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Gangkar Phunsum Base Camp Trek - The World's Highest Unclimbed Peak

Gangkar Punsum, 7570m, located in Bhutan and ranked as the 40th highest peak in the world is without doubt number one on the list of world’s highest Unclimbed peak. An educated guess is it’ll stay there for some time to come. In the mid eighties some attempts were made, but they all failed. In 1994 a partial ban of mountaineering was declared in Bhutan and in 2003 the government decided to prohibit all kinds of climbing. The reason for this was out of respect for local religious beliefs and traditions.
           
Be among the first to have trekked to the base camp of the World's Highest Unclimbed Peak

Thick forests, emerald mountain lakes and ridge-top-views are a big part of the scenic splendor as we reveal our favorite places that make this trek so special. And we introduce you to the highlights of one of the most precious treasures of Bhutan: close-up views of Gangkar Phunsum, the world’s highest Unclimbed Peak!

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Paro.

If you are lucky, you will have glorious views of the snowcapped Himalayas on the way to Paro (8000'). The remarkable and steep descent into the Paro Valley is an awe-inspiring begining to an adventure of a lifetime.

After visa formalities and collection of baggage, we will drive to the capital city of Thimphu.

Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing


In Thimphu, we will have a variety of activities from which to choose. Some sights we hope to visit: Textile Museum, School of Arts and Crafts, National Library, Folk Art Museum, Memorial Chorten, Weekend Vegetable Market, Cheri Monastery (optional day hike), an Archery Match, Tashichho Dzong...

Day 03: Drive to Punakha/Wangdi and visit the Punakha Dzong

The Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” built in 1637 at the confluence of Mo-Chu and Pho-Chu rivers, was the national capital until1955. The Je Khenpo and the central monk body occupy this dzong throughout the winter. One of the holiest of the many dzongs throughout the country, the Punakha Dzong contains the preserved body of the founder of modern day Bhutan– Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Day 04:
Travel to Bumthang - A driving day with extraordinary views!

Drive through beautiful forests of rhododendron and fields of dwarf bamboo, breathtaking scenery of the landscape, green meadows, beautiful wildflowers, gushing waterfalls and constanly changing vegetation.

Day 05: Trek Begins.

Dur Village to Chochomey (Distance: 9.5 miles; Time: 6 - 7 hours)

Day 06:
Chochomey to Thashisha (Distance: 12.2 miles; Time: 8 hours)

Day 07: Thashisha to Tholeythang (Distance: 10.2 miles; 6-7 hours)

Day 08: Tholeythang to Tsawoo (Distance: 9 miles; 6-7 hours)

Day 09: Tsawoo to Boomarpa Gangkar Phunsum Base Camp (Distance: 12.8 miles; 8 hours)

Day 10: Two days of layover day at the Base Camp

Day 11: Two days of layover day at the Base Camp

Day 12: Gangkar Phunsum Base Camp to Tsampa Gomma

Day 13: Tsampa Gomma to Petso

Day 14: Petso to Ngang

Day 15: Ngang to Jakar/Bumthang

Day 16: Bumthang Valley. Sightseeing or rest

Day 17:
Drive to Wangdi/Punakha Valley. We’ll cross back over the magnificent Yutong La and Pele La passes on our way back to Wangdi/Punakha Valley

Day 18: Travel back to Thimphu. We’ll drive back to Thimphu crossing the Dochula Pass (10,500 feet).

Day 19: Paro

We’ll leave Thimphu in the afternoon for our last stop, two nights in the spectacular Paro Valley. We will visit the impressive Ta Dzong, the watchtower of the Paro Dzong which now houses the National Museum.

Day 20: Taktsang Hike

We will conclude our visit to the Dragon Kingdom with a hike to the magical monastery known as Taktsang (the "Tiger's Nest). Taktsang is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in the Himalayan World. The monastery itself is perched on a granite cliff that drops 2,000 feet to the valley floor. The name is derived from a legend that Guru Rinpoche flew across the mountains to this spot on the back of a tigress, reaching a cave in which he meditated for three months, converting the Paro Valley to Buddhism during his stay.

Day 21:
Depart by Druk Air


 

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