Bhutan Trekking
 
Nabji Khorphu Trail - 6 Days

Note: This trek has been planned ex Trongsa and can be combined with an overlanding tour
Number of Days: 6 Days
Grade: Moderate

Day 1: Trongsa - Nimshong Village (Altitude – 1319m / 4397 ft | Distance - 6.5km (3 - 4 hours):
The first day starts with a brief tour through Trongsa Dzong and its Ta Dzong strategically located above the Mangde River. From there the drive will follow the road towards Zhemgang to halt at Riotola (1,060m/3533 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 693m / 2310 ft, to the bed of Mangde River; within one and half hour from the river you can have a rest at a place called Matling (804 m/2600 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 village, which has a population of about 465 people. The campsite is just beside the Nimshong Community School above the village.

Day 2: Nimshong - Nabji (Altitude - 1300m / 3827 ft | Distance - 13km (4 - 6 hours) :
Early in the morning, the guide will take you 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 Rufus-necked Hornbill. Nabji is pretty much 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 rock remains of a blacksmith (one of the reincarnations of Pema Lingpa). Overnight at campsite surrounded by the rice fields of Nabji.

Day 3: Nabji – Khorphu – Nabji (Distance - 13km) :
From our base camp in Nabji, we will do a day hike to Khorphu village. Khorphu is situated on a mountaintop at an altitude of 1,500m / 5000ft. 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 Khorphu is breathtaking. It is possible to visit Khorphu 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. Overnight at camp.

Day 4: Nabji – Kubdra (Altitude - 1636m / 5453ft | Distance - 11-14 km (6 - 7 hours) :
Our trek today starts on the trail to Kubdra Village. The trail has it own beauty; you will come across dense forest, big trees with clippers, orchid and small bamboos. After 5 hours hike, you can enjoy your lunch with a nice view of water fall at a place called Zhelyung (1565m / 5217ft.). Then after few hours walk you will come across an ethnic group (called the Monpas) inhabited in Kubdra. Kubdra is situated in the middle of the forest. The habitat you traverse is very attractive for tigers and leopards (though it is very rare to spot them, droppings and spores can be found). Kubdra only has 3 households, but the few Monpas living here are very happy to welcome you. Overnight at camp.

Day 5: Kubdra - Jangbi village (Altitude - 1368m / 4560ft | Distance – 13 - 14.5 km, (6 – 7 hours):
The hike continues from Kubdra to Jangbi village. A brief visit will be paid to the small village of Phrumzur with its temple (at 1,400m). 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 forest along the way. Camp will be set near Jangbi village with a beautiful view over the valley and Mangde Chu.

Day 6: Jangbi - Tongtongfey – Trongsa (Distance – 7 - 9.5 km (3 - 4 hours):
Today there is a steep descent of 950 meters, which will bring you to the bridge crossing the Mangde Chu; after that there will be a last climb to Tongtongfey. From here, the drive will bring you back to Trongsa for a well deserved bed and shower. If time permits, you can visit the Kuenga Rabten Palace and the Nunnery (on the way back to Trongsa). Overnight at the hotel.

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