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Nabji Korphu

There is no better way to feel the heartbeat of a country than through trekking. You’ll come across hidden villages; have impromptu meetings with yak herders and the very finest views of the towering Himalayas. Trekking in Bhutan is not easy because of the elevation and length of some of the treks, so guests should be physically fit.

You will be required to bring your gear, including sleeping bags, however, we will provide tents and sleeping pads. We offer a wide range of treks from easy to strenuous over varying periods. We can also create a custom trek to suit your specific needs. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about this excursion.

Nabji Korphu Winter Trek

  • Best Months:  January-April and October-November
  • Difficulty Rating Easy-Moderate
  • Highlights: The Nabji Trail was opened recently to tourism. It is an ideal post-harvest/winter trek in Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, a park with an ecologically rich environment. Geographically it is located centrally, giving insight into rural Bhutan and its culture and traditions.

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You will be received by our Host at the Paro International Airport and escorted to your hotel for refreshments. After lunch you will visit the National Museum, Paro Rinpung Dzong, and if time permits you can go for a short drive up to Drukgyel Dzong, which will offer you an opportunity to view Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) from a distance.

The monastery is perched on a rocky cliff with a sheer drop of nearly 3,000 ft. On the drive back you can visit Kichu Monastery. This is the oldest Buddhist monastery in the country built in the 7th century by a Tibetan King.

Overnight in Paro hotel.

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Depart for Thimphu and visit the Handicraft Center, National Library (which contains a huge collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts), General Post Office, and Arts and Crafts School (where you can see how the ancient crafts are being taught and kept alive). If you are interested in textiles, the Handicraft Emporium is worth a visit.

Afternoon visit to the Memorial Chorten, built in 1974 in memory of our late His Majesty the third king of Bhutan. It gives rare insight into the Buddhist religion through its painting and sculptures. Drive up to Sangaygang, where you can capture the whole view of Thimphu valley. On the way up you will take a short stroll to see our national animal, the Takin.

Overnight in Thimphu hotel.

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After breakfast, depart for Trongsa; on the way, we will stop at Dochu-la Pass (10,000 ft.) to view the spectacular sight of the Eastern Himalayan range. If the weather is favorable, you can see mountains: Masagang (23,500 ft.), Tsendagang (22,800 ft), Terigang (23,100 ft.), Jejegangphugang (23,400 ft.), Kangphugang (23,500 ft), Zongphugang (23,100 ft.), Table mountain and finally Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 24,600 ft.

Stop for a lunch at Wangduephodrang. After lunch proceeds to Trongsa across Pele-la, the boundary between east and west. Stop en route at Chendbji Chorten, which was built in the 18th century in Nepalese style. Overnight stay in Trongsa.

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The first day of the trail starts with a brief tour through Trongsa Dzong and its Ta Dzong, strategically located above the Mangde River. From there the bus will follow the road towards Zhemgang to Riotala (3,533 ft.), the start of Nabji Trail. Keep an eye open for deer and macaques along the way but notice the beautiful view over Mangde Valley as well. The trek starts with a steep descent of 2,310 ft., to the bed of the Mangde River; within one hour from the river, you can have a rest at a place called Matling (2,600 ft.).

After half an hour you will come across a chorten that indicates the entry to the Nimshong village, which is a steep climb for about two hours from the river. Nimshong is a small (58-household) village, which has a population of about 465 people. The villagers welcome you with dance and songs while the cooks are preparing dinner.

The campsite (4,397 ft) is just beside the Nimshong Community School, above the village.

Altitude 4,000 ft; Distance 4 miles; Time 3-4 hours.

Early in the morning, we will travel to the local temple. From there the hike will go through a lush broadleaf forest, alive with abundant bird and mammal life, with possible sightings of Golden Langur and Rufous-necked Hornbill. Nabji is at the same elevation as Nimshong village, however, the trail will move up and down through a dense forest. Nabji consists of 55 households and an approximate population of 400 people.

The village is situated on a foothill above terraced fields of rice. The temple of Nabji – which means ‘promising’ or ‘oath’- harbors the stone pillar to mark the peace between Bumthang and Assam Kings. In the village, you can find the rock remains of a blacksmith (one of the reincarnations of Pema Lingpa). Overnight at a campsite surrounded by the rice fields of Nabji.

