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What’s included

  • An English-speaking Bhutanese leader
  • Flights between Kathmandu and Paro, internal flight and airport transfers
  • Hotel Shangri La in Kathmandu, bed & breakfast on twin-share basis
  • In Bhutan, good standard hotel accommodation in main towns and best available hotels in outlying towns, on full board, twin-share basis.
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • All camping facilities and meals on trek
  • Bhutan visa
  • Hotel Holiday Inn, New Delhi International Airport, twin share on B&B basis.
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset flights (flight inclusive bookings)
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswold

Yeti Trek, Eastern Bhutan Adventure Special

Walking & Trekking

Bhutan | Walking & Trekking

Yeti Trek, Eastern Bhutan
Vigorous / Strenuous

Vigorous: Suitable for enthusiastic hill/mountain walkers.

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

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Grade: Vigorous / Strenuous ? Vigorous / Strenuous
Duration:  22 days from the UK  
On trek: 11 days
Walks on: 3 days

Flight inclusive from £5,030,
Land only from £4,245

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A fascinating cultural journey, trekking through the central heartlands of Bhutan to the remote and mysterious east.

Highlights

  • Trek along an ancient trading route in a remote, beautiful and culturally fascinating area of eastern Bhutan
  • Keep watch for yetis near the Rodang La - a traditional haunt of this most elusive of creatures and also a world renowned birding hotspot
  • Join the celebrations at the vibrant Tangbi Mani festival
  • Walk to Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro and visit many of the dzongs, temples and other key cultural attractions of eastern Bhutan

Reviews          

What an amazing insight into Bhutanese culture. The east of Bhutan is like another world.
Mr T, Glos.

The Tsechu festival was superb, and as ever the Bhutanese people were a delight.
Mr L, Lewes

So lovely to be remote and quiet.
Mr & Mrs C, Powys

Beautiful trekking and a warm welcome everywhere we went.
Mr J, Glos

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After enjoying the celebrations at the Thangbi Mani Festival we begin our trek from Bumthang, the cultural heartland of Bhutan, heading east into a region that remains largely untouched by tourism or the modern world. Our route follows the scenic ‘Red Rice Route’ an ancient trading route that crosses the Rodang La, (4,109m/13,482ft), to reach Tashi Yangtse in the far east of the country.

We trek through varied, scenic landscapes and find a warm welcome in the many villages we visit where we can still observe an authentic, rural way of life. A birding hotspot, there is an abundance of colourful flora and fauna to enjoy as well as much of historical interest en route including temples, monasteries and even a nobleman’s palace. The other creature we may encounter of course is the elusive yeti as this is an area where local tradition and folklore report many sightings of the legendary migoi (yeti).

This superb trek and the wealth of cultural, historic and natural attractions we discover, make this a hugely rewarding trip for those looking to experience a different side of Bhutan.


At a glance

Grade: Vigorous / Strenuous
Vigorous / Strenuous

Duration:  22 days from the UK  
On trek: 11 days
Walks on: 3 days

Max. Altitude: 4,100m/13,452ft – Rodang La (Day 10)

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Camping

Festival:

This trip attends then Tangbi Mani festival.

Meal arrangements: Bed and breakfast in Kathmandu and Delhi and all meals elsewhere, with 20 breakfasts, 17 lunches and 17 dinners.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
Fly to Kathmandu.
3-4
Fly to Paro, 2,250m/7,380ft. Visit Taktsang Monastery, 3,120 m/10,240ft, and sightseeing in Paro Valley.
5-6
Fly to Bumthang, 2,800m/9,186ft. Bumthang Valley Walk. Visit Chumey valley and walk from Tarpaling.
7
Visit Thangbi Mani Festival. Trek to Ngang Lakhang - 3 hours.
8-9
Trek to Ugyen Choling, 2,805m/9,200ft. Trek to Phokpe, 3,500m/11,483ft - 4-5 hours.
10
Cross the Rodang-La, 4,100m/13,452ft, and trek to Pimi, 3,000m/9,843ft - 8-9 hours.
11
Trek to Khaine Lhakang, 2,035m/6,675ft - 6 hours.
12
Trek to Tangmachu, 1,640m/5,379ft - 7-8 hours.
13
Walk to Lhuntse Dzong, 1,700m/5,580ft. Visit Khoma village.
14
Drive/walk to Minje.
15-17
Trek to Pemi, 3,150m/10,335ft - 3-4 hours. Trek to Taupang, 2,508m /8,226ft - 8-9 hours. Drive to Tashiyangtse, 1,800m/5904ft - 6-7 hours.
18
Visit Chorten Kora and Bumdeling Black Necked Crane Reserve.
19
Drive to Tashigang, 1,140m /3,739ft, and visit Gom Kora en route - 2-3 hours.
20-21
Drive to Sandrup Jongkhar - 6 hours, and continue to Gauhati - 3 hours. Fly to Delhi.
22
Fly to London.
Leader: Local leader, Bhutan
Local leader, Bhutan

