Duration: 10 days
Max Elevation: 4160 meters
Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
Best months October to early November and April to early May
Starting Point: ToktuZampa (Bhumtang)
End Point TrashiYangtse
Summary: The Rodung La trek traces its route along the most important trade route of eastern Bhutan. With the advent of roads and motor vehicles this route is hardly used today with the exception of trekking enthusiasts. If you combine the Rodung La trek with the Snowman trek the route will take you across from the East to the West of Bhutan. This route is considered as one of the harder trekking routes in Bhutan due to the rapid ascents and descents that form a huge portion of this trek.
Jakar – NgangLakhang, Distance 20 Kilometers, Dutarion 6-7 Hours
The trail begins along the Chamkhar Chu river in the Bumthang Valley. On your way you will pass the ThangbiLakhang, this temple was built by the first Karma Shamar in the 13th century AD. after a further walk you will enter the NgangYul or the Land of Swans who are believed to be the first inhabitants of this valley. At the centre of the valley you will reach the NgangLakahng or the Swan Temple where we will be camping for the night.
We will the gradually ascend upto the Phephe La pass at 3353 meters, as you walk along you will enter one of the most beautiful forests of the region. We will set up camp at the grounds of the UgyenCholing Palace which houses of the most interesting museums of Bhutan.
UgyenChoing- Phokphey Distance, 17 Kilomter Duration 5-6 hours Today we will continue walking though the dense bamboo and hemlock forests till we reach a meadow located at the head of the valley.
Phokphey- Pemi, distance 20 Kilometers, Duration 6-7 hours
We will now being a three hour climb up toRodung- La pass at 4160 meters from where you continue downhill along a gorge towards the days campsite where you will find some old ruined stone buildings that one served as the kings grain storehouses. The region is home to many ghost stories and yeti sightings.
Pemi – KhaineLakhang, Distance 18 kilometers, Duration 7-8 hours
Trail will continues up and down crossings the villages of Ungaar, Bulay, Kulaypang and Gomda till we reach the Drula Village and the KaineLakhang. The temple is one of the oldest temples in the region and was constructed by the Tibetan King SongtshenGampo.
KhaineLakhang- Tangmachu, Distance 18 kilometers, Duration 5-6 hours.
We will continue our trek along the stream past a basic health unite and a community school in the village of Gorsam. You will pass a Umling Mani built which was built by a Tibetan Lama and a Chorten at the Zerim La pass before continuing along toward the Tage- La pass. You will then see the beautiful Bhutanese village of Menjabi where there is a school for about 400 students. There is a campsite near the school where we will set up camp for the night. It may be possible to arrange a transport to Lhuentse and visit the Dzhong there.
Tangmachu – Menji Distance 16 Kilometers, Duration 4-5 hours
We will arrive at the KuriZampa from where we begin our slow ascent up thought to paddy fields to the village of Chausa our campsite for the evening
Menji – Pemi, Distance 20 Kilometer, Duration 5-6 hours
Today trek will take you uphill through the forests to overlooking the mountains .you will at a clearing under the forest canopy at an altitude of 2450 meters
Pemi-Taupang, Distance 21 kilometers, Duration 7-8 hours
We will continue our trek up to the Dong-La pass where you will have a chance to see a magnificent view of the Himalayan mountains. We will then decend through thick evergreen forests to our campsite for the night.
Taupang – TrashiYangtse, Distance 24 Kilometer 8-9 hours
Today is the longest section of the trek where we will gradually trek downhill to the town of TarshiYangtse through the pine and hardwood forests surrounding the town where you will check into a hotel for a much deserved rest.