7 Days Hiking in Bhutan

Yaktsha Trek

This 7 days hiking in Bhutan (Yaktsha trek) route is a very popular, passing through Jangothang and the base of Mount Jumolhari. Yaktsha trek starts and ends at Shana. This 7 days hiking in Bhutan trek Route passes through some of the beautiful high passes and the Yak Herders’ camp. The Trekkers can see some of the most spectacular sceneries of the Higher Himalayas including Jichu Drake (6662 meters). You will also have the opportunity to see Blue sheep and other wild life in these areas. Trek distance is 96 Km and the highest point is 4930 meters.

Sketch Itinerary for 7 Days Hiking in Bhutan:

Day 01. Arrive Paro and sightseeing (2280m):

Rinpung-Dzong

Rinpung Dzong

Your guide will receive you at the airport and then drive to the hotel.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Ta Dzong built in 1656, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum.
  • Paro Rimpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, explore Paro town.

Dinner and over night in Hotel.

Day 02. Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest):

In the morning, hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest).

Tiger’s-Nest-(Taktsang)-Monastery

Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

After Lunch, visit to:

  • Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo.

In the evening, drive to Shana (22 km. 2 hour drive).

Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 03. Shana – Thangthangka (Start of Trek):

The route follows the river through a forest area. We cross a junction on the way, where another path leads north to Tremo La Pass and then to Tibet. Camp is in a meadow with a stone shelter.

Distance 22 Km, Time 7 – 8 hours, Altitude: 3610 m, 770 m ascent, 10 m descent.

Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 04. Thangthangka – Jangothang:

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Jhomolhari base camp.

Walk past a small army post, the trail passes Tegethang, the Yak herders’ camp. You can see Yaks as we arrive at the Jhomolhari base camp (4,115 m). There is a ruined fortress nearby that used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invasions.

Distance 19 Km; Time 5 – 6 hours, 480 m ascent, Altitude 4080 m.

Dinner and over night in Camp.

Day 05. Halt at Jangothang:

Acclimatization at Jangothang. Enjoy the beautiful views all around.

You have 3 options on today:

  1. Walk up the mountain between Jumolhari and Jichu Drake, the summit (5200 m) with a great view of both the mountains. This is 8 hours (Back and forth).
  2. Hike to Jichu Drake Glacier which is around 3 hours (Back and Forth).
  3. Hike to Jumolhari Glacier which is around 4 ½ hours (Back and forth).

Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 06.  Jangothang – Dhumzo (Soi Yaktsa) at 3800 m via Bonte La pass 4900 m.

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Yelela Pass.

Today we walk 16 km and it will take approximately 8 hours to reach the Dhumzo Camp site. On the way, enjoy the view of Jhomolhari, Jitchu Drake and the valley to Jhomolhari camp site. You may also come across Blue sheeps.

Distance – 16 Km, Duration 7 – 8 hours walk, Level of Difficulty: Moderately hard. Highest Point: 4900 m,

Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 07. Dhumzo (Soi Yaktsa) – Thombushong (4100 m) via Tagalun Pass at 4550 m.

Walk uphill through rhododendron, Oak and birch forest and passing through Yak Herders’ camp.

In May and June, you can see Takins as this place is the migratory route of the Takins.

Distance 14 Km, Duration 5-6 hours, Difficulty level: Moderate. Highest Point: 4550 m,

Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 08. Thombushong to Zankepang at 2600 m via Thombula pass (4300 m):

We climb to Thombula and then you walk on the ridge from where you can see the several mountain peaks like Jo Drake (5980 m). Then the path descends steeply to the army camp and we reach the campsite.

Thombu-La-Pass

Thombu La Pass.

Distance 18 Km, Duration 7-8 hours, Difficulty level: Moderate. Highest Point 4300 m.

Dinner and over night in camp.

Day 09. Zankepang to Drugyel Dzong (End of Trek) – Thimphu:

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The Queen Pony leading the pack on the trek

This is the place where you see off your Trekking staffs and your horse men. Then walk to the road end for 2 hours only. (End of Trek) and drive to Thimphu (74 km).

After lunch, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Walking Distance: 7 km, 3 hours.

Dinner and over night in Hotel.

Day 10. Thimphu sightseeing:

In the morning, visit to:

  • National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of the Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.
  • National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts.
  • Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas.
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Tallest statue of Sitting Buddha.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Tallest Statue of Buddha in the world (51.5 m).
  • Witness Archery Match at Changlimithang.

In the evening, visit to:

Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 11. Thimphu – Punakha – Thimphu (76 Km, 3 hrs drive):

In the morning, drive to Punakha via Dochu La pass (3100 m).

  • We stop for a while at Dochu La pass to view Higher Himalayas.
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Dochu La pass (3100 m).

Drive further to Punakha. On the way, visit to:

  • Chimi Lhakhang, which was built in 1499 by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as “The Divine Madman”. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”.

In the afternoon, visit to Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, drive back to Thimphu.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 12. Thimphu – Paro (Departure):

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.