Ganety Gonpa Trek in Bhutan is the trek which is beautifully crafted for trekkers who have a short time and want to see the glimpse of Bhutan.
Visit the Drugyel Dzong, located 16 Km. away from the Paro town. Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peak of Jhomolhari "Mountain of the Goddess" can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,329m/24,029ft.). On the way back you visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse.
Visit Kyichu Lhakhang (Lhakhang means Monastery). Kyichu Lhakhang was built in 659 A.D. by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet. It is considered one of the holiest places in Bhutan as it marks the advent of Buddhism in the country. Drive along the winding road along the Paro Chu (chu means water or river) down stream to the confluence with the Wang Chu then turn upstream and travel along the Wang Chu to Thimphu, the Capital. Lunch will be served at the Hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Memorial Chorten, dedicated to the Late Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
Gangtey Gonpa Trek Outline Itinerary
- Day 01: Arrive at Paro Airport
- Day 02: Paro - Sightseeing
- Day 03: Paro - Thimphu
- Day 04: Thimphu - Khuruthang
- Day 05: Khuruthang - Limukha
- Day 06: Limukha - Chungsakha
- Day 07: Chungsakha - Samtengang
- Day 08: Samtengang - Wangdi/Thimphu
- Day 09: Thimphu - Sightseeing
- Day 10: Thimphu - Paro International Airport
All conditions stated in the above Itinerary are for the guests who prefer full package trip. At the same time, we also serve you based on your choice. Above holiday itinerary can be customized as our guest specific requirements and can make Shorter and Longer. We design your holidays accordingly.
The above itineraries are subject to change due to condition beyond our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative night stops. Physical, Technical and Natural condition may change this above itineraries.
Gantey Gompa Trek Cost Includes
- Twin sharing room in the best available accommodation mode ( hotel or tourist cottage),
- All meals during Gantey Gompa trek
- Overland transportation with in Bhutan ( Japanese vehicles),
- Sightseeing as per itinerary with English speaking guide,
- Necessary airport/ hotel/ airport transfers, cultural shows for bhutan trek.
- In trek, accommodation in the best available tents (moss),with all meals, air pillows sheets hot water bottles, dinging tent, Kitchen tent, toilet tent, backed to by our skilful and experience crew while on Gantey Gompa trek
Gantey Gompa Trek Cost Excludes
- airport taxes
- Bhutanese visa fee(US$ 20.00 payable at airport upon arrival)
- Nepal re-entry visa fee
- drinks at hotels/lodges and expense of personal nature such as laundry, trip insurance, etc.
Gangtey Gonpa Trek Departures Spring/Autumn 2017/2018
Gangtey Gonpa Trek Cost Facts
- The above trekking Itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern. This trek can be modified according to your time and requirements.
- Cost & Departures Dates will change according to your NEED, GROUP SIZE and TIME.
- The trek Itinerary may be changed after understanding by both agency and client. Additional activities could be added or reduce as per client's request before confirming the trip.
- Price for reduced hiking activities could be deducted and additional activities could be added as per mutual understanding.
- The Trekking Cost also affect the number of guides and porters.
- For these reasons the same trek can be HIGHER and LOWER Price.
- We offer you the best price guaranteed for Gangtey Gonpa Trek.
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Gangtey Gonpa - Information
The Gangteng Monastery generally known as Gangtey Gonpa or Gangtey Monastery, is an important monastery of Nyingmapa school of Buddhism, the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition.located in the Wangdue Phodrang District in central Bhutan. The Monastery, also known by the Gangten village that surrounds it, is in the Phobjikha Valley where winter visitors – the black-necked cranes – visit central Bhutan to roost, circling the monastery three times on arrival and repeating this circling when returning to Tibet. The Monastery's history traces to the early 17th century and back to the prophecies made by the well-known Terton (treasure finder) Pema Lingpa in the late 15th century.The Monastery is one of the main seats of the religious tradition based on Pema Lingpa's revelations and one of the two main centres of the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism in the country.A Nyingma monastic college or shedra, Do-ngag Tösam Rabgayling, has been established above the village.The descent of the first king of Bhutan, Ugyen Wangchuck of the Wangchuk Dynasty of Bhutan, which continues to rule Bhutan is traced to the clan of the Dungkhar Choje, a subsidiary of the clan of Khouchung Choje whose founder was Kunga Wangpo, the fourth son of Pema Lingpa.
