Wild Mountain Adventures is a leading adventure tour company in Bhutan, and markets their key trekking products under the Bhutan Trekker brand. Their focus is on delivering excellent customer care as you discover Bhutan and exceeding clients’ expectations through the provision of truly unique and inspirational experiences.
As passionate trekkers themselves, the team at Wild Mountain Adventure pay particular attention to the fundamental aspects and small details of planning a trekking trip. They are acutely aware of how refreshing an adventure away from home and regular routines is, and provide really flexible itineraries to meet individual and group adventurers’ needs. With highly trained and knowledgeable local staff, excellent support structures in place, and a focus on the best hospitality, you can be assured of a memorable and unforgettable experience trekking through Bhutan’s beautiful wilderness.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL PARO I ELEVATION: 2250M
After your arrival at Paro international airport you will be greeted and welcomed by our local tour executive, who will transfer you to your hotel. Take a short rest in the hotel and then you will be driven out for your introductory sightseeing in the enchanting Paro valley. Your first day cultural sightseeing in Paro includes a visit to the world of Dzongs. Paro Rinpung Dzong (fortress on the heap of jewels) towering over Paro valley is one of the memorable highlights in Paro. After the Dzong a short uphill hike takes you to National Museum that houses a collection of several Bhutanese treasures. From the museum you then take a car to the historical Dumtse Lhakhang. It is located just outside of Paro town and is the only temple built in the shape of a Chorten - and it is literally chained to the ground, as the local people believe that otherwise it will fly off to heaven. Later, drive to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
DAY 02: HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST I ELEVATION: 2950M I 04KM I 04HRS
We suggest you to make an early start since the hike to the famed Tiger’s nest is quite an uphill task and takes around 3-4 hours. According to legend, Guru Padmasambhava visited the site in the 8th century flying from the east of the country on the back of the tigress (a form of one of his consorts). He spent time in the cave meditating and demining his terrifying form of Guru Dorji Droloe, subjugating the evil spirit that resides in the Himalaya. After Guru Padmasambhava’s blessing and prophecy, the temple was built in the year 1694 by Desi Tenzin Rabgyel, but regretfully the old structure of the building was completely burned down by a fire in 1998 and was restored to the present building in the same year and later completed in 2005. After exploring the temple walk down following the same path to the parking area and drive to Paro and then to your hotel. Rest day at your leisure.
DAY 03: PARO – SHARNA I CAMPSITE: 2860M I 11KM I 05HRS
Today after your breakfast, drive to Gunitsawa village that lies at the northern end of Paro valley. Your trek begins from this village and the trail takes you past the army post after endorsing the trekking permit. You then gently ascent uphill, traversing through a rich forest of oak, pine and fir. Your campsite at Sharna is located on the opposite side of the Pachhu River.
DAY 04: SHARNA – THANGTHANKA I CAMPSITE: 3570M I 16KM I 06 – 07HRS
The trail continues today following the Parochhu River with several short ascents and descents. As you walk under the shelter of a tall rich forest of birch and fir you then gradually narrow to a mere path and then descend to a rolling alpine meadow. From here, if the weather is clear, you will have a close-up view of the majestic Mt. Jhomolhari looming at the northern head of the valley. As you continue you will soon see your camp in this rolling meadow.
THANGTHANKA – JANGOTHANG I CAMPSITE: 4080M I 15KM I 06HRS
At you wake up early, the majestic goddess of the mountains, Mt. Jomolhari will reveal its beauty bathing in the morning light. As you take your trail in the morning you will soon trek through the side of the Parochhu River valley, which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growth of forest. Following the river above tree line and hooping rock you will see spectacular views of the high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. Yak and yak herders stone houses become a regular and new look through this landscape. Passing through the muddy track, you will soon finally reach your campsite, one of the most beautiful campsites in the entire Himalayas.
DAY 06: JANGOTHANG HALT
Having walked for three long days, its time now for you to rest. Spend your day at the camp, acclimatizing and enjoying the magnificent view of Mt. Jomolhari. If you are fit you can choose to go for a day hike in the surrounding vicinity. There are several possible half-day walks at different vantage points with breath-taking views of the surrounding mountain peaks. If you have opted for a fishing license you can choose to go for fishing in Tshophu Lake. Discuss options with your trekking guide, who can describe the best hiking trails nearby.
DAY 07: JANGOTHANG – LINGSHI I CAMPSITE: 4010M I 18KM I 07-08HRS
Today the trail takes you to the northern last settlement on this trek. The trail winds you through a large glacial valley with several moraines and beautiful high altitude lakes. Soon you will ascend to the steep and windy Nyilila pass (4860m), which is the highest point on this trek. From the pass you will gradually descend downhill through a rocky and stony path while catching a wonderful view of Lingshi Dzong. On this day you will see some of the unclimbed Himalayan mountain peaks including Mt. Jomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drakey and Mt. Tsherim Gang. Your campsite is located on the foot of Lingshi Dzong.
DAY 08: LINGSHI – SHODU I CAMPSITE: 4105M I 21KM I 08-09HRS
Today’s walk will be arduous and tiring. After crossing the plains you will soon ascend the steep climb through rocky stones up to Yelila Pass (16236ft/4950m). Upon your arrival at the top of the pass, you will have spectacular views of the surrounding landscape and stunning views of the nearby mountain peaks including Mt. Jomolhari, Tsherimgang, Jichu Drakey and Mt. Masagang. After spending quality time on the top, it’s time to descend downhill traversing through stony and rocky paths. As you get down you then finally reach your campsite at Shodu.
DAY 09: SHODU – BARSHONG I CAMPSITE: 3690M I 16KM I 06HRS
Today your trail takes you along the Thimphu Chhu River. You will descend down through a rich forest of birch and at some point you pass across a beautiful waterfall. From the waterfall the trail gradually narrows down till you reach a slope and then gradually ascends uphill to the ruined Barshong Dzong, where you will pitch your camp for the night.
DAY 10: BARSHONG – DOLAMKENCHOE I CAMPSITE: 3590M I 15KM I 05-06HRS
The trail takes you through dense forests of rhododendron, birch, conifer, maple and alpine bamboos. As you traverse through the beautiful meadows you descend down to the Thimphu Chhu River valley and from here you then pick up a short climb to the pleasant pasture of Dolamkenchoe where you will set your night camp.
DAY 11: DOLAMKENCHOE – THIMPHU I 2320M I 08KM I 05HRS
Today will be your last day of the trek. The trail leads through a rich forest area with many small ascents and descents, winding up and down, and crossing small passes and then a final drop down to Dodena, the northern end settlement of Thimphu. If you arrive early at Dodena, take a short hike up to Cheri Goemba. This magnificently located Goemba was built in 1620 by Lama Zhabdrung. Here he established the first body of monks. After the Goemba descend down, following the same trail to the parking area and depart to Thimphu.
DAY 12: THIMPHU – PARO AIRPORT I 55KM I 01HR
After an early hotel check out, drive to Paro and fly back to your onward destination. Here you bid adieu to your helpful Bhutanese tourist guide and driver and then depart to your onward destination.