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8 Days Haa Valley Trek [VAHVT09]


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Day 1

Arrive Paro by Druk air, the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by our representatives. Afternoon visit to Rinpung Dzong, built in 1646 and now houses government offices and religious institutions, as do all the Dzongs (forts) currently. Cross a traditional wooden bridge on the way to the Dzong. Visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. Visit Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear, enjoy the views of Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,329 meters, from the village below the Dzong. In the evening, stroll through the Paro town. Overnight hotel in Paro.

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Day 2

After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery at 3120m/10200ft, Bhutan's most famous monastery. The hike also serves the acclimatization purpose for the next day's trek. The 8th century Spiritual Master, Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Explore the Monastery hike back to Paro. In the evening you can explore Paro Town. Overnight hotel in Paro.

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Day 3

Drive from Paro to Haa Valley (2712m) to Yatong (2735m).  Trek to Khadey Gom (3235m/10614ft) crossing Yatong Gompa, Talung village.  The trail winds around farmlands fenced with piles of stones to protect the fields from deer & wild boars.  O/n Camp.  4/5hrs walk.

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Day 4

Trek to Dongney Tsho (3200m) via Saga la (3720m).  A gradual hike for about 1hr through meadows & coniferous forest is followed by the 2hrs climb to the Saga pass. On a clear day there is a fantastic view on both sides of the pass.  The view towards Paro includes sacred Mount Jhomolhari & below in the valley the Drukgyel Dzong & the sacred Taktsang monastery.  Looking to the west the peaks of Haa frming the border with Tibet can be seen.  From the pass it is all downhill.  A good 2hr downhill hike through mixed conifer forests & rhododendrons will bring you to the camp in an open meadow at Dongney Tsho, surrounded with tall firs.  To the left is the black Choshola mountaing: a holy place from which a lake escaped.  O/n Camp.  5hrs walk.  

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Day 5

Trek to Drukgyel Dzong (3hr).  The first part of today's hike is steeply downhill for about 1.5hr until you reach the Genchu Zam.  The hike is through thick vegetation, & laughing thrushes, magpies, nutcrackers & pheasants are often seen.  There is a beautiful small village comprised of about eight households and a temple on the left side of the trail.  Chodeypu, set picturesquely at the base of the mountain Laump Bjara (Foggy Mountain, inhabitated by mountain goats).  Another 1hr from this village will take you to Balakha Chhu where the ancient Haa Planters' Trail ends.  Meet the vehicle to drive to Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan.  O/n at Hotel

 

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Day 6

AM Thimphu s/seeing.  Visit the Painting school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft centers. PM drive 3 hours to Wangduephodrang crossing the Dochula pass 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of lobesa. Visit the Wangduephodrang Dzong and the market area. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 7

AM drive 45 minutes to Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong which served as an old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans.  Drive back to Paro.  Visit Ta Dzong & Rinpung Dzong.  Overnight at hotel.

 

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Day 8

After breakfast, airport transfer will be provided to board your onward flight.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Country
Bhutan
Type of trip
Trekking
Trip Length
8 days
Maximum Elevation
3720m 12204ft
Grade
Easy or Easy
Season
Mar – May / Sep – Nov
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Price
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