Our holidays in Bhutan are led by fully qualified English-speaking guides. Mountain Kingdoms have been taking visitors to Bhutan since 1986, and our guides are some of the best in the Kingdom. They speak fluent English, as this is taught in all Bhutanese schools, and are fully qualified guides. The Tourism Authority of Bhutan maintains that a Bhutanese trek or tour leaders must pass their guiding exams in Thimphu before accompanying groups of foreign visitors. Our guides receive regular ‘top- up’ training and 15 of our regular leaders have completed an extended training course organised by Mountain Kingdoms in Bhutan.


  1. Day 1 - Depart UK.

    Fly overnight from London to Kathmandu.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - Arrive in Kathmandu.

    On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred to the Shangri La Hotel. This is a very comfortable hotel situated to the north of Thamel, the tourist district of Kathmandu. It has a lovely garden with a swimming pool and several excellent restaurants. You may eat at the hotel or find a restaurant in bustling Thamel; a 20 minute walk or 10 minute taxi ride away.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu or Similar
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Paro, 2,250m/7,380ft - 1 hour flight.

    You will be transferred to Kathmandu airport to take the Druk Air flight through to Bhutan. The flight is only 30-40 minutes but taking off from Kathmandu you very soon see the Himalaya spread out on the left hand side of the plane, and if the weather is clear you may see Everest. Before the plane starts its descent into the Paro valley, you may see the second highest peak in Bhutan, Chomolhari.

    On arrival you will be met by your Bhutanese guide and transferred to the Olathang Hotel which sits up on the hillside above Paro valley. The Paro Valley has had a great strategic importance in the history of Bhutan and was in the past an important staging post on the trade routes with Tibet. Paro Dzong, situated on a rocky outcrop above the Paro Chu and with views down both sides of the valley was historically one of Bhutan's strongest and most strategic fortresses. Before the rebuilding of the Tashidodzong in Thimphu it was also the seat of Bhutan's National Assembly. Depending on your flight schedule there may well be time to do some initial sightseeing in the Paro Valley and to have a look round Paro town.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro or Similar
  4. Day 4 - Walk to Taktsang Monastery, 3,120 m/10,240ft. Sightseeing in Paro Valley.

    In the morning you drive half an hour up the Paro Valley to where you start the walk to Taktsang, the most famous of all Bhutanese Temples. Taksang Monastery is commonly known as the 'Tiger's Nest' because it was said to be 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. Taktsang is perched some 600m/2,000ft up on a cliff overlooking the valley and although steep, the walk up is relatively straightforward, taking some 2-3 hours to ascend and a further hour or so to walk back down. You may have lunch at the café built at the main viewing point for Taktsang, or alternatively back at the Olathang Hotel.

    In the afternoon you should have a bit of time for sightseeing in the Paro Valley. You could visit the ancient temple of Kyichu Lakhang or walk up to the Paro Dzong, Paro's historic monastery/fortress. Sitting above the Dzong and housed in the old watchtower to the dzong is the national museum. The museum holds a fantastic collection of Bhutanese national treasures including the King's famous 'dragon hat', a wonderful collection of Bhutanese stamps, highly decorated thangkas (painted religious hangings), statues and weaponry. The museum was damaged in the earthquake of 2011 but should be open again by 2017. If not some of its treasures will be displayed in a building nearby.

