Lunana Nikachu Trek

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Lunana Nikachu Trek 2019-03-03T14:56:38+00:00
Day 1- Trek-Day 1: Drukgyel Dzong (8460ft/2580m) to Camp Shana (9480ft/2890m)
Distance 15km, time 5-6 hoursWe begin the day by driving up to Drukgyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), where the road ends. View the Dzong, which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan ‘s victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. The trek begins, following the Paro River gently uphill through rice paddy terraces, apple orchards, and forest, passing the village houses, monasteries and chortens.
Camp Altitude 2890m


Day 2- Trek-Day 2: Shana (8460ft/2890m) to Camp Thangthangkha (11730ft/3575m)
Distance 22km, time 7-8 hours

The trail continues to gradually climb along the side of the Paro River . The valley narrows and closes, and the path then winds along the stream. This day’s trek is not difficult, but it is long, and there are many short ups and downs. Nearby the lunch stop we can see the route to Tremo La, which is paved in stone and served as the main trade route to the Phari Dzong in Tibet . It was also the main invasion route of the Tibetans ages ago. The trek to Thangthangkha continues for 3-4 hours through beautiful forest consisting mainly of birch, fir, larch, maple blue pine and rhododendron. The camp is in a meadow with a stone shelter. Weather allowing, the Jumolhari Mountain looks magnificent.
Camp Altitude 3575m



Day 3 – Trek-Day 3: Thangthangkha (11730ft/3575m) to Camp Jangothang (13260ft/4044m)
Distance 17km, time 4-5 hours

Your climb today gains elevation and you will be comfortably worn out at day’s end. You are now entering “yak” country. Yaks are utilized for pack animals as well as supply cheese, milk, tea, meat and Yak hair for weaving of huts, blankets, clothes, backpacks and hats. Burley and huge, the yak plays an important role in Bhutan history, yesterday and today. Remote villages are dotted throughout this area. A stone and log bridge provides access to Jangothang. Unparalleled views of snow peaked mountains form the eastern side of the valley. You are in the most spectacular camp spot in the entire Himalayan range. You are truly in the High Himalayas!
Camp Altitude : 4044m


Day 4- Trek- Day 4 Halt at Jangothang

An Easy day hike up the valley towards the foot of Jumolhari.Follow the trail that climbs the moraine and go as far as possible on this towards Jumolhari.The moraine-ridge walk gives a good view down to the glacier and allows acclimatization in preparation for crossing the Nyile La.


Day 5 – Trek – Day 5: Jangothang (13260ft/4044m) to Camp Lingshi (13150ft/4010m) via Nyile La (16040ft/4890m)
Distance 21km, time 5-6 hrs

This day’s trek will take you over Nyile La (pass), which is at 4,880m. Feelings of great accomplishments will arise as you sip your tea under the prayer flags aflutter at Nyile La. It tends to be windy at the pass. You can see yak pastures on the way. Depending on the time of year, you will encounter nomads. You will have a great view of Lingshi Dzong further along the trail. It’s also possible to see blue sheep and musk deer. Tserim Gang Mountain and glaciers are at the north end of the Lingshi valley.
Camp Altitude 4010m

Day 6- Trek –day 6: Halt at Lingshi

Here you can visite Lingshi school and BHU


Day 7- Trek-day 7: Lingshi (13150ft/4010m) to Camp Chebisa (13090ft/3990m)
Distance 16kms 3-4 hours

Today is the shortest walking day, take it easy. Much of the trail is level and leads along the ridge of the river valley, which is known for its aromatic medicinal herbs, and down into a side valley were Goyak settlement is located. This is a typical cluster of stone houses, surrounded by fields of highland barley. Pass through the village of Goyak the camp is in the valley of Chebisa , a pretty highland village.
Camp Altitude 3990m


Day 8-Trek-Day 8: Chebisa (13090ft/3990m) to Camp Shomuthang (13120ft/4000m) via Gombu La (14560ft/4440m)
Distance 15kms 5-6

Leaving all settlements and villages behind, the trail again climbs through high-altitude pastures, frequented by the blue sheep and grazing yaks. Crossing Gombula pass at Alt, 4350m, the trail descends to ford a stream and then climbs a further ridge (4230m) to reach the forested valley of the Jolethang-chu, where Shakshepasa helipad is located. From here the trail winds uphill to the yak pastures of Jachim (4260m) before dropping down to the meadow camp at Shomuthang alongside a tributary of the Mo-Chhu.
Camp Altitude 4000m


Day 9-Trek Day 9: Shomuthang (13120ft/4000m) to Camp Robluthang (13645ft/4160m) via Jarela (15695ft/4785m)
Distance 16kms 7-8 hours

