If you are looking to experience the best of Bhutan, then Gangtey Winter Trek is the one. It will take you to some of the best historical, cultural centers of Bhutan as well. Acquaint you with the rural landscapes and indigenous population of Bhutan.
We will pass through mixed forests of Juniper, Bamboo, Magnolia, and Rhododendrons. It is also an opportunity to get up close with the indigenous population of Bhutan, such as the Gogona people, who still retain their nomadic lifestyle. The majestic view of Mt. Chomlohari, Bhutan’s most famous peak perhaps, will mesmerize you along the trek. Our tour includes the exploration of monasteries and dzongs. The most important among them is Punakha Dzong, an excellent viewpoint to observe Punakha valley, a center of Bhutan’s history.
Arrival at PARO Airport. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in a hotel.
Drive to the winding road to the northwest up the Pa-Chu Drugyel Dzong the ruined fort that once defended this valley from Tibetan invasion. Mount Chomlohari, the sacred summit, reaches skyward beyond the Dzong. This can be viewed on a clear day. On the way back, we will visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse. After lunch, visit National Museum and Khangku Monastery. Overnight in a hotel.
After breakfast leave for Gangtey Gompa. The road winds through the pine forest to Do-Chula (La means pass) where in good weather 200 miles of the Himalayan summit are in view. After driving for two hours, we will reach Wangdi. Continue to drive to Gangtey Gompa. Overnight at Gangtey Gompa.
A moderate trail wind through meadows and fields then ascends the Tselela pass through a mixed forest of Juniper, Bamboo, Magnolia, and Rhododendrons. The people of Gogona speak a language called Bjopkha the language of nomads. Their life in this isolated valley has encouraged them to continue using their ancient dialect. Overnight in camp.
A gentle climb leads to Shobju-La. The descend leads to a wide valley, affording the big sky views of mountains. Overnight in camp.
A short ascent leads to the Tashi-La pass at 9,200ft. Be sure to fill your water bottle shortly after crossing the pass, as the descent is dry. Walk down continuously through ever-changing vegetation into the drainage of the Dhang Chu. Overnight in Wangdi guesthouse.
After breakfast drive to Punakha Dzong viewpoint at the north end of the Punakha valley. It was the Nation's capital until 1966. The Je-Khenpo, head abbot of monk body in the country resides in winter since the lower elevation of this valley has a more comfortable temperature. Return drive to Thimphu over Do-Chula pass and stop at a cafe for a hot cup of tea/coffee and biscuits. Continue drive to Thimphu. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon, sightseeing and shopping. Overnight in a hotel.
Early breakfast and drive to Paro Airport for your onward departure flight.
Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a camping or tea-house trek in Nepal. Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience. What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS
ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK
CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS
FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS
DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS
FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES
Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
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