This is a 3-day trek at relatively low elevations, which visits several remote villages. This is not a very popular Trek.
Phobjikha Valley , at 3000meters is in one of the few glacier valleys in Bhutan . It is the chosen home of the rare black–necked cranes which migrate here in winter from the Tibetan Plateau. The valley of Gangtey is one of the most beautiful places in Bhutan and the Gangtey Gompa monastery is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the Black mountains . This moderate trek passes through the village of Gogona and Khotokha, through meadows and fields, then forest of juniper, magnolia and rhododendrons. One of the finest low level treks in Bhutan .
Day 01. Arrive Paro:
Upon arrival at Paro airport, received by representative of Bhutans Exodus, transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 02. Paro:
Excursion to Taktsang. Over night in Hotel.
Day 03: Paro Sightseeing:
After breakfast, drive in the morning to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan , the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang that was built in 659 by the Tibetan King Srongsen Gampo. Visit is Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum . Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong, the center of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. In the evening, dive to Thimphu .
Day 04: Thimphu Sightseeing:
The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). After lunch we drive to the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices and to Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal silver smiths and Bhutanese paper factory at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan ). We drive to Simtokha Dzong; the oldest Dzong of Bhutan built by Shabdrung in 1627 and finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu . Over night in Hotel.
Day 05. Drive to Gangtey:
Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan , with a population of about 33 000.00. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. In the morning visit the Memorial Chhorten, The National Library, School of Arts and paper factory. After lunch drive for 5 hours Gangtey. Cross over Dochula Pass (3050m.) and drive Wangduephodrang Dzong (fortress).
Overnight at farmhouse.
Day 06. Gangtey Gompa – Gogona:
The trail winds up on a slow climb through field and then ascends the Tselela Pass for your lunch stop. Then the trail descends gradually for some time trough forest of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendron. After the last short climb you will reach Gogona village. The people of Gogona were originally nomads and they speak a language, “Jopkha” (language of the nomads). Distance 15 km, about 6 – 7 hours.
Day 07. Gogona – Khotokha:
In the morning you will climb up a gentle slope to Shobjula (11,155 ft.) for your lunch stop. Then the path leads down to a wide valley of Khotokha , a summer place of the people of Sha (under district of Wangduephodrang) Distance 15 – 16 km. Time about 6 – 7 hours.
Day 08. Khotokha – Chazam – Wangdue:
A short ascend leads to Mulaila pass (9200ft.) then the path descends through ever-changing vegetation till the bridge in Wangdi Phodrang. Fill your water bottles, as water is scarce. Your trek ends here at. Overnight at the guesthouse
Day 09. Chazam – Thimphu :
Farewell to your trek and start driving towardsThimphu. Driving via Dochula, stop for coffee or tea at the cafeteria and have another breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks. Before lunch visit the weekly market where the farmers display their cottage industry goods. After lunch visit some of the left over sights and handicraft stores. In the evening visit Tashichhodzong. The seat of the spiritual and temporal administration, (built 1641 A.D). Over night in Hotel
Day 10. Thimphu – Paro:
After breakfast, sightseeing in Thimphu . After Lunch, drive to Paro. Over night in Hotel.
Day 11. Departure:
Early morning, drive to the airport and farewell.