Bhutan

Tshaluna trek

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Tshaluna trek
  • Level: Easy
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Location: Paro-Thimphu-Haa
Day1. Arrival at Paro International Airport

Bhutan Dynasty Travel will welcome you at the airport for an hour scenic drive to Thimphu, winding alongside two snaking rivers and passing countless fine examples of the quaint, traditional farmhouse architecture of Bhutan. The capital itself sprawls up the wooded western hillside of the Wang Chhu and is the center of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a bustling town where traditional ways mingle with modern introductions. Check in to our hotel in the heart of the capital, and have a easy afternoon for the acclimatization.

Day2. Sightseeing around Thimphu.

Market days: Thimphu’The eeekend market Thimphu, takes place every weekend, starting from Friday evening and running through to late afternoon on the Sunday. It draws traders from all across the country, many of whom will travel several days to sell their goods and it’s awesome for the Kodak moment. So your itinerary may be adjusted to include one of these market days if you wish.

National memorial Chorten: It was built in 1974 in the memory of our Third king H.M Jigme Doji Wangchuk , who had wished to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity, died before his plan came to fruition. However the Royal family and Cabinet resolved to fulfill his wishes.

The national institute of Zorig Chusum: is the centre for Bhutanese Art education. It was set up by the Government of Bhutan with the sole objective of preserving the rich culture and tradition of Bhutan and training students in all the traditional arts forms. The curricula cover a comprehensive course of drawing, painting, wood and slate craving, embroidery, sculptures, weaving and paper making. Buddha Point (kuensel Phodrang): Another place from where you can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley is from the Buddha point. It is a short drive from the town. You can pay your obeisance and offer to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk and take a glimpse of the valley
Mini Zoo: is the best place to see our National animal, takin, a strange looking beast which some say looks like a moose. Originally a mini-zoo, it was converted into a preserve when it was discovered that the animals refrained from inhabiting the surrounding forest even when set free. The reason for declaring Takin as a National Animal of Bhutan is attributed to a legend of the animal’s creation in Bhutan in the 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as Divine mad man to the west.
Overnight at Thimphu

Day3. Drive to Paro and sightseeing

Visit Rinpung dzong and kyichu Lhakhang Visit Rinpung Dzong-‘Fortress of a heap of jewels.’ The trail then leads across Paro Chhu(river)via a traditional covered bridge(Nyamai Zam) and then past the main archery ground, Ugyen Pelri Palace and into Paro town. A few kilo meters north of Paro, we pay our respects at Kyichu Lhakahng one of the oldest temples in Bhutan with its Magic orange tree which bears fruit all year round. It was built in 659 By Tibetan King Songtsen Gempo.

Day4. Day Excursion to Tiger's Nest

After our breakfast drive towards the road point to Taktshang. Taktshang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries is perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. Taktshang means "Tiger’s Nest", so named because Guru Rimpoche reportedly flew to the site of the monastery on the back of a flying tiger in the late centuries of the first millennium. The monastery is perched on a cliff nearly 3,000 ft above the Paro valley floor. This day hike is not only historically and culturally interesting, but also incredibly scenic! It takes about two hours to reach the cafeteria, which gives a breathtaking view of the Tiger’s Nest. If you still feel like hiking then you can take another hour to reach the temple. Then return back and drive to Thimphu (about 2 hours drive). Check in Hotel.

Day 5. Paro- Jele Dzong (11,270ft/3436m)

Time 4-5 hours Distance, 5 miles -8 Km, Altitude gain 3503 ft/106m Altitude Loss At museum you will meet your trekking staff, the horsemen and pack animals. At the start of a trek the staff always takes some time to get organized, so don’t be in rush to arrive early at camp- the luggage will undoubtedly behind you! Today’s trek climbs non-stop for over 1065m, before dropping down over 80m to camp. This is the major effort at this altitude, so take your time and drink as much as possible. The trail winds its way steeply through blue pine forest and around several farm houses and fenced apple used during the apple harvest-several times. The trail continues steeply up through the forest Just before reaching a small pass(11,540 ft/3518m) below the dzong ,the route opens up a bit, and tonight’s small campsite (11,270ft/3436m) is a little way down from the pass. You may be able to hear the monks playing instruments in the Lhakhang during one of their prayer sessions.

Day 6. Jele Dzong – Tshokam

Time 4-5 hours, Distance 5.5 miles/9 km, Altitude gain 1726ft/526m The trek starts with a short climb and then passes through a thick alpine forest of rhododendron and gradually climbs till we reach camp. You may see yak herders around your campsite. After 3hr pass a possible campsite (Dorjo Lakha or Jangchu Lakha (12,365 ft/3770m).After another 1 hour climb, the better campsite, Tshokam (12995 ft/3962m), is reached ,just after a small saddle.

Day7. Tshokam–Tshaluna village.

Time 6-7 hours, Distance 6 miles/10 Km, The trail follows the Jigmelangtsho river, and will be descending whole day down towards Tshaluna village, you would also see people working in the fields as their daily activities. Camp ar river side.

Day8. Drive to Paro.

After a short trek, you will be received by our car and drive to Hotel for relaxation.

Day9. Drive to Haa valley via Chele La (pass) which at 3810m is the highest motorable pass in Bhutan.

Snaking upwards through blue pine and rhododendron (Etho Metho) forests for 36km. On a clear day the view sweeps away to snow-dome of Bhutan’s second highest peak mountain Jhomolhari(7314m).After bracing walk along the prayer flag bedecked ridge it is down into Haa. The whole drive should take no more than 2.5 hours. Wangchulo Dzong is presently occupied by the Indian Army; however this makes for a quirky experience. Visit Lhakhang Karpo(white temple) which was believe to be the part of ambitious project of Tibetan King Songtsen Gempo to built 108 temple in a single day to pin down the demon. The Haa valley only opened to foreigners in 2002 due to its proximity to the border with Sikkim and Tibet.

Day10, wish you a safe journey to BKK.

DrukAir departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditional, after breakfast, your guide and driver will see you off at the airport. You need to check in two hours early for departure.

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