Adventure

Rodung-La Trek

While the Rodung La Trek does not ascend to very high altitudes, it is still fairly challenging as the trail covers some fairly steep climbs and descents. The trail takes you from Bumthang in Central Bhutan to Trashiyangtse in the far eastern reaches of the kingdom.

The route was once an important trade road in the past but has fallen into disuse now and is chiefly used as a hiking trail. The trail passes through alpine and bamboo forests, meadows and mountain passes, through villages and temple...

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Jakar
6h 30m-20km
Ngang Lhakhang

Day 1Visit to Temple built by the first Karma Shamar in 13th century

Jakar - Ngang Lhakhang

  • The route takes you around Chamkhar Chhu, a river rich in trout. Lunch at the Thangbi Lhakhang, a temple built by the first Karma Shamar in 13th century. Further ahead you enter Ngang Yul, ‘Swan Land” and at its center is Ngang Lhakhang, the “Swan Temple”. Overnight at the camp.

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Accommodation: tent camping
Ngang Lhakhang
5m-9km
Ugyenchholing

Day 2Manor houses one of the most interesting museums of Bhutan

Ngang Lhakhang - Ugyenchholing

  • Climb gradually to Phephe La pass (3,353m), altitude of 2,850m Follow the trail until the pass takes you through one of the most beautiful forested areas of this region. Allow for stops to enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings. Over night: Camping

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Breakfast: Made by your team
Lunch: Made by your team
Dinner: Made by your team
Accommodation: tent camping
Ugyenchholing
5h 30m-17km
Phokphey

Day 3The camp is in a meadow at the head of the valley.

Ugyenchholing - Phokphey

  • Ascent: 920 m Camp altitude: 3,680 m.

    Today’s walk is through bamboos, hemlock and finally up to an alpine forest. The camp is in a meadow at the head of the valley.

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Breakfast: Made by your team
Lunch: Made by your team
Dinner: Made by your team
Accommodation: tent camping
Phokphey
7h-20km
Pemi
Pemi

Day 4The region is rich in folk lore concerning spirits and yetis.

Phokphey - Pemi

  • Ascent: 480 m Descent: 1,160 m Camp altitude: 2,950 m.

    Continue ascending for half an hour until you reach Rodungla (3,800m), and then continue downhill through the gorge, overlooking some of the mountain valleys. Towards the camp you see pine trees.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Made by your team
Lunch: Made by your team
Dinner: Made by your team
Accommodation: tent camping
Pemi
8h-21km
Khaine Lakhang

Day 5Oldest temples in the country, Khaine Lhakhang

Pemi - Khaine Lakhang

  • Ascent: 350 m Descent: 1,340 m Camp altitude: 2,010 m.

    This trail winds up and down till you reach Drula village and Khaine Lhakhang en route. It is one of the oldest temples in existence today, built in mid 7th century by the King Songtshen Gampo of Tibet to subdue demons. Overnight camp.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Made by your team
Lunch: Made by your team
Dinner: Made by your team
Accommodation: tent camping
Khaine Lakhang
7h-18km
Tangmachu

Day 6Pass a Tibetan-style Umling Mani

Khaine Lakhang - Tangmachu

  • Ascent: 520 m Descent: 810 m Camp altitude: 1,720 m.

    From your camp, the trail goes down to a stream and back up to a basic health unit and a community school in Gorsam. Further on, you pass a Tibetan-style Umling Mani, built by a lama from Tibet, and a chorten on Zerim La (1,940m). Before reaching the next pass, Tage La (1,760m) you will see Menjabi, a beautiful Bhutanese village with large white houses. The campsite for the night is located South-east of Tage Lanear Tangmachu High School.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Made by your team
Lunch: Made by your team
Dinner: Made by your team
Accommodation: tent camping
Tangmachu
4h 20m-16km
Menji

Day 7Gradually climb up through paddy fields and villages

Tangmachu - Menji

  • Ascent: 690 m Descent: 620 m Camp altitude: 1,830 m.

    After arriving at Kuri Zampa the trek begins to gradually climb up through paddy fields and villages before bringing you to Chusa.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Made by your team
Lunch: Made by your team
Dinner: Made by your team
Accommodation: tent camping
Menji
5h 20m-20km
Pemi
Pemi

Day 8Continue uphill through thick forests overlooking spectacular mountains.

Menji - Pemi

  • Ascent: 620 m Camp altitude: 2,450 m.

    Todaywe will continue uphill through thick forests overlooking spectacular mountains. The camp is located in a forested area at an altitude of 2,400m

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Made by your team
Lunch: Made by your team
Dinner: Made by your team
Accommodation: tent camping
Pemi
7h 30m-21km
Taupang

Day 9Descend through thick evergreen forests

Pemi - Taupang

  • Ascent: 1,450 m Descent: 1,450 m Camp altitude: 2,450 m.

    After climbing up to Dongla you will descend through thick evergreen forests until you reach the campsite for the night.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Made by your team
Lunch: Made by your team
Dinner: Made by your team
Accommodation: tent camping
Taupang
9h-24km
Trashi Yangtse

Day 10Trek ends at Trashi Yangtse

Taupang - Trashi Yangtse

  • Descent: 720 m

    Today is the longest day of the trek. It is a gradual descent to TrashiYangtse. As you descend the chirpine and hardwood forests are slowly replaced by oak trees. The final camp of the trek is located in a subtropical forested region.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Made by your team
Lunch: Made by your team
Dinner: Made by your team
duration 10 days. International flight not included.

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