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What’s included

  • A Mountain Kingdoms appointed western leader supported by an expert Bhutanese guide
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All flights between Kathmandu and Paro and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard 4* accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • In Bhutan, good standard hotel accommodation in main towns and best available hotels in outlying towns, on a twin share, full board basis
  • Bhutan visa
  • Bhutan departure tax
  • The use of a good quality down jacket and sleeping bag (when travelling to Bhutan via Kathmandu).
  • All camping facilities (twin share) and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • 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

Complete Lunana Snowman Trek

Walking & Trekking

Bhutan | Walking & Trekking

Complete Lunana Snowman Trek
Strenuous

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

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Grade: Strenuous ? Strenuous
Duration:  35 days from the UK  
On trek: 27 days

Flight inclusive from £7,975,
Land only from £7,225

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Epic trekking through the remote mountains of Bhutan with an experienced western leader.

Highlights

  • Cross high passes to enter Lunana, the most remote region of Bhutan
  • Spend time with the people of Laya with their unique dress and cultural traditions
  • Look for rare tigers in the mountains near Laya where the BBC filmed ‘Land of the Lost Tigers’ in 2010
  • Enjoy first-rate camping facilities on trek and relax in a four-star hotel in Kathmandu

Reviews

All organisational aspects were seamless and there seemed to be a real empathetic understanding of the cultures we visited. MK guides know their stuff and are dependable leaders.
Mr & Mrs H, Switzerland

You use the best local trekking company, with reliable staff, to enable us to enjoy one of the remotest and most beautiful treks in the world. The extra rest days included in your itinerary allowed the leader to sit out the snowstorm and later to split a long day to the benefit of us all. All this in marked contrast to other groups trekking at the same time as us.
Mr & Mrs L, Scotland

The thing I appreciated in you offering this trek is that you had the intention to do the complete trek and add quite a lot of extra days for bad weather etc. The other groups doing the trek were a lot more stressed to get things done.
Mr K, Holland

The trek was brilliant, Bhutan absolutely magical. I feel privileged and proud to have got around in one piece as it was the hardest sustained physical thing I have ever done
Ms F, Solihull

This was a wonderful trip - very well organised and expertly run. The route to Bumthang was inspired - giving us a bit of extra challenge, hot springs and something a bit different to boast about.
Mr B, Essex

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Here is something extremely special: where other trekking companies offer only a taste of Lunana, Mountain Kingdoms offers the complete trek – something only a handful of westerners have ever achieved.

From Paro, we trek past Mount Chomolhari, 7,314m/23,996ft, and cross numerous high passes to arrive at the village of Laya. We then trek across the Karakachu La at 5,200m/17,000ft, from where we have excellent views of Gangkar Punsum, 7,550m/24,770ft, the highest peak in Bhutan, and now the world’s highest unclimbed mountain. The pass leads us into Bhutan’s most remote and beautiful district, Lunana. Enclosed on all sides by high mountains, this is a difficult place to reach and, during winter months, unforgettable Lunana is totally isolated from the outside world.

This is a long trek, and a fabulous challenge. We feel that this is one of our most ‘special’ treks. Mountain Kingdoms have operated this trek on six previous occasions and we remain one of only a few British companies to have successfully done so. We have also run dozens of treks in and out of Lunana over the years, using shorter approaches and can claim to have run more Lunana treks than any other company. However, the Complete Lunana Snowman, which incorporates the whole route from Paro past Chomolhari and through Lingshi and Laya, is very rarely done. If you have any questions about this Lunana trek, then please contact Steve Berry (01453 844400).

Save an amazing £355 against the previously published online price of this epic trek.


At a glance

Grade: Strenuous
Strenuous

Duration:  35 days from the UK  
On trek: 27 days

Max. Altitude: 5,243m/17,200ft (The Gophu La Pass) on Day 24

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 6 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Camping

Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu, all meals in hotels and on trek in Bhutan.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-4
Fly to Kathmandu and then to Paro in Bhutan. Sightseeing in the Paro Valley and walk to Taktsang Monastery.
5
Trek to Kyichu, drive to Gunitsawa, short walk to Shana.
6-8
Trek to Soi Thangthanka ando Jangothang. Rest and acclimatisation day.
9-10
Cross the Nyele La Pass, 4,694m/15,400ft to Lingshi and trek to Chebisa.
11-12
Trek to Robulathang across the Gobu La, 4,349m/14,268ft, and Jarela Pass, 4,599m/15,088ft.
13-15
Trek across the Shingela, 4,899m/16,072ft, to Laya. Day to rest and explore the village.
16-17
Trek to Rodhophu, cross the Tsome La, 4,709m/15,450ft, and camp below the Gangla Karchung La.
18-19
Cross the Gangla Karchung La, 5,081m/16,670ft, to reach Tarina then Woche.
20-22
Trek to Lhedi across the Kashe La Pass, 4,435m/14,550ft, and next to Thanza for a rest day.
23-25
Cross the highest pass, the Gophu La, 5,243m/17,200ft and spend a further rest day at Geche Woma.
26-28
Trek across the Saga La Pass, 4,760m/15,617ft, and the Un-Named Pass, 4,560m/14,960ft, to reach Dur Sachu where there are hot springs. Final rest day.
29-31
Cross the Gogden La Pass, 4,301m/14,110ft, and the Djule La Pass, 4,551m/14,930ft via Gorsum. End trek at Bumthang.
32-33
Fly to Paro. Sightseeing and time at leisure.
34-35
Fly to Kathmandu. Afternoon at leisure. Fly to London.

  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Kathmandu

    Fly overnight from London to Kathmandu.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Overnight Flight Meals To Kathmandu
  2. Day 2 - Arrive in Kathmandu.

    You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. You might like to venture out to Thamel for your evening meal, or eat in the hotel restaurant if you are tired from your journey.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu or Similar
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Paro, 2,250m/7,380ft.

    Transfer for the flight to Paro, the country's only airstrip. The flight often gives fantastic views of the Himalaya, including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kangchenjunga. Particularly exciting is the section through the Bhutanese foothills and the thrilling landing. Try to sit on the left-hand side of the plane. On arrival you will be met by your Bhutanese Guide. You should have time to look around Paro township this afternoon.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro or Similar
  4. Day 4 - Sightseeing in the Paro Valley. Visit Taktsang Monastery.

    Today you will walk up to the famous 'Tiger's nest', Taktsang Monastery, perched some 2,000ft/609m up on a cliff overlooking the Paro valley and one of the iconic buildings of Bhutan. It is said to be the spot where the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava flew from Tibet on the back of a tiger to defeat five demons who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan. The walk, which will provide good acclimatization, is quite steep and takes about 2-3 hours to go up - less to descend. You may choose to walk just as far as the tea house for fantastic views or climb to some prayer flags just above where the views are even better. If there is a particular religious gathering or VIP visit in progress, you will not be able to enter the Monastery but in any case it is worth climbing for a further half hour beyond the tea house to another viewpoint directly across from the monastery. If you are allowed to visit the temple itself you have to descend steeply from this viewpoint about 100m/330ft on steps, only to climb again to reach the temple where it clings to the rock face. It was built to be isolated!

    You then descend to your vehicle and return to your hotel. In the afternoon you will have time to relax and prepare for your trek. You will have time for further sightseeing in the Paro Valley on your free day on return from your trek.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro or Similar
  5. Day 5 - Trek to Kyichu, drive to Gunitsawa, short walk to Shana, 2,788m/9,147ft – 5-6 hours walking.

    You leave the hotel and walk up a hill to a village. You continue trekking along forested ridges until you reach Kyichu. Here you will visit the ancient temple of Kyichu Lhakang, one of the oldest in Bhutan, which was one of 108 temples built by Songtsen Gampo an important early Tibetan king, to pin down the Bon demon that was thought to hover over the whole of Tibet. You go down to the road where our vehicle will take you to the setting-off point at Shana for the trek to Chomolhari base camp . You may need to walk the final hour or so down the track as the road is not always in the best of condition.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  6. Day 6 - Trek to Soi Thangthanka, 3,519m/11,545ft - 7-8 hours.

    The route follows the river in heavily-forested country, with isolated farmhouses and plenty of wildlife. The Bhutanese advise you to walk in pairs as there are bears in this area. You pass a junction en-route, where another path leads north over the Tremo La to Tibet. Spencer Chapman crossed the Tremo La in 1937 on his way to climb Chomolhari.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  7. Day 7 - Trek to Jangothang, 4,080m/13,386ft - 5-6 hours.

