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Sharna Zampa to Soi Thangkha (22km, 9-10 hours, 690m Ascent, Camp ALT 3750m)
Soi Thangkha to Jangothang base camp (19km, 8 hours, 290m Ascent, Camp ALT 4040m)
Jangothang Exploration (8km, 4-5 hours, 855m Ascent)
Jangothang to Lingshi (18km, 7-8 hours, 660m Ascent, Camp ALT 4010m)
Lingshi – Chebisa (12 km, 6 hours, 160m Descend, Camp ALT 3850m)
Chebisa – Shoumuthang (17km, 7 hours, 570m Ascend, 290 Descend, Camp ALT 4130)
Shoumuthang – Rogluthang (17 Km, 7 hours, 570m Ascend, 290m Descend, Camp ALT 4130m)
Rogluthang – Lingmithang (19 Km, 8 hours, 850m Ascend, 870m Descend, Camp ALT 4140m)
Lingmithang – Laya (10 km, 4 hours, Camp ALT 3850m)
Exploration at Laya
Laya – Rodhuphu (19km, 8-9 hours, 900m Ascend, 70m Descend, Camp ALT 4160m)
Rodhuphu – Tarina (18km, 7 hours, 220m Ascend, 770m Descend, Camp ALT 4350m)
Tarina – Woche (15km, 6 hours, 250m Ascend, 310m Descend, Camp ALT 4300m)
Woche – Lhedi (19km, 8 hours, 300m Ascend, 450m Descend, Camp ALT 4200m)
Lhedi – Thanza (19km, 7-8 hours, 250m ascend, Camp ALT 4250m)
Exploration at Thanza
Thanza – Tshorim (18 km, 7-8 hours, 850m Ascend, Camp ALT 5125m)
Tshorim – Gangkar Phensum Base Camp (17km, 7-8 hours, 155m Descend, Camp ALT 4970m)
Exploration at Gangkar Phensum Base camp
Gangkar Phensum Base Camp – Geshe woma (13 km, 770 Descend, Camp ALT 4200m)
Geshe Woma – Warathang (16 km, 8 hours, 200m Descend, Camp ALT 4000m)
Warathang – Dhur Tshachu (12 km, 6 hours, Camp ALT 3890m)
Dhur Tshachu – Tshochenchen (17km, 8-9 hours, Camp ALT 3850m)
Tshochenchen – Dur Bumthang, Jakar, 10 km, 7 hours)
The track follows Pa Chhu(Paro river) through oak, pine and spruce forest. After continuous hiking for about 2 hours we will reach at Shingkharap. A hot lunch will be served at riverside. From there after climbing up for about 8 hours we reach our camp at 3750m.
the first sight in the morning will be the magnificent Mt. Jumolhari. Since the track goes above tree line, we will gain a significant height gain. Our path will be ascending till we reach the army camp. As we ascend we will pass through the yak herders camp. We will be served with lunch at the yak herders’ camp or near riverside. We will continue walking following the streambed; we will come across a Danggochang village and a school for nomad kids. After an hour, we will reach our Campsite of Jangothang at an altitude of 4040m. From here we will have the awesome view of Mt. Jumolhari and Jichu Drake.
we will have a leisure uphill climb of 2 hours to Tshophu Lake and enjoy the beautiful view of Mt. Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherim Gang. Or if you choose to stay back at the camp and relax, we will walk around the campsite, visit the old ruined fortress on a hillock in the foreground. We will be likely to spot blue sheep, golden eagles, and blue poppy, Himalayan griffon Vultures.
the track follows the stream for half an hour and crosses the bride to the right side. We will start the climb up to the Nge La pass at an altitude of 4700m with a breathtaking view of Mt. Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherim Gang. After the pass it is a gradual descent with a view of Lingshi Dzong.
Lingshi – Chebisa
We begin the day by detouring the Lingshi fortress settled on a hill top with a spectacular view hills, rivers and magnificent views. We will be taking leisure walk through the villages. A short walk after lunch will reach us to Chebisa village, where we will be camping for the night.
Chebisa – Shoumuthang
We will begin the day with a steep climb of nearly four hours uphill to Gogu La Pass (4,500m). There the sight of blue sheep is very common. After the pass, we descend through rhododendron bushes to the lunch stop. The trail continues with ascends and descends arriving at Shekepasa (3980m). Descending to the northern side of the valley, we arrive at our camp (4250m).
Shoumuthang – Robluthang
The trek begins with an ascend up to Jari La (4700m) and descending from here to Tashahijathang valley, the summer grazing ground of the rare Himalayan Takin. We set our camp at Robluthang with an altitude of 4200m after ascending down from there.
