Arrive Paro by Druk Air (it is recommended to fly from Delhi or Kathmandu as this flight provides fascinating view of eastern Himalayan peaks. The peaks visible on this flight are; Mount. Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,534m), Shishapangma (8,013m), Gauri Shankar (7,185m), Cho Oyu (8,153m), Nuptse (7,906m), Lhotse (8,501m), Chamlang (7,319 m), Jannu (7,710m), Chomoyummo (6,829m), Pauhunri (7,125m), Shudu Tsenpa (7,032m), Chomolhari (7,314m) and Jichu Drake (6,974m).
On arrival at Paro airport you will be received by local representative with a traditional welcome and then driven to the hotel. Evening presentation with slide show/video show and talk by an expert. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Morning sightseeing in Paro visiting ruins of Drukgyel Dzong followed by visit to Ta Dzong (National Museum) and Rinpung Dzong.
After lunch start biking to Thimphu (54 km, approx. 4 hours) passing through the confluence of Paro and Thimphu rivers. The route follows the valley of Thimphu river through an arid landscape. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Morning sightseeing in Thimphu with visit to Memroial Chhorten, Trashichhodzong and Government Handicraft Emporium. After an early lunch bike to Punakha (70 km, approx. 41/2 hours) ascending Dochula pass (3,050m) and later descend to Metshina. Punakha is about 12 km from this place at 1,250 m so in about 31/2 hours biking the total descent from Dochula to Punakha is about 1,800 m. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Morning visit to 17th century Punakha Dzong followed by visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chhorten. Then continue biking to Wangduephodrang (21 km, 11/2 hours). Evening visit to Wangduephodrang Dzong and interesting local market. Overnight at the hotel in Wangduephodrang.
In the morning commence biking to Gangtey (68 km, approx. 41/2 hours) gaining altitude of about 1,800m. Afternoon excursion to Phobjikha valley which is a designated conservation area and famous for black-necked cranes. Overnight tented accommodation.
In the morning proceed to central Bhutanese town of Trongsa (125 km, approx. 6 hours) crossing 3,300m high Pelela pass. From Pele la pass proceed to Chendbji Chhorten at 2,400 m (27 km, 11/2 hours), the stupa patterned on Swayambhunath in Kathmandu. Chendbji to Trongsa is about 41 km, approximately two hours of biking on almost flat land. Overnight at the lodge in Trongsa.
Morning sightseeing with visit to Trongsa Dzong and Ta Dzong and then proceed to Bumthang (68 km, approx. 41/2 hours) crossing Yotongla pass (3,400m) and then descend to Gyetsa valley (2,700m). Later cross 2,900m Kiki la pass while reaching to Jakar. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day for relaxation and sightseeing in one of the most beautiful valleys and also the religious heartland of the nation, visiting Tamshing Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong, Kurjey and Jambay Lhakhang. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
From Bumthang Ura the camp site is about 60 km and time taken is approximately 4 hours. Cross 3,300m high Shertang la pass and then descend to Ura village situated at 3,000m. Later explore pleasant Ura village. Overnight tented accommodation.
Proceed to Limithang (80 km, approx. 6 hours) crossing 3,750m high Thrumshingla pass – the highest point during this trip. From Thrunshingla it is all the way downhill (about 700m) untill the camp at Limithang. Overnight tented accommodation.
It is one of the shortest days on this itinerary (27 km, 11/2 hours) with a total descent of about 1,400m. Evening visit to Mongar Dzong and local market. Overnight at the lodge in Mongar.
In the morning proceed to Gom Kora (80 km, approx. 5 hours). The Kori la pass en route is at 2,450m. The road later descends rapidly till sheri Chhu river.
Overnight tented accommodation.
Proceed to Trashi Yangtse (65 km, approx. 51/2 hours). 2 km ahead of Gom Kora, the road reaches Doksum, a village where two valleys meet. This place is also known for its weaving. Later arrive at Trashi Yangtse Dzong, at 1,850 m. Head further northwards in the gorge for about 4 km – the route leads to gigantic Chorten Kora, the stupa built in Nepalese style of architecture. Overnight tented accommodation.
In the morning bike to Trashigang (65 km, approx. 5 hours). The trail is a gradual up and down for 55 km and then about 10 km upwards the Trashigang. In the evening explore the town area, which is the biggest urban centre in Bhutan after Thimphu. Overnight at the lodge.
After breakfast drive back to Mongar. Afternoon exploratory tour to Mongar town, local market. Overnight at the lodge.
In the morning drive to Bumthang arriving there by lunch time. After lunch, visit the Yatha weaving centre and local market. Overnight at the lodge.
After breakfast drive to Thimphu visiting village houses and mingling with local people. Lunch break at Wangduephodrang which is known for its majestic Dzong, bamboo products, slate and stone carvings. After lunch, drive to Thimphu for overnight stay.
Morning drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.
Chadar trekking was a fantastic experience and adventure... Until the 15th I only saw one tourist, but after 15th more people showed up. The guide Lama looked behind every time danger was near for me or for my equipment. At one point he even risked his own safety by when he jumped to hold me from sliding down from a high frozen waterfall into the Zanskar river.