Wild East Rodung La Trek

Day 1: Jakar – Ngang Lhakhang

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 you will enter Ngang Yul or ‘Swan Land” named for the swans that were once common in this part of the valley. Near the center of this area you will find Ngang Lhakhang, the “Swan Temple”. The Ngang Lhakhang was erected by the Lama Namkha Samdrup in the spot where his arrow landed. The design of the lhakhang inspired by a vision he had.

Distance20 km
Time6-7 hours
Ascent……….. m
Camp Altitude2,800 m

Day 2: Ngang Lhakhang – Ugyenchholin

You begin with a gradual climb to Phephe La pass (3,353m). Follow the trail until the pass takes you through a picturesque forested region. It is recommended that you allow for stops along the way to enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings. You will stop for the night at Ogyen Choling Manor. This manor houses one of the most interesting museums of Bhutan and visitors will gain a better understanding of the lives of the landed gentry in traditional Bhutanese society.

Ascent……….. m
Camp Altitude2,850 m

Day 3: Ugyen Choling – Phokphey

Today’s walk is through bamboos, hemlock and finally up to an alpine forest. The camp is in a meadow at the head of the valley.

Distance17 km
Time5-6 hours
AscentAscent 920 m
Camp Altitude3,680 m

Day 4: Phokphey – Pemi

Rodung La (4,160m) is about three hours climb from the camp. From the pass you then continue downhill through a gorge, overlooking scenic mountain valleys covered in lush pine forests. The region is rich in folk lore concerning spirits and yetis. Near the camp you can see a ruined stone building that once acted as a grain storehouse during the reigns of the first and second king.

Distance20 km
Time6-7 hours
AscentAscent 480 m, descent 1,160 m
Camp Altitude2,950 m

Day 5: Pemi – Khaine Lakhang

This trail winds through the villages of Ungaar, Bulay, Kulaypang and Gomda before bringing you to Drula village and Khaine Lhakhang. One of the oldest temples in the country, it was built in the mid 7th century by the King Songtshen Gampo of Tibet to subdue demons.

Distance21 km
Time7-8 hours
AscentAscent 350 m, descent 1,340 m
Camp Altitude2,010 m

Day 6: Khaine Lakhang – Tangmachu

From your camp, the trail goes down to a stream and back up to a basic health unit and a community school in Gorsam. Further on, you pass a Tibetan-style Umling Mani, built by a lama from Tibet, and a chorten on Zerim La (1,940m). Before reaching the next pass, Tage La (1,760m) you will see Menjabi, a beautiful Bhutanese village with large white houses. The campsite for the night is located South-east of Tage La near Tangmachu High School. Another possibility is to organize transport and drive to Lhuentse, the capital of Lhuentse district. Lhuntese Dzong is considered to be one of the most impressive dzongs in Bhutan.

Distance18 km
Time6-7 hours
AscentAscent 520 m, descent 810 m
Camp Altitude1,720 m

Day 7: Tangmachu – Menji

After arriving at Kuri Zampa the trek begins to gradually climb up through paddy fields and villages before bringing you to Chusa.

Distance16 km
Time4-5 hours
AscentAscent 690 m, descent 620 m
Camp Altitude1,830 m

Day 8: Menji – Pemi

Today’s trek has you continue uphill through thick forests overlooking spectacular mountains. The camp is located in a forested area at an altitude of 2,400m.

Distance20 km
Time5-6 hours
AscentAscent 620 m m
Camp Altitude2,450 m

Day 10: Taupang – Trashi Yangtse

Today is the longest day of the trek. It is a gradual descent to Trashi Yangtse. As you descend the chirpine and hardwood forests are slowly replaced by oak trees. The final camp of the trek is located in a subtropical forested region.

Distance24 km
Time8-9 hours
AscentDescent 720 m m
Camp Altitude…………. m