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Gangtey Gogona Khotakha Trek
Tour Duration : 7nights 8 days
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GANGTEY GOGONA KHOTAKHA TREK

07 nights / 08 days

 

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

 

Day 01 :  Arrive Paro by Druk Air flight which willoffer you great views of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Tsrim gang andJichu Drake.  The moment you step out ofthe

plane you will see thedifference . Bhutan welcomes you with cool, clean fresh air.

Peace and quietness is justanother bonus. ITT representatives will escort you to Kichu

resort. If time prevailsvisit the National museum & Rinpung Dzong. O/N Kichu Resort.

 

Day 02 : Drive to Thimphu (2hrs).  Upon arrival check into Hotel River view orsimilar. PM sightseeing - Visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of thelate King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithangmini zoo to see the rare "Takin" national animal of Bhutan and drive furtherdown with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnerytemple and free time in the market.

 

Day 03 : AM visit thePainting school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraftcenters. PM drive 3 hours to Wangduephodrang crossing the Dochula pass 3100 meters.On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highestmountain in Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is allthe way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of lobesa. Visit themarket area. Overnight at Wangdi Kichu Resort.

 

Day 04 : AM early drive  to the Gangtey Gompa valley at an altitude of2800 meters. The only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan is located here.This beautiful valley is also home to the rare Black Necked Cranes migratingfrom the Tibetan plateau to escape the harsh winter. Currently there are 200 to300 cranes residing in this valley and the Royal Society for Protection ofNature (RSPN) is taking every measures to ensure the safety of the Cranes.While the cranes reside in the winter valley for 4/5 months the village folks arenot allowed to make loud noises or fish in the river that runs through thevalley. The trekking staff will be waiting for your arrival and start hike toGogona. A moderate trail winds through meadows and fields then ascends to theTselela pass. You will be walking through forest of juniper, bamboo, magnoliaand  rhododendron. The people of Gogonaare nomads and have their own dialect. Camp at 3200 meters. Walking time 5/6 hours.

 

Day 05 : Gogona to Khotokha.A gentle climb leads to Shobjula pass at 3700 meters with

views of the wide openvalley. Then descend  gradually to campat 3100 meters. Walking

time 5/6 hours.

 

Day 06 : Khotokha toChuzomsa via Nizergang. A short ascends leads to Tashi la at 3300.

Be sure to fill your waterbottles shortly after crossing the pass as the descend is very

dry. Walk down through everchanging vegetation into the drainage of the Dangchu river at

1400 meters. Walking time6/7 hours. Overnight at Wangdi Kichu Resort.

 

Day 07 :  AM drive 45 minutes to Punakha and visit thePunakha Dzong which served as an

old capital of Bhutan. Thisremarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacialfloods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known asthe Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. PMdrive back to Paro. Overnight Kichu Resort. 

 

Day 08 : Transfer to airport for departure.



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