Bhutan Himalaya : Into the Nomadic Realms

Traverse Bhutan’s nomadic highlands ~ 19 to 24 days
Trek Bhutan’s Himalayan spine along the wild and nomadic territories near the Tibetan border. Highlights include some of the highest peaks in Bhutan, friendly encounters with our nomadic friends in Lingzhi and Laya and a relaxing soak in the Gasa medicinal springs. The mystery, power and allure of the Bhutan Himalayas is best felt on foot. Experience the grand peaks on this eastern edge of the world’s greatest range up close. Our Bhutan Himalaya programs offer selections from a gentle four-night camp experience around the sacred valley of Bumthang valley to the rigors of the month-long Snowman Expedition. Whatever you choose, the mountains, valleys and some of the most hospitable people on the planet prove fertile ground for experiences that are sure to endure. At Skykingdom Adventures, we revere our sacred mountains and proudly share our Himalayan treasures without damaging our pristine environment.

All our treks are led by trained guides, a seasoned camp crew and caravan leaders drawn from local communities through which we pass. We ensure that your journey of discovery through the mountains of Bhutan has an air of warm homecoming not a tourist’s point and gawk.

Maximum Elevations:

Note: general indications; exact elevations may vary.

Walking Time:
4 to 9 hours daily
Note: general indications; exact times may vary according to individual fitness and endurance levels.

(See Itinerary in Brief below for general indications; difficulty varies by terrain):

Bags and gear transported by mule or yak; meals and camp set-up by camp crew.

nomadic471x365ITINERARY IN BRIEF
Day 1: Arrive in Paro, visit the National Museum.

Day 2: Stretch your trekking muscles with a hike to the” Tiger’s Nest” Monastery.

Day 3 to 5: Paro to Jhomulhari basecamp (10-13 miles daily).

Day 6: Acclimation and rest day at basecamp.

Day 7: Jangothang to Lingzhi (12 miles).

Days 8 to 12: Lingzhi to Laya (7 to 12 miles daily).

Day 13: Rest day getting to know the people of Laya.

Days 14 & 15: Laya to Gasa fortress and hot springs (9 miles to 12 miles daily).

Day 16: Gasa hot springs rest day.

Days 17 to 18: Gasa to Punakha valley (10 miles to 12 miles daily).

Day 19: Visit the “Hall of 100 Pillars” and Temple of the Divine Madman.

Day 20: Transfer to Thimphu, afternoon at the market.

Day 21: Hike to Tango Buddhist College, afternoon transfer to Paro.

Day 22: Return flight to Bangkok or another gateway city.

(Longer, 26-28 day option includes easy cultural touring in the central valleys of Trongsa and Bumthang.)