    If you feel like a bit more walking you could walk back to your hotel from here.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro or Similar
  5. Day 5 - Fly to Bumthang, 2,800m/9,186ft. Bumthang Valley Walk.

    You will transfer to Paro airport for the domestic flight to Bumthang in central Bhutan. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    The Bumthang region is considered to be the religious heartland of the Bhutanese nation and is home to some of its oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. It is also a centre for culture and the arts, especially for weaving. Weaving is an integral part of Bhutanese society and traditionally every Bhutanese home is equipped with a loom for weaving with most young girls being proficient in the craft before they reach the age of twenty. Bumthang encompasses four major valleys. Jakar town where you will stay for two nights is in the main valley called Chokhor. The other valleys that make up Bumthang are the Ura Valley which is to the east, Tang valley, slightly more off the beaten track and the Chumey Valley located back towards the west.

    Depending on flight timings you should have time this afternoon to explore the Bumthang valley from your hotel in Jakar town. You can make an almost entirely level walk taking in some of the principle sights of the valley. From the hotel you walk to Jambay Lakhang, one of the country's oldest temples, built in the mid-7th century. One interesting feature to look for here is the set of three steps in the main temple. The first step, now hidden below floor level, is said to represent the time of the past or 'historical' Buddha. The second, very well worn, step represents the present Buddha, whilst the third step above, is said to represent the age of the future Buddha. The point at which the second step is worn down to ground level is held to be the time when the world as we currently know it will end. From Jambay you take a farm track along the valley floor and walk for 30 minutes to reach Kurjey Lakhang, a series of three large temples. The oldest of the temples here houses a rock indented with the body shape of Guru Rinpoche, whilst the most recent dates back just 25 years and was built by the Queen Mother - Ashi Kesang Wangchuck. Descending from the temples you cross a suspension bridge and walk downstream for 45 minutes to Tamshing Lakhang, the most important Nyingma gompa in the Kingdom, established in 1501 by Pemalingpa, a famous Buddhist saint and teacher more popularly known as the 'Treasure Hunter'. Inside you can see a suit of chain-mail armour, which Buddhists believe will bring good fortune if put on and then while being worn, walked around the inner temple three times.

    After your visit here your transport will meet you outside the gompa to return you to your hotel. You could stop to have a look at Jakhar township on the way back and might also have time to visit the picturesque Jakar Dzong, the 'Castle of the White Bird', so called because a white bird was supposed to have indicated the most auspicious place to build.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ugyenling Hotel, Jakar or Similar
  6. Day 6 - Visit Chumey valley and walk from Tarpaling.
    yeti _trek eastern bhutan tarpaling monastery chumey a sainsbury.

    Today you will visit the Chumey valley and have a short warm up walk. You drive to Chumey and visit Nyimalung Monastery, founded in 1938, and home to over 100 monks. You can also visit Prakhar Monastery, a quaint village temple as well as Zugney, a famous centre for weaving. You then drive up to the cluster of temples at Tharpaling, a sacred spot and place of meditation, where several picturesque monasteries dot the hillside above the Chumey Valley with views over Domkhar (Chumey) and Domkhar Summer Palace. After a picnic lunch you walk along an old trail back down towards Chumey. The path starts out beneath craggy cliffs, from where it climbs fairly gently up to the ridge top to reach the Shutre Sae Pass at 3,700m/12,139ft where there is a glass case containing a statue of the founder of Tharpaling. From here the views are phenomenal - looking south you can see over the Chumey/Domkhar Valley with the Black Mountains in the distance.

    The other way you get fabulous and unexpected views over Jakar town with the airport runway and the dzong clearly seen far below. Beyond and further north, you can see towards the high mountains - on a clear day perhaps even as far as Mount Gangkar Punsum. You descend from the pass in beautiful forest, nearly all downhill. On the higher reaches, you pass through pine, fir and rhododendron forest. Eventually you reach the road again at a huge area of prayer flags where you meet your transport and drive back to your hotel in Jakar

    (If you did not have time yesterday there will also be time today to explore the temples of the valley near Jakar township.)

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ugyenling Hotel, Jakar or Similar
  7. Day 7 - Visit Thangbi Mani Festival. Trek to Ngang Lakhang - 3 hours.

