Rodungla trekking in East Bhutan

Rodungla trekking in East Bhutan

Trip Duration 20 Days

This Trek is used to be the most important trade route to eastern Bhutan before the motor able road was built. This route is hardly used at present but one cannot ignore the good trek it provides.

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  • Vacation Style Adult Group
    Trekking Tour
  • Activity Level Tour Grade
    Challenging
  • Group Size Minimum
    2/10
All about the Rodungla trekking in East Bhutan

This Trek is used to be the most important trade route to eastern Bhutan before the motor able road was built. This route is hardly used at present but one cannot ignore the good trek it provides. The route is relatively tough and involves a tremendously long, steep descent. Also it provides opportunity to visit remote villages of eastern part of Bhutan. This trek can be seen as an extension of the Snowman Trek one of the toughest trek in Bhutan ending in central part of Bhutan in Bumthang.

The Season starts from March – May in the spring season and late August- November during fall season.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • Royalty US$ 65/person/night(Child under 12 year is exempt from Royalty US$65)
  • Mineral drinking water
  • All meals at 3star hotels
  • Fluent English spoken certified guide
  • Entrance fees to all the monument and museum
  • All taxes and fees
  • Transportation
  • Trekking stuffs, cooks, trekking tents etc.
Whats not included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • International flight to/from Paro.
  • Travel insurance
  • Use of bar and beverages in hotel, laundry, telephone calls or internet and personal shopping
  • Tips to your guide and driver
  • One time visa fees US$40
Surcharge (If applicable)
  • In case traveler are below 3 pax Surcharge of US$40/person/night for single traveler and US$30/night for double traveler will be levied.
Discount
  • No charge for the child below age 5 and 50% discount for the child between 5-12 years. But the royalty is set as US$65 per day.
  • The full time student below age of 25 holding valid citizen identity card from institution shell be given 25% discount.
  1. Day 1 Arrive Paro

    Druk Airways flight to Bhutan is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkata, each flight is a mesmerizing aeronautical feat and offers an exciting descent into the Kingdom. On arrival at Paro airport, immigration and custom formalities then received by our representative and transfer to the hotel. Evening take a stroll around town's main street. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

  2. Day 2 Paro

    Morning excursion to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). Legends say that Guru Padmasambhava came here flying on the back of a tigress and landed at the spot where monastery was later built. The monastery was severely damaged by fire in year 1998 and now has been fully restored in its original grandeur.

    Afternoon visit to Ta Dzong, built in 17th century, as watch tower to defend Paro Dzong and valley. This fortress was later converted into the National Museum in 1967 and is filled with antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and Bhutan's renowned postage stamps. Below the Ta Dzong, is fascinating Rinpung Dzong meaning "fortress of the heap of jewels", which has a long and interesting history. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

  3. Day 3 Paro - Thimphu (55 km, 2 hours)

    Morning drive to Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined fortress from where Bhutanese repelled several invasion by Tibetan armies. Also visit en route Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom.

    Then drive to Thimphu visiting en route Semtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627 which now houses the School for Buddhist Studies.

    Evening visit to Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan's Third King followed by visit to Tashichhodzong, beautiful medieval fortress/monastery. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

  4. Day 4 Thimphu - Trongsa (200 km, 6 hours)

    Morning visit in Thimphu, National Library, Arts & Crafts School, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum. Then drive to Trongsa, across Dochula pass (3,050m) and Pele la pass (3,300m). Overnight in Trongsa.

  5. Day 5 Trongsa - Bumthang

    Morning visit to striking Trongsa Dzong, ancestral abode of Bhutan's Royal family. Then visit Ta Dzong, built as watch tower to guard Trongsa Dzong. After that proceed to Bumthang and in the afternoon, visit here; the Jakar Dzong built in 17th century during the time of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first religious and temporal ruler of Bhutan. Then visit the Kurjey monastery where Guru Padsambhava left his body imprint in the 8th century. The temple was later built in 17th century. Later visit Jambay Lhakhang. Overnight in Bumthang.

  6. Day 6 Bumthang - Ngang Lhakhang

    The trek begins today. Trek route follows the Chamkhar Chu River, coming across many villages and temples, meadows, forests of blue pine and scrub bamboo. Today is very relaxing and easy day. Arrive at the village camp at the altitude of 2,900m. Walking time about 6 hours.

