“Multisport trip”

By: admin on Monday, May, 4th,2015 in Tours.

Days 01 : Arrival at Paro. Check into Hotel. Day at leisure. Either walk around or bike around Paro in the late afternoon.

Day 02 : Hike to Taktsang monastery

Day 03 : Trek to Jele Dzong. Start Trek above the Museum and gradually climb upto Jele Dzong. Atl: 2590m, dist: 7 Kms. Overnight at camp.

Day 04 : Jele Dzong – Jimilangtshoa :The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and rhododendron tree with beautiful views of mountains and the valley. Campsite near Jimilangtsho lake alt. 3350m.  Camp site at the height of 3350m distance 20 km.

Day 05 : Jimilangtso – Phajoding :The trail continues with gradual climb. If weather permits, beautiful views of Mt. Gangkhar Phunsum can be seen. Campsite near the monastery alt. 3116 m. Distance 21 km.Overnight at camp.

Day 06 : Phajoding – Thimpu Sightseeing :The trek to Thimpu is down hill through blue pine forest. Distance 8 km. Evening at leisure.Overnight at Hotel in Thimpu.

Day 07 : Thimpu – Punakha / Wangdi :Morning Thimpu sightseeing, visit Memorial Chorten, Painting School, National Library, Bhutanese Hand Made Paper factory. After lunch drive to Punakha across the Dochula Pass (Alt. 3050 m) where one can see the beautiful views of Eastern Himalayan Ranges. Overnight at Hotel in Wangdi.

Day 08 : In the morning at about 9.30 am hike about 1 hr from the Punakha Dzong up the Pho Chhu Valley to the put in at Samdenkha for a nice class II/III raft trip down to the Punakha School.  After lunch visit the Punakha Dzong.

Day 09 : Punakha to Phobjikha by car (2 hours drive) Visit Gangtey Monastery (under renovation) Phobjikha valley has no electricity , but is one of the more beautiful valleys. Over night either camp or stay at one of the lodges in Phobjikha

Day 10: Cycle back to Punakha 62 KM – 6 hours ride time. Moderate.

From Phobjikha valley you work your way back up to Lawa La (13 km up) and the main road and from there continue the long descent to Wangdue Phodrang. After passing the village of Nobding, 12 km down, there is a single restaurant a further 12 km down and then a few shops at Teki Zampa another 15 km further. Just past here a new Japanese bridge spans the Dang Chhu. At Chuzomsa, there is a side road to an abandoned slate mine. After a long almost flat stretch you reach Wangdue Phodrang. The town is supposed to be relocated to a site closer to the river. Overnight camp in Punakha.

Day 11 : Punakha – Thimphu : Drive from Punakha to Thimphu. Those who want can bike down to Thimphu from the Dochula Pass onward. Overnight at Thimphu or Paro

Day 12 :  Departure.




Chomolhari – Lingshi Trek

By: admin on Monday, May, 4th,2015 in Tours.

The land locked Kingdom of Bhutan comprises mountains, forests and rivers and offers all that the Himalayas has to offer. For centuries the Bhutanese have traveled through their country on foot and the trails they used then have today been developed as trekking trails. However, modern development and the building of roads to access the remote regions has led to the disappearance of numerous old routes, leaving only a few intact as they were eons ago. The Chomolhari-Lingshi trail being one of the few.    Bhutan had been closed to the outside world  (with a very few exceptions), until the first paying tourist group visited this hidden paradise in 1974. Trekking started in western Bhutan in 1978 and in central Bhutan in 1982. Trekkers make up for only 10 to 15% of the total number of tourist arrivals a year (17000 + in 2006). Therefore trekking in Bhutan is truly a once in a lifetime experience. It is different from trekking in other regions of Asia. Bhutan boasts a forest cover of approx 70 % and provides an enormously rich flora and fauna.


This trip presents the opportunity to visit a part of Bhutan that has only ever been experienced by a handful of outsiders. A vast, pure and untrammeled wilderness, significantly detached from all that lies below. You start you’re your journey from Paro in the western part of Bhutan and it is from within this exceptionally picturesque and spiritual setting that your expedition truly begins.

The trek follows a traditional route favored by migratory yak-herders. The information provided in the detailed itinerary is as accurate as humanely possible. It is based on an independent survey done by a few of us and the details (like names of places) have been derived from local people and information passed on to us by the Department of Tourism. Walking times have been based on an average westerners ability to walk the rough terrains of the Himalayas and due time given to acclimatize on the way up.


