Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
A Himalayan trek is the ultimate travel experience, and this six-day itinerary allows you to traverse some of Bhutan's most breathtaking terrain. The climb starts in Paro, with a few hours' of trekking per day until you reach Simkota at more than 12,500 feet above sea level. End your journey in a luxury hotel in Thimphu.
Start off your morning with a brisk walk to Taktsang Monastery, the famous "Tiger’s Nest" perched on a cliff 3,000 feet above the Paro Valley. This half-day hike takes you through fragrant pine forest and offers some of the most breathtaking views in the Himalayas. At night, relax and get a good night's sleep at your luxury resort in preparation for the upcoming treks.
Today, you'll walk through beautiful apple orchards and forest, ascending to the fortress of Jili Dzong, at an elevation of 10,300 feet. This 16th-century fortress has long been a resting spot for travelers making their way between Paro and Thimpu. After a break, you'll trek onwards to Jangchula Camp, where you'll spend the night.
Continue your ascent today, covering 11 miles on the way to Simkota at an altitude of 12,700 feet. The trail traverses ridges with an average elevation of 10,000 feet, with some challenging rocky areas. By lunch time, you’re trekking party will break above the tree line to the alpine Jimi Langtso Lake. From here it's onwards another two hours to the smaller, but no less beautiful, Simkota Lake, where you'll camp for the night.
Today you'll cover 11 miles, starting from Simkota and ending the day's journey in Phajoding, a downward trek of about five or six hours. The trail will lead you through dwarf rhododendron trees and past the glacial Lake Janye. On the way, there's a good chance you'll meet yak herders, and on a clear day, you'll be able to see Mount Gangkar Punsum, at more than 24,000 feet – the highest unclimbed peak in the world. The campsite is close to the monastery of Phajoding that overlooks the Thimphu Valley.
It's all downhill today as you make your way to the capital of Thimphu at 7,500 feet. You'll trek through beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forests. On the way, take time to see the national animal – the takin – at the Motithang Takin Preserve. In Thimphu, you can enjoy a nice hot shower in your luxury resort – Amankora Thimphu and Taj Tashi are both recommended five-star hotels. This afternoon, you have free time to explore the charming narrow streets and shops of Thimphu.