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Jimilangstho Lake Trekking tour in Bhutan 2017

Bhutan tours cover wonderfully scenic high-altitude walk accesses remote alpine lakes, yak herders and boasts views of Bhutanese Himalayas. For most part, it follows the traditional mule route between Thimphu and Paro. Because it departs and ends in Paro/Thimphu, it logistics make it a great choice as an add-on to any cultural tour of Bhutan.

Day 01| Arrive in Paro
Day 02| Paro Valley Tour ( B/L/D
Day 03| Hike to Takstang (Paro) ( B/L/D)
Day 04| Trek to Jele Dzong ( B/L/D)
Day 05| Visit Jele Dzong to Jangchu Lakha ( B/L/D)
Day 06| Trek to Jimilangstho Lake ( B/L/D)
Day 07| Jimilangtsho - Phajoding ( B/L/D
Day 08| Trek Phajoding to Thimphu (Trek ends) ( B/L/D)
Day 09| Thimphu Valley tour ( B/L/D)
Day 10| Thimphu-Paro-Departure ( B)

Detailed Itinerary Bhutan Tour

Day 01| Arrive in Paro
Fly to Paro. Upon arrival at the airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Depending on the arrival time, you may be able to see few places in the late afternoon or evening, including a visit to Paro Rinphung Dzong and a short familiarization tour of Paro town.

Day 02| Paro Valley Tour ( B/L/D
In the morning, drive to the north end of the valley, and visit the ruin ramparts of Drugyal Dzong, viewing Taktsang along the way. Return to Paro, visiting the 7th Century Kichu temple along the way. Later visit National Museum housed in the watchtower above Rinphung Dzong. In the afternoon, transfer to Bondey village and take a short walk through the village to cliff hanging monastery of Dzongdrakha, spectacularly situated with the views of large country houses.
Overnight in Hotel

Day 03| Hike to Takstang (Paro) ( B/L/D)
In the morning, you may be able to see weekend market of Paro. Then, drive north of the town to the trail head at Ramtokha and begin hike to the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery. The walk uphill, till the first viewpoint (cafeteria) takes about and 1hr. After short break with tea and snacks, continue further uphill to the monastery, which takes nearly another hour. After visiting some of the temples and shrines of Takstang, return to the Cafeteria for lunch and walk back to Paro. By this time, it will late afternoon or evening. Prepare your luggage for your trek. You can leave the stuffs you don't require for the trek with the driver, who will transfer it to Thimphu, so that you can get it at the end of the trek.
Overnight in Hotel

Day 04| Trek to Jele Dzong ( B/L/D)
Your trek begin around 10am as the pack horses have to come from Drugyal Dzong and it takes time to pack the luggage.

Transfer to the trail head above National Museum. Begin your trek uphill to Jele Dzong.
Distance - approximately 10 Kms - about 4-5 hours trek, - about 1025m ascent.
Your pack ponies arrive at the starting point of trek, near the museum area. The trek begins after the horsemen and trekking crews have packed your luggage and trekking supplies in order. To begin, the trail passes through some villages, apple orchards, cultivated fields, steadily uphill. Then the trek is through the blue pine and fir forests, with some nice meadows and great view of Paro valley as you climb to the camping grounds near Jele Dzong at an altitude of approximately 3500m.
Overnight camp tents

Day 05| Visit Jele Dzong to Jangchu Lakha ( B/L/D)
Distance - approximately 10 Kms- about 4 hours trek, - about 300m ascent.
Jele Dzong is atop a promontory at an altitude of 3560m, which is a short accent from your camp. On a clear day, the great views of Paro town and upper valley far below and Mt. Chomolhari, Mt Jitchu Drake and adjoining peaks can be seen in the distance. Visit this remote temple/fortress. From the Dzong, the trek is a long gradual ridge walk in a rhododendron forest. You descend and climb through forests of spruce, cedars and other trees mostly ravaged by bark beetles. You may pass the nomadic yak herders camps, see some beautiful flora and fauna including monal pheasants. Camp at a pasture land at an altitude of approximately 3750m.
Overnight camp tents

