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Trek 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 to Thimphu.

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 blue pine.

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.

LAND COST:

$3200 ( includes air from Bangkok to Bhutan and Bhutan to Bangkok).
PAYMENT SCHEDULE:
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

COST INCLUDE:
Land cost of trek.
Guide, siddhar, porters, cook, and staff
Flight form Thailand to Bhutan Bhutan to Thailand
Tent and foam sleeping pads
Trekking permit
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

NOT INCLUDED:
International airfare
Bangkok lodging and Bangkok airport tax
Lodging in Bhutan beyond four days.
Airport tax in Bhutan
Immunizations

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.

HEALTH
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.

LEADERSHIP
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 the world.

QUALIFICATIONS
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!