Yaksa Trek (14 days)

Yaksa Trek (14 days)

The Yaksa trek offers wonderful views of Jomolhari Mountain (7,314m) and the twin peaks of neighbouring Jichu Drake (6,794 m) and Tshering Gang. The trek reaches a maximum altitude of 4,750 m.

Facts about the Trek:

Trek Duration: 6 days

Accommodation: Tents

Activity type: Walking, trekking

Difficulty level: Strenuous

Group size: Minimum 2 pax

Trek distance: 137 km

Highest altitude: 4930 m

Start Point: Shana (Paro)

Finish Point: Shana (Paro)

Best months to do this trek: March-May, September-2nd week of December

Itinerary

  1. Arrive at Paro

Upon arrival at Paro airport, you will be received by the representatives of BCD-Bhutan and transferred to the hotel.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel

  1. Paro – Hike to Taktshang Monastery

After breakfast, acclimatize yourself by hiking to Taktshang Monastery (The Tiger’s Nest).

After lunch, visit:

Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating back to the 7th century when the seeds of Buddhism were believed to be first sown in Bhutan.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel

  1. Paro to Shana

After breakfast, visit:

  • Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower which was converted into the National Museum of Bhutan in 1967
  • Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The dzong presently houses the office of the district administration.

After lunch, drive to Shana.

Camp at Shana

  1. Shana to Thangthangka

Time: 7 hrs

Distance: 19 km

The trail ascends across the river valley forested with pine and rhododendron. Along the way, we can enjoy a memorable view of Mt. Jomolhari. We camp in a meadow at around 3,860 m.

  1. Thangthangka to Jangothang.

Time: 6 hrs

Distance: 19 km

The trail continues along the river today and passes by an army post. Today’s trail offers a magnificent view of snow-capped mountains in all directions. At around 4,040 m, we will see grazing yaks and yak herders. In the evening, we camp beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mt. Jomolhari.

  1. Jangothang – rest day

Today, you have 3 options:

  1. Hike to Jomolhari Glacier which is around 4 and a half hours of walk (back and forth)
  2. Hike to Jichu Drake Glacier which is around 3 hours walk (back and forth)
  3. Walk up the mountain between Jomolhari and Jichu Drake, the summit is at 5,200 m with a great view of both the mountains. This is 8 hours walk (back and forth).
  1. Jangothang to Dhumzo (Soe Yaksa)

Highest Point: 4900 m

Duration: 7-8 hours

Distance: 16 km

Level of difficulty: Moderately hard.

Dinner and overnight at camp

  1. Dhumzo (Soe Yaksa) to Thombushong.

Highest Point: 4,550 m

Duration: 5-6 hours

Distance: 14 km

Level of difficulty: Moderate

Dinner and overnight at camp

  1. Thombushong to Zankepang.

Highest point: 4,300 m

Duration: 7-8 hours

Distance: 18 km

Level of difficulty: Moderate (long downhill, punishment to your knees).

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel in Paro

  1. Paro to Thimphu sightseeing

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu and visit:

  • National Memorial Choeten built in 1974 in memory of late King His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
  • Thangtong Dewachen Nunnery
  • Painting School where traditional art is kept alive through instructions in the art of painting thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls).

After lunch, visit:

  • Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices
  • Bhutanese paper factory at work
  • Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the central government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan).

Overnight stay in a hotel in Thimphu

  1. Thimphu to Paro airport

Early in the morning, drive to the airport and bid farewell.