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Overview

A similar adventure to the Chomolhari Trek, we begin along the same path before diverting towards Chebisa for more of a cultural experience. We will visit several charming Laya villages known for their friendly people, hospitality, unique cultural clothing and traditional agriculture. This trek features less mountain scenery but provides wonderful opportunities to see the local flora and fauna of the region spotting everything from rhododendrons to Yaks that have been herded for centuries. The area, known for its blue sheep is also home to relaxing natural hot springs and traditional Bhutanese medicine, which will be one of the highlights of the trip.

Trip Facts

  • Destination: Bhutan
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Duration: 21 + Days
  • Region: Bhutan
  • Best Season: Spring / Summer / Autumn
  • Group Size: 02+ Pax

Itinerary


Day 1 Arrival at Paro

After arriving from your scenic mountain flight to Para, you will be greeted by a friendly representative of Good Karma Trekking who will take you directly to your hotel. After you get settled in, we will take an afternoon visit to the National Museum of Bhutan known as Ta-Dzong. The museum offers tremendous insight into the tradition and history of the Bhutanese people and government as it has changed throughout the years. We then continue to the Paro Dzong which serves as the administrate center for the district to explore the beautiful architecture of the city before having welcome drink and dinner in Paro.

Day 2 Paro Sightseeing

After breakfast we will take a 3-hour morning hike to visit the holy Taktsang Monastery. The peaceful hike offers some stunning views of the city and surrounding lowland. After resting at the viewpoint we continue to the actual monastery to learn more about the religious practices of the region while observing the daily life and practices of the local monks. This “tiger nest” monastery is one of the holiest in the region and a popular attraction for both locals and tourists alike. We will then hike back to Paro taking time to explore the charming city before returning to the hotel for the evening.

Day 3 Paro to Shana

We will take a short drive to Drugyal Dzong passing along the valley to begin our trek. We begin by following the Paro River uphill passing a series of traditional agricultural villages gradually moving up towards Shana where will make camp for the night.

Day 4 Shana to Soi Thangthangkha

We continue along the Paro River following an up and down trail through tranquil dense forests comprised of pine, oak and spruce trees. We continue by passing over a high bridge before moving through a rhododendron forest then re-crossing the river and making camp at an altitude of 3,630 meters to enjoy the clear star filled sky.

Day 5 Soi Thangthangkha to Jangothang

We continue to climb before reaching a Bhutanese army camp used to train local soldiers in the mountain landscape. We continue past the river on a trail offering several excellent vantage points of the regional peaks towering over the lowland scenery. After lunch at a yak camp, we take a short walk to Jangothang offering views of Chomolhari and Jichu Drakey and make camp for the night

Day 6 Acclimation day at Jangothang

Due to high altitudes and less oxygen in the air we will take a rest to acclimatize our bodies to the prevent altitude sickness. You may either rest and explore Jangothang or take a hike to Tshophu to explore a pristine glacial lake at the base of Chhomolhari before returning to the camp for the night.

Day 7 Jangothang to Lingshi

We follow the path along a stream before crossing and continuing up a scenic ridge providing views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tsrim Gang. We will then continue towards to the valley and cross the Nyele La pass at 4,890 meters before continuing down to the Lingshi camp. We will take time to enjoy the high altitude majestic views of the Himalayas and Lingshi Dzong before making camp.

Day 8 Lingshi to Chebisa

We continue bast Lingshi Dzong that is peacefully nestled along a hilltop offering views of the towering Himalayan peaks surrounded by green hills and powerful rivers. We take an easy relaxing trail through a fell small villages and yak herding pastures before having lunch at Goyuna village. We then take a short hike to Chebisa village where we will make camp along the riverside.

Day 9 Chebisa to Shomuthang

We take a steep climb to the Gobu La pass offering panoramic 4,500-meter views of the region before continue downhill and resting for lunch. We continue through a rhododendron filled trail crossing a stream through the forest offering a chance to spot some of the regions famous blue sheep.

Day 10 Shomuthang to Robluthang

We climb a steep trail to the Jari La pass reaching 4,600 meters before dropping down to the Tsharijathang Valley, which is home to the national animal of Bhutan known as the Takin. We continue across the stream before climbing to the Robluthang campsite where we rest for the evening

Day 11 Robluthang to Lemithang

We continue to climb until we reach the Shiche La passes situated at over 5,000 meters. We rest along the windy path to enjoy the views of the hills and mountains that surround the path before moving to Lemithang on a narrow rocky trail. We arrive at a scenic campsite offering sunset and sunrise views of Mount Gangchey and the Ta peak.

