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Soi Yaksa Trek

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    Hidden Valley Tour is a culture and sightseeing tour so there isn’t any long hours of walking. We do visit many monasteries, Museums and night markets therefore we do some walking. We also travel by transport over high altitudes which could cause symptoms of altitude sickness that will generally disappear once we descend. A basic level of fitness is required for our tours.


Trip Duration

13 Days.

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Trip Budget

USD 4725

Soi Yaksa Trek

Soi Yaksa Trek is another beautiful and adrenaline treks of Bhutan. It takes you to the base camp of Mount Jomalhari, which is the second highest unclimbed peak in the earth. from the base camp, we can see the spectacular view of Mt. Jomalhari.

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  • Start From: Paro
  • Finish At: Paro
  • Countries: Bhutan
  • Destination: Soi Yaksa
  • Max. Altitude:4890 Meters.
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  • Trip Code: AATH-SY-B
  • Group size: Min 2 / Max 15.
  • Daily walking Hour: Approximately 5-8
  • Activities : 13 Days Trekking


Soi Yaksa Trek is another beautiful and adrenaline treks of Bhutan. It takes you to the base camp of Mount Jomalhari, which is the second highest unclimbed peak in the earth. from the base camp, we can see the spectacular view of Mt. Jomalhari. Soi Yaksa is the best nature-loving adventure trek that offers stunning views of mountains, alpine pasture and also gets the opportunity to explore a couple of villages neighboring with the Tibet. Michael Palin exclaimed, “Farewell big, monumental,  Himalayan peaks, while in his trek of BBC Himalaya Adventure. In this trek, we also visit some more most popular places of Bhutan such as the Rinpung Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang, Drugyal Dzong, Memorial Chorten of King, National institute of Traditional Medicine, Bhutanese traditional Painting School and Museums.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01
    Arrival at Paro (by Druk Air)

    On a clear day, you can see the beautiful views of Himalaya from the flight. On you arrival, our airport representative will greet you and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon you can visit Paro Dzong, which was built in 1646. And once cross the wooden bridge, there is a temple named Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country.

    Overnight at a hotel
  • Day 02
    Paro - Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery (acclimatization hike)

    After breakfast, you hike up to the most famous monastery hanged on the edge of the steep cliff about 900 meters from Paro Valley, Taktsang Monastery, which is also known as the Tigers Nest. It was the meditation cave of Guru Rinpoche ( 8th century), claimed Guru had flown on the back of the tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuentse for his meditation. The hike makes a beautiful half day excursion.

    Overnight at a hotel
  • Day 03
    Paro-Shana Trek starts

    The entire trek starts from Drugyal Dzong at 2,580m. From here you will walk down with following the Pachhu River, then climbs gently through the rice terraces and fields of millet. Soon the trail enters the wide valley, the area of apple orchards, traditional farmhouses and tiny settlement of Misthi Zampa and Shanghatan. After walking through the blue pine forest for a while you will reach the Army Camp of Gunistsawa at 2,810m. Here your trekking permit will be checked and this is the last stop before Tibet. You will camp at 2,870m, just beyond Shana Zampa, at the meadows surrounded by trees.

    Overnight at tented camp
  • Day 04
    Shana- Sio Thangkha

    Today again follow the Pachu River, the trail makes ascending and descending through the pine Oak forest. The continues hiking with crossing several streams, you will reach at Singkharap a stone house at 3110m. Hot lunch will be served after crossing the bridge toward the left side of a river. Then after lunch climbing up through rhododendron forest and finally reach the campsite, altitude of 3,750m.

    Overnight at tented camp
  • Day 05
    Sio Thangka- Jangothang
19KM / 5-6 HOURS / 480M ASCENT

    Today is not so much long day for the trek, but significantly gaining the high altitude. You will trek along the river above the tree line, with beautiful marvelous views of surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served in a yak herders camp. After lunch, you walk for the final approach, and camp at Jongothang at an altitude of 4,040m.

    Overnight at tented camp
  • Day 06
    Rest day in Jangothang (Base Camp)

    Today is a rest and acclimatization for the next days highest climb on this trek. You will hike to explore nearby mountains and lakes.

