Gangtey – Gogona Trek- 08nights/09Days
|Group size||2-16 people|
|Arrival on:||Paro, Bhutan|
|Meals:||All Meals (breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)|
|Accommodation:||Hotel Accommodation in the cities and Teahouse during the Trek|
|Max-Altitude:||3400meters/ 11155 ft|
|Departure From:||Kathmandu, Nepal|
|Best Time to Travel||All Time of Year Highly recommended: Jan-may and Sept-Dec.|
Activities: Trekking in Bhutan
Difficulty level: Moderate
Duration: 10 nights/ 11 Days
|Phobjikha Valley, at 3000meters is in one of the few glacier valleys in Bhutan. It is the chosen home of the rare black–necked cranes which migrate here in winter from the Tibetan Plateau. The valley of Gangtey is one of the most beautiful places in Bhutan and the Gangtey Gompa monastery is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the Black mountains. This moderate trek passes through the village of Gogona and Khotokha, through meadows and fields, then forest of juniper, magnolia and rhododendrons. One of the finest low level treks in Bhutan.
The Best time to trek is from Jan-may and Sept-Dec.
|Day01: Fly to Paro
Day03: Thimphu Sightseeing:
Day04: Drive to Punakha – Gangtey:
Day05: (Trek Starts) Gangtey Gompa – Gogona
Day06: Gogona – Khotokha
Day07: Khotokha – Chazam – Wangdue
Day08: Punakha – Paro
Day09: Departure or extend for extra activities
|Day01:||Fly to Paro:
Upon arrival at Paro airport, you will be received by a Representative of Tsenden Travel Services, transfer to the hotel. After Lunch, visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong, the center of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. In the evening, dive to Thimphu. Dinner and over night in Hotel.
Excursion to Taktsang. After breakfast a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, the trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.
After Lunch, drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang that was built in 659 by the Tibetan King Srongsen Gampo. In the evening, drive to Thimphu. Dinner and over night in Hotel.
The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk , Visit to Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). Visit Buddha Point. After lunch we drive to Changangkha Lhakhang, Takin Preserve Center and the View Point. In the evening, visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Over night in Hotel.
|Day04:||Drive to Punakha – Gangtey:
(72 Kms, 3 hours drive). After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. On the way, stop a while to view Chimi Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in 15th century. He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”.
While in Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male river) and Mo Chu (Female river).
Later in the evening drive further for 2 hours to Gangtey on the way, visit Wangduephodrang Dzong from outside.
Dinner and overnight at Gantey.
|Day05:|| (Trek Starts) Gangtey Gompa – Gogona:
The trail winds up on a slow climb through field and then ascends the Tselela Pass for your lunch stop. Then the trail descends gradually for some time trough forest of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendron. After the last short climb you will reach Gogona village. The people of Gogona were originally nomads and they speak a language, “Jopkha” (language of the nomads). Distance 15 km, about 6 – 7 hours.
|Day06:||Gogona – Khotokha:
In the morning you will climb up a gentle slope to Shobjula (11,155 ft.) for your lunch stop. Then the path leads down to a wide valley of Khotokha, a summer place of the people of Sha (under district of Wangduephodrang) Distance 15 – 16 km. Time about 6 – 7 hours.
|Day07:||Khotokha – Chazam – Wangdue:
A short ascend leads to Mulaila pass (9200ft.) then the path descends through ever-changing vegetation till the bridge in Wangdi Phodrang. Your trek ends here at. Drive to Punakha.
Late Afternoon Rafting in Punakha river for 1 – 2 hrs. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
|Day08:||Punakha – Paro:
After breakfast, drive to Paro. Visit Farm house. Evening walk around paro town. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Breakfast , drive to the airport for the flight to home or extend for extra activities.
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· Airport pick-up and Drop in a private vehicle.
· 3 star Hotel accommodation in Bhutan; Tea House/ Camping while Trekking including Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
· All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
· An experienced, English-Speaking Guide or different language Speaking Guide as per the demand of the clients;
· Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
· All necessary paperwork and permits (Bhutan Visa and Permits of the trek)
· All government and local taxes.
· Airfare for International Flights (HOME-BHUTAN-HOME).
· Extra personal expenses like telephone bills, Laundry service, Drinks, Tips to Guides/Driver/porters e.t.c.
· Insurance of any kind
· Natural or political disturbance which beyond our control…
· Other Expenses not mentioned above.