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Name of Trip

Wild East Rodung La Trek

Trip Length
Difficulty Level :
Highest Altitude
Max Elevation
Highest Camp 4,220m
Group Size 4-10 Person
Best Season April to June & Mid September to Mid Nov
Trip Start From Drukgyel Dzong, Paro, Bhutan
Trip Ends Tashitang, Punakha, Bhutan
Accommodation Hotels and Resorts


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Wild East Rodung La Trek

This journey across the top of eastern Bhutan follows what used to be an important trade route before the establishment of the national highway. Although the trek does not lead into really altitude, it is tough as it involves going across over the undefeatable Rodung La Pass and a long steep descent from there on along the narrow path that run through the cliffs. A few groups take up the challenge which this long and demanding trek presents each year. It is definitely one of the harder treks in Bhutan. Season: This trek can be done in the months of September, October, November, April and May.
  • Day 01: Arrive Paro
  • Day 02: Taktsang Excursion
  • Day 03: Sightseeing In Thimphu
  • Day 04: Thimphu/Punakha (3 Hours)
  • Day 05: Punakha/Trongsa(6 hours)
  • Day 06: Trongsa/Bumthang (3 hours)
  • Day 07: Bumthang /Ngang Lhakhang (4-5 hours)
  • Day 08: Ngang Lhakhang/Tang (5 – 6 Hours)
  • Day 09: Tang/Phokphe (5-6 hours)
  • Day 10: Phokphe/pemi (6 – 7 hours)
  • Day 11: Pemi/Khaine Lhakhang (7-8 hours)
  • Day 12: Khaine Lhakhang/Tangmachu (6-7 hours)
  • Day 13: Kurichu/Menji
  • Day 14: Menji/Pemi (2450m) (4-5 hours)
  • Day 15: Pemi/Taupang(6/7 Hours)
  • Day 16: Taupang/Tashiyangtse/Tashigang(7-8 Hours)
  • Day 17: Tashigang/Samdrupjongkhar
  • Day 18: Departure (2 Hours)

Destinations :

Paro-Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa and Bumthang

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...

Wild East Rodung La Trek

Day 01

Arrive Paro.

Flying in to the country's only airport, in the beautiful Paro Valley, the clear mountain air, forested ridges, imposing monasteries and welcoming Bhutanese people in their striking national dress, provides a breath-taking first impression. Your guide who is going to be with you throughout your trip from Bhutan Wilderness Travels will meet you at the airport. A fifteen minutes drive follows the narrow winding road to our hotel which is a traditional Bhutanese building with attractive gardens and exceptionally peaceful atmosphere. In the afternoon, we will visit the TA-Dzong which was built in 1651 as a watch tower for the Rinpung Dzong. Since 1967, the tower has served as the home of the National Musuem and holds a fascinating collection of art, ancient relics and religious artifacts. Next in line is Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Zhabdrung, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong house the monastic body of Paro and its district administration. IF there is time, we will walk along the small main street of Paro in the evening with its typically Bhutanese shops and small lodges. Altitude at paro – 2250 meters. Overnight Hotel in paro.

Day 02

Taktsang Excursion

Today, we will hike up to the famous 17th Century temple called Taktsang or the tiger's nest perched on a rock face 900 meters above Paro valley. In 18th century, Guru Rinpochhe; the great Indian Saint who brought Buddhism, to Bhutan, is believed to have arrived here flying on the back of a tigress and have meditated here for about three months. It is revered as one of the most sacred places, every Bhutanese wish to visit this place at least once in their lifetime. To get there, it takes about two hours of uphill walk. The trail to the Monastery climbs through occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We will have Lunch at the cafeteria on our way back from the monastery, and then continue our hike down to the bottom to take a drive to Thimphu for two hours. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 03

Sightseeing In Thimphu

Moring, visit National Memorial Chorten, built in 1974 In memory of the third King, His late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, lovingly knows as the father of Modern Bhutan. It is a rare Stupa that has an inner satum of temples. There are intricate paintings and statues representing tantric reverence and practice. A very popular religious monument in the city, there are always numerous devotees circumambulating or turning the giant prayer wheels. Next stop at the Textile Museum, Established in 2000, this is one of the new theme museums in the city. It is dedicated to the rich skill of Bhutanese weaver, primarily women. Literally, women were ones who clothed the family before the availability of machine made fabric. The Museum has a good collection of sample including rare pieces and antiques, some belonging to the royal family. Since its establishment, the Museum has organized competitions to encourage weavers as well as pay tribute to the rich old tradition and skill. Visit to the institute of Traditional Medicine; Bhutan has long and rich tradition of medicine based on natural remedies derived mainly from plants and earth, and some animals. This institute has facility for our patients, training, research and production of traditional medicine. The courses to become traditional doctors, call "Drungtsho" entail six to eight years of strenuous study after high school. The institute has an exhibition room that imparts excellent look into the tradition. Next stop is at the traditional Arts and Crafts. The School offers an eight-year course in the techniques of traditional art in religious and secular paintings, woodcarving, clay sculpture and traditional mask making. One can see students working through progressive levels practicing precise rules of Bhutanese art. The school also has a showroom from where student works are sold at very reasonable price compared to town for same quality of work. The Folk heritage museum; established in 2001, this is an interesting museum housed in a very old traditional house. The museum is a walk through the fast changing rural tradition, habits and skills, and those of the past. They organize special exhibitions annually on select subject pertaining to Bhutanese heritage Demonstration of traditional way extracting oil, brewing traditional spirit, husking rice etc. And a buffet of traditional food items can be arranged with prior notice. After offices close at, the beautiful medieval fortress/Monastery. The massive fortress, whose name translates as the fortress of glorious religion, was initially a smaller structure but took present form after expansion/reconstruction commissioned by late Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in 1965. Besides being the summer seat of Je Khenpo, head Abbot, and the central Monastic body, it houses some Ministries, the secretariat, the Golden Throne of the King of Bhutan and His Majesty's Office. The National Assembly across the river. Before dinner stroll around the town Visiting handicraft stores and mingling with the local people. Overnight Hotel in Thimphu.

