Gangkar Punsum Approach

27 DAYS
Category:
Grade: Star
Duration: 27 Days
Highlights: Traverse through the astounding rustic country south of Gangkar Punsum. Journey through the rarely frequented Chamkhar Chhu valley. Hike to the spectacular cliff top monastery of Taktsang, popularly known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Departure: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov

Ironically, the highest mountain in Bhutan is also a peak which has never been summited. Gangkar Punsum, 7,550m/24,770ft, is located in Bhutan’s northern border with Tibet. Because of the fact that it is remotely situated, it has seen very few visitors.

This relatively new trek takes you on an adventure to the southern side of the mountain, you will trek to its base by the way of the Chamkhar Chhu valley. You could be one of the few fortunate ones to traverse this region.

Holiday Facts
Grade: Strenuous
Duration: 27 days from the UK
On trek: 15 days
Walks on: 2 days
Max. Altitude: 5,200m/17,000ft approx.
Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clients
Maximum group size: 12
Land only joining city: Kathmandu
Accommodation types: Hotels / Camping
Meal arrangements: 25 Breakfasts, 22 Lunches, and 22 Dinners included

Day 1 – 2

Fly to Kathmandu.

Day 3-4

Fly to Paro. Drive to Thimphu, and then over the Dochu La, with panoramic views from the pass (weather permitting!) and down to Tongsa.

Day 5-6

Cross the Yotang La and descend into the Bumthang valley, one of the most sacred in the kingdom.

Day 7

Drive to beyond the village of Toktu Zampa and start trekking. Camp beyond Khakthang army camp.

Day 8-9

Trek to Tsawuu via Gophu. Look out for Himalayan blood pheasants along this stretch.

Day 10-12

Trek to Bamurpa where there is a day to rest weary legs and relax, and then a day spent exploring to Buurtsam.

Day 13

Trek to ‘Jumbo Jet’ Valley

Day 14

Explore towards the pass leading to the Mangde Chuu valley.

Day 15

Trek back to Bamurpa.

Day 16-18

Trek to Tsampa, Solang Chhu, and Lambrong.

Day 19

Trek to beyond Tsochenchen, below the Djule La.

Day 20

Trek to Lungsum.

Day 21-23

Trek to Dur, drive to Jakar, and then to Punakha. Explore Punakha on foot and visit Punakha Dzong.

Day 24

Drive to Paro. Visit the famous Tiger’s Nest – Taktsang Monastery.

Day 25-27

Fly to Kathmandu, with a day there at leisure to relax, do some sightseeing or last-minute shopping before flying home.

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