Asia Rodungla Trek

Asia Rodungla Trek

  • Camping
  • CulturalSight-seeing
  • FarmHouseStay
  • Festival
  • Hiking
  • Photography
  • Trekking
  • ValueAddedActivity
  • VillageLife
Rudungla trel
Trip Code: T018
Trip Duration : 16 Days
Trek Duration: 10 Days
Cultural Duration: 6 Days
Trip Type: Cultural and Trekking
Difficulty Level: Medium to Hard
Psychical Demand:
Destination(s): Bhutan
Highest Altitude: 4160m
Max Elevation: 4160m
Highest Camp: 3680m
Max Group Size: 16
Best Season: April to June & Mid September to Mid Nov
Trip Start: Paro
Trip End:Samdrupjongkhar/Paro
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Trip Route: Paro > Thimphu > Punakha > Trongsa > Bumthang > Mongar > Tashigang > Tashiyangtse > Samdrupjongkhar
Activities: Trekking, Hiking, Visit Farm House, Monastery, Museums, Weekend market, Stroll around the City etc

Overview


This Asia Rodung La Trek can be booked through travel agent in Bhutan or Bhutan travel company. This trek used to be the most important trade route to eastern Bhutan before the motor able road was built. This route is hardly used at present but one cannot ignore the good trek it provides. The route can be seen as an extension of the Snowman Trek ending in Bumthang. The combination of the Snowman and Rodung La treks connects the country from the west in Paro to Trashi Yangtse in the extreme east. The trek does not lead to really high altitude but it is tough as it involves long steep descents and ascents, depending on the side you start the trek. After the trek you will not deny that Rodung La trek is one of the toughest in Bhutan.

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-Punakha.
  • DAY 3: Punakha-Trongsa.
  • DAY 4: Trongsa-Bumthang.
  • DAY 5: Jakar- Ngang Lhakhang.(trek starts)
  • DAY 6: Ngang Lhakang-Ugyencholing.
  • DAY 7: Ugyencholing-Phokphey.
  • DAY 8: Phokphey-Pemi.
  • DAY 9: Pemi – Khaine Lakhang.
  • DAY 10: Khaine Lakhang – Tangmachu
  • DAY 11: Tangmachu – Menji.
  • DAY 12: Menji – Pemi.
  • DAY 13: Pemi – Taupang.
  • DAY 14: Taupang – Trashi Yangtse-Tashigang.(trek ends)
  • DAY 15: Trashigang – Samdrupjongkhar/Paro.
  • DAY 16: Samdrupjongkhar – Guwahiti or Trashigang-Paro International Airport See off by your guide.

Detail Itinerary

1

Paro-ThimphuTravel central Bhutan is designed to suit the clients flexibility and explore Bhutan with found memories. In clear days, Druk Air’s flight to Bhutan provides a wonderful view of Himalayan scenery. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Katmandu or over the foothills from Kolkata, it is a breath-taking journey above forested hills into the hidden Shangrila.At the Paro airport, Bhutan Creative Tours representative will receive you. After completing the airport formalities, you will experience an interesting two-hour drive along the winding highway to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan.Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

2

Thimphu-PunakhaDrive to Punakha, the road from Thimphu to Punakha goes northeast and one of the highlights of the journey is at Dochu La Pass (3050m), the highest point between Thimphu and Punakha. From here 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), honoring those who laid down their lives while flushing out insurgents from southern Bhutan in December 2003. Chortens are Buddhist reliquaries and memorials to the teachings of the Buddha. Sometimes, stupas carry relics of the Buddha or revered monks. Whether or not there are relics inside, the stupas mark the landscape with reminders of the Buddha’s teachings.We will eat lunch in one of the local restaurants. Before lunch, we will have a short hike to the 15th century temple of Divine Madman. It is about half an hour hike through the fields and farm houses. You will have good chance to take photographs especially the divine painting on the houses.After lunch 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.

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

Punakha-TrongsaThe drive to Trongsa takes approximately 6 hours. We start early for the fabulous drive to the central valleys of Bhutan through the breath-taking beauties and serenity of Bhutan’s rich flora and fauna. As we cross the fertile valley of Punakha and enter into the valley of Wangdue Phodrang . We then climb steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation and then to Pele la Pass (3300 m/ 10989 ft). With an alpine environment of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo, the Pass is traditionally considered the boundary between West and East Bhutan.During the clear weather we can view the high snow-capped peaks especially the Mount Jhomolhari (7314 m/ 24355 ft). As we descend from the pass through the dwarf bamboo and quite often Yaks grazing we reach at Chendebji Chorten. The Chorten or Stupa 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. We will have our packed lunch here. Continue your drive to Trongsa, as you enter Trongsa valley, the huge fortress of Trongsa makes you wonder if you will ever reach it.Backing on mountain and built on several levels, the Dzong fits narrowly on a spur that sticks out into the gorge of the Mangde River and overlooks the routes south and west. The view from the Dzong extends for many miles and in former times nothing could escape the vigilance of its watchmen. Arrive Trongsa.Overnight at Yangkhil Resort.