    It is worth getting up early to photograph the dawn colours on Bhutan's second highest mountain, Chomolhari, which is framed at the end of the valley. After about an hour's walk, you slowly leave the forest line and gradually climb into a beautiful valley, passing Tengethang, a winter home of Yak herdsmen. You should see lots of yaks today before you arrive at a large round hut, which is the base camp for Chomolhari. The 7,314m/23,997ft high mountain overlooks the camp and nearby there are the ruins of an old fortress, which used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invasion.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  8. Day 8 - Rest and acclimatisation day.

    Today you will the have chance to acclimatise and walk up to the Chomolhari glacier ( If the path is in condition) or to visit some lakes in the opposite direction. On the walk to the lakes it is not unusual to see Blue Sheep plus birds of prey, also keep your eyes peeled for Marmot. There is time to relax in the afternoon.

    Here you usually transfer your luggage to yaks.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  9. Day 9 - Trek to Lingshi, 4,149m/13,612ft, crossing the Nyele La Pass, 4,694m/15,400ft - 6-7 hours.

    You will have a good day's walking today with spectacular views of several stunning Himalayan peaks, including Jitchu Drake (6,850m/22,470ft) and Tsering Kang (6,994m/22,946ft). You start climbing straight away and after some 3-4 hours reach the Nyelela Pass at an altitude of 4,694m/15,400ft. You pass yak herders' pastures and will see, if they are still in the area, their camps. Coming down to Lingshi there are the first views of a dzong atop its 600ft/183m high hill. The Dzong is still standing despite being badly damaged by an earthquake which has made it too dangerous to visit.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  10. Day 10 - Trek to Chebisa, 3,849m/12,628ft - 5-6 hours.

    This is a magical day. Leaving Lingshi behind, you contour and climb gently to reach another delightful village, Gang Yul which is set right below a 300m/1,000ft cliff. Another hour's walking brings you to a lovely little valley with a huge waterfall at one end and the Shangri-la village of Chebisa, where you camp by the side of the river. Very leisurely walking today, with plenty of reasons and opportunities to linger.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  11. Day 11 - Trek to Shomuthang, 3,954m/12,972ft, crossing the Gobu La Pass, 4,349m/14,268ft - 6-7 hours.

    A walk up to the chorten en route to the waterfall before breakfast is recommended for lovely early morning views of the valley. You will have quite a stiff climb up to the Gobula at 4,349m/14,268ft, before dropping to a deserted valley and crossing a river to camp alongside it.

    Note: You may, if time and energy allow, can opt to go onto a higher camp site just below the Jarela Pass which makes the next day a lot more do-able.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  12. Day 12 - Trek to Robulathang, 4,409m/14,465ft, crossing the Jarela Pass, 4,599m/15,088ft - 7-8 hours.

    There is now a long haul over the Jarela at 4,599m/15,088ft, where once again you get stunning all-round views and the mountain of Tsering Kang 6,994m/22,946ft. You drop steeply down a forest trail to the Tcharijathang Valley, where herds of Takin are said to roam at certain times of the year and then cross a knee-deep river before climbing up to Robulathang where you camp.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  13. Day 13 - Trek to Limithang, 4,140m/13,583ft, crossing the Shingela La, 4,899m/16,072ft - 6-7 hours.

    This is one of the hardest days of the trek. You climb slowly up to the Shingela, which takes some 5 hours, to be rewarded with stunning views of mountains, including the spectacular Gangchentak 6,794m/22,290ft at the head of the valley. On a clear day, almost all the mountains on the northern border are clearly visible, 10-20 miles distant. Eagles, Griffin Vultures, Blue Sheep and yak abound in this area and on your descent you may once again see nomadic yak-herders. On the way down you will pass a glacial lake that recently burst through the moraine that contained it; the remains of the flood damage are still evident. You camp in a lovely spot by the river bank.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  14. Day 14 - Trek to Laya, 3,700m/12,139ft - 4-5 hours.

    You will have a relatively leisurely walk today alongside the river to reach the largest village on the trek, though the walk does entail quite a bit of ascent and decent and quite a stiff climb. The people of Laya are famous for their vertically striped yak-hair clothing and strange conical bamboo hats. The women wear their hair long and have a great deal of turquoise and jade jewellery. The features of the people are even more Tibetan/Mongolian than the Bhutanese who live in the central valleys. The rest of the day is spent at leisure or visiting the village. Good views of Masagang (7,165m/23,507ft) and other peaks.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  15. Day 15 - Rest day in Laya.

