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Tour Name Jumolhari Yaksa Trek, Trekkers Paradise
Activities Trekking & Hiking
Best time Mar – May & Sept – Nov
Expedition Type Trekking 
Duration 11 Days

Soi Yaksa Trek is yet another beautiful and adrenaline pumping trek in Bhutan. The trek is filled with beautiful sceneries with some climbs as high as 4700m. Soi Yaksa Trek does not require any special technical skills and every trek is led by a qualified Bhutanese guide. This trek if in summer or spring can be a paradise for botanist with plenty of flowers. In winter it offers another experience with backdrop line of snow laden mountain and clear blue sky. In any case this trek offers true paradise for Trekkers with awesome beauty and thrilling mountain escape.

TOUR OUTLINE

DAY 1: ARRIVR PARO (2280m) & DRIVE TO THIMPHU: 65KM/APPROX 1HR
DAY 2: PARO ACLIMAZATION HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST “Taktshang”
DAY 3: PARO TO SHANA
DAY 4: SHANA TO THANGTHANGKA
DAY 5:THANGTHANKA TO JANGOTHANG
DAY 6:JANGOTHANG HALT
DAY 7:JANGOTHANG TO SOE YAKSA
DAY 8:SOE YAKSA TO THONGBU
DAY 9:THONGBU TO SHANA
DAY 10:SHANA TO PARO
DAY 11:PARO DEPARTURE


DETAIL ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVE PARO (Altitude: 2280m)
Flight into Paro with Druk Air, Bhutan’s National Airline is spectacular. The flight takes you over the great Himalayas, offering most beautiful scenery of the world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will see the Paro Dzong (Fortress) on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chhu(river), with Ta Dzong, formerly a watch tower and now the National Museum, above it. You will be received by our representative of Yeoong Travels at the Airport. After checking in hotel and with some refreshment we will visit the Dzong to attend the festival. Evening is free to relax or take stroll through town. Overnight stay at hotel, Paro.

DAY 2: PARO ACLIMAZATION HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST “Taktshang”
Today’s day you will begin driving through the Paro valley to take on a stunning hike on foot to visit the Taktshang Gompa or Tiger’s Nest viewpoint. Your hike to Taktshang from the road point will take through the well maintained path which is quite uphill and it takes around 3-4 hours at an average walking speed. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees adorned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche's meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger,Dorji Drolo, said to be his consort.

In the afternoon you will drive to the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. The third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck housed it into the National museum in the 1960s. The seven floor museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. We will take a short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks where the festival takes place. Evening if you wish your dinner at typical Bhutanese farm house to experience the Bhutanese living or we can halt a night in farm house or at hotel, Paro.

DAY 3: PARO TO SHANA
Our car will drive you to Drugyel village where trekking crews are waiting to start the trek. After a brief introduction, we began your trek, following unsealed road down to Paro chu “River” and then by the river through farm lands until to Misi Zam suspension bridge, here you cross Paro chu by a suspension bridge to the right. From here keeping on the right of the river, the trail takes you through occasional Farm lands and pine woods, until you reach a open meadow, called Zangkha pang, where we will be served the picnic lunch. After lunch, the trail goes along by the river through pine woods with short ascend and descend and finally entering the Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National park. Further short ascend, by the river reach to Gunitshawa army camp. Thereafter, the trail switches back to the left of the river over a suspension bridge and takes you to your first camp at Shana. The camp here is at 2700meter. Over the river, next to your camp you can see the Shana village, consisting of only two house hold and small spread out farm lands. All throughout the night the gentle sound of the river puts you to sound sleep, perhaps this is difficult to get used to it in the beginning. Overnight stay at camp altitude: 2800m, approximate walking distance: 17 km/ 5-6 hours.

DAY 4: SHANA TO THANGTHANGKA
Today our trail is quite long. At a normal speed you will take 7 to 8 hours. But the walk through the beautiful alpine woods and frequent clear elegant stream rushing to join the Paro Chu just flowing beneath you, keeps your imagination ever growing. The trail gradually ascends, where at a point you reach a place called Shinkharab with a single house of a yak harder. Here you can take a relaxing break. Little further from Shinkharab you will reach a junction, where you would find a big and tempting trail leading to north. If you take this trail it will take you to Phari, a town in Tibet. We have to take the trail on the right to keep us on the right direction. At some point we have to cross the Paro River once more to the right and little further you will find your picnic lunch ready to be served. After lunch, the trail gradually ascends and descends; finally switch us back to the left side of the Paro River. Little further up from the bridge you would reach another junction with a bridge over Paro River to right, which actually goes to Soe Yaksa. We have to keep going on the left side of the Paro River. After 20 minutes from here you will reach Thangthanka camp at about 3750meter. Our trekking crews have already set up hot tea and coffee. This is a beautiful camp site with an amazing Jomolhari Mountain View. Overnight stay at camp altitude: 3400m, approximate walking distance: 15 km/4-5 hours.