Day 12 Lemithang to Laya

After waking up to a breathtaking sunrise, we continue to Laya along a comfortable trail passing through a moss filled forest with several excellent vantage points. We will take some time to explore the traditional village of Laya to observe the ancient traditions of the Bhutanese people

Day 13 Rest day at Laya

We will take time to further explore Laya while chatting with the local people who are known for their hospitality. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea while watching the local people perform their customs, and farm the fields while immersing yourself in the daily life of the traditional hill people.

Day 14 Laya to Chamsa

We continue downhill along the Mo Chu River passing along several quaint villages home to a range of different ethnicities. We continue through a juniper and fir forest before reaching Chamsa located at 3,800 meters.

Day 15 Chamsa to Gasa Tshachu

We talk a short flat walk to the Bele pass before continueing down to the town of Gasa Tsachu home to local natural hot springs. After lunch we will explore the village and the famous protective dzong before continuing down to Gasa Tshacu to enjoy an evening dip in the mountain hot springs.

Day 16 Gasa Tshachu Rest Day

We will take a day to rest and relieve our sore muscles in the healing hot springs while taking time to explore the village and its surroundings. The town is famous as a rejuvenation center for travelers and tourists alike as people flock for the traditional healing and relaxation techniques of the hill people.

Day 17 Gasa Tshachu to Damji

We move along a meandering path through a dense orchid forest offering plenty of indigenous flora and fauna. We will arrive in the evening to the village of Damji at 2,200 meters and make camp for the evening.

Day 18 Damji to Punakha via Tashitthang

Our last day of hiking will consist of a downhill trail passing along the Mochu River to the town of Tashithang where we will take a short busride to Punakha. We will have time to explore the town and market before returning to the hotel for the evening.

Day 19 Punakha to Thimphu

We will begin with a morning visit to the ancient capital city of Punakha built in 1637 and known for its heritage and strong fort walls. We will then drive to Dochula for lunch at the Dochula Pass offering views of the Himalayan peaks contrasted by the greenery found below.

Day 20 Thimphu Sightseeing

We will begin with a trip to the National Memorial Chorten honoring King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk for his dedication to Bhutan before exploring the Changangkha Temple and National Animal Sanctuary known for its scenic views of Thimphu. We then continue to the Spiritual Zilukha Nunnery and Dechenphodrang monistic school before lunch. We then continue to the National Library, School of Arts, traditional handicrafts center and the local goldsmiths while admiring the diverse craftsmanship of the Bhutanese people. We finish the day with a visit to the Tashi Chhodzong, which serves as the parliamentary capital known for its traditional architecture. We then take some time to explore the charming city before returning to the hotel for the evening.

Day 21 Thimphu to Paro

After a few hours of leisure time in the morning we will continue our trip by driving back to Paro along a scenic route along the Wangchuck and Pa-Chu rivers. We will continue through several scenic traditional towns and chortens before passing over a large bridge and arriving on Paro.

Day 22 Departure

Depending on your flight time you may be able to see a few more attractions before departing approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight time. You will be escorted to the airport with a representative from Good Karma trekking staff. After our farewells, you will have plenty of time to plan your next adventure with Good Karma, as one time is never enough.

Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus (all airport transfers).
  • Standard government approved accommodation (in twin share rooms) for the duration of tour.
  • licensed English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guides.
  • All Monument /Museum sightseeing tours, entrance Fees as per itinerary.
  • All meals fixed breakfast, lunch & dinner with Tea and Coffee while remaining in Bhutan
  • Government Royalty (which is 35% of $250) this goes to the country's health & education projects.
  • Private Transport & Driver within Bhutan. (Imported Prado's, Micro Buses & Toyota Coaster Buses)
  • Toyota 4 X 4 luggage vans & light trucks for group travel
  • All our government taxes.
  • Tourist service charge, vat.
  • Official expense
  • Bhutan Visa Fees and Visa Processing assistance

Excludes

  • Bottled/alcoholic/cold drinks, room service and al a cart meals.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • International airfares and airport departure tax.
  • Photography charges (if and when applicable).
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Tips to guides, restaurants, hotel lobby. (Tipping is expected.)
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Trip Note

Travellers Reviews

Richard Corbett
3 weeks ago -

From the moment we stepped outside Kathmandu airport we knew we were in good hands. Raj and his professional team had taken care of everything. Our trek to Everest Base Camp is one we will remember for a long time. From accomodation, to meals, guide and porters. Everything went smoothly. Even the tricky weather in Lukla didn't hold us up too much. The tour of Kathmandu was great and we especially enjoyed the opening dinner that Raj planned for us.

