Asia Gangtey Trek

Asia Gangtey Trek

  • Camping
  • CommunityBasedTourism
  • CulturalSight-seeing
  • FarmHouseStay
  • Festival
  • Hiking
  • Photography
  • Textile
  • Trekking
  • ValueAddedActivity
  • VillageLife
Asia Gantey Trek
Trip Code: T018
Trip Duration : 10 Days
Trek Duration:
Trip Type: Cultural and Trekking
Difficulty Level: Easy and Moderate
Psychical Demand:
Destination(s): Bhutan
Highest Altitude: 3480m
Max Elevation: 3480m
Highest Camp: 3330m
Max Group Size: 16
Best Season: April to June & Mid September to Mid Nov
Trip Start: Paro
Trip End: Paro
Avg. user rating:
Trip Route: Paro > Thimphu > Punakha > Gangtey
Activities: Trekking, Hiking, Visit Farm House , Monastery, Museums, Weekend market, Stroll around the City etc

Overview


During your visit to Asia book Asia Gangtey Trek which 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 crane that migrates from the plateau of Tibet. If your visit is from end of October then we will have ample opportunity to witness the rare black necked crane feeding in the marshy meadow. The trek is possible throughout the whole winter but the best time for this trek is March-May and September-November.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the impressive Dzong (fortresses), former palaces and Buddhist monasteries!
  • Hike through the ridge top Goembas (monasteries) and meet the monks.
  • Hike through the terraced farmlands and villages, visit the farmhouses and meet the villagers.
  • Attend the local festivals and events.
  • Visit the vibrant markets and towns.
  • Visit the traditional arts and crafts workshop, meet the artisans, weavers and painters!
  • And much more…

What’s included

  • Receive and Transfer to Airport
  • Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
  • Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver.
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Sightseeing
  • Museum Fees
  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits
  • Bottled Mineral Water
  • Walks and Hikes

What’s is Not Include

  • Guide and Driver tip
  • International Airfare
  • Laundry Charges
  • Internet, International calls
  • Other Beverages
  • Donation when photographing
  • Travel Insurance
  • Baggage Handlers tip

Intinerary


You’ll follow an itinerary which has been researched and planned by our experts, saving you all the hassle of organizing the trip. The itineraries are designed to minimize the time spent travelling and maximize the variety of experiences. From small buses to riverboats as well as on foot.

Itinerary at a Glance:

  • DAY 1: Arrive Paro International Airport by Druk Air-Thimphu
  • DAY 2: Thimphu-Gangtey
  • DAY 3: Gangtey-Gangtey
  • DAY 4: Gangtey/Phobjikha-Zasa
  • DAY 5: Zasa-Chorten Karpo
  • DAY 6: Chorten Karpo – Tikki Zampa/Punakha
  • DAY 7: Punakha-Punakha
  • DAY 8: Punakha-Paro
  • DAY 9: Paro-Paro
  • DAY 10: International Departure

Detail Itinerary

1

ARRIVE PARO & DRIVE TO THIMPHUAs you approach Paro, on clear sunny days you can capture a spectacular view of Himalayan peaks. Just before landing, you will have unusual experience with the aircraft as it prepares to land on one of the most difficult airports in the world. On arrival you will be received by our representative who will then drive you to Thimphu, which is about 1.5 hour drive from Paro. Thimphu is at the elevation of 2500 meters / 8200ft.After checking into hotel and lunch visit King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk’s Memorial Chorten, Dupthop Lhakhang ( Monastery for the nuns), National Library, the Painting School where traditional art is kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkhas ( sacred Buddhist religious scrolls), and the Institute of Medicine where traditional medicines are prepared according to ancient practices. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit Lungtenzampa to observe the traditional silver smiths plying at their crafts and the Bhutanese traditional paper factory. Drive back to town and visit the handicraft stores and stroll around the tiny capital city.Overnight at Hotel

2

THIMPU-GangteyLeaving Thimphu the road ascends steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3050 m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. You will then descent down from the pass to the fertile valley of Punakha and enter into the valley of Wangdue Phodrang, where we will take an opportunity to photograph the majestic fortress of Wangdue Dzong, which stands on a spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers. We then climb steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation and before reaching to Pele we will make 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 crane that migrates from the plateau of Tibet. If your visit is from end of October then we will have ample opportunity to witness the rare black necked crane feeding in the marshy meadow.Overnight at the hotel.

