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What’s included

  • A Mountain Kingdoms appointed Western leader
  • All flights between Kathmandu and Paro and hotel/airport transfers
  • Bhutan visa, departure tax and Bhutan tourist tax
  • In Bhutan, good standard hotel accommodation in main towns and best available hotels in outlying towns, on a twin share, full board basis
  • The use of a good quality down jacket and sleeping bag (when travelling to Bhutan via Kathmandu).
  • All camping facilities (twin share tents)
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • 25 breakfasts, 22 lunches and 22 dinners
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds

Gangkar Punsum Approach

Walking & Trekking

Bhutan | Walking & Trekking

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Gangkar Punsum Approach
Strenuous

Suitable for fit individuals who have regular experience of mountain walking.

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Grade: Strenuous ? Strenuous
Duration:  27 days from the UK  
On trek: 15 days
Walks on: 2 days

Flight inclusive from £6,915,
Land only from £6,065

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Epic trekking through the remote mountains of Bhutan.

Highlights

  • Explore the incredible wild country south of Gangkar Punsum
  • Trek through the rarely visited Chamkhar Chhu valley
  • Walk up to the breathtaking clifftop temple of Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger's Nest Monastery

Reviews          

…So may I say now that we were very well supported by Karma Tenzin, Lotay and their team (Dorji, Phub Tshering and Dophu) and, indeed, the horsemen from Dur. Cooperation throughout the trek was exemplary and created a very happy spirit for all concerned. The meals were terrific and Lotay’s skill is remarkable, ensuring that supplies were used steadily throughout the trek and most...
Mr. S, Surrey

What I liked about travelling with Mountain Kingdoms was that their client wellbeing is paramount, their long standing relationship with BTCL ensured a totally trouble free trip and the quality of hotels outside the trek. Thank you all for making the Gangkar Punsum trip such a memorably fantastic one. May our next adventures be so fortunate.
Mr. F, Gloucestershire

I just wanted to say a big thank you for our Bhutan adventure. Truly a trip of a lifetime for all of us. I have really enjoyed looking at the photos and recounting all the tails to friends and family...All have been stunned by the scenery and the beauty of Bhutan.
Mrs. M, Kincardineshire

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The highest mountain in Bhutan also happens to be the highest unclimbed peak in the world. Gangkar Punsum, 7,550m/24,770ft, sits astride Bhutan’s northern border with Tibet and due to its remoteness has received very few visitors. In 1986 our M.D. Steve Berry, was lucky enough to secure a permission to attempt the mountain by its south west ridge. There is a film of Steve’s expedition on the photo page for this holiday.

This trek is an exploration of the southern side of the mountain, trekking to its base by the way of the Chamkhar Chhu valley. Our journey begins by driving across Bhutan and descending into the Bumthang Valley, one of the most sacred in the kingdom, before journeying beyond Toktu Zampa where we start our extraordinary trek. Be one of the very first to set foot in this magical region!

Book 1st October 2017 departure now and save £50 off the published price.


At a glance

Grade: Strenuous
Strenuous

Duration:  27 days from the UK  
On trek: 15 days
Walks on: 2 days

Max. Altitude: 5,421m/17,785ft approx on Day 14

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Camping

Meal arrangements: Bed and breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals in Bhutan. 25 Breakfasts, 22 Lunches and 22 Dinners included.

Leader: Paul Burditt
Paul Burditt

Paul has led or undertaken many strenuous treks in Nepal this includes the Dhualagiri Circuit (twice), Manaslu Circuit, Kanchenjunga North & South Base Camps, Rowaling and over the Tesi Lapcha into the Khumbu. In December 2015 he took his wife and young daughters on a camping trek along the Milke Dande ridge in Eastern Nepal – he wanted to share his passion for mountains and the people of the Himalaya with his family; as well as to bring business to the country after the devastating earthquake in the spring.

