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GANGTEY WINTER TREK

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Destination

Gangtey Gompa

Region

Phubjika Valley

Max.Altitude

9,200 ft.

Grade

Moderate

Activity

Trekking

Duration

08 Days

Route

Paro - Gangteng Gonpa - Kumbu village - Kungathang Lhakhang

Walking Hours

5-7 Hours a day

Accommodation

Hotel / Guest House

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during the tour

Transportation

Paro / Gangtey Gompa and Wangdi /Paro

Start/End

Paro / Paro

Group Size

2-15 Persons

Best Season

Feb, Mar, Apr, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
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Overview

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.

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Itinerary

01
Arrival at Paro

Arrival at PARO Airport. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in a hotel.

02
PARO [Sightseeing]

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.

03
PARO - GANGTEY GOMPA

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.

04
GANGTEY GOMPA - GOGONA [Trekking]

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.

05
GOGONA - KHOTOKHA [Trekking]

A gentle climb leads to Shobju-La. The descend leads to a wide valley, affording the big sky views of mountains. Overnight in camp.

06
KHOTOKHA - WANGDI [Trekking]

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.

07
WANGDI – THIMPHU

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.

08
THIMPHU - PARO [Departure]

Early breakfast and drive to Paro Airport for your onward departure flight.

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What is Included

  • Twin sharing accommodation on a full board basis.
  • All meals, i.e. breakfast, lunch & dinner.
  • Airport transfers in Bhutan.
  • All sightseeing programs & transfers with an English-speaking guide as per the itinerary.

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What is Excluded

  • Visa Fee of US$ 20.00 per person (payable at the airport).
  • Tourism Development Fee of US$ 10.00 per person.
  • Both ways Airfare.
  • Airport Tax.
  • Entrance Fees.
  • Bar Bills & expenses of personal nature.
  • Tips.
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Equipment List

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

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

  • Extra layers, gloves, windbreaker, and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad-brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)


CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

  • Moisture-wicking long-sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture-wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightweight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)


FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)


SLEEPING BAG

  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack


DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS

  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and a day pack
  • Waterproof cover for a daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes


FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;

  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Earplugs for sleeping


OTHER ITEMS

  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen, and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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