Govt. Regd. No: 69767-2066/67

Gangtey Trek

Duration: 10 Days      (Based On review(s))

Gangtey Trek is easy trekking in Bhutan with hiking at the low-altitudes. The trek explores the Phobijikha Valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan. It’s a wide green lush and glacial valley at an altitude of 3000 meters. The Phobijikha valley is the home of the black-necked cranes migrating from Tibetan plateau during winter. The trek starts from Phobijikha Valley in Gangtey ending at Tiki Zampa. Trekkers walk past beautiful remote villages of Gogona and Khotoka. The trekking trail will take you across mixed forests of juniper, magnolia, and rhododendron. Further crossing over remote hamlets and farmlands en-route trek.

Start the trek from the Gangtey monastery established in the 17th century. The village of Phobijikha is located a few kilometers down from the monastery on the valley floor. Bhutan hiking tour also explores the colorful Paro, the tiny capital – Thimphu and the old capital- Punakha. Such Bhutan cultural sightseeing Visits several historical and religious landmarks like Punakha Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Chimi Lhakhang. the most interesting and popular is a hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ outskirts of Paro town. Gangtey Trek is all about discovering Bhutan’s natural beauty and it’s unique culture and traditions.

Trip Highlights: 

  • Witness spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalayas while flying in/out from Paro.
  • Paro exploding with colors and traditions.
  • Explore the tiny capital Thimphu.
  • Visit Dochula pass (3,140m) en-route Thimphu to Punakha with spectacular Himalayan views.
  • Take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang ‘the fertility temple’ dedicated to Drukpa Kunley – the divine madman.
  • Punakha Dzong arguably the most impressive monastery in Bhutan.
  • Trekking into the Phobjikha Valley, Gangtey – one of the beautiful valleys in Bhutan.
  • Visit Bumthang – the cultural heartland of Bhutan home to oldest monasteries & temples.
  • Kurje Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakhang & Tamshing Lhakhang in Bumthang.
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most important monasteries in Bhutan.
  • Witness culture, traditions & daily lifestyles of Bhutan.

ITENERARY

Fly into Paro. You will be met by our representative. After Customs and Immigrations formalities, you will be escorted to the hotel. Over night at hotel
Starting our Gangtey Trek, after breakfast drive through the valley straight north to see the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, a victory fortress of the 17th century. On the way back stop at the Takshang (tiger’s nest) view point, visit a farm house. After lunch visit Ta-Dzong (National Museum) which is considered to be the one of the best natural and historical museum and walk down hill for a view of Paro Dzong with its traditional bridge over the Pa-chu (Paro River).Evening drive to Thimphu. Overnight hotel
Todays drive will be 6-7 hours. The first half of the drive is about 3 hours leisurely drive over the Dochula pass at 10,000 ft. to Wangdue. Enroute you will see some of the highest peaks in Bhutan including Gangkhar Puensum(7541m), the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. The descent through the temperate forest colored with Rhododendrons and Magnolias takes you to the semi-tropical zone of orange, bananas and cactus and to the valley of Wangdue. Visit the town of Wangdue, Afterlunch drive to Gangtey Gompa, 3 hours. You will be lodged up in a farm house converted into a small guest house or camp if rooms are not available. The camp site and guest house is at Tabiting.
Gangtey Trek Day 1 : Distance 15 km and walking time 6-7 hours.The trek starts at Tabiting at 2830m and camp at Gogona (3100m). A moderate trek that takes you through meadows and fields then ascends the Tselela pass at 3440m through mixed forest of Juniper, bamboos, Rhododendrons and Magnolias. On this trek you will meet people who speak different dialect called Bjop-kha (language spoken by nomads in Bhutan). Because of their isolation they continue using their own dialect and a life of their own. Gogona is a small village with an outstanding monastery under the care of Gangtey Gompa.Overnight camp.
Gangtey Trek Day 2 : Distance 16 km and about 6-7 hours walking time.Starting at Gogona and camp at Khotokha (2790m). A gradual climb today takes you to Shobjula pass at 3410m. On descending you will reach a wide valley with clear view of the mountains around you. Overnight camp.
Gangtey Trek Day 3 End of Trek : Distance 12 km and walking time 5 hours.A short climb takes you to the Tashila pass at 2800m. As you walk down you will notice the changes in the vegetation and finally reach the motorable road at Tikke Zampa where you will be received by our tour bus. From here it is a 30minute drive to Punakha. Overnight Hotel.
Morning at leisure or take a hike to Chhimi Lhakhang (temple of the devine madman) It will be a 2 hour roundtrip hike. After lunch drive to Thimphu (3 hours)
After breakfast visit the National Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the late King. Also visit the Handicraft Emporium/Chokey handicraft and the National Painting School. After lunch visit the traditional gold smiths and a stroll in Thimphu market. If today is a Saturday or Sunday then a visit to the weekend market and archery ground is a must.
To Paro (2 hours) and sightseeing.
Your Gangtey Trek terminates today so after breakfast your representative will help you with the exit formalities and bid you farewell and wish you happy journey back home.

WHAT'S INCLUDED ?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing.
  • Route Permit.
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan.
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide.
  • All land transportation by private vehicle.
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary.
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable.
  • Drinking water.
  • All internal taxes and charges.
  • A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)

WHAT'S EXCLUDED ?

  • Airfare & Travel Insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

COST AND DATES

NOTE

  • The above quotation is for private tour.
  • On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on a usage basis.

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