An early start today criss-crossing the river, with the peak of Mount Gang Bum (6840m) in the distance to the south east, the trail gradually ascends Jari La Pass at 4600m. There are fine views of the snow peak of Mount Gangchentak (6840)m to the north, and more distant views of Mount Tserim Gang and Mount Jomolhari . The switchback trail now zigzags downhill to meet a stream. Rhododendrons grow thickly in these parts, as the trail meanders down to cross a small bridge over the Jolethang-Chu, and reach the meadow clearing at Tseri Jathang, a summertime sanctuary for the takin, the national animal of Bhutan . Climbing again, it than bypasses a small lake to reach the rock-strewn meadow camp at Robluthang.
Camp Altitude : 4160m



Day10-Trek-Day 10: Robluthang (13645ft/4160m) to Camp Lemithang (13645ft/4160m) Via Sinche La (16400ft/5000m)
Distance 19km 6-7 hours

This is one of the most difficult days on the route, as the trail zigzags up the hillside through burnt-out forest and marshy terrain, to reach a glacial valley. Fording a stream and climbing through pastures potholed with marmot burrows, Shnche La pass (5000m) comes into view. This is the highest point on the trek, and as it is crossed, the snow massif of Mount Gangchentak can be seen to the north. A long winding descent through boulder- and moraine-strewn valleys follows, as the trail crosses the Gang Chhu twice, and climbs through rhododendron and cedar forests to a meadow campsite at Lemithang alongside the Zamdo Nangi-Chut with the Great Tiger Mountain looming over camp.
Camp Altitude : 4160m


Day 11- Trek-Day 11: Lemithang (13645ft/4160m) to Camp Laya (12465ft/3800m)
Distance 9 km 3-4 hours

Lemithang is in the Laya region of Gasa district, and here women still wear the distinctive Laya dress. The trail criss-crosses the winding course of the Zamdo Nagi-Chhu, passing through an uninhabited forest on the long descent. Soon the trail forks, one branch leading down to a military campsite by the river bank and the other climbing slightly to reach the western side of Laya village. We camp on a high flat bench above the east end of Laya Village for the night.
Camp Altitude: 3800m.


Day 12-Trek-Day 12: Explore Laya


Day 13-Trek day 13: Laya (12465ft/3800m) to Camp Rodophu (13825ft/4215m)
Distance 14.5 kms 7-8 hours

We say good bye to Laya, the last village for the next four days, and find the start of the trail through fields and clusters of houses. Descend through the village and beautiful forest to the military camp. Another 240m down we hit the important turn off fork to Rodophu. The climb is steep through the forest, leaving the m valley behind. Passing several herder huts, the route steeply climbs through rhododendron and mixed conifers to campsite.

Camp Altitude: 4215m


Day 14-Trek-Day 14: Camp Rodophu (13825ft/4215m to Camp Narethang (16200ft/4940m) via Tsemo La (16090ft/4905m)
Distance 16 kms 6-7 hours

Following the Rodo-chu upstream over undulating terrain covered in dwarf rhododendrons and arid scrubland, the trail reaches an open valley and ascends gradually to cross Tsemo La (4905m), from where mount Jumolhari can be seen in the distance. Now level, the trail crosses a small, exposed plateau frequented by yak caravans, to reach the campsite at Narethang which is situated beneath Mount Gangla Karchung (6301m). Settle in for the first really high camp.
Camp Altitude: 4940m


Day 15-Trek-Day 15 Camp Narethang (16200ft/4940m to Camp Tarina (12915ft/3938m) via Gangla Karchung La(16465/5020m)
Distance 16 km 6-7 hours

The trail ascends slowly about 1-1.5 hr climb to cross Gangla Karchung La (5020m) is not too hard- about 80m, with a steep section at the end. Crossing the pass leads into the Lunana area. An overwhelming view rewards all the hard labor of the last two days. In front and far below three beautiful, dark blue-green lakes are visible, and above the mountain Teri Kang (about 7300m) with some side peaks. A long and sometimes steep descent (1055m, 3 hrs) follows on a good trail through rhododendron buses to reach the valley floor and the campsite at Tarina.
Camp Altitude: 3938m



Day 16-Trek-Day 16 Camp Tarina (12915ft/3938m) to Camp Woche (13655ft/4163m)
Distance 14 km 6-7 hours

Following the Tang-Chhu downstream through conifer forest and bypassing high waterfalls, the trail climbs steadily for about two hours into a side-valley where Woche Village is located.
Camp Altitude: 4163m


Day 17-Trek-Day 17 Camp Woche (13655ft/4163m) to Camp Lhedi (12,790ft/3900m) via Keche La (15305ft/4666m)
Distance 13 km 5-6 hours