I highly recommend Good Karma Trekking.

We are planing to return to Nepal and trek the Annapurna Circuit. We will definitely book with Raj and Good Karma Trekking again.

Agata Wilk
3 weeks ago -

Best travel agency, very helpful and friendly staff. They offer great possibilities for trekking, excursions, help take care of all permits. Great company, wonderful trip, friendship for life. I would recommend!

Grant Jasiunas
2 years ago -

Booked my first trip to Nepal with Good Karma after some recommendations on Tripadvisor. From my first email I was impressed with the level of attention I received and how flexible they were (something I couldn't get with several other other companies I and contacted). Had a great trip including sightseeing in Kathmandu and trekking to Everest base camp, and everything went extremely smoothly (except for the weather). Just returned from my second trip there and already planning my third. Its an amazing country, and Raj and the Good Karma team made it a great experience. Happy to answer any questions people have.

Jim Duff
2 years ago -

Kind, attentive, honest, dedicated attention is awaiting on your travels with Good Karma. I went to the Everest Base Camp(14 days), Bhutan (4 days) and the Chitwan game preserve (3 days) with them and was very well treated at a great price.

I recommend them for travel in Nepal under reliable conditions.

I will be glad to answer any inquiries on their subject.

Laxmi Prasad Kandel
a year ago -

A perfect travel partner on the foothills of Hiamalayas. I can proudly recommend my near and dear to Good Karma. Thanks a lot Good karma for excellent services on our trek.

Hexe Ella
2 years ago -

I have traveled in many countries, but my experience in Nepal was special, thanks to Raj and his team who organized the exceptional way to all desired goals in this expedition which I had in Nepal and Tibet this autumn. I hope with all my heart to revisit again because I really miss Nepal. I started learning Hindi language since a few days.

So, Raj, Biji, I feel like I will visit you again! There are a lot of places that I have not seen yet! GOOD KARMA TREKKING is the best Agency for me!

Lauren Hsu
2 years ago -

Raj was knowledgeable and more than accommodating during our travels. We used Good Karma Trekking to book a trek to Annapurna, do white water rafting, and visit the elephants. It was one of the best trips I've had in my life and I've been to over 50 countries now. I would strongly recommend them to anyone who is traveling to Nepal and seeking a professional and friendly travel agency

Samuel Quiroga
2 years ago -

BOOKING WITH KARMA: I booked a one-person tour to the Annapurna Circuit during the off season in August. During my inquiries with various trekking companies, Raj from Good Karma replied promptly and was always making sure that my needs were met before, during and after the trek. He was very flexible with whatever mode of transportation I desired to use even if it was just a couple of days in advance (including a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu with two days notice) . THE TOUR: The tour itself was amazing. True, the Annapurna Circuit can be done with no guide. But Raj provide me with none other than a Sherpa guide would allowed for easy communication with locals and got the best rooms and meals in all the lodges. He also knew where the shortcuts are and made sure my safety was a priority (specially with altitude sickness). TRANSPORTATION : Always keep in mind that Nepal is not the most developed nation in terms of infrastructure and road systems. I highly recommend getting a private vehicle. The drivers that Raj provides are some of the best I've seen even though they drive like maniacs. I felt relatively safe compared to a tourist bus/local bus. These are worse and the safety standards are very low OVERALL: I highly recommend this tour company. Make sure you communicate with Raj constantly so he knows what your needs are.

Paul Greco
2 years ago -

Had an unforgettable experience trekking the Annapurna Circuit with Good Karma in 2012. Nabraj and his team are knowledgable, passionate and great hosts, and are genuine in providing the best experience possible. They went above and beyond to cater to our interests and provided outstanding hospitality. Nabraj has become a good friend since, we are regularly in touch and I look forward to joining Good Karma on a trek again soon!

Razvan Marc
2 years ago -

I worked with Good Karma Trekking a few years ago when they organized a trip through Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan for me and a group of almost 30 people. They were the best choice for our trip. The hotels they booked, the accommodation, the vehicles used for our transportation were all top class. Raj and his team really know their country (and the neighboring countries) and are able to custom made programs that suit each and every individual on a group, no matter the size. We particularly enjoyed the trips around Kathmandu valley, up to Nagarkot, down in the jungle in Chitwan and resting at the foot of Anapurna in Pokhara. Raj even organized some trips that were not in the initial schedule and which were greatly appreciated - for instance the visit to Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu.

