Gantey Gompa Trek
Gantey trek is ideal for those who want to experience the beautiful wilderness of Bhutan without the demands of a long, strenuous trek. This trek begins in the meadows of Phobjika Valley (2830m), the winter home of the endangered black-necked cranes. The trail itself will have some ups and downs, with the highest point being Tsele La (pass) at 3440m. You will hike through rhododendron, bamboo, juniper, ferns, magnolia, and sometimes orchids. You will also get a chance to see the daphne plants, which Bhutanese use to make traditional paper. The best season for this trek is from March to May and from September to November. The best months are April and early May, when the rhododendrons are in full bloom. This programme lasts 9-10days
Gantey Trek Itinerary (9 days)
Arrive at Paro Airport. You will be received by our airport representative and driven to the hotel.
Morning visit toDrugyel Dzong, 18 kilometers away from Paro town. On a clear day, one can get a clear view of Mount Chhomolhari, Mountain of Goddess (24,000 ft). Visit the Ta Dzong, which houses the National Museum and also see a typical Bhutanese wooden bridge. After lunch we drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
Day 03 :
After breakfast, we leave for Gangtey Gompa. The drive goes over Dochula Pass (10,000ft / 3080m). On a clear day, 200 miles of the Himalayan ranges can be seen from the Pass. Drive to Wangdue Phodrang town and on to Gangtey Gompa. Gangtey Gompa is in Phobjikha valley (9,840ft) and is one of the winter homes of the endangered Black Necked Cranes who fly down from Central Asia every winter. The valley of Gangtey is one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan.
Walk around the valley of Phobjikha. Relax in the afternoon.
The trek begins and the trail passes through meadows and fields and then ascends over the Tselela Pass and then through mixed forests of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendrons. The people who live in this area are known as the Bjopkha (nomadic people) and they speak a different dialect from Dzongkha.
A gentle climb leads to Shobjula (Alt.11,155 ft / 3,400 m) and then descends to a wide valley, which is another home for the Black Necked Cranes.
A short climb to Tashila Pass (Alt. 9,200 ft / 2804 m). After crossing the pass the path is very steep downhill and the vegetation is dry. You will reach Chunzom where the transport will be waiting for you on the motor road. Drive on to Thimphu.
Visit the National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts. Visit also the School of Thangka Painting and the Institute of Traditional Medicine, where centuries old healing arts are still practiced. Then visit the Memorial Chorten built in memory of the late King, Jigme Dorji Wang chuck. Visit Thimphu town.
Early morning drive to Paro Airport for departure.