Yaktsa Trek

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Yaktsa Trek.

The 7 days Yaktsa trek in Bhutan passes through Jangothang, Paro and base of Mt. Jomolhari. This Trek route is a very popular and passes through some of the beautiful high passes and the Yak Herders’ camp. The Trekkers can see some of the most spectacular sceneries of the Higher Himalayas including Jichu Drake. You will also have the opportunity to see Blue sheep and other wild life in these areas.

Yaktsa Trek Facts:

  • Trek Duration: 7 days.
  • Starting Point: Shana, Paro & End Point: Drugyal Dzong, Paro.
  • Highest Point: Bonte La pass at 4890 m.
  • Best time: March – End of May & October – Mid December.
  • Difficulty level: Strenuous.

Yaktsa Trek with Cultural Tour Highlights:

  • Scenic Mountain Landscapes.
  • Diverse Flora and fauna.
  • Yak Herders’ camp.
  • Ancient monasteries and temples.
  • Dzongs (Forts).
  • Meet Local People.
  • Pristine villages.
  • Museums.

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Yaktsa Trek cost:

  • 2 Pax: US $ 2845 per person.
  • 3 Pax and Above: US $ 2740 per person

 Yaktsa Trek with Cultural Tour Itinerary:

Day 01. Arrive Paro (2280 m):

Your guide will receive you at the airport and then drive to the hotel.

Afternoon, visit to Ta Dzong, an ancient watch tower built in 1656 which now houses the National Museum.

Then visit Paro Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal is the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town. Over night in Hotel.

Day 02. Hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery:

In the Morning, hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery (2 hours walk till the monastery). The primary temple was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684 by Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche; the Tantric Mystic flew here on the back of a flying tiger.

Afternoon, visit to Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 as a defense post by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Then visit Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet.

In the evening, drive to Shana (22 km. 2 hour drive).

Overnight at the camp.

Day 03. Shana – Thangthangka:

The trail follows the river through a heavily forested area with a few isolated farmhouses. Camp is in a meadow with a stone shelter.

Altitude: 3610 m; Distance 22 Km; Time 7 – 8 hours. (770 m ascent, 10 m descent)

Day 04. Thangthangka – Jangothang:

In the morning, pass through Tegethang, a winter home of Yak herders. Lots of yaks will be seen today before we arrive at the Jomolhari base camp (4,115 m). High mountains overlook the camp and visible nearby are the ruins of an old fortress used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invasions.

Over night in Camp.

Altitude 4080 m; Distance 19 Km; Time 5 – 6 hours. (480 m ascent)

Day 05. Jangothang:

Rest day at Jangothang, enjoy the superb view all around.

For Day hikes, you have 3 options on this day at Jangothang.

  1. Hike to Jomolhari Glacier which is around 4 ½ hours (Back and forth)
  2. Hike to Jichu Drake Glacier which is around 3 hours (Back and Forth).
  3. Walk up the mountain between Jomolhari and Jichu Drake, the summit is at 5200 m with a great view of both the mountains. This is 8 hours (Back and forth).

Day 06.  Jangothang – Dhumzo via Bonte La pass 4890 m:

Today, you will see the view of Jomolhari, Jitchu Drake and the valley to Jomolhari camp site. Your will also come across the several Yak herders’ camp and cross Tsho Phu lake. Good chances see a flock of Himalayan blue Sheep. The trail winds up till Bonte La (4900 m) and is also highest pass of this trek.

Overnight at the camp.

Highest Point: 4890 m, Duration 7 – 8 hours walk, Distance – 16 Km,

Day 07. Dhumzo (Soi Yaktsa) – Thombushong (4100 m) via Tagalun Pass at 4550 m:

You will have to climb from the camp through rhododendron, birch and oak forest. You can also get a view of Jomolhari for a short while.

If you are trekking during May and June, you can see Takins (Our National Animal). This place is the Migratory route of the Takins.

Dinner and over night in camp.

Highest Point: 4550 m, 5-6 hours, Distance 14 Km.

Day 08. Thombushong to Zankepang via Thombula pass (4300 meters):

Climb to Thombula which takes about half an hour and then you walk on the ridge which is very beautiful. You can see the several mountain peaks view from the pass, the closest one being Jo Drake (5980 m).

Over night in camp.

Highest Point 4300 m. Duration 7-8 hours, Distance 18 Km (Long downhill).

Day 09. Zankepang to Drugyal Dzong (7 km, 2 hour walk) – Thimphu (Altitude 2280 m):

This is the place where you see off your Trekking staffs and your horse men. Then walk to the road end for 2 hours only (End of Trek). Then drive to Thimphu (68 km, 2 hour drive).

In the Afternoon, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Over night in Hotel.

Day 10. Thimphu Sightseeing:

In the Morning, visit to:

  • National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of the Third King, Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Tallest Statue of sitting Buddha (51.5 meters) at Kuenselphodrang.
  • Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in Thimphu valley built in the 13th century by Phajo Drugom Shigpo.
  • Takin Preserve center, a mini zoo that houses the National animal of Bhutan, Takin. Bhutanese believe that this animal is created by Lama Drukpa Kuenley and is a mix of a Goat and cow.
  • Sangaygang view point from where you can see the view of Thimphu city below.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

Lunch at Simple Bhutan Museum Restaurant. Then visit Painting School, the School of 13 Arts and crafts.

In the evening, visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body. Then free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Overnight in Hotel.

Day 11. Thimphu – Punakha – Thimphu (76 Km, 3 hour drive):

In the Morning, drive to Punakha. Punakha was the ancient capital of Bhutan until the rule of the Second King of Bhutan. On the way, visit to Dochula pass (3140 m) with its 108 stupas and enjoy the view of Majestic Himalayas.

Then visit Chimi Lhakhang “Temple of Fertility” built in 1499 to honor Lam Drukpa Kuenley, “The Divine Madman”. He Travelled throughout Bhutan and Tibet as Yogi using songs and humor to spread his teachings of Salvation through sex.

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

In the evening, drive back to Thimphu.

Overnight in Hotel.

Day 12. Thimphu – Paro (Departure):

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.

Tour Cost Includes:

  • All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner and 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.