Druk-Path Trek

Druk-Path Trek

Fixed departure price: US$ 1685 per person - Departure: Every Wednesday

You will be welcomed by one of our representaive in Bhutan. Arrive Paro (3280m). Stay overnight in Paro. At Paro we take you to a full day tour of Drukhye Dzong, Paro Bazar, and National Museum. Drukgyel Dzong is a ruined fortress that mark the battle field where Bhutanese fought against the Tibetan invaders some centuries ago. You may also visit Satsam Chorten and Taktsang monastery (Tiger nest). Next stop is Thimpu (2286m). We travel to Thimpu capital city of Bhutan to see their national library, handicraft emporium and memorial chorten of His Late Majesty’s King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. After Thimpu we travel to Punakha located in the eastern valley. At Punakha we go for a half-day tour of Dechenchholing. You meet traditional gold and silver maker at work. En-route to Punakha (1350m) we drive through a high pass at Dochula (3090m) that gives us panoramic view of eastern Himalayan range. In Punakha visit Punakha Dzong and a school before driving to Tongsa via Wangdiphodrang. At the end of the tour we return to Thimpu and stay overnight at Paro. Fly to Kathmandu and stay overnight before flying home.

Day 01: Fly to Paro. In Paro (Full Board)

After arrival at Paro complete formalities at the Immigration at the airport. Our Bhutan representative meet you upon arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel. The flight offers beautiful mountain and landscape. In the afternoon visit Paro bazaar (town) and stroll around the market and return to your hotel.

Day 02: In Paro full day sightseeing (Full Board)

Full day sightseeing tour: visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel Dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On clear weather Mount Chomolhari 7320 meters can be seen towering over the Dzong (fort). Proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong which now housed National museum. The seven floors museum highlights carry various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and armor, household objects, and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong known to local as “ Fortress of the heap of jewels.” This fort serves as the administrative center and school for monks. The inner courtyard has fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore, such as the legend of the four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount Sumeru and other cosmic mandalas.

Day 03 : Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest  (In Paro) (Full Board)

After breakfast hike to Walk to Satsam Chorten and Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands.  Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After having explored the monastery, you will hike down to Paro. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 04: Trek-Paro to Jele Dzong  (Full Board) 10KM / 4-5 HOURS / 1115M ASCENT 40M DESCENT

After breakfast in your hotel, you will drive to the road head at the National Museum from where you will start the trek. The trek is easy and gradual up hill trail to the camp site at Jele Dzong and if the weather is clear the Paro valley can be seen with snow-capped mountains behind including Jumolhari in the distance. Above the camp is Jele La Dzong (3,400m). Jele Dzong is mostly in ruins and there is a Lhakhang with the statute of Buddha Sakyamuni. Overnight camp. Altitude 3480m.

Day 05: Jele Dzong-Jangchulakha (Full Board) 11KM / 3-4 HOURS / 425M ASCENT 50M DESCENT

Before your trek, you can explore the Jele Dzong which sits at 3570m. Today’s trek begins with an hour and half climb and then ascend gradually up.  The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons crossing the Jele La (3490m). You may see yak herders around your campsite. There are fascinating views of Jumolhari and other snow capped mountains and you can also hear some Monal peasants during the day. Overnight at camp. Altitude 3770m.

Day 06: Trek-Jangchulakha to Jimilangtso .12KM / 4-5 HOURS / 375M ASCENT 370M DESCENT

The trail climbs steeply to the Jangchulakha (4180m). On a clear day the views of the mountains and valleys are sensational. Descending from the pass you arrive at your camp beside the Jimilangtsho lakes. These lakes are famous for their giant sized trouts. Also there are great views of 6,989m Jichu Drake, the peak representing the protective deity of Paro and Gangkar Puensum (7497m), Bhutan’s highest mountain. Overnight camp. Altitude 3870m.

Day 07: Jimilangtsho-Simkota. 11KM / 4-5 HOURS / 820M ASCENT 400M DESCENT

The trails climbs up from lower end of the lake and makes a traverse along the side of the ridge, then descends to a single stone shelter. Again ascend to a summit at 4050m overlooking Janetsho Lake. Today you may come across some yak herder’s camp and get an idea how these people live. Camp is close to Simkota Lake. Overnight at camp. Altitude 4110m.

Day 08: Trek-Simkota to Phajoding (2896m).

Make gradual climb to Dochu la (pass) and descend to Phajoding. There are excellent view of Gangkhar Punsum (7497m), the highest peak in Bhutan, and other himalayan peaks from the pass. Overnight at Phajoding.

Day 09: Trek-Phajoding to Thimpu (2454m).5KM / 3 HOURS / 1130M DESCENT

The trek to Thimphu is all the way down hill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. Taking a leisurely pace you reach Thimphu in about 3 hours.  Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 10: Full day sightseeing of Thimpu.

Full day sightseeing in and around Thimphu Valley, The largest and Capital City of Bhutan. Upon arrival check into the hotel. After that visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare "Takin" national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and free time in the market.the hotel.

 

Some of the attractions include:

01. Purchase world’s most beautiful postage stamps, collector’s items and postcards at face value from general post office which is right next to Bhutan National Bank.

02. Visit Arts and crafts school where one can see young children at work.

03. Visit Traditional Medicine Institute where the ancient healing arts are still practiced.

04. Visit Memorial Chorten built in 1974 to honour memory of Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, popularly known as the Father of Modern Bhutan. A multi-storied stupa that will introduce you to the vitality of Tantric Buddhism.

05. Observe traditional paper making from Daphnia and Edgeworthia shrub to the finished product and purchase some beautiful writing sets from the factory.

06. Visit Botanical garden (Zoo) where one can see Yak and Takin, the National wild animal of Bhutan.

07. Drive up to view point and take a hike beyond to see the clear picture of Thimphu Valley.

08. Downtown Thimphu on foot visiting Handicrafts Emporium and other Arts & Crafts stores. Buy stunning kiras which can be used as bed covers or wall decoration, jewelleries and many more. Late afternoon, transfer to Hotel.

Day 11: Depart to your onward destination.

After breakfast, transfer to Paro Airport for fly onward destination.

Cost includes:
01 All meals, hotel accommodation, camping gears, tents and food supply
02. Cooking and eating utensils, service of guide, cook, Kitchen and assistants,
03. Yak or Mule to carry personal baggage (each 15 kgs), food and camping equipments,
04. accident insurance for staffs and porters 

Cost does not include:
01. Personal clothing and equipments,
02. Sleeping bags, single tent supplement,
03. Personal insurance, emergency evacuation cost, medical box, bottled beverages, laundry, tips
04.  Airfare Kathmanu-Paro- KathmanduUS$ 470 per person if flown from Kathmandu,
05. Visa fee: US$ 40 p/pax, Entrance fees US$ 10 p/pax
 
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