Village base camp treks

This is a suggested tour. It can be tailor-made to suit your requirements. Please contact us for a tailor made tour.


Day 01 Arrive / Paro (By Druk Air)
The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land.
Meeting and assistance will be provided to you at the airport by our representative and then drive you to your hotel.

Day 02 Paro
Today we will visit the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong. It was built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan. The dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. On a clear day, one can get clear view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). Then we will visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. A short distance further is one of the innumerable archery ground. (Archery is the national sport of Bhutan).
The evening ends with a walk through Paro's main shopping markets and the streets.Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 Paro
After breakfast we will take excursion to Taksang Monastry. After a short drive, we will ride the horses to the Monastry en route stopping Taksang Jakhang for refreshment. Taktsang monastery, built in the 1600s, clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 m into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger. Looking at the monastery flying tigers doesn’t seem so impossible after all. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria, followed by a short walk to Satsam Chorten for the drive to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04 Paro – Shana (Start of Trek)
Our trek to Shana starts at Drukgyal Dzong following the Paro River and we pass cultivated fields and tiny picturesque villages. The forests are alive with numerous birds and brightly coloured butterflies. Overnight at camp Shana. Altitude 2,820 m; Distance 14 Km; Time 5 - 6 hours.

Day 05 Shana - Thangthangka
The trail follows the river through a heavily forested area with a few isolated farmhouses. It narrows and closes in and the trail winds up and down along the drainage. We pass a junction enroute, where another path leads north over the Tremo La to Tibet. Camp is in a meadow with a stone shelter. Altitude 3610 m; Distance 21 Km; Time 7 - 8 hours.

Day 06 Thangthangka - Jangothang
In the morning after passing a small army post, the trail slowly leaves the forest line and gradually climbs into a beautiful valley, passing Tegethang, a winter home of yak herdsmen. Lunch will be served in one of these huts. Lots of yaks will be seen today before we arrive at the Jhomolhari base camp (4,115 m). High mountains overlook the camp and visible nearby are the ruins of an old fortress used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invasions. Altitude 4,115 m; Distance 15 Km; Time 5 - 6 hours.

Day 07 Jangothang (Halt)
A rest day. A chance to walk up to the Jhomolhari glacier or to the Tsho Phu lakes on the opposite direction.

Day 08 Jangothang - Thangthangka
After breakfast we will again begin our trek to Thangthangka passing through the picturesque villages and the valleys. Altitude 4,115 m; Distance 15 Km; Time 5 - 6 hours.

Day 09 Thangthangka - Shana
We will today reach Shana after trekking for about 5 to 6 hrs through the forest alive with birds and animals. Overnight in village camp.

Day 10 Shana - Paro – Thimphu (End of Trek)
Today our transport will pick us from Shana (at Drukgyal Dzong) and drive us to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan. It takes two hours drive to Thimphu. On arrival check into the hotel. Spend the evening at leisure or explore the colourful markets of the town.
Overnight Hotel

Day 11 Thimphu
After breakfast we visit the National Memorial Chorten built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then visit the National Library and Painting school. After lunch we drive to the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices, and to Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal silver smiths and Bhutanese Paper Factory at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). The Tashichho Dzong is open to visitors only in winter when the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body move to Punakha the ancient winter capital of Bhutan. We finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium, which has all types of Bhutanese handicrafts for sale.

Day 12 Thimphu - Paro Airport
After early breakfast drive to Paro airport for your flight to onward destination.

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Itinerary Sketch

  • Day 01- Arrive / Paro (By Druk Air)
  • Day 02 - Paro
  • Day 03 - Paro
  • Day 04 - Paro – Shana
  • Day 05 - Shana - Thangthangka
  • Day 06 - Thangthangka - Jangothang
  • Day 07 - Jangothang
  • Day 08 - Jangothang - Thangthangka
  • Day 09 - Thangthangka - Shana
  • Day 10 - Shana - Paro – Thimphu
  • Day 11 - Thimphu
  • Day 12 - Thimphu - Paro Airport
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Tailor-made Suggestions
  • You can extend the trip to visit the central parts of Bhutan.
  • Extend trip the eastern parts of India, Sikkim.
  • Visit the most enduring monument of love Taj Mahal by extending your stay by a couple of days.