    During your rest day there will be an opportunity to meet local people. Hot stone baths are on offer, something not to be missed.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  16. Day 16 - Trek from Taksaka to Rodhophu, 4,121m/13,520ft - 6-7 hours.

    You descend from the village a long way down into the start of the gorge. Look out for the ancient wooden gateway leaving the village. It is an hour, or two to reach the small army post of Taksaka. After a further half hour down the gorge you turn left, 3,240m/10,630ft, and start to head east towards Lunana. This is the start of your journey to Lunana proper. Turning east you gradually climb through forest to a clearing with the remains of an old hut. There may be nomads camped near here. You proceed in and out of the tree line, all the time climbing gradually into a high altitude valley with an impressive river and rapids. Eventually, you enter a flat-bottomed valley ringed with rocky mountains. This is a long hard day and if the weather is inclement can be quite a challenge.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  17. Day 17 - Trek to below Gangla Karchung La, 4,900m/16,000ft. Cross Tsome La Pass, 4,709m/15,450ft - 5-6 hours.

    2-3 hours walking brings you to a small pass called the Tsome La, 4,709m/15,450ft. You are now in a region that is totally remote and exceedingly beautiful and as the day wears on the views and remoteness become even more acute. After the pass the route crosses an undulating series of ridges and then contours around a large mountainside; you may see a yak herders camp below. On and on, closer and closer to Gangla Karchung, until it rises sheer in front of you. This is one of the few mountains in Bhutan that has been climbed - in this case by a French expedition. The campsite below the face is spectacular.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  18. Day 18 - Cross the Gangla Karchung La, 5,081m/16,670ft, to Tarina, 4,000m/13,120ft - 6-7 hours.

    The climb up to the pass is rewarded by wonderful views of the glacial lakes and Kang Bum (7,100m/23,294ft), hemmed in by moraine dams at the head of the first of the Lunana valleys. These lakes are the source of the Po Chu and are like snakes twisting down the valley. The path then runs down through a wide belt of rhododendron and is extremely steep and slippery. It is a long decent. A choice of various camp sites are available amongst stunted heather.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  19. Day 19 - Trek to camp above Woche, 3,819m/12,530ft - 6-7 hours.

    A pleasant walk down the valley past a clearing named Tarina. The valley is hemmed in by rock walls and rocky peaks on all sides. Every half mile, spectacular waterfalls come thundering into the valley with its pine clad hillsides. The valley itself is a mass of colourful heather, flowers, brushwood, with no sign of human habitation. Finally, there is a steep climb through the forest at the end of the valley and contouring round to the first Lunana village of Woche. There are only thirteen households in Woche. You may possibly visit a house and have yak butter tea and be given an interesting talk by your guide into aspects of the way of life for the people of Lunana. You will certainly be treated with great hospitality.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  20. Day 20 - Trek to Lhedi, 3,700m/12,140ft, across the Kashe La Pass, 4,435m/14,550ft - 6-7 hours.

    From the the camp site near the river there is a steep haul to cross the Kashe La, 4,435m/14,550ft. On the way you pass a sacred lake, a beautiful pea green colour, into which you should not throw stones as this will anger the spirit of the lake. Continuing, there is a huge cairn of stones and prayer flags on the pass before walking down the other side quite steeply, to the little village of Tegar. Watch out for the very pretty chorten just before the village. Again, take pleasure in watching and participating in Bhutanese family life before carrying on towards the day's stop at Lhedi. The path now contours high above another big river, eventually dropping to it. There is a particularly exciting cantilever bridge over a roaring torrent coming down between two cliffs. Lhedi is a string of houses on a terrace high above the river, rock walls behind and terraced fields in front.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  21. Day 21 - Trek to Thanza, 3,969m/13,020ft - 7-8 hours.

