9.00 AM - 9.30 AM
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Pickup info

Upon arrival to Paro international airport, a car, driver and guide will await to meet you and have you escorted to the hotel. Your itinerary is flexible and picking time for daily tours will depend on what you have communicated to the guide. Most of the time pick up location will be your hotel unless it a trekking tour. In case of tight itinerary, your guide will have the time recommended to you.

Booking notes

This trek can be undertaken across the year, except for July and August. For more details on Treks in Bhutan. Follow the link

Rate per person per night includes following

Accommodation
All Meals
Transportation with a dedicated driver.
Licensed English speaking guide
All site seeing indicated in the itinerary
All government taxes
Route permits and special permits
Entrance fee in monument and museums.
Mineral Water and soft drinks

On Trek, the following will be provided

Tents on the trek. (Sleeping, equipmentsToilet, dining and shower tents are provided)
Ponies (Animals to carry your luggage)
Hot water will be served on trek
Trekking Cook and equipment

Value Addition

Use of cell phone with local number
Use of internet complimentary where ever possible
Departure Bhutanese Souvenir
One time private cultural dance performance ( For stays of 15 days)

Administrative Service offered

Purchase of Druk air ticket(Can be purchased from website also)
Bhutan visa processing

Other mandatory charges not included in the Tariff

Druk Air Airfare

Most suitable for beginner and hiker. The Gangety and Phobjika valley is endowed with one of the most beautiful landscapes in Bhutan. Home to endangered black necked crane, the valley has been designated for conversation and border the famous Black mountain national park, home to diverse specie of flora and fauna. The trek starts from Phobjikha Valley at 300m and ends in Tiki Zampa (Wangduephodrang). This is one of the easiest and finest low altitude treks in Bhutan. En route one will visit the villages of Gogona and Khotoka through the fields and forests of juniper, magnolia and rhododendron, not to mention some of the famous monasteries in the country.

  • Physicality: Low
    Physical rating

    From relaxed (low) to ones where you need to be fit to join in.

    Low

    No surprises here. These tours/activities are those most anyone can do if they are fine with fairly flat walks and getting in and out of transport.

    Medium

    Like to be active, even very active, but not pushed too far. This is the one for you.

    High

    These tours/activities require you to be very fit. Probably not suitable for children.

  • Group size: from 1 to 20 people
  • Pickup location: 

    Upon arrival to Paro international airport, a car, driver and guide will await to meet you and have you escorted to the hotel. Your itinerary is flexible and picking time for daily tours will depend on what you have communicated to the guide. Most of the time pick up location will be your hotel unless it a trekking tour. In case of tight itinerary, your guide will have the time recommended to you.

  • Drop-off location: 

    Throughout the tour you are entitled to a dedicated car, driver and guide. All drop-off location will be your hotel unless it a trekking tour. Upon completion of tour, you will be dropped to Paro international airport for your onward international flight or other location as agreed.

  • Pickup time: (9.00 AM - 9.30 AM)
  • Drop-off time: (5.00 PM - 5.30 PM)

Itinerary

Day 01: Begin trek from Phobjikha to Zasa (Gogona)

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Approx 15 km – about 6 hours – about 600m ascent and 400m descent

The trek begins from Gangtey, Phobjikha valley. It is about 3 hours driving from the Punakha and Wangdue valleys and about 6 hours driving from Thimphu. In order to do this trek, you have be staying the previous night in Gangtey (Phobjikha)

The trek starts not so far from your lodge or camping grounds. The pack ponies, an extra riding pony (for emergency), the horsemen, trekking crew (a guide, cook and assistants depending on the group size) will join you on the trek. Begin a gradual ascent through pine, juniper forests, dwarf bamboos and rhododendrons. The path becomes steeper as it gets closer to the top, finally crossing Tselela pass (Alt. 3410 m ) after about 3 hours trek. From the pass, the trail descends gradually into a wide valley. Visit the Gogona temple, and meet some Gomchens (non-celibate lay monks). Your campsite is a short walk further from the temple. Depending on the time and interest, you can explore the nearby villages and visit the Gogona Cheese and dairy Unit. Overnight in tents at an altitude of 3100m.

Day 02: Trek to Khotokha Chorten Karpo

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Approx. 16 km – about 6-7 hours trek – about 450m ascent and about 900m descent. After breakfast, begin gradually ascending for about 2 ½ hrs to Shobjula pass ( 3390m), though forests of fir, oak spruce, cypress, juniper, dwarf rhododendron, azaleas and daphne bushes. Much of the forest on this side of the pass was burnt many years before by fire and lightning. After the pass, it is a long descent for about 3 hours through well forested area. Then it is gradual and level walking for the most of the part. Occasionally you will see Saw-mills, coal makers, cross tractor roads and finally you arrive at Khotokha village in the wide valley. The campsite is in a meadow at an altitude of 2670m. You will certainly feel warmer here than the previous night. Overnight in Camp.

