Duration: 8 Days

Max ascending during the trek 4210M
Season Feb to June/Sept to November.
EX Paro/ Thimphu / Grade: Easy

This trekking path is one of the most scenic and popular treks in Bhutan.  A wilderness trail with several remote lakes. Although it is a short trek, it goes to a high altitude, making it moderately strenuous.

The wide trail climbs through blue pine and fir forest to a Mani (carved stone) wall in a clearing known as Damchen gom, at an altitude of 3020 metres. It is a longer journey afterwards but not steep. You will be climbing through forest to a meadow at 3260 metres where camps for halts can be set. It is better to keep climbing for another hour to a camping place in a large pasture just before Jili la, marked by a cairn at an altitude of 3560 metres. After crossing Jili la pass, the path will gradually be dropping to an excellent camping place in a meadow below Jili Dzong at 3480 metres.

Camp below the Jele Dzong.

Day 1:  Flying to The Land of Thunder Dragon

During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kanchenjunga including the sacred Chomolhari and Mount Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. After the visa formalities, you will be meeting your guide and other representatives from the agency and will be transferred to the hotel. If time permits explore the city admiring the way of life followed by sumptuous dinner.

 

Day 2:  Trek Start from Paro To Jele Dzong About 10KM/3 -4Hrs/31090m

The first day is a long climb as you walk up to more than 1000 metres of elevation. The trek follows a gravel road past a few farms for about 30 minutes and then climbs steeply up a ridge on the first of many short cuts that avoid road switchbacks. You will be passing Kuenga Lhakhang at an altitude of 2640 m. You will be climbing further with cultivated fields leading back to the road and with another 30 minutes of walking through blue pine forest reaches you to a big stone house at Damchena (2880M) where the road ends. The wide trail climbs through blue pine and fir forest to a Mani (carved stone) wall in a clearing known as Damchen gom, at 3020m. It is then a long, but not steep, climb through the forest to a meadow at 3260m where it can be camped for the night. It is better to keep climbing for another hour to a camping place in a large pasture just before Jili la, marked by a cairn at 3560m. Cross the pass and drop to an excellent camping place in a meadow below Jili Dzong at 3480M. Camp below the Jele Dzong.

 

Day 3:  Trek from Jele Dzong to Janchulakha 10KM/3-4Hours / 310M Ascent /50 M

You will be visiting Jele Dzong, atop a promontory at 3570m. If the weather is clear, you will be getting an excellent view of Paro town and the upper Paro valley far below. Also, mount Jomolhari and other snow-capped peaks in the distance. Jele Dzong was the residence of Ngawang Chogyel (1465-1540), the cousin of lama Drupe Kuenly. The large Lhakhang (temple) contains an impressive statue of Sakyamuni almost 4m high. Once in a state of disrepair, the walls of the Lhakhang have been re-plastered and painted.

From the Dzong, the route includes long ridge walk, first climbing on the west side of the ridge in a rhododendrons forest to a saddle at 3550M, then descending through a forest of tree ravaged by bark beetled. You will be walking upward again and traverse around the west side of a cone-shaped hill to a meadow. There is a view of Jomolhari and other snowcapped peaks and you are likely to see or hear some monal pheasants during the day. Cross to the east side of the ridge and cedars to Jangchu temple.

Overnight at campsite.

 

Day 4:  Trek from Janchulakha to Jimilangtso 11KM / 4Hours /230 M Descents /330m Ascent

Beyond Tshokarm, there is a choice of trails. The trails follow the ridge, making many ups and downs. The trail is said to be difficult for about two hours until you reach the normal route. From the ridge, there are good views of Jomolhari and 6989M Jitchu Drakye; the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. The normal route descents from Tsokarm through the forest to the foot of the valley and crosses the upper part of the Bemang Rong Chu. The altitude at this point is 3540 metres. You will be trekking upstream past a yak pasture called Langrithang. The trail is difficult to see as it traverses muddy bogs, but eventually becomes more distinct as it follows the east side of the stream (river left) to a small bridge at 3670m. A short distance above the bridge, the high route rejoins after a descent from the ridge. The trail then climbs through forest and finally makes a steep ascent through large rocks and dwarf rhododendrons to a crest then traverses a short distance to Jimilang tsho (lake), an isolated lake at 3870m. It is a pleasant environment and you will be camping here for the night.

 

Day 5:  Trek from Jimilangtso to Simkota (Distance –11kms.4 Hours / 820M Ascent / 400M Descent)

The trails climb from the lower end of the lake to a ridge at 4010m makes a traverse along the side of the ridge. The path then descends to a single stone shelter. You will be climbing to another ridge and then make several difficulties to a crest at 4050m overlooking Jayene tsho (lake). You will walk down to a yak herder’s camp near the lake and walk along the shore at 3950m before climbing to a ridge at 4150M and descending to some stone ruins and camp spot at 4110M overlooking Simkota Tso.

 

Day 6:  Trek from Simkota to Thimphu (15 KM / 130M Ascent /1810M Descent / 6 ½ Hours)

It is another long climb past several false summits, then a long rocky traverse to a group of cairns atop labana la at 4210m. The trail descends gently and traverses above a broad valley to another crest at 4210m. There are views of Dochu la and Jomolhari along this stretch trail. Below labana la, a side trail descends through rocks to a camping place at 4110m, near a stone hut beside an almost dry lake at Labana. Pass a rough stall and soon come to a hill hoisted with prayer flags above the trail that marks a seldom-used sky burial site. Another long traverse leads to a crest at 4120m, then drop and cross the final ridge at Phume la (4080m). On clear days, you will get the views of Gangkhar Puensum and other Himalayan peaks and below sprawls the entire Thimphu valley. A trail leads northeast and descends steeply towards Phajoding. From Phajoding the trails lead through forest descending about 1130m until road head at Motithang. You will be meeting the representative of our agency and will be transferred to the Hotel.

 

Day 7:  Exploring The Capital City of Bhutan (Thimphu)

On this day you will be exploring the capital city.

After your breakfast you will be visiting the following attraction in the Thimphu city:

  1. National Memorial Chorten: Memorial Chorten which was built on July 28, 1974, in the memory of the 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck is now presently seen to be visited by numbers of old aged people and portion of citizen scatter in Thimphu city. The stupa is a large white structure crowned with a golden spire. Serving as one of the most iconic monument, the historic figure is known for leading peoples to gain merit and is dedicated to world peace. Various rituals are performed on important occasions depending on the Buddhist calendar.
  2. Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Dordenma Point): The Buddha Dordenma statue is located at the Kuensel Phodrang Natural Park. The statue of Buddha Shakyamuni measures to a height of 51.5 metres, marking it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is said to fulfil an ancient prophecy dated back to 8th century A.D that was discovered by Terton Pema Lingpa (Religious Discoverer). The statue is said to spread an aura of peace and happiness to the entire world. The statue of Buddha as a whole holds 125,000 smaller Buddha statues placed within the great statue.
  3. Tashichhodzong: The national fortress was constructed in 1641 and was restored by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in 1960s. It serves as the seat for the government since 1952. It presently houses the office of His Majesty, the secretariat and the ministries of home affairs and finance. The fortress is built by the bank of Wang Chhu river and the entire structure is surrounded by a beautiful garden. The Dzong is showcased with a spectacular view at night.

After the visit, you will be heading for dinner and heading into rooms.

Overnight in Thimphu: Hotel

 

Day 8:  Transfer from Thimphu to Paro

You will be leaving the country on the 8th day. After the last breakfast in Bhutan, the guide and the driver will drive you to the Airport and see you off.