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Name of Trip :

Nabji Korphu Trek

Trip Length : 12 Nights/ 13 Days
Difficulty Level :
Rating : Popular
Destination(s) : Bhutan
Highest Altitude : 4890m/ 16137ft.
Max Elevation : 1,500m
Highest Camp : 1,500m
Group Size : 4-10 Person
Best Season : October – April
Trip Start From : Tongtongphey (Trongsa)
Trip Ends : Reotala (Trongsa)
Accommodation : Hotels and Resorts
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Nabji Korphu Trek

Nabji Korphu Community Based Trek is one of the newer eco tours in Bhutan. These six days of trek in Bhutan is comparatively easy and take you through some of the remotest of communities in central Bhutan. Through this trek one can meet the Monpa community, one of the oldest ethic groups in Bhutan.
  • Day 01: Arrive Paro
  • Day 02: Paro – Thimphu
  • Day 03: Thimphu - Wangdue/Punakha
  • Day 04: Wangdue/Punakha – Trongsa
  • Day 05: Trongsa – Tongtong phay – Jangbi
  • Day 06: Jangbi – Kubdra
  • Day 07: Kubdra – Korphu
  • Day 08: Korphu – Nabji – Korphu
  • Day 09: Korphu – Nimshong
  • Day 10: Nimshong – Riotala – Trongsa
  • Day 11: Trongsa – Thimphu
  • Day 12: Thimphu - Paro
  • Day 13: Paro

Destinations :

Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa and Wangduephodrang

Activities :

Hiking, Visit Farm House , Monastery, Museums, Weekend market (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only) Stroll around the City etc.

Tour Highlights :

  • Visit the impressive Dzong (fortresses), former palaces and Buddhist monasteries!
  • Hike through the ridge top Goembas (monasteries) and meet the monks.
  • Hike through the terraced farmlands and villages, visit the farmhouses and meet the villagers.
  • Attend the local festivals and events.
  • Visit the vibrant markets and towns.
  • Visit the traditional arts and crafts workshops, meet the artisans, weavers and painters!
  • And much more...

Nabji Korphu Trek

Day 01


Arrive Paro

After arrival at Paro international air port you will be received by Bhutan majestic Trave representative and transferred to your hotel, after quick freshen up, visit Paro Dzong built in 1646, and watch tower which now houses the national museum. Overnight in Paro.

Day 02


Paro – Thimphu

After early breakfast drive Thimphu the capital city for sightseeing. Visit Takin zoo --- school of 13 arts and crafts of Bhutan --- handmade paper factory --- National Library which has vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts --- Folk Heritage Museum, showcasing the Bhutanese living during the 17th century --- Simtokha Dzong the 1st Dzong built by Zhabdrung in 1626 --- Memorial Chorten, the Stupa built in the memory of Bhutan's Third King who is also known as the Father of modern Bhutan --- if time permits visit some other olden temples around Thimphu In evening after governments office hour visit Tashichho Dzong, the beautiful medieval fortress housing Government's office and King's Throne room it is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Overnight at Thimphu.

Day 03


Thimphu - Wangdue/Punakha

After breakfast drive to Punakha, reroute you will be passing by Dochula (pass) (3,050m), where there is 108 Stupa all together. After Dochula you drive downhill to Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Zhabdrung. The Dzong is regarded as one of the beautiful Dzong and it is winter residence of Je Khenpo, the chief Abbot. After lunch drive Wangdue to see Wangduephodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Zhabdrung. It is the only Dzong in Bhutan with typical Bhutanese roofing. --- In evening after the Dzong do the hike to chimed lhakhang meaning "no dog temple". The temple is also regarded as "temple of fertility" as lot of couple without child comes here to wish for one. The hike is gradual climb for about 45 minutes, through paddy or wheat field. Overnight at Punakha. (Here you can have option of extending one night at phobjikha which is famous inhabitant for the endangered black necked crane)

Day 04


Wangdue/Punakha – Trongsa

After breakfast drive uphill to Trongsa passing through Wangdue town until you reach Pelela (pass) (3200m) which divides the east and west Bhutan. From there you drive downhill and stop at Chendipjee to see the Chendipjee Chorten, built in around 19th century by lama Sidha. The Stupa is styled similar to Swayambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal. It takes another hour until you reach Trongsa. visit Ta Dzong the watch tower of Trongsa Dzong now housing monarch museum and Trongsa Dzong which is one of the largest in the country. Overnight at Trongsa.

