Duration – 7 Days
Suitable Month- March – May or September –November
The most suitable month for Gangtry trek is between March-May and September-November as trekking in winter is little inconvenient for tourist due to cold chilled weather in most of the places in Bhutan. Trekking in Gangtey is not very difficult and relatively easy to undertake. During this trek, one can enjoy the scenic valleys, monasteries, forests of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and dwarf rhododendrons, cold and crystal clear steams. This trek is suitable for people who are not accustomed to trekking in high elevated mountains as it offers sloppy and gentle routes along the forest.
Arrive at Paro International Airport and after completing the formalities at the airport Immigration, you are required to exit the airport. At the arrival gate, our representative will be there to receive you with the placard. You will be escorted to the car and our representative will give you the brief introduction of the tour so that you will be fully aware of your stay in Bhutan.
Drive to hotel and complete the check in formalities. After refreshment at hotel, you will visit to Kichu Lhakhang. It is one of the oldest monastery in Bhutan built in the 7th Century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gempo and followed by visit Ta Dzong and Ringpung Dzong. Ta Dzong also known as Watch Tower, now it is converted to National Museum and has antique religious paintings, textiles, armor and weapons and you can also witness the wide range of natural and historic artifacts. After the visit to Ta Dzong, you can walk down to Rinpung Dzong and enjoy the cool breeze as Dzong in located above the Pa Chhu River. Other meaning for Rinpung is “fortress of the heal of Jewels” and has its own history. As you walk along the courtyard of the Dzong, you can also enjoy and understand the illustration of religious painting and Buddhist beliefs etc and overnight stay at Paro.
Day Two: Paro to Wangdue
After the breakfast drive to Gangtey enroute Dochula pass & Wangdue. On the way to Gangtey, you can visit Dochula, popular location which offers speculator 360 Degree view of Himalayan mountain range, 108 Druk Wangyal chortens. Also visit Royal Botanical Park at Lam Pelri and Wangdue. Lunch at Wangdue followed by sightseeing and then continue the journey to Phobjikha. Overnight at camp or farm house as per your choice.
Day Three: Phobjikha to Zasa (Distance 15 km, 6-7 hours, 610 m ascent, 410 m descent, camp altitude 3,130 m)
Your trekking will start near the village of Tabiting. As you trek through the trail upward, you will pass through the mixed forest of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendron to Tsele la and have lunch. After the lunch, continue trekking and descend into the Juge Kangkha Chhu Valley and then route leads to Gogona which is famous for yak cheese production. Camp at Zasa.
Day Four: Zasa to Chorten Karpo (Distance 16 km, 5-7 hours, 450 m ascent, 860 m descent, camp altitude 3,330 m)
The path leads to Shobe La pass after a moderate climb and later descends to wide valley which is surrounded by beautiful mountains ranges. You will get to see the bird view of Khothokha village below the route and continue trekking uphill until you see four chortens in the blue pine forest and reach campsite.
Day Five : Chorten Karpo to Tikke Zampa (Distance 12km, four to five hours, 120m ascent, 1,340m descent)
On your last trekking day, you climb upward till you arrive at rough road in the forest. Through the forest road, walk gently and then you descend into the valley to witness the country’s best bird watching areas. Drive to Wangdue and overnight at Wangdue.
Day Six: Wangdue to Thimphu
Drive to Thimphu and arrive at Thimphu around 1 pm . After the lunch, our representative will take you first to Buddha Dordenma which is located at Kuensel Phodrang. It is one of the world’s largest Buddha Stupas measuring 51.5 meters height. You can also witness the spectacular view of Thimphu City. On the way, you will visit National Memorial Chorten built in 1974 in memory of the late King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. This Chorten is an exquisite specimen of modern Bhutanese Architecture. After visiting Memorial chorten, our presentative will take you to Sangaygang where you can enjoy the beautiful view of Tashichho Dzong and Thimphu as well. You can also visit Taken Zoo, National Animal of Bhutan. Our representative will serve you refreshments and then take you for lunch at Folk Heritage Museum restaurant, where you will be served with multi Bhutanese cuisine. After the scrumptious lunch, you will proceed to National Textile Museum where you can witness the weaving techniques, styles of dress and types of textile all made in Bhutan by women and men followed by visit to Tashichho Dzong. Tashichho Dzong is located very close to the Thimphu City and it has been seat of Government since 1952. The other meaning for Tashichho Dzong is “the Fortress of Glorious Religion”. Overnight at Thimphu.
Day Seven: Thimphu to Paro
Drive to Paro International Airport for onward destination.