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Rodungla Trek

Day 1: Bumthang-Nanglhakhang (Distance: 20 km, time: about 5 hours).
The trek route follows the Chamkhar Chhu (River). Lunch stop at Tangbi Lhakhang and then enter the “Swan Land” (Nang Yul) with its center “Swan Temple” (Nanglhakhang). This part of the valley was at first inhabitated only by Swans (Ngang) from where the name of the village. Overnight in the camp at an altitude of 3,116m.

Day 2: Nanglhakhang – Ugyenchholing (Distance: 23km, time: about 7 ½ hours). Climb gradually to Phephela pass at 3,353m. The trail to the pass leads through one of the most forested areas of this region. The allows many stops to savor natures beauty. Overnight in camp at an altitude of 2,840m.

Day 3: Ugyenchholing- Phokpey (Distance: 17km, time: about 5 ½ hours).
Climb through Bamboo, hemlock and finally up to the alpine forest. Overnight camp at an altitude of 3,500m.

Day 4: Phokpey – Ungar (Distance: 20km, time: about 6 ½ hours).
Continue climbing to Phokpeyla Pass at 12,300ft. This takes about 30 minutes and then continues downhill through the gorge.

Day 5: Ungar- Taskila (Distance: 21km, time: about 7 hours).
The trail winds up and down, passing Durla village and Khaine Lhakhang, which is one of the oldest Lhakhang in existence. It was built in the mid 7th century by king of Tibet, Tsong Tsen Gampo, to subdue a Demon. Camp at an altitude of 1,830m.

Day 6: Taskila- Lhuntse.
Drive up to Lhuntse guest house for lunch. After lunch is leisure time. Overnight in guest house or camp at an altitude of 1,830m.

NOTE: The actual Rodungla Trek ends at Lhuntse; following route is part of the Dongla Trek. Those who have already planned for it will continue.

Day 7: Lhuentse – Menji (Distance:16km, Time: about 4 ½ hours.) Drive down to Kuri Zam where the trek starts gradually up through the paddy fields and villages. Overnight in camp at an altitude of 1,830m.

Day 8: Menji – Pemi (Distance: 20km, time: about 6 ½ hours). Continue uphill through thick forests, overlooking mountain views. Camp under the shelter of the thick forests at an altitude of 2,440m.

Day 9: Pemi – Toupang (Distance: 21km, time: about 6 ½ hours). Continue climbing up to Dongla from where you can see all the high mountains. Descend through the thick evergreen forests to the camp site at 2,440m.

Day 10: Toupang –Yangste (Distance: 24km. time: about 8 ½ hours). There is an early start for the last and longest day on the trek. Descend gradually till Yangste through chirpine and hardwood forests. Overnight in camp.