Gangtey Winter Trek
Gangtey Winter Trek is suitable except July and August
Paro airport with Rinpung Dzong view
Blacknecked crane in Phobjikha
Arrival in Paro.
You may avail Druk Air, national airline or Bhutan Airline which is privately owned to come to Bhutan. The tour guide will receive you at the airport and escort you to your dwelling inn where you can relax and anticipate yourself for a memorable experience for the coming days.
Tour in and around Paro (Drugyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, National Museum, Rinpung Dzong) and travel to Thimphu
The tour in Paro can be started by visiting Drugyel Dzong. Drugyel Dzong is approximately about 16 kms away from the main town of Paro. It is a must visit place in Paro which hold so much of historic importance. The name can directly be translated as “The Fortress of Victory” since it was built back in 1644 by the Great Master, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to mark glory over the Tibetans who waged invasive war against the Bhutanese centuries ago. The fortress was ruined by fire 1951. However, re-construction of the fortress started in 2016 coinciding with the birth of Crown Prince, Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck. Then, drive towards Kyichu Lhakhang. It is believed that Kyichu Lhakhang was one of the 108 holy shrines built in one day by a great Tibetan saint back in the 8th century. After lunch, visit the National Museum locally known as Ta Dzong. The National Museum in Paro is just few minutes walk away from Rinpung Dzong. The last travel destination in Paro will be Rinpung Dzong which means “Heap of Jewels”. Then proceed to Thimphu in the evening.
Thimphu ( Tashichhodzong, Zorig Chusum, Buddha Point, Memorial Chorten) – Paro
Start the day in Thimphu by visiting Tashichhodzong. Tashichhodzong is sacred in the sense that it houses the King’s Throne room with several important government offices. It is also the seat or summer residence for the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot and central monastic body. After that, visit Zorig Chusum, the embodiment of 13 unique traditional arts and crafts where you will be able to explore unique paintings and other crafts. After lunch, visit Buddha Point where you will be able to relish the breathtaking view of entire Thimphu City. 169 feet tall Statue of Lord Buddha was built to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. In the evening visit the Memorial Chorten built in loving memory of the Third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The tour in Thimphu will be concluded by visiting handicrafts emporium and local craft shops where locally produced goods are available. Then head back to Paro.
Thimphu- Punakha (Dochula, Short Hike to Longchutse and Chimi Lhakhang)
Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass which is 3,100 m above sea level where you will certainly enjoy the view of 108 stupas locally known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens. Then hike up to Longchutse about 3 hrs away from Dochula where you will be able to enjoy spectacular view of snowcapped mountains and lush green aromatic trees and herbs. Lunch at Dochula. Proceed on to Punakha where on the way you will visit Chimi Lhakhang known as the “Temple of fertility” where people or couples come to get blessings when they plan to conceive a child. Drive to Punakha and dine and relax at the hotel.
Punakha (Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten)- Gangtey
Begin the day by hiking up to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten which is about 45 minutes walk. The stupa is located on a hill ridge overlooking Punakha valley with the patronage from the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck. You will definitely relish the scenic beauty from there. After lunch in Punakha, proceed towards Gangtey under Wangdue Phodrang district. Gangtey is 3 hrs drive from Punakha. A farm stay experience will be waiting for the night at Gangtey that will give you the opportunity to experience a traditional Bhutanese lifestyle.
After a quick visit to Gangtey monastery, anticipate yourself for an adventurous 6-7 hours hike. From Phobjikha, the next trekking destination would be Tselela about 3430 meters above sea level through lush green meadows and fields. Then descend down to Kangkha Chhu valley and then to Gogona. The final destination will be Zasa where the night will be held.
From Zasa, transcend down to Khotakha village and then to Chortenkarpo.
Chortenkarpo- Tekke- Thimphu
We ensure that your trekking experience will be secured one with fun at any cost. The journey will be filled with experiences such as bird watching and sightseeing. From Chortenkarpo, travel to Tekke zampa where your vehicle will be waiting to escort you back to the capital.
Departure from Paro International Airport