Gangtey Valley Trek


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

  • Day 1 :
    Arrival in Paro airport. Get Bhutan visa on passport upon showing visa approval letter plus 2 pp size picture. Meet/greet by our guide and drive to Hotel. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountain and landscape. Afternoon / evening time  at leisure. Overnight in Hotel. If time permits s/seeing. Evening stroll around the market.
  • Day 2 :
    Drive to Thimphu (2hrs). Upon arrival check into Hotel Druk or River view or similar. PM sightseeing - Visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare "Takin" national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and free time in the market.
  • Day 3 :
    AM visit the Painting school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft centers. PM drive 3 hours to Wangduephodrang crossing the Dochula pass 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of lobesa. Visit the Wangduephodrang Dzong from outside and the market area. Overnight at Wangdi Kichu Resort or similar.
  • Day 4 :
    AM early drive  to the Gangtey Gompa valley at an altitude of 2800 meters. The only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan is located here. This beautiful valley is also home to the rare Black Necked Cranes migrating from the Tibetan plateau to escape the harsh winter. Currently there are 200 to 300 cranes residing in this valley and the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (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 are not allowed to make loud noises or fish in the river that runs through the valley. The trekking staff will be waiting for your arrival and start hike to Gogona. A moderate trail winds through meadows and fields then ascends to the Tselela pass. You will be walking through forest of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and  rhododendron. The people of Gogona are nomads and have their own dialect. Camp at 3200 meters. Walking time 5/6 hours.
  • Day 5 :
    Gogona to Khotokha. A gentle climb leads to Shobjula pass at 3700 meters with views of the wide open valley. Then descend gradually to camp at 3100 meters. Walking time 5/6 hours.
  • Day 6 :
    Khotokha to Chuzomsa via Nizergang. A short ascends leads to Tashi la at 3300. Be sure to fill your water bottles shortly after crossing the pass as the descend is very dry. Walk down through ever changing vegetation into the drainage of the Dangchu river at 1400 meters. Walking time 6/7 hours. Overnight at Wangdi Kichu Resort or similar.
  • Day 7 :
    AM drive 45 minutes to Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong which served as an old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. Proceed to Thimphu. PM drive back to Paro. Overnight Kichu resort or similar.
  • Day 8 :
    Transfer to airport for departure.

Cost Includes :

  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Accommodation in standard A class hotels with daily breakfast-Lunch-Dinner & twin share
  • All entrance fees
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • English speaking local tourist guide
  • Bhutan travel permit

 

Cost Excludes :
  • Airport taxes
  • Travel & health insurance
  • Emergency expenses
  • Flight ticket to/from Bhutan
  • Bhutan visa/Tdf fee Usd
  • Suppliment cost & surcharge cost.

Equitment List :

  • Simple trekkgin shoes
  • Eye glass
  • Clothing as per weather
  • Sun cream

Further we will provide detail at the time of booking if any neccessary.

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