Drakey Pangsto Trek

Posted by Andy on Thursday, September 2, 2010

This is an exciting new option in a previously untrekked area, beginning in the Paro Valley and climbing high above it to hike for several days with spectacular views back down to the valley below. Passing through a couple of small villages and on through forests of rhododendron, spruce and fir, the trail leads you to camping spots near beautiful lakes, meadows, a cave and a temple.

Highlights of the trek
Small villages, sacred lakes, views of Himalaya, nomadic camp, possibility of viewing takin and musk deer, range of alpine flowers and rhododendron in spring.

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All treks are ex-kathmandu and can be customized if you wish to stay longer.
Note that BHUTAN visa requires 7 days processing.

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Detailed itinerary
Itinerary can be customized according to your needs and length of stay. Please contact us with your requirements.

Day 01Arrive Paro International Airport
our flight should afford breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks before you land in Paro, to be met and escorted to your hotel by our local representatives. After lunch you will visit the National Museum housed in an old watchtower on a hill overlooking the Paro Valley. Then visit the Rinpung Dzong, a massive fortress dating from 1645, and take some time to wander through the town and along the riverside.


Day 02 – Paro Area warm-up hike
Today you will take a four-hour round trip trek to Taktsang or ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery, perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800m. It is believed that during the second half of the 8th century Guru Padma Sambhava, the second Buddha, meditated at this spot, having travelled there on the back of a flying tigress.

Day 03Drukgyel – Jana
The trail begins a half hour drive away at Drukgyel Dzong (2565m). From here you descend to follow the river, continuing on through rice fields to the village of Zamsa. The trail ascends to Dochokha village and then climbs up, the vegetation changing to spruce, fir, juniper and hemlock as you gain height. You will camp below Jana Temple (3400m) with an excellent view over the Drukgyel Valley. ‘Jana’ means ‘in the mountains’!

Day 04Jana – Drakey Pangtso
After walking up to the temple dedicated to the local deity, you will climb gently up to the meadow of Chuthana and on up to Shertsola Pass (4311m), the highest point of the trek. From May to July this area is carpeted with blue and yellow poppies and many other wild flowers. Descending from the pass, you reach the beautiful lake Yum Tsho (‘Mother Lake’) and proceed down to the campsite at Daluna, near a waterfall. (4000m)

Drakey Gang

Day 05 – Drakey Pangtso – Chreekha
An uphill walk of about an hour will bring you to the lake of Drakey Pangtso, shaped like a huge bowl and surrounded by Drakey Gang mountain. You may see local people burning incense (juniper and hemlock leaves) to offer the good smells to the lake deity. On your return to camp you will retrace your steps to Chuthana before hiking through rhododendron forest to the campsite at Charekha (3974m), with its stunning view over the valley.

Day 06Charekha – Bumdra
First you will walk about half an hour from camp to the cave where the local deity, Charee Chen, once meditated and where villagers still worship. From here the trail gradually leads to the Thoegang Pass (4088m) before crossing two more passes, the second of which, Namgayel La (4243m) gives stunning vistas over Paro Valley and, in clear weather, over distant snowcapped peaks. A steep descent for about ninety minutes brings you to the camp spot at Bumdra (3868m).

Day 07Bumdra – Paro
Bumdra Temple will be your first stop this morning. ‘Bumdra’ means ‘The Rock of a Hundred Thousand Footprints’, reputedly left here by that number of angels who once descended at this place. Your trail continues through forest of spruce and juniper to Choechotse Temple, surrounded by twelve ruins once used for meditation. From here you descend through a thick forest of oak and blue pine to the monastic school of Sanga Choekhor, the end point of the trek, where your transport will be waiting to take you to your hotel. You will have time to wander around Paro or take a traditional hot stone bath in the evening.

Day 08 – Departure
You will be escorted to Paro Airport for your return flight.

The trek program is – because of weather or unforeseen events – subject to change.

Services and costs included in the price

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Hotel accommodations in Bhutan
  • Licensed and trained trekking guides
  • Porters for carrying goods and supplies
  • All accommodation during trek
  • All meals and hot beverages
  • Private vehicle transportation for all tours
  • All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
  • National Park/Conservation Area entry permit
  • Equipment such as sleeping bag, tents, mattresses
  • Cooking equipment
  • Camp-site charges
  • Insurance, medication, and equipment for staff
  • Coordination of Quick Rescue service (costs covered by your insurance plan)

Services and costs NOT included in price

  • International airfares
  • Travel/trekking insurance
  • Excess baggage charges more than 16kg and hand bag more than 5kg in domestic flights
  • Visa fees
  • Rescue charge
  • Drinks ( alcoholic)
  • Expenses of personal nature