    Overnight at tented camp
  • Day 07
    Jangothang - Dhumzo
16KM / 6-7 HOURS / 850 ASCENT 1090M DESCENT

    The trails off to last settlement in the valley and descend to Paro chu, crossing the wooden bridge and then climb up to Tshophu Lake( 4380m). You will come across a second lake after you climb across a slope to a crest. And descend into a hidden valley, and steeply climb up to Bonte La Pass (4890m) from where we can see great views of Basingthang (5500m) and Chtarake (5570m). After the pass, the trail descends crisscrossing through yak trails down to the Dhumzo Chhu and after walking downstream below few houses you arrive at a camp at 3800 meters.

    Overnight at tented camp
  • Day 08
    Dhumzo - Thombu Shong 
11KM / 4-5 HOURS / 720 ASCENT 340M DESCENT

    The trail climbs over 100 m over a ridge and then drops to another stream. After crossing this stream, the trail heads up the hillside dropping into a small valley before emerging onto a ridge. Here the route turns south, ascending past few huts to Takhung Chung La (4520 m). A short descent leads to Thombu Shong (4180 m) with few yak herders huts.

    Overnight at tented camp
  • Day 09
    Thombu Shong - Shana Zampa
13KM / 4-5 HOURS / 200M ASCENT 1650M DESCENT

    Climb out of the valley to Thombu La at 4380 m, and then drop gradually to about 4000 m. The trail then makes a steep descent, switchbacking down the ridge, finally reaching the helipad at Gunitsawa (2730 m).

    Overnight at tented camp
  • Day 10
    Shana Zampa - Drugyal Dzong (Trek ends) - Drive to Thimphu.
17KM / 4-5 HOURS / 230M DESCENT

    Trails lead through blue pine forests along the Paro Chhu River along farm houses, rice fields, small human settlements and then finally arrive Drugyal Dzong. Your car will be waiting to transfer you to Thimphu. If time permits, you will visit the Kings Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, and Trashichhodzong.

    Overnight at a hotel
  • Day 11
    Thimphu sightseeing - Punakha

    In the morning visit the Textile Museum, where the art of traditional weaving is still kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in its color and design, then visit the Folk Heritage Museum, which is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibition of items and artifacts used in rural households and then depart to Punakha, leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochola pass (3050 m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for tea and the view, we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha.

    Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 12
    Punakha - Wangdue - Paro

    After breakfast visit Wangdue Dzong, one of the major towns and district headquarters of Western Bhutan. We make a short stop to view the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong dramatically located on the spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chhu and then drive back to Thimphu via Dochola pass. One can also hike through the Botanical Garden of Docho La where one can see the different varieties of Rhododendrons, Magnolia, Cherry and other flowers in bloom (April & May months) and then continue your drive to Paro via Thimphu. The evening takes a stroll around the street of Paro for the last minute shopping.

    Overnight at a hotel
  • Day 13
    Paro - Departure (by Druk Air)

    An early breakfast served at your hotel and then drive a short distance to the Paro airport where your Bhutanese escort will bid you farewell at Paro airport. Goodbye and happy journey back home.


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Trip Includes

  1. Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  2. The standard government approved accommodation (in twin share rooms) for the duration of the tour.
  3. Service of licensed English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guides.
  4. All sightseeing tours, Monument /Museum entrance Fees as per itinerary.
  5. All meals fixed breakfast, lunch & dinner with Tea and Coffee for the whole duration of your stay in Bhutan.
  6. Country Presentation & Tour Briefing on Day 1 evening with welcome drinks.
  7. Cultural afternoon/evening consisting of traditional mask dances & folk dances (with beverages) ~ For Group Tours
  8. Mineral water supply for the trek or tour.
  9. Government Royalty (which is 35% of $200) this goes to the countrys health & education projects.
  10. Private Transport & Driver within Bhutan.
  11. All our government taxes.
  12. Tourist service charge, vat.
  13. Official expense.
  14. Bhutan Visa Fees and Visa Processing assistance.

Trip Exclude

  1. Bottled/alcoholic/cold drinks, room service, and meals.
  2. Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  3. International airfares and airport departure tax.
  4. Photography charges (if and when applicable).
  5. Items of a personal nature such as laundry.
  6. Personal Equipment.
  7. Tips to guides, restaurants, hotel lobby, porters and tour staff. (Tipping is expected.)
  8. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
  9. Personal trekking Equipment.
  10. Druk Air flights (Please contact us for the Druk air flight booking)

Equipment List

This is a section where you get the general idea equipment that you need in Chomolhari Trek. The important and serious part of equipment selection depends on the trekking season, trekking days, and maximum altitude.