Day 04

Thimphu/Punakha (3 Hours)

The road from Thimphu to punakha goes northeast and one of the highlights of the journey is at Dochula pass, the highest point between Thimphu and Punakah at 10,000 feet. It provides a spectacular view of the Himalayas to the North when the sky is clear, on the top of the pass are 108 Chortens (Tibetan and Bhutanese Name for Stupa), honoring those who were recently kills by insurgents. Chortens are Tibetan Buddhist Reliquaries, memorials to the teachings of the Buddha. Sometimes actual relics of the Buddha or revered monks are inserted into the dome of the stupa, but whether or not there are relics inside, the stupas mark the landscape with reminders of the Buddha's teachings. In Punakah, we will visit the Dzong that was built by Shabdrung, in 1637 on a strategic junction at the confluence of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers. The Dzong has played a hallowed role in the history of Bhutan. It served as the seat of Shabdrung's government, several foreign delegations were received here in 18th and 19th century, the election and coronation of the first King was observed in 1907 and the third King convened the first national Assembly in the Dzong. The Central Monastic body continues to reside here in winter. The embalmed bodies of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Terton Pema Lingpa are housed on the top floor of the main tower. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King from the latest fire in 1987. Next in line is a short hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten in the Northern part of the valley. Newly built, it is a more elaborate version of the memorial Chorten in Thimphu. It has an Astounding work of frescoes and intricate statues. Overnight hotel in Punakaha.

Day 05

Punakha/Trongsa(6 hours)

The drive to trongsa takes approximately 6 hours we starts early for the fabulous drive to the central valleys of Bhutan through the breathtaking beauties and serenity of Bhutan's rich flora and fauna. As we cross the fertile valley of Punakha and enter into the valley of Wangdue Phodrang. we then climb steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation and then to pele la pass (3300 M/10,989 Fl) with an alpine environment of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo, the pass is traditionally considered the boundary between west and east Bhutan. During the clear weather we can view the high snow capped peaks specially the mout chomolhari (7,314 m/24355 ft) as we descend from the pass through the dwarf bamboo and quite often Yaks Grazing we reach at chendeji chorten. Lama Shida built this Chorten or Stupa in 18th century. Continue your drive to Trongsa, as you enter Trongsa Valley, the huge fortress of Trongsa Nakes you wonder if you will ever reach it. Backing on Mountain and built on several levels, the Dzong fits narrowly on a spur that sticks out into the gorge of the Mangde River and overlooks the routes south and west. In the evening, we will visit the Majestic Trongsa Dzong, built in 1647, by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, this Dzongwas the source of many important historical evening in marking of Modern Bhutan. Overnight hotel in Trongsa.

Day 06

Trongsa/Bumthang (3 hours)

After breakfast we will drive for about an hour towards south to see the winter palace of the Second King, Jigme Wangchuck. It's an intresting drive, passing takes Goemba and large expanse of rice terrance in lower Mangdechu valley, it's a the early days of Bhutan's Monarchy. After having Lunch in Trongsa, we will then prosessed to Bumthang crossing the Yotongla Pass and then into the first valley of Bumthang known as chumey. We will make a brief stop at Tsungney Village, where we will observe the weavers, weaving the famous Bumthang fabrics Known as "YATHRA" over night Hotel in Bumthang.

Day 07

Bumthang /Ngang Lhakhang (4-5 hours)

Take a dive for about half an hour to the trail head of your trek to Toktu Zampa. 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, further ahead you enter Ngang Yul, Swan Land" and at its center is Ngang Lhakhang, the "Swan Temple" this part of the valley was at first inhabitated by Swans who gave their Name (Ngang) to the Place. The Lama Namkha Samdrup, having dreamt a vision of how to build a temple, shot an arrow and at the spot where the arrow landed, the Ngang Lhakhang was erected. Overnight Camp at Ngang Lhakhang (2800M).