In 2013 Paul led the Complete Lunana Snowman trek in Bhutan; in what is believed to be the only successful traverse that autumn given the vagaries of the weather that year. This was a long held ambition given his interest in Buddhist culture which had been sparked over 30 years previously when trekking and staying in monasteries in Ladakh after leaving school. He is keen to get back to Bhutan to see Gangkar Punsum which remained hidden behind cloud thanks to Cyclone Phailin last time.

Paul also has significant experience trekking in the Andes including Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. Indeed Paul spent 5 months in Bolivia researching trekking routes - some of which are now run by Mountain Kingdoms. In addition he has travelled to the Karakorum twice, including assisting in the leadership of our Last Blank on the Map itinerary – a remote trip to the fabled Snow Lake.


DayActivity
1-2
Fly to Kathmandu.
3-4
Fly to Paro. Drive to Thimphu, and then over the Dochu La, with panoramic views from the pass (weather permitting!) and down to Tongsa.
5-6
Cross the Yotang La and descend into the Bumthang valley, one of the most sacred in the kingdom.
7
Drive to beyond the village of Toktu Zampa and start trekking. Camp beyond Khakthang army camp.
8-9
Trek to Tsawuu via Gophu. Look out for Himalayan blood pheasants along this stretch.
10-12
Trek to Bamurpa where there is a day to rest weary legs and relax, and then a day spent exploring to Buurtsam.
13
Trek to Zhigeyphu valley.
14
Explore towards the pass leading to the Mangde Chuu valley.
15
Trek back to Bamurpa.
16-18
Trek to Tsampa, Solang Chhu and Lambrong.
19
Trek to beyond Tsochenchen, below the Djule La.
20
Trek to Lungsum.
21-23
Trek to Dur, drive to Jakar. Fly to Paro.Visit the famous Tiger’s Nest - Taktsang Monastery
24
Sightseeing in Paro.
25-27
Fly to Kathmandu, with a day there at leisure to relax, do some sightseeing or last minute shopping before flying home.

2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Sun 1 Oct - Fri 27 Oct 2017Available & £50 off£6065 Book£6915 Book

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Optional supplements
  • Single Tent
    From £270
  • Single Room
    From £440
Insurance
  • Cover starts from £224
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Flight inclusive holidays

The 'flight inclusive' holiday prices shown on this website are based upon our preferred airlines and the best priced economy class fares we are able to secure at the time of publication.

We will be able to advise on fares with alternative airlines, upgrades to Business Class, and the options for flights from regional UK airports, please contact us for more details.

What’s included

  • A Mountain Kingdoms appointed Western leader
  • All flights between Kathmandu and Paro and hotel/airport transfers
  • Bhutan visa, departure tax and Bhutan tourist tax
  • In Bhutan, good standard hotel accommodation in main towns and best available hotels in outlying towns, on a twin share, full board basis
  • The use of a good quality down jacket and sleeping bag (when travelling to Bhutan via Kathmandu).
  • All camping facilities (twin share tents)
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • 25 breakfasts, 22 lunches and 22 dinners
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Optional trips
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Tips


Review your holiday

Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Splendid trip          

...So may I say now that we were very well supported by Karma Tenzin, Lotay and their team (Dorji, Phub Tshering and Dophu) and, indeed, the horsemen from Dur. Cooperation throughout the trek was exemplary and created a very happy spirit for all concerned. The meals were terrific and Lotay's skill is remarkable, ensuring that supplies were used steadily throughout the trek and most supplies lasted to the final day... The whole experience seems to be 'thought through'; timings, logistics, acclimatisation, supplies, staffing all fit; most comforting. Best wishes and thanks for a splendid trip.

Trouble-free          

What I liked about travelling with Mountain Kingdoms was that their client wellbeing is paramount, their long standing relationship with their local agents ensured a totally trouble free trip and the quality of hotels outside the trek. Thank you all for making the Gangkar Punsum trip such a memorably fantastic one. May our next adventures be so fortunate.

