International Mountain Guides Climbing and Mountaineering Expeditions

Bhutan Laya Gasa Lingshi Trek

 

Bhutan Trek with International Mountain Guides

IMG Bhutan Trek Itinerary

Day Itinerary
Day 01 Leave US.
Day 02 Arrive Bangkok and overnight there.
Day 03 Transfer to International airport for flight to Paro (2200m) in the morning. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Paro valley . O/N hotel on full board.
Day 04 Full day sightseeing of Paro including the famous Taktsang monastery (Tiger' s nest) clinging on the hill top - one of the highlights of this trip. O/N Paro.
Day 05 Drive to Drukyul Dzong (2300m) and begin trek to Shana village (2575m) along the Pahchu (Paro river). Approx. 5-6 hrs of walking.
Day 06 Shana to Soithangka (3520m): Today's walk is through rich forrests of juniper, pine, conifers - approx. 7 hrs.
Day 07 Soithangka - Jangothang (Chomolhari Base camp) (4040m): Another lovely walk passing yak herders settlements with great views of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake from camp. 5-6 hrs of walking.
Day 08 Rest day: An excellent place to relax or take excursions for better views.
Day 09Jangothang - Lingshi (3980m): Climb gradually to Nyelela pass (4800m) from where we descend to the beautiful village of Lingshi. 5-6 hrs.
Day 10 Lingshi - Chebisa (3850m): Morning visit to the Lingshi Dzong and take a leisurely walk to our next camp at Chebisa - 3-4hrs, another lovely village where we get to visit the villagers in their homes.
Day 11Chebisa - Shomuthang (3960m): We cross the Gobula pass (4365m) and another unnamed pass (4110m)and descend to camp at Shomuthang. 5-6hrs.
Day 12 Shomuthang - Roluthang (4130m): We cross the Jarila pass (4600m) from where we descend to the river and then climb another 300m to camp at Roluthang. 7-8hrs.
Day 13 Roluthang - Lamithang (4100m): Cross the Shingela pass (4960m). It is worthwhile to take a walk up to the ridge at 5000m for better views. Descend to Lamithang. 6 hrs.
Day 14 Lamithang to Laya (3720m): A lot of up and down walking today as we descend to the wonderful village of Laya. Approx. 5 hrs.
Day 15 A day' s rest to visit the village where the village folk will entertain us with some local singing and dancing.
Day 16 Laya to Konea(3220m): We walk through forests today going up and down several times to Konea . Various bird species can be seen here including the musk deer if you are lucky. Approx 7 hrs.
Day 17Konea - Gasa (2210m) Cross another pass - Balela (3780m) and descend to the wonderful hot spring of Gasa - 5-6 hrs. Here we also see the Gasa Dzong which use to be an outpost fort guarding the trade route to Tibet. A dip in the Gasa hot springs is a pleasure here.
Day 18 Gasa Springs - Damji (2250m) We climb back up to 2500m and then down to Damji - 5 hrs.
Day 19 Damji - Tashitang - Thimphu. Trek to the road head at Tashitang (3½ hrs) and drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
Day 20 Full day sightseeing of Thimphu. Evening drive to Paro.
Day 21 Fly to Bangkok and overnight there.
Day 22 Flights to the States.
Young monks on the Bhutan trek

We awoke each morning surrounded by some of the world's most pristine natural beauty. The sharp peaks and deep crevasses of the Himalayas surrounded us on all sides and the narrow trails underfoot were pounded smooth by the hooves of countless yaks and ponies. Winter was on its way and we had passed numerous herders guiding their ornery charges to lower pastures. You could hear their bells and sometimes see their bright, red headdresses in the distance...
Anyone can guide a climb, but you have the ability to surround the trip with the right atmosphere and a sense of adventure, and accomplishment, and make it a true vacation...
~Dave P.
 
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