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Duration : 13 Days
Maximum Elevation : 4,950 m
The Lingshi Trek is a variation of the Laya Trek. We start trekking at Drugyel Dzong at 2580 m and walk along paddy fields, pass through some villages, pine forests and along crystal clear streams and wild rivers. We soon we reach high pastureland, where we get the first view of the high peaks. After the Jhomolhari Base Camp we will cross two passes, the Nyile La (4890 m) and Yale La (4950 m). Around Jhomolhari Base Camp we usually come across groups of Blue Sheep. After crossing Nyile La (pass) and reaching the spectacular Lingshi Dzong, the trek turns south, leaving the Laya Trek route. Before starting the trek we spend two days for acclimatisation in Paro, which is already at 2500 m. During that time you will explore the valley, visit the Paro Dzong, Museum and town, and the famous Taktsang Monastery, also called the Tiger Nest, located at 3000m, which is a pleasant day trip and 3-4 hours walk.
- 9 Trekking Days
- 3 Days Sightseeing
- 133 km Trekking
- 3539 m Ascent
- 2435 m Descent
- Blue Sheep
- Famous Lingshi Dzong
- Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake, Tserim Gang
Day 1 - ParoAfter arrival in Paro, your guide will receive you and bring you to your hotel to refresh. After lunch you visit Paro Dzong, known as Rinchen Pung or Rinpung Dzong, which means ‘fortress on a heap of jewels’. It is one of the most impressive and well-known Dzongs in Bhutan. Ta Dzong was built as a watchtower to Paro Dzong. It was renovated in 1968 and converted into the National Museum.
Day 2 - ParoAn early start is necessary today to climb to Taktsang Monastery, known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’, which is one of the most famous and venerated places of pilgrimage in the country. It is perched on the side of a steep cliff about 900 metres above the floor of Paro valley. This day tour will get you into trekking mood for the next day. After Taktsang you will see Drugyel Dzong. The Dzong was named ‘Druk’ (Bhutan) ‘Gyel’ (victory) to commemorate the victory of Bhutan over Tibetan invaders in 1644. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built Drukgyel Dzong in 1649. Later in the afternoon visit to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most beautiful monasteries in the country built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo.
Days 3 to 11 - Lingshi Trek
Day 3: Drugyel Dzong / Paro (2580 m) to Shana (2890 m) 5 hrs.
Day 4: Shana to Soi Thangthanka (3575 m) 6-7 hrs.
Day 5: Soi Thangthanka to Jangothang (Jhomolhari Camp) (4044 m) 4-5 hrs.
Day 6: Rest day at Jhomolhari Camp with possible visit to the Tsho Phu lakes.
Day 7: Jangothang to Lingshi (4010 m) via Nyile La (4890 m) 5-6 hrs.
Day 8: Lingshi to Shodu (4080 m) via Yale La (4950 m) 8-9 hrs.
Day 9: Shodu to Barshong (3720 m) 4-5 hrs.
Day 10: Barshong to Dolamkencho (3290 m) 4 hrs.
Day 11: Dolamkencho to Dodena (2615 m) 2-3 hrs. and drive to Thimphu (45 minutes).After two to three hours of trekking, you will be received at the road head and transfer to your hotel to freshen up. In the afternoon you can enjoy a walk through town for some souvenir shopping and end the day with a visit and traditional dinner at the Folk Heritage Museum. The museum replicates a traditional farmhouse and is designed and furnished how many Bhutanese still live today.
Day 12 - ThimphuToday you will explore the capital of Bhutan. You will start the day with a visit to the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, which means the ‘13 traditional arts’ of Bhutan and which is commonly known as the Painting School. We will show you Trashi Chhoe Dzong. This magnificent Dzong, located on the north of the city on the west bank of the Wang Chhu River, housed the original National Assembly and now houses the secretariat, the throne room and offices of His Majesty the King of Bhutan. The National Memorial Chorten was built in 1974 to honour and in memory of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The National Institute of Traditional Medicine, established in 1978, has a day care facility and clinic where traditional doctors diagnose patients and prescribe appropriate medicines or treatments. The traditional herbal medicines, ointments and medicinal teas consist of plants, minerals and animal parts, are manufactured in the production facility and distributed to regional health-care units within the country. The Royal Textile Academy is worth a visit to experience Bhutan’s living national art of weaving. Techniques and styles of the local costumes and textiles made by man and women across Bhutan are on display. The National Library collection ranges from traditional books and manuscripts, modern books about any kind of topic, an old printing press and wooden blocks for printing books and prayer flags to a the largest published book in the world, entitled “Bhutan”. Changangkha Lhakhang is located in Motithang above Thimphu town. It was established in the 12th century and the central statue is Chenresig in an 11-headed, thousand-armed manifestation. Buddha Point at Kuensel Phodrang. The 169 feet bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma (Vajra Throne) is symbolising indestructibility. This is a wonderful place with great views of Thimphu valley next to Buddha Dordenma. For the remaining day you can explore Thimphu town, shop some souvenirs and mingle with the people
Day 13 - Departure from ParoDrive to Paro and departure to your onward destination.
- 4 nights in double or single room occupancy in minimum 3 star hotels in Bhutan. If you would like to stay in 4 or 5 star hotel, please let us know.
- 8 nights in comfortable dome tents.
- All group camping equipment.
- All meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sometimes lunch will be pack lunch or a picnic.
- Full time English speaking licensed Bhutanese guide during your travel in Bhutan.
- All internal road transport in comfortable vehicle.
- All entry fees.
- Group medical kit.
- All park entrance fees and trekking permits.
- Animals to carry 20kgs personal equipment.
- Return flight from Bangkok to Paro/Bhutan in economy class. There are also flights to Bhutan from Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati and Singapore. The trip cost will change accordingly.
- Visa fee and services for Bhutan.
- All internal taxes.
- A sustainable tourism Royalty of US$ 65 per person per night. This Royalty goes towards free education and free healthcare and poverty alleviation.
- Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, tips, laundry
- International flights from your home destination to Bangkok and back. We are happy to assist you in arranging this flight.
- Insurances, Travel insurance, health insurance.