Trekkers personal goods such as money purse, cameras, cell phones and the cosmetic items that you need in the day time, while you are hiking. Porter carries others your heavy equipment.

  1. Day Pack
  2. Duffel Bag
  3. Down jacket and sleeping bag
  4. Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  5. A baseball cap can protect your ear and neck from the sunlights.
  6. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears
  7. Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety
  8. UV protection glacier glasses with side shields and a hard-sided storage case. In high altitude automatically the atmosphere is thinner than low altitude so, the sunlights are quite strong in the mountain, which affect our eyes. For those people who are wearing the prescription glasses, please requesting you to speaks with your doctor about the prescription glacier glasses.
  9. Headlamp: Headlamp is a one of the basic for you during the trek because treks are in the mountain where not plenty of electricity is. Make sure to bring extra lithium batteries.


  1. A pair of liner synthetic/ woolen gloves for the mild days.
  2. A pair of heavy woolen gloves for morning and evening time.
  3. A pair shell gloves or mitts Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Core Body

  1. Two cotton t-shirts.
  2. A synthetic t-shirt.
  3. Two long sleeve polyesters, light colored shirts for sunny days. V-neck zipper provides additional venting options which are good for changing temperatures.
  4. A soft shell jacket, water resistant, with insulation, underarm ventilation zippers. The full front zipper is preferable for ventilation.
  5. A medium to heavyweight expedition down parka w/hood.
  6. For women two synthetic sports bras, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Three pairs nylon hiking shorts, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton
  3. Two pairs lightweight long underwear
  4. Pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferably
  5. Two pair trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees.
  6. Pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best
  7. A pair cotton pants
  8. Especially for the women a full-length skirt.


  1. At least four pairs of liner socks, synthetic.
  2. Three pair heavyweight socks to be worn over liner socks
  3. A pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail and also on lodges at the time of dinner.
  4. A pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Make sure the size and should have to be avoidable for blister.
  5. A pair light trekking shoes or sneakers to wear in and about camps or lodge
  6. Sandals are optional for the trek.

Medicine and First Aid

  1. Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  3. Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  4. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness


Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics.
Miscellaneous, but Important

  1. Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
  2. Airline ticket(s)
  3. Visa (if required and acquired in advance)
  4. Immunization record
  5. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money and passport
  6. Two water bottles one liter wide-mouth Nalgene and one insulator
  7. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  8. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its effectiveness over time
  9. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc


  1. A pair of adjustable trekking poles, this is great for the downhill trek, and even it is listed in optional.
  2. Favorite snack foods, two pounds for maximum limits.
  3. Books and other devices for relaxing during the trek and rest time.
  4. For your records, camera, a DSLR, Go-Pro Cameras.
  5. Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
  6. A urination bottle for men and a pee funnel for woman, as you might want to avoid that chilly late night trip
  7. A small stainless steel thermos

The above list guides for you to buy the goods. There are so many options for you, they different brand and version, so it would be better to buy as per your experience. Most of the things are easily available in Kathmandu as well in cheap price.

Please Note:
The tight fighting clothing such as made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals. So if you find these items comfortable please kindly wear top of them.

Altitude Sickness Info

Altitude sickness often known as acute mountain sickness (A.M.S.) in general may occur when people ascend too quickly normally in altitudes of over 3000 m. Most people will feel some affect of altitude, shortness of breath and possibly a light headed, which is fairly common. Acute mountain sickness is very different and normally involves a severe headache, sickness and loss of awareness. In almost every potential case there are enough warning signs to take appropriate action.

Our expert and trained guides will advise you about any health requirements and also altitude sickness while you are touring, so you should not worry about it, we do however recommend you get advice from you travel doctor or health advisor before you leave. The following information gives you an idea about high altitude sickness and how to minimize the affects

There are three stages of altitude sickness and symptoms.

1. Normal AMS Symptoms - Should expect but not worry.
Following are the normal altitude symptoms that you should expect but not be worried about. Everybody will experience some or all of these, no matter how slowly they ascend.
- Periods of sleeplessness.
- Need more sleep than normal (often 10 hours or more)
- Occasional loss of appetite.
- Vivid, wild dreams especially at around 2500-3800 meters in altitude.
- Periodic breathing.
- The need to rest/catch your breath frequently while trekking, especially above 3500 meters.
- Runny nose.
- Increasing urination while moving to/at higher altitudes (a good sign)
- Dizziness.

