Duration: 24 days
Max. Elevation: 5,320m
Highest Camp: 5,120m
Best Seasons: Mid June-Mid October
Start: Gunitsawa, western Bhutan
Finish: Dur, central Bhutan
It is touted as one of the most challenging treks in the world. As much as it takes one into the extreme snow-capped northern frontiers of the high Himalayas, it is breathtakingly beautiful. The route traverses highland settlements, amazing vistas of Bhutan’s highest mountains, and more than a dozen scenic mountain passes where a very few have stepped before. The journey is unforgettable, as it meanders through alpine meadows, conifer, juniper and rhododendron forests, beautiful and balmy hot springs, valleys inhabited by yak herders and highlanders, glacial lakes, the head waters of Bhutan’s major rivers and spectacular views of the Tibetan plateau. This part of the world is also the home of the elusive snow leopard, the blue sheep, the Takin and many other varieties of wildlife. The experience is other-worldly, quiet and meditative with almighty nature as your only constant companion from start to finish.
MOUNTAIN VIEWS ENROUTE
Mt. Jomolhari (7,300m), Jichu Drake (6794m), Tsherimgang (6,789m), Kang Bum (6,526m), Gangchhenta 6,840 m, Gangla Karchung (6,395m), Jekangphu Gang (7,100m), Tsenda Kang (7000m) and Teri Gang (7,300m), Table Mountain (7,100m), Gangkar Puensum (7,570m)
MOUNTAIN PASSES ENROUTE
Nyilila pass (4,870m), Gobu La (4,410m), Sinche La (5,005m), Tsomo La (4,900m), Gangla Karchung La (5,120m), Keche La pass (4,650m), Gophu La pass (5,230m), Juli La (4,700m), Saka La (4,800m)
3-star plus hotels, three meals, SUV/mini bus/coaster, guides, trekking gear, camping equipment, entry fees, mineral water, cultural program (in groups of 10 or more people), taxes
Air Tickets, travel insurance, drinks, visa fee, laundry.