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  • View of Himalayan peaks from Kitiphu Ridge
  • Black-necked cranes near Gyetsa village
  • Start of trek at Gyetsa village near Chumey
  • Crossing bridge near at roosting area for black-necked cranes
  • Black-necked cranes in flight near Gyetsa village
  • View down to Gyetsa village
  • Looking up the ridge to Tharpaling monastery
  • Traditional Bhutanese farmhouse
  • Row of eight stupas outside Tharpaling monastery
  • Tharpaling monastery
  • Walking along the trail above Tharpaling monastery
  • Walking along Kitiphu Ridge
  • View of Himalayan peaks from Kitiphu Ridge
  • Kitiphu ridge
  • View of Bumthang valley from Kitiphu Ridge
  • Walking along Kitiphu Ridge
  • View of Himalayan peaks from Kitiphu Ridge
  • Mount Kitiphu at 4,050m
  • Descending from Mount Kitiphu
  • View of Mount Gangkar Punsum (7,570m) from Mount Kitiphu
  • Lammergeier soaring above Kitiphu Ridge
  • Walking along Kitiphu Ridge
  • Shonath campsite in the forest
  • Ponies used for carrying our luggage
  • Walking through forest of hemlock and juniper
  • River near Dur village
  • Dur village

Kitiphu Ridge

Kitiphu Ridge will appeal if you looking to experience the unique culture of Bhutan as well as going on a short Himalayan trek.

Our itinerary combines seeing the main cultural highlights of the Kingdom of Bhutan with three days of scenic trekking. You will walk follow a quiet forest trail up to Tharpaling monastery and then once onto Kitiphu Ridge you should see the spectacular view of the Himalaya along the Bhutan - Tibet border including Mount Gangkar Punsum. This mountain is at an altitude of 7,570m and is known as the highest unclimbed peak in the world.

You have several days visiting Bhutan’s main cultural sites, you will explore Paro Valley with a walk to Taktsang or ’Tigers Nest’ monastery. We also time to explore Thimphu, Punakha’s 17th century Dzong and Bumthang.

You have the chance to see Black-necked cranes in Phobjika and in Gyetsa village at start of Kitiphu Ridge trek. The cranes spend the winter in these places from mid-October to end of February and can be seen in their roosting areas located in wetlands in Phobjika and Gyetsa.

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Trip Details

  • Destination: Bhutan
  • Holiday Type: Walking & Trekking
  • Duration: 14 days from Paro
  • Leadership: Local leader
  • Minimum Group Size: 2 people
  • Cost: 2017 - £2,795 (US$3,775 or €3,215) 2018 - £2,795 (US$3,775 or €3,215)
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What does this include

Price includes:

  • All transfers including airport collections at Paro
  • Twin share room at all hotels in Bhutan
  • All meals included while in Bhutan
  • Twin share tents while on trek
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, tents, Bhutanese guide, pack animals and cook
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921)
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone or face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send our comprehensive "Bhutan Pre Trip Information" notes

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Paro
  • Travel & trekking insurance
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips
  • Other items not listed in "What is included"
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Trip Grade Moderate

Trip Grade Moderate

Suitability: a good choice for most hill walkers, reasonable level of fitness required.

1) Walking times: average 5 to 7 hours walking per day for up to 14 days usually with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 5,000m.

3) Terrain: for most of time following well-travelled trails, there will be daily ascent and descent.

4) Remoteness: usually not too remote and often there is a reasonable level of infrastructure such as lodge accommodation and cell/ mobile phone reception.

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Trip Dates

  • November 5th to 18th 2017
  • November 12th to 25th 2017
  • December 3rd to 16th 2017
  • April 1st to 14th 2018
  • November 4th to 17th 2018
  • November 11th to 24th 2018
  • December 2nd to 15th 2018
  • March 31st to April 13th 2019
  • November 3rd to 16th 2019
  • November 10th to 23rd 2019
  • December 1st to 14th 2019

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Fly to Paro (2,280m) 
  • Day 2Morning walk to Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest) 
  • Day 3Drive over Dochu La to Punakha (1,300m) 
  • Day 4Sightseeing in Punakha, in afternoon drive to Wangdi 
  • Day 5Drive to Gangtey in Phobjika valley 
  • Day 6Drive to Gyetsa village near Chumey 
  • Day 7Trek to Tharpaling monastery 
  • Day 8Trek to Shonath Camp 
  • Day 9Trek to Dur village, drive to Bumthang 
  • Day 10Sightseeing in Bumthang 
  • Day 11Drive to Wangdi 
  • Day 12Drive to Thimphu 
  • Day 13Afternoon drive to Paro 
  • Day 14Fly home 
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