Gangtey Trek

Trip Facts

Gangtey Trek
Length : 10 Days - 9 Nights
Start : Paro
Finish : Paro
Trip Style : Trekking Tour
Discounts : Applicable on this trip
Group Size : Maximum 12, Avg 5
Group Leader : Certified Tour Leader from The DBT.
Transport : New Model Toyota Hiace /Coaster bus/Land Cruiser not more than 3 years old.
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Can it be Tailored? : Yes

Trip Overview

This is a short and relatively easy trek with beautiful villages and monasteries en route. This valley also serves as the winter home for the rare black-necked cranes that migrate from Tibet. A visit from end-October will give ample opportunity to witness the rare black-necked cranes feeding in the marshy meadow. The trek is possible throughout the whole winter but the best season for this trek is March-May and September-November.

Please note that this is a three-day trek, but cultural tour to Paro, Thimphu and Punakha has also been added to enable the guests to take advantage of their visit to the kingdom. The trek and the tour itinerary can be customized to meet the requirement of the clients.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the impressive Dzong (fortresses), former palaces and Buddhist monasteries!
  • Hike through the ridge top Goenpas (monasteries) and meet the monks.
  • Attend the local festivals and events..
  • Visit the traditional arts and crafts workshop; meet the artisans, weavers and painters!

Outline Iteinerary

Day 1:     ARRIVAL AT PARO & DRIVE TO THIMPHU

  • To be received by our representative and drive to Thimphu, check into hotel and lunch
  • Visit Memorial Chorten, Drupthop Lhakhang ( Monastery for the nuns), National Library, the National Institute of Zorgi Chusum (NIZC) where traditional art is kept alive through instructions in the art of painting thangkhas ( sacred Buddhist religious scrolls), and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine where traditional medicines are prepared according to ancient practices.
  • Visit Lungtenzampa to observe the traditional silver smiths plying their crafts and the Bhutanese traditional paper-making factory.
  • Visit the handicraft stores and stroll around the capital city.

Day 2:     THIMPHU-GANGTEY

  • Driving over Dochula pass (3050m) through a forest of pine and cedar, you can have a panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain ranges, and of course the 108 miniature chortens. Then we descend down to Wangdue valley only to climb up steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation. Before reaching Pelela, we will take a left turn on the road that will lead us to the broad and beautiful valley of Phobjikha valley, which is the winter-roostinghome for the rare black-necked cranes that migrate from the plateau of Tibet.

Day 3:     GANGTEY (Valley Excursion)

  • Visit the crane information centre and the 16th century monastery, from where we will continue to the other side of the valley following the farm road and mule track and end at the community school.

Day 4:     PHOBJIKHA – ZASA (Distance: 15km, Duration: 6-7 hours, Ascent: 610m, Descent: 410m, Camp altitude: 3130m)

  • The trek begins from the village of Tabiting. The trail winds through meadows and field,s and climbs through a mixed forest of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendrons to Tsele La (3430m). From here you descend into Juge Kangkha Chhu valley. Further on, the path leads to Gogona, well known for “Gogona Cheese.”

Day 5:     ZASA – CHORTEN KARPO (Distance: 16km, Duration: 5-7 hours, Ascent: 450m, Descent: 860m, Camp altitude: 3330m)

  • A gentle climb leads to Shobe La pass (3,480m), descending to Khothokha, a valley of 60 or more households. This is one of the sites where cranes come to roost in winter.The campsite is near the Four Chortens in a forest of blue pine.

Day 6:     CHORTEN kARPO – TIKKE ZAMPA – PUNAKHA (Distance: 12km, Duration: 4-5 hours, Ascent: 120m, Descent: 1340m)

  • From the camp you climb till you reach a forest road. From here it’s an easy walk up to a little ridge at 2800m. The walk down to the valley leads you through Bhutan’s best bird watching areas where we meet our car which will take us to Punakha.

Day 7:     PUNAKHA (Sightseeing)

  • Visit Punakha Dzong built by Zhabdrung in 1637, at the confluence of Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). It served as the seat of Zhabdrung’s government, and received several foreign delegations in 18th and 19th century. The first King was coronated in 1907 and the third King convened the first National Assembly in the dzong. The central monastic body continues to reside here in winter. The embalmed bodies of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Terton Pema Lingpa are on the top floor of the main tower. Following four catastrophic fires, an earthquake and flood, the fourth King restored the dzong after the latest flood in 1994.
  • Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten in the northern part of the valley. It is the more elaborate version of the Memorial Chorten in Thimphu. It has an astounding work of frescoes and intricate statues.
  • Visit Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to the great Yogi Drukpa Kuenley popularly known as “Divine madman,” a popular pilgrimage destination for childless couples.

Day 8:     PUNAKHA-PARO

  • Drive to Paro, stopping at Dochula Pass to take photographs and explore the recently built stupas. On clear sunny days, you can view the Bhutan’s 200-mile snow-capped peaks in the north.
  • Drive down to Semtokha Dzong (oldest), built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, now housing the institute of traditional studies
  • Lunch and shopping, time permitting, in Thimphu and continue driving to Paro
  • En route, stop at the Tachogang Temple, built in the 15th century by Thangtong Gyalpo, who also built several iron bridges in Bhutan.

Day 9:     PARO (HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST)

  • After breakfast, an excursion to the spectacular Taktshang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The steep trail to the monastery will take you through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You will love to stop at the cafeteria for refreshment after a steep climb. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff 900 metres above the valley. According to legend, Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger.

Day 10:   DEPART PARO

  • After breakfast, drive to the airport for your onward flight.

Date and Departure Information

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Price Details

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), Tourism Business regulating agency of the Royal Government of Bhutan, fixes the Tourist Tariff rate. This rate is valid for all the inclusive tour packages. The tariffs for tourists visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:

Peak Season Rate: (March, April, May, September, October and November) Cultural Tour /Trekking – US$ 250/per person per night halt.

Low Season Rate:(January, February, June, July, August and December) Cultural Tour /Trekking- US$ 200/per person per night halt.

Price Inclusions

  • Bhutan Royalty ($65 per person per day).
  • Visa Fees ($40 per person).
  • All necessary permit fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • All meals including evening tea.
  • All accommodation in our partner hotels, which are some of the best in the country on twin sharing basis.
  • All trekking equipments and logistics including cooks, camp personnel, horsemen and ponies.
  • English-speaking tour leader, guide and driver.
  • Trekking Insurance (Our value-added service).
  • Cultural Performance (our value-added service).

Price Exclusion

  • Airfare for flights into and out of Bhutan.
  • All personal expenses like laundry, telephone, tips, shopping expenses.
  • Meals and Beverages other than the ones mentioned above (see inclusions).
  • Spa Charges.
  • Travel and Medical insurance.

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