Rodungla Trek(20days)

This trek covers eastern Bhutan and involves tremendously long and steep descent.

Season: The recommended month for this trek is October or early November.

Day 01: Arrive Paro

Druk Air flight will take you to the most exciting view of Himalayan ranges. After completing your immigration and custom formalities, our representative will received you and transfer to Hotel.

You can spend your evening time at town in Paro.

Overnight stay:Hotel at Paro.

Day 02:Paro

Take an excursion to Taktshang monastery (Tiger's nest) in the morning. Guru Padmasambhava came here flying on a tigress and landed at the spot where monastery was later built.

Take afternoon excursion to Ta Dzong which was built in 17th century as a watch tower to defend Paro Dzong and valley. This fortress was later converted into National Museum in 1967 and is filled with antique thanka paintings, textiles, weapons and Bhutan's renowned postage stamps.

Overnight stay:Hotel at Paro

Day 03: Paro - Thimphu (55km, 2 hrs)

The next excursion is Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined fortress from where Bhutanese repelled several Tibetan invasions. The next visit is Kyichu Lhakhang on a way to Thimphu. Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the kingdom.

Then visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the kingdom built in 1627 which now houses the school for Buddhist studies.

In the evening, take excursion in Memorial chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan's Third King. Then visit to Trashichhodzong, beautiful medieval fortress/monastery.

Overnight stay:Hotel at Paro,

Day 04: Thimphu - Trongsa (200km, 6 hrs.)

After breakfast, visit Painting school, National Library and Folkheritage Musuem. Then proceed to Trongsa via Dochula pass (3,050m). On clear day, one can view high peaks of Bhutan. Further drive to Trongsa and visit wangduephodrang dzong on the way. Overnight stay:Hotel at Trongsa

Day 05: Trongsa - Bumthang

Visit Trongsa Dzong in the morning, considered to be ancestral abode of Bhutan's Royal family. Then visit Ta Dzong which is built as watch tower to guard Trongsa. Then proceed to Bumthang and visit Jakar Dzong built in the 17th century during the time of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the first religious and temporal ruler of Bhutan. Then visit Kurjey monastery where Guru Padmasambhava left his body imprint in the 8th century. Later visit Jambay Lhakhang. Overnight stay:Hotel at Bumthang

Day 06: Bumthang - Ngang Lhakhang

The trek begins from here. The trek goes along Chamkhar Chhu River coming across many villages and temples, meadows, forests of blue pine and scrub bamboo. It is easy and quite refreshing. Host a camp at the village (2900m) after walking time of about 6 hours.

Day 07: Ngang Lhakhang - Ugyenchholing

The trail rises gradually towards the Phephe la pass walking through the forest the village (2900m) after walking time of about 6 hours.

Day 08: Ugyenchholing - Phokpey (17km, 6 hours)

The trek starts with a muddy and slippery path. At about 3000m, it becomes a small footpath through muddy fields and dwarf bamboo. The route crosses a meadow with more dwarf bamboo at about 3400m. The trail leads to a summer pasture surrounded by forests and the ground is dotted with tiny blue alpine flowers.

Day 09: Phokpey - Ungaar (20km, 8 hours)

After half an hour of ascension of the trail, you will reach Rodungla (4100m). Then there is a steep descent to the valley floor. After a short wander through dwarf bamboo, you meet pine trees near camp site.

Day 10: Ungaar - Taskila (21km, 8 hours)

This trail goes up and down like a wave till Drula village and Khaine Lhakhang enroute. It is one of the oldest temples in existence today, built in mid 7th century by the King Songtsen of Tibet to subdue demons.

Day 11: Taskila - Lhuntse

Entertain lunch in Lhuntse guest house followed by leisure time.

Day 12: Lhuntse - Menji (16km, 5 hours)

Trek from Kuri Zam rises gradually through paddy fields and villages. Host a camp near Menji village (1850m) besides the Darchu Pang Lhakhang situated amidst garden full of flowers of marigold, geraniums, dahlias and nasturtiums.

Day 13: Menji - Pemi (20km, 7 hours)

The trail continues through the thick, humid forest packed with dense foliage of ferns and creepers and a constant whistle of cicadas. Climb steadily for two hours to a ridge top meadow, and then plunge back to forest to host camp at Pemi (2400m).

Day 14: Pemi - Taupang (21km, 7/8 hours)

On reaching Dongla (3900m), one can view enchanting mountains. The trail traverse nine passes called as nine sisters of Dongla. Host a camp at Taupang (2460m),

Day 15: Taupang - Trashi Yangtse (24km, 8/9 hours)

Huge ferns, red berried palms and occasional leeches are encountered en route. After two hours of trek, you will reach Shukshing village, a cluster of bamboo huts on the hill side, surrounded by corn fields, banana trees and grazing cows. The trek ends here.

Day 16: Trashi Yangtse - Trashigang

Cosy drive to Trashigang from Trashi Yangtse. Visit Trashigang Dzong and local market. Overnight stay:Lodge at Trashigang.

Day 17: Trashigang - Bumthang (289km, 10 hours)

After breakfast, drive back to Bumthang and en route visit Mongar Dzong and town. Overnight stay:Hotel at Bumthang.

Day 18: Bumthang - Punakha (205km, 6 hours)

After visiting Bumthang market in the morning, drive to Punakha. Lunch would be served in one of the popular restaurant in Trongsa town. At Wangdi Phodrang take a short break for tea/coffee and then proceed to Punakha. Overnight stay:Hotel at Punakha

Day 19: Punakha - Paro (125km, 4½ hours)

Drive to Paro after lunch.

Day 20: Paro Depart

Drive to Paro Airport to reach your onward destination.