Nabji Korphu Trekking

nabji-korphu-trekkingNabji Korphu Trekking is one week trek offers a short, easy and enjoyable journey around scenic Trongsa Dzongkhag. The climate is warm and pleasant as the trail stays between 1000-1500m in altitude and there is a wide array of flora and fauna observable along the route including the rare Golden Langur, Red Pandas, Himalayan Black Bears, Rhesus Monkeys, Rufous-necked Hornbills and Clouded Leopards. Nabji Korphu Trekking is best trekking in Bhutan exploring the natures and cultures as well as religious and their lifestyles. It is beautiful trekking tour

You will have plenty of opportunity to experience traditional rural life as you will spend nights in the villages of Nabji, Korphu and Nyimshong. Nabji is an idyllic village surrounded by verdant paddy fields and the villagers of Korphu are famed for their hospitality. Visitors will often be greeted by a Chipdrel procession and Marchang ceremony, practices typically reserved for royalty. Nyimshong is a good place to observe some of the local culture, as the women often put together cultural shows full of singing and dancing for visitors.

This is the perfect trek for visitors looking to learn and experience traditional rural life first hand, whilst enjoying the natural beauty and biodiversity of Bhutan. The best time to embark on this trek is in winter, between October and April.

This trek also takes in a visit to the awe inspiring Taktsang Monastery (Tigers Nest) and to visit two other Dzongs in Paro on arrival.

This trek can be customised to suit your needs.

Trek Facts

Trek: Nabji Korphu
Trek starts: Tongtongphey
Trek duration: 7 days/16 days including transportation
Grade: Easy
Maximum altitude: 1500m
Minimum altitude: 1000m
Trek ends: Nimshong

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and a representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Trek will welcome and transfer you to your selected hotel by private vehicle.

Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro (2250m). This flight into Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights to take, as it flies past Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and many more peaks. The flight takes around an hour and a half. We will then go to our hotel and take refreshment and visit Ta Dzong (National Museum) and Paro Rinpung Dzong.

Day 3: After breakfast, we drive to Kyichu Lhakhang. King Songtsän Gampo built the Lhakhang in the 7th century AD. The associated legend is that – this is one of 108 Lhakhang’s built in a single night by the king to tame his kingdom’s borders. The next stop is the ancient ruins of Drukgyal Dzong (30 minutes). The Dzong is a monument to the Shabdrung’s victory against an invasion of allied Tibetan-Mongolian forces in 1649. The name “Drukgyal Dzong” thus translates to “Fortress of Victory”. The Dzong was destroyed in a fire in the 1950s. On clear days, Drukgyal is an excellent place to view the glorious mountain Jomolhari. Return to stay for lunch, rest and prepare for the trek up to Taktsang Monastery (the “Tiger’s Nest”).

Drive to the start of the trek. Trek (or horse ride) to Taktsang Monastery (trek time is 2-3 hours depending on weather and fitness level).Taktsang is perched on a precipitous 900 meter cliff. The monastery has been restored at painstaking efforts to former glory after a fire in 1998. The legend is that Guru Padmasambhava flew to this holy place on the back of tigress to meditate. More recently, one of the most enlightened abbots in modern Bhutan history, Geshe Gendun Rinchen (1926 – 1997) also known as Draphugpa (Of the Caves), was born in a small cave by the path to the monastery. Tea and refreshments will be taken at Taktsang Café for about an hour’s rest to take photos and view the scenery. We will then descend to road point (horses cannot be ridden) and drive back to Paro to prepare for the trek.