The Chomlhari Lingshi trek is one of  the finest treks Bhutan has to offer. The route starts from Drukgyel Dzong in Paro and continues onwards to Chomolhari base camp. It then goes via Lingshi and exits via Thimphu


Day 1—Paro, Bhutan. Fly to Paro, Bhutan, on Druk Air, the national airline of Bhutan. If the weather cooperates, you might have spectacular views of the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas, including peaks in Bhutan such as Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, and Tsering Kang. After visa formalities at the Paro airport, we drive to our hotel. We’ll have a late afternoon visit to the National Museum, housed in an old watchtower above Paro Dzong (a dzong is a fortress-monastery). The museum’s collections include displays of spectacular thangkas (religious scroll paintings), bronze statues, Bhutan’s beautiful stamps, and the Tshogshing Lhakhang (Temple of the Tree of Wisdom), with its carvings depicting the history of Buddhism. After the early morning flight everybody is going to want to have an early dinner and a good night’s rest


Day 2—Paro. Drive above 9 miles north of Paro town to the trailhead where you start a 1 ½ hr hike to the viewpoint of Taktsang Monastery (aka “Tiger’s Nest) perched on a cliff 2700 feet above the valley floor. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche arrived here on the back of one of is consorts who was in the guise of a flying Tigress sometime in the 7th century. Hence, the name “Taktsang” (Tiger’s Nest). After a short tea break, the options are to sit back and read a book for a while or if you feel energetic enough, to continue another 45 minutes up to the monastery. Evening, relax at the hotel, sort gear etc to commence trek the following morning.


Day 3—Begin Trek –Paro to Shana.  The Trek begins today. After an early breakfast, drive to the end of the road north from Paro to the ruins of the Drukgyel Dzong ( Fortress of the Victorious Drukpas) (alt. at Drukgyel Dzong 8460ft/2580m) with Mount Chomlhari (23,995 ft/7315m) looming in the background. Here’s where you meet the rest of the trekking crew and the first group of pack ponies. The first hour or so of the trek follows a dirt road through a wide, rich, cultivated valley, following the Paro Chhu (river) after which you cross a suspension bridge. After about 3 to 3.5 hrs walk you reach the military outpost of Gunitsawa, which you bypass, and cross over the Paro Chhu on a footbridge and walk north-northwest following a trail next to the river. After about half an hour you reach the first night’s campsite called Shana (9480ft/2890m). Total time: 5 to 5.5 hrs. Distance: Approx 15km


Day 4 – Shana to Soi Thangthanka. A long and hard day ahead with a lot of distance to cover, and the trail is rough and stony with a lot of ups and downs. Today we count on a late arrival into camp and it’s advisable to carry an extra wooly top or sweater. The trail was used in the old days by travelers coming from or going to Phari in Tibet and basically follows the river. The trail climbs steadily through thick forest of oak, rhododendron, bamboo and ferns. Birdlife is plentiful. After about 2.5 hrs you reach a small clearing with two huts called Shingkarap. Not far after that, the trail forks, marked by a big cairn decorated with flowers and prayerflags. Stay to the right. You keep following the main river upstream and after a while the trail makes a short steep ascent and descent, followed by a big foot bridge crossing to the east side of the river. Five minutes after crossing the bridge comes a big clearing in the forest, lunch will be here. The trek continues up and down for about another 3-4 hrs through beautiful forest consisting mainly of birch, fir, larch, maple, blue pine and rhododendron. After all the ups and down you finally come to abridge that you cross over. From the bridge, a short climb follows and then you see a big chorten and a second bridge at the confluence of the Paro Chhu from the north and Ronse Ghon Chhu from the west. From the bridge leading to the chorten you see Mount Chomolhari to the north. Do not cross the second bridge but continue for another half an hour till you reach a meadow with a small stone hut almost in ruins (no one lives there). This is Soi Thangthanka (11,730ft/3575m) camp for the night. Total time 7 to 7.5 hrs. Distance : Approx 22km


Day 5 – Soi Thangthanka to Jangothang. If the weather is clear, breakfast is served with a breathtaking view of  Mount Chomolhari. The first hour or so of walking is through forest until the view of Chomolhari is lost. The rest of the trail again follows the river. We cross a small military camp and about 1 hour past the camp the trail turns right at a mani wall. After climbing a small ridge, we reach a big open meadow with a chorten in the middle, called Geza or Heysithangka. The walk through the open meadow takes us through little villages and before reaching Jangothang (about 30 minutes or so) you come across a Basic Health Unit outpost. By now we should get a fairly good view of Mount Jitchu Drake (22470ft/6850m) As you approach camp for the night the ruins of a dzong located on a rock next to the stream joining the main river is clearly visible with the overwhelming snow and ice-capped east face of Chomolhari (23,995ft/7315m). Jangothang ( 13,260ft/4044m) and camp for tonight is located next to a stone hut near the stream. Total time : 5 to 5.5 hrs. Distance : Approx 17km.


