Bhutan SoiYaksa Trek

 
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Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 10 Days

Country: Nepal

This trek is another popular trekking which bids you with the beautiful scenery along with beautiful mountainous views of the highest and not yet scaled - Mount Jomlahari. This trek is also recognized by different names such as Jomolhari loop, Jomolhari trek II or simply Yaksa trek.

This trek is somewhat similar to Jomolhari trek where will be reaching Jomlahari base camp but in a shorter time as compared with the actual Jomlahari trek. It is graded as challenging trek, however, anyone being physically and mentally fit can attempt this with the help of our experienced Bhutanese guides. With trekking, we will be also touring several landmarks and experience thrilling adventure alongside explore the nomadic life of the yak herders and experience their lifestyles, culture, and traditions. Also, we will also be passing through various villages and get to spot several animals like blue sheep, Takin – the national animal of Bhutan, etc.

Our journey begins from a scenic flight to Paro and visiting several cultural heritage sites like Rinpung Dzong, KichuLhangkhang, and museums. Next, we will be hiking to the popular spot - Taktsang monastery. Next, we commence our trekking from Drugyal Dzong (Paro) to reach Shana. Following Parochu and heading through the diverse forest, we reach Siothangkha.

We then head towards Jagothang. Before reaching, we follow Parochu with the stunning view of the peaks. From Jagothang, we cross the river through a bridge and on the way, we stop to relish beautiful Tshophu Lake (4381 m). Ascending further, we will pass the Bonte La pass and reach Dhumzo River. As descending down, we reach Dhumzo and head to Thombushong. From here, we drive to Thimpu and the next day, we will be exploring Thimpu by visiting memorial chortens, zoo, museums and Tashicho Dzong. We wrap our journey here and depart to our destination.

Best season for this trek is in spring and fall. In spring (April-May), we trek through the beautiful blooming rhododendron forests as well as can observe different festivals celebrated. For more information about this trek, please feel free to contact or email us.

Below we list our detailed itinerary for Bhutan SoiYaksa Trek:

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)

During your flight near Bhutan you will be enjoying scenic view of the Himalayas including with the sacred peaks Jomolhari and the Jichu drake mountain. When you arrive at the Bhutan airport our representative of the Accent Himalaya will greet you and take you to the hotel. Today we will began our tour by visiting the Ringpung Dong constructed in 1646. After that we will visit the ancient temple of Bhutan Kichu Lhangkhang and explore the Tashi Dzong. After that we will explore the museum which showcases wide various paintings of Buddha. We will spend our night in Paro.

Day 02: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery then return to Paro

On the second day after the breakfast we will be hiking to the famous and most visited Taktsang monastery also called as Tiger nest monastery. We will be hiking approximately 4-5 hours as the monastery is situated at the precarious cliff at 3180 meter. It is in saying that the Buddhism spiritual master Guru Rimpoche had flown on the back of the tiger back to meditate into this cave which now stands as the Taktsang monastery which in English it means the Tiger nest monastery. We will have our lunch at the restaurants which is situated at midway up to the mountain. After exploring the monastery we will head down to the valley and drive to Paro. We will spend our night in Paro.

Day 03: Trek starts: Paro to Shana (2,870m/9,413ft): 17km, 5-6 hours

Today we will began our trek from the Drugyal Dzong which is at the altitude of 2580 meter. After trekking downhill we will ascend via rice and millet fields. After that we will heading through the apple forests. After a few while hours trekking we will reach at army post at Gunitsawa which is at the altitude of 2810 meter. We will be trekking further and then we will reach at our campsite. We will be spending our night in camp.?

Day 04: Shana to SioThangkha (3,750m/12,300ft): 20km, 6-7 hours

Today our path follows Paro River and after a few ascend and descend via oak, spruce and pine forests. After crossing bridge and then we will have our lunch and after having our lunch we will trek alongside the river and then ascend via lush rhododendron forest. Before reaching at the campsite we will be crossing the bridge for the last time. We will spend our night in camp.

Day 05: SioThangkha to Jangothang (4,040m/13,251ft): 19km, 5-6 hours

After ascending for a while we will reach at army camp. We will be trekking further following the Paro River enjoying striking view snowcapped peaks.we will be having our lunch at the yak herder’s camp.  We will be hiking through the valley and then we will reach at Jangothang camp. From the camp we will get the stunning view of mount Jomolhari and the Jichu drake peaks. We will spend our night in camp.

Day 06: Jangothang to Dhumzo (3,800m/12,464 ft.) via Bonte La pass: 16 km, 6 - 7 hours

Today we will be heading to north to the former settlement to a gorge and then we will descend down to the Paro River and cross the wood bridge. After that we will be hiking to Tshophu Lake which is at 4380 meter. Then we will be crossing the pass and descend down Dhumzo river. After a few hours hiking we will reach at our campsite. We will spend dour night in camp.

Day 07: Dhumzo to ThombuShong (4,180m/13,710ft): 11km, 4-5 hours

Today we will be ascending approximately 100 meter above the ridge and then we will be dropping from other stream. Then we will cross river and head to the high hills through a small valley prior on a ridge. After a short descend we will reach at Thombu shong village with rare yak herders. We will spend our night in camp.

Day 08: ThombuShong to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): Trek ends: 13km, 4-5 hours

Today we will ascend to the valley and cross the Thombu la pass which is at 4380 meter and slowly descend down around 4000 meter. After a few hours trekking we will descend and head down to the ridge and then we will reach at helipad on Gunitsawa. Here our vehicle will be waiting for us and then we will drive to Thimpu. In the evening we will wander the Thimpu streets. We will spend our night in Thimpu.

