Rodungla Trek

12 Days

It is a 12-days program with 9 days actual trek in eastern Bhutan that is tough and involves a tremendously long, steep descent. Though it was an important trade route before the National Highway was built, few people travel this way anymore but offer a chance to visit the remote dzong.

Rodungla Trek starts at US$ 4450 PP

The Rodungla Trek is a popular trekking route in Bhutan that offers stunning views of the Himalayas and takes visitors through remote villages, pristine forests, and high-altitude lakes. The trek typically takes 6-7 days to complete and covers a distance of approximately 60 km.

The trail passes through alpine and bamboo forests, meadows, and mountain passes, through villages and temples offering hikers an incredible array of biodiversity to appreciate. The trek can be covered in 10 days but can shorten it as per the need of the clients.

Trip Highlights

  • New Introduced Trekking Routes.
  • It Covers wild eastern Bhutan for the first time.
  • The most Beautiful trek in eastern Bhutan.


Arrive in Paro via flight from Bangkok/Kathmandu/Delhi and leisure time at Paro town. Leisure will include a visit to Paro town, Paro Rinpung Dzong, and relaxation in the evening. This will give enough time for acclimatization.

An early morning flight takes you to Bumthang. The flight takes about 25 minutes from Paro to Batpalathang airport. Visit the popular Burning lake before you begin trekking Rodungla. Overnight at Hotel.

Distance: 20Km
Walking Time: 6 to 7 Hours
Camping Altitude: 2800m
The route takes you around Chamkhar Chhu, a river rich in trout. After passing Thangbi Lhakhang, a temple built by the first Karma Shamar in 13th century you will enter Ngang Yul or ‘Swan Land” named for the swans that were once common in this part of the valley. Near the center of this area, you will find Ngang Lhakhang, the “Swan Temple”. The Ngang Lhakhang was erected by the Lama Namkha Samdrup in the spot where his arrow landed. The design of the Lhakhang was inspired by a vision he had.

(Distance is 20KM, Time 6 to 7 hours, Camp altitude is 2800m)

Distance: 18Km
Walking Time: 6 to 7 Hours
Camping Altitude: 2895m
You begin with a gradual climb to Phephe La pass (3,353m). Follow the trail until the pass takes you through a picturesque forested region. It is recommended that you allow for stops along the way to enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings. You will stop for the night at Ogyen Choling Manor. This manor houses one of the most interesting museums of Bhutan and visitors will gain a better understanding of the lives of the landed gentry in traditional Bhutanese society.

Distance: 17Km
Walking Time: 5 to 6 Hours
Ascent: 920m
Camping Altitude: 3680m
Today’s walk is through bamboos, hemlock and finally up to an alpine forest. The camp is in a meadow at the head of the valley.

Distance: 20Km
Walking Time: 6 to 7 Hours
Camping Altitude: 2950m
Rodung La (4,160m) is about three hours climb from the camp. From the pass you then continue downhill through a gorge, overlooking scenic mountain valleys covered in lush pine forests. The region is rich in folk lore concerning spirits and yetis. Near the camp you can see a ruined stone building that once acted as a grain storehouse during the reigns of the first and second king. (Distance is 20km,Time 6 to 7 hours, Camp altitude is 2950m)

Distance: 21Km
Walking Time: 7 to 8 Hours
Camping Altitude: 2010m
This trail winds through the villages of Ungaar, Bulay, Kulaypang and Gomda before bringing you to Drula village and Khaine Lhakhang. One of the oldest temples in the country, it was built in the mid 7th century by the King Songtshen Gampo of Tibet to subdue demons. (Distance is 21KM,Time 7 to 8 hours, Camp altitude is 2010m)

Distance: 18Km
Walking Time: 6 to 7 Hours
Camping Altitude: 1720m
From your camp, the trail goes down to a stream and back up to a basic health unit and a community school in Gorsam. Further on, you pass a Tibetan-style Umling Mani, built by a lama from Tibet, and a chorten on Zerim La (1,940m). Before reaching the next pass, Tage La (1,760m) you will see Menjabi, a beautiful Bhutanese village with large white houses. The campsite for the night is located South-east of Tage La near Tangmachu High School. Another possibility is to organize transport and drive to Lhuentse, the capital of Lhuentse district. Lhuntese Dzong is considered to be one of the most impressive dzongs in Bhutan. (Distance is 18km,Time 6 to 7 hours, Camp altitude is 1720m)

Distance: 16Km
Walking Time: 4 to 5 Hours
Camping Altitude: 1830m
After arriving at Kuri Zampa the trek begins to gradually climb up through paddy fields and villages before bringing you to Chusa. (Distance is 16km,Time 4 to 5 hours, Camp altitude is 1830m)

Distance: 20 Km
Walking Time: 5 to 6 Hours
Camping Altitude: 2450m
Today’s trek has you continue uphill through thick forests overlooking spectacular mountains. The camp is located in a forested area at an altitude of 2,400m.

Today is the longest day of the trek. It is a gradual descent to Trashi Yangtse. As you descend oak trees slowly replace the chirpine and hardwood forests. The final camp of the trek is located in a subtropical forested region. (Distance is 24km,Time 8 to 9 hours)

We will see off either to India from Guwahati or back to Paro from Bumthang Airport

Inclusion / Exclusion


  • All meals include Tea and Coffee.
  • The Cost of porter and Pony.
  • Camping Equipment
  • Airport Pick and Drop.
  • Accommodation in TCB approved Hotel.
  • Guide.
  • All entrance fees for temples and Monuments.


  • International and Domestic Airfare.
  • Insurance Premiums.
  • Bills of personal Nature.
  • Alcoholic Drinks.


Can you give me some information about the Mountain Sickness?

Acute mountain sickness is caused by reduced air pressure and lower oxygen levels at high altitudes. The faster you climb to a high altitude, the more likely you will get acute mountain sickness. The best way to prevent altitude illness is to ascend gradually.

How is the weather and climate in Bhutan?

Bhutan in Spring: Bhutan’s spring is fairly short, usually lasting from early March to mid-April, when the summer rains get underway. Temperatures are mild, and melting snows give way to gorgeous wildflowers covering the hillsides, while both humidity and rainfall are low.
Bhutan in Autumn: October is the start of autumn in Bhutan. Generally, the weather is warm and sunny, and one of the most comfortable times for trekking in the kingdom with temperatures ranging from 19 °C to 22 °C.

What are the things I should carry during the trek

  • Hiking backpack
  • Weather-appropriate clothing (think moisture-wicking and layers)
  • Hiking boots or shoes
  • Plenty of food just in case you get lost.
  • Plenty of water
  • Navigation tools such as a map and compass
  • First-aid kit
  • Knife or multi-tool.
  • Sun protection: sunglasses, sun-protective clothes, and sunscreen.
  • Headlamp: plus extra batteries.
  • Navigation: map, compass, altimeter, GPS device, personal locator beacon (PLB), or satellite messenger.

When is the best time for the Rodungla trek?

The best time to trek Rodungla Trek is from March to May and October to November. This is the best time to trek Rodungla.

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Rodungla Trek
From $4,450
/ Adult

Trip Info

  • Paro
  • Trashi Yangtse to Guwahati
  • Proffessional licensed Guide
  • TCB Approved Hotel