GOGONA/ KHOTOKHA WINTER TREK
- GANGTEY GOMPA
- CHUZOMASA/WANGDI VIA NIZERGAN
- PARO AIRPORT
01: Arrive Paro by Druk Air Flight:
this flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest,
Kanchanjunga and other Himalayan Peaks including sacred Chomolhari and Mt.
Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be
received by a representative of Ethos Metho
Tours & Trek Ltd. Then drive to Olathang Hotel through Paro valley is
enchanting. After lunch you will be taken to Ta- Dzong (Museum). Overnight
at Olathang Hotel.
02: Paro- Thimphu:
morning follow the winding road beside the Pa Chu (Chu means river or water)
down stream to its confluence with the Wangchu then up- valley to Thimphu,
the capital. Afternoon lunch at the Hotel. After lunch visit the Memorial
Chorten, here the faithful circumambulate the shrine dedicated to the Late
King telling their prayer beads as they walk. Overnight in Hotel.
03: Thimphu - Gangtey Gompa:
breakfast leave for Gangtey. The road winds through the forest to Dochla (La
means pass), where in good weather 200 miles of Himalayan summits are in
view. After driving 3hours you will reach Wangdi. Lunch at wangdi. After a
further 3hours drive you
will reach Gangtey. Overnight in camp.
04: Gangtey Gompa- Halt:
the eager and active trekker good fishing can be done by hiking down to the
river or day hike in and around Gangtey valley can also be done to stretch
the legs for onward trek.
05: Gangtey Gompa-Halt:
moderate trail winds through meadows and fields then
ascends the Tselela pas
through mixed forests of Juniper, bomboo, Magnolia and rhododendrons. The
people of Gogona speak a language called Bjopkha the language of nomads.
Their life in this isolated valley has encouraged
them to continue using their ancient dialect. Distance is about 15KM
about 6/7 hours
06: Gogona - Khotakha:
gentle climb leads to Shobjula
11,155ft. The descend leads to a wide valley, reminiscent of the big sky
views of mountain. Overnight in tent. Distance is about 15/16 KM about 6/7
07: Khotakha- chuzomas/ wangdi via Nizergang:
short ascend leads to the Tsshila 9,200ft. Be sure to fill your water bottle
shortly after crossing the pass, as the descend is dry. Walk down through
ever- changing vegetation into the drainage of the Dang chu. Overnight in
Wangdi Guest House.
08: Wangdi - Thimphu
breakfast drive to punakha Dzong view point at the north end of the Punakha valley. It was the nation's capital until 1966. The Je -
Khempo, the head abbot of the religion in the country and most of the monks
of Thimphu occupy this throughout the winter since the lower elevation of
this valley has more comfortable temperature. Return over the Dochula pass
and stop at cafeteria for a hot cup of tea and some snacks and also if the
Himalayan snow- capped mountain continue to drive to Thimphu. Overnight in
09: Thimphu - Paro Airport. Drive to International Airport at pare for
March - April - May - September - November
CONDITION: Minimum 6
are normally warm. Nights can at times be very cool and
in winter even below the freezing point. Monsoon showers on summer
(heaviest July & August) and sometimes even is Spring and Autumn.
normal clothing (according to season ). Preferably cotton even for summer,
woolen clothing for the evening and winter.
comfortable trekking boots, sunglasses, headgear, raincoat & warm
clothing for the evenings.A sleeping bag is a must. Medium heavy to heavy is
advised. A torch light will also be very handy.
For trekking a load of 25Kg is allowed).
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