Our challenging trek in mystical Bhutan is one of the finest in the Himalaya, and brings you to the village of Laya (12,610'), so secluded the inhabitants have their own traditional dress and culture, and to ethereal Lingshi, with its monastery clinging to the edge of a sheer hilltop. Along the way, you’ll cross airy alpine passes and be immersed in a secluded Himalayan world of serene Buddhist temples and magical forests. The grand finale of our trek is the amazingly scenic spot called Jangothang (13,340'), the base camp right below Chomolhari (23,997'), the sacred peak that’s a mighty sentinel on Bhutan’s snow-capped Tibetan frontier.
Paro / Thimphu / Punakha / Laya / Lingshi
After arriving in Paro, explore Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, and the subtropical valley of Punakha. Setting off on trek, our trails wind through rolling hillsides, then climb up through bamboo, juniper, and rhododendron forests past cascading rivers and waterfalls. At Laya (12,610'), you’ll meet the Layap, semi-nomadic yak herders whose distinctive dress, including the women’s conical bamboo hats, sets them apart from other Bhutanese. Hiking through remote villages offering warm hospitality, you’ll reach Lingshi (13,196'), whose ancient hilltop dzong offers commanding views.
Jangothang / Paro
Cross a 16,000-foot pass with soaring views of the massive rock and ice peaks of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, and Tsering Kang en route to Jangothang (13,340'), the base camp for Chomolhari, Bhutan’s second highest peak. At trek’s end, return to Paro, with a day hike to Taktsang Monastery, the “Tiger’s Nest,” before departing on Day 19.