Gangtey Trek

Day – 1 Arrive Paro International Airport
During the journey to Paro, one will experience breath taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Chomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by representatives of our tour operator, who will escort you to the Hotel where arrangements have been made for the night.

Day – 2 Paro – Sightseeing

Morning: Drive to Drugyel Dzong (a ruined fortress – 16 Kms. away from Paro Town). Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. it was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peak of Chomolhari “Mountain of the Goddess” can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,329m/ 24,029 ft.) On the way back, you visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse.

Visit Rinchen Pong Dzong. This massive fortress is located in the Paro Valley and houses the District Administration office and the Monk Body. It was built in 1645 AD.

Lunch at the Hotel

Afternoon: Visit the National Museum ( Ta – Dzong ). This was actually the Watch Tower of the Rinchen Pong Dzong. It was converted into the National Museum in 1968.

Tea at the Hotel and drive to Thimphu ( Capital ). Thimphu is 65 km from Paro and takes about 2 hours drive. Overnight in Hotel.

Day – 3 Thimphu – Sightseeing

Morning: Visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge Stupa built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952 – 1972.

Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved.

Visit the Wood Craft and Painting school where traditional art and craft are still kept alive.

Visit Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased.

After lunch, visit Simtokha Dzong which is located 6 km from Thimphu Town. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan built in 1629 AD. It houses the largest Monastic Schools in the country.

Visit Tashichho Dzong. This massive structure houses part of the Government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the senior monks and the Chief Abbot. It is the main Secretariat building.

Evening: Relax at Thimphu’s modern health club and beauty parlor “Sakten Health Club and Salon” where sauna, steam, gym (with modern equipment), beauty treatment including hair dressing, skin care (with pure herbal products) and body massage services are available. For our guests the health club facilities (steam, sauna and gym) are free and beauty services will be at concessional rates.

Day – 4 Thimphu – Gangtey
Drive to Gantey 90 km from Thimphu. On the way, halt at Dochula pass ( 26 km, Alt. 3100m ) for tea and snacks and to enjoy the most spectacular view of the eastern Himalayan mountain ranges( the view is possible only on a clear day). Also visit Punakha ( 60 km ) the former capital of Bhutan. The Punakha Dzong lies between two rivers known as Phochu and Mochu which means ” Male River and Female River “. The Dzong now houses the District Administration office and the winter residence of the State Monastic Body and its Chief Abbot. It was built in 1637 AD.

Overnight in the Guest house. The Guest house in Gangtey is not luxurious but very clean and comfortable. The food is excellent. Gangtey is a beautiful place surrounded by snowcapped mountains in the distance with a landscape of rolling hills and green meadows. It is situated at an altitude of 3000m. From Gangtey, one can closely view the picturesque Black Mountain ranges as well as the beautiful Phobjikha valley. Gangtey Gompa (Gantey Monastery) is perched atop a small hill that rises from the valley floor. The Monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens ( Lay Monks ) who take care of the Monastery. The Gangtey Gompa is the only Nyingmapa Monastery on the western side of the Black Mountains and is also the biggest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan.

Day – 5 Gangtey – Gogona
Begin the Gantey Trek. Riding ponies can be provided if required. The trail winds through meadows and fields and the climb takes you through a mixed forest of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendron to Tselela pass ( 3320m ) Overnight in camp at alt. 3000m. distance 16 km, and time 5-6 Hr.

Day – 6 Gogona – Khotokha
A gentle climb leads to Shobjula pass ( 3390m ). The descend from the pass leads to a wide valley, surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges Overnight in camp. Distance 16 km. Time 6-7 Hr.

Day – 7 Khotokha – Chuzomsa
A short ascent will bring you to the Tashila pass ( 2780m ). You walk through an ever changing landscape into the drainage of Dangchu. ( Chu means River ). Overnight in camp.

Day – 8 Chuzomsa – Paro
Walk from Chuzomsa to the motor road which takes about 45 minutes. Drive to Paro ( 75 km ). Lunch on the way in Thimphu and drive on to Paro. ( Thimphu falls on the way with only 6 km diversion.) Overnight in Hotel.

Day – 9 Paro – Visit Tiger’s Nest
Drive up to Satsam Chorten ( 10 km from Paro Town ) and from there walk to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means ” Tiger’s Nest “. The Monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 4000 ft. and overlooks the Paro Valley. Taktsang is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites in the Himalayan world and it has 13 holy places. However, most people can only visit the main site called Taktsang Pelphug. According to the legend, Taktsang Monastery was founded by Guru Padamasanbhava in the eighth century. It is believed that the Guru came to this place on the back of a tigress from Khengpajong in the Kurtoe region and meditated for three months in a cave at Taktsang and converted the Paro valley to Buddhism.

Day – 10 Paro – International Airport
Seen off by tour operartor or your guide.