Day 6 – Rest day at Jangothang. The morning sun hits camp at about 0800 hrs and some people might feel the effects of the ascent of 1800m in the last three days, so a rest day at Jangothang definitely helps with the process of acclimatization. There are some good day hikes around the Chomolhari camp area and today we follow the rule of “trek high, sleep low”. We could either hike up the valley towards the foot of Chomolhari or east towards the twin lakes Tsho Phu (14,270ft/4350m), or if people prefer a more challenging day hike, up a steep grassy ridge located next to camp to the north. It takes about 3-4 hrs to reach the final rocky summit (15,610ft/4760m). A more pleasant hike (2-2.5hrs up and 1-1.5hrs down) goes to the direction of Jitchu Drake or one could just sit back.. read a book and just enjoy the day at base camp.


Day 7 – Jangothang to Lingshi. Leaving camp you walk north past the houses till you come to a log bridge to cross the river (this is the second log bridge. The first, being the one that leads to Tsho Phu lakes). A steep switch back trail starts climbing out of the valley into another that leads to the final climb and the Nyele La (“sleepy”) Pass. (16,040ft/4890m). It’s a long climb to the top and a test for one’s level of acclimatization. If anyone is having a problem this is the time to turn back, cause once you cross over to Lingshi you can only get out by crossing high passes.  From the top of Nyele La pass you can see the trekking area to be covered over the next couple of days and Mount Takaphu (21,405ft/6526m) and Tiger Mountain.  After descending from the pass the trail is pretty flat and easy, leading to a viewing point from which Lingshi Dzong can be seen in it’s full glory; a powerful, solitary structure in the middle of nothing but wilderness. The dzong gets closer as we further descend to camp near a stone hutment.  Lingshi camp ( 13,150ft/4010m). Total time : 5.5-6.5hrs. Distance : Approx 19 km


Day 8 –  Lingshi to Shodu

Today is a long hard day. The trail goes through a rhododendron forest on the ridge above the camp in an easterly direction towards a small chorten. Turning a corner, the trail then goes south into a valley with few trees. The climb is gradual at first for about 3 hrs after leaving camp. You then cross the river and climb out of the valley to a big side valley. The last part of the climb is through an area with large boulders and several switchbacks. After about 4.5 hrs (after leaving camp) you reach the big cairn on top of the Yale La (4950 m), with views towards snow capped mountains around Lingshi and the peaks to the south. The descent joins the Jaradinthang Chhu, which becomes the Thimphu Chhu (Wang Chhu). At around 4150 m is a chorten  from where the trails takes an easterly direction following the river. The campsite is at Shodu (13380 ft/4080 m) just after crossing a sandy slope. Total time : 8 hrs Distance : Approx 22 km


Day 9 – Shodu to Barshong

Most people traveling between Lingshi and Thimphu use this same trail, which passes a deserted military camp. You follow the trail to the river through the limestone valley. Monks use the caves in the rocks and Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel is said to have meditated here. Cross the bridges over the main river. Towards the end of the days trek the trail gradually ascends about 130 m to the ruins of the Barshong Dzong. There is a muddy campsite below the dzong, but you could carry on for about another 1.5 hrs to a better campsite.  Total time :  4-5 hrs.  Distance : Approx 14 km


Day 10 – Barshong to Dolam Kencho

After crossing a side stream, make a steep descent on a rocky trail ending at the Wang Chhu. There a several ups and downs and crossing of smaller side streams. Upon reaching a split in the trail; the one on the right descends to the sampsite for the night, Dolam Kencho (3290 m). Total time : 4 – 5 hrs. Distance : Approx 15 km


Day 11 – Dolam Kencho to Dodena (Thimphu) – End of Trek

Climb back from the campsite upto the main trail to a cairn at 3450m, from where the route descends to a side stream. There are small ups and downs followed by a couple of short steep switchbacks to descend a vertical cliff before finally reaching the last stretch to Dedena. The trail descends through bamboo forests, follwing the mule trail high above the river until it finally ends at Dodena. From there you drive on to the capital city of Thimphu for a well deserved hot shower. Total time : 4 hrs Distance : Approx 10 km.

