Itinerary of Royal Heritage Trail


Day 1:             Arrival in Paro and drive to Thimphu
Evening stroll around town

Day 2:            Thimphu to Tongsa via Wangdi Phodrang & Tongsa
Check out from the hotel and pay morning Visit to Memorial Chorten (Stupa) which has been built in the memory of Late third king. Drive to Tongsa. The day trip will be passing though different valleys and nature crossing the pelila pass which is considered to be divider of east and west Bhutan in olden days and Lunch at Chendebji and after Lunch drive to Tongsa for about 2 hours. Check in to the hotel.

Day 3:            Tongsa to Bumthang
Morning visits Dzong and fortress and then continues drive to Bumthang, which is about 2 and half hours drive. Check into the hotel and for lunch will be served in the hotel. After lunch visit to Kurjee monastery and Jampel Lhakhang Monastery in the valley. Back to hotel, relax and prepared for the next day hike to Chummy valley via Kiki-Laa.

Day 4:             Wangdi Choling- MakhangThang Domkhar
Early morning after breakfast car will drop to Wangdi Choling palace gate and visit palace. The hike from Wangdi Choling to resting spot (Menda Pang) is kind of steep, but it gradually becomes milder. The actual lunch spot (Seou Zheysa) used by the Royal family is about 4 hrs walks from Wangdi Choking Palace. After an hour’s walk from the lunch spot, the resting spot on Kiki-Laa pass gives a good view of the Tharp ling Monastery across the mountain. The trail becomes leads downward as one climbs down to Gaits in Chummy valley. There’s a suspension bridge leads to the motor road. The 1st campsite, in Domkhar (Makhang Thang) is a few minutes walk on the motor road.

Day 5:            Domkhar- to Pamp nga Pang
The hike begins with the crossing of the Dhue-gang Chhu (stream). After climbing uphill for about 3½ hrs (7km) arrives PangTsam Bung Tsam (3325 m), the official lunch site during Royal travel. Another 2km. brings to Du-mang-Jab, an ideal lunch site (3530m). Pamp-nga-Pang, just below the pass (at 3860m and 14.4km from MakhangThang) is the 2nd campsite because of its location and the availability of water nearby.

Day 6:             Pamp nga Pang to Kuenga Rabten

The trail leads down through mixed forest and the trail from 2nd campsite is one long descend. The lunch spot is at Zangropang and from above the lunch spot one can see the bird eye view of whole Dakten valley and the hike downhill through out gives a good view of the Black Mountain range. It takes a total of 8 hrs to reach Kuenga Rabten the winter palace of 2nd King the 3rd campsite.

Day 7:            Kuenga Rabten- Samcholing
Morning visit the palace and then walk to Samdrupcholing on motor road which is gentle and mild with a beautiful view of Dakten Geog, Kela village and Mangde Chhu. On the way visit privately owned temple that displays thousand Buddha and then walk towards Samdrup Choling palace, which now belongs to community of Samdrup Choling.  After lunch, drive to Tongsa and check into hotel and relax.

Day 8:             Tongsa to Thimphu via Wangdi Phodrang
Early morning after breakfast drive to Thimphu and in the evening explore the town on your own.

Day 9:             Thimphu to Paro
Morning after breakfast will drive to Paro and visit to National Museum and Rinpung Dzong.  After lunch drive to Drugyel Dzong the old fortress and on the way back to hotel visit to one of the important monastery built in 7th century. Check in the hotel.

Day 10:            Paro Taktsang day hike
Morning after breakfast, the car will drop till the end of the motor road and walk up the hill to wards Taktsang (Tigers’s nest). Lunch will be served in BTCL restaurant. Afternoon car will pick up and walk around the paro town. Night halt in the hotel and if you wish to refresh your self you may ask the hotel to arrange hot stone bath which is considered the best for health.

  Day 11:            The next early morning drive to airport for home departure.

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