Day 4: Paro – Thimphu
Distance 55 km and 1 hour drive, altitude 2350m.
On arrival at Thimphu, check in to your hotel and visit Motithang mini zoo to see the national animal of Bhutan, the Takin. Also visit the Drupthop Lhakhang (the nunnery). After lunch, we will see the Painting school, Folk Heritage Museum, the National Library, Bhutan Postal Office and Handicrafts Emporium and stroll around Thimphu town before dinner. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 5: Thimphu – Trongsa
Distance 199 km and 7 hours drive, altitude 2200m.
After breakfast, drive to Trongsa via the Dochu La pass (3150m). The mountain pass is marked by hundreds of rippling prayer flags, and 108 Namgyel Khangzang Chortens. On clear days the pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the Eastern Himalayas. From here, the drive is all the way down through magnolia and rhododendron forests to the tropical valley of Wangdue Phodrang (1350m) and then continues to Trongsa en route crossing the Pele La pass (3300m). The region has different species of rhododendron depending on the flower season – Spring – April to May). There is also an abrupt change in vegetation at this point, with mountain forests replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboos. Stop at Chendebji Chorten (a Nepalese-styled Stupa) for lunch. After lunch continue your journey to Trongsa. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 6: Trongsa – Tongtongphey – Jangbi
Distance 7-9.5 km, 3-4 hours, altitude 1000m – 1350m.
After an early breakfast at your hotel, you can take some time to wander around Trongsa town, taking a visit to the Dzong or the museum at the Watchtower of Trongsa. The museum will definitely captivate visitors with its myriad collections of antiques and artefacts. A two hour drive from the town along the Zhemgang highway brings you to the start of the trek, Tongtongphey.

You can also augment your itinerary with a visit to Kuenga Rabten Palace, an important heritage in Bhutanese history. After arming yourself with information about the trek from the information booth, the village guide steers you down to the Mangdi Chhu where you cross a suspension bridge. On this stretch of the journey the otherwise rare Golden Langurs, an endangered species of primate are abundant and almost impossible to miss. You will come in contact with the Monpas who are believed to be the first inhabitants of Bhutan.

A glimpse into their lifestyle coupled with mythical legends about their origins further validates this claim. The campsite in Jangbi stands on the valley sill, which offers a resplendent view of the Mangdi valley. If you still have some energy you can watch a local cultural program or even better, take part in it.

Day 7: Jangbi – Kudra
Distance 13-14.5 km, 6 hours, altitude 1350m – 1500m.
The morning allows you to further interact with the Monpas. Before you proceed, you can also pay a visit to the orchid garden that houses around 75 different varieties of orchids. The trail to Kudra is especially interesting as it passes stone imprints of Guru Rinpoche’s footprints, dagger and phallus. Lunch is served just before you arrive at Phrumzur, one of the Monpa villages. After a quick visit to the village Lhakhang in Phrumzur and you then proceed to the campsite in Kudra. En route, you will encounter another small Monpa village called Lekpogang, after which, the campsite in Kudra is just an hour’s walk. The campsite offers a bird’s-eye-view of Nyimshong village and also of Zhemgang town.

Day 8: Kudra – Nabji
Distance 11-14 km, 5-7 hours, altitude 1500m – 1300m.
This part of the trek is a collage of streams, waterfalls and thick forests that will give you an invigorating feeling of being out in the wild. Animals such as Himalayan Squirrels, Rhesus Macaques, and small snakes are often spotted along the trail. Himalayan black bears, Red pandas, tigers and Clouded leopards are also present this region. Upon arrival at the holy tree in Nabji, the villagers will give you a warm reception. Nabji is a beautiful village with paddy fields circling the clustered houses. You can also hike to the community school and enjoy a game of football or volleyball with the local school children.

Day 9: Nabji – Korphu
Distance 9.5-13 km, 2-3 hours, altitude 1300m – 1500m.
En route to Korphu, Nabji temple is located amidst verdant paddy fields. Inside, there is a stone pillar on which Guru Rinpoche imprinted the thumbs of two warring kings as a symbol of resolution after bringing about peace. Korphu is situated on a mountaintop at an altitude of 1500m. The most striking thing about Korphu is that the people exemplify hospitality almost treating you like royalty.

You have the option of being welcomed with a traditional ‘Chipdrel’ procession and a ‘Marchang’ ceremony. These ceremonies are typically reserved for royalty but here the villagers will greet you by singing these traditional songs of praise and wellbeing. They also perform the traditional ‘Tashi Labey’ dance to bid you farewell. The villagers can explain and demonstrate and even allow you to participate in the quintessential Bhutanese games of ‘Khuru’, ‘Dego’, ‘Sok-sum’, and ‘Gee-dum’.

