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Nabji Korphu Community Trek

NZD $5,248

Duration – 12 days / 11 nights (6 days trekking)

Highest campsite – 1500m (4921ft)

Best time to go – March to May, September to January

Difficulty – Moderate degree of fitness, lower altitude trekking

Tour Cost – Single: US$3,340 /  Group of 2 people: US$3,230  /  3+ people: US$2,900

Nabji Korphu Cultural Trek is a long 6-day trek located in the remote and isolated region of Trongsa, Bhutan. The two villages of Nabji and Korphu were formally dependent on forest resources for their daily needs, but today community based tourism is providing an alternative source of income for the livelihood of these two ethnic groups. Along with its stunning natural beauty and the wide array of rich flora and fauna, trekkers will also get an opportunity to spend a night in the remote villages of Nabji, Korphu and Nyimshong. You will meet the local village people and learn about their culture, history and traditions. The climate remains warm and pleasant since the trail stays between 1000m and 3000m. This beautiful trek is best enjoyed during mid-September to January.

Description

Wild Mountain Adventures

Wild Mountain Adventure 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.

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVAL PARO – THIMPHU I 1320M I 55KM I 01HR
Soon after your arrival at Paro airport our tour guide and driver will greet you and transfer you to Thimphu. The drive takes you through scenic countryside of terraced rice field and settlements, and takes around one hour to drive the 55km’s. Thimphu the bustling capital city is home to more than 80,000 people and serves as the cultural hub for both foreigners and locals alike. Your cultural sightseeing in Thimphu includes a visit to Kuensel Phodrang, National Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Lhakhang and the Trashichhoe Dzong - which can be visited only after office hours.

DAY 02: THIMPHU – TRONGSA I 2180M I 192KM I 06HRS
After an early hotel check out drive to Trongsa. It is a long 199km’s and takes around 7-8 hours. Trongsa is the ancient home of the Bhutan’s ruling dynasty. It is the sacred and temporal heart of Bhutan and has played a significant role in creating the history of Bhutan. Your drive takes you through scenic natural beauty with an insight into rural life and scattered settlements dotted throughout the landscape. Upon arrival at Trongsa, drive straight to your hotel and check in. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

DAY 03: TRONGSA – TONGTONGPHEL – JANGBI I CAMPSITE: 1300M I 09KM I 04HRS
In the morning make a short visit to the historical Trongsa Dzong, located just below the town. It is one of the most impressive Dzong’s in the country, built in the year 1648. After exploring Trongsa Dzong drive towards the south of Trongsa. En-route make a short visit to Kuenga Rabten Palace – the winter home of the second king of Bhutan. Later, drive to Tongtongphel where your trek starts. You will be welcomed and accompanied by a local village guide, who will lead you on the trail and provide you with loads of information. Your campsite is located in Jangbi village.

DAY 04: JANGBI VILLAGE – KUDRA VILLAGE I CAMPSITE: 1500M I 14KM I 05-06HRS
Today before you commence on your trek make a short visit to the local orchard farm, which grows more than 75 different species of orchids. Leaving the village you then enter the evergreen forest of mixed broadleaves. En-route you will pass the religious stone where the imprint of Guru Padmasambhava’s dagger, phallus and footprint can be seen. Stop for lunch in Phrumzur, a village known for Monpa’s. After lunch make a short visit to the village temple and then proceed to your destination. Your trail takes you through another Monpa village caller Lekpogang. From here the trek to your campsite will take another one hour. Your campsite offers stunning view of the far-end villages and Zhemgang town.

DAY 05: KUDRA VILLAGE – NABJI VILLAGE I CAMPSITE: 1300M I 14KM I 06-07HRS
Make a leisurely start since you have a short trek. Your trail takes you through collections of streams, waterfalls and through thick forest of evergreen broadleaved forest giving you an invigorating feeling and an insight into the wilderness experience. As you are on the move, the trail offers a variety of flora and fauna. If lucky there is the chance to see the Himalayan black bear, red panda, tigers and clouded leopard. Upon your arrival at a holy tree in Nabji village, the local leader and the village people will give you a warm welcome and reception.

