Day 1 : Arrive Paro :
Arrive Paro. Received by Connecting Horizons Adventures representative and
transfer to the hotel. Evening visit to Paro market and town. Overnight at
the hotel in Paro.
Day 2 : Paro - Thimphu :
Morning Paro sight seeing. Visit to Ta Dzong, once a fortified watchtower,
it has been serving as the National Museum of the country since 1967. Walk
down the trail for visiting Rinpung Dzong, the fortress / monastery which
has a long and fascinating history. Afternoon drive at the end of Paro
valley to visit Drukgyel Dzong, a symbol of all unsuccessful attempts armies
from the north Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal commemorate victory over Tibetan
invaders. Visit to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest shrines of Bhutan. At
the end, visit traditional Bhutanese Farm House to get an idea of the
lifestyle of local people. Evening drive to Thimphu, the capital town of
Kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3 : Thimphu :
Full day sight seeing in Thimphu. Visit to Memorial Chorten, the gold
topped stupa built in the memory of Third King of Bhutan, Tashichhodzong,
beautiful medieval fortress / monastery which houses most of the government
offices and King's Throne room, National Library, which holds vast
collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, Painting School, which
is famous for traditional thangkha paintings, Traditional Medicine
Institute, the place worth visiting, here centuries old healing arts still
practiced and in the evening visit Handicrafts Emporium, which displays wide
assortment of beautifully hand woven and crafted products. Overnight at the
hotel in Thimphu.
Day 4 : Thimphu - Tongsa :
After breakfast, proceed to Tongsa. 45 minutes from Thimphu drive across
Dochula pass (alt. 3100m) that heralds the most enchanting views of Bhutan.
After another 2 hours drive to reach Punakha, the old capital town of
Bhutan. Visit to Punakha Dzong, built in 17th century by Shabdrung Ngawang
Namgyal. Then drive towards the south of Punakha arriving at Wangdiphodrang
town where lunch would be served. After lunch, visit to Wangdi Dzong,
situated majestically at the junction of Punakha Chu and Tong Chu rivers and
built by Shabdrung in 17th century. Drive further across Pelela pass (alt.
3300m) with a short stop at Chendbji Chorten, the stupa built in Nepalese
style of architecture. Evening, visit to Ta Dzong and the town of Tongsa.
Overnight at the lodge in Tongsa.
Day 5 : Tongsa - Bumthang :
Morning visit to Tongsa Dzong, the largest fortress of the country. The
foundations of this Dzong were laid by the grandfather of the Shabdrung in
1543 and the real Dzong was completed in 1648 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
Here began the root of present dynasty. The first King, Sir Ugyen Wangchuck,
was Tongsa Penlop before he was unanimously appointed hereditary monarch of
Bhutan on December 17, 1907. Drive to Bumthang. Afternoon walking tour in
Bumthang valley, visit some of the holy temples that Bumthang is famous for.
The Jambey Lhakhang, built at the same time as Paro Kyichu, dates back to
time even before Sindhu Raja's reign in Bhumthang. At the Kurje Lhakhang,
the bodily marks of Guru Padsambhava remains to this day impressed on solid
rock face. Also visit Jakar Dzong, "the castle of the white bird".
Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 6 : Bumthang - Nganglhakhang :
Trek begins today. The route takes you around Chamkhar Chu, a river rich in
trout. Lunch stop at Thangbi Lhakhang, a temple built by the first Karma
Shamar in Thirteenth century. Further ahead you enter Ngang Yul, "swan
land" and at its centre is Ngang Lhakhang, "swan temple".
This part of the valley was at first inhabited only by swans who gave their
name (ngang) to the place. The Lama, Namkha Samdrup, having dreamt a vision
of how to built a Gompa, shot Ngang Lhakhang was erected. Overnight camp at
the altitude of 2800m. Distance 20 km, walking time: 5/6 hours.
Day 7 : Nganglhakhang - Ugyenchholing :
Climb gradually to Phephela pass (3,353 m). Follow the trail until the pass
takes you through one of the most beautiful forested areas of this region.
Allow for many stops to enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings.
Overnight camp at altitude of 2850m.
Day 8 : Ugyenchholing - Phokpey :
Today's walk is through bamboos, hemlock ang finally upto the alpine
forests. Overnight camp at altitude of 3600n. Distance 17 kms, time 5/6
Day 9 : Phokpey - Ungaar :
Continue ascending for half an hour then continue downhill through the
gorge, overlooking some of the mountain valleys. Towards the camp you meet
pine trees. Overnight in the camp. Distance 20 km, time 6/7 hours.
Day 10 : Ungaar - Taskila :
This trail, like a wave winds up and down till Drula village and Khaine
Lhakhang enroute. It is one of the oldest temple in existance today, built
in mid 7th century by the King of Tshong Tsen Gompo of Tibet to subdue
demons. Overnight in the camp. Distance 21 km, time 7/8 hours.
Day 11 : Taskila - Lhuntshi :
Proceed to Lhuntshi guest house for lunch. After lunch, half day at
leisure. Overnight in the camp.
Day 12 : Lhuntshi - Menji :
Arrive firstly to Kufri Zam and the trek from here is gradually up through
the paddy fields and villages. Overnight in the camp. Distance 16 km, 4/5
Day 13 : Menji - Pemi :
Continue uphill through thick forests overlooking mountain views. The camp
is under forest shelter at an altitude of 2400m. Distance 20 km, 6/7 hours.
Day 14 : Pemi - Taupang :
Continue upto Dongla where you will have the fascinating mountain views.
Descent through thick evergreen forests till you reach camp site. Overnight
in the camp. Distance 21 kms, 6/7 hours.
Day 15 : Taupang - Yangtsi :
Today is the longest trek. Its gradually downhill till Yangtsi through
chirpine and hardwood forests like oak of sub-tropical zone. Overnight in
the camp. Distance 24 km, distance 8/9 hours.
Day 16 : Yangtsi - Tashigang :
End of trek and drive to Tashigang. Overnight at the lodge in Tashigang.
Day 17 : Tashigang - Samdrup Jongkhar :
Tashigang is easternmost district of Bhutan. Morning visit to Tashigang
Dzong, built in 17th century and commanding spectacular view of the valley.
Then visit twon and local market which is interesting place to visit where
people from nearby places come for trade. After that proceed to Samdrup
Jongkhar. Enroute visit Deothang Technical Training College, the only such
institute in Bhutan. The road further descends fairly rapidly through a
dense tropical forest with an abundance of teak, bamboo and derns. Overnight
at the hotel in Samdrup Jongkhar.
Day 18 : Samdrup Jongkhar - Guwahati :
The drive takes about three hours for Guwahati. Your Connecting Horizons
Adventures India representative will drop you at the hotel or airport for