|1||Arrival to Paro||Arrival by plane to Paro. In case of coming by land, crossing border from India in Phuntsholing/Jaigon and then drive to Paro. Visit of Paro (Rinpung) dzong, where Bertolucci's Little Buddha movie was shot. Also enjoying views from the watchtower Ta dzong and visiting National Museum. Leisure in town. (Sightseeing is subject to arrival time.)|
|2||Trek Paro – Jele Dzong||8 km / 4-5 h / 1068 m ascend, 82 m descend. Morning start of the trek near the watchtower (Ta dzong). From here you will be continuously and steeply ascending for most of the day. The trail first goes through the mixture of the pine forest and apple orchards, later reaching mixed alpine forest with firs, pines, hemlocks and scrubs. Finally you will reach Jele dzong, small castle-monastery guarding the trail. This night you will stay in it's vicinity. Camp at 3,460 m|
|3||Trek Jele Dzong – Tshokam||9 km / 4-5 h / 536 m ascend. Visit Jele dzong in the morning. You can ask for permission to enter main chapel with number of huge statues. After leaving dzong, you'll walk the ridge with nice views for a while before entering the forest. During a day you will be gradually climbing with some opportunities of views back to Paro valley and other ridges around. Finally in the early afternoon, you should reach good campsite at 3,962 m.|
|4||Trek Tshokam – Jimilang Tsho||10 km / 6-7 h / 450 m ascend, 295 m descend. One of the highlight days of the trek starts with gentle ascend to small pass slightly above 4 thousand meters. Then you descend and again reach another pass from which Jomolhari peak (7,315 m) can be seen. After walking some more, you'll reach junction where you can decide to go upper or lower trail. Both way lead to Jimilang Tsho, but upper one is preferable due to nice views. If you feel tired, better take lower one though. Jimilang Tsho is considered sacred lake, but it won't prevent locals from fishing. You will camp on it's shores in the elevation of 3,870 m.|
|5||Trek Jimilang Tsho – Phajoding||10 km / 5 h. / 230 m ascend, 450 m descend. This day will mostly spent by negotiating small ups and downs. You'll come along few lakes, which are also sacred. Walking along shrubs and rhododendrons. There'll have to cross a number of small passes. In case of good weather, you can even see Gangkhar Punesum (7,570 m), highest mountain of Bhutan. If you feel strong and well acclimatized, you can also take 2 hours longer and more difficult trail going around Dungtsho lake, half surrounded by rock cliff and considered holy by local people. Finally you will see booming capital Thimphu below and you will start descending to it. Just here you'll stop for one more majestic night beside Phajoding monastery. You can socialise with it's monks who are always curious to see traveller.|
|6||Trek Phajoding – Thimphu||5 km / 2-3 h / 800 m descend. After morning goodbye with welcoming Phajoding monastery you'll start descending to Thimphu. After reaching town and check-in to hotel, take a short rest. Then see Memorial Chorten, always busy with devotees. Walk in Norzin lam street and see the traffic police signalling in junctions. Thimphu is only capital in the world without the traffic lights. Finish walk in main postal office with shop where beautiful and valuable Bhutanese stamps can be bought. Drive to gigantic statue of Buddha overlooking the valley and walk to striking city viewpoint. Evening visit of Tashicho dzong, the castle, which serves as seat of the king and government.|
|7||Thimphu – Paro||Early morning drive to Paro. Stop at Tachog lhakhang to see traditional bridge made using ancient iron chains. Climb to Taktsang gomba (Tiger’s Nest), is the highlight of the tour. While the hike seems to be hard, it’s very rewarding. Trip including the visit of temples takes about 4 to 5 hours. On the way back to town visit pristine Kyichu lhakhang is one of the two oldest temples built in Bhutan. Evening exploring the hustle and bustle of Paro and enjoy last evening in Bhutan!|
|8||Departure||If time permits, you can make visit to Drukyel dzong, the castle ruins from where you can see the summit of holy Jomolhari mountain in clear weather. After that you depart from Paro by flight or take 6 hours drive to land border in Phuntsholing.|
Tour variants, extensions and combinations:
- Cultural sightseeing in Thimphu and Paro (+1 or +2 days): If you're not only focused on trekking, allow yourself bit leisure time in Paro and Thimphu and enjoy the sights of these places in full.
- Go directly to Thimphu on day 5: If you want to shorten sleeping in tent by one day and you're not worried of some extra walking, you can reach to Thimphu on day 5 and make some additional sightseeing next day.
- Consider Dagala Thousand Lakes trek as alternative: This is the trek of same length and difficulty but considerably less visited be other trekkers, while mountain views are equally good.