Popularly known as “Dhodina Trek” takes you from 2,230m/7330ft. up to 4,000m / 13000ft. and crossing Nyile Lap Pass Alt: 4890m / 1640ft, to Lingshi. This is the most popular route taken. This is partly because of its access to Paro and Thimphu and the fact that it is of moderate difficulty. In addition, the duration of the trek is ideal for most trekkers. The Chance to trek to the base of the impressive Mt.Jumolhari, beautiful campsites and the amazing views of Mt.Jichu Drakey, Mt. Tshering Gang and Mt. Masang-Gang are the other reasons why this trek deserves it reputation.
Grade: moderate – demanding
Distance: 82.5miles / 133km
Day1: Arrive to Paro: Overnight at hotel. Alt: 2235m /7330ft.
Day2. Hike to Taksang (Tiger Nest) camp at Shana. Alt: 9840ft/2,890m.
Day3. Shana to Soi Thangthangka. Alt, Gain: 2250ft/685m. Alt Loss: Nil. Distance: 13.6miles/22km. Time: 6 to 7hr. Camp, Alt: 3575m /11726ft.
Day4. Soi-Thangthangka —- Jangothang. Alt,Gain:1530ft/469m. Distance: 10.5miles/11km. Time: 4 to 5hrs. Grade: Short and easy. Overnight at base camp. Alt:4044m/13260ft
Day5. Jangothang (dayhalt) camp: Alt:4044m /13260ft.
Day6. Jangothang to Lingshi. Alt Gain: 2,780ft/845m. Alt, Loss: 2,890ft/880m. Time: 5 to 6 hrs, Distance: 13miles/21km. Grade: Strenuous, Camp. Alt: 4010m/13150ft.
Day7. Lingshi to Shodu. Alt gain: 3085ft/940m. Alt Loss: 2855ft/870m. Time: 6-7 hrs, Distance:13.6 miles/ 22km. Grade: Long and difficult. Camp at Shodu. Alt: 13,380ft/4080m.
Day8. Shodu to Barshong Alt gain: 426ft/130m. Time: 5-6 hrs, Distance: 8.7miles/14km.Grade: Moderate and pleasant. Camp, Alt: 12,200ft/3720m.
Day9. Barshong to Dolam Kencho. Alt gain: Nil, Alt Loss: 1410ft/430m, Time:4-5hrs, Distance:9.3miles/15km. Grade: Moderate. Camp . Alt: 10,790ft/3,290m.
Day10. Dolam Kencho to Dodena—Thimphu Alt gain:525ft/160m. Alt Loss:2214ft/675m. Time: 3 hrs, Distance: 4.3miles/7 Km. Grade: Moderate and short. Overnight at hotel. Alt: 2320m/76096ft.
Day11. Thimphu , 3hr drive to Punakha : Overnight at Punakha. Alt: 1200m/ 3936ft.
Day12. Punakha to Paro. : 4 ½ hr / 146km. Overnight. Alt: 2235m / 7330ft.
Day13. Airport drop.