This over night trek is the shortest in Bhutan. Highlight of this short trip includes the beautiful sceneries of Paro valley, the magnificent Himalayan ranges, sunset and the famous Taktsang monastery.
Though short in number of days but it’s a challenging two day journey; the first all uphill and second all downhill.
This is a perfect journey for blending short trek followed up by a memorable cultural trip around the country.
Duration: 4 days (2Days and 1Night trek)
Maximum elevation: 4100 m
Season: Mid February – May and September – November
Start: Sangchen Choekor monastery (Paro)
Finish: Ramthangkha (Paro)
Access Town: Paro
Welcome to the land of happiness. Your guide and driver will be waiting for you at the arrival gate. After checking into your hotel, enjoy your first ever meal in Bhutan, a unique taste.
Depending on time availability, you can explore around Paro valley and pay visit to ancient monasteries such as Paro Kichu Lhakhang. Towards evening take a stroll around Paro town.
7 km/ 4.5 hours/ 960 m ascent
After breakfast, we will take a short ride towards Sangchen Choekor monastery (2900 m) where our crew members and horses will be waiting. We begin our trekking journey from here with an uphill climbing. After about half an hour into our journey, we reach Rinpung goemba. Further up through the forest of blue pine, oak and rhododendrons is Choechotse monastery (3650 m), from where we will have a view of beautiful Paro valley.
A short uphill climb from the monastery, clearing juniper, larch and silver fir forest is the far sight of Bumdra monastery (3900 m) across the vast pasture land.
Our campsite for the night is just below Bumdra Monastery, an only semi-permanent campsite in Bhutan with wooden beds for the night. On a clear day, enjoy sunset across Haa valley from this campsite.
7 km/ 3.5 hours/ 1260 m descent
Today is all downhill treks and will pay visit to numerous Lhakhang (monasteries) including the famous Tiger’s nest (Taktsang). Our descent begins through the forest of silver pine and Larch for about an hour till we reach Yoselgang. At here we will take a short break and go around visiting nearby Lhakhangs such as Ugyen Tshemo and Zangtho Pelri.
From here is another half an hour trek down towards the Tiger’s nest monastery. After paying visit to this famous monastery located on a sheer cliff overlooking Paro valley, we further descends for about hour and half till Ramthangkha, the parking lot where we will meet our tour vehicle.
From here, drive towards your hotel for a nice warm shower before setting out to explore the area. If time permits, we will visit Paro Rinpung Dzong and Ta Dzong (the watch tower).
Your short, yet memorable stay in Bhutan comes to an end today. After breakfast from your hotel, your driver and guide will see you off at Paro International airport.
We look forward to see you in future.
With the likes of trail that takes you right at the foot of worlds’ tallest unconquered mountain (Gangkar Puensum 7550m), trekking in Bhutan will give you a new experience never like before. With more than 70 percent of the country covered by undisturbed wilderness, trekking in Bhutan will take you ever closer to the nature. These trekking trails once used by famous Buddhist saints like Guru Rinpoche (who introduced Buddhism in Bhutan) in 746 AD while visiting Bhutan from Nepal and Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (the unifier of modern Bhutan) in 1616 while fleeing Tibet for a political dispute, this routes are the genuine routes where Bhutanese people still use it today. What makes trekking in Bhutan unique is its calmness and natural feeling; credit to less numbers of trekkers visiting Bhutan and its natural unpaved trails unlike other countries around the world. With more than 20 trekking trials to choose from, Bhutan offers trekking services to both beginners and pros.
No specific trekking permits are required to trek in Bhutan. You can trek in Bhutan with normal tourist visa for international tourist and normal entry permit for regional tourist (Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivians).
The best season to trek in Bhutan depends on which trekking trail you choose to but in general, March, April, May, September, October and November are the best months to trek in Bhutan. In the month of June, July and August Bhutan receives heavy rainfall and in December, January and February, the high mountain passes along the trekking trails are covered with snow, making it difficult for trekkers.The details regarding the best season to trek on different trails in Bhutan are mentioned below:
Trekking in Bhutan can be of 2 days or a month long. Depending on the number of days taken to trek, gain in altitude and nature of terrains, trekking routes in Bhutan can be graded into four categories; easy, moderate, difficult and very difficult.
At 10,760 feet above sea level, Bhutan is ranked highest country in the world, in terms of average land elevations. As a result most of its trekking trails are located on higher altitude, averaging over 12,000 feet above sea level, requiring certain level of physical fitness and trekking experience.
However with varieties of trails to choose from, both beginners and pro can enjoy trekking in Bhutan. Be it 2 days or grueling 25 days trekking, Bhutan has it all for you to choose from.
For those who are attempting to go for Snowmen trek (25 days trek), it will be asset if you have certain level of trekking experience and physically fit enough, since snowmen trek is referred to as amongst the world’s most toughest trekking route involving climbs over 5000 m.
Do not ignore any kind of symptoms related to altitude sickness; difficulty in breathing, headache, giddiness and numbness in limbs. If you experience any of the mentioned symptoms, inform your guide immediately.
Though portable oxygen supplies and first aid kits are always carried along with by the crew members but if possible carry some diamox (acetazolamide) pills, which can be bought from pharmacies across Bhutan.
The best tactics, if you suffer from altitude sickness is to stop ascending and if the symptoms do not go away or get worse, then descend down. It is advisable that you drink large amount of water every day while you are trekking.
Meals while trekking in Bhutan are prepared every day by cooking crews and no left over foods are served. Lunch are prepared in the morning along with breakfast and carried as a packed lunch. Dinners are prepared at campsite at the end of every trekking day. Hence chances of getting food contaminated while trekking in Bhutan are very slim.
Bottled water is carried by trekking crew members but however it is not sufficient for longer duration treks and hence the crew member boils water in the morning for you to carry for the day.
It is advisable that you bring your own water bottle and if possible carry some water purifier solutions as well. Refrain yourself from drinking directly from the streams nearby.
No trekking trails in Bhutan will meet you with any kind of criminal activities. In fact if you are in need, everyone you encounter will be very much happy to help you whatever way they can.
Consult with your guide in regards to dos and don’ts and stick together with your group (if trekking on group). Carry essential items such as head torch, portable cell phone chargers and your mobile phone along with you.
With no hotels or home stays along the trekking trails, all the trekkers must spend their nights in the tent (camping). Camping crew member arranges your tents. They travel ahead of you and put everything on place before you reach your campsite.
All the meals are prepared by trekking cooks who will trek alongside you throughout the entire tour. Lunch are prepared in the morning and carried by trekking staffs. Breakfast and dinners are prepared and served at the campsite.
Since there are no grocery stores or shops along the trekking trails, all the food items are bought and carried along by the crew members, their horses and yaks. As and when available, our crew members will try to buy fresh vegetables from local communities and include in your menu.
Since trekking in Bhutan is a guided tour by the law of country, lone trekkers should not worry because he or she will be followed by trekking guide and crew members for the entire trekking tour.
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