Nabji Korphu Community Based Trek (12 Nights/ 13 Days)

Outline of the Tour

Day 01: Paro (arrival)

Day 02: Thimphu (sightseeing)

Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha

Day 04: Punakha to Trongsa

Day 05: Tongtongphey (Trongsa) to Jangbi village (trek starts)

Day 06: Jangbi village to Kudra village

Day 07: Kudra village to Nabji village

Day 08: Nabji village to Korphu village

Day 09: Korphu village to Nimshong Village

Day 09: Nimshong village to Trongsa (trek ends)

Day 10: Trongsa to Phobjikha

Day 11: Phobjikha to Paro

Day 12: Paro (sightseeing)

Day 13: Paro (departure)

Detailed Itinerary

Duration: 6 days

Max. Elevation: 1,500m

Seasons: Oct. to April

Start: Tongtongphey (Trongsa)

Finish: Reotala (Trongsa)

 

Detailed Itineraries of 6 days Nabji Korphu Community Based Trek:

1st Day: Tongtongphey  (Trongsa) to Jangbi village  (distance 9km, time 3 to 4 hours,            altitude ranges between 1,000m – 1,350m)

After an early breakfast at your hotel, you could afford some time to strut around the Trongsa town, combining it with a visit to the Dzong and also the Ta Dzong. The latter is going to be upgraded into a museum, which will definitely captivate a visitor with its myriad collections. A 2 hours drive from the town along the Zhemgang highway brings you to the start of the Trek, Tongtongphey. You could also augment your itinerary along the way, with a visit to Kuenga Rabten palace, an important heritage in Bhutanese history. After furnishing yourself with ample information about the trek from the information booth, the village guide steers you down to the Mangdi river where you cross a suspension bridge. Unless you have a strong proclivity for ants and other ground creatures, it is almost impossible to miss out on Golden Langurs that are bountiful on this stretch. The first day brings you in contact with the Monpas who are believed to be the first inhabitants of Bhutan. A glimpse on their lifestyle further validates their ethnicity, coupled by mythical legends about their origins. The campsite in Jangbi stands on the valley sill, which offers a resplendent view of the Mangdi valley. If you still have some energy for locomotion, you could audience yourself to a local cultural program, or better, partake in it.

Overnight Tented Campsite.

2nd Day:  Jangbi village to Kudra village (distance 14km, time 6 hours, altitude ranges          between 1,350m – 1,500m)

The morning allows you to further interact with the Monpas. Before you proceed, you could also pay a visit to the orchid garden that fences about 75 different kinds of orchids till your thirst for botanical photography gets satiated. The hike to Kudra provides a nuance of jovial atmosphere because this part of the trail meanders along stone imprints of Guru Rinpoche’s footprints, dagger and phallus, festooned by stories that espouse Guru’s praxis. Lunch is served just before you arrive at Phrumzur, one of the villages of the Monpa communities, off the trail. You could also visit the village Lhakhang in Phrumzur and then proceed to the campsite in Kudra. En route, you traverse another small Monpa village called Lekpogang, after which, the campsite in Kudra is just an hour’s walk. The campsite offers a bird’s-eye-view of Nyimshong village and also the Zhemgang town.

Overnight Tented Campsite.

3rd Day: Kudra village to Nabji village  (distance 14km time 6 to 7 hours, altitude ranges      between 1,500m – 1,300m)

You wake up with the distant call of the Rufous-necked hornbill. This part of the trek is a collage of streams, waterfalls and thick forests that will give you an invigorating feeling of being out in the wild. The Great Himalayan Squirrel, Rhesus Mecaques, and small snakes are often spotted along the trail. Unseen but present, are Himalayan black bear, Red pandas, tigers, Clouded leopards et cetera. Upon arrival at the holy tree in Nabji, the people will give you a heartwarming reception. Nabji is a beautiful village where paddy fields seem to circumambulate the clustered houses. You could also hike to the community school and indulge yourself in game of football or volleyball, where children rejoice the presence of outsider athletes.

Overnight Tented Campsite.

4th Day: Nabji village to Korphu village (distance 10km time 4 hours, altitude ranges            between 1300m – 1500m)

En route to Korphu, the Nabji temple is located in the middle of the paddy fields. Inside, there remains a stone pillar on which Guru Rinpoche, while traveling through Bhutan in the 8th century, brought consensus between the warring kings: King Sindha Gyelp of Bumthang, and King Noeche, by imprinting their thumbs on each side of the stone. A unique festival is celebrated sometime in early January at the temple grounds. Korphu is situated on a mountaintop at an altitude of 1,500m. The most striking thing about Korphu is that the people exemplify hospitality almost treating you like ‘A King on accession to throne’. You have the option of being welcomed with a traditional ‘Chipdrel’ procession and a ‘Marchang’ ceremony, singing traditional songs of praise and wellbeing for new visitors. They also perform the traditional ‘Tashi Labey’ dance to bid you farewell. If you are interested, the villagers can explain and demonstrate and even allow you to participate in the quintessential Bhutanese games of ‘Khuru’, ‘Dego’, ‘Sok-sum’, and ‘Gee-dum’, all on the brink of disappearance. You could also pay a visit to the village temple that houses the sacred relics of Pema Lingpa, the famous ‘Treasure revealer’ of Bhutan. A local lunch could be provided in the village campsite, which also provides a spectacular bird’s-eye view of Nabji and other surrounding areas.

