Travel to Bhutan

Tsaluna Trek

Facts about the Tsaluna Trek Tour / Trek:

Trek Duration: 04 Days

Total Duration: 9 nights / 10 days.

Accommodation: Hotels, Resorts and Tents.

Activity Type: Walking, Trekking & Tour.

Difficulty Level: Moderately Strenuous.

Group size: Minimum 2 pax.

Best Months to do this Trek: March – June, September – 2nd Week of December

Day 1 Arrive Paro (Altitude 2280 m) (By Druk Air flight): Receive and drive to the Hotel.

  • Visit Ta Dzong (built in 1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower and presently the National Museum of Bhutan.
  • Rimpung Dzong (built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal), visit to a Typical Bhutanese Farm house.

Dinner and O/N in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar. www.tnr.bt

Optional activities you can choose:

  • Hike to Dzongdrakha Monastery.
  • Hike to Nunnery.
  • Village walk.
  • Mountain biking around Paro valley.
  • Drive to Chelila pass to view Higher Himalayas bordering Tibet including Mt. Jumolhari.
  • Visit to a Farm house.

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Paro.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Paro:

Day 2 Paro Sightseeing: Hike to Taktsang monastery as good acclimatization for the trek

After lunch, visit

  • Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo.
  • Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Optional activities you can choose:

  • Hike to Dzongdrakha Monastery.
  • Hike to Nunnery.
  • Village walk.
  • Mountain biking around Paro valley.
  • Drive to Chelila pass to view Higher Himalayas bordering Tibet including Mt. Jumolhari.
  • Visit to a Farm house.

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Paro.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Paro:

Day 3 – Trek Day 1: Paro to Jele Dzong Today’s trail is a long but fairly gentle ascent. A clear day offers a bird’s eye view of Paro valley. Altitude: 3560m; Distance 10 Km; Walking Time 4 – 5 hours. (1090 meters ascent). Camp is at 3560 m.

Day 4 – Trek Day 2: Jele Dzong to Tsaluna Descend through silver fir, pine, rhododendron and hemlock forest to camp nearby a small river at about 3000 metres. We can also visit Tsalu Ney, a small 14th century temple, where the Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated.  (5 to 6 hours)

Day 5 – Trek Day 3: Tsaluna to Phajoding Climb to Pumo La at about 3400 metres. About two hours after the pass we will reach Phajoding at 3750 metres where we will camp. Numerous meditation centres and temples are scattered across the hillside and the large buildings of Phajoding monastery are just below the campsite.  (5 to 6 hours)

Day 6 – Trek Day 4: Phajoding to Thimphu. The final day’s trail to Thimphu descends steeply through blue pine forests (2 to 3 hours).

After lunch, visit

  • Visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974)
  • Tallest statue of Buddha
  • Takin Preserve center
  • Changangkha Monastery
  • The Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

Dinner and O/N in Hotel Migmar or similar. www.hotelmigmar.com

Optional Activities you can choose:

  • Textile Museum
  • Bhutanese Cultural show.
  • Weekend Market (Friday to Sunday), Philatelic office, and Handmade Paper factory Gold and Silver smith.
  • Talk on Gross National Happiness / Buddhism.
  • Hike to Cheri Monastery / Tango Monastery / Phajoding Monastery.
  • Village walk at Kabisa.
  • Mountain biking around Thimphu.

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Thimphu.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Thimphu: 

Day 8 Thimphu to Punakha (Altitude: 1310 m) (Distance: 76 km, 3 hrs): After breakfast, drive to Punakha.

  • Dochula pass.
  • Royal Botanical Garden at Lamperi.
  • Chime Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”.

After lunch, visit

  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Dinner and O/N in Meri Punsum Resort or similar. www.meripuensum.bt

Optional Activities you can choose:

  • Village walk.
  • White water rafting in Pho Chu/ Mo Chu.
  • Visit to Talo Monastery.
  • Hike to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Punakha.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Punakha: 

Day 9 Punakha – Paro (Altitude: 2280 m) (Distance: 130km, 5 hrs): After breakfast, drive to Paro.

  • Visit to a farm house
  • Shopping in the town for souvenirs

Dinner and O/N in Tashi Namgyal Resort or similar. www.tnr.bt

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Paro.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Paro:

Day 10 Paro: Departure- Early morning, drive to the airport and farewell.

Cost inclusive of :
a. All Meals
[Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
b. Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room Supplement Extra US $: 50 per room per night.
c. All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
d. Royalty & Govt. Taxes
e. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments only
f. Visa Fee.
g. Airport tax
h. Tourism Development fund
i. Guide.
j. Sightseeing
Cost exclusive of:
* Druk Air fares.
* Insurance Premiums,
* Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
* Cost for any services not mentioned in the "Cost Include head".
* Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
* Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water, incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services
While on Trek, the cost covers :
Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) Nu.1000
- 3 meals a day,
- service of cook & Helper,
- guide, Sleeping Tent,
- Mess Tent, Kitchen Tent & Toilet Tent,
- Ponies to carry supplies,
- Royalty.
- We will provide you with sleeping mats but you have to bring your own sleeping bags.
THINGS TO BRING FOR A TREK IN BHUTAN
Personal clothing: strong normal clothing (according to season). Preferably cotton, even for summer, woolen clothing for the evening and winter.
For Trekking, one must bring :
• Strong comfortable trekking boots – water-resistant for the rainy period-June-August.
• Sunscreen
• Flash light
• Rain coat (especially for rainy period –June-August)
• Head gear/hat/cap; sun and rain protection
• Water pills – for extra caution in purifying stream; (boiled water is provided at all times during the trek)
• Aspirin – incase of altitude sickness
• Lots of socks
• Warm clothes
OPTIONAL ITEMS TO BRING FOR TREKKING IN BHUTAN • Sunglasses
• Head gear
• Folding umbrella (only for wet months — July and August)
• One towel
• Pillow case
• Wet-packed tissue paper.
• Pillow.