bhutan may 2011
23 day itinerary
Day 1 (Arrive Kathmandu), Day 2 (Fly Kathmandu-Paro drive Thimphu), Day 3 (Thimphu sightseeing/Tango gompa drive Dochu La), Day 4 (Drive Dochu La-Gangtey/Phobjika valley), Day 5 (Drive Gangtey – Trongsa – Bumthang valley), Days 6-9 (Bumthang valley stay), Day 10 (Drive Bumthang – Wangdue), Day 11 (Visit Punakha dzong and Chimi gompa), Day 12 (Drive Wangdue - Dochu La - Thimphu - Paro), Day 13 - 19 (Seven nights/eight days Jumolhari trek), Day 20 (Last day of trek - return Paro), Day 21 (Paro sightseeing), Day 22 Visit Taktsang gompa), Day 23 (Depart Paro - Kathmandu)
Thimphu sightseeing/Tango gompa drive Dochu La
After breakfast we will drive a short distance outside Thimphu and hike through beautiful forests to Tango gompa. Founded in the 12th century, it is now an important centre of higher learning for monks and is situated above the valley floor in a spectacular setting. We will return to Thimphu for lunch at our hotel.
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In the early afternoon, we will drive up above the capital to the 3140 metre Dochu La. This pass has 108 chortens surrounded by forests full of colourful prayer flags and we will have the time to wander among them before spending the night just below the pass.