinner & overnight at Hotel Zhiwaling in Paro
DAY 08 APRIL 18TH, TUESDAY : DEPARTURE PARO / BANGKOK
Today after breakfast we will drive to Paro International Airport for our outbound flight.
Our guide will bid farewell to us.
Note: This is a sample intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, tour conditions, the physical ability of the participants’ etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well being. RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.