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12-Day Haa Trek

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Day 1 : Arrive and Overnight in Paro

Visiting: Paro

Upon arrival at the airport and after passing through customs your Bhutanese escort will greet you and guide you to your hotel in Paro. You can spend the rest of the evening exploring Paro and immersing yourself in the Bhutanese way of life.

  • Meals: D
  • Standard Lodging: Tenzinling Resort
  • Luxury Lodging: Zhiwaling Resort

Day 2 : Full day in Paro, hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery

Visiting: Paro, Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)

Visit Ta Dzong, the national museum housed in an ancient watchtower, which has superb antiquities on display. You can see a fine collection of thankas, paintings, textiles and artifacts. The museum is located on a headland that overlooks the Paro Valley in all its glory.

Hike to Taktsang viewpoint, a superb vantage point that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding granite cliffs and valley. On a clear day the white dome of the sacred Chomolhari (Mountain of Goddess) can be seen. The Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger's Nest monastery, clings to a sheer cliff. Severely damaged in a fire in 1998, the monastery is currently being restored.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Peaceful Resort
  • Luxury Lodging: Zhiwaling Resort

Day 3 : Haa Trek

Visiting: Paro to Haa Valley

After a fairly early breakfast embark on a 2 hour drive to the valley of Haa over the Chele La Pass. Upon arrival and checking into camp at Haa, relax before visiting Lhakhang Karpo (temple of the white dove), a monastery believed to have been built in the 8th century by the Tibetan King, Songtsen Goenpo,.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 4 : Haa Trek

Visiting: Haa to Sagala (11,000 feet)

The trail ascends steeply for 4 to 5 hours through pine forests to reach our camp at Sagala, set on a ridge with high mountain views that include the sacred Chomolhari and several other peaks. The views of Paro and Haa Valley from here are picturesque. Chances of spotting the endangered Musk Deer are favorable along this trail.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 5 : Haa Trek

Visiting: Sagala to Ningula (11,300 feet)

For most of the morning the trail is along the ridge then after a picnic lunch the trail goes through dwarf rhododendron forests all the way to camp (5 to 6 hours).

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 6 : Haa Trek

Visiting: Ningula to Gung Karpo (11,400 feet)

The trail continues for 4 to 5 hours through forests filled with Primula and red & orange rhododendrons.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 7 : Haa Trek

Visiting: Gung Karpo to Chele La (13,120 feet) to Thimphu

The first part of the trail is a 1 ? hr ascent to the top of the ridge. From here the walk to the Chele La through dwarf rhododendrons. Along the way we pass a sky burial site. All day we will have clear views of the mountains and the Paro and Haa Valleys. At Chele La we meet our bus and drive to Thimphu.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 8 : Tour of Thimphu

Visiting: Thimphu

Sightseeing in Thimphu includes a visit to the National Library which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts, the School of Thanka Paintings, and the traditional Medicine Institute where centuries old healing arts are still practiced. Then visit the Handicrafts Emporium to see the exquisite artistry of traditional crafts and textile then take a stroll through the streets for a little shopping. After lunch, visit the memorial Chorten to His Late Majesty (King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk), who reigned from 1952-1972. Later take a 15 minute drive to Dechenchohhling to witness the gold and silversmiths at work. Finally, visit the Tashichho Dzong (fortress of the Glorious Region) built in 1641 and reconstructed in 1961 using traditional methods without the use of any nails, plans, or paper.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Peaceful Resort
  • Luxury Lodging: Druk Hotel

Day 9 : Drive to Punakha for a Tour

Visiting: Punakha

Punakha Dzong is Bhutan's second oldest and is arguably the country's most attractive. As the capital of Bhutan until 1955, Punakha is located at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Po Chhu rivers. The Punakha dzong is one of the most beautiful landmarks in the Himalayan kingdom.

Construction of the dzong began in 1637 and was completed the following year. It is more properly called the Pungthang Dechen Phodrang or the Palace of Great Happiness.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Punatsangchhu Cottage
  • Luxury Lodging: Dhensa Boutique

Day 10 : Tour of Punakha, Drive to Paro

Visiting: Punakha, Paro

Visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong, built in 1638 and located on the headland 13km from Punakha.

Drive back to Paro where you can spend the rest of the evening walking around Paro Town. Explore the area and you may decide to do some shopping to remember your adventure.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Tenzinling Resort
  • Luxury Lodging: Zhiwaling Resort

Day 11 : Sightseeing Tour of Paro

Visiting: Paro

Drive to Drugyal Dzong, a ruined fortress 16 km from Paro town. Tour Drukgyal Dzong with massive ruins that offer insight into the unique construction of Bhutan's famous dzongs. This Dzong is also of great historical importance as it was a critical point when the Bhutanese repelled Tibetan invaders. This gave the fortress it's name, translating to "victorious Bhutanese". Here you will have a magnificent panorama of Mount Chomolhari.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Tenzinling Resort
  • Luxury Lodging: Zhiwaling Resort

Day 12 : Departure

Visiting: Paro

Transfer to airport for departure flight.

  • Meals: B

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