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Bhutan is one of the countries which has a different kind of hiking experience. There are different cultural sites, pristine wilderness, and landscapes that you can visit. Trekking in Bhutan is altogether a different experience. Bhutan has amazing landscapes, tribes, and lakes in different places. Masagang is one of the treks where you can explore the great peaks. The path to Masagang trek is usually used by yak herders for grazing pastures. This trek takes a detour to Laya Village, which has a unique social and cultural depths to this trek. Along the way, we pass through military checkpoints that reminds us of the closeness to China/Tibet border in the north. As we forward, we can see the grandeur of Masagang and other peaks opening up. We can see amazing nature and its beauty right before our eyes. We can also see traditional houses, yak herder huts, thick forests, and alpine meadows. After the landscapes open up, we can see other neighboring snow-capped peaks. This area is holy and sacred to the locals.

 

This trek is truly the most remarkable trek in Bhutan. The trail is old as it gets, without any visitors other than Yak Herders and few locals. It has its own originality in a beautiful form with many breathtaking landscapes and mountains. This trek is moderately difficult due to the high altitude into the unspoiled area. So, in this trek, you will be able to visit remote highland villages of Laya and Lungo. You can have great views of Masagang and Tsenda Kang peaks. You will be staying two nights in the gorgeous and magnificent Nullithang campsite. You can visit places in Bhutan like Paro, Thimpu, and Punakha. This trek is doable in any season. Masagang Trek is undoubtedly the most beautiful trek in Bhutan and has a significance to Bhutanese culture and influence.

 

Itinerary

On this day, we arrive in Paro. We visit different attractions like the National Museum and the Rinpung Dzong. We explore the town. Overnight in a hotel in Paro.

Today, we have a full day hike to Taktsang gumba also known as Tiger’s Nest. This is a famous place to visit and also a nice place for acclimatization before you start your trek. After visiting temples, we descend back to parking. Late afternoon, we will visit one of the oldest temples in Bhutan known as Kyichu Lhakhang. Now we travel to the Dochu-La pass which is at an elevation of 3010m. If the weather is clear we might see the views of snow-capped mountains including Gangkhar Punesum, the Masagang.

On this day, we wake up early in the morning for the views of sunrise on the mountains. We start an early drive to Gasa district. On the way, we first descend to Wangdue Valley and start again ascending along Mo Chu river through a dense forest. You will make your way into a place called Laya. The roads are pretty rough in these areas. After some time you will cross Bari-la pass and finally reach a trail below that where you will start your trekking. You will reach Koina camp after a short walk downwards. In Koina, you can either sleep in a small house or tent.

Today, we will ascend to a higher elevation. Our trek starts above the river and settles at the river bed. After a few hours, you will reach the Takshikha military camp where your permits are checked. From here you will climb to Lungu village. Overnight at Lungu.

Today, we start your hike from Lingu in the direction to the east. We gently ascend which offers us a great view of the village and snowy peaks.

There are numbers of options today for Nulithang exploration. You can climb to Chethol’s viewpoint or a hill just above Somji. These places have the most amazing views of the surrounding areas. At last, you can also hike north of the Nultihang to Phongme. This trip offers spectacular views of the mountain. Overall, you will visit different sites of Nulithang for this day. It will be refreshing to hike in this area.

Today’s trekking will be at most 12 km which will take 4 to 5 hours of time. Today also, you can trek to different parts of Nulithang which you have missed yesterday. Today we follow a trail that will directly lead you to Tashikha military camp. This is a cold place since it doesn’t get much sunlight.

Today’s total length of the trek will be around 12 km which will take 6 to 7 hours. You will follow the same route as of the first day of trekking. You will reach Gasa by afternoon and you will be there to enjoy the hot springs of Gasa. This is a great place for relaxation for tourists. You will stay overnight in a hotel.

You will visit the castle in Gasa known as the Gasa Dzong. You can see amazing views of the surroundings. After seeing some interesting chapels then we start a drive to Punakha There is the most beautiful castle in Punakha. We will explore this castle and its beautiful art.

On this day, we hike to Chimmi Lhakhang early in the morning. Then we drive to Thimpu and visit the gigantic statue of Buddha. Then we walk in Norzin Lam Street. We explore the city and do our shopping and buy souvenirs in the city. We enjoy this day in Bhutan spending our free time.

On this day, we drive to Paro for the departure from Bhutan

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