Omba Nye Eastern Trek, 5 days

Omba Nye - The Tiger's Nest of the eastphoto by © Piet van der Poel
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Trekking Tours
  • Starting and ending in Guwahati
  • Visiting all sights of Trashigang and Trashi Yangtse
  • Minimum other tourists
  • Visit Omba Nye, famous as Tiger's Nest of the East
  • Far Out trekking trail with great views and many cultural sights
  • Optionally you can start/finish in Paro, using domestic flight
  • Tour cost is discounted due to Eastern Bhutan promotion program
US$ 680 / person ?
# Itinerary Program
1 Guwahati – Samdrup Jongkhar – Tashigang Early morning in 5 o’clock you will be picked-up in Guwahati, driving to Samdrup Jongkhar. Here you will meet your Bhutanese guide and driver, who will manage all immigration formalities. Then you will start all day drive ascending to the Himalayas. After few hours drive we will stop to get blessing from Hindu hermit for safety of our journey. Soon after you will have opportunity to visit first of many charming Bhutanese Buddhist temples, called Zangto Pelri Lhakhang, with detailed mural painting. During afternoon you will stop in Khaling village to visit National Handloom Development Project, which maintains rich tradition of local weaving. Also you will pay a visit to the National Institute for the Visually Impaired. One of the accomplishment of this progressive institution is the development of Bhutanese version of Braille's script. Along the way, you'll also pass by Karma Thegsum Dechenling Goemba, huge monastery school and Sherubtse College, first Bhutanese university campus established in 1978. Also we visit temple in nearby Kanglung village. Reach to Tashigang in the evening.
2 Tashigang – Gomkora, start trek to Omba Nye Trek 14km, 5-6 hours, ↗700m, ↘740m. Start very early in the morning drive to Gom Kora temple, place where 8th century magician-saint Guru Padmasambhava left his body imprints. Continue drive to Tshengkharla dzong in altitude of 2040m. This is the ruins of the first castle to be ever built in Bhutan by exiled Tibetan king Lhasey Tsangma in 9th century. Here we start the trek. We will take the higher trail through Darchen gompa (you can also go easier direct way avoiding 250m climb up and down). On the way, we will take light pack lunch. The narrow trail will take you around several temples and through maize fields. On the way see Septshekhang Lhakahng on the rocky cliff. Finally descend down through fields and forest to Omba village. Here is the simple local homestay where you will spend the night. Visit neat village and enjoy the scenic surroundings. Sleep in elevation of 1920m.
3 Trek Omba – Jangphu
Trek 11km, 4-5 hours, ↗440m, ↘200m. Omba Nye is the monastery, which is called "Tiger's Nest of the east" for it's similar setting on the rocky cliff. This day you will start by hike up to there. It's said that 8th century magician-saint Guru Rimpoche had meditated here for 2 months subduing the demon whose name was Phurba Trashi. Various imprints of Guru Rimpoche can be found on the way. After reaching to temple see the holy places and then continue slowly descending and finally reaching to village of Jangphu. Another farmhouse, where you will spend a night is available here. Sleep in the elevation of 2130m.
4 Trek Jangphu – Gongza, drive to Tashigang
Trek 21km, 7-8 hours, ↗250m, ↘1350m. Today will be long day walk reaching back to road. You will go around fields and forest, crossing Old Kheni village and continue to Gongza Gompa, another holy and very peaceful place built beside the mighty Gongri river. Many interesting relics are to be found here, such as demon's heart, shoe of Guru Rimpoche and devil's egg. Finally reach to road head at Doksum. The car will be waiting for you here and will drive you back to Trashigang.
5 Tashigang Samdrup Jongkhar and onward to Guwahati This will be all day drive descend from the Himalayas southwards to Indian border. You will start early in the morning, going the same way you came here on the day one, going around Yongphula airport and Sherubtse university. Don't forget to stop for another blessing at Damthang before reaching Smadrup Jongkhar. After immigration formalities, you will tell good bye to your Bhutanese guide and driver and Indian counterpart will drive you to Guwahati. This is the tour end.
Tour variants, extensions and combinations: 
  • Visit Trashiyangtse and Bomdeling Wildlife Sanctuary (+1 day): After finishing the trek, you might also like to visit Trashi Yangtse town, to see famous Chorten Kora stupa and National Institue of Zorig Chusum, where the young people learns various arts and crafts of their forefathers. Bomdeling Wildlife Sanctuary can also be visited to watch for Black Neck Cranes which stays in winter months.
  • Start or finish in Paro (0 or more days): Thanks to domestic flight which is connection Yongphula airport in Eastern Bhutan with Paro in the West, you can also conveniently start/conclude the trip in Paro in Western Bhutan, see famous Tiger's Nest monastery and other sights.
  • Merak-Sakteng (+2 to 4 days): Off beaten trail trek in eastern Bhutan is open just few years for tourist. You can experience life of Borkpas, distinctive nomadic tribe famous for their tailed berets and carmine red jackets. You can either just visit Merak village and get back to Trashigang next evening or you can make a hike to Sakteng and extend your stay in the country of yeti for a while. Hike is of easy to moderate difficulty and is accompanied with various cultural programs and interaction with the local people. See Best of Eastern Bhutan 8 days for details.