Trip of a lifetime          

I just wanted to say a big thank you for our Bhutan adventure. Truly a trip of a lifetime for all of us. I have really enjoyed looking at the photos and recounting all the tails to friends and family...All have been stunned by the scenery and the beauty of Bhutan.


Extend your holiday

Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel, Nepal
  • Luxuriously furnished accommodation
  • Enjoy stunning mountain views of the Himalaya
  • Relax and rejuvenate in the top of the range spa
  • Take a dip in the refreshing infinity pool
  • Restaurants serve locally sourced organic food

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Dwarika’s Resort is a charming hotel located just an hour’s drive from Kathmandu city and set on a ridge above the town of Dhulikhel. At an altitude of 1,700m/5,600ft and enjoying panoramic views of the mountains, Dwarika’s Resort is the perfect way to relax and feel revitalised and rejuvenated. The resort promises ‘a Himalayan approach to well-being in rustic luxury.’

Built in Dwarika’s own inimitable style the resort offers a relaxing atmosphere of complete harmony in the tradition of ancient Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. The rooms are spacious and luxurious and are set in lovely gardens with inspiring mountain views. Facilities include an infinity pool overlooking beautiful countryside, top of the range spa facilities, a fitness centre, a Chakra sound therapy centre and a Himalayan salt room and meditation room all inspired by a blend of Vedic Philosophy and Buddhist Medicine.

The resort offers an impressive range of ayurvedic treatments as well as yoga and meditation and classes. Its wonderful restaurants offer delicious food, sourced locally and from Dwarika’s own organic farm, with delicious menus carefully created to complement Dwarika’s philosophy and treatments. Other activities include lovely walks to visit their farm or to explore the surrounding area and visit traditional villages such as the legendary Namobuddha Monastery or the Newari village of Panauti, to experience the simple joys of Nepalese rural life.


Bhutan Hotel Upgrades
  • Upgrade your accommodation for your trip in Bhutan.
  • Choose from lovely boutique and spa hotels in various destinations.

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For our brochure trips to Bhutan we offer good standard tourist hotels and lodges. However, nowadays Bhutan also offers some lovely boutique and spa hotels which we are pleased to offer as upgrades on your trip.


Horse Riding day excursion, Bhutan
  • Enjoy great mountain views and rides through beaufitul meadows
  • Suitable for all grade of rider from beginners or less advanced riders to more experienced riders
  • Ideal excursion from Bumthang

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If you are visiting the Bumthang region during your visit to Bhutan we are now happy to offer a day excursion to go horse riding up in the Tang Valley.  The Tang Valley, located east of Jakar, is the most remote of the valleys of the Bumthang region and is a region of dense forest with small villages and farms with several interesting temples found there. The fine Ugyencholing Palace, formerly a royal palace and now an interesting museum is also located in Tang and houses many fine exhibits providing an interesting insight into the former life of a Bhutanese noble family.

These excursions are organised from the Tang Community Farm. The horses are a small but sturdy local breed called Yueta, normally standing less than 15 hh. As the horses are quite small there is a weight limit of 100kgs for this excursion.  Horses are ridden in English saddles with snaffle bridles and hard hats are available on loan. While there may be occasional opportunities to trot or possibly even to canter, due to the nature of the trails and the terrain rides are normally taken at quite a quite slow pace.
We offer three options for riding in Tang, two of which are suitable for all grade of rider from beginners or less advanced riders to more experienced riders, while a longer ride is suitable for more experienced riders.


Tibet Extension
  • Visit some of Tibet's most important historical and cultural sites and monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Offers a scenery completely different to that of Bhutan and Nepal.
  • Suitable to add to any holiday flying in/out of Kathmandu.

