12 Nights / 13 Days – Gangtey Trek – KTM to KTM
Bhutan trekking – the Gangtey is comparatively short plus sweet trek. The hike is a remarkable choice for those guests who has not a habit of trekking in the mountains. As it offers lovely perspectives of the nation for the most part delicate forested slants. The track passes through the jungle of juniper, magnolia, rhododendrons, and bamboo with over smaller rivers of cold, clear mountain water. This trek strongly suggested for any calendar months apart from July & August (Monsoon). It is amazingly magnificent in April & May when rhododendrons stay in blossom. Within September to November (Autumn season), the sky is remaining clear and the weather is fantastic. Gangtey Valley is one among the best spots in Bhutan.
Gangtey Trek – Facts
Trek Grade: Easy – Moderate
Trip code: SA-GNTY
Duration: 13 Days
Trek Style: Guest House/ Hotel/Camping
Best Time to go: March to May/ September to November
Group Size: Small Group
Start from: Kathmandu
End at: Kathmandu
Gangtey Trek – Summary of Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Int. Airport (1400 m)
Day 02: Kathmandu Tour & Drive to Nagarkot
Day 03: Bhaktapur Sightseeing and Back to Kathmandu
Day 04: Fly to Paro (2260 m) and transfer to the Hotel
Day 05: Paro sightseeing & Hike to Taktsang (Tiger Nest Monastery)
Day 06: Paro to Thimpu (2300 m)
Day 07: Thimpu to Gangtey (Phobjikha)
Day 08: Phobjikha to Zasa (3130 m)
Day 09: Zasa to Chorten Karpo (3330 m)
Day 10: Chorten karpo to Tikke Zampa (1340 m)
Day 11: Tikke Zampa to Paro
Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu (Nepal)
Day 13: Departure
Gangtey Trek – Highlights
- The historical city of Kathmandu.
- National Museum and Paro Rinpung.
- Tiny capital of Bhutan (Thimpu).
- Amazing flight from Kathmandu to Paro.
- Spectacular trekking through juniper and rhododendron forest.
- Explore the typical sculptures and craftsmanship workshops, even meet the artisans and painters.
- Pay a visit to the lively open market and city.
- Think about the native festivals and occasions.
- Trek all the way through the terraced farmlands and rural community
- Visit the farmhouses and comply with the villagers.
- Take a hike from the ridge top part Gomba (cloisters) and also interact with the monks.
- Explore the outstanding Dzong (castles), ex- palace and also Buddhist monasteries.
Gangtey Trek – Detail Itinerary
Arrival at Kathmandu (1400m)
Traveling by air into Nepal is obviously an incredible experience upon the Himalaya that broaden your imagination before you landing into Nepal. After your arriving in the Airport terminal for Bhutan trekking, you’ll meet our office representative outside the terminal and then transfer to the Inn. Next morning of day 2, one & half day city sight or glimpse will familiarize you with much different attraction parts of the Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Sightseeing and Drive to Nagarkot
After your early morning meal, you will go sightseeing and tour inside Kathmandu. First of all, Kathmandu Durbar Sq., the specific location where exactly the structure of areas from 12th to eighteenth centuries. Next, Swoyambhunath Temple that is generally popular as a Monkey Temple. Likewise, move to explore Pashupatinath temple, the crucial sanctuaries of Supreme Hindu the almighty. At last but not least, drive to Nagarkot to perceive the sunrise in the next morning from the fabulous range of mountain tops and overnight at the hotel.
Bhaktapur Sightseeing and Back to Kathmandu
After breakfast, drive to Bhaktapur Sightseeing and back to Kathmandu and prepare for trekking to Bhutan especially Gangtey Trek.
Fly to Paro and transfer to Hotel
Arriving in Paro for Bhutan trekking by means of Air flight provides you with an incredible scene of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Jichu Drake, Tsrim group and Chomolhari. The moment in time when you venture out in the airplane, you will observe the quality of the scene. After arriving, Bhutan invites you with comfortable, clear all natural fresh air and transfer to the Hotel. After having freshened up, glance at the Paro marketplace and Kyichu Lhakhang (the longest-existing along with a lot of sacred shrines of Bhutan built in the 7th century). In the afternoon, proceed to explore Ta Dzong, a historic watch tower which is turned into the country museum and discover Paro Dzong (the harmed monastery within the Paro valley).
