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GANGRI BHUTAN ORCHIDS TOUR

The trail runs from central to eastern Bhutan. Involves fairly steep climbs and descents but not very high altitude ascents are required. Not very much frequented by hikers, the beauty of this trail – used by local people to interact with different districts – is the diversity one comes across, not just of vegetations and landscapes, but of ethnicity, culture and customs. As a result, from the start till the end, there are endless changes and surprises, making it ideal especially for nature and cultural enthusiasts.

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TOUR IN BRIEF

Duration: 10 days
Highest camp: 3,680 m
Standard: fairly challenging
Best Seasons: winter (October-early November) or spring (April-early May)
Place: Bumthang, Lhuentse & Trashiyangtse districts

ATTRACTIONS

• an incredible array of biodiversity, lush forests of various climatic zones, alpine flowers, meadows, springs, gorges, and mountain passes
• Spectacular natural beauty
• Hamlets, paddy and corn fields, and olden temples, some as old as 1,500 years, across three districts
• Local ethnicity and culture, each different from the

Detail Itinerary

Distance: 20km
Trek time: 6-7 hours
Camp altitude: 2,800m
The route takes you around Chamkhar Chhu, a river rich in trout. After passing Thangbi Lhakhang, a temple built by the first Karma Shamar in 13th century you will enter Ngang Yul or ‘Swan Land”.At the centre of this area you will find Ngang Lhakhang, the “Swan Temple”. The Ngang Lhakhang was erected by the Lama Namkha Samdrup in the spot where his arrow landed.

Camp altitude: 2,850m
You begin with a gradual climb to Phephe La pass (3,353m). The pass takes you through a picturesque forested region. It is recommended that you allow for stops along the way to enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings. You will stop for the night at Ugyenchholing Manor. This manor houses one of the most interesting museums.

Distance: 17km
Trek time: 5-6 hours
Camp altitude: 3,680m
Today’s walk is through bamboos, hemlock and finally up to an alpine forest. The camp is in a meadow at the head of the valley.

Distance: 20km
Trek time: 6-7 hours
Camp altitude: 2,950m
Rodung La (4,160m) is about three hours climb from the camp. From the pass you continue downhill through a gorge, overlooking scenic mountain valleys covered in lush pine forests. The region is rich in folklore concerning spirits and yetis. Near the camp you can see a ruined stone building that once acted as a grain storehouse during the reigns of the first and second King.

Distance: 21km
Trek time: 7-8 hours
Camp altitude: 2,010m
Today the trail winds through the villages of Ungaar, Bulay, Kulaypang and Gomda before bringing you to Drula village and Khaine Lhakhang. One of the oldest temples in the country, it was built in the mid -7th century by the King Songtshen Gampo of Tibet to subdue demons.

Distance: 18km
Trek time: 6-7 hours
Camp altitude: 1,720m
From your camp, the trail leads you to a Tibetan-style Umling Mani, built by a lama from Tibet, and a Chorten on Zerim La (1,940m). Before reaching the next pass, Tage La (1,760m) you will see Menjabi, a beautiful Bhutanese village with large white houses. The campsite for the night is located South-east of Tage La near Tangmachu High School.

Distance: 16km
Trek time: 4-5 hours
Camp altitude: 1,830m
After arriving at Kuri Zampa the trek begins to gradually climb up through paddy fields and villages before bringing you to Chusa.

Distance: 20km
Trek time: 5-6 hours
Camp altitude: 2,450m
Today’s trek continues uphill through thick forests overlooking spectacular mountains. The camp is located in a forested area at an altitude of 2,400m.

Distance: 21km
Trek time: 7-8 hours
Camp altitude: 2,450m
After climbing up to Dongla you will descend through thick evergreen forests until you reach the campsite for the night.

Distance: 24km
Trek time: 8-9 hours
Today is the last and the longest day of the trek. It is a gradual descent to Trashiyangtse. As you descend the chirpine and hardwood forests are slowly replaced by oak trees. The final camp of the trek is located in a subtropical forested region.

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