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Royal heritage trek


 The Royal Heritage Trek traces the historical route traveled by the Royal family when moving between their summer and winter residences in Bumthang and in Kuengarabten (24km south of Trongsa). In 2007 the monarchy was 100 years old, and to commemorate this event, the old route was rediscovered. The trek includes two climbs to the passes of around 4000m on day one and on day three one long descent.how evr this trip is very popular and best trip,Himalayan high spirits Adventure organazing this trip as a clients interest and budget, we oly focuse  how can we give good service to our clients so we make design as a clients idea.

 
Day 01: Arrive Paro Bhutan by Bhutan national airline:-On arrival, meet & greet by our local representative and then drive to Thimphu, the capital ( 55km, 90 min). Evening at leisure. Stroll in the town, visit local shops as you wish. Overnight at the hotel. D
Day 02: Thimphu sightseeing:-Following breakfast, visit sightseeing places of interests in Thimphu that includes: Memorial chorten, 15th century Changangkha Lhakhang, mini zoo to see the national animal of Bhutan, Sangaygang viewpoint, Dubthob nunnery. After lunch, visit national library, arts & craft school, folk heritage museum, national handicraft emporium, textile museum, traditional weaving centre, weekend market ( Fri, Sat & Sun) and finally paper factory & Trashi chhoe dzong. Overnight at the hotel. BLD
Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha ( distance: 71km, Time: 2-3 hours) :-Following breakfast, drive to Punakha, the winter residence of chief abbot. The road climbs for about an hour till you reach a pass at Dochula at an altitude of 3150M. Weather permitting, this pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas. After hot cup of tea/coffee at the Dochula tourist's café, continue to descend a long way to Punakha & Wangdue through temperate forest of rhododendron & magnolia bloom in spring then a semi-tropical zone where orange trees, banana trees and cactuses are found in abundance. On arrival, check in to the Hotel Zangtopelri/Meri Puensum Resort.

