10 Days Bhutan Masagang Trek

Code: NB5-10
Min 2 To Go (Depart Every Thursday) or 08/10/2020
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Masagang Trek:
This is one of the most dramatic and rewarding high altitude trek. The trail starts from Gunitsawa village that lies at the northern end of Paro valley and will take you all the way to Jigme Dorji National Park. You will have plenty of opportunities to view the great Himalayan range including Mt Masagang towering over Laya Valley. If you’re lucky, you will chance upon elusive blue sheeps as we catch a glimpse of the local nomadic lifestyle in the pristine wilderness.
Trek Difficulty:
This trek is a moderate trekking and camping with an average altitude gain of about 300 – 1,000m per day. Daily walking time takes about 6 to 8 hours in mountain trails in varied conditions involving frequent ascends and descends. Fully supported trek with cook, helpers, meals and camping equipment led by experienced local guides. All equipment and luggage will be carried by ponies with pony-men. Trekkers only need to carry a light daypack and walk at your own pace.
Paro
Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Thimphu
Trashigang Monastery Lungchusekhar Temple
108 Stupa Punakha Dzong
Punakha
Tashithang primary school Damji village
Gasa
GasaDzong
Tongchudrak
TakseMakhar Omtsa yak Herders Camp
Mt. Tsendegang
KulluKhar
Somji Yak Camp River NuleRongchu
Nulithang
Nulithang Camp Site
Lungu
River ZamdoRong Chu
Laya
Five villages -Lungu, Pashi, Tongu, Lubja-Nilo and Tongra.
Gasa Hot Spring

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Day 1: Singapore / Paro (2,300m) (D)

KB 541                      SIN/GAU               1255/1455
KB 541                      GAU/PBH              1535/1655
Assemble at Changi International Airport for your flight to Paro on Druk Air via Guwahati. On arrival, warm welcome by our Bhutanese representatives and proceed for transfer to hotel for check dinner and overnight stay.

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Day 2: Excursion to Tiger Nest Monastery (3,120m) – Thimphu (B/L/D)

Today is an acclimatization day to Taktsang Monastery or better known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, the most revered temple in the country. The monastery literally hangs on a
granite cliff overlooking the Paro valley. It is said to be where the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padmasambhava, flew from eastern Bhutan on the back of a tiger to overcome the demons of Paro region. Rest and have lunch in the cafeteria before descending to your waiting vehicle. Thereafter transfer to Thimphu for overnight stay.

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Day 3: Thimphu / Punakha (B/L/D)

Today we take a short drive of less than an hour to Trashigang Monastery founded by the 12th Chief Abbot of Bhutan H.H Je KungaJamtsho in 1768 AD. On the second floor of the main temple, one can see several relics from various other Chief Abbots following the founder. From there it takes about an of hour gradual climb through thick forest of spruce and juniper till we reach Lungchusekhar Temple, built on a peak at 3,400 meter above sea level. If the weather is good one can have spectacular mountain views starting from Jumolhari till Gangkhar Puensum. After visiting the temple descend for an hour to Dochula Pass marked by more than 108 stupas. After lunch, continue our drive to Punakha valley at 1,350m. In the evening visit Punakha Dzong that served as the capital of Bhutan until 1950s.

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Day 4: Punakha / Gasa / Tongchudrak (3,750m) (B/L/D)

We will drive approximately 3-4 hours passing through several villages with beautiful rice fields and orchards enroute till we reach Tashithang primary school. From there the car road gets narrow and steeper as we drive through dense subtropical forests till Damji village and further up to Gasa. Visit GasaDzong, also known as TashiThongme, founded by Lama ShabdrungNawangNamgyal who unified Bhutan in the 17th century AD. There are several relics dedicated to Shabdrung in some of the temples here. After the visit and picnic lunch, we shall transfer on the 4×4 jeep pickup truck and drive for approximately 2 hours on a very rough road till we reach Jimthang or better known as Tongchudrak. Overnight in camp.