DAY 06: NABJI VILLAGE – KORPHU VILLAGE I CAMPSITE: 1500M I 13KM I 05HRS
Before you advance on your trek make a short visit to Nabji temple located amidst the terrace of rice fields. After the temple you then continue catching the uphill trail to your destination of Korphu village, located on a mountaintop with stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The most exciting and charming thing about the village people is their hospitality towards visitors and their new guests. Their hospitality exemplifies almost treating visitors like the royal. The village people will welcome you with traditional song and dance signifying ‘praise and wellbeing’ and on the day of departure they will bid you with a ‘tashi labey’ farewell song and dance. The local people will entertain you with traditional games like archery and long dart.

DAY 07: KORPHU VILLAGE – NIMSHONG VILLAGE I CAMPSITE: 1500M I 12KM I 06HRS
You head off on today’s trail towards your destination of Nimshong village, and whilst on the trail you will be treated to one of the finest areas for birds in Bhutan – including the best place for bird photography. Officially more than 395 species of birds have been recorded along this trail. The elusive rufous-necked hornbill has its nesting hole adjacent to the trail. The trail is interspersed with waterfalls and streams, and finally brings you to your destination. The women of the village have a penchant for singing and dancing and often put on a cultural show for visitors.

DAY 08: NIMSHONG VILLAGE – TRONGSA I 06KM I 02HRS
Today you will descent down to the Mangduechhu River. En-route you will encounter many species of birds including the globally threatened white-bellied heron and several other river birds. From here a steep ascent for an hour brings you up to the main road and then drive to Trongsa.

DAY 09: TRONGSA – PUNAKHA I 1350M I 137KM I 05HRS
Today after your early hotel check out drive to Punakha the ancient capital of Bhutan. Just before you enter Punakha, from Sobsokha make a pleasant 30-40 minute hike up to the renowned Chemi Lhakhang (No Dog’s Temple). It dates back to 1499 and was built by Lama Nawang Chogyel in memory of his brother Lama Drukpa Kuenley (Divine Madman). Hiking back along the same trail to the highway you then drive to Punakha and then check in to your hotel.

DAY 10: PUNAKHA – PARO I 2250M I 125KM I 03HRS
Today before you depart to Paro, drive further north of Punakha and hike up to the famed Khamsum Yueley Namgyel temple, built in 1999 for the peace and harmony of the world. The hike up to the temple takes roughly around 1 hour and takes you through rich farmland and traditional Bhutanese farmhouses. You will have good views of the valley below and the surrounding mountains. Following the same trail back to the parking area you then depart to Punakha and visit the impressive Punakha Dzong saddled on the confluence of two rivers. After spending quality time exploring the Dzong you then finally depart to you destination Paro.

DAY 11: HIKE TO THE FAMED TIGER’S NEST I 2950M I 40KM I 04HRS
After your early start, drive further north of Paro town and hike up to Taktshang Goemba. It is quite an uphill task and takes around 3-4 hours walk at an average speed. According to legend Guru Padmasambhava visited Taktshang in 8th century, flying from the east of the country on the back of the pregnant tigress. He meditated in the cave for three months donning his terrifying form of Guru Dorji Droloe subjugating the evil spirit. Later after Guru’s visit many prominent Buddhist teachers visited the site. A monastery was built in 1692 by Desi Tenzin Rabgyel and sadly it caught fire in 1998 and was soon rebuilt to the present reincarnation in 2005. After the monastery, hike down following the same trial to the parking area and then drive to your hotel. Rest day at leisure.

DAY 12: HOTEL – AIRPORT
Today after your leisurely breakfast in the hotel drive to Paro airport and depart to your onward destination. Here you bid adieu to your helpful Bhutanese tour guide and driver.

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