Day 08

Ngang Lhakhang/Tang (5 – 6 Hours)

The day starts out across meadows and with the view of the valley below. Then you clim gradually to phephe la (3360 M), the highest point of the trek route. The trail passes through beautiful forested areas where many stops can be made to enjoy the natural beauty of the place. The path leads you downhill into a broad valley. Amongst several possible camping places the most likely one is uphill behind the village of Tahung. Overnight Camp at Tahung (2720 M)

Day 09

Tang/Phokphe (5-6 hours)

Today we beging our trek with a short and steep climb to Ugyen Choling palace which houses a Museum. We will have a brief stop to see Museum before we processed along the old trade route to Phokhe. The path takes you gradually up through the meadows and then through the thickets of bamboos, hemlock and finally up to the alpine forest. We set up our camp in a beautiful meado before rhodung La. Overnight Camp in Phokphe.

Day 10

Phokphe/pemi (6 – 7 hours)

Rodung La (4160m) is about two hours climb from camp. From the pass you then continue downhill through a gorge, overlooking some of the mountain, valleys. The Path is so narrow built incredible through the vertical cliffs with what seems an almost endless stone wall. There is an old phrase, which says" Rhodung La the Pass of justice where even the King dismounts from his Horse". The regionis well known for sightings of ghosts and yetis. Towards the Camp you see pine trees and the ruined stone building was the grain storehouse during the times of the first King and second king. Overnight camp at Pemi (2950 m).

Day 11

Pemi/Khaine Lhakhang (7-8 hours)

The trail goes straight down to the bottom of the valley to ungar where there are cluster of households along the bank of Ungar Chu. From here, the path winds up and down, passing the villages of Bulay, Kulaypang and Gomda till you reach Khaine Lhakhang. It is one of the oldest Temples in Existence today, built in mid 7th entury by the king songtshen Hampo of Tibet to subdue demons. Overnight camp at Khaine Lhakhang (2010 m)

Day 12

Khaine Lhakhang/Tangmachu (6-7 hours)

From your camp, the trail goes down to a stream and back uo to a basic health unit and community school in Gorsam. Further on, you pass a Tibetan-Style Umling mani, built by a Lama from Tibet, and a chotren on Zerim LA (1940). Before reaching the nest pass, Taki La (1760 M() you will see Menjabi, a beautiful Bhutanese village with large white houses. South-east of Taki la is Tangmachu High School. About 400 students study in this school. Our vehicle will be waiting for us at Takila to take us to the Campsite and to Lhuntse to see its impressive Dzong. Overnight Camp along the bank of Kurichu(1400m)

Day 13


Lhuntse is one of the most isolated districts in Bhutan.The Landscape is spectacular, With stark cliffs towering above river gorges and dense coniferous forests.The region is Famous for its Weavers, and their distinctive textiles are generally considered to be the best in the Country, Kurtoe region of Lhuntseis the ancestral home of the monarchy.In the morning,we will visit the Dzong which sites high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the KurichuValley Lhuntse Dzong is one of the most picturesque in Bhutan. After lunch, we will take a short driveTo Menji, to the trail head of the last part of our trek and explore Menji village for its distinctive textiles Overnight-camp Menji(1830)

Day 14

Menji/Pemi (2450m)

The path goes up through the thick forest of oaks and rhododendrons and it's fairly wide as it's being used by the cow herders and their herds from Menji. After a long climb, we get to numerous patches of meadow called "Pemi" All these meadows are being extensively used as the summer pasture for the cowherds of Menji. Overnight: Camp at Pemi (2450)

Day 15

Pemi/Taupang(6/7 Hours)

Continue up to Dong la (3900m) and pause at the pass to enjoy a splendid view of the surrounding snowy peaks after the pass, there is a long descent through thick evergreen forest to reach our camp site at Taupang, a forest clearing with a wooden shelter in it. Overnight: camp at Taupang(2450m)

Day 16

: Taupang/Tashiyangtse/Tashigang(7-8 Hours)

This is the last day of our trek,and we will have to set off early as we have to take a little over two hours. Drive to Tashigang after the trek. The trail runs gradually down through thickets of bamboos and evergreen forest occasionally passing by small settlements. Our vehicle will be waiting for us on the Roadside to take us down to Tashigang. Overnight: Hotel in Tashigang.

Day 17

: Tashigang/Samdrupjongkhar

Today, before we precede down towards south to Jongkhar the border town between Bhutan and India, We will make a short visit to Tashigang Dzong.En route we will visit the Zangdo Pelri temple at Kanglung,a town with clock tower and the college campus;this is the only degree college in Bhutan In Khaling, we will visit National Handloom Development project, operated by the National Women's Association. The hand woven products manufactured from this institute are sold in Thimphu Market. You can purchase any hand woven products that you may like. Overnight Hotel in Samdrup Jongkhar.

Day 18

: Departure (2 Hours)

Your Indian agent will come and pick you up this morning from Samdrup Jongkhar to take a drive to Gauhati which is about two hours. From Gauhati you can fly to New Delhi or Ko,kata for connection of your International flight back home or to Bagdogra and then take the flight to Kathmandu.

Wild East Rodung La 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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