Masagang Basecamp trek

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Masagang Basecamp trek is one of the longest and beautiful trekking in Bhutan. This hiking tour in Bhutan begins in Paro valley, visiting the most highlight cultural site in Paro valley, after that drive to Gasa via Punakha. In Gasa, visiting one of the most authentic and historical Gasa Dzong.

Masagang Basecamp trek discovers the most beautiful alpine hills and the valley by passing some beautiful water fall, mountain cave, forest and rivers. During this trek in Bhutan, you will explore one of the largest Bhutanese nomad camp with thousands of Yak, grazing on the alpine hills and the valley. You can visit a nomad tent and exchange the lives with the Bhutanese nomad people to experience how the nomad people are staying in the mountain with their animals.

Masagang Basecamp trek gives you the best chance to explore the most beautiful site of Masagang Basecamp and it’s glacier. You can take picnic Lunch while trekking to Masagang Basecamp, enjoy the most beautiful view of Masagang snow mountain. On the way, yuou can see many blue sheep surrounding the hills.

You are also getting very close to Tsendagang snow mountain which is at the elevation of 7000m as we are camping overnight nearby the mountain. If you had more time to do trekking in Bhutan, there are many more beautiful mountains of Bhutan to explore. Most of the mountains in Bhutan are bordered to Tibet and there are also lots of beautiful mountains and trekking tours in Tibet as well. We strongly recommend you to do Kartha valley trekking in Tibet where you are trekking to the glacier of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain.

 
DaysTrip OutlineDaily ActivityAccommodationGuide & DriverMeal
01Arrival in Paro airport and transfer to downtown Paro valley ( 2250m/5km/10 min )Museum at Tadzong-Rinpung Dzong-Dongtse LhakangHotelBhutaneseLD
02Paro sightseeing tourTaktshang monastery-Drugyel Dzong-view of Mount JumolhariHotelBhutaneseBLD
03Paro to Thimphu ( 2350m/50km/ 1h 16 min )Tachhog Lhakang-Thimphu capital city-Memorial Chorten-Giant Buddha statueHotelBhutaneseBLD
04Thimphu sightseeing tourTango monastery-School for Thirteen Traditional Arts and Crafts-Bhutan post office-Trashichho DzongHotelBhutaneseBLD
05Thimphu-Punakha ( 1310m/85Km/2 h 25 min )Punakha Dzong-Walakha Nunnery-Punakah townHotelBhutaneseBLD
06Punakha to Gasa ( 2840m/97km/4-5 h )Shari village-Tashithang-Damji village-Gasa DzongHotelBhutaneseBLD
07Trek from Gasa to Koina ( 3261m/16km/7 h )Gasa-Forest of Larch-Balela Pass ( 3810m)-KoinaCampBhutaneseBLD
08Trek from Koina to Tashimakha ( 3800m/15Km/6 h)Beautiful waterfall-Forest-Cave-Tashimakha army postCampBhutaneseBLD
09Trek from Tashimakha to Nulithang.( Masagang) (4139m/15Km/7 h)Yak herders camp-view of Mt Tsendagang-Masagang basecampCampBhutanseBLD
10Halt at MasagangExplore around the Masagang basecampCampBhutaneseBLD
11Trek from Masagang to Lungu ( 3816m/15Km/7 h)Masagang basecamp-Lungu village-village templeCampBhutaneseBLD
12Trek from Lungo to Laya ( 3898m/10Km/5h )Lungu village-Beautiful nomad camp-Laya villageCampBhutaneseBLD
13Trek from Laya to Koina ( 3261m/16Km/7h)Laya village-Tashimakha-Mochu river-KoinaCampBhutaneseBLD
14Day 14: Trek from Koina to Gasa ( 2840m/16Km/6h)-drive to Punakha ( 1310m/96km/3h 22 min )Balela Pass ( 3810m )-Gasa-PunakhaHotelBhutaneseBLD
15Punakaha to Thimphu ( 1350m/85km/2h 25 min )Chimi Lhakang-Thimphu-Afternoon shoppingHotelBhutaneseBLD
16Thimphu to Paro international airport ( 2250m/55km )Thimphu-Paro International airportEnd the tripBhutaneseBB

