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Bhutan's Sacred Summit Trek

Trip Length

Trip Code

13 days PHBC
Min Altitude Max Altitude
2280m 4700m
Minimum Age
16

Countries Visited

Bhutan

Start City

End City

Paro Paro
Bhutan's Sacred Summit Trek

Druk Yul means 'Land of the Thunder Dragon', the local name for the country known to the world as Bhutan. It lies in the heart of the vast Himalaya and to both its west and east, rugged mountain ranges stand between it and the hill districts of India. Towering to the northwest, the stark and dramatic mountains of the Chomolhari Range form the frontier with Tibet. Very few visitors have entered this tiny Himalayan kingdom and even fewer have been privileged to trek into her high mountains. Of the few areas open to trekkers and climbers the route to the base camp of Chomolhari (7314m), the sacred mountain of Bhutan, is probably the most aesthetically beautiful. Bhutan is not just about scenery and unbelievable mountains; it is also about friendly people and an enduring and living Buddhist faith with magnificent monasteries, rich religious traditions and about a turbulent past. The great fortresses or 'dzongs' found throughout the country are mute testimony to the wars, sieges and attempted invasions in times gone by. Today the country is a stable and peaceful kingdom where the king is revered and the economy is measured in 'Gross National Happiness'! Trekking through the dense forests, walking above the tree line with the nomadic yak herders, enjoying rare sightings of musk deer and blue sheep, and standing beneath the dramatic ice peaks of Chomolhari - these all make this one of the most rewarding treks in the entire Himalaya.

Why we love it:

Bhutan's Sacred Summit Trek


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Paro (2280m)

Meals included: 1 dinner

Activities:

Day 2: Tiger's Nest Monastery - Paro (2280m)

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Activities:

Day 3: Shana (2890m)

Travel time: Walking time: approx 5 hours

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Activities:

Day 4: Soi Thangthanka (3580m)

Travel time: Walking time: approx 8 hours

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Activities:

Day 5: Jangothang (3992m)

Travel time: Walking time: approx 7 hours

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Activities:

Day 6: Jangothang (3992m)

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Activities:

Day 7: Tso Phu (4297m)

Travel time: Walking time: approx 4 hours

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Activities:

Day 8: Chorapang (3749m)

Travel time: Walking time: approx 7 hours

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 9: Thangbue (3999m)

Travel time: Walking time: approx 6 hours

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 10: Shana (2890m)

Travel time: Walking time: approx 8 hours

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Activities:

Day 11: Thimphu (2250m)

Travel time: Driving time: approx 4 hours

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 12: Thimphu (2250m)

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Activities:

Day 13: Paro (2250m)

Travel time: Driving time: approx 2 hours

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Activities:


Your Trip

What to know

A very good level of fitness is required. You will be trekking on hilly terrain, generally on well-defined paths, walking anywhere between 2-7 hours per day, on average about 5 hours a day. Altitude may exceed 4700 metres.

 

What's Included

Transport

Not Included


What to know

Fitness

This is rated as a strenuous trek and members should be prepared as such. A good level of fitness is required. In certain areas where there are no bridges, it maybe necessary to wade across rivers with knee-deep waters. Local staff are on hand to assist. Some previous trekkers have had the privilege and distinction of being 'piggy- backed' across the water!

You may find the high mountain altitudes demanding. Familiarise yourself with the dangers of altitude sickness especially if you are trekking in remote areas.

 

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Bhutan
All nationalities require a visa for Bhutan. Travellers can only enter Bhutan as part of a group visa. Independent visas are not issued. The cost of the visa is covered in our tour. You must provide Peregrine at the time of booking with your full name, gender, date of birth, nationality, passport number & date of issue / expiry, plus a scanned copy of your passport and your email address that can access while travelling. If you have not booked flights to Bhutan with Peregrine, we also require your flight details to finalise the visa process, including flight numbers, arrival and departure times, and points of origin and arrival. Peregrine will then forward you the scanned copy of your Bhutan Group visa shortly prior to your trip start date. In some cases this may only be issued close to your date of arrival into Bhutan. You must show the copy of your Bhutan Group visa at the check-in for your flight to Bhutan and on arrival at immigration in Bhutan where you will have your Bhutan visa stamped into your passport.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Bhutan

Bhutan-Lonely Planet So Close to Heaven- the Vanishing Bhuddist Kingdoms of the Himalaya-Barbara Crossette The Raven Crown-Michael Aris


Important Information

Bhutan Visas & Additional Accommodation Travel in Bhutan is strictly controlled and to do any independent travel outside of a group tour is extremely difficult and expensive to arrange. We provide a group visa for travellers on our tours in Bhutan, which stipulates that all travellers must arrive and depart on the same days that our tour program starts and finishes. For this reason we are generally not able to provide additional accommodation outside of our tour dates and advise all travellers to book flights in and out of Bhutan that correspond with the start and finish day of the tour. In the rare case that no flights are available and you need to arrive earlier or depart later we are only able to book additional accommodation for you in conjunction with a special individual visa which can add around AUD1000 to the cost of your tour, to be paid at the time of booking.

Local Emergency Contacts In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency Peregrine’s India office (for Bhutan trips) can be reached on +91 (120) 422 7164 or +91 (120) 422 7169 during business hours (9.30am to 6pm) or after hours on +91 9910035322

Medical facilities in the populated areas in Bhutan such as Thimphu and Paro are available but may be limited or unavailable in rural areas. 

Roads: General road conditions outside urban areas are poor, and emergency services generally are not available. Because of the mountainous terrain, roads tend to have steep drop-offs and blind curves. During heavy rains there is a risk of falling rocks and landslides which can block roads. 

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

13 August 2014


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