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Gangtey Trekking Tour - 6 days

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US$ 160
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US $1,700
US $ 1,540
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Max. Elevation
3000.00m
Group size
2 min + 18 max
Trip grade
Moderate
Transportation
Grounded vehicals for all round trip.
Best Season
Sept – Dec, March – May
Accomodation
3***Hotel and Lodge twin sharing bed basis during the tour.
Meals
Full board meals (Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast) with hot drinks and seasonal fruits during the tour.
Starts at
Paro
Ends at
Paro

Highlights

Gangtey Trekking Tour is a short and easy trekking tour which can be completed by almost every individual who have a good health and physical appearance.

This six days trekking tour is one of the popular trekking plan for the individuals who are bound by the time but still wants to experience the beauty of mountains and surrounding green valley. Gangtey valley lies on the eastern region surrounded by beautiful mountain in Wangdue Phodrang. Gangtey is a wide green lush valley which is also a winter residence of rare and endangered black necked cranes that migrate from Tibet to Bhutan in late autumn. Though the sightseeing tour starts from Paro, the actual trek begins only from third day and last up to fifth day. The trail passes through mixed forest of juniper, magnolia, and rhododendron to the remote hamlets and farmland of Gogona and Khotokha.

The journey to Gangtey begins with the scenic flight to Paro. After Paro, the trial proceeds to Thimphu, Gogona, Khotokha, Tikke Zampha and Punakha. Ultimately the trek starts from Phobjikha valley and ends at Tiki Zampa passing through various mixed forests of juniper, magnolia and rhododendron fields. The treks take you to the Gangtey monasteries established in the 17th century. Besides, there are several historical and religious sites to visit such as Punakha Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Chimi Lhakhang. In addition, the suitable season for this trek is from March to May and September to November. The fair and clear climate during this season provides splendid views of the Himalayas and lush valleys. Consequently, the Gangtey Valley trek is one of the most life-changing experiences for most tourists seeking cultural exploration and having a keen interest in history and monasteries.  

Trip Itinerary

Commencing our journey, we fly over passing by Mountains of 5500 meters to Paro.  Paro is a beautiful valley and is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries and temples, and the country’s only international airport. The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth including Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake peak. Paro Airport has been described as “the most difficult commercial airport in the world”. 1980 meter runway length presents a double challenge, due to the extremely low density altitude at the site. So, only a handful of well experienced pilots are certified to operate commercial airplanes here thus, making least number of flights in a day.


After immigration and custom formalities, check out from the departure lounge. There you will meet one of the representatives of Nature Trail Travels & Tours, Trekking & Expedition who will greet you and then escort you to Thimphu. En route you can visit Ta Dzong Museum housing many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. Next, visit the Rinpung Dzong, meaning ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’ to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. Dzong’s are large monasteries and district administrative centers, which were once strategic forts. Afterwards, we’ll go to Takin Sanctuary and Zilukha Nunnery. The Takin (a goat-antelope) was declared the national animal of Bhutan because it is strongly associated with the country’s religious history and mythology. Today’s last destination is Thimphu Dzong (Tashichho Dzong), a Buddhist monastery and fortress. It also houses Bhutan’s central government. Then drive to Thimphu following the Pachu River. Once a rustic village sitting in a broad, fertile river valley, Thimphu is today the nation’s bustling capital. Before dinner at the hotel there will be an orientation on Bhutanese etiquette by your guide. Stay overnight at Thimphu.

Max. altitude

2,300m / 7,546 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

After an appetizing breakfast, drive towards Gangtey village, a beautiful place surrounded by snow-capped mountains in the distance with a landscape of rolling hills and green meadows. Enroute, enjoy a panoramic Mountain Views of eastern Himalayas from Dochu-la where we will stop for a tea break. On a clear day we can get spectacular views of the Himalayas such as the Gangkar Puensum, table mountain, Jeje Khang, Masakhang Gangchey from Dochu-la. From the pass, we drive downhill through rhododendron, fir and hemlock forests and reach Punakha Dzong (fortress) built between the confluences of two rivers the Pho (male) river and Mo (female) Chu. This dzong is the winter home of the state monastic body and houses the District Administration office. On the way back to your hotel at Wangdi, take a short walk to the Chimmi Lhakhang temple of the Divine Madman Lam Drukpa Kuenley where couples unable to have siblings come here to pray and their prayers are granted. Spend your overnight at one of the guesthouse.

Max. altitude

2,300m / 7,546 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

Wake up and stroll around the village where you can spot black-neck cranes. After breakfast, start your trek from Gangtey. Our today’s destination is Gogona village, which is 16 kilometer walk from Gangtey. Riding ponies can be provided if required. The trail winds through meadows and fields and the climb takes us through a mixed forest of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendron to Tsele-la pass (10,900 ft.). The walk is of moderate level and the trek can be completed within the estimated time. Stay overnight at Gogona village.

Max. altitude

3,000m / 9,843 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

On the following day, we start our trek after breakfast covering a distance of almost 16 kilometer to reach Khotokha, our today’s journey’s end. The trail gently ascends until we reach Shobju-La Pass which is situated 11100 feet above sea level. Afterwards, the trail descends down from the pass and leads to the wide-open valley which is surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges.  During the walk, you will experience the changing vegetation from Gogana to the wide and temperate valley of Khotokha, the summer home for nomads of Wangdi region.

Max. altitude

2,800m / 9,186 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

On the last day of our Gangtey trekking tour, we will have a short ascend towards the Tashila Pass which is situated 9100 feet above sea level. Then the trail descends down through the changing vegetation and ever-changing landscape into the drainage of Dangchu. Then further continue your trek until you reach Chuzomsa, from where you will meet a motor road. Upon your arrival at Chuzomsa, private vehicle will be at your service in order to escort you to Paro.

Max. altitude

1,250m / 4,101 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast


Ending our trip, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to home. During the flight you will enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks that include sacred Bhutanese mountains such as Jomolhari and Jitchu Drake.

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Includes

    • Airport pick up & drop by private vehicle as your require.
    • Private vehicals for round trip.
    • Standard accommodation twin sharing bed basis for the duration of tour.
    • Local licensed English speaking Bhutan Tour Guides.
    • All sightseeing tours, Monument /Museum entrance Fees as per itinerary.
    • All meals fixed breakfast, lunch & dinner with Tea and Coffee for whole duration of your stay in Bhutan.
    • Country Presentation & Tour Briefing on arrival evening.
    • Mineral water supply for the trek.
    • Bhutan Visa Fees and Visa Processing assistance
    • The required number of trekking staff.
    • All trekking access, route permits logistics & fees.
    • Luggage will be hauled by horses, mules or yaks at higher elevations.
    • Government tax which goes to the country's health & education projects.

Doesn't Include

    • Your travel insurance.
    • Bottled/alcoholic/cold drinks room service.
    • International airfares and airport departure tax.
    • Personal Equipment.
    • Tips to staffs-Tipping is expected.
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
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