Day 06| Trek to Jimilangstho Lake ( B/L/D)
Distance-approximately 20kms, about 7-8 hours trek, 950m ascent and 550m descent.
Today is our longest day along our Druk Path trek trail and we should start early. The trek makes gradual climbs and descends with the highest point being 4150m.The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and lake of Janetso. You may come across some yak herders camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomads life. After Simkota, the trail makes several short ascents, to seemingly summits, traverses broad rocky valley, some sky burial sites, and crosses the final ridge at Phume la pass (4100m). From the pass, on a clear day, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkhar Punsumthe highest mountain in Bhutan, as well other adjoining peaks and the view below of entire Thimphu valley.

The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are beautiful. The campsite is close to the Jimilang Tsho Lake. The lake is known for its giant sized trout.
Overnight in tents

Day 07| Jimilangtsho - Phajoding trek ( B/L/D
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and Janetso Lake. You may come across some yak herder’s camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. It also has a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan peaks. From this pass, the trek takes you downhill to Phajodhing.  After passing Phadjoding monastery,
Overnight in tents.

Day 08| Trek Phajoding to Thimphu (Trek ends) ( B/L/D)
Distance approximately 7 Km, about 3 hours trek downhill, 1200 descent.
Phajoding has several meditation residences and some ancient temples. In the morning, explore one of the monasteries nearby and trek to Thimphu. The last day of your trek is all the way downhill through the forested area of mostly blue pine. At a leisurely pace, it takes about three plus hours. While you are waiting for the Bhutanese trekking crew and mules to arrive, explore the mini zoo nearby for Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Transfer from trek end point to the hotel. Afternoon is free to explore Thimphu on your own or to relax in the comforts of the hotel.
Overnight hotel

Day 09| Thimphu Valley tour ( B/L/D)
Visit Memorial Chorten, Traditional Art School, Indigenous Hospital, textile museum in the morning. Later visit Tashicho Dzong, the main secretariat that houses several government offices, Kings throne room and central monastic headquarters. Visit the colorful Weekend market and if there is time available, you can visit other sights too.
Overnight in Hotel

Day 10| Thimphu-Paro-Departure ( B)
After early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Paro airport, which takes around 1hr. in time for your departure flight.

CHECK LISTS

  • Valid passport (valid for six months from the date of your trip)
  • One other picture ID, such as driver’s license (in case of emergency and for use as a substitute of passport or incase of loss of your passport) Photocopy of passport page to carry in wallet
  • Air tickets (Make a copy of flight tickets which may be helpful, in case of loss)
  • Visa Clearance (Make a copy of visa clearance which may be helpful, in case of emergencies)
  • MasterCard, Visa Credit and Debit Cards are accepted in Bhutan. However travelers cheques and some cash are highly recommended.
  • Mobile (if your cell phone is from CINGULLAR USA or ATNT (USA) operators then your cell phone will work in Bhutan.)

TREKKING TIPS AND WHAT TO BRING DURING THE TREK IN BHUTAN

Physical Fitness

Treks vary from short three-day walks across low altitudes to the three-week Snowman Trek that covers 356 kilometers and climbs three of the Kingdom’s highest passes. Not only the overall duration but also the daily walking distances vary substantially according to the different trek routes.

Guiding, Food and Camping

In Bhutan, all trekking supplies - camping equipment, kitchen implements, food - are all carried by pack animals. Porters are rather unusual in Bhutan with loads usually carted by horses or, in higher regions, yaks. All trekkers are accompanied by a guide, a cook and usually at least one horseman or yak herder. With the surest footing; they lead trekking groups across the passes. The horseman and cook will usually run ahead during a trekking day. They will have prepared a packed lunch for hikers and will go on to the night’s resting place to set up camp.
They set up tents, cook dinner and ready the area for arriving trekkers. When trekkers reach the campsite they are greeted with a hot cup of tea and biscuits in the dining tent. After six hours on the mountains, no drink will ever taste sweeter. For dinner the cook will usually prepare a buffet of dishes that are as welcome as they are delicious.

Trekking Gear

Although trekking gear is available in Bhutan you are advised to bring your own gear.

