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Trip Name : Gangtey Trek
Duration : 8 Nights / 9 Days, Max. Elevation: 3,480m
Highest Camp : 3,330m
Standard : Easy
Best Season : September to May
Group Size : 1 – 15 Pax or above


Start from : Phobjikha
Finish in : Tikke Zampa
Trip Cost : The trip cost will vary depending on the group size, duration etc. Please contact us with your details to obtain a best price offer.


Summary:

Although the trek is possible throughout the whole winter, the best seasons for the Gangtey Trek are March to May and September to November. It is a short and relatively easy trek with beautiful villages and monasteries en route.

Itinerary

Day-1; Arrive Paro International Airport: During the journey to Paro, one will experience breath taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Chomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by our representatives , who will escort you to the Hotel where arrangements have been made for the night.

Day-2; Paro – Sightseeing Morning: Drive to Drugyel Dzong (a ruined fortress – 16 Kms. away from Paro Town). Although its ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peak of Chomolhari, popularlly known as Jomolhari “Mountain of the Goddess” can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,329m/ 24,029 ft.) On the way back, visit the Kichu Lhakhang one of the oldest temples. Visit Rimpung Dzong. This massive fortress is located in the Paro Valley and houses the District Administration office and the Monk Body. It was built in 1645 AD. Afternoon: Visit the National Museum (Ta – Dzong). This was actually the Watch Tower of the Rimpung Dzong. It was converted into the National Museum in 1968. Then drive to Thimphu (Capital). Thimphu is 55 km from Paro and takes more than an hour .Overnight in Hotel a Thimphu.

Day-3; Thimphu – Sightseeing Morning: Drive to the Buddha point to visit the massive Buddha statue (165ft). You can also have a very beautiful view of the Thimphu valley from there.Visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge Stupa built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952 – 1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the Wood Craft and Painting school where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive. Visit Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased. After lunch, visit Simtokha Dzong which is located 6 km from Thimphu Town. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan built in 1629 AD. Towards evening visit Tashichhoe Dzong. This massive structure houses part of the Government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the senior monks and the Chief Abbot. It is the main Secretariat building, but you are allowed only after the office hours.

Day-4; Thimphu – Gangtey: Drive to Gantey 90 km from Thimphu. On the way, halt at Dochula pass (26 km, Alt. 3100m) for tea and snacks and to enjoy the most spectacular view of the eastern Himalayan mountain ranges( the view is possible only on a clear day). Also visit Punakha (60 km) the former capital of Bhutan. The Punakha Dzong lies between two rivers known as Phochu and Mochu which means ” Male River and Female River “. The Dzong now houses the District Administration office and the winter residence of the State Monastic Body and its Chief Abbot. It was built in 1637 AD. Overnight in the Guest house. Gangtey is a beautiful place surrounded by snowcapped mountains in the distance with a landscape of rolling hills and green meadows. It is situated at an altitude of 3000m. From Gangtey, one can closely view the picturesque Black Mountain ranges as well as the beautiful Phobjikha valley. Gangtey Gompa (Gantey Monastery) is perched atop a small hill that rises from the valley floor. The Monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens (Lay Monks) who take care of the Monastery. The Gangtey Gompa is the only Nyingmapa Monastery on the western side of the Black Mountains and is also the biggest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan.

Day-5; Gangtey – Gogona. Begin the Gantey Trek: Riding ponies can be provided if required. The trail winds through meadows and fields and the climb takes you through a mixed forest of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendron to Tselela pass (3320m). Overnight in camp at alt. 3000m; Distance 16 km;Time 5-6 hours.

Day-6; Gogona – Khotokha: A gentle climb leads to Shobjula pass (3390m). The descend from the pass leads to a wide valley, surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges. Overnight in camp. Distance 16 km; Time 6-7 hours.

Day-7: Khotokha – Chuzomsa: A short ascent will bring you to the Tashila pass (2,780m). You walk through an ever changing landscape into the drainage of Dangchu. (Chu means River). Overnight in camp.

Day- 8; Chuzomsa – Paro: Walk from Chuzomsa to the motor road which takes about 45 minutes. Drive to Paro (75km) or Thimphu (Choices are yours).

Day-9; Paro:International Airport We bid farewell to the magical kingdom in the sky. DUTT’s representative wishes you a safe journey back home.

OR

Day-1; Phobjikha – Zasa (Distance 15km, six to seven hours, 610m ascent, 410m descent, camp altitude 3,130m): The Trek starts near the village of Tabiting. The trail winds through meadows and fields and the climb takes you through a mixed forest of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendron to Tsele La (3430m). From here you descend into the Juge Kangkha Chhu valley. Further on, the path leads to Gogona, well known for its “Gogona Cheese” production. The campsite is a bit further on besides a small stream in a yak pasture called Zasa.

Day-2; Zasa – Chorten Karpo (Distance 16km,five to seven hours, 450m ascent, 860m descent, camp altitude 3,330m): A gentle climb leads to Shobe La pass (3,480m). The descent from the pass leads to a wide valley, surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges. Below the route one can see Khothokha, a village with about 60 houses. You finally reach the campsite by climbing gently up till you see four chortens in a forest of blue pine.

Day-3; Chorten Karpo – Tikke Zampa (Distance 12km, four to five hours, 120m ascent, 1,340m descent): From the camp you climb till you reach a forest road. From here it’s an easy walk up to a little ridge at 2,800m. The walk down back into the valley leads you through Bhutan’s best bird watching areas.