Pack your hiking boots and your sense of adventure and join us on a challenging, but rewarding, trek through the valleys and mountains of Bhutan. After getting acclimated with a hike to Taktsang Monastery, perched some 2,000 feet above the Paro Valley floor, we begin the trek in earnest, reaching the Chomolhari Base Camp at 13,288 feet on our third day. Be rewarded after a steep climb to the lakes at Tso Phu with spectacular views of the peaks Jitchu Drake and Chomolhari. Finally, savor the moment as you reach the excursion’s highest point at 15,600 feet before descending back down the mountains. Between hikes, camp in tents beneath star-strewn skies.

Our journey concludes in the present and past capital cities of Bhutan, Thimphu and Punakha. First, in Thimphu, visit the Memorial Chorten, a large Tibetan-style stupa in the center of the city and explore the School of Arts and Crafts, the Heritage Museum, and the National Library. Lastly, in Punakha, explore Punakha Valley and its numerous fortresses and monasteries, such as Simtoka Dzong, Wangdiphodrang Dzong, and Punakha Dzong before flying out from Paro.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 | Paro

Explore Paro Valley by vehicle and on foot. Return to the hotel for a welcome dinner and a brief orientation session.

Day 2 | Paro Valley

Get warmed up with a hike to the famed ‘Tiger’s Nest,’ Taktsang Monastery, some 2,000 feet up from the valley floor.

Day 3 | Drukyel Dzong to Shana

The real trek begins as we hike for 4-5 hours and spend the night in an alpine tented camp.

Day 4 | Shana To Soi Thangthanka

Today is more challenging as the trail continues uphill through the river valley on our 5-6 hour hike. As you reach camp, outstanding views of Chomolhari make for an excellent photo op.

Day 5 | Soi Thangthanka To Jangothang

We continue, now hiking above tree line, through a spectacular valley lined with snow peaks and several waterfalls and camp with Chomolhari looming at the end of the valley.

Day 6 | Chomolhari Base Camp

We relax at base camp, photographing Chomulhari in the changing light of the day or taking in an optional day hike.

Day 7 | Jangothang to Tso Phu

A short hike brings us to the Tso Phu lakes, where we camp. Those who wish to can take on additional hiking or fish for brown trout.

Day 8 | Tso Phu to Chorapang

We cross the Bang Tue La Pass–the highest point on our trek at 15,600’–before beginning our descent. We hike about 6-7 hours today.

Day 9 | Chorapang To Thangbue

We reach our second pass, Takalung La at 14,400’, where, if the weather cooperates, the view is remarkable, with Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake rising over the mountain range we covered yesterday.

Day 10 | Thangbue to Shana

We stop for tea with views of another dramatic peak, Drake Gang, before beginning one of the most challenging parts of the trek downwards toward Shana. We enjoy the relatively-flat walk to the trail head from Drukyel Dzong then return to Thimphu by vehicle.

Day 11 | Thimphu

Visit Chorten Memorial, a large Tibetan–style stupa, and, time permitting, explore the School of Arts and Crafts, the Heritage Museum, the National Library, and the Textile Museum.

Day 12 | Thimphu to Punakha

Take in Simtokha and Wangdiphodrang Dzongs en route to Punakha.

Day 13 | Punakha to Paro

Visit Ta Dzong – the ancient watchtower above the Paro Dzong, which now houses the National Museum. Explore downtown Paro in the afternoon.

Day 14 | Departure

Transfer to Paro Airport for your outbound flight from Bhutan.

Trip Dates & Pricing

Dates:

This is a private trip with departure dates that fit your schedule. Inquire for further details.

Best Season:

March through May & October through November

Pricing:

4+ passengers:

$6,850 per person

Single Supplement:

$1,180

Estimated International Airfare (Bangkok-Paro-Bangkok):

$950 per person (subject to change)

Note: International Airfare to Bangkok is not included.

Activity Level

Hiking of up to 8 hours a day with 1000 – 3000 feet elevation gain or loss in a day; adverse mountain weather conditions are possible (hot/humid lower elevation – snow/rain/high winds in higher elevations) are commonplace; driving on dirt or badly maintained roads. Five to fifteen days of tented camping or rustic lodge accommodation with basic facilities; elevations ranging up to 15,000 ft.