and Culture in Bhutan
Bhutan offers the beauty of Bhutan's landscape and
the kingdom's cordial people. We begin this insightful journey
in Paro Valley. Trips to neighboring villages and Paro Dzong introduce
us to Bhutan's intermingling of religion and everyday life. Leaving
Paro's open valley we begin our trek along Bhutan's Druk Path.
Connecting Paro with Thimphu, the trail travels from hillsides
of superb rhododendron forests to high alpine pastures strewn
with grazing yaks. Passing charming villages and nomads' wool
tented camps, we climb the Dochu La Pass (13,300 ft.) and descend
Day 1: Depart for Bhutan
Day 2: En route to Bhutan
Day 3: Arrive in Bhutan:. Flying into Bhutan on
national carrier, Druk Air is a befitting introduction to the spectacular
beauty of country. On a clear day, you are able to see some of the
world's highest Himalayan peaks. such as Everest, Sooner you are
over the lush valley of Paro with silvery rivers cascading down
the beautiful valleys and hillsides. Our crew who anxiously waits
at the exit will greet you on arrival and drive you to our favorite
hotel just a few minutes drive away. Spend rest of the day at your
leisure. For the evening, you will be treated to a welcome dinner.
Day 14 : Trek to Bjela Dzong (9,982ft.).
The trek is gradual hike till the camp. If the weather is good,
you can see the whole valley in front of you with snow capped mountains
in the background.
Day 15 : Trek to Jangchub-Lakha (10,935ft.).
You walk for about an hour and half until you come across steeper
gradients. The trail takes you through alpine forest and rhododendrons
where you hear the sound of jingle bells of yaks straying in forests.
Day 16 :Trek to Jimilangtsho (11,482ft.). The
trail follows the ridge until you reach your camp close to Jimilangtsho.
On a clear day, you can see a marvelous view of the mountains and
valleys. Several lakes known for giant sized trouts can be seen
around. If you are lucky, you may be able to enjoy well- prepared
fresh lake trout for dinner.
Day 17 :Trek to Simkota lake (11,811ft.). The
trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees, by-passing Janatsho
lake. Still going further, you will come across yak herders' camps
to see for your own eyes the lifestyle of these people. Camp for
the night close to Simkota lake.
Day 18 :Trek to Thimphu Trek begins with a gradual
climb, and if weather permitting could enjoy a spectacular view
of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the world's highest unclimbed peak in Bhutan.
Thereafter, keep descending till Phajoding monastery. Rest for a
while to visit some of the monasteries there and enjoy a bird's
eye of Thimphu city directly below. From Phajudhing monastery to
Thimphu is all the way downhll through a forested area of the mostly
Day 19 : After an early breakfast, our representative
will escort you to Paro airport for your onward destinations, taking
with you fond memories of Bhutan.
$3200 ( includes air from Bangkok to Bhutan and Bhutan to Bangkok).
Initial deposit to hold space: $300
Balance due: Six weeks before departure
Make a check payble to Pemba Sherpa and mail it to Pemba Sherpa
455 S. 39th St. Boulder, CO. 80305
Land cost of trek.
Guide, siddhar, porters, cook, and staff
Flight form Thailand to Bhutan Bhutan to Thailand
Tent and foam sleeping pads
Park entrance fee
Four nights lodging (double occupancy) in Bhutan
Lunch, Breakfast and dinner in Bhutan
One day sightseeing in Bhutan.
Airport transfer in Bhutan, Bhutan Visa
Bangkok lodging and Bangkok airport tax
Lodging in Bhutan beyond four days.
Airport tax in Bhutan
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT:
In addition to personal gear, you should bring a sleeping bag (rated
0 degrees or less), a daypack, and a large duffel bag with a double
zipper that locks (for porters or yaks to carry with your personal
gear). You will be provided with a two-person tent, full-length
foam sleeping pad, all commissary gear, and eating/drinking utensils.
All personal gear, camp stools, folding tables, and dining tent
are carried by porters and/or pack animals. Trekkers carry only
a daypack with water bottles, camera, extra jacket, and items you
may need during the course of the day. A full equipment list is
provided after sign-up.
Immunizations will be necessary before leaving the United States.
You and your doctor are responsible for determining what is necessary
for you, although we will send a list of recommended vaccines. All
cost for evacuation, hospitalization, and other medical expenses
are the responsibility of the individual.
Pemba Sherpa will organize and lead this trip. He grew up in the
khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas. Pemba has been guiding since
1986. He has led over 20 trips to Nepal for the Colorado Mountain
Club and the HEC, including Island Peak, Lobuche Peak, Chulu East,
and Ama Dablam. He has lived in the Denver, Colorado since 1991,
but spends three to four months a year guiding trips throughout
Participants should be experienced hikers in good physical condition.
You must have the willingness to undergo the hardships of outdoor
living and long days of hiking, often at high altitude, with a smile!