    Today you will drive the short distance to Thangbi Gompa where you will visit the Thangbi Mani Festival. This annual celebration, organised by the people of the surrounding villages, dates back to the 13th century. It celebrates the traditions and heritage of this ancient monastery and provides an opportunity for those attending to obtain merit by the very act of attending, but is importantly also an opportunity for the people to dress up in all their finery, socialise and have a good time. It is believed that the festival will bring peace and prosperity and ensure a good harvest for the entire community. Highlights of the festival are the masked dances and the 'fire blessing' ceremony.

    Later you will start your trek with a pleasant walk of about three hours, up the river valley through forest and meadows, to reach Ngang Lakhang, also known as 'Swan Temple'. This temple was visited by Guru Rimpoche and is said to be named after swans supposedly seen on a nearby lake by the temple's founder, a Tibetan lama named Namkha Samdrup.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  8. Day 8 - Trek over Phephe la, 3,465m/11,368ft to Ugyen Choling, 2,805m/9,200ft.

    Listen out for barking-deer early this the morning. Your route today is largely through cool pine forest, climbing steadily through bamboo, fern and then Spanish-moss draped rhododendron, crossing small streams by stepping stones and crossing tree trunks. It is a couple of hours walk to the pass (3,465m/11,368ft), which is marked by prayer-flags - look out for Musk deer on the open hillside opposite as this is a favourite grazing spot for them.

    Half an hour down from the pass you pass through a khonying (doorway) chorten and then descend through a series of summer grazing pastures used by villagers from Tendigang. There are two possible routes from here. One descends directly through the trees and will bring you to Ugyen Choling in 3-4 hours. The alternative route follows the high path across open hillside towards a small Lhakang and village in the distance. There are lovely views down over the Tang valley, and the compact village of Tendigang is interesting to visit before continuing down a track to re-join the main trail.

    The last section of today's trek takes you along the open valley bottom, through the attractive villages of Tahung and Kherab, before the final half-hour climb to reach Ogyen Choling, overlooking the picturesque Tang valley.

    Ogyen Choling is famous for its important, ancient nobleman's palace. The known history of Ogyen Choling Palace dates back to the 14th Century and a visit from the great Tibetan master of Buddhism, Longchen Rabjam, who meditated in a cave above the village. The Palace itself is believed to have been built in the 16th century, although all except a single building was destroyed in the 1897 earthquake. The current complex is a reconstruction of the original, rebuilt and extended at the turn of the 20th century. In the year 2000 the heirs of Ogyen Choling established a trust fund devoted to the preservation and maintenance of the Palace as a religious and cultural centre. The Palace Museum is one of most interesting in Bhutan and offers a fascinating insight into the history of the Lama Chorjes (religious nobility) of Bhutan. It houses old photographs, a host of traditional household items as well as dance costumes and printing equipment.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  9. Day 9 - Trek to Phokpe, 3,500m/11,483ft - 4-5 hours.

    You leave Ogyen Chholing, on the often muddy path, through the centre of the village and climb gently through open meadows, with nice views back over the Palace. After an hour the trail leads into the pine forest where you walk uphill on narrow paths with a dense canopy of bamboo over your head. Eventually the forest gives way to a series of dwarf-bamboo fringed meadows, and you traverse the ridge, while occasional views down the valley can be glimpsed through the trees. Look out here for Himalayan Monal, a member of the pheasant family - the male is a brilliant blue.

    You will camp in the upper reaches of a sometimes marshy meadow. Across the ridge you can see the remote Phokpe Lhakhang.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  10. Day 10 - Cross the Rodang-La, 4,100m/13,452ft, and trek to Pimi, 3,000m/9,843ft - 8-9 hours.

    Today your trail leads out from the top corner of the meadow and climbs gently through tall pines and rhododendron. There may be fallen trees here, as this stretch of path is not often used. The large traditional knives (patang) which your trekking crew carry may come in handy to make the path passable for the horses. These woods are alive with birdlife - home to the distinctive Rufous-necked Hornbill, and Large-billed crows which like to follow travellers through the woods - especially when you stop for lunch! The trees finally give way to bush-rhododendron, and you climb on a rough stone stair-way to a first pass (actually the highest at (4,100m/13,452ft), which is above the tree-line. A small stone chorten and prayer-flags mark the pass which is around 2-3 hours walk from Phokpe. There are good views of the eastern Himalaya, including Gangkar Punsum, in fine weather. The rocky path descends gently through meadow and rhododendron.

