Gangtey Gonpa Black Necked Crane Trek

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Gangtey Gonpa Black Necked Crane Trek

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Destination for this trip:

Bhutan; Paro, Bhutan; Punakha, Bhutan; Thimphu, Bhutan

Length of trip:

9 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 1500 to $ 2500

Best travel dates to go:

March, April, May, September, October, November


Detailed Description of this trip:

This trek of Phobjikha valley at 3000m is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan. It is the chosen home of the rare Black-necked cranes who migrate here in winter from Tibetan plateau. Also the valley of Gangtey is one of the most beautiful places in Bhutan and the Gangtey Gompa monastery is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the black mountains. The moderate trek visits the village of Gogona and Khotokha, passing through meadows and fields, then forests of juniper, magnolia and rhododendrons. It is one of the finest low level treks in Bhutan.


Trip Properties:


Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Paro

    Arrival at Paro.
    Commercial Flight

    Fly into Himalayas with Druk Air, Bhutan’s National Air Carrier. The green wall of hills known as dooars, or gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs continuously higher as the plane flies north towards the Tibet border. Silver rivers thread the valleys, waterfalls plunge down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up into the sky. As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, look down and you will see the Paro Dzong overlooking Paro Chu (river) with Ta Dzong, watch tower, now the national museum, above it.

    Your escort, who will accompany you throughout the trip, will be waiting for you at the airport. After completion of airport formalities, you will drive through fascinating valley of Paro to the hotel.

    Sightseeing

    Evening visit to Paro marker and take a stroll around town’ s main street.

    Hotel

    Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

  • Day 2 - Paro

    Sightseeing

    Full day sightseeing in the Paro Valley. After breakfast drive to the Drugyel Dzong or the Fortress of Victory from where the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The Dzong, though in ruins, holds great historical importance to the Bhutanese. From there, in fine weather, one can view the majestic Mt. Jhumolhari standing at an altitude of 7329m above the sea. Other places of interest include the National Museum, Paro Rinpong Dzong and the local market.

    Hotel

    Overnight in Hotel.

  • Day 3 - Thimphu

    Paro - Thimphu.
    Private Car Service

    Drive to the capital of the country after breakfast. Enroute you will be able to see the Tachogang Monastery.

    Sightseeing

    In Thimphu, visit the National memorial Chorten built in the loving memory of the Late King, His Majesty, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Also visit the National Library, Painting School ( week days) and the Changangkha Lhakhang.

    Shopping

    In the evening drive to the Sangay gang viewpoint to see the Thimphu valley in the evening sun. Your guide will be able to take you shopping if you so desire.

    Hotel

    Overnight in hotel.

  • Day 4 - Thimphu

    Thimphu - Gangtey.
    Sightseeing

    After breakfast drive towards Punakha and the Wangdi valley through the Dochula pass (3050m) from where you can see the majestic Himalayan mountains on a clear weather. Lunch enroute.

    Hotel

    Overnight in guest house.

  • Day 5 - Bhutan

    Gangtey - Gogona.
    Hiking

    Distance : 16km. Trek Time : 5 -6 Hours. Altitude of camp : 3000m. Begin the trek with the pack ponies and the trekking staff. The trail winds through the meadows and fields. The gentle climb takes you through mixed forests of jumiper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendron. You will be crossing the Tselela Pass.

  • Day 6 - Bhutan

    Gogona - Khotokha.
    Hiking

    Distance : 16km. Trek time : 6-7hours. Altitude of camp : 3200m A gentle climb leads to the Shobjula Pass (3390m). The descent from the pass leads to a wide valley surrounded by beautiful mountains.

  • Day 7 - Punakha

    Khotokha - Chuzomsa - Punakha.
    Hiking

    Distance : 15 km. Trek Time : 4-5 hours. A short ascent will bring you to the Tashila pass - 2780m. Then the descent is through an ever changing landscape into the drainage of the Dangchhu Stream.

    Private Car Service

    Your transportation will be waiting for you at the motorable road in Chhuzomsa. Transfer to Punakha.

    Hotel

    Overnight in Hotel.

  • Day 8 - Paro

    Punakha - Paro.
    Private Car Service

    After breakfast drive to the Punakha Dzong (Entry inside the courtyard of the Dzong is possible only in Summer) and then drive towards Paro through Semtokha.

    Hotel

    Overnight in Hotel.

  • Day 9 - Paro

    Departure.

    Depart for onward journey.

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