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Duration

12 Days

Activities

  • Trekking and Hiking

Accomodation

  • Twin sharing

Meals

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An old expedition route to Mt. Gangkhar Puensum through Trongsa, Bumthang crossing several hot springs is a challenging trek that takes you over the Julila Pass at 4700 m. 

Spectacular mountain scenery, remote and dramatic monasteries and pristine Himalayan culture can explore throughout the trip. There is a chance to encounter Musk Deers, herds of Blue Sheep and the Himalayan Black Bear. Last but not the least, a dip in the Dur Hot spring will surely be rewarding.

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Itinerary

During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga (if flying from Kathmandu or Delhi) and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Chomolhari and Mount Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, meet our representative and escorted to Hotel. After lunch visit Rinpung Dzong. This massive fortress is located on a small hill just above the Paro river (Pachu). You have to walk about 15 minutes by crossing an ancient wooden bridge with shingle roofing. The Dzong houses the district administration office and the District Monk body. It was built in 1645 A.D. After then proceed towards Kyichu Lhakhang (Monastery). One of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, was built in 659 A.D by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet as one of the 108 such monasteries he built in across the Himalayas to spread Buddhism. Back to hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

After breakfast drive towards Ta Dzong (National Museum) the trek starting point. If the weather is clear the Paro valley can be seen in the lap of snow-capped mountains including Jumolhari. The trek follows a gravel road past a few farms for about 30 minutes and then climbs up a steep ridge before leading through blue pine and fir forests to Damche Gom. After reach the ridge below Jili Dzong, again descend about 100m to the campsite. Overnight at camp.

Morning, explore Jili Dzong which sits at 3570m. Today begin with a climb for about an hour and a half and then ascend gradually up. The trail passes through thick alpine forest and rhododendrons crossing Jele La and with the magnificent view of Jumolhari. There is a chance to see yaks and yak herders around campsite. Overnight at camp. 

The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are marvelous. The campsite is close to the Jimilang Tsho Lake. The lake is known for its giant sized trout.

The trail passes through dwarf rhododendron trees and Janetso Lake. We may come across some yak herder’s camps where we will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho Lake.

Today the trek makes several short ascents, to summits, traverses broad rocky valleys, some sky burial sites, and crosses the final ridge at Phume la pass (4,100 m). From the pass, on a clear day, the view of Mount “Gangkhar Punsum” – the highest mountain in Bhutan, as well other peaks and the view below of the entire Thimphu valley is spectacular. From this pass, the trek goes downhill to Phajodhing for a night halt. The camp is above Phadjoding.

After passing Phadjoding monastery, the trek to Mothitang all the way downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours. Vehicle will be waiting in Mothitang and drive to Thimphu. After lunch in Thimphu, free for leisure. One can do some shopping. Late afternoon move to Paro. Relax and overnight in Paro.

After breakfast free till departure. Transfer to the airport for onward journey.

Inclusion

    • Necessary airport, hotel and airport transfers
    • Hotel Accommodation on twin sharing basis in city and camping during trekking
    • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan.
    • Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu airfare
    • Entrance fees and permit
    • Overland transportation within Bhutan
    • Sightseeing as per itinerary
    • English speaking local guide
    • Trekking and Tour arrangement (fully organized trek with tents, thermal pads, blow pillow, hot-water bag, pack animals to carry luggage and additional riding pony for emergency, basic medical kit, support staff, trekking guide, cook and assistants, horseman)
    • Drinking water
    • Government royalty, tax and Fees
    • Service Charge
    • Travel Insurance
    • Visa fees.
    • Beverages
    • Airport taxes
    • Expenses of a personal nature
    • Personal trekking gears such as the sleeping bag, clothing, shoes etc.
    • Excess baggage
    • Tips to guides and drivers
    • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc

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Annapurna round trek was well organized by Raj from BDEx. Gide Amrit Pandey is very skilled and intelligent. Weather on the trek was rather different so we were about ready to turn back from Pissang. Nevertheless next day was clean and we immediately decided to continue. Finally we did Thorang La 5416 m. On the way we saw many people coming back because of deep snow. I am happy that we were lucky to pass Thorang La on second day after it was opened. Many thanks for the trip to BDEx and my guide!!!

Mikhail Grevtsev

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