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Wild East Rodung La Trek

Trip Facts

Length :
Start : Paro
Finish : Paro
Trip Style : Trekking Tour
Discounts : Applicable on this trip
Group Size : Maximum 12, Avg 5
Group Leader : Certified Tour Leader from The DQA
Transport : New Model Toyota Hiace /Coaster bus/Land Cruiser not more than 3 years old
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Can it be Customized?
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Trip Overview

While the Rodung La Trek does not ascend to very high altitudes, it is still fairly challenging as the trail covers some fairly steep climbs and descents. The trail takes you from Bumthang in Central Bhutan to Trashiyangtse in the far eastern reaches of the kingdom.

The route was once an important trade road in the past but has fallen into disuse now and is chiefly used as a hiking trail. The trail passes through alpine and bamboo forests, meadows and mountain passes, through villages and temples offering hikers an incredible array of biodiversity to appreciate. The Hike typically takes 10 days to complete and is best carried out in winter between October-Early November or in spring between April-Early May.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Jakar – Ngang Lhakhang Distance 20 km, 6-7 hours, camp altitude 2,800 m. The route takes you around Chamkhar Chhu, a river rich in trout. After passing Thangbi Lhakhang, a temple built by the first Karma Shamar in 13th century you will enter Ngang Yul or ‘Swan Land” named for the swans that were once common in this...   Day 02: Ngang Lhakhang – Ugyenchholin Camp altitude 2,850 m. You begin with a gradual climb to Phephe La pass (3,353m). Follow the trail until the pass takes you through a picturesque forested region. It is recommended that you allow for stops along the way to enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings. You will stop for the ni...   Day 03: Ugyen Choling – Phokphey Distance 17 km, 5-6 hours, 920 m ascent, camp altitude 3,680 m. Today’s walk is through bamboos, hemlock and finally up to an alpine forest. The camp is in a meadow at the head of the valley.   Day 04: Phokphey – Pemi Distance 20 km, 6-7 hours, 480 m ascent, 1,160 m descent, camp altitude 2,950 m. Rodung La (4,160m) is about three hours climb from the camp. From the pass you then continue downhill through a gorge, overlooking scenic mountain valleys covered in lush pine forests. The region is rich in folk ...   Day 05: Pemi – Khaine Lakhang Distance 21 km, 7-8 hours, 350 m ascent, 1,340 m descent, camp altitude 2,010 m. This trail winds through the villages of Ungaar, Bulay, Kulaypang and Gomda before bringing you to Drula village and Khaine Lhakhang. One of the oldest temples in the country, it was built in the mid 7th century ...   Day 06: Khaine Lakhang – Tangmachu Distance 18 km, 6-7 hours, 520 m ascent, 810 m descent, camp altitude 1,720 m. From your camp, the trail goes down to a stream and back up to a basic health unit and a community school in Gorsam. Further on, you pass a Tibetan-style Umling Mani, built by a lama from Tibet, and a chorten on Ze...   Day 07: Tangmachu – Menji Distance 16 km, 4-5 hours, 690 m ascent, 620 m descent, camp altitude 1,830 m. After arriving at Kuri Zampa the trek begins to gradually climb up through paddy fields and villages before bringing you to Chusa.   Day 08: Menji – Pemi Distance 20 km, 5-6 hours, 620 m ascent, camp altitude 2,450 m. Today’s trek has you continue uphill through thick forests overlooking spectacular mountains. The camp is located in a forested area at an altitude of 2,400m.   Day 09: Pemi – Taupang Distance 21 km, 7-8 hours, 1,450 m ascent, 1,450 m descent, camp altitude 2,450 m. After climbing up to Dongla you will descend through thick evergreen forests until you reach the campsite for the night.   Day 10: Taupang – Trashi Yangtse Distance 24 km, 8-9 hours, 720 m descent. Today is the longest day of the trek. It is a gradual descent to Trashi Yangtse. As you descend the chirpine and hardwood forests are slowly replaced by oak trees. The final camp of the trek is located in a subtropical forested region.

Kit List

Safety and things you need to bring.
Your safety is of paramount importance to us. The road conditions and temperature changes between the Indian plains and the Hill Stations and the high altitude driving in the Himalayas can all lead to problems if ill equipped.

So we will make it easy as possible for you.

Our local team fits all our bikes with everything that you could possibly need for this adventure of a lifetime and are maintained to the highest standards.

We carry all the relevant spares and equipment that you will need in our support vehicles, and our camping setup is done to maximise your comfort and safety from the weather conditions.


What we supply as part of your package.

  • 500cc Royal Enfield
  • Spare parts for the bikes
  • Mechanic
  • Tour guide
  • Fuel
  • First Aid Equipment
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Oil
  • Hotels
  • Internal Flights

Bhutan Tours

  • Internal flights in India and Bhutan

In fact we only expect you to bring.

  • Good crash helmet
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • High Factor sun cream 30+ minimum
  • Lip balm
  • Waterproof bike boots shin and ankle protection
  • Protective trousers
  • Protective jackets
  • Protective gloves
  • Windproof and waterproof trousers and jacket
  • Scarf or bandana to keep dust out of you nose and mouth
  • Warm Fleece

Tour Cost

What's Included
  • Bhutan Royalty ($65 per person per day).
  • Visa Fees ($40 per person).
  • All necessary permit fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • All meals including evening tea.
  • All accommodation in our partner hotels, which are some of the best in the country on twin sharing basis.
  • All trekking equipments and logistics including cooks, camp personnel, horsemen and ponies.
  • English-speaking tour leader, guide and driver.
  • Trekking Insurance (Our value-added service).
  • Cultural Performance (our value-added service).

What's Not Included
  • Airfare for flights into and out of Bhutan.
  • All personal expenses like laundry, telephone, tips, shopping expenses.
  • Meals and Beverages other than the ones mentioned above (see inclusions).
  • Spa Charges.
  • Travel and Medical insurance.

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