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Gangtey Trek

Trip Introduction

Gangtey Trekking begin fly Kathmandu to Paro getting a charge out of great perspectives on the world’s most astounding pinnacles. Offer route to the lavish green Paro valley as you land. After lunch, you will visit Ta Dzong, an old watchtower that is presently known as the National Historical center. Investigate around the Thimpu and Bhutanese painstaking work. In Thimphu valley touring you will almost certainly get the looks at Dechhenchholing royal residence in the midst of the backwoods of pine trees.

Visit the Tango Religious community which was established in the thirteenth century and today it houses around 150 priests who are acing their Buddhist way of thinking in reflection and higher investigations. You will intently watch the old capital of Bhutan. Visit authentic spot of Punakha Dzong, winter seat of the Je Khenpo and the Priest Body. The drive to Bumthang through Trongsa is around 7 hours traverse Pele La Pass (3300m) and Yotongla Pass (3400m). In Bumthang valley touring you will visit Tamshing Religious community, (one of the most established ascetic schools worked by Terton Pema Lingpa).

Drive Bumthang to Gangtey. Gangtey lies towards the east of Punakha and Wangdue on the flanks of the Dark Mountains. Appreciate the moderate climb through from Gangtey Valley to the Gogona Valley.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Paro – Thimphu:
Arrive at Paro Airport (Altitude: 2320meters above sea level): The flight into the Himalayas reveals scenic and breathtaking views of Himalayan Mountains of the world. If weather permits you will be able to see Mt Everest (8848 meters) and other Himalayan mountain ranges. Landing in the Paro valley, surrounded by 4000 meters high mountains stretching across the west of Bhutan, enables you to have a visual landing which is indispensable and that makes your day an unforgettable one. our Bhutanese representative welcome on arrival in Bhutan and drive you through the beautiful valley of Paro to the capital city Thimphu. (2 hours drive). Visit Zorig Chusum Institute 13 traditional arts and crafts. It was established in 1971 by the Royal Government in order to preserve the invaluable heritage and promote the arts of Bhutan, Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the glorious religion) houses the throne room of His Majesty the King, the main secretariat building and the central monk body, Mini Zoo here you can see Bhutan national animal- the Takin. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Sangaygang view point as well as being the location of the transmitter tower of the only national television tower in the country (BBS), the view point is also the perfect place to take in some truly breathtaking views of the entire city of Thimpu. Overnight Thimphu Hotel.

Day 2 In Thimphu:
Morning visit the weekend market. Market days are absolutely central to the lives of the Bhutanese. Later take a hike to Cheri Monastery hike about 2 hours. Later you can stroll around the city and if you wish you can do some shopping too. Overnight Thimphu Hotel.

Day 3 Thimphu to Gangtey (Altitude: 2800 meters above sea level):
The valley of Phobjikha is well known as the winter home of the black necked cranes. Bhutan is home to around six hundred black necked cranes with Phobjikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate to in the winter months from Tibetan plateau. These elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of March. Overlooking the Phobjikha valley is the Gangtey Goenpa. This is an old monastery that dates back to the 17th century. Morning visit Jungshi Paper Factory established in November 1990 as an undertaking of the Royal Government of Bhutan. Later drive to Gangtey valley (4 hours drive). Overnight Gangtey Hotel.

Day 4 Trek Start Gangtey to Gogona:
The first day of the trail begins from Phobjika Valley, through meadows, and then through a mixed forest of rhododendron, bamboo, juniper, and magnolia. You reach Hele La (pass) (3,438 meters) and after crossing some meadows, you will descend to a valley. There will be a short climb to the camp at Gogona. Nearby is a small village where you can drink some homemade arra(spirit). The women in this village are known for the woven blankets they make. Altitude: 3140 meters, 14 kilometers, 5 to 6 hours walk. Overnight Camp

Day 5 Gogona to Khothakha:
The trail goes gently uphill. You will notice the daphne plants, from which the Bhutanese make traditional paper (and which you can purchase in Thimphu). After a long, but gradual climb, you will cross Shobju La (pass) at 3,410 meters. The trail is downhill from here. You will pass an old coal mine and a miner’s camp. Eventually you will come to Chorten Karpo, where you will see four ‘chortens’ in honor of the four chief abbots who came from this area. You will then camp nearby Chorten. Altitude: 2720 meters, 15 kilometers, 5 to 6 hours walk. Overnight Camp

Day 6 Trek End Khothakha to Tika Zampa:
A short ascent leads to a pass; then the path descends steeply through a wonderful forest full of birdlife and ever changing vegetation to the bridge in Wangduephodrang. Your car will be waiting there for transfer to the hotel in Punakha: Altitude: 1350 meters above sea level. Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955. It is the winter seat of the Je Khenpo(Chief Abbot) and the monk body. It has a temperate climate and its rich fertile valley is fed by Pho(male) Chu and Mo(female) Chu (river).(3 hours drive). Later visit Wangdue Town unique to look around with small huts by the side of the road. Overnight Punakha Hotel.

Day 7 Punakha to Paro (2280 meters above sea level):
Morning visit Kham Sum Yule Lahkahang, it was built by HRH Azhi (Queen) Tshering Pem Wangchuck for a successful rule during the reign of the present Crown Prince Daso Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, & Punakha Dzong remarkable for its ability to withstand natural disasters – fires and earthquakes have done nothing to diminish its grandeur the Punakha Dzong is rightly famous throughout Bhutan, as well as being one of the most well protected buildings in the country. Later drive back to Paro (4 hours 30 minutes drive). Overnight Paro Hotel.

Day 8 In Paro:
Morning visit Taktshang Monastery (Generally regarded as Bhutan?s most recognizable cultural icon, the Taktshang Monastery, or Tiger?s Nest, is strikingly iconic of the country’s culture and traditions). Later Visit Farm House, Bhutan is justly not famous for its cuisine, which is somewhat predictable. Eating at a local farmhouse at least gives a slightly different variation. Later stroll around the town and see how locals live. Overnight Paro Hotel

Day 9 Depart from Paro:
Early breakfast at the hotel and then drive to the airport to Departure your Onward destination

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