Gangtey Trek


Duration: Three days, Maximum

Elevation: 3,480 m

Highest Camp: 3,330m

Standard: Easy

Best Seasons: September to May

Start: Phobjikha

Finish: Tikke Zampa

Although the trek is possible throughout the whole winter, the best seasons for the Gangtey Trek are March to May and September to November. It is a short and relatively easy trek with beautiful villages and monasteries en route.

Day 1: Phobjikha – Zasa (Distance 15 km, six to seven hours, 610 m ascent, 410 m de­scent, camp altitude 3,130 m) The Trek starts near the village of Tabiting. The trail winds through meadows and fields and the climb takes you through a mixed forest of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendron to Tsele La (3430 m). From here you descend into the Juge Kangkha Chhu valley. Further on, the path leads to Gogona, well known for its “Gogona Cheese” production. The campsite is a bit further on besides a small stream in a yak pasture called Zasa.

Day 2: Zasa – Chorten Karpo (Distance 16 km,five to seven hours, 450 m ascent, 860 m descent, camp altitude 3,330 m)A gentle climb leads to Shobe La pass (3,480 m). The de­scent from the pass leads to a wide valley, surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges. Below the route one can see Khothokha, a village with about 60 houses. You finally reach the camp ­site by climbing gently up till you see four chortens in a forest of blue pine.

Day 3: Chorten Karpo – Tikke Zampa (Distance 12 km, four to five hours, 120 m ascent, 1,340 m descent) From the camp you climb till you reach a forest road. From here it’s an easy walk up to a little ridge at 2,800 m. The walk down back into the valley leads you through Bhutan’s best bird watching areas.


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