15th  to  23rd April 2016 | Bhutan

Trek to the Kingdom of Himalaya

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G4G's takes the first-ever charity challenge from the Middle East to Bhutan, the mystical country,  off-limits until recently to most travellers.  It will be G4Gs 52nd public Challenge since its foundation in 2001.

Bhutan is a country like nowhere on the earth. It's been only 36 years since Bhutan opened its doors to tourism, and the world but the country has caught the attention of thrill seekers. This Himalayan kingdom is a paradise filled with high mountains, dense forests, ancient monasteries, and a culture , still untouched by consumerization.

Bhutan is the last surviving great Himalayan kingdom with an otherworldly air that seems rooted in another age. Traditional dress is the norm everywhere, old-growth forest carpets 75% of the countryside and remote Himalayan peoples like the Layaps and Brokpas live a life largely untouched by the modern age. 


Level: Demanding, a very good level of fitness required

Number of participants: max 25 in each group

Registration Fee: AED 2,500/- (US$680) Non-refundable, non-transferable and not a part of the sponsorship target and is essential to be paid to reserve individual spot at the challenge.

Minimum sponsorship: AED 19,000 for each individual challenger.

The sponsorship targets cover costs of entire challenge, typically your flights and transfers, accommodation as applicable (hotels or homestays on a double-occupancy basis), food and water, on-ground support such as guides & vehicle back-up etc. This also includes the charity donations for the project supported by the challenge. A detailed summary is available on request so write to us at spamFreeEmailLink('admin', 'gulf4good.org',true);" target="_blank"> with questions you may have. 

Assistance provided in advance by G4G: Fund-raising ideas; training & fitness suggestions; safety & medical advice; clothing & equipment advice.

Essential to leave behind: Day-to-day problems.

Essential to bring: Determination & a sense of humour!

Bhutan, Trekking

15th – 23rd April, 2016


Day 1: Friday 15th April: Arrival in Kathmandu 

Depart Dubai for our flight to Kathmandu.

Dinner and overnight at hotel

Day 2: Saturday 16th April: Kathmandu – Paro

Take our morning flight to Paro which affords great views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Chomolhari, Mt. Tsrim gang and Mt. Jichu Drake. The moment you step out of the plane you will feel the difference. Bhutan welcomes you with cool, fresh and crisp air. Peace and tranquility is just another bonus. Our ground handlers will transfer us to the hotel. We will visit the National museum and Rinpung Dzong in the afternoon.

Pre-challenge briefing and kit check early evening.

Dinner and overnight at hotel

Day 3: Sunday 17th April: Acclimatisation day in Paro

Today we will do a hike to Taktsang Monastery. The uphill hike takes about 2 – 3 hours through villages and pine forests.


The Monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters above the Paro valley. It is believed that the great Saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated there in a cave for 3 months. The demons who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism were subdued and Saint Padmasambhava converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17th century a monastery was built on the spot where the Saint meditated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. It is today the landmark of Bhutan and known as the Taktsang Monastery or the “The Tiger’s Nest”! The Monastery was sadly gutted by fire and The Royal Government took immediate steps to restore and re-construct the old structure. Tea and snacks will be served at the cafeteria where you can gaze at this beautiful monument built during the 17th century. 


Later, we hike back down to the road and drive to the resort for hot showers, rest and relaxation.

Dinner and overnight at hotel


Day 4: Monday 18th April: Trek from Dzong to Jele Dzong, 5-6 hours 

Today is rather a short trekking day so you can relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Paro valley. The hike is gradually uphill through pine forests. Camp will be next to a Dzong which was recently renovated. There are very interesting stories about the Dzong people.

Overnight Camping (3,100m)

Day 5: Tuesday 19th April: Trek to Jangchulakha, 8-9 hours

After breakfast we will walk towards Bameri Lhakhang hiking through huge rhododendron trees. We may have a good view of Mt. Chomolhari standing 7,320m, also Mt. Jichu Drake and Mt. Gangar Punsum reaching 7,520m. An afternoon walk back to Jele dzong and we continue onto Jangchulakha. We may encounter yak herders during the winter season.


