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Bhutan Gangtey Trek (08 days)

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Trip Code: NETE-BH-BHGY1

  • Trip Type Lodge Trek
  • Duration 08 days
  • Grade Moderate
  • Max.Altitude
  • Group Size 2+
  • Travel Mode Land & Flight
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Gangtey Valley

Gangtey Valley

Bhutan Gangtey Trek is a unique combination of tour and three days of trek. You will spend a few days sightseeing in Paro and Thimpu visiting many monuments such as Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest), Memorial Chhorten, Painting School and Ta Dzong.
 
The trekking immediately starts from Tabiting and ends Tikke Zampa in Gangtey valley, a total of three full days of hiking. The trail features green valleys, isolated villages and denses forest of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendron. En route you will cross three Himalayan passes, namely Dochula (3100m), Tsele La (3430m) and Shobe La pass (3,480m). Along the trek enjoy great views of Himalayan peaks including Chomolhari (7314m) and Bhutan’s highest peak Gangkhar Puensum  (7,570m). 
 
Although the trek is possible throughout the whole winter, the best seasons for the Gangtey Trek are March to May and September to November. It is a short and relatively easy trek suitable for all ages. 

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 Trip code: NETE-BH-BHGY1
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 08 days
 Trip Type: Lodge Trek
 Trip Grade: Moderate
 Min. Group Size 2+
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: SEP-OCT-NOV
MAR-APR-MAY
JUN-JUL-AUG
 Transportaion: Land & Flight
 Meals: 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Accommodation in Kathmandu
Standard Hotel/Lodge Accommodation in Bhutan

itenerary

Fly from Kathmandu to Paro which takes about 1.45 hrs. It is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights with aerial views of Mt. Everest, Kanchen Junga, Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Chomolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tsrim Khang. You will be received by our representative at the airport and escorted to the hotel.
 
Overnight in hotel.

This morning follow the winding road beside the Pa chu (chu means water) river downstream until you reach its confluence with the Wangchu. Ride up the valley to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. After lunch visit the Memorial Chhorten, Traditional Medicine Hospital, and Painting School.
 
Overnight in hotel.

After breakfast leave for Gangtey. The road winds through the forests to Dochula (3100m), which affords beautiful views of Jomolari. After driving 3 hours you will reach Wangdue, our lunch spot. After a further 3 hours drive you will reach Gangtey.
 
Overnight in camp.

The Trek starts from village of Tabiting. The trail winds through meadows and fields and through a mixed forest of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendron to Tsele La (3430m). From here you descend into the Juge Kangkha Chhu valley. Ahead the path leads to Gogona, well known for its “Gogona Cheese” production. The campsite is a bit further on besides a small stream in a yak pasture called Zasa.

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.

From the camp you climb till you reach a forest road. From here it’s an easy walk up to a little ridge at 2,800m. The walk down back into the valley leads you through Bhutan’s best bird watching areas. Drive to Thimphu for overnight stay.

After breakfast drive to Paro and check into hotel. Morning hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest) takes around 3 hours. It was in the 8th century that Guru Padmasambava landed here on the back of a tigress, and meditated for three months. The present day monastery was built it 1684.
 
Overnight at Paro.

Your guide will drop you at the airport for your onward journey.


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