2. Mild AMS Symptoms - NEVER GO HIGHER
Many people in the high valleys of the Himalaya get mild AMS, admit or acknowledge that you are having symptoms. You need have only one of the following symptoms to be getting altitude sickness.
-Mild headache.
-Dry Raspy cough.
-Loss of apatite.
-Runny nose.
-Hard to breath.

What to do if a mild symptom doesn’t go way?
-If you find mild symptoms developing while walking, stop and relax (with your head out of sun) and drink some fluids. Drink frequently.
-If mild symptoms developing while walking, stop have rest, drink some fluids and take 125-250mg Diamox. Diamox generally takes one to four hours to begin alleviating symptoms. Drink more water and consider staying close by.
-If symptoms develop in the evening, take 125-250mg Diamox and drink plenty of fluids again.
-If symptoms partially go away but are still annoying it is safe to take another 250mg Diamox 6-8 hours later.
-If mild symptoms continue getting worse try descending for a few hours which may be more beneficial than staying at the same altitude. Going higher will definitely make it worse. You’re here to enjoy trekking not to feel sick.

3. Serious AMS Symptoms - IMMEDIATE DESCENT
- Persistent, severe headache.
- Persistent vomiting.
- Ataxia (loss of co-ordination, an inability to walk in a straight line, making the sufferer look drunk)
- Losing consciousness (inability to stay awake or understand instructions)
- Mental confusion or hallucinations.
- Liquid sounds in the lungs.
- Very persistent, sometimes watery, cough.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Rapid breathing or feeling breathless at rest.
- Coughing clear fluid, pink phlegm or blood (a very bad sign).
- Severe lethargy/fatigue.
- Marked blueness of face and lips.
- High resting heartbeat (over 130 beats per minute)
- Mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.

Dangerous cases of AMS
High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
This is a build-up of fluid around the brain. It In most cases the first five symptoms on the mild and severe lists previously. Coma from HACE can lead to unconsciousness are death within 12 hours from the onset of symptoms, but normally takes 1-2 days to develop. At the first sign of ataxia begin treatment with medication, oxygen and descent. Usually 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first does, then 4mg every six hours, Diamox every 12 hours and 2-4 liters /minute oxygen. Descent is necessary but a PAC (portable altitude chamber) bag will often be used first if available.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
This is an accumulation of fluid in the lungs and is very serious. It is responsible for all the other mild and serious symptoms and it is often accompanied by a mild fever. By far the treatment is oxygen at 4 liters a minute but using PAC (portable altitude chamber) bag treatment is a good substitute. If there is no PAC bag or oxygen then descent will be life saving. HAPE can lead to unconsciousness are death very quick.

Prevention of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
- Allow sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters).
- Don’t make rapid Ascent. Don’t go too far too fast.
- No Alcohol, Sleeping pills and Smoking.
- Drink more fluid 3-4 Liters a day, clean water-boiled or treated / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
- Climb high and sleep low.
- Do not trek/travel alone, take guide/porter.
- Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local, guide book.
- Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
- Never leave or descent sick person along.
- Avoid getting cold.
-Take an easy and comfortable route even if its longer.

First Aid Kit
This is the basic list to cover the more common ailments.

-Bandage for sprains
-Iodine or water filter (optional)
-Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters
-Antiseptic ointment for cuts
-Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
-Aspirin/Paracetamol - general painkiller
-Oral rehydration salts
-Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)
-Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)
-Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)
-Antibiotic for Guardia or similar microbe or bacteria
-Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness)
-Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)
-Gel hand cleaner.

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Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing around Paro and Thimphu
  • Panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain
  • Chimi Lhakhang Temple
  • Visit Trongsa Dzong fortress
  • Taktsang monastery
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I have never thought of myself as a hiker or a trekker, but somehow, the idea of trekking through the Himalayas and venturing through Nepals and the worlds highest mountain seems exhilarating and almost out of reach. I did the trek to Mount Everest Base Camp in October 2013, and it was and still is one of the best experience in my life. We had Gyanu as our guide for the entire trip and not only has he been patient with a beginner trekker like myself, he explained and shared with us his cult Linda Nguyen
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