Evening at leisure and night at a hotel.


Day 12 – Thimphu Sightseeing

Morning sightseeing of Thimphu Valley. Visit the National Memorial Chorten, Indigenous & Traditional Hospital, School of Art & Crafts, National Library and The Tashichho Dzong. Late afernoon and evening at leisure to do  some souvenir shopping. Night in Thimphu


Day 13 – Departure

Morning Departure

“The Drukpath Trek ”

By: admin on Monday, May, 4th,2015 in Tours.

DThe Drukpath Trek : Trek/Culture

Day 1 

Your flight from Bangkok to Paro will take about 5 hours. On this flight the views of the Everest, Kanchen Junga and other Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drakey in Bhutan are awesome. On arrival in Paro our guide will receive you and check you into your hotel. After lunch we will see the rich history of Bhutan exhibited in the 17th century National Museum. The Paro Dzong, a massive fortress built in the 17th century now houses the monastic body. A tour of this beautiful Dzong will introduce us to the unique aspects of the Bhutanese Buddhism. A lovely stroll downhill from the Dzong over an old cantilever bridge wraps up an eventful first day in this magical kingdom.

Overnight in Paro | Altitude: 2200m

Day 2

Taktsang or the tiger’s nest temple is the most revered temple to the Buddhist. This magical temple clings to a vertical granite cliff 800m above the valley. Legend has it that in the 8th century, Guru Rimpochey, a tantric master flew here on the back of a tigress and meditated in a cave around which the temple is built. A hike to this temple will take up most of our morning. In the afternoon, we will host a special Buddhist prayer ceremony at the beautiful 1200 year old Kyichu Lhakhang Temple, to bring us good luck for the rest of the journey.

Overnight in Paro | Altitude: 2200m

Day 3

Start of the Druk Path Trek
Paro to Jela Dzong 
Distance: 10k
Walking time: 6h
Sleeping altitude: 3000m

The start of the Drukpath Trek is at the historic Ta Dzong, the National Museum. We follow a dirt road until it gives way to our trail in the pine forests. The trail is uphill all the way till Jela Dzong, a temple built as a war fortress in the olden days, overlooking the Paro valley below.

Day 4

Jela Dzong to Jangchublakha 
Distance: 10k
Walking time: 4h
Sleeping altitude: 3200m

Today’s trail looks like the setting of Stephen Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. With ancient firs wrapped in Spanish moss, a dinosaur or a Bhutanese Yeti might actually surprise you around the bend. You may see yak herders around the campsite.

Day 5

Jangchublakha to Jimilangtsho
Distance: 13k
Walking time: 6h
Sleeping altitude: 3300m

The trek today starts off with a climb, overlooking the rolling valleys below. Rhododendrons and other high altitude shrubs decorate the rocky trail which climbs up and down. On a clear day the Chomolhari can be seen. Our camp is at the lake of Jimilangtsho.

Day 6

Jimilangtsho to Labana 
Distance: 15k
Walking time: 7h
Sleeping altitude: 3500m

The trail will take us through dwarf rhododendrons and junipers. We will also pass the lakes of Janatso and Simkotha. The view of the far ridge across the valley which you trekked will fill you with a sense of personal satisfaction and renew you with extra confidence in yourself. Tonight is going to be the coldest of all our camps.

Day 7

Labana to Thimphu 
Distance: 12k
Walking time: 6h
Pass to cross: Pumo La, 4200m

An hours’ climb from the camp will take us over the highest pass on this trek at 4100m. On a clear day we can see the Gangkhar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan. Descending from the pass over rocky steps, we will be greeted by the sight of Thimphu far below in the valley. From this point on, it’s all downhill. We will be passing through the temple and meditation center complex of Phajoding. Our transport will meet us just as we start emerging from the forest.

Overnight in Thimphu | Altitude: 2400m

Day 8

Explore Thimphu. Visit the National Memorial Chorten (monument), the Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, Takin zoo, the National Library, the Government Handicrafts and the Handicrafts Emporium.