Day 05


Trongsa – Tongtong phay – Jangbi

Out trek starts today. We drive up to Tongtongphay from where we begin the trek. En route we visit the kuengarapten palace. With all trekking gear checked we descend down till a bridge and then continue steep uphill to jangbi. A welcoming tea is prepared in the orchid garden in Jangbi. Here you will also find more information on the Monpas and their Cane and Bamboo Project. Camp will be set near Jangbi village with a beautiful view over the valley and Mangde Chhu.

Day 06


Jangbi – Kubdra

Today we will see a lot of Guru Rinpoche related traces like (foot print, dragger and hat). It is said that during the 8th century Guru Rinpoche travelled this way. En route we will pay a brief visit will be paid to the small village of Phrumzur with its temple (at 1,400m). From the site of the temple there's a good view over the valley. Then after few hours walk you will come across an ethnic group (called the Monpas) inhabited in Kubdra. The habitat you traverse is very attractive for tigers and leopards (though it is very rare to spot them, droppings and spores can be found). Kubdra only has 3 households, but the few Monpas living here are very happy to welcome you at their campsite.

Day 07


Kubdra – Korphu

Our trek today starts on a trail to Korphu village. The trail has it own beauty; you will come across dense forest, big trees with clippers, orchid and small bamboos. After 5 to 6 hours hike, you can rest on the benches provided; enjoy your lunch with a nice view of water fall at a place called Zhelyung (1565m/5217ft.). After leaving the ethnic group of Monpas in Kubdra, we start or trek to Korphu . Kubdra.Along the way you'll find more traces of Guru Rimpoche. Korphu is located on hill side with over view of Nabji valley, surrounded with rice field.

Day 08


Korphu – Nabji – Korphu

Today we will day hike to Nabji village which is much lower which has 55 house hold with approximate population of 400 people. The term Nabji means ("Na" means oath "bi" means given). In the Nabji temple you will see a stone pillar where the oath was taken between two kings to be friend with Guru Rinpoche as witness. Nabji village is surrounded with rice fields. After having lunch in Nabji, we then return uphill to Korphu, like the people of Korphu who do daily during the plantation season. (You may plan your trekking during the festival in Korphu or Nabji, unlike other festival they have fire festival, naked dance and mask dance festival.

Day 09


Korphu – Nimshong

Early this morning visit the temple as a farewell to village, as it is customary that all who leave village go to temple once, so you may find some local there too. The trail continues through a lush broadleaf forest alive with abundant bird and mammal life, with possible sightings of Golden Langur and Rufous-necked Hornbill. The trail is more or less plain. Reaching Nimshong we camp for the night. Nimshong is a small (circa 58-household) village, which has a population of about 465 people. The villagers welcome you with dance and songs while cooks are preparing diner. The campsite (1319m/4397 ft) is just beside the Nimshong Community School next above the village.

Day 10


Nimshong – Riotala – Trongsa

Today is the last day of your trek. Make steep descent after visiting Nimshong temple, until you reach Mangdichu which is one of the biggest rivers. After crossing the long suspension bridge you make last accent to the road from where bus/car will drive to Zhemgang. Keep an eye open for deer and macaques along the way. Visit the Dzong and town in Zhemgang and then we drive back to Trongsa. Overnight Trongsa or Zhemgang

Day 11


Trongsa – Thimphu

Overnight at Thimphu.

Day 12


Thimphu - Paro

Taktsang the "tiger nest" hike. it is among the 1000 places you should see before you die. Overnight at paro.

Day 13



Your onward flight. If you are lucky, the Golden Langurs will lead you to the exit. You descend down to the Mangdi river again to see some Herons and River-lapwings. An hour's steep ascend to the road and your driver will drive you back to Trongsa.

