DAY 01: ARRIVE AT PARO - HALT
The flight into Bhutan is a breathtaking one with views of Mt. Everest. Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks including sacred Chomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro Airport you will be received by a representative of Bhutan Taktsang Tours & Travels. Check in at Hotel. After lunch you will be taken for a visit to Ta-Dzong Museum.
DAY 02 : PARO - SIGHTSEEING
Drive the winding road northwest up the Pa Chu to the ruins of Drugyel Dzong, now a burned shell was once strategic in Bhutan defense against Tibetan invasion. On a clear day you can view the sacred summit of Mt. Jomolhari, which reaches skyward beyond the Dzong. On the way back visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouses. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 03 : PARO - EXCURSION TO TAKTSANG
Spend a full day hiking to Taktsang, the Tiger’s nest. This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 3000 above the valley floor. Legend says that Guru Padmasambhava flew here on the back of a tiger-hence the name - to meditate. The tiger was actually his favorite consort, Yeshe Tsogyel, whom he transformed for the purpose of this journey. When the Guru finished his meditation he instructed that the monastery be built. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 04 : PARO - JELE DZONG
Distance 6/7kms. Alt. 8500ft. Today is a short trekking day. The trek trail is rather gradual till the camp and if the weather is clear the Paro valley can be seen with the snow capped mountains in the background.
DAY 05 : JELE DZONG - JANGCHULAKHA
Dist 10kms. Alt. 9500ft. You begin about an hour and a half climb and then ascend gradually up. The trail takes you through alpine forest and rhododendrons. You may see herders around your camp.
DAY 06 : JANGCHULAKHA - JIMILANGTSO
Dist 11kms. Alt. 11000ft. The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the views of the valley and mountains are beautiful. Camp is close to the lake of Jimilangtso. These lakes are known for their giant sized trout and if lucky you may enjoy well prepared lake trout for dinner.
DAY 07 : JIMILANGTSO - SIMKOTA
Dist. 11kms. Alt. 11500ft. The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and by passes the lake of Jdanetso. Today you may come across some yak herders’ camps and get an idea of how these people live. Camp is close to Simkota lake.
DAY 08 : SIMKOTA - PHAJODING
Dist. 10kms. Alt. 9500ft. Today you begin with a gradual climb and if the weather permits you will enjoy a majestic view of Mt. Gangkar Punsum, the highest mountain in Bhutan. The trail slowly descends till you reach the Phajoding cafeteria. Overnight in the cafeteria or camp.
DAY 09 : PHAJODING - THIMPHU
Dist. 7/8kms. Alt. 8050ft. The trek to Thimphu is all the way downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. Taking a leisurely pace you reach Thimphu in about 3 hrs. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 10 : THIMPHU - SIGHTSEEING
A full day of sightseeing and shopping in Thimphu. Wander in town; visit shops and the handicrafts emporium. You may return to the hotel for lunch with your guide and transport. Afternoon drive north up the valley to Dechenchholing (residence of the Queen Mother) to get a wonderful down valley view of Thimphu and Tashichhodzong. Visit the silversmiths at the north end of the valley. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 11 : THIMPHU - PARO/EXIT
Early morning drive to Paro Airport for onward flight.