Gangkar Puensum Trek

This itinerary offers a combination of culture and trekking in Bhutan. The tour starts from pristine Paro valley to the capital city, Thimphu followed by drive to central Bhutan. Trekking will take you through the northern regions of Bumthang and will bring you to the foot of the majestic Mt. Gangkar Puensum, Bhutan’s highest unclimbed mountain. (Alt: 24,735 feet / 7,541m) Bhutanese believe that mountains are sacred and therefore climbing is not allowed.

This exhilarating 10 days trek passes through forests of conifers and Rhododendron and up over High Mountain Passes festooned with Buddhist prayer flags. En route you will witness the best of Bhutan’s Himalayan grandeur, meet the farmers and yak herding families of the highlands, and admire the way this tiny independent kingdom has so successfully preserved its environment and thriving Buddhist culture. The trek begins on an old footpath to Tibet making a loop via Thole-la pass at altitude of 15,520ft/4,732mts.

Grade: Demanding /Strenuous
Trek Duration: 10 days
Tour Duration: 15 nights
Distance: 89.3miles / 144km
Season: (Apr, May, June – Sept, Oct, Nov)

Outline Itinerary

Day1. Arrive to Paro drive for 1 ½ hr to Thimphu. Alt: 2320m / 7,6096ft.
Day2. Thimphu to Punakha (3hrs/ 77 km). Alt:1200m / 3,936ft.
Day3. Punakha to Trongsa (4hrs/140km). Alt: 2300m/ 7,550ft.
Day4. Trongsa to Bumthang (3 hrs/ 68 km). Alt: 2,541m /8,334ft.
Day5. Trek from Bumthang to Lungsum Camp(5 to 6hr/ 12km). Alt: 10,400ft/3170m.
Day6. Lungsum to Tashisa Camp (6 hrs/ 14km). Alt: 4146m/ 13,600 ft.
Day7. Tashisa to Dollythang Camp (5 to 6 hrs/ 13km). Alt: 4070m/13,350ft.
Day8. Dollythang to Tsawa Camp (6hrs/ 15km). Alt: 3780m/12400ft.
Day9. Tsawa to Bamarpo Camp (8 hrs / 20 km). Alt: 4430m/14,530ft.
Day10. Rest day at base camp.
Day11. Bamarpo to Tshampa Camp (8hrs/ 22km). Alt: 3,675m /12054ft.
Day12. Tsampa to Gophu Camp (5 to 6hrs/ 15km). Alt: 3,269m /10,722ft.
Day13. Gophu to Khaktang and drive to Jakar (5 to 6hrs /16km). Alt: 2,541m /8,334ft.
Day14. Jakar to Paro by domestic flight (25 minutes). Alt: 2235m / 7,330ft.
Day15. Hike to Taksang (Tigers Nest) and overnight at Paro. Alt: 2235m /7,330ft.
Day16. Airport drop.