Nub Tsonapata

Durations

10 Nights

Altitude

2300 –3800 m

Best Season

All Time

Destination Choice

Paro Thimphu Haa Punakha Wangdue

Tour Included

Mineral Water, Meals & Transportation

HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP

The Nub Tshonapata Trek takes you through the mountains of Haa in western Bhutan. The trek is considered unique and unexplored, as many do not trek this region. Besides rich local lore, the turquoise colored Nub Tshonapata Lake, verdant and pristine forests remain as the highlight of the trek. The trail meanders through invigorating forests of rhododendron and juniper and spectacular passes as high as 4350 m high from the sea level.

DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 1 : Paro

Receive by Mercury Bhutan Representative. In Paro, receive by a representative from Rainbow Tours. Transfer to hotel. After lunch visit the Paro Rinpong Dzong. This is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the nation. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D. Drive 16 Km from Paro town to visit the Drugyel Dzong – ruined fortress.  

The dzong, although in ruins, holds great historical significance. It was from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. On a clear day this spot offers a magnificent vista of Mount Chomolhari, “Mountain of Goddess” (Alt. 7329 m). In the evening, walk through Paro town and have dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight/Hotel Paro

Day 2 : Paro to Haa

Paro sightseeing. In the morning, take a hike to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800 m. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambbava alighted here upon the back of a tigress. Picnic Lunch at Taktsang cafeteria. The round trip hike takes about 4 hrs. After Tiger’s Nest, visitthe National Museum (Ta-Dzong). The Museum was the former watch tower forthe Rinpong Dzong. It was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley. Late afternoon drive to Haa valley (60 Km; 2 hours drive)

The drive is a gentle uphill climb through forests of blue pine, fir, oak and rhododendrons till the chelela Pass. The pass at an elevation of 3810 m. provides a panoramic view of the northern and western Himalayan Mountain ranges as well asHaa and Paro Valleys. From the chelela Pass, it is to drive downhill for 24 Km to theHaa valley and the Haa township.

Haa is western-most valley in Bhutan bordering on the Tibet region of China. The valley is traversed by the Haa Chhu (river) and its characteric features are the three almost conical shaped hillocks considered to be holy by the local people – the first hillock is dedicated to Ap Chhundu, the supreme local protective deity of Haa. The Haa valley was opened to tourism only in the year 2002.Drive to campsite at near Bangana valley for overnight halt.

Day 3 : Haa To Womji

The trek starts from Haa above Bangana valley. The trail climbs gently through thick forest of rhododendron and conifers till the Talela pass (Alt 3780m). From the pass, you can view the surrounding mountains. Crossing the pass you will enjoy the beauty of mountain vegetation and see numerous varieties of alpine flowers and birds. After 3 hour’s of gradual uphill walking you reach Tshojo, the first yak herder’s camp on this trail. Stop for lunch. After lunch it is another climb upto the Gochula pass (Alt 4200m). After crossing the pass your trail goes over a ridge and descends gradually to Womji, the campsite. Camp near a yak herder’s camp (Alt 3750m).

Day 4 : Womji To Tshonapata

Today’s trek will go over two high passes, the Gochhila Pass (Alt 4200m) and the Tshejala Pass (Alt 4350m). Start from the camp with a steep climb through thethick forest of juniper and rhododendron till you reach the Gochhila Pass. This pass offers a spectacular view of the whole Tshejala range. Beyond the pass, youwill see many yaks’ herders’ camps till Tshejalum and along the trail you will see so more varieties of alpine flowers and birds. In Spring time, the trail is carpeted withwild flowers. 

You may even see Himalayan Monal birds and hear them calling during the day. Lunch at a nearby yak herder’s camp. After lunch climb towards the Tshejala Pass (the word ‘Tshejala’ means ‘difficult’ which needs no further explanation when one climbs the pass) crossing Nado Ruchey, where the terrain isscarred by landslides. The route along the Tshejala Pass was the ancient trade route to Tibet from Haa. At the pass, you will find several stone stacks to mark the highest point in the pass. The trail descends from this point for some distance and rises again to arrive at another small pass from where on a clear day you will see the campsite with yak herders’ tents near Lake Tshonapata (Alt 4150m).

Day 5 : Tshonapata

Halt at Lake Tshonapata. Halt at the Lake Tshonapata. Day excursion in the surroundings areas. Visit some yak herders’ camps and go fishing golden trout.

Day 6 : Tsojo

Today take the trail that goes back to Gochhila Pass and then follow adifferent path over the ridge to Lake Tsojo(Alt 3780m). Lunch near the shores of the lake and then descend for an hour to camp at a yak meadow in Tsojo.

Day 7 : Thimphu Via Haa

The trail descends gradually through juniper and rhododendron forest till you reach Talila pass, cross over the pass to reach the Haa valley and the end of the trek.

Day 8 : Thimphu

Thimphu, sightseeing of some good places and important ones.

Day 9 : Wangdue

Transfer to Wangdue (3 hours’ drive). The drive takes about 3 hours. En route, stop at Dochula Pass (3150 m), 30 Km from Thimphu, for tea and biscuits and enjoy a view of the Eastern Himalayan mountains. From Dochula to Wangdue it’s another two hours drive.

Check in at hotel.

Visit the Wangdue Dzong is situated on the spur of a hill at the confluence of two rivers with a commanding view in all directions. The Dzong which is13 Kms away from Punakha. Dzong was built in 1638 A.D. Visit the Punakha Dzong. Punakha was the former capital of Bhutan. The Dzong of Punakha was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel the founder of Bhutan in 1637 AD and is one of the most important and historical Dzongs in Bhutan. In the Dzong are kept the sacred remains of Pema Lingpa and Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. This historic Dzong was also the site of the coronation of the First King of Bhutan, King Ugyen Wangchuck. The Dzong is now the winter residence of Bhutan’s spiritual leader, the Head Abbot, and the Central Monastic Body. The Dzong is built between two rivers known as “Phochu” (Male River) and “Mochu” (Female River).

After Punakha, takes a short hike to Chhi-Med Lhakhang in the picturesque Lobesa valley. Chhi-Med (means no dogs) Lhakhang (temple). It is dedicated to one of Bhutan’s foremost saints, Drukpa Kunley, affectionately known as the Divine Madman. The phallic paintings on the exterior walls of Bhutanese houses are attributed to the Divine Madman for his skill in warding off evil deities. Overnight: Dragon’s Nest Resort.

Day 10 : Wangdue-Paro

After breakfast, drive to Paro. En route, stop at Thimphu for lunch. Overnight: Hotel Olathang.

Day 11 : Paro

Departure from Paro airport

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