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​A visit to Tibet offers an exciting extension to a visit to Nepal or Bhutan. Regular flights to Lhasa from Kathmandu make it possible to visit most of the major sights in and around Lhasa on an 8 day itinerary and a visit to Tibet will provide an exhilarating contrast to your trek or tour in Nepal or Bhutan. Tibet’s high plateau offers totally different and starker scenery to that of the other Himalayan countries. Here you will see some of the most important historical and cultural sites and monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism – the Potala Palace and Samye, Ganden and Drepung Monasteries.

If taking this extension you will need to spend an extra day beforehand in Kathmandu while our agents there process your Tibet visa. They will need your passport for the day for this purpose. You need to let us know in good time if you wish to take this extension as we need to put this process in hand and send your details to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu well before your departure date.


Everest Flight - extension
  • Fly within five nautical miles of Everest
  • As well as Everest, see views of other 8,000m giants; Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu and Lhotse
  • Flights operate in the early morning, when weather conditions are at their best.

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While in Kathmandu, why not experience the spectacular sight of Mount Everest? Instead of trekking into the region to gain a good view of this must-see landmark you could see it in under an hour! We fly with either Buddha Air or Mountain Air who both operate modern Raytheon Beechcraft 1900 aircraft. These hold between 16 and 18 people and as the seating is only two abreast everyone is guaranteed a window seat.


Chitwan National Park - extension

Chitwan National Park - extension
  • Activities include; bird watching, elephant washing, canoe ride, elephant experience, landrover safari and jungle walks
  • Choice of accommodation from budget to luxury
  • Suitable to add to any holiday flying in/out of Kathmandu

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Why not extend your adventure in Nepal by visiting Nepal’s jungle region for a complete contrast to the high mountains and the Kathmandu Valley. Chitwan is home to a rich and varied wildlife. Here are found wild elephant, rhinos, leopard, sambar, chital (spotted) deer, wild boar and
arguably the most magnificent of cats, the Royal Bengal Tiger. You may even see sloth bear, gaur (wild cattle) and crocodiles. Chitwan is also wonderful for birdlife especially in the spring, when the jungle rings day and night to the calls of several kinds of Asian cuckoo.


Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (Nepal)

Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (Nepal)
  • 3-day and 6-day extension options available
  • Add to the beginning or end of your holiday in the Himalaya
  • Sights include the Red Fort, Taj Mahal, City Palace and Amber Fort

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After your adventurous trek to the Himalaya why not add an exciting trip to Agra to see the sights of the one time capital of the great Mughal empire? Or, if you have more time available, perhaps a longer trip visiting both Agra and another gem of the ‘Golden Triangle’, Jaipur. For those travelling to or from Kathmandu for their holiday it is very straightforward to stop off in Delhi en-route to make a side-trip in India. Whichever option you take, once in Agra you will be looked after by one of our fully trained, English-speaking guides who will show you around the Red Fort, the Taj Mahal and the ancient city and mosque of Fatehpur Sikri. For those travelling on to Jaipur, you will take guided visits to the Amber Fort, Palace of the Winds and City Palace, and have time to explore the colourful bazaars of the ‘Pink City’.


Bardia National Park - extension

Bardia National Park - extension
  • Jungle activities including an elephant experience, bird watching, rafting and nature walks
  • See wild elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, deer, wild boar and if you are lucky, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger
  • Stay at the delightful Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge situated on the edge of the park

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After your adventurous time in the Himalaya why not add a relaxing Jungle Safari to your trip?
The Royal Bardia National Park is situated in the west of Nepal. We use Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge, which is acknowledged to be the best lodge in the area. Bardia’s remote geographic location and the fact that the lodge has only 12 rooms, lends a degree of exclusivity to the experience, in comparison to other more popular parks. From the lodge you will be able to participate in safaris and have the chance of seeing some of the country’s wonderful wildlife, for instance, wild elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, deer, wild boar and if you are lucky, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger. There is also the possibility of visiting the villages of the Tharu tribal people that surround the lodge. With its abundant wildlife, relaxing lodge and first class service, our Bardia extension is an experience you will savour!


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