Day 1: Arrive Paro International Airport

During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Jomolhari and Mount Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by our representative and escorted to your hotel.

Evening: relax at the hotel or take a stroll around the hotel compound.

Day 2: Paro – Hike to Taktsang Goemba

Drive to Satsam Chorten (10 km from Paro town) and from there, hike to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest.” The Monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 900m and overlooks the Paro valley. According to legend, Guru Rinpoche miraculously flew here on the back of a tigress, meditated in a cave here for three months and converted the whole of Paro valley to Buddhism.

Have a picnic lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria. The round trip hike takes about 4 hrs.

Evening visit Dzong (Frotress) scroll down to Paro small down town.

Day 3: National Museum – Jili Dzong (Distance 10 km, Ascent 1,115m, Descent 40m)

This is a short trekking day but it’s all uphill. The trek trail is rather gradual till the campsite. On a clear day, the Paro Valley can be seen with the snowcapped mountains acting as a backdrop. After about 40 minutes into the trek, you will pass Kuenga Choeling Lhakhang (a Gelugpa school lhakhang) at 2,650m. Another hour’s climb takes you to Damchena (2,880m). A couple more minutes of climbing takes you to a mani (carved stone) wall and campsite in a clearing called Damche Gom (2,985m). From Damchen Gom, it’s a long but not steep climb to the herders’ camp just before the Jili La (3,540m). Continue on till you cross a pass which is marked by a broken chorten and a cairn until you get to the camping place in a meadow surrounded by rhododendron forests right below the Jili Dzong. The Jili Dzong was the residence of Ngawang Chhogyel from 1465 – 1540. Ngawang Chhogyel was the cousin of Lam Drukpa Kunley, the Divine Madman. It is believed that the Zhabdrung meditated here before heading down to Paro valley to defeat the invading Tibetan army. The lhakhang contains an almost 4m high statue of Sakyamuni.

Day 4: Jili Dzong – Rabana (Distance 10 km, Ascent 425m, Descent 50m). Visit the Jili Dzong in the morning. From the dzong, the trek path follows prayer flags and then descends through rhododendron forests. You can get great views of Paro and the Bemang Rong valley. On a clear day, you can also get great views of Mt. Jomolhari and the other snow-capped peaks. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and dwarf rhododendron trees, and through Jangchhu Lakha, a yak pasture at 3,760m. From Jangchhu Lakha, the trail continues for about 25 minutes to the yak herders’ camp of Rabana (3,890m). The campsite is surrounded by rhododendron forests.

Day 5: Rabana – Jimilang Tsho (Distance 11 km, Ascent 370m, Descent 375m).There are two trails to Jimilang Tsho. We will take the higher trail since it offers better views including views of Mt. Jomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake (the peak represents the protective deity of Paro) on a clear day. An hour or so from Rabana, you reach the Langye Ja La (Ox Hump Pass) at 4,070m. You can climb the mini-peak to get breathtaking 360-degree views.

From here, descend passing through a small herders’ shelter and ascend 80m to a pass for beautiful views of Mt. Jomolhari. You can also see the yellow roof of Chumpu Ney, a pilgrimage site famous for its statue of Dorji Phagmo. Five minutes from here, you can see the isolated Jimilang Tsho far below you. A steep ~30 minute descent leads you to Jimilang Tsho and the campsite is only about 5 minutes from the lake at 3,885m. The lake is known for its giant sized trout and if lucky you may enjoy well prepared lake trout for dinner.

Day 6: Jimilang Tsho – Simkotra Tsho (Distance 11 km, Ascent 820m, Descent 400m). The trail starts from the lower end of Jimilang Tsho through dwarf rhododendron trees to a ridge at 4,010m, and then descends to a single stone shelter. Following the ridge, you peak at some prayer flags at 4,050m overlooking the Janye Tsho. From there, descend to a yak herders’ camp near the lake before climbing again to a ridge at 4,150m from where you can get great views of the Simkotra Tsho. Camp at 4,100m.

Day 7: Simkotra – Phajoding (Distance 10 km, Ascent 130m, 680m Desent). The trek begins with a gradual climb and turns into a long climb through three false summits before descending to the Labana campsite at 4,110m. The Labana campsite is near a stone hut and an almost-dry lake. Then climb again to Labana La at 4,235m and then descend to a pass at 4,090m marked by a chorten. Form here, you can see the whole of Thimphu. If the weather permits, you can also have a spectacular view of Mt. Gangkhar Punsum, the highest mountain in Bhutan. Take the side trail southeast down to Thuji Drak, a remote meditation center that clings to the side of a rock at 3,950m. There are lhakhangs and meditation sites spread throughout the hillside. The campsite is below the main Jampa Lhakhang at 3,640m.

Day 8: Phajoding – Motithang, Thimphu (Distance 4-5 km, Ascent 0m, Descent 1,130m). The trek to Thimphu is downhill all the way through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours and enjoy the beautiful view of city Thimphu.

Relax at the hotel and lesuire time in Thimphu town.

Day 9: Thimphu – Sightseeing

Visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who reigned the kingdom from 1952-1972.Next, visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts and relics of Buddhism are preserved along with other national documents. Short execursion to Dochula pass.

Drive back to paro and over night at Hotel.

Day10: Depart for Paro International Airport where our representative will bid you Bon Voyage!

TASHI DELEK!