This 4 nights-5 days trek is wonderful varied, beautiful scenery, good views of snow –capped Himalayan peaks, a monastery high up in the mountains, and a visit to a dzong. Some campsite is near by beautiful lakes and nice views. After climb the route is not too hard and, if needed, there is access down to a road from several spots. Part of the route follows the original mule track that linked the Thimphu and Paro valleys, and eventually connected Bhutan to the Indian border.
The trek begins at high altitude. Plan some extra days in Paro or Thimphu to acclimatise.
Day 1 Paro – Jele Dzong
Start of Trek Day 1: Distance 10 Kms and walking time 4-5 hours. Start from Dopshare (2,300m) and camp at Jele Dzong (3,450m). The trek trail is rather gradual climb till the camp and if the weather is clear the Paro valley can be seen with the Mt. Jumolhari(7314m) and snowcapped mountains behind the valley.
About Jele Dzong;The Dzong is worth a visit, it is a very impressive fort, surrounded by many prayer flags, in an even more recently – it takes a battering from the elements (note the iron cables holding down the roof). The views are great, looking towards Paro far below, while in the distance stand snowy peaks on he border with Tibet, including Jhomolhari (7315m) in the centre.
Day 2 Jele Dzong – jangchulakha
Trek Day 2: Distance 10 Kms and walking time 4-5 hrs.Starting at Jele Dzong (3450mtrs) and camp at Jangchulakha (3780mtrs). The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and rhododendrons trees and most of the walking is up and down on a ridge.Mt. Jumolhari is also visable today.You may see Yak herders around your camp site.
Day 3 Jangchulakha—Jemelang tsho
Trek Day 3 : Distance 15 Kms and walking time 5-6 hrs.Starting at Jimilangtsho (3880m) and camp at Labana (4130m) The trail takes you through dwarf Rhododendrons trees and then you pass by the lake of Janye Tsho. Today you may come across some Yak herder’s camp and you can really have a look as to how these people live. We have to cross the Simkota Lake to reach labana camp. The trail is up and down and the route is most rocky.
Day 4 Jemelang tsho – labana
Trek Day 4: Distance 12 Kms and walking time 4-5hrs.Starting at Janye tsho(3780m) and the camp at Labana(4130m). Today you may come across some Yak herder’s camp and you can really have a look as to how these people live. We have to cross the Simkota Lake to reach labana camp. The trail is up and down and the route is most rocky.
Day 5 Labana – Thimphu.
Trek Day 5: Distance 12 Kms and walking time 4-5 hrs. Starting at Labana camp (4130m) and from camp side after breakfast You begin with a gradual climb upto labana pass (4210m) the highest elevation for this trek. From camp side if weather permits you will see the same view of Mt. Gangkhar Punsum (7541m) the highest mountain in Bhutan, Mt. Kanchan jangkha third higest pic in the world (in Darjeeling) and other Himalayan peaks. Below, you can see the entire Thimphu valley and you can see the same view from labana pass. Cross from Phajoding Monastery (3870m) trek end to Thimphu (2300m). In Phajoding there is 3, 4 Monastery you can visit if you like to, the trek to Thimphu is all the way down hill through a forested area of mostly Blue pine. By taking leisurely pace you can reach Thimphu in about 3 hours for a nice hot shower and lunch. Overnight at Hotel.
About Phojoding Monastery; Ogden Pajo, a Tibetan yogi looking for a place for meditation, founded the site in the 13th century. Most of the buildings were constructed by the 9th Je Khenpo, Shakya Rinchen, in the first half of the 18th century.The 16th Je Khenpo was also involved in some of the buildings, and the king’s secretary has donated money for one of the more recent temples, built in honour of Padma Sambava. There is many buildings spead out over the mountainside include lhakhangs/gompas,monk quarters, numerous meditation centers, and even a guesthouse. The meditation centers may have a branch of a juniper tree outside, indicating that they do not want to be disturbed. There is also a sacred cave, with big ice stalactites during the colder months of the year. The meditation are hangs on the side of a cliff at 3950m.