    There is an interesting little temple above Lhedi, which is well worth the climb, before starting off towards the upper valleys of Lunana. On a previous trip we were lent the services of a 10 year old boy who guided us for the day and we stayed with his relatives overnight. Firstly, you follow the river for several hours to a junction of valleys, the main river flowing out of a much higher plateau down through numerous rapids. You cross another exciting cantilever bridge, to a large chorten where you stop for lunch. Once into the upper valley it broadens right out flat, with the river forming lakes and broad reaches and shortly afterwards you arrive at the village of Chozo. This is the only village that has a dzong in Lunana, which is well worth a detour to take a peek at. The people of Lunana are very superstitious and have very strong beliefs in the spirits of seven Tibetan brothers who many hundreds of years previously were defeated in a battle in Tibet. Each of these spirits dwells in their own locality in Lunana. The most powerful, Chumna, lives in a wood near the dzong of Chozo.

    Carrying on across the plain, (look out for the large area of rippled sand) you eventually reach another rise into an even higher upper valley. Here there is a big village split either side of the river. To the north are the rock-walls behind which is the 7,300m/24,000ft Table Mountain and to the south are more snowy mountains. Again the village people are friendly, although they see very few westerners. Thanza is the largest village in Lunana.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  22. Day 22 - Rest day in Thanza.

    The rest day today will be well-earned and extremely welcome. You may wish to do a few personal chores before spending time wandering around the village, meeting people and discovering something of the hard way of life of these remote tribes-people.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  23. Day 23 - Trek to before Gophu La, stop at Tshorim, 5,051m/16,570ft - 6-7hours.

    You will climb steadily for an hour to a cairn, undoubtedly sad to be leaving Thanza, but full of excitement about crossing the Gophu La. Looking back down the valley, Chozo and its dzong can be picked out and as it is an early start, smoke will still be drifting off the roofs of all the houses in the villages below. You carry on now, up a valley, more rapids and minor waterfalls, towards a large, pointed rock peak at its head. Slowly, but surely you come opposite the granite mountain, to have lunch in a circular low stone wall shelter. Carrying on, the scenery becomes more magnificent, until you camp near a lake surrounded by snowy peaks. This camp can be very cold at night though.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  24. Day 24 - Cross the Gophu La, 5,243m/17,200ft, to Geche Woma, 4,450m/14,600ft - 8 hours.

    This surely must be one of the most beautiful trek days anywhere in the Himalaya. Try to see the sunrise, as the pink colours on the high snows are really fabulous. It is, in fact, not far to climb to the main pass, skirting around the edges of lakes, which, on a still day, mirror the ice-fluted peaks that you are passing between. As you come to the Gophu La, the highest mountain in Bhutan, Gangkar Punsum, 7,550m/24,770ft, towers above the horizon. It seems to be a piece of earth elevated to a higher, purer plain and is completely dazzling. It is a long and tiring descent to Geshe Woma. This is just a camping place with old fires and semi-stone shelters and wind breaks, in a deep valley below the pass. Coming down into the valley look back and see a 'Rupert Bear' peak framed at the end - perfectly conical and if you are lucky, ringed with cloud.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  25. Day 25 - Rest day.

    A rest day to recover from the previous day and to enjoy the far reaching views; there may be a changeover of yaks here.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  26. Day 26 - Trek to Tseriyango across the Saga La Pass, 4,760m/15,617ft. Camp at Warathang, 4,400m/14,435ft.

    The path follows on down the valley now, completely uninhabited, before a track leads back up the hillside to a small plateau. From there it climbs again for 45 minutes to the lunch spot. After a welcome rest you cross a small pass and wind down to some yak herder huts. You then pass up a narrow defile, past a large slope of sand, perhaps part of the old Tethyan Ocean. Coming to the top of the slope you are faced with an amazingly beautiful lake, locked in by a circle of rocky peaks, with a path contouring up and round to a col, the Saga La Pass. From this pass, you drop to a wonderful camp site, next to a small lake, with cliffs and rocky peaks all around. This is a long day and the leader may consider splitting it.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  27. Day 27 - Trek to Dur Sachu, 3,301m/10,830ft, crossing Un-Named Pass, 4,560m/14,960ft - 5 hours.

    Not far to another pass, past granite cliffs which offer wonderful views down into the big valley of Warthang and the peaks beyond. Carry on across the valley floor passing some yak herder huts and up over another pass, prior to the long descent through forest and jungle to Dur Sachu, where there are some wonderful hot sulphurous springs, useful both for washing body and clothes. One feels here that you are back in the bowels of the earth and it is almost sub-tropical. In the evening, from the wooden huts, watch the myriad of small birds in the bushes opposite.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  28. Day 28 - Rest day.