You can also visit the village temple that houses sacred relics of Pema Lingpa, the most famous Terton or ‘Treasure finder’ in Bhutan. Lunch can be provided in the village campsite which also provides a spectacular bird’s-eye view of Nabji and other surrounding areas.

Day 10: Korphu – Nimshong
Distance 11-12 km, 4-6 hours, altitude 1300m – 1500m.
The trek from Korphu to Nyimshong is pleasant and arguably the best location for bird watching as it is home to over 395 avian species. The elusive Rufous Necked Hornbill has its nesting holes adjacent to the trail. The walk is interspaced with waterfalls and, streams and cantilever bridges. The evening brings you to Nyimshong village. The campsite is equipped with an amphitheatre. The women of Nyimshong have a penchant for singing and dancing and often put on cultural shows for visitors.

Day 11: Nimshong – Trongsa
Distance 5-6km, 2 hours, altitude 1000m – 1300m.
You begin by descending towards the Mangdi River. You are likely to see Herons, River-lapwings and even Golden Langurs in this region. A steep hour-long climb will bring you to the road from where your driver will drive you back to Trongsa. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 12: Trongsa – Punakha
After breakfast drive to Punakha en-route visit Gangtey to explore Phobjikha valley, chosen winter home of black necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan Plateau. After lunch, continue your drive to Punakha. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 13: Punakha – Paro
Distance 122 km and 3 hrs 30 min drive.
After breakfast drive to Paro via the Dochu La. A half-hour walk through mustard fields brings us to Chimi Lhakhang (‘Lhakhang’ means temple), a monastery and fertility temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist Saint known popularly as ‘The Divine Madman’ and considered a folk hero in Bhutan for his unconventional ways. Drukpa Kuenley originally built a Chorten on the site in the 14th century. The temple, flanked by nearly 100 tall prayer flags, sits atop a picturesque hill and has long been a pilgrimage site for childless couples. After a hot cup of coffee at a café near the pass, we continue our drive to Paro. In the evening we will stroll around Paro Town to do last minute shopping for authentic souvenirs and gifts from Bhutan. Dinner and stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at your selected hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 15: Souvenir and sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Day 16: A representative ofUnique Nepal Adventure Trek will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport by private vehicle.

Price Includes:

  • Airport pick-up and drop off by private vehicle.
  • Two nights in your selected Kathmandu hotel with breakfast.
  • All meals during the trek (lunch, dinner, breakfast and tea or coffee).
  • Accommodation in a hotel in Paro, Thimphu, Trongsa and Punakha.
  • Accommodation in twin shared tents with mattress.
  • All necessary equipment for camping.
  • One English speaking government trained license holder and well informed trekking guide.
  • Dependent on group size, cook, kitchen boy and extra horses)
  • All expenses for guide and porters – meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation (bus/flights) etc.
  • First Aid kit bag.
  • Government and local area taxes where applicable. These include Royalty fees and road permit fees.
  • Return transportation from Kathmandu to Paro by flight.
  • Paro to the start of trek and Thimphu to Paro by private vehicle.
  • A Bhutanese visa fee, where the cost is dependent on the time of year you visit. See the link for Bhutan Information for prices.

Price Excludes:

  • Nepalese entry visa fee and departure tax. (See the ‘Visa Information’ link under ‘Trekking Info’ for current fees)
  • Travel insurance.
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks (mineral water, hot water, coke, fanta, beer, spirits, etc).
  • Snacks (Chocolate, biscuits etc).
  • Hot water, hot shower, heater charge, battery charge, phone calls and laundry service.
  • Donation, tips and personal expenses.
  • Emergency evacuation and medical equipment.
  • In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides, etc, the extra charge will be borne by themselves.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Please note that you cannot hire equipment and other personal items in Bhutan such as (sleeping bag, down jacket, hiking boots, etc). You must either bring these items into the country by yourself, or they can be hired from Kathmandu.
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