Inclusive

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program on twin sharing room basis
  • All necessary Bhutan travel permits
  • Transportation by one good conditioned tourist vehcile
  • Full board for entire tour
  • All entry fees to the sites and monasteries during your Bhutan tour
  • One good local English speaking guide
  • All camping equipment except sleeping bags
  • All camping fee
  • Pakc horse and horse men for the trek
  • All cooking team
  • Different kinds of snack like biscuit, cheese, dried and fresh fruit during trek
  • Oxygen incase needed

Exclusive

  • Both International and domestic flight
  • Bhutan visa fee
  • All kinds of insurance such as personal insurance, evacuation and medical insurance
  • Personal riding horse
  • Personal and medical evacuation insurance
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses need to be paid by clients themselves
  • Day 01: Arrival in Paro airport and transfer to downtown Paro valley ( 2250m/5km/10 min ) Hotel on LD

    Your introduction to the enchanting Kingdom of Bhutan begins on the flight itself, a couple of minutes before landing into the beautiful Paro valley. The majestic mountains, ancient monasteries and lush alpine forest will usher you into the country popularly branded as the last Shangri-La of the world. On arrival at Paro Airport you will be received by our representative, who will straight away take you to Hotel for check in and refreshment. We begin our tour of Paro valley straight after. Visit the Museum at Ta Dzong, which served as a watch tower for Paro Rinpung Dzong back in the old days. But since its conversion to a museum, it has become the hotspot for tourists. The artifacts on display will give you an insight into the Bhutanese way of life, which you will be experiencing first hand in the following days.Visit Paro Rinpung Dzong. Built in the year 1645, this towering monastery-fortress is the administrative centre of Paro district. Like every Dzong in Bhutan, the clergy resides inside pursuing their dharma activities. While you are there you can interact with the monks and get a feel of the monastic life in Bhutan through their eyes. Then we go to nearby Dungtse Lhakhang, a temple designed in the shape of a Stupa. This temple has a wide collection of illustrious ancient paintings on Drukpa Kagyu sect of Buddhism. Towards evening, we visit the nearby archery field to watch the local people play.

  • Day 02: Paro sightseeing tour. Hotel on BLD

    Today, we hike to the Tak¬tshang monastery, perched on a sheer cliff face, 800 meters above the valley floor. No one has any clue as to how this architectural feat was achieved, although some even go to the length of attributing the role of the supernatural forces in its construction. Anyway, the myths surrounding this temple has it that the place was blessed in the 8th century by tantric Buddhist master Guru Padma Sambhava who visited the place astride a ferocious tigress believed to be a miracu¬lous transformation of the master’s famous consort, Yeshey Tshogyal. Apart from the myths, the hike is beautiful as it meanders along a forested trail that is as old as the monas¬tery itself. After lunch at Taktshang Cafeteria overlooking the beautiful Paro valley, we descend and then drive up to the ruined fortress at Drugyal Dzong. The Dzong – whose name means “Fortress of Victory” – commemorates the victory of Bhutanese over Tibetan invaders in the 17th century. From here, we can see the snow-clad Mount Jumolhari (Abode of Goddess Jumo, alt. 7,329 m), one of the most sacred and beautiful peaks in Bhutan. Return to the hotel for relaxation. You may like to indulge in the herbal traditional hot stone bath followed by aeroma or Swedish massage.

  • Day 03: Paro to Thimphu ( 2350m/50km/ 1h 16 min ) Hotel on BLD

    Drive from Paro to the capital city Bhutan, on the way we will vist Tachhog lhakhang .In the next one hour. Towards late afternoon, we will do sightseeing in Thimphu including visits to the Memorial Chorten and at Buddha point, One of the biggest Buddha statute perched on the hill top that oversees the whole Thimphu city.

  • Day 04: Thimphu sightseeing tour. Hotel on BLD

    Morning Excursion to Tango: drive 12 kilometers North of Thimphu town for half an hour till the base of Tango Hill. It is a 45-minute hike to Tango Monastery, a renowned Buddhist College and a site blessed by many great Buddhist masters over nearly a thousand years. “Tango” literally means “horse-head” named after the rock formation on the side of the temple that resembles the head of a horse. Picnic lunch will be served near the river bank after we cross a traditional wooden bridge near Cheri Zam. Afternoon Visit the “School for Thirteen Traditional Arts and Crafts”, the Traditional Medicine Centre which includes an herbal medicine manufacturing unit. Visit Bhutan post office, and then finally Trashichhodzong, the Central Secretariat of the Royal Government of Bhutan.