Robluthang – Limithang
Today we will be ascending till we reach at the top of Shingchen La pass (5005m), the highest pass in our entire trek. The view of snow covered Gangchenta or the Tiger Mountain (6840m) filling the northern horizon is breath taking. The last stretch of the todays trek is steep, reaching us to Lingmithang (4140m) where we will camp for the night.
Lingmithang – Laya
We start the morning with the stunning view of Gangchenta Peak and a enjoyable with beautiful view to Laya, the second highest settlement in the country with an altitude of 3800m.
Today we will be exploring the unique traditions of the Laya people. Traditional Bhutanese hospitality is really good here, the locals offer tea and locally brewed wine to the visitors. We can also visit the local houses and interact with them.
Laya – Rodhuphu
The downhill hill leads to the Lunana trail junction and ascends to the hilltop with great view of Mo Chhu and Rhodo Chhu. The trail follows the Rhodo Chhu valley through mixed conifers and then through rhododendron above the tree line. Our camp is at Rudophu (4160m) across the Rhodo Chhu River.
Rodhuphu – Tarina
We will be starting the day early as it is the longest of all trek, we will be ascending to Tsimola (4700m). After the pass we will have great view of Lunana, Mt. Jumolhariand Jichu Drake. The trail is straight slat for about 4 hours and after that we climb to Ganglapachung Pass (5080m). After there is a steep descend to Trina valley where we camp (3980m).
Tarina – Woche
The trail passes through the junipers down the Tangchu River on the left passing through amazing waterfalls. We will be making a steep ascend to Woche village, the first settlement in Lunana region (4350m) the Woche village marks the beginning of the Lunana region.
Woche – Lhedi
We will be ascending up the Woche valley and then descend to a wooden bridge across Woche river. After that we will be ascending to reach Keche La Pass (4650m) with magnificent view. The trail descends again to Pho Chhu valley and reaches Thaga village (4050m). From there we will climb down reaching Lhedi (4200m) along the pho Chhu.
Lhedi – Thanza
Today the trek is easy comparatively. We will be following the north bank of the pho Chhu river reaching Chuzo village (4090m). We continue following the trail along the riverbed and then climb a steep hill overlooking Thanzavalley (4250m).
Exploration at Thanza
Today will either explore the Thanza village or visit the nearby glacial lakes. Thanza village is a very unique comparatively, they make their own cloths with their own sense of fashion, and they are virtually untouched, medieval like society.
Another option that we have today is to hike through small moraine rocks to clusters of Raphstreng Tsho and Thorthormi Tsho. These lakes are the source of Pho Chhu river of Punakha. The view of table mountain (locally known as Zongphu Gang) with an altitude of 7100m is superb from there.
Thanza – Tshorim
We start the trek by climbing the ridge with a great view of Table Mountain and Thanza Valley below. After the lunch we will be ascending with a great view. Further climbing will reach us to the campsite.
Tshorim – Gangkar Phensum Base Camp
We start the day with a climb to Tshorim Lake. Will walk on the side of the lake enjoying the great view of Gophula ranges. The last climb to the Gophula pass is a short one. After the pass we will descend to the base camp. One can also divert to the left to climb up the Pyramid Peak for better view or climb down to the base camp nearby Sha Chhu (4970m).
Day 19: Exploration at Gangkar Phensum Base camp
We will have a relax day at the Base camp enjoying the spectacular view of Gangkar Phensum, which is the tallest unexplored mountain in Bhutan.
Gangkar Phensum Base Camp – Geshe woma
The trail further follows the Sha Chhu and descending gradually to Geshe Woma (4200m).
Geshe Woma – Warathang
The trail continues following Sha Chhu for two and half hours until the stiff climb to Sakala begins. Visibility along the Sakala trail is poor so one must see the top of the ridge for guidance. After the lunch, ascend up to Sakala Pass (4800m) and then descend to the lakes. Scenery once again is beautiful after ascending.
Warathang – Dhur Tshachu
Ascend of half and hour will reach us to Julila pass (4400m). Descends to the riverside through dense rhododendron, Juniper and conifer forests after the pass. A short climb after the bridge will reach us to Dur Tshachu (hot spring). One can have a hot bath after a long trek and relax oneself there.
Dur Tshachu – Tshochenchen
It is a long and steady climb with a spectacular view of mountains in Lunana. We will also come across blue lakes and camp of yak herders (3850m).
Tshochenchen – Dur Bumthang (Jakar)
The last day trek where you change from yaks to pack ponies. The trail follows the Chamkhar Chhu, descending gradually with few climbs reaching Dur village, where you will be picked up and transferred to your hotels by Bhutan Tourister.