  7. Day 7 Ngang Lhakhang - Ugyenchholing (7-8 hours)

    The trail ascends gradually towards the Phephe la pass, walking through the forests of junipers, until you arrive at the pass at an altitude of 3,340m. After the path descend to Tang valley, finally arriving at Ugyenchholing village. Camp by the side of the river at the altitude of 2,850m. Walking time 7 / 8 hours.

  8. Day 8 Ugyenchholing - Phokpey (17 km, 6 hours)

    The beginning of trek is muddy and slippery. At about 3,000m it become a small footpath through muddy fields and dwarf bamboo. At about 3,400m the route crosses a meadow with more dwarf bamboo. Climb through the meadow and traverse through forest to another steep, high meadow. The trail leads to a summer pasture surrounded by forests and the ground is dotted with tiny blue alpine flowers.

  9. Day 9 Phokpey - Ungaar (20 km, 8 hours)

    Continue ascending for half an hour until you reach Rodungla (4,100m). Then it is a steep descent to the valley floor. There are few small meadows en route. After a short wander through dwarf bamboo you meet pine trees near campsite.

  10. Day 10 Ungaar - Taskila (21 km, 8 hours)

    This trail like a wave, wins up and down till Drula village and Khaine Lhakhang en route. It is one of the oldest temples in existence today, built in mid 7th century by the King Songtsen of Tibet to subdue demons.

  11. Day 11 Taskila - Lhuntse

    Proceed to Lhuntse guest house for lunch, followed by leisure time.

  12. Day 12 Lhuntse - Menji (16 km, 5 hours)

    Arrive to Kuri Zam and the trek from here is gradually up through the paddy fields and villages. Camp is at 1,850m near Menji village, besides the Darchu Pang Lhakhang situated amidst garden full of flowers of marigold, geraniums, dahlias and nasturtiums.

  13. Day 13 Menji - Pemi (20 km, 7 hours)

    Continue uphill through the thick, humid forest packed with dense foliage of ferns and creepers and a constant whistle of cicadas. The trail is narrow and steep. Climb steadily for two ours to a ridge top meadow, then plunge back into the forest to reach the camp at Pemi (2,400m) on a narrow ridge top clearing with a view out to a forested gorge and mountains.

  14. Day 14 Pemi - Taupang (21 km, 7/8 hours)

    Continue upwards till Dong la (3,900m) which present enchanting mountain views. On the opposite side of the pass the trail traverses nine passes, called as nine sisters of Dong la. Finally descend steeply through thick evergreen forests on a trail strewn with rocks, logs to a ridge top meadow. The camp is at Taupang (2,460m), a clearing in the forest with a cowherds wooden shelter.

  15. Day 15 Taupang - Trashi Yangtse (24 km, 8/9 hours)

    Today en route you will encounter huge ferns, red-berried palms and occasional leeches. Two hours of trek brings you to the village of Shukshing, a cluster of bamboo huts on the hillside, surrounded by corn fields, banana trees and grazing cows. The trek ends at Trashi Yangtse Dzong.

  16. Day 16 Trashi Yangtse - Trashigang

    Morning drive to Trashigang. Visit Trashigang Dzong and local market. Overnight at the lodge.

  17. Day 17 Trashigang - Bumthang (289 km, 10 hours)

    After breakfast drive back to Bumthang en route visit Mongar Dzong and town. Overnight in Bumthang.

  18. Day 18 Bumthang - Punakha (205 km, 6 hours)

    Morning after visiting Bumthang market, drive to Punakha . Lunch would be served enroute at one of the famous restaurant in Trongsa town enroute at Wangduephodrang take a short break for tea / coffee and then proceed to Punakha hotel for overnight stay.

  19. Day 19 Punakha - Paro (125 km, 4.1/2 hours)

    Morning free time in Punakha. After lunch drive to Paro for overnight stay.

  20. Day 20 Depart Paro

    After breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.

    Thank you and Tashi Delek!

ACCOMMODATION IN BHUTAN
Tourist accommodation in Bhutan is comfortable but can be fairly basic especially as you travel further east. Most hotels in the main tourist destinations have rooms with private bathrooms, hot water (at least at some stage during the day), telephone and electricity. Plumbing is not always up to the standard you may be used to and there are no hotels with central heating although heaters of some sort will generally be provided.

