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Gangtey/ Gogona Trek (7 Nights/ 8 Days)

This trek is to the beautiful Phobjikha valley. Phobjikha valley lies at an altitude of 3000metres in the mountains east of Wangduephodrang and it is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan. This quiet, isolated valley is the chosen winter home of the rare black necked cranes, which migrate here annually from the Tibetan plateau.

The trek is pleasant walking through the villages of Gogona and Khotokha passing through meadows and fields and then coming to the forests of Juniper, Magnolia and Rhododendrons. The trek is of moderate level and is considered one of the finest low level treks in Bhutan.

The best seasons for this trek are March to May, and September to November. The best months are April and early May when the rhododendrons are in full bloom.

Day 01: Arrival in Paro aiport. Drive to Thimpu which is 54 km away

from Paro.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimpu

Day 02: Thimpu- Gangtey

After breakfast, set off on a morning tour of Thimpu, visiting

National Memorial Chorten, Tashichhodzong, National library and Institute for Zorig Chusum (traditional arts and crafts school of Bhutan)

After lunch, drive for about 5 hours to Gangtey crossing Dochu-la pass (3,088m) on the way.

Overnight at camp/ farm house in Gangtey

Day 03: Gangtey Gompa- Gogona

15 km, 6-7 hours

Trek commences from today. The trail windes gradually upwards through meadows and fields, ascending to Tsele-la pass (3,400m) where we stop for lunch. The trail descends gradually for some time through forests of junipers, bamboo, magnolias and rhododendrons.

We reach Gogona village. The people of Gogona were originally nomads and they speak a language called Bjopkha.

Overnight at camp

Day 04: Gogona – Khotokha

16 km, 6-7 hours

The trail winds up gently above Gogona village, climbing into a forest of firs, oaks, spruces, rhododendrons, cypress and junipers. After a long and gradual climb, we reach Shobju-la pass (3,400m). We descend down the path to the wide valley of Khotokha where the people of Sha come in summer to graze their animals.

Overnight at camp

Day 05: Khotokha – Chazam/ Wangduephodrang

12km/ 5 hours

A short ascent takes us to a pass from which the path descends steeply through ever changing vegetations till finally we reach the bridge at Wangduephodrang.

Trek ends here. Overnight at hotel in Wangduephodrang

Day 06: Wangduephodrang – Thimpu

After sightseeing, we drive to Thimpu which takes 3 hours.

Evening leisure sightseeing in Thimpu including visits to Folk Heritage and Handicrafts Emporium.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimpu

Day 07: Thimpu – Paro

Early morning drive to Paro, en route visiting Smitokha Dzong. Upon arrival in Paro, visit the famous Ta Dzong (National Museum), Rinpung Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Day 08: After breakfast, drive to the airport for departure

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