8 Days Gangtey Gogona Khotakha TreksBack
Trip Facts Program Code: PTT-BHUTAN Duration: 8 days Program Type: Tour/Trek Maximum Altitude: 3700m Minimum Pax: 3 Mode of Travel: Drive/trek Start Trip: Kathmandu/Paro End Trip: Paro/Kathmandu Program Grading: Moderate Driving Hour: 1 hours Driving Distance: 1 KM Trek Distance: 1 KM Flying Hour: 1 hours

Overview


Highlights : This trek of Phopjikha valley at 3,000m is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan. It is chosen home of the rare Black Necked Cranes which migrate here in winter from the Tibetan plateau. Gangtey is one of the most beautiful places and the Gangtey Gompa is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the black mountains. This moderate trek visits the villages of Gogona and Khotokha, passing through meadows, fields, forests of Juniper, magnolia and rhododendrons. Considered as one of the finest low level treks.

Paro Valley
One of the best agricultural regions of the country, Paro is also one of the most affluent. Fields cover most of the valley floor, while hamlets and isolated farms dot the countryside. The houses of Paro valley are considered to be among the most beautiful in the country. Paro is also the site of one of Bhutan's most impressive buildings – Paro Dzong. The famous monastery of Traktang and the ruins of Drukyul Dzong are nearby.
Thimphu

Thimphu lies in a wooded valley, sprawling up a hillside on the West Bank of the Thimphu Chhu [Chhu means River]. Thimphu is unlike any other world capital. Small and secluded the city is quiet and there are never the traffic jams familiar in other Asian Capitals. It is often said that Thimphu is the only world capital without traffic lights. Thimphu's main shopping street is a delight not so much for what you can buy there, but for the picturesqueness of the architecture and national costume. Beautiful weaves in wool, silk and cotton, basketwork, silver jewellery, thangkas and other traditional crafts of the Kingdom are available in various Handicraft Emporiums.
Punakha
Punakha plays a primordial role in the history of Bhutan; it was the country's winter capital for 300 years. Punakha Dzong, or Punthang Dechen Phodrang, was built in 1637. The Dzong resembles a gigantic ship exactly covering a split of land at the confluence of two rivers. The history of Punakha Dzong dates back to the year 1328 when a saint named Ngagi Rinchen built a temple there which can still be seen today opposite to the great Dzong. Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel a key figure in the history of Bhutan built Punakha Dzong and his body is preserved in one of the Dzongs temples, Machen Lhakhang. The Dzong was damaged six times by fire, once by floods and once by earthquake. The coronation of Ugyen Wangchuk, the first king of Bhutan, took place at Punakha Dzong on 17th December 1907.
Wangdue Phodrang
Wangdue Phodrang, means ‘the palace where the four directions are gathered under the power of the Shabdrung'. However the popular story has it that the Shabdrung arrived at the river and happened to see a boy building a sand castle. He asked for the boy's name, which was Wangdue, and thereupon decided to name the Dzong Wangdue Phodrang or 'Wangdue's Palace.' Wangdue Phodrang Dzong is perched on a spur at the confluence of two rivers. Its position is remarkable as it completely covers the spur and commands an impressive view over both the north-south and east-west roads. The main road climbs the length of the spur and on the left, across the river, comes the first glimpse of the picturesque village of Rinchengang whose inhabitants are celebrated stonemasons.


Short Itinerary

Day 01 : Kathmandu Or Bangkok or Delhi or Kolkata or Dhaka to Paro
Day 02 : Drive to Thimphu (2hrs).  Upon arrival check into Hotel Druk or River view or similar.
Day 03 : AM visit the Painting school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft centers. PM drive 3
Day 04 : AM early drive  to the Gangtey Gompa valley at an altitude of 2800 meters. The only Nyingmapa
Day 05 : Gogona to Khotokha. A gentle climb leads to Shobjula pass at 3700 meters with
Day 06 : Khotokha to Chuzomsa via Nizergang. A short ascends leads to Tashi la at 3300.
Day 07 :  AM drive 45 minutes to Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong which served as an
Day 08 : Transfer to airport for departure.

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