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Gangtey Trek - 8 days/7 nights

Paro - Thimpu - Wangdue - Gogona - Wangdue - Paro

Experience both the natural wonders of Bhutan as well as its rich culture on this 8 day tour. Visit the major historical sites of Thimpu, Paro and Punakha and enjoy a low altitude two-day trek to the villages of Gogona and Khotokha, passing through meadows, fields, forests of Juniper, magnolia and rhododendrons.

Not a group trek! This is a privately-guided trek featuring expert local guides. It can be scheduled for your departure dates. Best months for this trek are April and May in the spring season and September and October in the fall season.
 
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Trip Highlights

  • Rare Black Neck Cranes in the Gangtey Gompa valley
  • Taktsand Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)
  • Paro's colorful markets
  • Trekking through Bhutan's beautiful landscape
     

Itinerary

Day 1:  Paro (7,780 ft.)
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel.  After settling in, visit Drukgyal Dzong, a defense fortress built in 1647. If time permits, visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Enjoy an evening stroll around Paro’s colorful market. Overnight in Paro. (All meals)
 
Day 2:  Paro to Thimphu (7,700 ft.)
After breakfast visit the famous cliff side Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger's Nest. It's a 2 to 3-hour hike to this incredible monastery built in the midst of a sheer 3,000-foot cliff. In the late afternoon, take a two hour drive to Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu. (All meals)
 
Day 3:  Thimphu to Punakha (4,300 ft.)
After breakfast, relax on a three hour drive to Punakha. Upon arrival, tour Punakha Dzong, the iconic temple built on the fork of a river. Overnight in Punakha. (All meals)

Day 4:  Punakha to Gogona (10,500 ft.)
Wake early to drive to the Gangtey Gompa valley. This beautiful valley is home to the rare Black Necked Cranes migrating from the Tibetan plateau to escape the harsh winter. Meet your trekking staff and begin a moderate hike to Gogona, winding through beautiful meadows and fields and ascending to Tselela pass. Walking time will last about five to six hours. Overnight in camp. (All meals)
 
Day 5:  Gogona to Khotokha (10,200 ft.)
After breakfast, enjoy a mild climb leading to Shobjula pass. Descend gradually to camp Walking time is about 5-6 hours. Overnight Camp. (All meals)
 
Day 6:  Khotokha to Wangdue (4,300 ft.)
After breakfast, follow the trail as it ascends to Tashila. Walk down through ever changing vegetation into the drainage of the Dangchu River. Walking time is about 6-7 hours. Overnight in Wangdue. (All meals)
 
Day 7:  Wangdue to Paro (7,780 ft.)
After breakfast drive to Paro, stopping in Thimphu for lunch and sightseeing. Continue on in the afternoon to Paro. Your evening is free to relax and explore Paro on your own. Overnight in Paro. (All meals)

Day 8:  Departure
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
 

Inclusions and Exclusions

Our Package Rate Include

  • Flights in/out of Paro from India, Nepal or Bangkok
  • Private airport transfers
  • Daily accommodation with breakfast
  • Daily lunch and dinner at local restaurants or campsite
  • Private vehicle transportation for all excursions per itinerary
  • Services of a local, English-speaking guide for all visits and excursions
  • All tours and activities mentioned in the itinerary, including entrance fees
  • Trekking equipment includes two-person tent, air mattress, sleeping bags and trekking poles
  • Boiled drinking water during trek
  • Bhutan tourism development fee
  • Bhutan visa application fee

Rate Do Not Include

  • International airfare
  • Supplements for stays and meals at upgraded hotels such as the Uma Paro, Uma Punakha, Taj Tashi, Haven Resort, or Zhiwaling
  • Beverage during included meals in the city
  • Travel insurance with emergency medical and evacuation coverage (required for overnight treks-please ask us for a quote)
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Expenses of a personal nature 
     

To Book This Tour

Please call us toll free at 1-877-362-2793 and let us know that you are interested in this tour. To prepare a proposal, we'll ask questions about how many people are traveling, your preferred travel dates, standard and types of accommodation, and any special interests that we may be able to accommodate.

Once we have finalized a customized price quote for you, your agent will inform you a per-person non-refundable deposit to initiate reservations (typically 20% of tour cost). Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure.

If your reservation is made less than 75 days prior to departure, the non-refundable deposit will allow us to initiate reservations. Full payment will be due immediately upon confirmation of all hotels and transportation services. If the services quoted cannot be confirmed, alternate accommodation or transportation will be arranged and the price will be adjusted accordingly.

Payments can be made by personal check, bank wire transfer, or credit card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will initiate your reservations and send you a statement showing your payment. Approximately 2 weeks prior to your departure, we will send you a final confirmation containing your itinerary and detailed information on the logistics of your trip.
 
Please review our complete terms and conditions:
Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellation/Refund Policies

- Cancel more than 60 days prior to departure - forfeit your deposit.
- Cancel between 30 and 60 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of the tour cost.
- Cancel less than 30 days prior to departure - NO REFUND of tour cost.
- Cancellations must be made in writing and sent via mail, fax, or email to Red Lantern Journeys.
- Refunds will be processed within 30 days of receipt of your written request.
- No refunds are available for unused services or tours during your trip.
 


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