Rodungla Trek (19 Nights/ 20 Days)

Outline of the Tour

Day 01: Paro (arrival)

Day 02: Thimphu (sightseeing)

Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha

Day 04: Punakha to Bumthang

Day 05: Toktu Zampa (Bumthang) to Ngang Lhakhang (trek starts)

Day 06: Ngang Lhakhang to Ugyenchholing

Day 07: Ugyenchholing to Phokpey

Day 08: Phokpey to Pemi

Day 09: Pemi to Khaine Lhakhang

Day 10: Khaine Lhakhang to Tangmachu

Day 11: Tangmachu to Menji

Day 12: Menji to Pemi

Day 13: Pemi to Taupang

Day 14: Taupang to Trashiyangtse (trek ends)

Day 15: Trashiyangtse to Bumthang

Day 16: Bumthang to Phobjikha

Day 17: Phobjikha to Punakha

Day 18: Punakha to Paro

Day 19: Paro (sightseeing)

Day 20: Paro (departure)

Detailed Itinerary

Duration: 10 days

Max. Elevation: 4,160m

Seasons: April to May & Oct. to Nov.

Start: Toktu Zampa (Bumthang)

Finish: Trashi Yangtse

 

Detailed Itineraries of 10 days Rodungla Trek:

This trek across the top of eastern Bhutan is on the important trade route that was used, prior to the construction of the National Highway. The trek provides the opportunity to visit remote dzongs (fortresses/monasteries). The best season for this trek is October and March, April.

1st Day: Toktu Zampa (Bumthang) to Ngang Lhakhang (distance 12 km, time 4:30 hours).

The trek route follows the Chamkhar Chhu River, coming across villages, temples, meadows and forests of blue pine. Camp at Nga Lhakhang (Swan Temple) at an altitude of 2,900m.

Overnight Tented Campsite

2nd Day: Nga Lhakhang to Ugyenchholing ( distance 17 km, time 7 to 8 hours).

The trek starts across meadows, dwarf bamboo and crosses enroute several small streams. It further ascends gradually to Phephe la pass (3,360m) marked by tall birch and fir trees. The trail then leads down a stream at 3,200m and valleys filled with dwarf bamboo, prayer walls and stupas. The walk is delightful, breaking out of the forest into broad meadows, pastures of grazing cows and ploughed fields. Camp by the side of the river at an altitude of 2,850m.

Overnight Tented Campsite

3rd Day: Ugyenchholing to Phokpey (distance  17 km, time 6 hours).

Today enroute passes through dwarf bamboo forests, meadows and trail dotted with blue alpine flowers. Camp in a meadow at an altitude of 3,650m.

Overnight Tented Campsite

 

4th Day: Phokpey to Pemi (distance 20 km, time 7 hours).

After about two hours trek from Phokpey is Rodungla pass (4,160m) marked by a chorten with a long, steep descent of nearly 2500m to the valley floor. There are small meadows enroute along with the forests of pines and conifers. Camp at an altitude of 2,950m.

Overnight Tented Campsite

5th Day: Pemi to Khaine Lhakhang (distance 21 km, time 7 to 8 hours).

The route leads through dwarf bamboo with the vegetation changing to ferns and rhododendrons along the route. The trail descends further steeply near a meadow known as Sang Sangbe (2,300m) and then drops off the side of the ridge over a stream at 1700m passing through Ungaar and Zhobi villages enroute. Traversing in and out of several side valleys and villages, the route leads to Khaine Lhakhang, a temple situated at 2,010m.

Overnight Tented Campsite

6th Day: Khaine Lhakhang toTangmachu (distance 18 km, time 6 to 7 hours).

After traversing in and out of several side valleys, the route ascends climbing gently through the tree line. The next stretch of the route also leads through side valleys reaching to Zerim la pass (1,940m). Passing further through grassy slopes, fields and villages the route leads to Tage la pass (1,760m). Camp is south-east of this pass at an altitude of about 1,700m. The famous Lhuntse Dzong is about 8 km from this camping site.

Overnight Tented Campsite

7th Day 07: Tangmachu to Menji (distance 16 km, time 5 hours).

Today trail traverses through rice terraces and corn fields leading to Menji village (1,800m). Campsite near Darchu Pang Lhakhang (temple) situated in a garden of marigold, geraniums, dahlias and nasturtiums.

Overnight Tented Campsite

8th Day: Menji to Pemi (distance 20 km, time 7 hours).

The route continues uphill through thick forests full of dense foliage of ferns and creepers, reaching to Pemi village at 2,450m.

Overnight Tented Campsite

9th Day: Pemi to Taupang ( distance 21 km, time 7 to 8 hours).

The trek route crosses Dong la pass (3,900m), offering enchanting mountain views and finally descending steeply through thick evergreen forests. The camp is at Taupang village (2,450m).

Overnight Tented Campsite

10th Day: Taupang to Trashi Yangtse (distance 24 km, time 8 hours).

The path through the forests encounters ferns, red-berried palms and several bird species and gradually descends down to Yangtse, the eastern part of Bhutan.

On completion of trek you will be transferred by road to your overnight accommodation.

NOTE: FOLLOWING ITINERARIES WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN 10 DAYS RODUNG LA TREK. IN TOTAL YOU HAVE TO HOLD 19 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 Museum, Folk Heritage, Tango & Chari Lhakhang, Vegetable Market, Botanical Garden).

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 Bumthang

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

Overnight in Bumthang Hotel.

Day 05: Toktu Zampa (Bumthang) to Ngang Lhakhang (trek starts)

Campsite in Ngang Lhakhang.

Day 06: Ngang Lhakhang to Ugyenchholing

Campsite in Ugyenchholing.

Day 07: Ugyenchholing to Phokpey

Campsite in Phokpey.

Day 08: Phokpey to Pemi

Campsite in Pemi.

Day 09: Pemi to Khaine Lhakhang

Campsite in Khaine Lhakhang.

 

Day 10: Khaine Lhakhang to Tangmachu

Campsite in Tangmachu.

Day 11: Tangmachu to Menji

Campsite in Menji.

Day 12: Menji to Pemi

Campsite in Pemi.

Day 13: Pemi to Taupang

Campsite in Taupang.

Day 14: Taupang to Trashiyangtse (trek ends)

Overnight in Trashiyangtse Hotel.

Day 15: Trashiyangtse to Bumthang

Overnight in Bumthang Hotel.

 

 

Day 16: Bumthang to Phobjikha

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 17: Phobjikha to Punakha

Visit Khamsum Yuelay Namgyal Chorten, Talo Lhakhang & Suspension bridge.

Overnight in Punakha Hotel.

Day 18: Punakha to Paro

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

Overnight in Paro Hotel.

Day 19: 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 Monastery built in the hill of the rock. This Monastery is the 10th holiest place in the world.

You will have 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 20: Paro (departure)

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