  • Thimphu-Punakha ( 1310m/85Km/2 h 25 min ) Hotel on BLD

    Drive to Punakha (77 Km/3 hours). Enroute stop at Dochula Pass (3,150 m.) Enjoy a spectacular view of the ranges of the eastern Himalayas if the sky is clear. We will also come across 108 stupas that lend the place an air of deep spirituality. Then drive downhill to the Temple of Fertility at Lobesa, dedicated to the 15th century Buddhist master and iconoclast Drukpa Kuenley, also known as the Divine Madman. Today, the temple is frequented by barren couples to receive the blessings of fertility from a 15th century wooden phallus. Continue to Punakha. After Lunch: Visit Our most significant visit today is Punakha Dzong, a magnificent castle-fortress that served as the old capital of Bhutan. It is considered the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture. Built in 1637 on the confluence of the Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River,) this fortress monastery is the preserve of Bhutan’s most precious religious relics and treasures. It is in this monument that the kings of Bhutan are crowned and the head of Buddhism in Bhutan (Chief Abbot), is anointed and Visit Walakha Nunnery.

  • Day 06: Punakha to Gasa ( 2840m/97km/4-5 h ) Hotel on BLD

    Drive 5 hours through the village of, Shari, Tashithang and Damji. Gasa Village. 2840M Camp at Gasa. visit the Gasa Dzong. Gasa Dzong or Gasa Tashi Tongmön Dzong This is one of my favorite dzongs in terms of historic and authentic look and feel. Built on a sloop facing east, Gasa Dzong is the administrative center of Gasa Dzongkhag (district) in the northwestern region of Bhutan. The Dzong was built in the 17th century by Tenzin Drukdra the second Druk Desi over the site of a meditation place established by Drubthob Terkungpa in the 13th century. The Dzong was constructed as a bulwark against attacks from the north and named Tashi Tongmön Dzong. Gasa Dzong has a circular shape with three towers at strategic points, which proves that it was a defense Dzong. The utse is built directly above the cave where Terkhungpa supposedly meditated. The temple of Kap-Goenm, or Kazhimai Lhakhang, lies to the left of the cave, which houses the images of Buddhas of the tree eras, the past, the present, and the future; the Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal; and Guru Rinpoche. Evening stroll through Gasa village and school.

  • Day 07: Trek from Gasa to Koina ( 3261m/16km/7 h ) Camp on BLD {{ Altitude Gain Day 2: 970M/ 3181Ft Altitude Loss : 549/1800 ft Level of difficulty : Medium hard }}

    The trail from Gasa is gradual accent through the forest mixed forest of Larch, Fir and Rhododendron for four hour to the Balela Pass ( 3810m/ After the pass , the trail is descents of three hours to Koina camp site at 3261m.

  • Day 08: Trek from Koina to Tashimakha ( 3800m/15Km/6 h) Camp on BLD {{ Altitude Gain Day3: 168m/ 551ft Altitude Loss: Nill Level of difficulty : Medium }}

    The trail winds up and down crossing through few streams and wood bridges. On this route we passed some beautiful water fall, cave, forest and rivers. Before Laya you reach to a Taksemakha Army Post where you need to show the trekking permit. From Tashimakha it is One hour to Laya Village Overnight: Just bellow Army Post. 3800m / 12540ft.

