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Enchanted Trails : The Lost Valleys of Nabji & Korphu

Trek a lush and bio-diversity rich region ~ 17 to 19 days
Even in a land recognized as one of 10 global “hotspots of bio-diversity”, the newly opened valleys of Nabji and Korphu have the reputation of being ecologically well-endowed. It is estimated that the region, preserved under strict Bhutanese conservation laws, harbors a minimum of 395 species of birds, including the rare and beautiful Rufous Necked Hornbill. Otherworldly Golden Langurs, rarest of primates and completely arboreal, make frequent appearances. Covering six villages, we meet elders from shamanistic Monpa communities, admire the lush flora and fauna, including chirpine, rhododendrons (in spring) and wild orchid; we may even have opportunity to sample some delicious edible varieties in our camp meals. Our exceptional trekking crew tends to all details of camp, meals and porterage, leaving you free to explore and make friends wherever we pass. This exceptional low-altitude trek (below 5,000 feet) into the Edenic wonderland of Bhutan’s Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park is nicely complemented by our cultural highlights of central and West Bhutan.

GENERAL TREK STATS:
Maximum Elevation:

4,950ft.
Note: general indications; exact elevations may vary.

Walking Time:
Average: 4 to 8 hours daily.
Note: general indications; exact times may vary according to individual fitness and endurance levels.

Distances:
between 5 and 10 miles daily.

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

nabji471x365ITINERARY IN BRIEF
Day 1: Arrive in Paro and visit the National Museum.

Day 2: Paro valley basin walking tour or hike to Taktshang “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery.

Days 3 & 4: Transfer to the capital, Thimphu, and afternoon visit to the National Memorial Stupa, hike to Tango Buddhist College.

Days 5 & 6: Transfer to Wangdue Valley with a stop at the 10,000-foot Dochula pass, hike to Khamsum Temple and visit the “Hall of 100 Pillars.”

Days 7 & 8: Transfer to Trongsa and begin our trek from Riotola.

Day 9: Nimshong to Nabji (great day for some birdwatching).

Day 10: Nabji to Korphu, with a spectacular lunch stop.

Day 11: Korphu to Kudra.

Day 12: Kudra to Jangbi, with camp on a dramatic overlook with a birds-eye view of the Mangde basin.

Day 13: Jangbi to Tongtongphey.

Day 14: Transfer to Bumthang and afternoon hike to Lamey Gompa palace,with a stop at a handmade scroll-making workshop.

Day 15: Visit Kurjey Monastery and area temples and monuments.

Day 16: Hike to the “Flaming Lake” and visit Pemacholing Nunnery.

Day 17: Transfer to Wangdue with a stop at Tangbi Village.

Day 18: Transfer to Paro, with free afternoon to shop or stroll the market.

Day 19: Return flight to Bangkok or another gateway city.