The Lotus Born’s Trail
This is an ideal post-harvest/winter trekking open from October up to the end of March. It was opened in 2006 and set out in the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, a park with an ecologically rich environment, in central Bhutan.
It is a six-day low-altitude trek (between 693m/23100ft and 1,636m/5453ft) passing through six different villages located inside the park. It commences from Riotala (1060m/3533ft) and ends at Tongtong Hey (1061m/3537ft), which are two small villages along the Trongsa – Zhemgang road, situated in the buffer area of the park at the east side of the Mangdechhu (river).
You will possibly see the Golden Langur (Trachypithecus geei ), one of the rarest primates, which can only be found in Bhutan and neighboring Assam(India) and the Rufous-necked Hornbill (Aceros nipalensis). This trail is superb for birding (common mynas, blue-fronted redstarts, long-tailed shrikes and Eurasian sparrows,) to name just a few common species. You also spot the serpent eagle, golden-throated barbet, and the yellow-bellied flowerpecker along with a wide variety of flora. The area is also culturally significant, symbolized among others by the presence of a commemorative pillar in the temple of Nabji. The pillar is a symbol of peace negotiated between the two kings (King Nauche from India and King Sindhu from Bhutan) intermediated by Guru Rimpoche in the eight century. Along the six day trial more traces of Guru Rimpoche’s presence during those days can be found.
The last two days of the trek will take you through the homeland of the Monpas. The small traditional villages of the Monpa community are scattered on the slope overlooking Mangde Chhu. The Monpas are considered to be the first settlers in Bhutan.
Total Length: 70 Km, 29-32 hrs
Duration: 8 days (Excludes the number of days taken to reach the trail. This can be customized based on your other interests)
Highest Altitude: 1,636m/5453ft (Korphu & Kuda Campsite)
Lowest Altitude: 693m/2310 ft (Mangde chhu)