    Local people trek for many days to come here and indeed will travel from the central valleys for a short holiday at the hot springs. Most of the day may be spent revitalising those tired muscles in the hot water.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  29. Day 29 - Trek to Tso Chen Chen, 3,850m/12,630ft, crossing the Gogden La Pass, 4,301m/14,110ft, and the Djule La Pass, 4,551m/14,930ft - 8 hours.

    This is perhaps one of the physically hardest days of the trip, as there is a long climb from Dur Sachu, 3,301m/10,830ft to the Djule La, 4,551m/14,930ft. The first part of the climb is through forest where musk deer have been seen. Having climbed into the alpine pastures, you will cross the Gogden La, 4,301m/14,110ft, before walking around the shores of a lake, prior to the final pull to the Djule La. Here is another place where you might consider splitting the day as there is a nice place to camp by the lake and otherwise it is certainly a very long day. Descending the other side you go through a band of rock which is peppered with garnets. Having hit the valley floor, it is still quite a long way down to Tso Chen Chen, past the group of huts where giggling girls may come out to try to sell you woven scarves. Tso Chen Chen is a yak herder's camp and there are likely to be herds of yak here.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  30. Day 30 - Trek to Gorsum, 2,679m/8,790ft - 7 hours.

    This is a pleasant, gradually descending path through forest to the main river which is crossed on the usual wooden bridge. It is then a long (and the last) uphill struggle of several hours to a meadow and yak barn. You could camp here, or it is another 3 hours to Gorsum.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  31. Day 31 - Trek to Bumthang, 2,800m/9,186ft - 2 hours.

    Today is just a short trek to the road head where you will be met and driven a short distance to the lodge in Jakar Township. After such a long time trekking through the magnificence that is the Himalaya it will seem surreal to be back in civilisation. The thought of hot baths and beers will motivate you! The Bumthang Valley is one of the most sacred in the kingdom and innumerable legends surround the area. It is here that the kings are cremated and the present royal family trace their ancestry back to a famous saint called Pemalingma, who was a smith in Jakar township. It is said that he discovered burning treasures at the bottom of a lake and that female heavenly spirits visited him, encouraging him to preach their contents around the country. Legend says that whenever he spoke, crystalline flowers appeared in the sky and dissolved as they drifted down to earth.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ugyenling Hotel, Jakar or Similar
  32. Day 32 - Fly to Paro.

    Today you take the internal flight from Bumthang to Paro. On arrival at Paro airport you will be met and taken to your hotel. After a well-earned shower and lunch, you have the rest of the day to explore Paro Valley, doing any sightseeing that you didn't manage to fit in on arrival.

    If for some reason the flight is cancelled there is time in the itinerary to drive to Paro instead.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro or Similar
  33. Day 33 - Visit Paro Dzong and Museum. Time at leisure.

    There will be time to relax and maybe do some shopping. You will also visit Paro Dzong and see treasures from Bhutan's National Museum. The Museum itself was closed following the earthquake in 2011, but many of the artefacts and displays are now temporarily housed in a nearby building until renovation is complete. Time permitting you will also visit the ancient temple of Kyichu Lhakang, one of the oldest in Bhutan, which was one of 108 temples built by Songtsen Gampo an important early Tibetan King, to pin down the Bon demon that was thought to hover over the whole of Tibet.

    (Buffer day in case flight from Bumthang does not operate)

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro or Similar
  34. Day 34 - Fly to Kathmandu. Afternoon at leisure.

    Again, a sensational take-off and scenic Himalayan flight, including views of Chomolhari that you trekked past. In Kathmandu, you transfer back to the Shangri-La Hotel, with time to relax reflect on you adventure and for a celebratory last dinner.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  35. Day 35 - Fly to London.

    Transfer to the airport for your flight back to London.


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What’s included

  • A Mountain Kingdoms appointed western leader supported by an expert Bhutanese guide
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All flights between Kathmandu and Paro and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard 4* accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • In Bhutan, good standard hotel accommodation in main towns and best available hotels in outlying towns, on a twin share, full board basis
  • Bhutan visa
  • Bhutan departure tax
  • The use of a good quality down jacket and sleeping bag (when travelling to Bhutan via Kathmandu).
  • All camping facilities (twin share) and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • 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
  • Visa fees for Nepal
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Optional trips
  • Tips


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Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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