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Trek from Paro to Shana, 2870 meters

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Bhuddhist inscriptions on the rock boulders

The trek started at the trailhead near to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong where we meet with the trekking crew - a cook, an assistant cook, the herdsman, his nephew and the seven mules being heavily laden with equipment and supplies stuffed into bamboo baskets. We set off north along Paro river and following an ancient trade route to Tibet.

We caught a glimpse of the glistening snow capped peak of Mt Jhomohari at the trailhead and that was all the view we had of the mountain till we reached higher altitudes.

The trail through the valley was long but fairly easy and took us past villages, farmhouses and wheat fields. We came upon a house where the farmer was sun drying beef strips while his sons were playing archery. The boys were kind enough to let us try our hands on archery.

Peach Blossom
I failed miserably as the arrow refused to leave my hand and when it finally did, it landed only about 10m away while the boys could shoot it off about 50m away.

The peach trees were in blossom and it was a pretty sight. We were offered smoked dried yak cheese to try by some local ladies. It was rock hard with a smoked flavour and would take more than an hour to have it dissolved in the mouth. Not quite my type of candy!

Beyond the entrance to Jigme Dorje National Park was the first army post where everyone had to register before proceeding either way. The trail after the army post started to be rockier as we walked next to the river. Our first campsite was in Shana, overlooking across the river to one of the last houses in the vicinity that have electricity.

The night was cool and the campfire offered comforting heat. Bedtime was at 8pm as there was nothing much one could do after darkness had set in.

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Bhuddhist inscriptions on the rock…
Bhuddhist inscriptions on the roc…
Peach Blossom
Peach Blossom
The trail in the lower valleys
The trail in the lower valleys
Scenery in the lower valleys
Scenery in the lower valleys
A villager and his sons drying bee…
A villager and his sons drying be…
Villager sun drying beef stripes
Villager sun drying beef stripes
Trying out my hand in the national…
Trying out my hand in the nationa…
Bhutanese architecture
Bhutanese architecture
Patronising a general store
Patronising a general store
Local Bhutanese girl
Local Bhutanese girl
Lunch by the river
Lunch by the river
View of the valley
View of the valley
Mules along the way with the trip …
Mules along the way with the trip…
Farm house with mules
Farm house with mules
Entrance to Jigme Dorji National P…
Entrance to Jigme Dorji National …
A piece of dried hard yak cheese w…
A piece of dried hard yak cheese …
Our stuff being carried by mules
Our stuff being carried by mules
Mules grazing on the campsite
Mules grazing on the campsite
Mules crossing the river
Mules crossing the river
Our first campsite in Shana
Our first campsite in Shana
Setting up the fire at Shana camps…
Setting up the fire at Shana camp…
Shana
photo by: mountaingirl