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Wild East Rodungla Trek | Bhutan Trekking Packages
Wild East Rodung La Trekking does not ascend to very high altitudes, it is still fairly challenging as the trail covers some fairly steep climbs and descents. The trail takes you from Bumthang in Central Bhutan to Trashiyangtse in the far eastern reaches of the kingdom. Wild East Rodung La Trekking is one of the best trekking in Bhutan where culture, nature, religion and typical local lifestyle exploration trek in Bhutan
Wild East Rodung La Trekking route was once an important trade road in the past, but it has fallen into disuse now and is chiefly used as a trekking trail. The trail passes through alpine and bamboo forests, meadows and mountain passes, through villages and temples offering trekkers an incredible array of biodiversity to appreciate. The trek typically takes 10 days to complete and is best carried out in winter between October to early November or in spring between April and early May.
Day 1- Arrive Paro International Airport
You will be received by our representative and escorted to Thimphu. The drive to Thimphu takes about 2 hrs. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2 Thimphu - Trongsa
After an early lunch drive to Trongsa. The drive to Trongsa takes about 8 hrs. Picnic lunch on the way. Halt Trongsa.
Day 3 Trongsa - Bumthang
After breakfast, visit the Trongsa Dzong and the Watch Tower and then drive to Bumthang. The drive to Bumthang takes about 2 hrs through some of the most scenic landscape in Bhutan.
Day 4 Trek begins : Bumthang - Nganglakhang
The trek route takes you along the Chamkharchu, ( Bumthang river ) a river known for its richness in trout fish. After lunch stop at Thangbi Monastery, you enter the Ngang valley which means "Swan valley" with its Nganglakhang ( Swan Temple ) in the center of the valley. It is said thatin the past, this valley was inhabited only by Swans. Overnight camp at Nganglakhang in tent.
Alt. 9500 ft. Distance 20 kms. Time 5 - 6 hrs.
Day 5 Ngang Lhakhang - Ugyencholing
Climb gradually to Phephela pass at an alt of 11,000 ft., the highest point on the trek. The trail from the pass takes you through one of the most beautiful forests of the region. You can also view the Ugyencholing Palace on the way. Overnight at Ugyencholing in tent.
Alt. 9000 ft. Distance 12 kms. Time 3 - 4 hrs.
Day 6- Ugyencholing to Phokpey
The trail takes you through forests of bamboo, hemlock and as you gradually climb up, through alpine forest till you reach Phokpey. Overnight at Phokpey in tent. Alt. 11500 ft. Distance 17 kms. Time 5 -6 hrs.
Day 7 Phokpey - Ungar
You continue to climb upto Phokpeyla - alt. 12300 ft. - which takes about half an hour. From the pass, the trail goes downhill through a gorge to Ungar. The camp site at Ungar overlooks some beautiful mountain valleys and plains.
Alt. 10,000 ft. Distance 20 kms. Time 6 - 7 hrs.
Day 8 Ungar - Taskila
The trail winds up and down through forest and villages. You also pass a Monastery called Khaine Lakhang which is one of the oldest Monasteries in Bhutan, built sometime during the 7th century by King Songtsen Genpo of Tibet to subdue a demon.
Alt. 6000 ft. Distance 21 kms. Time 6 - 7 hrs.
Day 9 Taskila - Lhuntse
You drive upto Lhuntse and rest at the guest house or camp.
Day 10 Lhuntse - Menji
Drive down to Kurizam and trek from there. The trail takes you through the paddy fields and villages. Overnight in tent at Menji. Alt. 600Oft. Distance 16 kms. Time 4 - 5 hrs.
Day 11 Menji - Pemi
The trail takes you uphill through forest with glimpses of beautiful mountains. Overnight in tent at Pemi.
Alt. 800Oft. Distance 20 kms. Time 6 - 7 hrs.
Day 12 Pemi - Taupang The trail continues upwards to Dongla pass. From the pass, you can see most of the high mountains. From there, you descend through the forest until you reach the campsite at Taupang.
Alt. 800Oft. Distance 21 kms. Time 6 - 7 hrs.
Day 13 Taupang - Yangtse
The last day of the trek and the longest one on this route. You climb down gradually till you reach Yangtse through Chirpine and hardwood forest. Overnight in tent at Yangtse.
Distance 24 kms. Time 8 - 9 hrs.
Day 14 Tashi Yangtse - Trashigang
Drive down to Trashigang which takes about 3 hours. Halt in Trashigang in hotel or drive onto Mongar which will take another 3 hrs.
Day 15 Trashigang/Mongar - Bumthang
The drive takes about 7 - 8 hrs. Overnight in hotel/guest house.
Day 16 Bumthang - Thimphu
Drive to Thimphu. The drive will take about 8 hrs. Day 17 Thimphu - Paro International Airport Thimphu - Paro International Airport