Nabji Korphu community based Trek

Trip Facts

Nabji Korphu community based Trek
Length : 13 Days - 12 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

Explore nature’s bounty in full bloom at Nabji Korphu

The Nabji Korphu is best suited for trekking during the winter. Located in Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, it is surrounded by many villages rich in cultural heritage. The trek starts from Riotala and ends at Totongphey. During this trek, you will come across the Golden Langur, an endangered animal found only in Bhutan and Assam.

The National Park is also home to the Rufous necked Hornbill. It is home to quite a few varieties of flora and fauna which are unique to the Himalayan region such as Serpent Eagle, Yellow bellied Flowerpecker, Gold Throated Barbet and Chir Pine, rhododendrons and orchids.

The region is also rich in cultural heritage. The commemorative pillar in the temple of Nabji commemorates the peace negotiation between king Sindu of Bhutan and king Nauche of India. The negotiation took place through the mediation of Guru Rinpoche in the 8th century. In course of the trek, you will come across villages of the Monpa community.

Widely regarded as the earliest settlers in Bhutan, the Monpas follow a mix of Buddhism and animistic Shamanism. Originally they are hunters and food gatherers, and much of their culture and tradition is linked to the forests. Their major occupation is bamboo crafting and cane weaving.

You will have the opportunity to get in touch with Monpas during your stay in the Jangbi village. Before you move ahead, you can consider visiting the orchid garden that houses 75 different varieties of orchids. As you hike towards the Kudra village, you will come across stone imprints of Guru Rinpoche’s footprints, phallus and dagger.

In course of trekking , you will also come across the Great Himalayan Squirrel and Rhesus Macaques. Other animals which can be seen less frequently include tigers, red pandas, and Himalayan Black Bears. The Nabji Temple is located en route to Korphu. A unique festival is celebrated each January in the temple grounds.

As a visitor, you will get the option to be welcomed with the traditional ‘Chipdrel’ procession which will be followed by the Marchang ceremony. During the latter, the locals sing songs to praise and pray for the well being of visitors. During your farewell, they will perform the Tashi Labey dance.

You can consider paying a visit to the local temple which contains Pema Lingpa’s sacred relics. Pema Lingpa is the well known ‘treasure revealer’ of Bhutan. The campsite here offers a perfect bird’s eye view of Nabji and its neighborhood.

Outline Iteinerary

Day 1: Paro-Thimphu

  • Arrival at Paro and drive to Thimphu

Day 2: Thimphu - Punakha

  • Drive to Punakha over Dochu La Pass (3050m), the highest point between Thimphu and Punakha. When the sky is clear, one can enjoy a spectacular and panoramic view of the snow-capped peaks to the north that are above 7000m. The pass has 108 chortens (Stupa), honouring soldiers who laid down their lives while flushing out insurgents from southern Bhutan in December 2003.
  • Visit Chimi Lhakhang built by Tibetan Lama Ngawang Chogyal in the 15th century at the spot where his cousin Lama Drukpa Kuenley, the divine mad monk subdued a female demon fleeing in the form of a dog. Considered a fertility temple, childless couples visit with prayers for a child.
  • Visit Punakha Dzong built by Zhabdrung in 1637 at the confluence of Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). The dzong has played a sacred role in the history of Bhutan. It served as the seat of Zhabdrung’s government, and has received several foreign delegations in 18th and 19th century. The first King was crowned in 1907 and the third King convened the first National Assembly in the dzong. It is the winter residence of the central monastic body   . The embalmed bodies of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Terton Pema Lingpa are housed on the top floor of the main tower.

Day 3: Punakha-Trongsa

  • Start early for the six-hour drive to Trongsa takes approximately 6 hours. After crossing the valley of Wangdue Phodrang, the road climbs steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation to Pele la Pass (3300 m/ 10989 ft). With an alpine vegetation of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo, the Pass is traditionally considered the boundary between West and East Bhutan.
  • As we descend from the pass through the dwarf bamboo and quite often Yaks grazing we reach Chendebji Chorten. The Chorten was built in 18th century by a Lama known as Shida, in order to subdue a demon that terrorized the inhabitants of this valley and the Ada valley just over the ridge.
  • Continue your drive to Trongsa. The Dzong literally sits on the spur that sticks out into the gorge of the Mangde River and overlooks the routes to the south and east. The view from the Dzong extends for many miles and in former times nothing could escape the vigilance of its watchmen.

