This is basically a botanical trek and for those who love nature. Spring is arguably the most beautiful time of the year. At the height of spring which is end of March, the whole valley comes to life with flaming red, pink and white rhododendron blossom. In monsoon different varieties of mushroom can be found along the trail including the Sangay (mutsutake) mushroom which is exported to Japan. The route takes you through Yak herders camps, villages, monasteries and countless lakes. The snowcapped peaks can be best viewed in winter.
Arrival in Paro (Bhutan) After completion airport immigration formalities transfer to hotel for room check in and lunch.
Pm: After lunch proceed through a beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. It was housed into the National museum in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The seven floors museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks. Walk down crossing traditional old Bridge.
After early breakfast drive to hike starting point of Taktsang Monastery or the “Tiger’s Nest. The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 to 3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery which clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley was devastated by fire in 1998 but the Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore the monastery to its original structure. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17th century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Later back to Resort for lunch.
After breakfast drive to Genekha (1&1/2 hrs), where you will meet your trekking support team. After the short preparations start your first day trek to Gur. The communion with nature starts with alpine flora and fauna (birds are comman). The two hours of uphill walk and rest at a huge rock platform offering a picturesque view of the valley below. The camp is located in the heart of the woods ideal for afternoon stroll. Flowers are abundant in spring.
Walking across the ridge offers beautiful view of the rugged mountain vegetation. During spring the meadows are filled with flowers. From the pass one can see spectacular view of the Dagala range. We will Camp near a Lake filled with Golden Trout’s.
This is an ideal day for excursion to the three lakes namely Relitso, Hentso and Jamatso. Trout fishing can add delicacy to your meal in this wild country side (please bring own fishing equipment). If you are still fit to do trekking you can attempt climbing the Jomo peak which is 5050 meters. The view from the top will be memorable for a life time.
This day entails the crossing of several passes each one more impressive than the other. Look out for different varieties of Blue poppy (national flower) during the month of June & July. An hours climb after lunch brings you to the end of Dagala range and you can enjoy the view of Thimphu valley below. From here descent about an hour that brings you to your camp at 3,050 m / 13,120 ft.)
Passing through alpine and mixed vegetation one reaches Talikha village. The trail descends passing through apple orchards till you reach the main motarable road to Thimphu where you will meet the waiting vehicle. After the bid farewell to Trekking / Camping crew start short drive to Thimphu. Rest of the day is for most deserved rest.