Day 03: Chorten Karpo to Tikke Zampa - transfer to Punakha

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Distance -approximately 13km – about 5 hours – 110m ascent and 1350m descent. A short ascent will bring you to the Tashila pass (2780m). At Tashila, you can watch the ropeway bringing up supplies to the village and taking logs and coal down below. At your own risk and cost, you may be able to take this 40 minutes ride down in an open wooden box and save the 3-4 hour steep downhill trek (1400m descent). This long descent is through beautiful, ever changing vegetation also rich in birdlife. You will also pass many small villages or houses. However this part of the trek can be hard on your knees because it is downhill and you could feel very hot as altitude drops. From the trek end point, you are met by Innerbhutan transport and transferred to the hotel near Punakha. If you proceed to Thimphu, it is about 4 hours driveing. Overnight in hotel.

Cancellation Policy

Tours booked and subsequently canceled shall be subject to the following scale of charges depending on when the notification of cancellation is received:

  1. If notification of a tour cancellation is received 45 days before your travel date, 100% of the daily tariff will be refunded. Except for airline tickets.
  2. If notification of a tour cancellation is received 30 days from the date of travel to Bhutan, 60% of the daily tourist tariff will be refunded.
  3. If notification of a trip cancellation is received 15 days prior to arrival: 50 % of the daily Bhutan tour rate will be refunded.
  4. If notification of a trip cancellation is received on and after 15 days prior to arrival: 100% Retention charges will apply:

Children policy

Children are welcomed; however we do not recommend adventure activities such as trekking and other adventure activities for children below ten years of age. Such activities may be undertaken provided the parents are comfortable with it. Additionally please also be reminded that no facilities or very limited facilities may be available for children.

 

Participant Guidelines

Trekking

Anyone who enjoys outdoor life and is physically fit can participate in treks. If you have a heart condition, please check with your doctor to ensure that it is OK to undertake high altitude treks. Allow yourself some days in Bhutan to acclimatize before you undertake any trek. Altitude sickness can be a serious problem at the altitudes in Bhutan. If you feel sick, dizzy or have a worsening headache, stop and drink as much water as possible. If the symptoms persist, return to the base. Guides are trained to look out for altitude sickness and other ailments that can affect trekkers.

Festivals

Festivals are not pageants or entertainment. They are not held as tourist attractions. They are genuine manifestations of a religious tradition from thousands of years. Obtrusive, disrespectful and discourteous behavior should be refrained from. The dance ground is not a place to eat, drink or smoke, talk or laugh loudly at inappropriate times, flash cameras or intrude on the dance space. Common courtesy should rule one’s actions when photographing the dancers or onlookers.

Dos and don’ts

  • Refrain from passing negative comments on religion, royal family and chief abbot
  • Locals are very sensitive, you don’t want to sound rude
  • Always ask for permission if you are photographing a person
  • Dress modestly. Singlet and miniskirts are not well accepted norms
  • Enter temples and monasteries only if you have permission. Allow your guide to lead you
  • Remove your shoes before entering the temple
  • Leave your camera at a safe place, if photography is prohibited
  • Refrain from using hats and sunglasses inside religious places
  • Use your right hand or both hands to give or receive
  • Leaving a donation at the temple is on personal discretion. Normally all Bhutanese do
  • Use your palm to show rather than finger, when pointing
  • Refrain from pointing your feet at anyone; cross your legs or kneel when sitting in religious places
  • Pass clockwise at all chortens and mani walls (elongated chortens inscribed with mantras)
  • Don’t wash, swim or throw objects into lakes, many of which are considered sacred

Other Disclosures

What to Pack?

  • Trekking or running shoes
  • Socks (polypropylene)
  • Down or fiber-filled jacket
  • Jumper or piled jacket
  • Hiking shorts
  • Waterproof jackets, poncho or umbrella
  • Hiking pants
  • Thermal Underwear
  • Sun hat
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle
  • Mountain trekking boots
  • Insulated pants
  • Nylon windbreaker
  • Nylon Wind pants
  • Long underwear
  • Woolen hat
  • Gloves
  • Long gaiters
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Small knife
  • Towel

Photographic Equipments

  • Digital cameras
  • Additional Batteries
  • Additional memory cards.
  • Cables

Medicine

  • Motion Sickness
  • Head Ache
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Anti-histamine cream
  • Vitamin C
  • Food Positioning
  • Insect repellent
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Contact lenses and solution
  • Your prescribed drug, if any.

Currency

US Dollar or Euro – Various domination

Photo

  • 4-6 pieces of passport size photographs

Others

  • Mini torch lights
  • Back pack
  • Sun Block
  • Moisturizers
  • Sunglasses
  • Spare glasses
  • Washing kit
  • Shaving kit
  • Small sewing kit
  • Safety pins
  • lip salve