Tshaluna Trek

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The Tshaluna trek a short 4 days trek in Bhutan and is a moderately difficult. This trek is popular with those who wish to do a shorter version of the Druk Path trek. The trek offers beautiful views as you cross the chain of mountains that separate the Paro and Thimphu valleys. This route is also famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests and wonderful high altitude lakes abundant with fish.

BEST TIME FOR TSHALUNA TREK: March – May & Mid September – Mid December.

Tshaluna Trek with Cultural Tour Highlights:

  • Scenic views and landscapes.
  • Ancient temples and monasteries.
  • Magnificent Dzongs (Forts).
  • Meet Local people.
  • Visit pristine villages and farm house.
  • Museums.
  • Archery matches.

Tshaluna Trek Itinerary (Outline):

  • Day 01. Arrive Paro (Altitude 2280 meters).
  • Day 02: Paro Sightseeing – Hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
  • Day 03. Paro – Jele Dzong (8 km, 3 hours. 1090 m ascent).
  • Day 04. Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha.
  • Day 05. Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso.
  • Day 06. Jimilangtsho – Tshaluna (9 kms – 4 hours) – Thimphu.
  • Day 07. Thimphu sightseeing.
  • Day 08. Thimphu – Punakha – Thimphu (Altitude 1310 m, 76 Km, 3 hour drive).
  • Day 09. Thimphu – Paro (Departure).

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Tshaluna Trek cost:

  • 2 Pax: US $ 2080 per person.
  • 3 Pax and Above: US $ 1840 per person.

Tshaluna Trek with Cultural Tour (Detailed Itinerary).

Day 01. Arrival at Paro:

Your Guide and driver will receive you at Paro International airport and drive to the Hotel.

After lunch, visit Ta Dzong built in 1649, an ancient watch tower which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan.

The visit Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently functions as the administrative centre of Paro district.

In the evening, visit to a Bhutanese Farm house.

Over night in Hotel.

Day 02. Paro Sightseeing – Hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery:

After breakfast, drive to Satsam chorten and 2 hours hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Legend has it that Guru Padma Sambhava, the Tantric Mystic flew here on the back of a flying tiger.

Afternoon, visit to Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Then visit Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King Srongsen Gampo. He built 108 Temples in a single day to pin the Ogress to the earth forever.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town.

Overnight in Hotel.

Day 03. Paro – Jele Dzong:

(8 km, 3 hours walk, 1090 m ascent).

After lunch, drive to Damchena and start the hike to Jele Dzong.

Today is a short trekking day. The journey starts with a climb up to Jele Dzong. The trek trail ascends gradually up to the camp, and if the weather is clear Paro valley can be seen. Above the camp is Jele La pass (3400 m) and Jele Dzong.

Overnight in camp. Altitude 3480 m

Day 04. Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha:

(10 km, 3 – 4hours. 310 m Ascent, 50 m descent):

Today, we begin with a one and a half hour climb and then ascend more gradually upwards. The trail takes us through thick alpine forests of rhododendrons. You will have fine views of Mt. Jumolhari and other snow capped peaks if the weather is clear.

Overnight in camp. Altitude 3770 m.

Day 05. Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso:

(Distance 11 Km; walking time 4 hours, 330 m Ascent, 230 m Descent).

The trail begins with a short climb and follows a ridge. From the top on a clear day, we get amazing views of the beautiful Mt. Jomolhari and other Himalayan ranges. After a short descent, we arrive at Jimilangtsho Lake (3,700 m).

Overnight in Camp. Camp Altitude: 3700 m;

Day 06. Jimilangtsho – Tshaluna – Thimphu (End of Tshaluna Trek):

(Distance: 9 km, 4 hours walk downhill).

After breakfast, start walking down hill following a stream till Tshalu ney. Packed lunch will be served. Your vehicle will pick you up at Tshaluna. The Trek ends here and we bid farewell to the trekking crew members. Your vehicle will drive you to Thimphu. Relax in the hotel.

Overnight in Hotel.

Day 07. Thimphu sightseeing:

In the Morning, visit to:

  • National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of our Late King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Tallest Statue of Sitting Buddha in the world at Kuenselphodrang (51.5 meters),
  • Changangkha Monastery, the oldest monastery in Thimphu built in the 13th century by Phajo Drugom Shigpo.
  • Takin preserve center, a mini zoo that houses Takins, the National animal of Bhutan. The Bhutanese believe that Takin is a mix of a cow and goat and was created by Lama Drukpa Kuenley.
  • Sangaygang view point from where you can take a view of Thimphu valley.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

Lunch at Simply Bhutan museum Restaurant and visit to the Craft Bazaar.

In the evening, visit to the Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat.

Overnight in Hotel.

Day 08. Thimphu – Punakha – Thimphu (Alt. 1310 m) (76 Km, 3 hour drive).

In the morning, drive to the beautiful Punakha valley. We stop at Dochu La pass (3140 m) to enjoy the scenic view of Higher Himalayas. Punakha was the ancient capital of Bhutan.

On the way, visit Chimi Lhakhang built in 1499 to honor Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as “The Divine Madman”. The Temple is also called “the Temple of Fertility”. He Travelled throughout Bhutan using songs, humor and outrageous behavior to spread his teachings of Salvation through sex.

Afternoon, visit to Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je Khenpo and the Monk body.

In the evening, drive back to Thimphu.

Overnight in Hotel.

Day 09. Thimphu – Paro (Departure):

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.

Tour Cost Includes:

  • All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner & Evening Tea].
  • Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room Supplement Extra.
  • All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  • Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
  • Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  • Visa Fee.
  • English speaking Local guide.
  • Sightseeing.
  • Bottled water.

Tour Cost Excludes:

  • Drukair 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 expenses such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services.

Trekking Cost Includes:

Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) Nu.1000

  • One guide.
  • Cook.
  • Helpers.
  • Ponies and Yaks.
  • Tents (Sleeping tent, mess tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent and shower tent).
  • 3 meals.
  • Mattresses and all other trekking accessories.
    Note: For trekking a load of 25 kg is allowed.