Gangtey/Gogona Trek (9 Nights/10 Days)

Gangtey Gogona Trek pickThis trek is to the beautiful Phobjikha valley (3,000m), one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan, which lies in the mountains east of Wangduephodrang. After crossing over the pass you soon came to the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few kilometers down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quiet, remote valley is the chosen winter home of the rare black necked cranes, who migrate here annually from the Tibetan plateau. This moderate trek visits the villages of Gogona and khotokha, passing through meadows and fields, the forests of juniper, magnolia and rhododendrons in full bloom in April. It is a short trek at relatively low elevations, which visits several remote villages. The best time for this trek is between May-September to November

Detailed itinerary

Day 01 Arrival Paro by Druk Air
On landing at Paro you will be met by our Guide from Bhutan Dendrobium Tour and Trek(BDTT). After Customs and Immigrations formalities, you will be escorted to the hotel.

Day 02 Sightseeing at Paro and drive to Thimpu
Drive the winding road northwest up the Pa-Chu to DrukgyelDzong, the ruined Fortress which once defended this valley from Tibetan invasion. This Dzong was built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel, the spiritual leader of Bhutan.On a clear day one can view Mt. Jumolhari the sacred Mountain. On the way back we stop at Takshang view point for a look at the fabolusTakshang Temple. We also visit one of the Typical Bhutanese farm house. After lunch at the hotel, we drive to Ta-Dzong which was once the watch tower for Paro valley, now it houses the National Museum and then walk down hill pass the ParoDzong and crossing the typical traditional roofed bridge to Paro town. In the evening we drive to Thimpu.

Day 03 Thimphu – GangteyGompa
The first half of the day is spent is a leisurely drive over the Dochula pass at 10,000 ft. going to Wangdue. Enroute you will see some of the highest peaks in Bhutan including GangkharPuensum(7541m), the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. The descent through the temperate forest colored with Rhododendrons and Magnolias takes you to the semi-tropical zone of orange, bananas and cactus and to the valley of Wangdue. We visit the town of Wangdue.After lunch drive to GangteyGompa and you will be lodged up in a farm house converted into a small guest house or camp if rooms are not available.

Day 04 GangteyGompa – Gogona 
Trek Day 1 : Distance 15 km and walking time 6-7 hours.
The trek starts at Tabiting (2830m) and takes you through meadows and fields then ascends the Tselela pass at 3440m through mixed forest of Juniper, bamboos, Rhododendrons and Magnolias.On this trek you will meet people who speak different dialect called Bjop-kha (language spoken by nomads in Bhutan). Because of their isolation they continue using their own dialect and a life of their own. Gogona is a small village with an outstanding monastery under the care of GangteyGompa.

Day 05 Gogona – Khotokha
Trek Day 2: Distance 16 km and about 6-7 hours walking time.
Starting at Gogona, a gradual climb today takes you to Shobjula pass at 3410m. On descending you will reach a wide valley with clear view of the mountains around you.

Day 06 Khotokha – TikkeZampa/Punakha
Trek Day 3 End of Trek : Distance 12 km and walking time 5 hours.
A short climb takes you to the Tashila pass at 2800m. As you walk down you will notice the changes in the vegetation and finally reach the motorable road at TikkeZampa where you will be received by our tour bus. From here it is a 30minute drive to Punakha

Day 07 Punakha – Thimphu
Morning at leisure or take a hike to ChhimiLhakhang (temple of the divine madman) It will be a 2 hour roundtrip hike. After lunch drive to Thimphu (3 hours)

Day 08 Thimphu Sightseeing
After breakfast visit the National Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the late King. Also visit the Handicraft Emporium/Chokey handicraft and the National Painting School. After lunch visit the traditional gold smiths and a stroll in Thimphu market. If the day falls on a Saturday or Sunday then a visit to the weekend market and archery ground is a must.

Day 09 Thimphu – Paro
Drive to Paro and sightseeing.

Day 10 Departure from Paro any flight

Breakfast in hotel and then drive to airport for the flight to the next destination. See off by the guide and the driver from the Bhutan Dendrobium Tour and Trek.