DAY 5: THANGTHANKA TO JANGOTHANG
Thou the previous day was long walk, today we have a short day trail, which is about 4 to 5 hours walk. As you start the day from Thangthanka we will soon be above tree line and would find the view getting better and better. Even the trail level makes the walking much easier. We would also notice the gain in elevation above 4000 meter. Our trekking staff will be waiting at a pretty yak harder village, to serve us the picnic lunch. Here we will find the valley has widened up with striking tall Mountains overlooking and often spotted with grazing yaks. After lunch we continue walk passing a basic health unit and archery ground of the place and soon we will find the amazing view of Mount Jichu Darke welcoming us to the Jomolhari base camp. Overnight stay at camp altitude: 4090m, approximate walking distance 19km/ 5-6 hours.

DAY 6: JANGOTHANG HALT
Today is acclimation and rest day for those who want to stretch the legs and also a day to explore Soe Jangothang which offers a great variety of beautiful geographical landscapes. One can choose to hike towards Mount Jomolhari to see Glacier Lake with optional, which is quite popular to take a hike for two hours to visit a beautiful glacier Tshophu Lake, and another option is to climb the solid mountain standing towards Jomolhari and Jichu Darke in front of your camp. Indeed, if you can make to the top of this huge mountain, which is about 500 meters above the base camp, you will be able to see spectacular views of both Jomolhari and Jichu Darke. The hike would take you about 3 hours. Overnight stay at camp altitude: 4090m.

DAY 7: JANGOTHANG TO SOE YAKSA
Today we will start early so that we can have more time on the way to look around and take pictures. The trail leaves the base camp and upon reaching a yak harder house we have to descend to the river and cross it to right and then climb gradually up for about an hour until to the open valley. Then we walk by the gentle slope of the grass land and with majestic view of Jomolhari and Jichu Darke and finally arriving at two Tshophu lakes, so beautiful and crystal clean. After spending quite a time in Tshophu we take the trail on the left side of the lake gradually climbing up to Bongtey La at about 4890 meters pass. This will be the highest pass that we will have on the trek. Here we will have miraculous views of great snow peak Himalayan mountain ranges besides Kanchenjunga in the far west.

After Bontey La, the trail descends with open grassy land spread out below offering beautiful views of lofty standing cliff above and pastures land below. The view is so spectacular that you can’t help exclaim. The lunch is normally served down below the end of the pasture. Further down, after lunch the trail drops down quite steep that you would find it hard on your knees until you reach Dumzochu and further crossing the river we reach to opening place where we will camp. Overnight stay at camp altitude: 3900m, approximate walking distance 17km/ 6-7 hours.

DAY 8: SOE YAKSA TO THONGBU
Today after your early breakfast as we began your trek the trail gradually ascends taking you through beautiful highland vegetation. We would also be able to see yaks grazing. The herd of blue sheep can also be seen. After gradual climbing about two hours we arrive at a yak harder camp site and then after a steady climb of about an hour we reach Dhunge La which is 4700 meters pass. From this pass you will be able to see series of snow Peak Mountains in the far west. Some believe Kanchenjunga is one of them. After the pass the trail goes down through steep mountain face and finally reaches Thongbu Shong or Thongbu valley which is actually quite open valley with some stone huts of yak harder. The yak harder spent summer time up here as the place provides big and rich pasture land for their yak. The camp here is at 4200 meters. Overnight stay at camp altitude: 4200m, approximate walking distance 14km/ 4-5 hours.

DAY 9: THONGBU TO SHANA
The trail after Thongbu camp ascends about thirty minutes and reaches the Tagulun La 4500meter pass; this is our last pass of the trek. The trail from the pass gradually descends down following the ridge. Today’s trail will be able to see the beautiful views of pasture land with Paro Tshentho villages down below the valley. Thereafter, we come across blue pine forest and finally descends to Shana camp just above Gunetshawa army camp. Overnight stay at camp altitude: 2600m, approximate walking distance 17km/ 5-6 hours.

DAY 10: SHANA TO PARO
Today we be the end of our trek, from Shana we will passing by Gunetshawa army camp and walk back same way that we starts the trek to Mesi Zampa village and finally arrive at Drugyel Dzong. After some refreshment by Yeoong Travels with trekking crews before they bid you farewell. We will drive to hotel and you can have a hot shower after a week long trek. Overnight stay at hotel, Paro.

DAY 11: PARO DEPARTURE
Early morning, 1 hour drive to Paro International Airport for your onward journey.


ACCOMMODATION


Camping