Overnight Camping (3,650m)


Day 6: Wednesday 20th April: Trek from Jangchulakha to Jigmelangtsho, 7 hours 


Today the trail takes us through dwarf rhododendron shrubs passing two lakes. After passing the second lake we gradually ascend. From the top we can enjoy the majestic view of Mt.Gangkar Punsum, standing at 7,520m and being the highest mountain in Bhutan. We continue on a straight gradient for 1 ½ hours until the steep descent to Phajoding camp at 3,500m.

At night we will see Thimphu city glittering in a bowl shaped valley.

Overnight Camping (3,500m)


Day 7: Thursday 21st April: Trek from Phajoding to Thimphu

Today is an easier day of trekking. 3 hours all the way downhill through pine forests. Upon reaching Motithang a coach will drive us to the hotel. For those not too tired enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour of the city.

Overnight in hotel and celebration dinner

Day 8: Friday 22nd April: Charity visit and onward journey home

After an early breakfast check out from the hotel and drive approximately 1 hour to Paro airport for the flight back to Kathmandu.


Today is our charity visit. We will drive to the Eco-Farm (approximately 1 hour) and spend the rest of the day with the children before returning back to Kathmandu airport for the evening flight back to Dubai.


Bhutan's generally dry spring starts in early March and lasts until mid-April. Summer weather commences in mid-April with occasional showers and continues to late June. The heavier summer rains last from late June through late September which are more monsoonal along the southwest border.

The challenge will support Eco Children's Farm Home, Nepal, a self sustaining farm and home  for up to 45 Nepalese orphans, developed by Mission Himalaya.

The charity has a long standing association with G4G and making a powerful impact to the welfare of the children. 

This wonderful charity was also supported by the Everest Base Camp 2015 and 2011 Everest Base Camp Challenge as well as The Annapurna Circuit Trek 2009. 



Bags and essentials

25 - 35 litre day pack with a couple of outside pockets. It should be light and comfortable, preferably waterproof, with padded straps, (with provision for a water bladder) to carry all small personal items needed during the day

Bag - a lockable, good-sized kit bag (or suitcase) with a top length zipper and nametag (nametag provided by G4G). For your convenience G4G has custom-made weather resistant duffle bags for AED 125 each

Water bottles (preferably insulated) &/or >2 litre insulated hydration bladder (with insulated drinking tube)

Trekking Poles x 2

Sleeping bag rated to at least -10C, preferably -15C or -20CFor extra warmth, a fleece sleeping bag liner/outer bag and/or a silk liner can both add several degrees of warmth


Medium weight waterproof hiking boots with ankle support (Gore-tex recommended or treated leather boots or equivalent) with new and spare laces

Several pairs hiking socks

Several pairs of lightweight socks

Sock linersCasual shoes for evenings/camp sites

Base Layer:

Medium Thermal Underwear leggings (long) – avoid cotton

Medium Thermal Underwear top (long) – avoid cotton

Regular underwear – wicking material is the best!

Thermal Layer:

Fleece jacket or equivalent – full zip is best for temperature regulation

Fleece trousers or equivalent

Down jacket1 pair light, mid-weight thermal lined gloves worn over glove liners

Quick dry shirtsJerseys – one light, one heavy

Optional, but recommended – synthetic-filled vest & ear muffs

Outer Layer:

Long length waterproof, windproof, breathable jacket (e.g. Gore-tex or equivalent). Must be big enough to go over all other layers

Trousers – at least one pair should be waterproof, windproof, breathable (e.g. Gore-tex)

Poncho or rain jacket

NOTE: The above layers work much better than a single huge parka!


Brimmed hat for sun Sunglasses

Scarf & Hat

Day pack

2 water bottles, 1 litre size

Sunscreen SPF 30+Lip Balm with sunscreen

Prescription medication

Camera/spare batteries and memory cards

Toilet Paper/TissueTrail snacks/ Isotonic Drink Powder

Wet wipes/hand sanitizer Buff or Bandana (to cover the back of your neck)

Small change for souvenirsExtra shirt: When you stop trekking, you may feel cold after sweating and need to change or add a layer to prevent chills

Lightweight jersey


Swiss army knife (not packed in hand luggage!)

Head lamp or flashlight, spare batteries


Mini First Aid Kit (main kit carried by the G4G rep)

Neck pouch and/or Money belt

Quick Dry Towel

Small binoculars

Reading material

Plastic bags for packing & zip-lock bags – assorted sizes are very useful for storing and keeping dry all sorts of things!