This challenging trek enters the high Himalaya and has a close encounter with Chomolhari (7315m). We camp under its imposing slopes before crossing six high passes on a new and rarely travelled route ending at Thimpu. The two highest passes are Yale La (4950m) and Nyile La (4870m) with the remaining four passes ranging between 4200m and 4700m.
From the moment of arrival in Paro it is clear that Bhutan is different to anywhere else - local people resplendent in national dress welcome us outside an airport building with intricately carved woodwork in the traditional style. We acclimatise in Paro with two different day walks including the hike up to Takstang (Tiger's nest) Monastery, perched on a cliff and a good warm up. The trek begins and we pass colourful farmhouses and spend two nights beneath Chomolhari's east face with time for a high foray.
Now better acclimatised, we head south across Nyile La and Yale La. From here our route takes an interesting diversion to link up after three days with the Druk Path Trek. The new route stays high and crosses another four passes. It was pioneered in October 2009 by a High Places group after bridges had been washed away on the traditional route. The Naro Six Pass Trek is set to become a classic.
What our clients say
. A great trip, Bhutan is a wonderful place, and the new route of the trek must have been far more interesting and exciting than the original. We went over 6 passes in 5 days and got some wonderful views that we would otherwise not have seen.
Bob Haskins, Bhutan