NABJI TRAIL – An Enchanting Winter Trek in Bhutan
This new trek offers everything that makes Bhutan special, with only one item missing: other trekkers! An ideal post-harvest winter trek carried out from November up to April, this trail is a six day low-altitude trek (1000 – 1500 meters) that traverses through ecological rich environment and through the homeland of the Monpa people- the earliest settlers in Bhutan. On this tour, you will see cultural history dating back to 8th century, unique tribal group still in the practice of animistic shamanism and Buddhism. You will also possibly see the endangered Golden Langur (Trichypithecusgeei), one of the rarest primates, which can only be found in Bhutan and neighbouring Assam.
As you visit the small traditional villages of the Monpa community, you’ll see how the past remains an integral part of the very vibrant present.
This trip could well coincide with one of colorful religious festivals where we will spend time to attend the masked dances, which attract thousand of villagers from far and wide. Mingling with the locals in this joyous celebration—a highlight of their social calendar – is a unique honor, bestowed to only a limited number of visitors each year.
A low altitude trek that brings you in close contact with a unique tribal community- The Monpas.
Explore the serene Phobjikha Valley, the winter home of the rare and endangered Black-Necked Cranes.
Witness the colorful Tsechu festival – an occasion for dances that are clearly defined in religious context.
Itinerary: NABJI TRAIL- An Enchanting Winter Trek in Bhutan
Day 1 – Fly to Paro, Bhutan, scenically situated in a pretty terraced valley. Drive to Thimphu
Day 2 – Scenic drive over the Dochu La (10,000 ft.) to the Punakha Valley, Bhutan’s old winter capital. Tour of impressive Punakha dzong and a short hike to the small but charming Chimi Lhakhang (temple)
Day 3 – Drive to Trongsa, en route visit Gangtey valley, the winter home to the rare and endangered black necked cranes.
Day 4 – Start Trek from Reotala to Nimshong, after a scenic short drive from Trongsa.
Day 5 – Trek to Nabji village through lush broadleaf forest alive with abundant bird and mammal life.
Day 6 – Trek to Korphu village and return for overnight
Day 7 – Trek from Nabji to Kubdra Village.
Day 8 – Trek to Jangbi Village where you will be welcomed over tea in the orchid garden.
Day 9 – Trek to Tongtongfey (trek end point) where you meet your pick up transport. Drive to Trongsa.
Day 10 – Drive to Bumthang, enjoying views of snowy peaks and visiting weavers of the Chumey Valley.
Day 11 – Explore the monasteries and pilgrimage sites of the Bumthang Valley, the spiritual and cultural center of the country.
Day 12 – Retrace much of our route across the country to the capital city, Thimphu.
Day 13 – Drive to Paro, Explore Paro Valley visiting the several sacred sites dotting the beautiful landscape.
Day 14 – Hike to Taktsang Monastery (the “Tiger’s Nest”) on a steep trail through the forest.
Day 15 – Departure by flight.