I was also on the group that took a tour of Tibet with Good Karma Trekking. Everything went smooth, from crossing the border into China to altering the program so we could stay at a lower altitude when some of our colleagues felt sick.

For all of us on that trip Raj also became a good friend and we kept in touch ever since.

Whenever I hear someone thinking of visiting Nepal I always recommend Good Karma Trekking. I am also sure that next time myself and any other member of the group would want to go to the Himalayan region Good Karma Trekking would be our first choice.

Good job, Good Karma Trekking!

Dj Hewey
2 years ago -

I went on a one month trip to Nepal with Good Karma Trekking, and I must say it was really amazing! Well worth the time and the cost of traveling there! Part of what made my experience so wonderful was the guide that I had. His name is Raj Ghimire, and he is the sole proprietor of GOOD KARMA TREKKING LTD. He is a truly honest guy, with a very kind heart, and I believe that he would give you the BEST Nepal experience, no matter where in the country you want to travel. When my friends and I were over there, he treated us like family (no, I'm not exaggerating), and I still stay in touch with him. His rates are GREAT too! And if you need porters, tea house reservations, or a personal driver to show you Kathmandu or Chitwan Park, he did ALL of these arrangements for us.

Go with Raj, he will take care of you!

Marina Vasile
2 years ago -

This was literally the best experience I've had with a travel company anywhere in the world. They are efficient, culturally smart and very friendly. They even went out of their way to help with issues that were not necessarily part of our contract. I will definitely trust them to organize any trip for me in the future.

mike francey
3 years ago -

Good Karma organized everything for my trip including city tours, travel, hotels and trekking. They were very professional and helpful creating a trip that included what i wanted to see and not just the standard itinerary. The owner Raj even helped bargain for lower prices on souvenirs and trekking equipment while i was in Kathmandu. He also showed me some of his favorite restaurants and some of the local specialties and offered me some wild honey from his home town. The trek went great and the guide was very knowledgeable about the trails and flora and fauna of the himalayas. I have done a trip with abovethehimalays before and the service and price of Good Karma was much better. I would suggest this company to anyone looking for an authentic experience.

Szilágyi Palkó Pál
2 years ago -

We had a great experience with Good Karma Trekking in Kathmandu, Nepal. Raj, the owner of the company, was very helpful. He has an excellent knowledge about the Kathmandu area, and generally about Nepal. He is more than a usual travel agency, passionate about his work, and about promoting the Nepal sights. I am sure that we will use his services again when we return to Nepal, hopefully soon.

Bijaya Ghimire
2 years ago -
Your Good Karma always brings you upto Good Karma trekking. Leave everything on their hand and simply discover your Good Karma. They are perfect to plan your Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan program.
Michel Wasylyszyn
2 years ago -

I met Raj in Kathmandu through a mutual friend and I've been amazed by his hospitality and generosity. They gave me all the informations I needed about the transportation, treks and more! Thank you for your kindness and your support and I really hope to meet you again! Cheers

Melissa John
2 years ago -

Fantastic experience with Good Karma Trekking. Always keen to help and to make sure you are well taken care of in Nepal. Would not hesitate to recommend them to friends and family!

czabaka
2 years ago -

I was In Nepal last year and I really enjoyed the time. I must say that the service offered by Good Karma Trekking is excellent. I would recommend it to all, if you went to Nepal.

Alvin Obed
2 years ago -

I used Good Karma Trekking for a first trip to Nepal in Nov 2011 and from the moment of contact the trip went very smoothly. I would highly recommend this company and would be happy to be contacted independently to provide a review.

Oleg D
2 years ago -

A good company, thoroughly recommended. Their 16 day tour is ideal for first time visitors. Reasonably priced tours.

Naoise Hart
5 years ago -

Went to the Everest Base Campo with them its was fantastic

Daniel San Martín
2 years ago -

En 2012 tuve el agrado de conocer a Nabraj Ghimire en Katmandú. Su ayuda en una país desconocido me sirvió de mucho. Es una persona honesta y desinteresada que realiza su trabajo con vocación.

Yongin Kwon
2 years ago -

믿을만한 친구가하는 일입니다. 네팔에서 가격차이 그리 심하지 않습니다. 가장 싼 곳을 찾기보다, 안전함과 신뢰도, 그리고 만족도를 높이세요. :) It's great to do the trekking nad!!! :)

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a week ago -

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