Gangtey treks are a popular tourism attraction in the Phubjika Valley which covers the Gangtey Gonpa. It is a trekking route followed by international trekking enthusiasts that starts from the Gangteng Gonpa in the Phobjika valley. It passes through the Kumbu village (east of the Gonpa), goes through the Gedachen and Khebayathang villages, leads to the Kilhorthang village and terminates in the Kungathang Lhakhang. A short trek of about 90 minutes, known as the Gangte Nature Trail, starts from the mani stone wall to the north of the Gangtey Gonpa and ends in Khewa Lhakhang.
Witnessing first hand a way of life so different to our own is an extraordinary experience and a precious opportunity. In doing so, we feel sure that you will have no wish to disturb or be an impact on the lives of the Bhutanese that you will visit.always ask permission before taking photographs and respect people’s wishes if they’d prefer you not to. Whenever possible, it is good to take a postal address and follow through with sending the photographs back to the family. be complimentary about any food or drink you try. Do try everything offered if you possibly can. be patient. Sometimes things can happen at a slower pace in Bhutan than westerners are used to. dress appropriately covering your ankles and arms when visiting monasteries
Please do not give money, pens, or sweets to the local people in the communities we visit, as it can promote a 'begging culture'. It can create unequal relationships between tourist and visitor, with tourists being seen as purely 'givers', and it can also strip self esteem away from people when they get money for simply being poor rather than having to solve their own issues of poverty through community action. With sweets - local people may not have access to dentists, nor be able to afford them. Instead, please read the “Suggested Gift” section of our “Practicalities” document.
Why not do as much of your Christmas shopping as possible in rural Bhutan! Any money you spend on artifacts in the countryside can have an impact on problematic rural-urban migration! Please also consider shopping ethically and not buying:items derived from endangered species e.g. fur, ivory items where animals may have been treated cruelly
Environmental considerationsUse of water- Although it may not seem it, water can be a scarce commodity especially in the countryside where is has to be carried from the valley bottom, or brought in by truck or horse. keep your use of water to a minimum at all times in the countryside. Going without showers and running water in toilets is to be expected in some areas. hot water supply may be erratic – please be understanding of the difficulty involved in providing this service and use water conservatively bring your own water bottle - and we will provide a handmade bottle holder. Our vehicles normally have a 60 litre bottle of drinking water from which you can refill throughout your journey. Last year we estimate that we prevented 6000 plastic bottles being used and thrown away. Biodegradable products - Please bring and use biodegradable soap/washing products with you. Fires -Please do not to burn anything other than wood/dung on the stoves in the gers.
Respecting animal life/wildlife - We ask you to notfeed animals unless specifically asked to do so by the owner pursue or touch animals as they may get distressed pick flowers. Tour Leaders and local guides will provide a reference book where possible so clients can identify plants/birds in situ. touch or move fossils stroke dogs. Dogs outside/in gers can be aggressive. Stray dogs can carry rabies. -Electrical equipment - Turn off all electrical equipment and lights when not in use.
Litter and reduction of waste
Litter is a relatively new problem in Bhutan that comes with the wider availability of pre-packaged goods. The Tourist Authority of Bhutan ensures that all guides are environmentally aware. There are litter laws in Thimpu, enforcing fines on those who drop litter. We can help by minimising our use of resources in order to generate less waste and ensuring that waste is disposed of in the most effective way possible. We encourage you to:avoid accepting plastic bags for everything in shops and reuse the ones you have (for litter collection etc). reduce the amount of packaging taken on tour as it is more effectively disposed of at home than on tour on camping tours, where possible, to use reusable food containers rather than foil or plastic bags and avoid using disposable plates, cups and cutlery dispose of litter responsibly compost food waste – if possible. Alternatively it should be carried until it can be put in a rubbish bin. take a plastic bag and collect a few pieces of litter and dispose of it at the end of the walk, leaving the environment cleaner than when you found it! We often initiate clean up walks. Your help on these is much appreciated. If camping please be sure to dig a deep latrine far from any water sources - and cover after use.
Visiting ancient/sacred sitesavoid climbing on ruins avoid touching religious objects walk around Buddhist monuments and temples in a clockwise direction.
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