Location: Jakar and Chumey Geogs, Bumthang, Drakten Geog, Trongsa
Season: April-May and October-November
Duration: 4 days; start at Wangdicholing Palace and end at Kuenga Rabten Palace (or vice versa)
Tourist Profile: healthy / fit; young or old; enjoys moderate hiking/walking combined with sites and stories on history and culture
Revisit Bhutan’s past as you trek along the trail used by Bhutan’s Royal family, from Wangdichholing palace in Bumthang to Kuenga Rabten palace in Trongsa. Enjoy the trail’s scenic beauty.
Day 01: Wangdichholing Palace – Domkar Tashichholing Palace.
Highlights: Wangdichholing palace, Jakar Dzong, flora and fauna, Domkhar Tashichholing Palace.
The trek begins from Wangdichholing Palace (2600m), in Bumthang, with a gradual ascend towards Jakar Dzong, and further to Kikila pass (3948m). You could make a visit to the historical Wangdichholing Palace and Jakar Dzong, depending on time at your disposal.
After about four and a half hours trek from Wangdichholing, you will reach the lunch spot (Seou Zheysa), which was the actual lunch spot used by the Royal family in the past.
The campsite (Makhagthang) on the banks of Duegang Chhu is a three hour downhill walk from Kikila and stands at an elevation of 2908 m. It is just about half a kilometer from Domkhar Tashichholing Palace.
Day 02: Domkar – Jamsapang
Highlights: Flora, fauna, landscape
The hike begins with the crossing of the Duegang chhu after which the trail is mostly uphill. A climb for about three and a half hours will take you to Dungmai Jab, located at an altitude of 3678m. This will be your lunch spot.
After walking for about two hours uphill from the lunch spot, you will reach Jamsapang, which stands at an elevation of 4019m. Tungli La (pass) is just a few minutes away from the campsite.
Day 03: Jamsapang – Bjobshisa
Highlights: Views of Black Mountain, fauna, flora
The day begins with about an hour’s walk, involving a slight ascend towards Tungli La (4039 m). From here, one can feast on the beauty of the snow peaked Black Mountains sandwiched between Bhutan’s southern foothills at the left and the greater Himalayan range at the right.
The trail from Tungli La is a gradual descend and after about two hours, one will reach the lunch point. Another 2 hours brings you to the third campsite, Bjobshisa, a place used by local cattle herders during the summer/monsoon season.
Bjobshisa – Kuenga Rabten Palace
Highlights: Kuenga Rabten Palace,culture, fauna and flora
Descending all the way, the trail from Bjobshisa to Kuenga Rabten Palace takes about four hours. The palace was the royal winter residence of the Second King and his junior consort and stands at an elevation of 1,774m. At the back of the palace is an ideal camping ground overlooking the valley and Mangdue River.