This one week trek offers a short, easy and enjoyable journey around scenic Trongsa Dzongkhag. The climate is warm and pleasant as the trail stays between 1000-1500m in altitude and there is a wide array of flora and fauna observable along the route including the rare Golden Langur, Red Pandas, Himalayan Black Bears, Rhesus Monkeys, Rufous-necked Hornbills and Clouded Leopards.
Hikers on this trek will have plenty of opportunity to experience traditional rural life as they will spend nights in t...
Day 1Trek Starts from Tongtongphey
Tongtongphey - Jangbi Village
Altitude range: 1,000 m – 1,350 m.
After two hours drive from the Trongsa town along the Zhemgang highway brings you to the start of the Trek.
On this stretch of the journey the otherwise rare Golden Langurs, an endangered species of primate are abundant and almost impossible to miss. You will come in contact with the Monpas who are believed to be the first inhabitants of Bhutan.
The campsite in Jangbi stands on the valley sill, which offers a resplendent view of the Mangdi valley. If you still have some energy you can watch a local cultural program or even better, take part in it.
Day 2The morning allows you to further interact with the Monpas.
Jangbi Village - Kudra Village
Altitude range: 1,350 m – 1,500 m.
The morning allows you to further interact with the Monpas. After breakfast, before you proceed, you can also pay a visit to the orchid garden that houses around 75 different varieties of orchids.
The trail to Kudra is especially interesting as it passes stone imprints of Guru Rinpoche’s footprints, dagger and phallus. Lunch is served just before you arrive at Phrumzur, one of the Monpa villages. After a quick visit to the village Lhakhang in Phrumzur and you then proceed to the campsite in Kudra.
Day 3This part of the trek is a collage of streams, waterfalls and thick forests
Kudra Village - Nabji Village
Altitude range: 1,500 m – 1,300 m.
This part of the trek is a collage of streams, waterfalls and thick forests that will give you an invigorating feeling of being out in the wild. Upon arrival at the holy tree in Nabji, the villagers will give you a warm reception. You can also hike to the community school and enjoy a game of football or volleyball with the local school children.
Day 4En route to Korphu, Nabji temple is located amidst verdant paddy fields.
Nabji Village - Korphu Village
Altitude range: 1300 m – 1500 m.
En route to Korphu, Nabji temple is located amidst verdant paddy fields.
You can also visit the village temple that houses sacred relics of Pema Lingpa, the most famous Terton or ‘Treasure revealer’ in Bhutan. Lunch can be provided in the village campsite which also provides a spectacular bird’s-eye view of Nabji and other surrounding areas.
Day 5Best location for bird watching
Korphu Village - Nimshong Village
Altitude range: 1,500 m – 1,300 m.
The hike from Korphu to Nyimshong is pleasant and arguably the best location for bird watching as it is home to over 395 avian species. The walk is inter spaced with waterfalls and, streams and cantilever bridges. The evening brings you to yimshong village. The campsite is equipped with an amphitheatre. The women of Nyimshong have a penchant for singing and dancing and often put on cultural shows for visitors.
Day 6You are likely to see Herons, River-lapwings and even Golden Languors in this region.
Nimshong Village - Reutala
Altitude range: 1,300 m – 1,000 m.
You begin by descending towards the Mangdi River. You are likely to see Herons, River-lapwings and even Golden Languors in this region. A steep hour-long climb will bring you to the road from where your driver will drive you back to Trongsa.