Overnight in Thimphu | Altitude: 2400m

Day 9

Thimphu to Punakha
Distance: 80k
Driving time: 2 ½h

Drive to Punakha (2 ½ hours) over the Dochu La pass at 3000m. If we are lucky with the weather, we can see the entire Bhutanese Himalayas from this pass; east of Chomolhari to Gangkhar Puensum.

Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until the 1950s. Today, the central monk body moves to Punakha in the winter when it gets too cold in Thimphu. With a climate almost tropical in the summer, the valley is blessed with an abundance of fruits and rice. After lunch we will visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong which without doubt showcases the finest example of Bhutanese arts and crafts. After the Dzong, we will go on a short drive in the lush upper Punakha valley and hike for 45 minutes to the beautiful chorten temple of Khamsum Yuley on a hill.

Overnight in Punakha | Altitude: 1250m

Day 10

Punakha to Paro 
Distance: 140k
Driving time: 4h

Bhutan is a place where people live in magic and mysticism. When a couple cannot have children, they pray for the blessings of the Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility, blessed by the Divine Mad Man, in the 1500s. We will start off our day with a short hike to this temple which will take us through a village surrounded by rice fields.

Lunch at the tea shop at the Dochu La pass, and we will resume our drive to Paro.

Overnight in Paro | Altitude: 2200m

Day 11



“On the Wings of a Prayer”

By: admin on Monday, May, 4th,2015 in Tours.

Day – 1   Early morning check in and flight to Paro. Arrive Paro by Druk-Air.
 The flight to Paro offers breath taking views of the eastern Himalayan Range, including the sacred Mount Chomolhari and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, representatives of Xplore Bhutan will escort you to the hotel. After check in and lunch and maybe a little rest, visit the unique Paro Museum. Overnight at hotel

Day – 2 After a fairly early breakfast drive to Punakha via the Dochula Pass (10000 ft). Weather permitting, the views of the majestic eastern Himalayas are quite spectacular and breathtaking. Upon arrival at Punakha, check in at hotel and after lunch sightseeing of the Punakha Valley. (Hike to either Khamsum Yulley Monastery or Chhimi Lhakhang; the monastery of Lama Drukpa Kuenley – “The Divine Mad Man”. Overnight at hotel

Day – 3 Punakha – Bumthang
. A day of driving. The drive to Bumthang (also known as Jakar and what used to be the summer capital of Bhutan in medieval times) goes over the Pele La Pass (12000 ft) with lunch at the Chendebji Chorten. After a brief stop for tea at Trongsa the drive once again goes up over the Yotungla Pass (11000 ft) before dropping down into the spectacular Bumthang Valley. Over night at Hotel in Bumthang.

Day – 4  Bumthang valley sightseeing. Bumthang is at times referred to as the cultural heartland of the country. The hillsides are dotted with monasteries and pilgrimage sites. Visiting Kurjey Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang, Menbar Tsho (Burning Lake) and Jakar Dzong (Castle of the White Bird) will be the days agenda. Overnight at the hotel.

Day – 5 After breakfast, drive to Gangtey Gonpa in the Phobjikha Valley. 174kms from Bumthang. Overnight in Gangtey. Phobjikha is a beautiful little valley situated at an altitude of 3000m. and is home to the endangered Black Necked Cranes from the month of November to March. Overnight at hotel/guest house.

Day – 6 After breakfast hike around the villages of Phobjikha. After lunch visit the Gangtey Gonpa. Later part of the afternoon drive back to Thimphu over the Dochula Pass. Overnight at Hotel.

Day – 7 Morning visit the local weekend farmers market, The Folk Heritage Museum and the Zilukha Nunnery. After Lunch visit the Textile Museum, The National memorial Chorten and the Tashichho Dzong. Evening Dinner and drinks and overnight at the hotel.

Day – 8 Morning at leisure to shop for souvenirs. After an early lunch drive to Paro valley. Visit the National Museum (Ta Dzong) and the Kyichu Lhakhang. Overnight at hotel

Day – 9 Day excursion to Taktsang Monastery also know as “Tiger’s Nest” – Taktsang Monastery is located on the face of a cliff about 3000 feet above and overlooking the Paro valley. The round trip takes about 4 hrs with lunch at the View Point Cafeteria. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava or Guru Rimpoche arrived here sometime in the 7th century on the back of one of his consort’s who was in the guise of a flying tigress, hence the name “Taktsang” or “Tiger’s nest). Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day – 10 Depart for Bangkok.