Soi Yaksa Trek - 09 days
This amazing trek takes you to the base of Mount Jomolhari. This trek similar to “Jomolhari Trek” and is also known sometimes as Jomolhari Trek II, Yaksa Trek or simply the Jomolhari Loop. However, the trek offers you the similar experience within shorter length of timeframe. The trek passes through the most impressive places including Drukgyal Dzong (2580m), Jangothang (4040m), Tshophu lake (4380m), Bhonte La pass (4890m), Thombu La pass (4380m) etc. Beside the amazing trekking experience, you will also gain insights into the life of nomadic yak herders and country people living in the distant Himalayas. Finally, the 7 days trek concludes with the wonderful sightseeing of Thimphu, the capital city.
Day 01: Arrival to Paro & transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Hike to Paro Taktsang
Day 03: Drukgyel to Shana
Day 04: Shana to Thangthakha
Day 05: Thangthakha to Jangothang
Day 06: Jangothang to Dhumzo
Day 07: Thonbu shong to Shana
Day 08:Early morning drive to Thimphu
Day 09: Exit Bhutan.
Day 1: Arrival to Paro (2250m)
Crossing over the Himalayan mountains, the flight to Paro offers spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. On arrival you will be greeted by the guide at the airport and transferred to the hotel. After lunch, you will visit Ta Dzong, which was once a fortified lookout tower but a national museum now. You will also visit Rinpung Dzong meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels” and Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. In the evening, you can stroll in local market and mingle with the locals. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 2: Hike to Paro Taktsang (2900m)
After breakfast you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Bhutan’s most famous monastery. Guru Rinpoche (8th century saint) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuentse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion. In the evening, you can explore Paro Town. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 3: Drukgyel to Shana (2870m)
The trek starts from Drugyal Dzong at 2580 m with a downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail climbs gently through well-maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. The route later enters an area of apple orchards and forests. Soon the valley widens and you will reach the army post of Gunitsawa at 2810m. This is the last stop before Tibet. You will camp at 2870m, just beyond Shana Zampa, at the meadows surrounded by trees.
Day 4: Shana to Thangthakha (3750)
The trail again follows Pa Chhu (Paro River), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. Hot lunch will be served after crossing the bridge towards the left side of the river. After lunch, you will follow the river climbing up through rhododendron forests and after finally crossing the bridge again, you will reach the campsite at the altitude of 3750m.
Day 5: Thangthakha to Jangothang (4040m)
The path ascends for a while till you reach the army camp. Then you will follow the river above the tree line enjoying the stunning view of surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a yak herder’s camp. A short walk into the valley will take you to the camp at Jangothang at an altitude of 4040m. From here, the views of Mt. Jumolhari and Jichu Drake are superb.
Day 6: Jangothang to Dhumzo (3800m)
The trail leads north to the last settlement of the valley and drops to the Paro Chhu, crossing it on a wooden bridge. You will walk up to the Tshophu Lake (4380 m), which is inhabited by ruddy-shel ducks. You will come across a second lake after you climb across a slope to a crest. Then you will descend into a hidden valley and climb steeply to Bonte La pass at 4890m. After the pass, the trail descends crisscrossing through yak trails down to Dhumzo Chhu and after walking downstream below few houses you will arrive to a camp at 3800 meters.
Day 7: Dumzo to Thomu Shong (4180m)
The trail climbs over 100m over a ridge, and then drops to another stream. After crossing this stream, the trail heads up the hillside dropping into a small valley before emerging onto a ridge. Here the route turns south, ascending past few huts to Takhung La (4520 m). A short descend leads to Thombu Shong (4180m) with few yak herder’s huts.
Day 8: Thonbu shong to Shana (2730m)
You will start today by climbing out of the valley to Thombu La at 4380m, and then gradually dropping to about 4000m. The trail then makes a steep descent, switch backing down the ridge, finally reaching the helipad at Gunitsawa (2730m). Then, you will drive to Shana for an overnight stay in hotel. Bhutanese hot stone bath can be arranged at the extra cost.
Day 9: Early morning drive to Thimphu
After an early morning drive, you will reach Thimpu. In Thimpu, you will visit famous School of Thirteen Arts and Crafts, Folk Heritage Museum, Indigenous hospital and National Library before having lunch. Depending upon your time, you can continue visiting Bhutanese paper factory, textile weaving center, big Buddha point before coming back to Paro for overnight stay.
Day 10: Exit Bhutan.
Depending on the flight timing, you will be transferred to airport for your flight. The Representative of Bhutan office will see you off with warm farewell.