Altitude 4,200 ft.; Distance 8 miles; Time 4-6 hours.

From our base camp in Nabji, we will do a day hike to Korphu village. Korphu is situated on a mountaintop at an altitude of 5,000 ft. The village consists of 76 households, with an approximate population of 600 people. It is a spectacular hike uphill, and the view from the clustered village of Korphu is breathtaking. It is possible to visit the Korphu temple, which houses the sacred relics of Pema Lingpa. A local lunch will be provided in the village. In the mid-afternoon, we hike back to Nabji.

Altitude 2,000 ft.; Distance 6 miles; Time 4-5 hours.

Our trek today starts on a trail to Kubdra village, leaving Nabji village at the holy tree. The trail has its beauty; you will come across the dense forest, big trees with clippers, orchids, and small bamboos. After a 5 to 6 hours hike, you can rest on the benches provided; enjoy your lunch with a nice view of a waterfall at Zhelyung (5,217 ft.). Then after a few hour’s walk, you will come across an ethnic group (called the Monpas) inhabited by Kubdra.

Kubdra is situated in the middle of the forest, around 6 hours walking from Nabji. Along the way, you’ll find traces of Guru Rimpoche. The habitat you traverse is very attractive for tigers and leopards (though it is very rare to spot them). Kubdra only has 3 households, but the few Monpas living here are happy to welcome you at their campsite.

Altitude 5,300 ft; Distance 8 miles; Time 5-7 hours.

The hike continues from Kubdra to Jangbi village. Again traces of Guru Rimpoche can be found along the way. A brief visit will be paid to the small village of Phrumzur with its temple at 4,600 ft. From the site of the temple, there’s a good view over the valley; here lunch will be served. From Phrumzur the hike continues, with great vistas and pristine forests along the way.

A welcoming tea is prepared in the orchid garden in Jangbi. Here you will also find more information on the Monpas and their Cane and Bamboo Project. The camp will be set near Jangbi village with a beautiful view over the valley and Mangde Chhu.

 Altitude 4,500 ft.; Distance 8 miles; Time 6 hours.

Today there is a steep descent of 3,000 ft, which will bring us to the bridge crossing the Mangde Chhu; after that, there will be the last climb to Tongtongphey. From here, the bus will bring us back to Trongsa. If time permits, we can visit the Kuenga Rabten Palace and the Nunnery (on the way back to Trongsa). Overnight at hotel.

Altitude 3,500 ft; Distance 5 miles; Time 3-4 hours.

Afternoon visit to Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, built in 1638, and Chhimi Lhakhang, one of the most beautiful Dzongs in Punakha, which used to be Bhutan’s capital until 1955. The head abbot of the country and most of the monks of Punakha occupy this Dzong throughout the winter. This Dzong is located in between the two swift flowing rivers namely “Pho Chu” and “Mo Chu”, considered male and female rivers. Overnight at hotel.

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After breakfast drive to Paro; it is 120 miles and takes 4 to 5 hours. On the way, you can ask the guide to stop for photos, which you think you missed during the earlier journey. Lunch will be at the restaurant in Thimphu.

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Early morning drive to Paro international airport after breakfast.

  • Inclusions
  • Exclusions
  • Insurance
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in COMO Uma Paro.
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing.
  • Route/Trekking Permit.
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan.
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide/host.
  • All land transportation by private vehicle.
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary.
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable.
  • Drinking water.
  • All internal taxes and charges.
  • A sustainable development fee of $200. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, and poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
  • Airfare & Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.

Our Host

Bhutan is one of the most unusual and beautiful countries in the world. You’ll find a land that is blessed with abundance, a deep connection to the past, and a unique culture. Truly Bhutan’s Host is second to none. Handpicked, highly experienced, and scrupulously trained, they bring a wealth of skill and knowledge to each trip. They are fun and friendly, whose aim is to ensure that each trip remains an unforgettable experience. Creating colorful, discovery-oriented tours in a combination of safety and comfort is the mission of our guides. All Host have earned the tour guide’s certificate from the Tourism Council of Bhutan.

Dechen Dema

Dechen Dema | Culture & Trekking Expert

host

Pelden Dorji | Culture & Trekking Expert

Damchoe Lhendrup

Damchoe Lhendrup | Culture & Trekking Expert

Trek guide

Jigme Dorji | Culture & Trekking Expert

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