Day 9: Punakha - Paro (2200 M) 124
km / 4 - 5 hrs
Check out hotel and drive towards Thimphu; en route stop to do a short but sweet 1 hour return hike to Chimi Lhakhang – Temple of Fertility. That
done, drive up to Dochu La and leave on a beautiful hike of about (7 km return / 4 hrs) to Lungchuzekha Gompa through dense forests of Hemlocks, Junipers, Birches and
Rhododendron, interspersed with meadows. Once at the gompa enjoy superlative 360° views covering various ranges in the Bhutanese Himalayas crowned by 7000 M + giant
peaks like Jhumolhari, Gangkar Puensum – the highest unclimbed mountain in the world, high peaks of the Lunana. Walk back to Dochu La and drive about 2 ½ hrs to reach
Paro by late evening. Overnight in a hotel in Paro.