    In this area be sure to look out for unusual footprints, not just for the elusive migoi (Yeti) who has been traditionally sighted in meadows near the pass, but also for big cat pug marks, which were sighted on our reconnaissance trek. An hour on from the first pass a short climb brings you to the Rodang-La - a narrow gap in the rock face with steep cliffs on both sides and dramatic views.

    Be careful on the descent as the stone stairway, which descends steeply for several hours, is moss-covered in places and can be slippery. The path then finally levels out, bringing respite for tired legs, continuing through a tree-lined path until you arrive at Pimi, an open meadow with an old ruined guesthouse.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  11. Day 11 - Trek to Khaine Lhakang, 2,035m/6,675ft - 6 hours.
    yeti _trek eastern bhutan trek to khaine lhakang jlt.

    From Pemi you continue to descend steeply along an overgrown, forgotten footpath through dense rhododendron forest, the huge leaves either crunching or squelching underfoot - depending on conditions! After a couple of hours you emerge into a small meadow which gives you your first views of Khaine Lhakang along the valley and Ungaar village, still a long way below on the valley floor. There are simple stilted herder shelters in the meadows here. You continue your descent through slightly more open terrain until you finally arrive at the suspension bridge (1,700m/5,577ft) over the Noyurgang Chu and cross to enter the delightful village of Ungaar.

    Leaving Ungaar you cross a second bridge and start the 2-3 hour climb on an open trail with good views out over the valley towards Khaine Lhakang. You pass several small chortens and mani-walls on the outskirts of other settlements before arriving into the village. Khaine Lhakang itself is beyond the first section of the village and commands pleasant views. Known as the 'sleeping-dog' temple, this simple lhakang is believed to be one of the 108 geometric temples constructed by King Songtsen Gampo, 7th century founder of the Tibetan empire.

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    Be very wary of local hospitality in this valley. The villagers are extremely hospitable and the traditional welcome for any visitors is a minimum of two large bowls of their home-brewed ara (a cloudy spirit distilled from rice, wheat or corn.) The local speciality is to serve the ara warm with shredded fried-egg in the bottom of the bowl. Traditionally you would be expected to drink a further two bowls on departure - something you may find challenging at eight in the morning - but which certainly sends you on your way with a spring in your step! As the people of this valley speak an entirely different dialect, the basic Dzongka you may have learnt will not help you to decline their copious ara refills.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  12. Day 12 - Trek to Tangmachu, 1,640m/5,379ft - 7-8 hours, or alternative lower trail - 4-5 hours.

    From Khaine Lhakang you may head in one of two directions, depending on trail conditions.

    The old, high trail heads up and over the ridge above the village - however this route is not generally used by locals and can be overgrown. If accessible, this 7-8 hour high trail climbs several passes with distant snowy mountain views before descending steeply to the sprawling village of Tangmachu.

    An alternative trail traverses below the village school and the BHU (Basic Health Unit) and descends gently on open paths through a series of small, attractive villages. There are lovely views across the valley to Behug Lhakang perched high on a ridge above the forested mountainside. After a couple of hours, the trail descends into open pine woodland. The underlying rock here is white and pink marble, and the walking is delightful. Eventually the path zig-zags steeply down to cross a suspension bridge and climbs steeply again on the far side up to the small cluster of shops and buildings which constitute the road head village of Gorgan. Your transport will be waiting here to drive you for approximately one hour to Tangmachu.

    Nowadays Tangmachu is famous for its huge copper statue of Guru Rimpoche, built on the ridge top to keep watch over the village and the surrounding countryside. There are great all round views from the ridge top.