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Day 5: Tongchudrak / KulluKhar (B/L/D)

14 KM | 7 HOURS | CAMP ALT 3,800m
After breakfast we continue gradually climbing up, following the river for more than 2 hours to the Military check post at TakseMakhar where we need to show some documents. From here we’ll climb steeply up 2 hours to Omtsa yak herders camp. Mt. Tsendegang can be seen from here. It takes another half an hour to walk on a straight trail till an old abandoned army post called TashiMakhar, a few kilometers before KulluKhar yak herders’ camp which is our final destination of the day.

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Day 6: KulluKhar / Nulithang (B/L/D)

7 KM | 4-5 HOURS | CAMP ALT 4,150m
Today is a short distance to cover for approximately 4-5 hours. We pass through high meadows used by Layaps as winter pastures till you reach Somji yak camp at the foot of Mt. Masagang (7,194m). After crossing the River NuleRongchu also known as TokserkhagiChhu, we reach Nulithang camp site at the base of Mt. Tsendegang (6,900m) facing the peak of Mt.Masagang. In the afternoon explore the vicinity.

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Day 7: Nulithang / Lungu / Laya(B/L/D)

20 KM | 6-7 HOURS | CAMP ALT 3,800m
Today will be one of the longer days on this trek. After breakfast, we start descending all the way down to KulluKhar and further towards Lungu. Besides the beautiful village houses there is also a very old temple which dates back to the 7th century AD. From Lungu we continue to descend an hour till the river ZamdoRong Chu and climb an hour till we reach Lungu. From there follow the straight trail for another 2 hours to Laya, the semi nomadic village so unique from rest of Bhutanese villages. Laya consists of five villages including Lungu, Pashi, Tongu, Lubja-Nilo and Tongra. People are called Layaps here and the women wear thick skirt type costume made from yak hair and small pointed conical bamboo hat with colorfuljewelries and their disposition and willingness to talk to visitors and invitation to their home. The main economy here is cattle and yak herding. Overnight stay in camp.

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Day 8: Laya / Gasa Hot Spring (B/L/D)

17 KM | 7 HOURS | CAMP ALT 2,300m
After breakfast, we shall visit a family home. Thereafter, trek downhill for 2 hours to the army camp and another 2 hours till we reach the car road and drive to Gasa. After dinner dip in the several hot spring pools with various water temperatures for various ailments. Tonight will be overnight stay in simple guest houses or in tents.

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Day 9: Gasa Hot Spring / Punakha / Paro(2,200m)(B/L/D)

This morning we shall drive through several villages and descend into lush semi-tropical gorge filled with banana trees, ferns, creepers and occasional white monkeys to Punakha. After lunch proceed to drive to Paro for overnight stay in hotel.

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Day 10: Paro – Singapore (B)

KB 540                  PBH/GAU            0805/0830
KB 540                  GAU/SIN             0910/1610
After breakfast, proceed to airport for your flight back to Singapore, with wonderful memories from Land of the Dragon.

Tours Info

Airline Druk Air (KB)
Flying hours (Approx)
Singapore-Guwahati – 4 hour 20 minutes
Guwahati-Paro – 1 hour 10 minutes
Paro-Guwahati – 1 hour 10 minutes
Guwahati-Singapore – 4 hour 20 minutes
Time Difference Guwahati is 2.5 hours behind Singapore
Bhutan is 2 hours behind Singapore.
Passport An international passport with a minimum validity of six (06) months from the date of departure from each country is required.
VISAS Visa is required for entry to Bhutan. Visa clearance will be done prior to your departure by us and a visa will be stamped on your passport upon arrival.
Travel Insurance Travel insurance is highly recommended by us. It covers unforeseen circumstances such as delays, baggage loss, personal accidents, injuries or illnesses. Please approach our staff for your complete insurance needs.
Itinerary subject to changes Itinerary & order of sightseeing tours may be reshuffled due to unforeseen circumstances

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