Overnight Tented Campsite.

5th Day: Korphu village to Nimshong village (distance 12km, time 6 hours, altitude ranges   between 1,500m – 1,300m)

The hike from Korphu to Nyimshong is the pleasant and arguably the best birding spot, which can boast a bird list of more than 395 species. The elusive Rufous Necked Hornbill has its nesting holes adjacent to the trail. The walk is mixed with waterfalls and, streams and cantilever bridges. The evening brings you to Nyimshong, a village with its reticent architecture and lifestyle. The campsite is equipped with an amphitheater. The women of Nyimshong have a penchant for singing and dancing and a cultural show would be ideal to express certain euphoria to end your trek. Of course this is optional.

Overnight Tented Campsite.

6th Day: Nimshong village to Trongsa town (distance 6 km, time 2 hours, altitude ranges      between 1,300m – 1,000m)

If you are lucky, the Golden Langurs will lead you to the exit. You descend down to the Mangdi  river again to see some Herons and River-lapwings. An hour’s steep ascend to the road and your driver will drive you back to Trongsa.

NOTE: FOLLOWING ITINERARIES WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN 6 DAYS NABJI   KORPHU COMMUNITY BASED TREK. IN TOTAL YOU HAVE TO HOLD 12        NIGHTS FOR THIS TREK.

Day 01: Paro (arrival) then drive to Thimphu

On the way visit Tachogang Lhakhang founded by the Tibetan saint, Thangtong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464) probably around the year 1420. In this place you can also see one of his famous iron bridge (later carried away by floods in 1969.  After a mile you will reach to a junction where the roads from Haa, Paro, Thimphu and Phuentsholing meet. Here you can see three different Stupas (Nepalese, Tibetan & Bhutanese).

Overnight in Thimphu Hotel.

Day 02: Thimphu (sightseeing)

(Trashichho Dzong, Semtokha Dzong, Memorial Chorten, Largest Buddha Statue, National Library, Changangkha Lhakhang, Painting School, Textile Meusum, Folk Heritage, Tango & Chari Lhakhang, Vegetable Market, Botanical Garden, etc.).

Overnight in Thimphu Hotel.

Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha

You will come across the Dochula Pass. Here you can see 108 Stupas built by Queen Mother to honor the Bhutanese soldiers who were killed when fighting the Indian rebels in 2003 and also visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang. On the way visit Chhime Lhakhang and later visit Punakha Dzong (the Palace of Great Bliss) built in 1637 by the Zhabdrung.

Overnight in Punakha Hotel.

Day 04: Punakha to Trongsa

Later visit Ta-Dzong (watch tower) now as a National Museum and also visit the Trongsa Dzong.

Overnight in Trongsa Hotel.

Day 05: Tongtongphey (Trongsa) to Jangbi village (trek starts)

Campsite in Jangbi.

Day 06: Jangbi village to Kudra village

Campsite in Kudra.

Day 07: Kudra village to Nabji village

Campsite in Nabji.

Day 08: Nabji village to Korphu village

Campsite in Korphu.

Day 09: Korphu village to Nimshong Village

Campsite in Nimshong.

Day 09: Nimshong village to Trongsa (trek ends)

Overnight in Trongsa Hotel.

Day 10: Trongsa to Phobjikha

On the way back visit Ta – Dzong (watch tower) and Trongsa Dzong). After reaching Phobjikha Valley visit Gangtey Monastery and later visit Black – necked crane centre where it is the winter home for this bird.

Overnight in Phobjikha Hotel.

 

Day 11: Phobjikha to Paro

After reaching the Paro Valley visit  Ta – Dzong, Paro Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Dungtse Lhakhang.

Overnight in Paro Hotel.

Day 12: Paro (sightseeing)

Today will be your last day to stay in Bhutan and also the foremost sightseeing in Bhutan. Hike to the Tiger Nest, where you could find amazing the Monaster built in the hill of the rock. This Monastery is the 10th holiest place in the world.

Supper with the President/Representative of SNG Tours & Treks and bidding farewell to the Guest(s).  Hold night at the hotel in Paro. (Altitude 2,280m).

Day 13: Paro (departure)

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