    Your camp will be either above Tangmachu High School, or further down in the grounds of Tangmachu Lhakang. From Tangmachu there are great views across to the terraced fields of Minje on the opposite side of the valley. This is where you will be camping in a couple of days.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp Tangmachu (or similar)
  13. Day 13 - Walk to Lhuntse Dzong, 1,700m/5,580ft. Visit Khoma village.
    yeti _trek eastern bhutan walk to lhuntse dzong g hall.

    Today you have a pleasant walk to Lhuntshe and a visit to the weaving village of Khoma.

    Leaving Tangmachu village through a decorated gateway you follow a well-made, undulating trail which contours round the hillside through farmed terraces and fine forest. This trail follows a very ancient route to Lhuntshi, and is apparently an offshoot of the traditional route from Bumthang over the Radung La which you have been following. The trail winds round the hillside and is marked with 16 white stupas and several long mani walls and water driven prayer wheels. After about 2½ hours you emerge from forest and see Lhuentshi Dzong far below you, from a perspective not seen by many visitors to Bhutan. You descend to the dzong which is quite impressive and worth a visit. It was damaged in the earthquake of 2011 but has been restored. Lhuntse Dzong is situated above the town on a rocky hilltop known as Linglingthang. The origins of the Dzong date back to the seventeenth century when a monastery was founded on the site by Kunga Wangpo and the dzong was formerly the ancestral home of the kings of Bhutan. Today it is the administrative and religious centre for the Lhuntse District. The Dzong houses many sacred artifacts installed by the 4th Druk Desid Tenzin Rabgay. The township below the dzong is known as Gangzur and this is a pleasant place to explore and to enjoy a cold soft drink or a beer after your time on trek. You will probably have lunch in town.

    Later you will visit Khoma village, either driving there or making the easy walk to reach the village. Khoma is known throughout the country for its production of Kishuthara, an extremely intricately patterned silk textile. The women of Khoma work in makeshift textile cottages, weaving the delicate designs and patterns. They will be happy to show you their elaborate weaving, and although you may buy textiles here there is no hard sell. Be warned that prices are not cheap, although the high prices reflect the immense amount of work and the value that the Bhutanese give to such fine weaving.

    You will return to Tangmachu to camp overnight.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp Tangmachu (or similar)
  14. Day 14 - Morning at leisure. Drive/walk to Minje.

    You will have time today for a leisurely breakfast and then to relax around camp and to enjoy the wonderful views across the valley, perhaps going back up to the ridge top to visit the Guru Rimpoche statue if you have not already done so.

    Later you will drive back down into the valley to the main road. From the main road below Minje it is a steep climb of almost 1,000 metres up to your campsite for the night. Depending on your morning's activities you should have the option to either walk all the way from the bridge (4-5 steep hours) or alternatively save your energy for the days ahead and drive to Minje with your trek crew. Or you may drive part way and walk the rest. If you are walking from the bottom, the footpath starts just behind the tower of the suspension bridge on the Lhuntse road, climbs initially through scrub and then traverses steeply through terraced fields, occasionally intersecting with the jeep track. Be warned that the jeep track can become very muddy and even if you choose to drive, your vehicle may not be able to make it all the way to camp.

    There are two possible campsites in Minje - one on some terraced fields close to the village school, the other above the main village in an open meadow alongside the Darchu Pang Lhakang. This area is renowned for its fragrant herbs, particularly lemon-grass - try crushing a small piece between your fingers to release the fragrance.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  15. Day 15 - Trek to Pemi, 3,150m/10,335ft - 3-4 hours.

    If you have camped near the school the previous night your day will probably start with the school bell and some very curious small faces peering down on your campsite. If your guide can obtain permission from the school's head teacher It is fascinating to witness the outdoor morning assembly.

    From the school campsite it is a 20-minute climb to the Lhakang (also a possible campsite). This is a small and recently built Lhakang. The guardian will be happy to show you around the building and the small well-tended garden with its lovely geraniums. Leaving the Lhakang behind you climb steadily, on what can be muddy paths, through oak and rhododendron forest, until you reach an open meadow, Pawachen, at 3,100m /10,171ft, a meadow used by villages for summer grazing. The trail continues through a series of meadows containing flag-poles and summer cow-herder shelters until you reach your campsite at Pemi (3,150m/10,335ft). Although there are campsites further along the trail, Pemi is the last site with sufficient water supplies for larger groups.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  16. Day 16 - Trek to Taupang, 2,508m /8,226ft - 8-9 hours.