What to Bring - FOR ALL TREKS

Footwear

  • Trekking or running shoes
  • Camp shoes or thongs
  • Socks (polypropylene)

Clothing

  • Down or fibre-filled jacket
  • Jumper or piled jacket
  • Hiking shorts
  • Waterproof jackets, poncho or umbrella
  • Hiking pants
  • T-shirts or blouses
  • Underwear
  • Sun hat
Other equipment
  • Rucksack
  • Self Inflating Sleeping Mattress (optional, “normal” mats provided by Bhutanese tour operators)
  • Water bottle
  • Torch, batteries and bulbs
DRESS CODE FOR VISITING FORTRESSES, MONASTERIES AND TEMPLES IN BHUTAN

Shirt(either half or full sleeve)
Full pants/long skirts
Any type of shoes with socks
No Hats, No Umbrella, No Slippers, No t-shirts, No short skirt and No half-pants
Photographs allowed in the courtyard only.

Transportation and Travel situation in Bhutan
Ground transportation is by private  vehicles based on number of travelers. we provide clean Air conditioning  and  heat in vehicles . expect bad roads with uphill and narrow tracks too, travel time might delay due to weather too.

please consult your doctor before you come to travel. in Bhutan we have local doctors to assist incase if needed.

Hotels / Resorts / Tents
We choose nice and best available hotels based on your budget. you will have private rooms with hot and cold showers

Guide, Driver and helpers
local expert guides and drivers.
this program can be customized based on your time and interest

Service Includes during Bhutan Tour

  • Bhutan Visa arrangement service
  • Government royalty and all the taxes
  • FIT Surcharge for one and two persons
  • Accommodations in A grade hotels
  • Three meals a day breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Full time English speaking Bhutanese guide
  • Private transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Museums and parks fees indicated in the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water throughout the journey

 Excludes in the package / supplement during Bhutan Tour

  • Flight fares from Kathmandu, Bangkok, Singapore, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Dhaka, Mumbai, Guwahati, Gaya to Bhutan- please choose the route and let us know we book for you
  • Personal expenses and any alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tips to guide, driver, trekking staff, hotel service, etc.
  • Single room supplement charge for two Pax and above
  • Luxury hotels/resorts available on supplement cost
  • Specialized /language guides available on supplement cost
  • Travel / Medical Insurance

Visa processing

  • Bhutan visa is pre-process by our company we need to have your passport copy by scan on our e-mail. we will send you electronic visa on your mail. you need to print and carry to fly to Bhutan. at immigration authorities will stamp on your passport.
  • your passport must be valid more than 6 months at the time  of travel in Bhutan
* Notes: There are regular flights from Kathmandu Nepal, Bangkok Thailand, Delhi India to Bhutan . for flights and package please contact us now

Some useful Bhutanese phrases during tours
Hello :              Ku-zu-zam-po-la (meaning good health)
Thank You :     Ka din chey la
See you :          Lok jey gay
Good bye :       Lus la “or” Laso la

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Dear Rajan,
Many thanks for organizing such a wonderful tour for us. This will remain our unforgettable trip! We felt so lucky that we were able to visit your beautiful country during the 30th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Bhutan and Japan.

We spent one night in Thimphu, two nights in Phunakha, and two nights in Paro. Phunaka's Lobesa hotel became one of the most impressive splendid hotels we have ever stayed! Its view from the window was just gorgeous and took our breath away.

Nawang was a knowledgeable, kind and caring guide and we learned a lot about your beautiful country from him. Ugay was a safe driver and we felt so comfortable in the lovely Nissan four wheels.

The tour was both very informative and fun. In addition, Nawang accommodated many of our requests and re-arranged the original schedule to our satisfaction. Going to the weekend market in Thimphu became one of the highlights of this tour for us !

We'd like to visit Bhutan again in the future and we will definitely ask you again to organize tour for us.

Finally, we would like to thank Rajan for being such a friendly coordinator. Your responses were always so prompt!!

Yours sincerely,
Nory and Mayuri from Tokyo, Japan
Email: mayurih@hotmail.com

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