As soon as we finish the sightseeing tour of beautiful city paro the next day our winter trek starts. Passing the pine forest through the winding road takes us to the Dochu La(La means pass) giving you the beautiful himalayan summit view and reach Gangtey gompa. From Gangtey Gompa as we pass through the mixed forest of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendron we will reach Tselela pass. The next day our trek lead us to Shobju-La rewarding us with mountain views we will rest in our camp in Khotokha. Khotokha to Wangdi is a dry descent where we walk down and down through ever-changing vegetation. On the way to Thimpu from Wangdi we will reach Punakha Dzong viewpoint at the North end of the Punakha valley, which was once a capital. Finally we will reach Thimpu finishing our Trek.
Note: This Tour can be combine with Nepal, India or Tibet Tour!
Upon arrival at Paro Airport, you will be received by our representative and transferred to hotel. Overnight in hotel.
Drive to the winding road northward up the Pa Chu to Drugyel Dzong, the ruined fort that once defended this village from Tibetan invasion. Mount Chomolhari, the sacred summit, reaches skyward beyond the Dzong. This can be viewed on the clear day. On the way back visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse. After lunch walk up the hill just above the Olathang hotel to stretch your legs for the onward trek. Or day excursion to view Taktsang Monastery can be arranged. Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast leave for Gangtey Gompa. The road winds through the pine forest to Dochu La (La means pass) 10,000ft, from where 200 miles of Himalayan summit can be view in a clear weather day. After driving for two hours reach at Wangdi. Continue drive to Gangtey Gompa. Overnight at Gangtey Gompa.
A moderate trail wind through meadows and fields then ascends the Tselela pass through mixed forest of Juniper, Bamboo, Magnolia, and Rhododendrons. The people of Gogona speak a language called Bjopkha the language of nomads. Their life in this isolated valley has encouraged them to continue using their ancient dialect. Overnight in camp.
A gentle climb leads to Shobju-La 11,155ft. The descend leads to fill wide valley, Reminiscent of the big sky views of mountains. Overnight in camp.
A short ascent leads to the Tashi-La pass 9,200ft. Be sure to fill your water bottle shortly after crossing the pass, as the descent is dry. Walk down and down through ever-changing vegetation into the drainage of the Dhang Chu. Overnight in Wangdi guesthouse.
After breakfast drive to Punakha Dzong viewpoint at the north end of the Punakha valley. It was the Nation's capital until 1966. The Je-khenpo, head abbot of monk body in the country resides in winter since the lower elevation of this valley has more comfortable temperature. Return drive to Thimphu over Dochu-La pass and stop at cafe for hot cup of tea/coffee and biscuits. Continue drive to Thimphu. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon, sightseeing and shopping. Overnight in hotel.
Early morning transfer to Paro Airport for your onward departure flight.
Note: This itinerary can be customized as per situation.
Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes we described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal.
Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.
Warm jacket. Fiber fills or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.
Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.
A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent. 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.
As you do not carry it yourself this may be synthetic or down, but it must be 4 season. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there)
Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection.
You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)
a) A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
b) A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
b) A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best. c) 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
d) 4 pairs of thin and 4 pair of thick woolen socks.
e) Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.
a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
c) Water bottle.
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
g) Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can buy in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
k) Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
m) Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photograph