Below the campsite the trail continues uphill through the Woche Valley and across the Woche-Chhu, before climbing through Lakeland terrain to Keche La Pass(4666m). The snow peaks of Jejekangphu Gang, where the Woche-Chhu rises, are now visible. Then, descending into the Pho-Chhu valley, the trail passes through the agricultural village of Thega , where turnips, radishes, potatoes and buckwheat grow. From Thega there are excellent views up the Pho Chhu valley towards, Lhedi, Table Mountain and the surrounding hillsides, with many different alpine flowers. Continue following the trail down into Lhedi, alongside the river.
Camp Altitude: 3900m.


Day 18-Trek –Day 18 Halt at Lhedi

Here also you can visit Lhedi school and BHU


Day 19-Trek-Day 19 Camp Lhedi (12,790ft/3900m) to Camp Thanza (13450ft/4100m)
Distance 17km 6-7 hours

Following the main source of the Pho-Chhu upstream, crossing glacial drainages, with excellent views of the Table Mountain . One of the largest side glaciers of Eastern Lunana, the Tsonglu glacier, ends before Chozo Village . From here the trail heads north-east for Chozo, another small subsistence farming village. The trail rises through yak grazing pastures and then leaves the riverbank, climbing through a bluff to reach the villages of Thanza.
Camp Altitude: 4100m


Day 20- Trek-Day 20 Thanza Rest Day

Hike around different village and lunana tsho of Thanza .


Day 21-Trek-Day 21 Camp Thangza  (14890ft/4540m) to Camp Tshochena (16272ft/4960m) via Jaze La (16890ft/5150m)
Distance 8km 7-8 hours

Climbing through a rock-strewn valley, the trail undulates to reach Haze La pass and then descends through typical alpine terrain of lakes and snow peaks to Tshochena, a lakeshore camp.
Camp Altitude: 4960m


Day 22-Trek-Day 22 Camp Tshochena (16272ft/4960m) to Camp Jichu Dramo (15616ft/4880m) via Lojula (16875ft/5145m)
Distance 14km 4-5 hrs.

After following the lakeshore, the train then crosses a ridge, from which snow peaks are visible in all directions. The Pho-Chhu is visible below, winding its way towards Punakha. Undulating over a number of small hills, the trail then bypasses a glacial lake on the ascent of Loju La Pass (5145m). From here a daddle leads into a hanging glacial valley and on to Jichu Dramo campsite located just below tomorrow’s high pass, Rinchen Zoe La (5326m).
Camp Altitude: 4880m


Day 23-Trek-Day 23 Camp Jichu Dramo (15616ft/4880m) to Camp Chukarpo (14720ft/4600m) via Rinchen Zoe La ( 17470ft/5326m)
Distance 19km 7-8 hrs

Today the trail begins its long ascent of the Rinchen Zoe La (5326m), which forms a watershed between the Pho-Chhu and Mangde-Chhu. Here there are outstanding views of the Eastern Himalayan peaks including a last sight of the Lunana Mountains . A long descent from here leads into the broad and sometimes marshy Thampe Chhu Valley . Passing several lakes the valley narrows steeply down the face of a moraine. The trail flattens leading to camp Chukarpo.
Camp Altitude: 4600m


Day 24-Trek-Day 24 Camp Chukarpo (14720ft/4600m) to Camp Thampe Tsho( 13526ft/4230m)
Distance 18km 6-7 hrs

Descending for two hours, the trail reaches the takin-grazing pastures at Galapang Chhu, before climbing sharply through juniper and confifer forests for about one hour to Thampe Tsho, a strikingly beautiful turquoise lake. Camp site is located at the lakes southern shore.
Camp Altitude: 4230m


Day 25-Trek-Day 25Camp Thampe Tsho( 13526ft/4230m) to Camp Murothang (12130ft/3698m) via Tempe La (15300ft/4665m)
Distance 16 km 5-6 hrs

A reasonably steep climb from camp to Tempe La, here we bid farewell to the high altitude with its fresh, crisp air and descend to the shores of Om Tsho, a lake where the great treasure-finder Pema Lingpa is believed to have discovered a number of termas in the lake. The descent is now steep passing a waterfall and a second small lake into the reaches of Nikka Chhu, the river we will follow until the end of the trek at Sephu. Follow the river bank to a clearing by the riverside to Camp Maurothang , the last night of camping.
Camp Altitude: 3698m



Day 26-Trek-Day 26 Camp Murothang (12130ft/3698m) to Nikka Chhu (8617ft/2627m)

Trek Distance 18km 5-6 hrs.