Gangtey Short Trek

Gangtey Short Trek
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Trip Facts

  • Destination:Bhutan
  • Trip Grade:Easy
  • Total Duration:10 days
  • Best Time:All around the year
  • Group Size:Minimum 2

One of the easiest yet rewarding treks in the dragon kingdom, Gangtey Short Trek lets you experience the cultural and natural heritages of this beautiful mountain kingdom. This ten day long trek takes you from the major city of Bhutan to the more remote and isolated areas that are peaceful and calm. Bharal Adventure proposes this trekking for those who are willing to experience the magnificence of the Himalayan dragon nation in the limited time frame.

The journey begins as soon as you land in Paro from where you will be driven to Thimphu for the night. You will be visiting the significant sites in Thimphu on the very day of your arrival. Then you will be taken to Punakha where a day will be spent exploring the rich cultural heritages of the country and you could also add excitement to this trip by adding a white water rafting to your itinerary. Gangtey Short Trek is unbelievably the most promising and diversified trekking trail of Bhutan. Witness the cultural and natural highlights of the dragon Kingdom by exploring the mystical places of the Thimpu, Punakha and other villages of Bhutan. The marvelous Tiger’s Nest visit during the stay in Paro offers the scintillating experience of observing the great craftsmanship of Bhutanese people.

Considered and classified as an easy trek, Gangtey Short Trek is an excellent opportunity to explore the rich cultural, natural and architectural heritages of Bhutan. It not only allows you to experience the sheer pleasure of spending your holidays in a Himalayan kingdom but also lets you catch the glimpse of some of the rarest birds in Bhutan. Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. organizes the wide variety of the trekking and tour packages in Bhutan. You can relax and rest we will handle all the hassles and logistics problems for the best experience of the dragon Kingdom.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Paro and drive to Thimphu: 1 hr 30 min
  • Day 02: Thimpu to Punakha [1,350m]: 2 hrs 30 min
  • Day 03: Exploration and sightseeing in Punakha
  • Day 04: Punakha to Phobjikha [2,900m]: 3 hrs
  • Day 05: Phobjikha to Gogona via Tselela Pass [3,400m]: 7 hrs
  • Day 06: Gogona to Khotokha via Shobjula Pass [3,400m]: 7 hrs
  • Day 07: Khotokha to Teke Zam to Wangdue via Tashila Pass [2,800m]: 6 hrs
  • Day 08: Wangdue to Paro: 3 hrs 30 min
  • Day 09: Paro sightseeing
  • Day 10: Final departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Paro and drive to Thimphu: 1 hr 30 min

Once you arrive at Paro airport, you will be received by one of our representatives who will take you to Thimphu in a private car that will take about an hour long drive. After arrival, you will check into your hotel and take rest and freshen up. Then in the afternoon, a visit to Memorial Chorten built in the memory of late 3rd king and drive to Buddha viewpoint for visiting the largest Buddha statue in the world will be arranged. You can either choose to relax at your hotel room or explore the city in the evening.

Day 02: Thimpu to Punakha [1,350m]: 2 hrs 30 min

Taking a scenic drive via Dochu La Pass (3,050m) we come to Punakha taking one break at the last town on the highway before entering into central Bhutan. We will visit the nunnery and walk down to the hotel in the afternoon.

Day 03: Exploration and sightseeing in Punakha

After breakfast, we go for a visit to the most beautiful fortress, Punakha Dzong which showcases the finest examples of arts and architecture of Bhutan. In the afternoon, we will go on a hike to Khamsum Yulay from the foot of the Dzong through old palace of the third king of Bhutan. The hike takes about three hours. If interested, a white river rafting could also be organized for the group.

Day 04: Punakha to Phobjikha [2,900m]: 3 hrs

We will take a drive to valley of black necked cranes via Wangdue and on our way, we will make a stop to visit Rinchengang village. We will also be visiting Gangey Gonpa and to learn more about the endangered bird, we will take a visit to Black Necked Crane Center. The bird migrates from Tibetan plateau to Phobjikha every winter. In the evening, a visit to typical Bhutanese farm house shall be arranged if interested or you could also stay at farm house offered in Phobjikha.

Day 05: Phobjikha to Gogona via Tselela Pass [3,400m]: 7 hrs

This day marks the start of our Gangtey trek. We follow the trail climbing through meadows and fields and then ascend to Tselela Pass from where we descend gradually down through the forests of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendrons until we arrive at our camp on the outskirts of Gogona village.

Day 06: Gogona to Khotokha via Shobjula Pass [3,400m]: 7 hrs

We climb the trail going gently up above Gogona village and climb through the forests of fir, oak, spruce, rhododendron, cypress and juniper. A long and gradual climb will take us to Shobjula Pass from where we descend down to a wide valley of Khotokha, the summer settlement of people of Sha region of Wangduephodrang district.

Day 07: Khotokha to Teke Zam to Wangdue via Tashila Pass [2,800m]: 6 hrs

We ascend to Tashila Pass from Khotokha from the pass we then walk downhill through dense rhododendron, magnolias, ferns and dwarf bamboos forests. This stretch of trek is considered as one of the finest bird watching areas in Bhutan with the opportunity of catching the glimpse of rare birds such as Great Pied Horn Bill. We will stay the night at a hotel in Wangdue.

Day 08: Wangdue to Paro: 3 hrs 30 min

We drive back to Paro via Dochula and Thimphu after breakfast. Upon our arrival in Paro, we will visit the National Museum of Bhutan and Paro Dzong during the afternoon. In the evening, we will explore the town and market area of Paro.

Day 09: Paro sightseeing

We will start the day with a visit to the National Museum which is housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower) where we will observe the collection of artifacts that offers the information about the rich culture and heritage of Bhutan. A short walk downhill will take us to the Paro Dzong, however, if we have already visited these places the day earlier, we will move on to the exploration of other areas. Crossing a traditional cantilever bridge, Nyamai Zampa, we drive to the town where we can either visit a traditional farmhouse for lunch or have our lunch at the picnic spots available. We will then hike to one of the most revered monuments of Bhutan, the Takshang Gomba which is commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. This four hour trek is rewarded with the picturesque views of the monastery perched on a cliff face at the height of 900m above the valley floor.

Day 10: Final departure

On this day, you will be escorted to the airport by one of our representatives after bidding farewell to your trekking and tour crew members and friends.

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Cost Includes

  • Visa arrangement.
  • Government royalty and all the taxes.
  • FIT Surcharge for one and two persons.
  • Accommodations in 3 to 4 star hotels on twin sharing basis.
  • All meals (break, lunch & dinner).
  • Full time English speaking guide.
  • Private transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary.
  • Museums and parks fees indicated in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water

Cost Excludes

  • International flights
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee
  • Personal shopping, internet/Phone bill, and laundry
  • Pony service and porters
  • Tips for tour guide and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)

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