5

Trongsa-BumthangIn the morning, you will visit Trongsa Dzong built in 1647 by the Zhabdrung. It is the biggest and most impressive Dzong in Bhutan. Thereafter, you will visit Ta Dzong on the hillside above the town. Ta Dzong is a watchtower to guard Trongsa.After lunch, you will proceed to Bumthang (2600-2900m), one of the most spectacular valleys and the holy heartland of Bhutan. The 68-kilometer journey takes about three hours. The road winds steeply up to Yutong-la pass (3400m/11155ft), and then runs down through dense coniferous forest to enter a wide, open, cultivated valley, known as Chumey valley. From here, the drive to Bumthang takes 45 minutes.Overnight at lodge in Bumthang

6

Jakar – Ngang Lhakhang(Distance: 20km, Duration: 6-7 hours, Camp altitude: 2800m)The route takes you around Chamkhar Chhu, a river rich in trout. After passing Thangbi Lhakhang, a temple built by the first Karma Shamar in 13th century, you enter Ngang Yul, ‘Land of Swan” and at its center is Ngang Lhakhang, the “Swan Temple”. This part of the valley was inhabited by swans long ago and hence the name of the place. The Lama Namkha Samdrup, having dreamt a vision of where to build a temple, shot an arrow and at the spot where the arrow landed, the Ngang Lhakhang was erected.

7

Ngang Lhakhang – Ugyenchholing(Camp altitude: 2850m)You will have gentle climb to Phephe La pass (3353m). Follow the trail until the pass takes you through one of the most stunning forested areas of this region. You can have few stops to enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings. You will reach Ugyenchholing Palace that houses one of the most interesting museums of Bhutan.

8

Ugyen Choling – Phokphey(Distance: 17km, Duration: 5-6 hours, Ascent: 920m, Camp altitude: 3680m)Today you will walk through bamboos, hemlock and finally up to an alpine forest. The camp is in a meadow on the top of the valley.

9

Phokphey – Pemi(Distance: 20km, Duration: 7 hours, Ascent: 480m, Descent: 1160m, Camp altitude: 2950m)Rodung La (4160m) is about three hours climb from the camp. From the pass you then continue downhill through a gorge, overlooking some of the mountain valleys. The region is well known for its sightings of ghosts and yetis. Towards the camp you see pine trees. The ruined stone building used to be the grain storehouse during the times of the first and second king.

10

Pemi – Khaine Lakhang(Distance: 21km, Duration: 8 hours, Ascent: 350m, Descent: 1340m, Camp altitude: 2010m)This trail winds up and down, passing through the villages of Ungaar, Bulay, Kulaypang and Gomda till you reach Drula village and Khaine Lhakhang en route. It is one of the oldest temples in existence today, built in mid 7th century by the King Songtshen Gampo of Tibet to subdue demons.

11

Khaine Lakhang – Tangmachu(Distance: 18km, Duration: 6-7 hours, Ascent: 520m, Descent: 810m, Camp altitude: 1720m)From your camp, the trail goes down to a stream and back up to a basic health unit and community school in Gorsam. Further on, you pass a Tibetan-style Umling Mani, built by a lama from Tibet, and a chorten on Zerim La (1940m). Before reaching the next pass, Tage La (1760m) you will see Menjabi, a beautiful Bhutanese village with large white houses. South-east of Tage La is Tangmachu High School. About 400 students study in this school. There is a campsite near the school. Another possibility is to organise transport and drive to the capital of Lhuentse district, with its impressive dzong.

12

Tangmachu – Menji(Distance: 16km, Duration: 4-5 hours, Ascent: 690m, Descent: 620m, Camp altitude: 1830m)You will arrive Kuri Zampa and the trek from here is gradually up through the paddy fields and villages to Chusa.

13

Menji – Pemi(Distance: 20km, Duration: 6-7 hours, Ascent: 620m, Camp altitude: 2450m)Continue uphill through thick forests overlooking mountain views. The camp is under forest shelter at an altitude of 2400m.

14

Pemi – Taupang(Distance: 21km, Duration: 8 hours, Ascent: 1450m, Descent: 1450m, Camp altitude: 2450m)
Continue up to Dongla where you will have fascinating views of the mountain. Descend through thick evergreen forests till you reach campsite

15

Taupang – Trashi Yangtse-Tashigang(Distance: 24km, Duration: 8-9 hours, Descent: 720m)Today is the longest trek. It is a gradual downhill trek till Yangtse through chir pine and hardwood forests, and then oak in the sub tropical forest zone.

16

Trashigang –Samdrup jongkhar.Today after the breakfast you can drive to samdrupjongkar the last eastern border town of Bhutan. It will take about 7-8 hours.Option Fly Back to Paro and continue your flight back next Day

17

Day14.Samdrupjongkhar –Guwahati. Today you will be greeted by the Indian counterpart and continue your journey to Indian state of Assam.Or depart from Paro international Airport.

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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.


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