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Approx 15 km – about 6 hours – about 600m ascent and 400m descent The trek begins from Gangtey, Phobjikha valley. It is about 3 hours drive from the Punakha and Wangdue valleys and about 6 hours drive from Thimphu. In order to do this trek, you have be staying the previous night in Gangtey (Phobjikha) The trek starts not so far from your lodge or camping grounds. The pack ponies, an extra riding pony (for emergency), the horsemen, trekking crew (a guide, cook and assistants depending on the group size) will join you on the trek. Begin a gradual ascent through pine, juniper forests, dwarf bamboos and rhododendrons. The path becomes steeper as it gets closer to the top, finally crossing Tselela pass (Alt. 3410 m ) after about 3 hours trek. From the pass, the trail descends gradually into a wide valley. Visit the Gogona temple, and meet some Gomchens (non-celibate lay monks). Your campsite is a short walk further from the temple. Depending on te time and interest, you can explore the nearby villages and visit the Gogona Cheese and dairy Unit. Overnight in tents at an altitude of 3100m.
Approx 16 km – about 6-7 hours trek – about 450m ascent and about 900m descent. After breakfast, begin gradually ascending for about 2 ½ hrs to Shobjula pass ( 3390m), though forests of fir, oak spruce, cypress, juniper, dwarf rhododendron, azaleas and daphne bushes. Much of the forest on this side of the pass was burnt many years before by fire and lightning. After the pass, it is a long descent for about 3 hours through well forested area. Then it is gradual and level walking for the most of the part. Occasionally you will see Saw-mills, coal makers, cross tractor roads and finally you arrive at Khotokha village in the wide valley. The campsite is in a meadow at an altitude of 2670m. You will certainly feel more warmer here than the previous night.
Distance -approximately 13km – about 5 hours – 110m ascent and 1350m descent. A short ascent will bring you to the Tashila pass (2780m). At Tashila, you can watch the ropeway bringing up supplies to the village and taking logs and coal down below. At your own risk and cost, you may be able to take this 40 minutes ride down in an open wooden box and save the 3-4 hour steep downhill trek (1400m descent). This long descent is through beautiful, ever changing vegetation also rich in birdlife. You will also pass many small villages or houses. However this part of the trek can be hard on your knees because it is downhill and you could feel very hot as altitude drops. From the trek end point, you are met by Himalayan Dream Destination transport and transferred to the hotel near Punakha. If you proceed to Thimphu, it is about 4 hours drive. Contact us for cost Trekking itineraries can be incorporated with cultural tours to provide our potential clients a taste of tradition combined with a tryst with pristine nature in remote areas and experiences with people of the mountains.
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Please note – Irrespective of above mentioned cancellations slabs – in case of cancellation of tour services after the booking is made with us – a minimum 10% service charges would be applicable.
In case you cancel the trip after commencement refund would be restricted to a limited amount that too would depend on the amount that we would be able to recover from the hoteliers we patronize. For unused hotel accommodation, chartered transportation and missed meals etc. we do not bear any responsibility to refund.
Where as in case of Cancellation before the commencement, it will take atleast two weeks time to refund the said amount.
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Any person who has a contagious disease is forbidden to travel, any person found during the tour with such a disease will be asked to leave the tour and will have to make their own arrangements to return home.