NUP TSHO NAPATA TREK
The Nup Tsho Napata trek takes you through mountains of Haa in western Bhutan. The trek is considered unique and unexplored as many do not trek this region. Besides local lore, the turquoise colored Nup Tsho Napata Lake, verdant and pristine forests remain as the highlight of the trek. The trail meanders through rich forests of rhododendron and juniper and impressive high passes of about 4350m above sea level.
9 Nights 10 Days | from $2115 USD
DAY 1: Arrive Paro
On your flight to Paro, if the weather permits, you will be able to spot snowcapped Himalayas including mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. Our guide will be waiting to receive you and transfer to your hotel. Later in the day you will visit Ta Dzong, originally a watch tower now converted into a museum. This 17th century old fortress holds varies displays of antique collections. Next stop is the Rinpung Dzong literal translation –“fortress of heap of jewels.” Another Lhakhang you will visit is the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most divine temple of Bhutan. Overnight hotel in Paro.
DAY 2: Acclimatization Hike to Tiger’s Nest
Today you will hike to the famous Taktsang Goemba. The monastery has a remarkable history and even looks quite extraordinary perched on a hill side. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava flew here to meditate on the back of a tigress. The hike is about 5 to 6 hours journey through pine forest and rhododendrons, ascending 900 meters above Paro Valley. In the evening, you can explore Paro town. Overnight hotel in Paro.
DAY 3: Paro – Haa
In the morning drive to Haa valley via Chelela pass (3988m) with spectacular views of mount Jomolhari (7314m) and other Himalayan ranges. Chelela pass is one of the highest motorable pass in Bhutan dotted with colorful Buddhist prayer flags over the hill. Drive downhill from the pass through the forest of blue pine, oak and fir and enjoy the amazing views of Meri Puensum (three brother hills). Haa is home to number of nomadic herders and the valley’s name Haa connotes esoteric hiddenness. Visit sacred Lhakhang karpo (white temple) and Lhakhang nagpo (black temple) situated at the base of sacred hills ‘Meri Puensum’. After lunch stroll in small traditional haa town and explore local villages. Overnight in the hotel.
DAY 4: Haa – Womji
Today your trek begins with a gentle climb to the Tale La pass (3780m) through thick forests of rhododendron and confers trees. Continue your walk gradually up to the yak herders camp at Tshojo. Climb up further to Gochula pass, which is at 4200m. After the pass, walk through the trail following a ridge and then descend gradually to our camp at Womji.
17KM, 5 – 6 HOURS, 230 M ASCENTS, 60 M DESCENTS, CAMP ALT 2870M
DAY 5: Womji – Nup Tsho Napata
in the morning start ascending steeply through juniper and rhododendron forests to the Gochhi La pass (4350m), proving spectacular views of the whole Tsheja La range. Continue walking to Tsheja Lum passing through several yak herders’ camps and in spring the trail will be carpeted with wild flowers. You will the walk towards Tsheja La pass crossing the ancient trade route from Haa to Tibet.
22KM, 7-8 HOURS, 690 M ASCENTS, CAMP ALT 3750M
DAY 6: Halt at Nup Tsho Napata
Enjoy the day halt exploring the area around the sacred lakes, yak herders camp and exploring the surrounding hills.
DAY 7: Nup Tsho Napata – Tshojo
You will retrace as far as to Gochi La pass. From the pass take a different route over a ridge to Lake Tshojo at 3780m. you will have a picnic lunch on the lake shore. After lunch, you will descend to the camp in a yak meadow at Tshojo.
8KM|4 – 5HOURS|855M|CAMP ALT 3780
DAY 8: Tshojo – Haa – Thimphu
The last day’s trail descends gradually through juniper and rhododendron forest until you reach the Tali La pass. Crossing the pass, you will re-enter the Haa valley. Your trek ends here and your vehicle will be waiting here to take you to Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.
18KM| 6 – 7HOURS|600M ASCENT|660M DESCENT
DAY 9: Thimphu Sightseeings
After breakfast, visit National Memorial stupa (built in the memory of the third king of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), the giant Buddha statue overlooking Thimphu valley with 169 feet/51.5 meters and its tallest of its kind, Takin reservation center, Institute of thirteen arts and crafts, Post office to have customary post cards, farmers market and stroll freely in Thimphu city and experience the lifestyle of the people. Overnight in the hotel.
DAY 10: Thimphu – Paro (For departure)
After your breakfast, you will be driven to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you goodbye.