    You continue steadily upward as the trail winds along the ridge, initially through more summer grazing pastures then plunging back into the trees - hemlock, spruce, cypress and rhododendron. From around 3,500m/11,483ft you follow a twisting spiral pathway strewn with mossy boulders beneath swathes of Spanish Moss. In places there are some steep drops to your right and on a clear day you should be rewarded with good views as you continue to climb.

    After around three hours you reach an open ridge-top with some old scattered prayer-flags. Stretching below is a sloping grassy meadow - occasionally used as a campsite for very small groups. Be aware that you may encounter green leeches here. They are harmless and can generally be avoided through applying a good DEET-based insect repellent.

    A series of prayer-flags along the ridge mark the nine rocky crests (sisters) of the Dong-La, the highest of which is around 4,000m/13,124ft and decorated with a number of tall flag-poles. Your trekking crew will most likely stop here to add their own prayer-flags. Your gradual descent takes you past the ruins of an old house, a group of prayer-flags which mark the border of Lhuntse and Yashe Districts and across an exciting wooden bridge before arriving at Taupang. The meadow here can have high grass which your crew will need to cut or flatten to make your camp for the night.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  17. Day 17 - End trek and drive to Tashi Yangtse, 1,800m/5904ft - 6-7 hours.

    You leave the campsite and cross another wooden bridge, passing back into dense jungle. The trail descends slowly across stepping-stones, log walk-ways and notched log-bridges. This section can be muddy and slippery - a good day to wear your gaiters! There is a wealth of flora and fauna in the forest - look out for Fire-tailed Sunbirds, Verditer Flycatchers and the Satyr Tragopan amongst the giant ferns and bamboo. After 2-3 hours you emerge from the trees into the welcome hamlet of Shakshing (2,385m/7,825ft). From the chorten here it is another couple of hours through forest and inhabited clearings to the end of the trail where, subject to jeep-track conditions, your transport will be waiting to drive you to Tashi Yangste. Just 15 minutes down the track you see the old Tashi Yangtse Dzong perched on a hilltop ahead, and as you cross the river below the dzong by a modern road bridge you will see over to your right a very lovely ancient traditional covered bridge.

    Your accommodation in Tashi Yangtse is in the only guesthouse in town, which is simple but centrally located. The afternoon is yours to enjoy a shower, perhaps a beer or two and to relax after your trek.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Karmaling
  18. Day 18 - Explore Tashi Yangste. Visit Chorten Kora and Bumdeling Black Necked Crane Reserve.

    Today you have a day to explore Tashi Yangste and its surroundings. The town of Tashi Yangste sprawls over an open valley with the modern dzong set on the hillside at the top of town above the archery ground. This dzong is used purely for administrative purposes and also houses the judiciary court.

    A short walk through the town centre with its selection of stores, bars and pool halls takes you down to the huge Chorten Kora set by the river. This is a large, white stupa built in about 1740 and one of the great cultural attractions of eastern Bhutan. It is built in the same style as the great stupa at Boudhanath in Nepal, but it's not really very like Boudhanath. The reason is said to be that a lama who visited Boudhanath and wanted to build a copy in Bhutan made a model of the stupa by carving a radish with the outline, but the radish unfortunately shrank and distorted before he got it back home! It is believed that once Chorten Kora was finally built and blessed, the demon which had previously terrorised the Tashi Yangtse valley was subdued and banished. The area surrounding Tashi Yangtse still has close contacts with the neighbouring Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, such that one day of Chorten Kora's Important festival in April is set aside exclusively for people making the pilgrimage here from Arunachal Pradesh. Above the town is the Arts and Crafts Institute of Zorig Chusum where training is given in various skills such as woodcarving and weaving. Here you may see the student craftsmen at work and perhaps buy some of their wares.

    Later you may visit the reserve for Black Necked Cranes located at Bumdeling along the valley from Tashi Yangtse - the cranes normally migrate to Bhutan from Tibet between November and early March so they may not yet have arrived for your visit.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Karmaling
  19. Day 19 - Drive to Tashigang, 1,140m /3,739ft, with visit to Gom Kora en-route - 2-3 hours.
    yeti _trek eastern bhutan gom kora a sainsbury.