  • Day 09: Trek from Tashimakha to Nulithang.( Masagang) (4139m/15Km/7 h) Camp on BLD

    From the army post trail follows left side of the army post crossing the streams which flows down from Masagang base camp. En route you can see the Yak herders Tent and lot of Yaks grazing on the alpine hills and the valley. As you accent up vegetation changes with lesser trees , mostly alpine Juniper trees and flower. Overnight : Masagang base camp 4139 M You also get to see Mt Tsendagang Height 7000 M very close from your camp

  • Day 10: Halt at Masagang. Camp on BLD {{ Altitude Gain Day 5: 319 /1046ft Altitude Loss : Nill Level of difficulty : Very Hard }}

    Early Morning take a walk around camp to get he picture of early sun hit over the peak of Tsendagang. Tsendagangis 7000M / 22960 ft very close to Our Campsite.After Break fast : Excursion towards the Masagang Peak, about 2hr through the open ridge opposite your camp to get very the close view of Masagang 4458M/14622.24Ft you can take picnic Lunch and return back to Camp for overnight . You can see many blue sheep of Blue ship around the surrounding hills. Evening : On this day you can visit the family of Yak herders to experience the their nomadic life and had a Tea with the Womens and children.You can buy some Yak Chease and Yak Butter.

  • Day 11: Trek from Masagang to Lungu ( 3816m/15Km/7 h) Camp on BLD {{ Altitude Gain Day 7 : Altitude Loss : 323/ 1059. Level of difficulty : Medium Hard }}

    Today trek to to Lungo village very nice small community village located about 3hr walking distance from Laya it has about 10 house holds. You can visit very old village Temple and walk around and meet with people and children: Overnight: Lungo Camp

  • Day 12: Trek from Lungo to Laya ( 3898m/10Km/5h ) Camp on BLD {{ Altitude Gain Day 8 : 82m/ 268ft Altitude Loss : Level of difficulty : Medium

    After breakfast trek to Laya , trail from Lungo village drops down to the stream and follows up hill around the hills to the Laya village, Afternoon explore Laya village.Overnight : Camp at Laya

  • Day 13: Trek from Laya to Koina ( 3261m/16Km/7h) Camp on BLD {{ Altitude Gain Day 10 : Altitude Loss : 168/ 551.04ft Level of difficulty : Medium }}

    From Laya descend to Tashimakha army camp and retrace the trail back to Koina following the Mochu river The trail winds up and down crossing through few streams and wood bridges. On this route we passed some beautiful water fall, cave, forest and rivers. Overnight: Camp at Koina 3261m Distance 16 Km. Time 5 hrs Over night: Koina Camp

  • Day 14: Trek from Koina to Gasa ( 2840m/16Km/6h)-drive to Punakha ( 1310m/96km/3h 22 min ) Hotel on BLD {{ Altitude Gain Day 11: 549/1800.72 ft Altitude Loss : 2010/6432ft Level of difficulty : Medium Hard }}

    The trail accent through the forest mixed forest of Larch, Fir and Rhododendron for four hour to the Balela Pass ( 3810m/ After the pass , the trail is descents of three hours to Gasa After Lunch at Gasa Drive to Punakha and take a good shower and rest.

  • Day 15: Punakaha to Thimphu ( 1350m/85km/2h 25 min ) Hotel on BLD

    Late morning breakfast and then start your journey towards Thimpu. You will visit Chimi Lhakang in Punakha which was built in around 15th century by 14th Drukpa hierarch Ngawang Choegyel and later was it was believed that Drukpa Kunley "Divine Madman" as well as one of the greatest saints in both Bhutan and Tibet by that time blessed the temple so the temple is also considered as a very sacred temple in Bhutan. Drive across Dochula and reach Thimphu. In the afternoon, walk around the shopping Bazzar.

  • Day 16: Thimphu to Paro international airport ( 2250m/55km ) End the trip.

    After brakfasat, drive to Paro international airport at the distance of around 55km which will take you 1 hour and 16 minutes. Say good bye to the Kingdom of Bhutan and take flight back home over the Himalayan mountain range.

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Inclusive

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program on twin sharing room basis
  • All necessary Bhutan travel permits
  • Transportation by one good conditioned tourist vehcile
  • Full board for entire tour
  • All entry fees to the sites and monasteries during your Bhutan tour
  • One good local English speaking guide
  • All camping equipment except sleeping bags
  • All camping fee
  • Pakc horse and horse men for the trek
  • All cooking team
  • Different kinds of snack like biscuit, cheese, dried and fresh fruit during trek
  • Oxygen incase needed

Exclusive

  • Both International and domestic flight
  • Bhutan visa fee
  • All kinds of insurance such as personal insurance, evacuation and medical insurance
  • Personal riding horse
  • Personal and medical evacuation insurance
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses need to be paid by clients themselves

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