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Bhutan

Gangtey Gogona Khotokha Trek ( 9 Days)

Published: Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Day 1: Arrive Paro by Druk Air flight. During this flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, KanchenJunga and other Himalayan peaks including the sacred Jhomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro our representative will receive you. The drive to hotel through Paro valley is enchanting. After lunch you will be taken to Ta-dzong (museum). Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Paro/Thimphu. This morning follow the winding road beside the Pa chu(chu means river or water) downstream to its confluence with the Wangchu, then up-valley to Thimphu, the capital. After lunch visit the Memorial Chhorten, here the faithful circumblate the shrine dedicated to the Late King. Overnight in hotel.

Day 3: Thimphu/Gangtey Gompa. After breakfast leave for Gangtey. The road winds through the forests to Dochula (la means pass), where in good weather almost 200 of the Himalayan summits are in view. After driving 3 hours you will reach Wang due. Lunch at Wangdue. After a further 3 hours drive you will reach Gangtey. Overnight in camp.

Day 4: Gangtey Gompa halt. For the avid trekker good fishing can be done by hiking down to the river. Day hike in and around Gangtey valley can also be done to stretch the legs for onward trek.

Day 5: Gangtey Gompa/Gogona. A moderate trail winds through meadows andfields, then ascends the Tselela pass through mixed forest of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendrons. The people of Gogona speak a language called Bjopkha, the language of nomads. Their life in the isolated valley has encouraged them to continue using their ancient dialect. Distance is about 15 kilometers, about 6-7 hours.

Day 6: Gogona/Khotokha. A gentle climb leads to Shobjula, 11,155ft. The descend leads to a wide valley, reminiscent of the big sky views of mountains. Overnight in tent. Distance is about 15/16 kilometers, about 6-7 hours.

Day 7: Khotoka/Chuzomsa/Wangdue via Niizergang. A short ascend leads to Tashila, 9,200 ft. be sure to fill your water bottle shortly after crossing the pass, as the descend is dry. Walk down through ever changing vegetation into the drainage of the Dang chu. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Wangdue / Thimphu. After breakfast drive to Punakha Dzong viewpointat the north end of the valley. It was the nation's capital until 1955. The Je-Khenpo, the head abbot of country and most of the monks of Thimphu occupy this Dzong throughout the winter. Return over the Dochula pass and stop at cafeteria for a hot cup of tea and some snacks and also if the weather is clear you will have beautiful views of a wide range of snow capped mountains. Continue drive to Thimphu, the present capital of Bhutan. Overnight in hotel.

Day 9: Thimphu/Paro airport. Drive to Paro for onward flight.

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