Bhutan Trekking – Paro sightseeing and Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger Nest)
After the early meal, drive around half an hour to the base of the recommended Taktsang Monastery (Tiger Nest) located at an altitude of 3100 m and take a walk up over the highland to this excellent mind-blowing spot. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Spiritual expert) had traveled the backside of a tigress to contemplate at the cave in the 8th century. After exploration, stroll right down to the valley ground and take a look at Paro and spend a late night.
Paro to Thimpu
Early morning, after the breakfast, drive to Thimpu and sightseeing tour starting with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (erected in the memory of the third king of Bhutan) of portraying the Buddhist confidence as artistic creations and statues. You also visit different highlights incorporate the twelfth Century Changangkha Temple, Drubthob cloister housing the Zilukha monastery, the School of Arts and Crafts, the Folk Heritage Museum and Nursing pen for Takin, the national animal of Bhutan and Tashichho Dzong and so forth.
Thimpu to Gangtey (Phobjikha)
After having early breakfast, you are driven 90km to Gantey. On the way to Dochula Pass (3100m), you stop for the tea break and enjoy the stunning view of Mountain range. After that, you continue to drive to visit Punakha, the earlier capital of Bhutan. Here the Punakha Dzong stands at the confluence of Pochu and Mochu River which gives the meaning the Male and Female River respectively. O/N at Gangtey Hotel.
Bhutan Trekking – Phobjikha to Zasa (3130m)
Today, your Gangtey Trek begins from the nearby town of Tabiting. Afterward, you move through fields and then ascend through a blended woods of juniper, rhododendron, bamboo, and magnolia to Tsele La (3430m). From here you plunge into the Juge Kangkha Chhu valley and strolling towards Gogona which is famous for cheese making. The camping area is somewhat further on other than a little stream in a yak field called Zasa. Over/Night Camping.
Bhutan Trekking – Zasa to Chorten Karpo (3330m)
Today, you will be heading up to Shobe La pass (3,480m) and drop down to a wide valley, where encompassed by delightful mountain ranges. Underneath, you can see around 60houses of Khothokha town. Lastly, you will ascend delicately up and see four chorten in a jungle of blue pine and achieve at the campsite.
Bhutan Trekking – Chorten Karpo to Tikke Zampa (1340m)
Very soon the Gangtey Trek is close to ending. Today, you will ascend until you achieve a timberland street. Afterward, simply stroll up to a minute point at 2,800m. Again, you stroll down through Bhutan’s best-winged animal watching zones and reach to the Tikke Zampa valley.
Tikke Zampa to Paro
Say bye to your trek at Tikke Zampa & drive to Paro via Thimpu.
Fly Back to Kathmandu
The 1st-morning flight drives you back to Kathmandu. Rest of the day’s, free for shopping or visiting the attractions.
Fly back when you would like or moreover, you can prolong your trip. To find out more information Email us or talk to us.
In Gangtey Trek – What is Covered?
- Lodging in the finest Hotels in the cities – twin share and Camping for the Trekking.
- Breakfast in Kathmandu.
- Local tour guide for sights to explore in Kathmandu valley area.
- All food intakes in Bhutan trekking (Only Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
- Sightseeing as per itinerary in Bhutan.
- All of the entrance permit or entry fees for historic monuments and local museums as per itinerary in Bhutan.
- International air flights to and from Bhutan will be booked in accordance with outlined itinerary.
- English speaking Guide/Interpreter in Bhutan.
- All airport transfers
- Ground Transport as per itinerary.
In Gangtey Trek – What is not Covered?
- Meals in Kathmandu (Other than Breakfast).
- International flights plus departure taxes, if necessary.
- Airfare for International flights.
- Emergency Evacuation.
- Entrance fees for touring in Kathmandu.
- Nepal entry Visa and passport fee.
- Travel insurance
- Expense pops up because of individual characters such as shopping, tipping, and tips et cetera.
- Expenditures because of unforeseeable situations such as Emergency Fund.
- Budget planning for the internet, drinks, cigarette, laundry etc.
- Tips & gratuities
- Expenses aroused by the cancellation, climate, landslide etc. Which is basically beyond the control of Stunning Adventure.
Bhutan Trekking – Important Info
Hotels in Nepal’s prime city Kathmandu is on twin share basis along with your morning meal. On the other hand, it also varies according to clients’ desire. Simply because there exist different categories of hotels with different quality. However, in Bhutan’s perspective, you can’t reclaim to choose cheap grade hotels. Actually, reliable lodging and foods are included in your trip cost.