Tourist hotels tend to provide meals buffet-style which gives you the opportunity to try a variety of Bhutanese dishes. In the larger hotels a la carte service is also available, although they do not always have everything on the menu. Thimphu has a pizza restaurant (the Seasons) and there is a good café in the centre of Thimphu (near the Swiss bakery) called the Art Café which serves sandwiches, cake and filter coffee.

Please note that there is currently a shortage of hotel accommodation in Bhutan especially during festivals or the peak trekking season of October. We reserve rooms at all hotels in advance but the bookings are never certain until the group check in on the day. Bearing this in mind we will reserve rooms in the following hotels:

Paro: Olathang
Thimphu: Peaceful Resort, Hotel Pedling or Hotel Wangchuk.
Punakha: Meriphuensum Resort or Damchen Resort
Bumthang: Swiss Guesthouse, Hotel Mipham, Garden Hotel or River Lodge
Phobjikha: Dewachen Hotel.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Shared Rooms included in teh Price Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
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Individual Rooms not included in the Price Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
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Footwear:
Comfortable shoes i.e trail shoes or trainers.
Flip flops or sandals.

Travel clothes. You will need clothing as follows:
Lightweight waterproof jacket.
Casual long sleeved shirt with collar (for visits to Dzongs).
T shirts.
Lightweight trousers.
Micro fleece.
Socks and underwear etc.
Swimwear.
Please carefully read Ethics and Etiquette paragraph for dress code when visiting Dzongs.

Headwear:
Sun hat.
Bandana or face mask
Sunglasses.

Personal Equipment:
Toiletry bag include toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, etc.
Headtorch. Useful during power cuts.
Backpack for day trips. Recommended size is 15 to 20 litres.

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DRESS CODE AND CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR ENTERING DZONGS & MONASTERIES

Depending on whom you talk to the exact dress code for dzongs, monasteries and lhakhangs can differ. Use the details below to assist with your planning and we recommend you discuss each days visits with your guide to reconfirm appropriate attire.
Go for smart casual look such as long sleeved shirt with collar i.e no T shirts or short sleeved shirts.
Full length trousers or long skirts (ankles must be covered) i.e no shorts, ¾ length trousers or short skirts.
Shoes with socks covering ankles i.e no sandals or slippers.
No hats and umbrellas allowed.
Photographs are only allowed to be taken in the courtyard of most monasteries.
Walking around Buddhist temples or stupas is traditionally done clockwise.
Turn off your mobile/ cell phone and talk in a quiet tone.
It is customary to give a small donation when visiting a monastery.

The Royal Government of Bhutan has a strict policy to preserve its cultural and traditional values.

All lakes in Bhutan are believed to be inhabited by spirits therefore no fishing, swimming or throwing stones is permitted.
Do not disturb or feed wildlife or do anything to destroy their natural habitat.
Do not use detergent in or near rivers, for personal washing use biodegradable soap at least 50m from any watercourse.
Do not give sweets, pens or gifts to children or distribute medicine to villagers (there is a network of Basic Health Units operated by Bhutan Government throughout the country).
Do not purchase local household items or religious artefacts from villagers, please note that antiques may not be taken out of the country.
Please respect the culture and traditions of local people (trek crew, villagers or pack animal owners).

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Writing A Review Overall Rating 4.7/5
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J Heathcote - UK
Reviewed on 14/1/2016
4.7/5

I had high expectations of a journey to Bhutan with a focus upon the spiritual aspects of the culture. All aspects of arranging my holiday were dealt with promptly/efficiently by Karma Gyeltshen of Bhutan Dragon Adventures.

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Dr. Paul L. Jokiel - USA
Reviewed on 14/1/2016
4.7/5

“Karma Gyeltshen is a remarkable person with a strong background in all aspects of the culture, religion, history, art and natural resources of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Moreover, he is extremely knowledgeable about the travel regulations and potential pitfalls of touring this country.

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Regards Hugh - USA
Reviewed on 14/1/2016
4.7/5

Dear Karma, We did indeed enjoy our holiday in Bhutan. We were so pleased that you where able to put the trip together for us at such short notice, it is difficult to believe that it was all arranged in just 3 weeks and at no time did we feel that there was going to be any problem.

Departure Dates Confirmed Dates Trip Status   Price (PP) Per Person / Per Night  
March-May -sept- Nov
High Season Price
US $ 250.00
Jan- Feb-June-July and Dec
Low Season Price
US $ 200.00
Note: All tour price are fixed by the Govt, of Bhutans