A classic trekking journey from Paro to Thimphu, via the village of Laya and the Punakha Valley
This absolutely classic Bhutan trekking holiday, from Paro to Thimpu via the village of Laya and the Punakha Valley, is widely acknowledged to be one of the world's great treks. It certainly has all the right ingredients; from picturesque farmland and ancient forest, to alpine pasture and challenging high mountain passes including the Shinge La (4900m). The spectacular campsites beneath some of Bhutan's most impressive peaks, including Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake, are amongst the many highlights of this trekking circuit. Whilst visits to a number of strategically located fortress-monasteries (dzongs) and scattered settlements including Laya Village, close to the Tibetan border, provide a full measure of cultural appeal. The friendly people of Laya present a most unusual and striking picture, with their pointed hats, hair covered in mustard oil and highly decorative jewellery, this will be a highlight of the holiday. The magical descent of the Punakha Gorge, via the imposing dzong and refreshing hot springs at Gasa, is a fitting climax to the trek. With time for sightseeing in the Paro Valley, including the Tiger's Nest monastery, the winter and summer capitals of Thimpu and Punakha, and a city tour in Kathmandu, this is a superlative 3 week trekking adventure.
Additional Acclimatisation Day for 2018! In autumn 2017 we successfully introduced an excellent additional acclimatisation day/trek up to visit the Hermit’s Cave, just prior to arriving at Chomolhari Basecamp. Not only is this a culturally interesting visit to an area rarely visited by trekkers, it is also a fantastic aid to acclimatisation that will help prepare you for the rest of your trekking holiday.
BOOK EARLY for BHUTAN! With only two airlines operating flights into Paro from Kathmandu, seats are limited and in high demand. Book early to guarantee your place on your chosen departure. We strongly advise booking a year in advance where possible.