Day 4: Trongsa – Tongtongphey - Jangbi Village

  • After an early breakfast, take a stroll around Trongsa town including visits to the Dzong or the museum at the Watchtower of Trongsa. The museum will definitely captivate visitors with its collection of antiques and artifacts.
  • A two-hour drive along Zhemgang highway brings you to the start of the trek, Tongtongphey. You can also visit Kuenga Rabten palace, an important heritage in Bhutanese history on the way.
  • The trek starts here. From Tongtongphey, the village guide steers you down to the Mangde River where you cross a suspension bridge. On this stretch of the journey the rare and endangered Golden Langurs are almost impossible to miss.
  • Coming into contact with the Monpas who are believed to be the first inhabitants of Bhutan, will give you a first glimpse into their lifestyle and mythical legends about their origin. The campsite in Jangbi stands on the valley sill, which offers a resplendent view of Mangdi valley. You can watch a local cultural programme or even better, take part in it.

Day 5: Jangbi village- Kudra village (Total distance: 13-14.5 kms, about 6 hours, Altitude range: 1350-1500m).

  • Before you proceed, visit the orchid garden that houses about 75 different kinds of orchids. The trail to Kudra meanders along the stone imprints of Guru Rinpoche’s footprints, dagger and phallus. Lunch is served just before you arrive at Phrumzur, one of the villages of the Monpa communities, off the trail.
  • Visit the village Lhakhang in Phrumzur and then traverse Lekpogang, another small Monpa village, from where the campsite in Kudra is just an hour’s walk. The campsite offers a bird’s-eye-view of Nyimshong village and Zhemgang town.

Day 6: Kudra village- Nabji village(Distance: 11-14 kms, about 5-7 hours, Altitude range: 1500-1300m)

  • Wake up to the distant call of the Rufous-necked hornbill and hike across streams, under waterfalls and through thick forests giving you an invigorating feeling of being out in the wild.
  • The Great Himalayan Squirrel, Rhesus Mecaques, and small snakes are often spotted along the trail. Unseen but present, are Himalayan black bear, Red pandas, tigers, Clouded leopards and others.
  • Upon arrival at the holy tree in Nabji, the people will give you a heartwarming reception. Nabji is a beautiful village where paddy fields seem to circumambulate the clustered houses. Visit the community school and participate in a game of football or volleyball with the children.

Day 7: Nabji village – Korphu village(Distance: 9.5-13km, Duration: 2-3 hours, Altitude range: 1300-1500m)

  • Nabji temple is located in the middle of the paddy fields on the way to Korphu. Inside the temple is a stone pillar on which Guru Rinpoche imprinted the impressions of thumbs of two warring kings: King Sindha Gyelp of Bumthang, and King Noeche, as a resolution to remain peaceful. A unique festival connected with the occasion is celebrated sometime in early January at the temple grounds.
  • Korphu is situated on a mountaintop at an altitude of 1500m. The most striking thing about Korphu is that the local populace people treat you like a royalty. You have the option of being welcomed with a traditional ‘Chipdrel’ procession and a ‘Marchang’ ceremony, singing traditional songs of praise and wellbeing for new visitors. They also perform the traditional ‘Tashi Labey’ dance to bid you farewell.
  • If interested, participate in the quintessential Bhutanese games of ‘Khuru’, ‘Dego’, ‘Sok-sum’, and ‘Gee-dum.’
  • Visit the village temple that houses the sacred relics of Pema Lingpa, the famous ‘Treasure revealer’ of Bhutan. A local lunch could be provided in the village campsite which also provides a spectacular bird’s-eye view of Nabji and other surrounding areas.

Day 8: Korphu village – Nimshong village (Distance: 11-12km, circa 4-6 hours, Altitude range: 1500-1300m)

  • The hike from Korphu to Nyimshong is the pleasant and arguably the best birding spot, which can boast a bird list of more than 395 species. The elusive Rufous Necked Hornbill has its nesting holes adjacent to the trail. The walk is mixed with waterfalls, streams and cantilever bridges.
  • The evening brings you to Nyimshong village. The campsite is a natural amphitheatre. The women of Nyimshong are talented singers and dancers and a cultural show could be arranged if the guests are interested.

Day 9: Nimshong village – Trongsa town (Distance: 5-6km, circa 2 hours, Altitude range: 1000-1300m)

  • If you are lucky, the Golden Langurs will lead you to the exit. You descend down to the Mangdi River again to see some Herons and River-lapwings. After an hour’s steep ascend to the road, you will be driving back to Trongsa. The end of the trek.

Day 10: Trongsa-Gangtey

  • After breakfast, drive towards Pele La pass, below which we will take a left turn on another road that will lead us to the broad and beautiful valley of Phobjikha. This valley also serves as the winter home for the rare black-necked cranes that migrate from the plateau of Tibet. If your visit is from the end of October then you will have ample opportunity to witness the cranes feeding in the marshy meadow.

Day 11: Dive from Gangtey to Paro

Day 12: Paro

  • An excursion to the Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest and an occasional stand of fluttering prayer flags. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff 900 meters above the valley below. The history states that Guru Padma Sambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger

Day 13: Depart Paro

  • Drive to the airport for your onward flight.

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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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Nabji Korphu community based Trek
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