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GANGTEY TREK

GANGTEY TREK – Summary

This trek is to the beautiful Phobjikha valley one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan, which lies in the mountains east of Wangduephodrang. After crossing over the pass you soon come to the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few kilometers down from the monastery, on the valley floor.

This quiet, remote valley is the chosen winter home of the rare black necked cranes, who migrate here annually from the Tibetan plateau. This moderate trek visits the villages of Gogona and Khotokha, passing through meadows and fields, then forests of juniper, magnolia and rhododendrons in full bloom in April. It is one of the finest low level treks in Bhutan.

Season: The best times for this trek are March to May, and September to November. The best months are April and early May when the rhododendrons are in full bloom.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Climb up to 3,400 m and visit & camp overnight with local Gogana people
  • Trek over the famous Shobju-la pass into the Khotokha valley
  • Relax and explore Thimpu & Paro

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Day 1Arrive Paro

On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative, and transferred to
Thimphu on completion of arrival formalities. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2Thimphu – Gangtey

After breakfast, morning tour of Thimphu, visiting National Memorial Chorten, Tashichhodzong, National Ubrary and Institute for Zorig Chusum (generally known as the Painting School), where students learn the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.

After lunch drive for about 5 hours to Gangtey. En route cross Dochu-la pass (3,088m) and drive by Wangduephodrang Dzong. Overnight at camp/farm house, Gangtey.

Day 3Gangtey Goenpa –  Gogona

(15km, 6-7 hours)
Trek commences today. The trail winds gradually upwards through meadows and fields, ascending to Tsele-la pass (3,400m) where we stop for lunch. The trail then descends gradually for
some time through forests of junipers, bamboo, magnolias and rhododendrons. After a last short climb, we reach Gogona village. The people of Gogona were originally nomads and they speak a language called Bjopkha (language of nomads). Overnight camp.

Day 4Gogona – Khotokha 

(16km, 6-7 hours)
The trail winds up gently above Gogona village, climbing into a forest of firs, oak, spruce, rhododendron, cypress and junipers. A long and gradual climb takes us up to Shobju-la pass (3,400m). The path leads down to the wide valley of Khotokha, where the people of Sha (a region of ngduephodrang district) come in summer to graze their animals. Overnight camp.

Day 5Khotokha – Chazam/Wangduephodrang

(12km, 5 hours)
A short ascent takes us to a pass, from which the path descends steeply through ever-changing vegetation till finally reaching the bridge at Wangduephodrang. The trek ends here. Overnight at the hotel in Wangduephodrang.

Day 6Wangduephodrang – Thimphu

After exploring the attractive Wangduephodrang and Punakha valleys, we drive to Thimphu. Afternoon sightseeing in Thimphu, including visits to the following as time permits: Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums, Handicrafts Emporium, papermaking factory, Centenary Farmers Market. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 7Thimphu – Paro

Morning drive to Paro, en route visiting Simtokha Dzong. Today’s sightseeing in Paro includes visits to: Ta Dzong (National Museum), Rinpung Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

 Day 8Paro Depart

After early breakfast drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination, enjoying superb mountain views from the aircraft as you fly out of the valley. Soon you leave Bhutan shrouded in mist and surrounded by her guardian peaks.

TREK DIFFICULTY

Beginner 70%
Intermediate 20%
Advanced 10%
Max Elevation 3,400 m
Min Elevation 1,200 m
Difficulty Medium
Season Mar-May & Sept-Nov
No. of Days 8 Days

Active trekking/walking days of this tour:

Day 3 (1st day of trek)

Distance 15 km
Time 6-7 hours
Ascent  2,200 m
Camp Altitude 3,400 m

Day 4

Distance 16 km
Time 6-7 hours
Ascent   100 m
Camp Altitude 3,400 m

Day 5 (Last day of trek)

Distance 12 km
Time 5 hours
Descent  2,127 m
Camp Altitude 1,273 m
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