It is considered one of the most scenic trekking routes in Bhutan. The journey will take trekkers all the way to the base of Mount Jomolhari. Mount Jomolhari believed to be the abode of Goddess Jomo. The Goddess is believed to be under the oath of Guru Rinpoche to protect the land, the Buddhist faith and the local people. Trekkers will pass through Lingzhi village. The highlanders are known for their unique culture.
During this flight one will enjoy the iew of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan Mountains including the sacred Mt. Jhomolhari & Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro Airport a representative of Shugyarin Trips and Travel will receive you and drive to hotel.
After lunch visit:
Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, drive for half an hour and start the hike, which is about 5 hours (round trip.) The trail is along an ancient path marked by river-powered prayer wheels. As you reach Taktsang you will be struck by the architectural wonder of this most pious Buddhist shrine in Bhutan. Perched some 1000m, 3000ft on a cliff overlooking the valley; it would justifiably qualify as one of Bhutan’s wonders. Tragically wrecked in a fire early in 1998. It has been rebuilt to its original glory. It is said that the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tigress to tame five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D. Hence the name, Taktsang, or the “Tiger’s Lair.”
Descend back to Ramthangka. If the time permits, drive further north to visit another symbolic structure, which is now under reconstruction. Drugyel Dzong, or “”Castle of the Victorious Drukpa,” which was also built by the Shabdrung to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetans in the 16thcenturies. From here, the Jomolhari Peak (“Mountain of the Goddess”) can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,329m/24,029ft.). Overnight at hotel.
Trekkers will drive to Shana and begin their trek to Thangthangka. The gradually ascending trail follows the Paro River. Trekkers will walk for about 8 hours covering 22 Kilometers. Trekkers will camp their first night in a stone shelter amidst the meadow. Camp altitude will be at 3610 meters. On a clear weather day, trekkers can catch a spectacular view of the Mount Jomolhari.
On the second day trek, the valley begins to widen and trekkers will come across winter house for yak herders where lunch will be served. Trekkers will camp beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mount Jomolhari. Trekkers will walk for about 6 hours covering 19 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4080 meters.
Trekkers will stop their journey at the base for acclimatization. During this day, trekkers can engage in day hike around the area. The place offers a great view of the Mount Jomolhari and Jichu Drake peak. Trekkers can also spot blue sheep grazing on the slopes of the valley.
Trekkers will continue their journey to Lingzhi. The trek path will peak at Nyelila Pass from which trekkers will descend to the camp. Trekkers will walk for about 7 hours covering 18 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4010 meters.
The trail follows through deep valley before ascending to Yelila Pass at 4820 meters. Trekkers will camp in the meadow for the night. Trekkers will walk for 9 hours covering 22 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4080 meters.
The trail begins to descend to the valley. Trekkers will pass through dense forests of rhododendrons, birch, conifer, maples and bamboos. Towards the end of this leg of the journey, trekkers will begin to climb up to the pasture land. Camp site is in the meadow. Trekkers will walk for 6 hours covering 15 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 3320 meters.
Tourists will do some cultural sightseeing in Thimphu. Attractions include:
Overnight at hotel.
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