This trek, while not ascending to high altitudes, is still considered fairly challenging with steep climbs and drops as it moves from central Bhutan (Bumthang) to the eastern borders in Trashiyangtse district.
Once an important trade route in the past, the trail passes through alpine and bamboo forests and through villages and monasteries. The trek begins at Jakar, Bumthang, going over the Phephe La pass on the second day and through, bamaboo, hemlock and alpine forests.
The trail also winds through the villages of Ungaar, Bulay, Kulapang before reaching Drula village and Khaine monastery, one of the oldest temples in the country, which was built in the 7th century. The longest day of the trek is on the last day to the town of Trashiyangtse. The hike lasts for about 8 to 9 hours in a gradual descent through hardwood forests slowly giving way to oak trees.
|Grade/Difficulty||ModerateModerate to strenuous routes involve walking for more than four hours in a day and there will a noticeable change in altitude of the route. These routes will also involve going over one or two mountain-passes with a number of steeps ascents thrown in.|
|Group size||2-20 max|
|Accommodation||Hotel and Camping|