Nabji Korphu Trek

Cost Includes:

  • Receive and Transfer to Airport
  • Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
  • Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Sightseeing
  • Museum Fees
  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits
  • Bottled Mineral Water
  • Walks and Hikes

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Donations to Monasteries
  • Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Tips for Guide, Driver & Hotel Staff
  • Gifts & Souvenirs
  • International Telephone Calls
  • Round Trip Air fare
  • Inbound Airfare

Accommodations and facilities:

There are limited choices of accommodations in Bhutan. With a few exceptions of highly over priced international chain properties, hotels in Bhutan are small with 15 to 20 rooms. The hotels have been categorized by local authorities as Star 1, 2 and 3, with 3 Star being on the top level 1Star at the bottom and naturally we have pick the 3 Star category hotels and resorts which are local architecture with Bhutanese décor, well maintained and staffed with the friendly locals. There is disparity in the rooms in most of the hotels and travelers of the same group may end up in two different types of rooms although you have paid the same amount. You will have private bathroom with 24 hour running cold and hot water. They provide some fundamental toiletry supplies but hair dryers, iron and ironing board etc may not be available. Hotels in Paro and Thimphu do have internet access in office or reception areas. There are some new deluxe properties and international chain resorts which are above the traditional classification criteria and in the higher side in terms of price and can be booked with supplemental cost. Hotel listed on the itinerary are suggestions only and during peak season and tours timed with festival, we may not get the same hotels and in that case, we will book you in the similar property or upgrade you to the higher level.

Guide and Escorts

Our Tour Guides are local individuals with college degree, government certification, experienced and with knowledge on the destination, history, culture and religion and most importantly they are easy going, detailed oriented, patient and high level of customer service skills. They will uncover the wonders of the destinations for you which you would never find on your own. They ensure that everything goes well with your tour without a hitch.


We use good condition Toyota SUV and Toyota Coaches for all transfers and tours. Driver and guide is not the same person. Driver may speak little or no English but they know the road and are skillful to fix the problem in case of mechanical breakdowns. Depending on group size, we will use Japanese made Sedan cars, SUVs or minivan for entire transfers and tours.

International and Internal Flights:

All internal flights are part of travel plan and are locally booked by us. You will be emailed e-ticket receipts once the reservation is booked and tickets issued. But you have liberty to book your international airfare on your own. We can certainly help you book international flight if that originates from the city that you live in. Once you receive itinerary, it's your responsibility to verify the itinerary and reconfirm the schedules.

Visa and Permits:

Passport should be valid for 6 months or more at the time of travel. We will take care of Bhutan Visa and permits. Bhutan Visa Fees of USD 20 which will be collected with the Tour Payment in advance. You will need to provide a copy of your passport which should be sent to us by email for Bhutan Visa Processing. Bhutan visa is preprocessed by us and we will provide you a copy the Visa Approval Letter before your trip which you will need to present at Druk Air counter at the time you check in for flight to Bhutan. You will get actual visa seal on your passport upon arrival at Paro airport.

Trip Activity Level:

This trip is basically motor vehicle based sightseeing with some short hikes and village visits and suitable for all travelers with regular health conditions. When we are driving from one city to another, we will be driving from 3-6 hours with occasional stops for photography and for refreshments. Roads are narrow and some portions may be rough and damaged. The itinerary allows enough acclimatization for you and it's advisable that you should keep physically fit and start mild exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling or practice some aerobics about 2-3 months ahead of the trip. It's your responsibility to determine that you are fit for this trip and if you have any health conditions, please consult with your physician before you sign up for this trip.

Note on Itinerary:

We do our best to adhere to the itinerary but it should be taken as a generic guideline in terms of what you expect to do or see during the tour and may differ in the practical ground from exact sequence or order of the sights to the overnight places depending on the local conditions.


When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking so that we can confirm you in preferred hotels and flights. A 100% of both the Tour and Airfare is requested along with a completed trip application form plus copy of the photo page of your passport.


  • 100% Refund if tour canceled within 60 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 50% Refund if tour canceled within 45 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 25% Refund if tour canceled within 30 Days from the start of the tour.
  • No Refund if tour canceled less than 30 Days from the start of the tour.

Final Trip Dossier:

A final trip dossier with local contacts, hotel lists, check lists, travel notes and relevant information will be sent about a month ahead of the trip.

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