Day 09: Sightseeing in Thimphu

Early morning we will be visiting the Memorial chorten which was constructed in the memory of the late third king who ruled from 1952- 72. After that we will be visiting the nunnery temple, zoo, traditional medicine center, museum, traditional painting school, Tashi dzong and paper factory. As some of the landmarks are usually closed during the weekends on Saturday and Sunday. So instead of that we will be exploring the Thimpu market. We will spend our night in Thimpu.

Day 10: Final Departure

Today our Soi yaksa trek finally comes to an end. We will depart in the morning as the Druk Air departs in morning to avoid harsh weather condition. So, after the breakfast we will head early morning to the airport.

Includes and Excludes

 

What's Included

  • Bhutanese visa fee
  • All airport pickup and drop
  • All meals, tea, and snacks
  • Government approved A and B category hotels and standard lodge on twin- shared basis
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced guide and local staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums as per the itinerary
  • All required government taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • All airfares
  • Personal items (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
  • Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
  • Tips for staff (guide and driver)
  • Travel insurance

Trip Note

 

Accommodation in Bhutan

Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide comfortable accommodation. Bhutanese hotels are approved and classified by the Government of Bhutan as grade A, B, and C which is equivalent to 3 or 4 - star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time booking, Grade ‘A' hotels will be provided in cities like Thimpu, Paro and so. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement can be served on request with an additional charge.

Meals and Drinks in Bhutan

All the meals and breakfast required for you are included as in our package. A variety of meals are available in most hotels - the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common Continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan such as pork, beef, chicken, and fish. Also for the best is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend for seasonal and fresh food.

Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same hotel where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. But if you wish to drink bottled water, they are also available. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package.

Best Time to Travel

Best Seasons to visit Bhutan are in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-October). The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms although Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring. Bhutan can also be visited during summer and winter if one wishes to avoid the crowd. However, summers are wet and winters are pretty cold which might not suit everyone.

Luggage or Backpack for tour

You will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently on the trip. The clothes and gears that you don't need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.

Druk Air has a 44 pound (20 kg) weight limit for checked luggage and another 11 - pound weight limit for carry-on luggage on their flights. Your carry-on bags are restricted to one piece, and the size should not exceed 17" x 13" x 8". You have to remember following things before packing:

Official Papers

  • Passport with minimum validity of 6 months
  • Copy of the first page of your passport
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa approval for Bhutan (should be brought with you)

 

Packing List for Cultural or City Tours

  • 2 pairs of lightweight long pants
  • 2 pairs of dress pants/dresses for evening
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 4 short-sleeved shirts/blouses
  • 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting Dzongs, temples and monasteries).
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sleepers
  • Warm jackets (if the trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
  • 1 sweater or lightweight jacket
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes

 

Personal toiletries

  • Insect repellent
  • Spare nylon duffel bag for purchase
  • Sunscreen rated 20 SPF or higher
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses, prescription glasses
  • 1 visor/sun hat
  • Daypack/Hip pack for day trips
  • Prescription medications
  • Essential drugs such as for diarrhea, headache pills, pills for cold and cough
  • Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands)

 

Packing List for Trek

Please be advised that there are no trekking stores in Bhutan. Therefore, sleeping bag and daypack items should be brought with you prior as these are two obligatory items for trekking. Accent Himalaya does provide trekking equipment such as tents, stoves, fuels, sleeping pads, cooking and eating utensils, and first aid kit.

Daypack

  • Duffel bag for storing gear(s) (if not weatherproof, bring eg. plastic bags) 
  • Warm sleeping bag (- 8 to100 C) 
  • First aid kit (blister kit with specifically 2nd skin, aspirin, cough drops,)
  • Headlamp 
  • Camera and extra batteries 
  • 2-liter water bottles (if you bring a camelback, also  bring a Nalgene) 
  • Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine to carry in daypack) 
  • Insulated drinking mug 
  • Lightweight toiletries (travel size shampoo, soap is best for trekking) 
  • Sunscreen and lip screen 
  • Small towel

 

Suggested clothing list

  • Down Parka 
  • Gore-Tex shell and pants 
  • Warm fleece jacket 
  • Comfy trekking boots (we prefer- lowa) 
  • Lightweight shoes 
  • 4 pairs of trekking socks 
  • 2 long sleeve Capilene shirts 
  • 2 Capilene bottoms (mid and heavyweight) 
  • 2 trekking shirts (non-cotton is best) 
  • Trekking pants (zip off shorts are better) 
  • 1 pair of shorts 
  • 1 bandana 
  • 1 pair of winter gloves (i.e.: ski) 
  • 1 pair of lightweight gloves (i.e.: fleece)
  • Flip flops
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • 2 pairs of sunglasses

 

Miscellaneous Items

  • Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands) 
  • 10 or more energy bars (we do provide 3 meals per day on the trek!) 
  • Prescription medications 
  • Over the counter drugs for diarrhea, headaches and cold

 

Personal Expenses on Trek

Your personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places), tips to the guide and porters. Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we suggest you give tip and allocate 10-15 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.

Our Greetings at Airport

We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm Bhutan – SoiYaksa Trek with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it

Our normal Itinerary includes 10 days for Bhutan – SoiYaksa Trek which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.

Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it's necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are in Bhutan – SoiYaksa Trek (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Please ensure that you've insured yourself before doing the trip and visit Travel insurance page for more info about it.

Booking and Payment

You are required to make 20% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Bhutan – SoiYaksa Trek along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment. We also accept transactions via Pay Pal.

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