3

Gangtey (Valley Excursion)Today we will start our hike from the hotel and you will get chance to capture the unspoiled valley. We will also visit the crane information centre and the 16th century monastery, which has completed the renovation work. We will continue our hike from the temple to the other side of the valley through farm road and mule track and end the hike at the community school. Then you will have time to explore at your own.Overnight at the hotel.

4

Phobjikha – Zasa(Distance: 15km, Duration: 6-7 hours, Ascent: 610m, Descent: 410m, Camp altitude: 3130m)
The Trek starts near the village of Tabiting. The trail winds through meadows and fields and the climb takes you through a mixed forest of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendron to Tsele La (3430m). From here you descend into the Juge Kangkha Chhu valley. Further on, the path leads to Gogona, well known for “Gogona Cheese”. The campsite is a bit further on besides a small stream in a yak pasture called Zasa.

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). The descent from the pass leads to a wide valley, surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges. Below the route one can see Khothokha, a village with about 60 houses. You finally reach the campsite by climbing gently up till you see four chortens in a forest of blue pine.

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 back into the valley leads you through Bhutan’s best bird watching areas where we meet our car which will take us to Punakha.Overnight in hotel.

7

Punakha (Sightseeing)In Punakha, we will visit the Dzong built by Zhabdrung in 1637. The dzong is on a strategic junction 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 it has 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.
Next in line is a short 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. You will then after having lunch drive to Lobesa where you will make another hike to Chimi Lhakhang, a Temple on small hill. This temple is dedicated to the great Yogi known as Drukpa Kuenley popularly known as “Divine madman” to the westerners. Bhutanese believe that this temple blesses women who seek fertility.Overnight in hotel.

8

PUNAKHA-PAROAfter Breakfast, we will drive to Paro and stop 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. From Dochula, you will drive down and stop at the oldest Simtokha Dzong, built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It now houses the institute of traditional studies for lay men and women. We will continue our drive and eat lunch in a local restaurant in Thimphu. After lunch, you will have about an hour to do the last minute shopping before you resume journey to Paro. On your way to Paro you will stop at the Tachogang Temple, built in the 15th century by Thangtong Gyalpo, who also built several iron bridges in Bhutan. We will resume our drive to Paro and check in to Hotel.Overnight at Hotel

9

PARO (HIKE TO TIGER’S LAIR)After breakfast, your car will drop you at the starting point of the excursion to the spectacular Taktsang 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. If not tired, you will hike further until you get a clear view of Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. The history states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria.Overnight at Hotel.

10

Depart ParoAfter breakfast, drive to the airport for your onward flight. Your escort from Bhutan Creative Tours will bid you farewell. As the aircraft gains height and proceed, you will see the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappear behind its guardian mountains.

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FAQ

What is the best time to visit Bhutan?

In Bhutan every season has its own charm; as such the country has variety of doings to the tourist according to their interest. But the most visited months are usually March, April and May during which the country is at its best scenery as the spring just hits off and of course in the later months of the year like August, September, October and November. These are the peak seasons as the weather during these time of the years are pleasant and warm and not to forget the festival months. However, Bhutan Creative Tours is focusing to spread out visitation over the year because, come rain or shine, there is something for all parts of the year. The winters are cold, but we have winter treks and festivals in the southern parts of Bhutan,which has warm weather through out the year. A winter in Bhutan is characterized by clear blue skies, but you need your jackets with you.


Do I need a Visa for Bhutan? How can I obtain a Visa for Bhutan?

All visitors traveling to Bhutan are required to obtain a Visa prior to your arrival to Bhutan, except for Indian nationals holding a valid Indian passport. After your confirmation to visit Bhutan with us, you can just download and fill out the Visa Application form from our website and send it to us. We’ll have the visa confirmation letter processed within 7 working days and send it to you. The Visa Application System used by the national tourism office is designed by our CEO when he was working as the Chief Researcher for the Tourism Council of Bhutan. This makes it very easy for us to leverage visa processing even during the final minutes before your arrival to Bhutan.


What Documents will I require at the Airport when I come to Bhutan?

You will need your Passport which has 6 months validity for its expiry date, Druk Air e-ticket, whether you booked it through us or the Druk air’s website and your Visa confirmation letter which we will send you prior to your arrival in the country. And please to carry a copy of your tour itinerary as well.

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