Drive to airport/Kathmandu and fly to Paro/ Bhutan
& Drive to hotel, Hotel Tiger Nest.
02 in Paro:
Sightseeing includes a visit to the northern part
of the valley to Drukgyel Dzong ruins (Monastery
Fortress) that once was a strategic post to withhold
invading Tibetan forces from the north; visit the
famous Kyichu Lhakhang- one of 108 sacred Lhakhangs
built by the Buddhist King Srongtsen Gampo of Tibet.
Visit the district Dzong called Rinpung Dzong; hotel.
Early mornning hike up to the Tiger's Nest known
as Taktsang - one of the most spectacular and most
sacred pilgrim sites to all Buddhists. One of the
great founders of Tantric Buddhism- Guru Padmasambhava
is known to have flown on a tigress to meditate
on the cliffs--the tigress being his consort the
divine Yeshe Tsogye.
04 Begin Qumolahari trek:
Paro – Shana Drive upto Drugyel Dzong where the
road ends and thetrek begins, following the river
gently uphill through a narrowing agriculture valley.
Initially you will pass through the serene pastoral
life of the villages with their dogs and children
playing in the fields. Camp is just beyond an army
post. Alt.2800m,. Distance - 17 Kms about 5 - 6
05 Shana - Soi Thangthangkha:
Continue uphill through the river valley. It narrows
and closes in and the trail winds up and down alongthe
drianage. Camp out in the meadow with the starry
sky above you. Distance is about 21 Kms, 7 - 8 hours.
06 Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang:
The trail climbs up the Pa Chu pass a small army
post where the valley begins to widen out. Views
of high ridges and snow-capped peaks are seen all
around, and close by are yaks and yak-herders camps.
Lunch will probably be at one of these camps beneath
a ruined fortress at the base of Chomolhari. Alt.
4040 m Distance - 19 Kms, about 5 - 6 hours.
07 Jangothang – Lingshi:
Open yak pastures on the way up and down the pass.
Quite possibly still some people in their yak tents
depending on the time of the year that you are there.
Great views of Lingshi Dzong as you come down into
the. Lingshi basin if the weather is clear. Tserim
Kang and its descending glaciers at the north end
of the valley. Alt. 4150 m. Distance - 19 Kms about
08 Lingshi – Shodu:
The trail today climbs to the Yalila pass (alt.
4820m), from where on a clear day- impressive views
of Mount Chomolhari, Tserim Kang and Masagang can
be seen. Alt. 3963 m. Distance - 22 Kms about 7
- 8 hrs.
09 Shodu – Barshong:
Follow the Thim-Chu through a forest of Rhododendrons
with water falls; the path at first narrows and
closes, then winds up and down along the drainage,
eventually climbing up to the ruins of Barshong
Dzong. Camp just below the ruined fortress. Alt.3785m,
Distance - 13 Kms about 3 - 4 hours.
10 Barshong - Dolam Kencho:
The trail descends to meet the Thim-Chu river
following gradually through the forest of Rhododendrons,
and then ascending upto the pasture land. Camp in
a meadow at Alt. 3628m, Distance - 11 Kms about
3 - 4 hours.
11 Dolam Kencho – Thimphu:
Continue up-hill through the forest to a small pass.
The trail undulates along the drainage. The rare
golden langour can be seen amongst other wild monkey
species. Your pick-up transport will be waiting
at Dodina- to jolt you back to the 20th century.
Distance- 14 Kms about 4 - 5 hours. Overnight at
Hotel Jumolhari / Wangchuk.
Sightseeing includes: the Thimphu General Post Office;
School of Thanka Painting and Mask Making; Traditional
crafts in silver and gold; the Kings Memorial Chorten;
the handmade Paper Factory and the Archery Grounds
where Bhutan's national sport of Archery can be
witnessed. Afternoon visit the local Handicrafts
Center and the Traditional Medicine Hospital; stroll
in the capital town of Thimphu, Hotel.
Early morning drive over the 10,000 ft pass of Dochula
to view the stunning scenery of the Himalayan ranges;
descend to Punakha and Wangdi valley. Visit the
Punakha Dzong- winter home to the state monks. After
lunch return drive to Paro, hotel Tiger Nest resort.
14 Paro: Drive to Paro airport fly to Kathmandu/
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