Basically, morning breakfast is offered in Kathmandu and rest of the all meals are included in Bhutan. Depending on the methods of journey such as outdoor camping or general, the foodstuff is provided relying upon accessibility to hotels/food land and places where you stay. Bhutan trekking won’t allow you to feel dissatisfaction in such a small matter.
Mode of Transport
In Kathmandu valley, vehicles like Coasters, Cars, Mini Buses, hi aces, Vans etc. are provided on the basis of the size of a group. The roadways of Nepal and Bhutan is somewhat similar. Since naturally, both countries are a mountainous nation. Because of the narrow and twisting road, the speed limit is bonded to 30km per hr in Bhutan. Similarly, small vehicles like cars and jeep are used for small group and big coasters and buses are chosen for the large group. But in the Gangtey Trek, walking and hiking is a major mode of transport whereas, your trekking gear is carried by porter or animals.
After your arrival in the Kathmandu and or Paro International Airport, our competent guides will be ready to welcome and pick you at the arrival gate of the air-terminal. Each and every guide in Bhutan are qualified and regulated by Bhutan Tourism Authority. All guides possess a good command of English and they are familiar and capable of explaining the historic, culture, religious and many other aspects of their country.
It is very important to bring traveler’s checks and cash in widely recognized foreign currencies like US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Euros, Canadian Dollar etc. Be sure you possess a mix of large and small money, for example, small coins and cash. Generally, meals are contained in the cost of your Bhutan trekking – the Gangtey Trek. But whenever you want to have some extra things to do such as shopping, drinking, smoking cigarettes and so on. You have to get hold of extra cash for them.
You can change some key foreign currencies into Nepalese Rupee (NRP) at the airport, banks and foreign exchange counter within the city area. ATM withdrawals and Credit Card Cash Advance transaction are in Nepalese Rupees only in Nepal.
In Bhutan, main foreign currencies can be changed into Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN) at Paro international airport, big hotels, banks in Thimpu (The capital city of Bhutan). Not just that, many big shopping mall and Hotels do accept Credit Card, but few charge may apply. ATM withdrawal and Credit Card Cash Advance are usual in Land of Thunder Dragon. After completion of your Gangtey Trek, unnecessary BTN can be changed into US Dollar on Departure period by showing exchange receipt.
Tipping is your own matter and we can’t force you to it. Also, this subject is not included in your Bhutan trekking cost. It is up to you if you want to reward those people who have had attempted to make your journey sweet and safe the best they can. Our recommendation is $5 per day for a group of 8+ and $7 per day for the small group. Usually, that are shared between driver and guide.
It is very important to cover a complete travel insurance before your Gangtey Trek adventure. Please try to include loss of Luggage, personal effects, cancellation, and so on. At the same time always remember to cover unexpected emergency evacuation and repatriation, medical-related expenses, personal liability and accident in your personal travel insurance.
Nepal and even Bhutan has not outlined any kind of health related criteria to get into their land. Although, it is strongly recommending to take a seek advice from your medical professional. You need to be up-to-date on the subject of immunizations. High altitude illness is common at higher elevation in Nepal and Bhutan trekking region. Therefore, take a counseling from a professional medical person about your overall health status and likely illness before traveling to in this countries. Never ever suppress your unnoticeable illnesses to them. And remember that some kind of medication can lead to adverse reactions at Higher altitude, for example, anti-malarial medicine etc.
There are several amazing remote places in Bhutan and Nepal. The medical center is not easily accessible in all places as you might expect. It is therefore strongly suggested to hold necessary medicines and first-aid kit along with you.
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) are normal at a higher elevation, most likely in mountainous nations akin to Nepal and Bhutan. Shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, headaches are foremost signs and symptoms of this disease. Consuming plenty of liquid items are essential to maintaining balance in our body to tackle with higher altitude. However, your guide is nicely trained in regard to this matter. But you shouldn’t think twice to take for advice. Share your problem with them. Do not try to medicate by yourself. High height sickness might arise to anyone. Being young, strong and fit does not help. Perhaps even professional mountaineers may get seriously affected. Medicine is not substituted for the descent.
2 times per week, on Monday and Thursday. Druk air carries out the flight between Paro and Kathmandu.
Things you must carry for Gangtey Trek
- Torch and head Light
- Warm clothes
- Comfortable footwear
- Toilet paper
- Money belt
- Swish army knife
- First aid kit
- Small Umbrella
- Thermal Underwear
- Comfortable clothes
- Sun lotion
- Lip Guard
- Trekking Sticks
Daytime is Okay in summer, spring and autumn season in trekking region, but often remains chilly at night.