After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong some 7-8 km away from the hotel. Punakha Dzong is the most impressive dzong in Bhutan situated in the confluence of Phochhu & Mochhu (male & female rivers). It looks like a giant ship with excellent wood work and detail of paintings. It was here that the first King was crowned in 1907. It was capital of Bhutan until 1955 and then it was shifted to Thimphu. This dzong was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1637. Punakha dzong is still serves as winter resident of the chief lama of Bhutan and houses both administrative & religious centre of Punakha district. Drive some 8 km north; cross the suspension bridge and hike for 45 minutes to a newly built Kham Sum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten built by one of the 4 queen mothers for the protection of the country and to bring peace in the world. The view from this temple below is superb. Descend and then drive back to Hotel. Overnight at the hotel. BLD
ay 04: Punakha – Trongsa ( Distance: 150km, Time: 5 hours): -Following breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong, - the most impressive Dzong in Bhutan, situated in the confluence of Phochhu & Mochhu (male & female rivers). It was here that the first King was crowned in 1907. This dzong was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1637 and still serves as winter resident of the Chief Lama of Bhutan and houses both administrative & religious centre of Punakha district. After which, drive to Trongsa in Central Bhutan. The road passes through Wangdi district crossing over Pilela Pass at 3,300m, the boundary between western and central Bhutan. It is a journey you are not likely to forget. The scenery is certainly stunning so you need to make occasional stops to take beautiful pictures. In some places, the road is literally carved out of hair raising impressive cliff sides. Before reaching Pilela pass, you can visit Gangtay Gompa and the Phobjikha Valley en-route. Lunch will be served in Phobjikha, the winter home of very rare and endangered species of blacked-necked cranes. After which, continue drive to Trongsa. Trongsa Dzong looks superb from a great distance. It is the longest monastery/fortress in the kingdom built along the ridge at a very strategic location in 1648 by Ngagi Wangchuk for political reason. It was from here that the present royal family emerged as the most powerful force at the beginning of 20th century
Day 05: Trongsa - Bumthang:-(Distance: 65km, Time: 2 hours)
After breakfast, visit Trongsa Dzong – the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan. This Dzong played a very important role in the history of Bhutan. After sightseeing, continue drive to Bumthang crossing over Yotongla Pass at 3400m, past through Chumey valley, Zugney sheep wool weaving centre, Kikila Pass at 2900m and finally to Chamkhar valley (Bumthang consist of 4 valleys). On arrival, check into hotel. After lunch, visit Jampa Lhakhang, the oldest and most sacred temple in Bumthang built at the same time with Kichu in Paro in the 7th century. It is also one of the 108 temples built by Tibetan king in a single day. Also visit Kurje (body imprint) Lhakhang. In the 8th century, Guru Rimpoche visited Bumthang by the invitation of the King Sedna of Bumthang. He meditated in one of the caves and his body got imprinted on the rock. He subdued the local deity and converted him into Buddhism. Thereafter, the temple is named Kurje, which means "body imprint". You can still see the cave where the statue of Guru is installed. Jakar Dzong was initially built as monastery in 1549 by the Great grandfather of Zhabdrung. It is now used as the administrative centre for Bumthang district. Overnight at the hotel. BLD
Day 06: Trek: Bumthang – Duegang Chhu:- Distance: 16km, Time: 7 hrs
Wangdicholing palace is the starting point of the trek. It is a long day trekking on a good trail. Climb up to Jakar Dzong and onwards to Kikila Pass at 2900m. it takes abut 4 hours to reach the royal lunch spot, called Soe Zheysa. After lunch, it takes one more hour to Kikila pass offering good views of the surrounding mountains on a clear weather. After the lass, the trail is steep downhill to Choedrak Gompa, Tharpaling Gompa, Buli temple and finally reaches Domkhar Dzong and Gyatse village where there is a suspension bridge. Camo site is located alongside the Duegang Chhu, near Domkhar Tashichholing palace. Overnight Camp. BLD Distance: 14km, Time: 6 hours
Cross the Duegang Chhu, pass a guest house and continue up to Domkhar Tashochholing palace. From the palace start climbing, pass the royal lunch spots of pang Tsam Bung Tsam and Dungmai. In another 3 hours, the campsite is reached at Jamsapang at 4019m near a yak herder's hut. From the camp and its surrounding, there are good views of the low lands of India, Black mountains and the greater Himalayas. Overnight in camp. BLD
Day 07: Trek: Duegang Chhu – Jamsapang:-Distance: 14km, Time: 6 hours
Cross the Duegang Chhu, pass a guest house and continue up to Domkhar Tashochholing palace. From the palace start climbing, pass the royal lunch spots of pang Tsam Bung Tsam and Dungmai. In another 3 hours, the campsite is reached at Jamsapang at 4019m near a yak herder's hut. From the camp and its surrounding, there are good views of the low lands of India, Black mountains and the greater Himalayas. Overnight in camp. BLD
Day 08: Trek: Jamsapang – Kuengarabten :-Distance: 15km, Time: 7-8 hours
Start with a small climb to a chorten at Tungli La pass with some great views of Bumthang & Trongsa area and the black mountain range. More than an hour after the pass is possible campsite called Jopchisa. After 4 hours of descent, Saphay pang is reached, a good lunch spot. Here another trail joins the route coming down from Nadala. Finally arrive to Kuengarabten Palace. The building is well preserved. Campsite is on the archery field Or you can stay at nunnery guest house with permission and some compensation. BLD
Day 09: Drive to Trongsa and continue to Wangdue :- Following breakfast, drive to Wangdue via the same road crossing over the Pilela pass. Overnight at the hotel. BLD
Day 10: Wangdue – Paro ( 135km, Time: 4 hours) :-After breakfast, drive to Paro, crossing over Dochula pass. You can enjoy the panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayas in a good weather. Picture stop will be made for Druk Wangyal Chortens ~ 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen Mother, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. On arrival at Paro, take a short rest if time permits, and followed by a hike to Taktsang Monastery. The trail is through the meadow of pines, rhododendrons and oaks. It takes about 2 hours till near the main temple called Taktsang Pelphug, the closest viewpoint. Normally, visitors will go till the café only. It is located a little more than halfway and is also a good viewpoint. It is believed that Guru Rimpoche flew here on the back of a tigress and meditated here for three months and subdued the local deities and converted them to Buddhism. Later in the 17th century, the fourth Desi or temporal ruler of Bhutan, Tenzin Rabgye built a temple in 1692 in its present form, thus fulfilling the wishes of Shardrung Rimpoche who died before he built this temple. (Horse ride to the café is available and can be arranged at additional cost)
Day 11: Paro Departure;Return to your next destination
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