    Today you drive down the valley to Tashigang. On the way you visit the charming little temple of Gom Kora, one of the quirkiest places in Bhutan! As well as viewing the pretty little temple which has some very lovely old faded frescoes inside, you may undertake a number of challenges - make a sacred circuit, attempt to climb a large rock up the 'stairway to paradise', drink the sacred water which flows down the rock or squeeze into a tiny holy cave where Guru Rimpoche is said to have subdued a demon in the shape of a ferocious serpent which came down the valley from Tibet. You may also test your sin by carrying a very large boulder three times round the central stone. If you find the rock heavy then you have a lot of sin!

    You then drive further down the valley and will spot Tashigang's spectacular dzong ahead, set high above the valley, before you cross the river and climb up to the town itself. Tashigang is an attractive town, the largest in Eastern Bhutan, with pretty painted houses, lots of bright bougainvillea and geraniums, and bustling shops and cafes. The centre of Tashigang is clustered round a small central plaza with a large prayer wheel, a bank, a few shops and bars but not much else. There is a small souvenir shop here which is not very inspiring! Below the plaza is the dzong, overlooking the valley. This dzong, one of the most strategically important in the country, was built in the 17th Century to guard against Tibetan invaders. The afternoon is yours to explore the town, do a spot of handicraft shopping or just to relax at one of the simple street-side cafes.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Druk Doethjung Lodge or Similar, Tashigang
  20. Day 20 - Drive to Sandrup Jongkhar - 6 hours.

    Remember to keep your passport on you today as you may need to show it as you enter Sandrup Jongkhar.

    First, leaving Tashigang, you pass through Sherubtse and the campus of the country's premier University College before you climb to the Yongphula Pass (2,190m/7,185ft). About 2-3 hours from Tashigang you reach Khaling, where one of the most famous weaving centres in Bhutan is located, providing cloth for the royal family. If the centre is open you may stop for a short visit. It is a further 4-5 hours drive from here to Samdrup Jongkhar. There are wonderful views of forested hills and valleys rolling away to the foothills and the Indian plains of Assam State. You can often see Langur monkeys, kingfishers, eagles and other brightly coloured birds along the roadside. The Indian-like border town of Sandrup Jongkhar is literally at the very foot of the Bhutanese foothills and is quite subtropical.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Tashi Gasel, Samdrup Jongkhar or Similar
  21. Day 21 - Cross border into India and drive to Gauhati - 3 hours. Fly to Delhi 2 1/4 hours.

    Today after breakfast you will drive to cross the border into India and pick up your Indian transport to drive you to Gauhati. You will immediately be aware of the extreme contrast between these two Himalayan neighbours and will soon find yourself missing the peace and serenity of Bhutan! You drive across the flat plains of Assam though tea plantations, cross the mighty Brahmaputra River and arrive at Gauhati, the largest city in this region of India. From Gauhati you fly to Delhi where you will be met and transferred to your hotel near the airport.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport, Delhi
  22. Day 22 - Fly Delhi to London.

    Today you will transfer to the airport to fly home.

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2018

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What’s included

  • An English-speaking Bhutanese leader
  • Flights between Kathmandu and Paro, internal flight and airport transfers
  • Hotel Shangri La in Kathmandu, bed & breakfast on twin-share basis
  • In Bhutan, good standard hotel accommodation in main towns and best available hotels in outlying towns, on full board, twin-share basis.
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • All camping facilities and meals on trek
  • Bhutan visa
  • Hotel Holiday Inn, New Delhi International Airport, twin share on B&B basis.
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset flights (flight inclusive bookings)
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswold

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees for Nepal and India
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Delhi
  • Optional trips
  • Tips


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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 4 reviews)

Captivating          

What an amazing insight into Bhutanese culture. The east of Bhutan is like another world.

The festival is an amazing experience          

The Tsechu festival was superb, and as ever the Bhutanese people were a delight.

Remote trek          

So lovely to be remote and quiet.

Yeti Trek          

Beautiful trekking and a warm welcome everywhere we went.


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