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Druk Path Trek

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Bhutan, a former forbidden land, opened to tourists only recently, has various notable places to visit. For those with a keen interest of observing the natural beauty and the cultural variety of this mystical country, the Druk Path Trek is highly recommended.

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All about the Druk Path Trek.

Bhutan, a former forbidden land, opened to tourists only recently, has various notable places to visit. For those with a keen interest of observing the natural beauty and the cultural variety of this mystical country, the Druk Path Trek is highly recommended. This trek is moderately strenuous with a maximum altitude of 4000 m. various monasteries, forts as well as rhododendron forests adorn this beautiful trail. An exquisite flight to Paro is accompanied by views of the mighty Himalayan Peaks. Upon reaching Paro, landmarks like the Paro Dzong, an ancient fort, the National Mueseum, Kyichu Lhakhang Temple are observed.

An early morning hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is highly recommended. This famous monastery of Bhutan is said to have been the meditation spot for Guru Rinpoche who flew on the back of a tiger to reach there. The trail then moves into the beautiful city of Thimpu via a drive. An entire day can be devoted into sightseeing around Thimpu. The Changgangkha Monastery, King’s Memorial Chorten, Thimpu Dzong, mini zoo, nunnery temple, School of Arts and Crafts, National Institute of Traditional medicine, National Library, Tashichodzong, Simkhota Dzong etc fall upon the itinerary. A 3 hour drive from Thimpu to Wangduephodrang amalgamated by views of the exquisite Himalayas is highly refreshing. Upon arrival, a drive to Punakha is followed by visits to Punakha Dzong and the Chimi Lakhang temple. From here, a drive back to Thimpu is followed by the trekking itinerary.

Through beautiful blue pine forests, the trekking trail moves into Phajoding Monastery situated at a height of 3870m. Next in trail is the Simkota Tsho, reached by passing through the Phume La pass at a height of 4210m. The Gangkhar Puensum, the highest peak of Bhutan is visible from the pass. Trout fishing can be done in the Simkota Tsho Lake.

Through up and down tracks, yak herders and pristine rhododendron forests, the trail moves into Jimilang Tsho also known as the Sand Ox Lake which is also home for extensive trout fishing. This altitude of 3880 m also offers views of the Jichu Drake Mountain.

Next in trial is Jangchu Lakha and then Jili Dzong which incorporates exquisite views of the Jumolhari Mountain, alpine forests as well as the Jili La Pass (3490 m). A downhill trek to Ta Dzong in Paro is the final destination after which the trek comes to an end and is followed by departure.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary on full boards.
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per the given itinerary
  • Services of an accompanying English speaking guide.
  • All camping gears that includes-2 person sleeping tents with floors and fly sheet, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tents, dining tables, chairs, pillows and mattresses.
  • Cook and kitchen aides.
  • Pack animals and animal drivers during trekking.
  • Land fee, Visa Fee and entrance fees
  • Three meals a day
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airfares and Airport Taxes
  • Expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic/non- alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, any insurance etc.
  • Any service outside Bhutan
  1. Day 01 Arrive Paro international airport

    The flight to Paro crosses the Himalaya Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. Upon arrival in Paro, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
    In the afternoon you can visit the Paro Dzong. It was built in 1646 and now houses government offices and religious institutions, as do all the dzongs (forts) currently. You’ll cross a traditional wooden bridge on the way to the dzong. You can then tour the National Museum, formerly the watchtower for the dzong. It now houses a collection of fine arts, paintings, thankas, statues, and antiques. Afterward you will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. In the evening you can stroll through the Paro market and town. Overnight in Paro.

  2. Day 02 Paro - Thimphu (morning hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery)

    After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands.
    It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion. After lunch, drive to Thimphu. In the evening you can explore Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, and absorb the lifestyle of the people. You can also visit some interesting handicraft shops. Overnight in Thimphu.

  3. Day 03 Thimphu sightseeing

    After breakfast you will visit the King’s Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the takin. From there you will visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (where ancient manuscripts are preserved), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). After a relaxing lunch, you will visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory, the majestic Tashichodzong, and Simtokha Dzong (the oldest fortress in the kingdom). Overnight in Thimphu.

  4. Day 04 Thimphu - Wangduephodrang (3-hour drive)

    After breakfast you will drive to Wangduephodrang, with a stop en route for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas.
    After lunch you will drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, and visit Punakha Dzong, which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1637. On the way back, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lakhang, which is a fertility temple, where you may receive a special fertility blessing if you wish.

  5. Day 05 Wangduephodrang - Thimphu

    In the morning you will drive back to Thimphu. In the afternoon you can visit the Textile Museum and the Folk Heritage Museum. Or you can hike to Tango Monastery, which was built by the ”Divine Madman” in the 15th century. It’s a center of study for monks, and it affords a great view of the Thimphu Valley. On the grounds of the monastery is a ”sin-testing” tunnel–it is said that if you have sinned, you will get stuck in the tunnel, and if you are without sin, you will go through with ease! Overnight in Thimphu.

  6. Day 06 Trek Begins. Thimphu - Phajoding (distance 8km, time 4-5 hours)

    The trek is all uphill through forest, mostly blue pine, this first day. The camp is at Phajoding Monastery, and you can walk around the area and see the monastery. Altitude 3,870m.

  7. Day 07 Phajoding - Simkota Tsho (distance 10km, time 5-6 hours)

    The trail continues to climb for about an hour until you reach Phume La (pass) at 4,210m. From here you will have a view of Gangkhar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan, as well as other Himalayan peaks. The trail then descends to Simkota Tsho (lake), where the camp is located. It’s possible to go trout fishing here if you wish. Altitude 4,040.

  8. Day 08 Simkota Tsho - Jimilang Tsho (distance 11km, time 5 hours)

    The trail will take you on short ups and downs and through a yak herder camp. Before arriving at the camp, the trail will descend through dwarf rhododendrons. The camp is at Jimilang Tsho (Sand Ox Lake), where you will again have the chance to fish for giant trout, which the lake is known for. There is a good view of Jichu Drake Mountain from here. Altitude 3,880m.

  9. Day 09 Jimilang Tsho - Jangchu Lakha (distance 11km, time 5 hours)

    The trek will begin with an hour-long ascent, following the ridge above the tree line and then eventually descending. The camp is near a yak herders’ camp, and there are lovely views of Jumolhari Mountain from here. You may spot some pheasants in the area. Altitude 3,780m.

  10. Day 10 Jangchu Lakha - Jili Dzong (distance 10km, time 4-5 hours)

    There are many ups and downs above the tree line during the first half of the trail. The trail then descends through rhododendron and thick alpine forest to Jili Dzong and across Jili La (pass) at 3,490m. You can visit the dzong and explore the area. The camp is a ways below the dzong, in a yak pasture. Altitude 3,450.

  11. Day 11 Trek Ends. Jili Dzong - Paro (distance 10km, time 4 hours)

    The trail today is all downhill, past some villages. The trail ends near the Ta Dzong in Paro. You will be met by your driver and driven to your hotel in Paro. In the evening you can visit a traditional farmhouse and, if you wish, enjoy a typical Bhutanese dinner. Overnight in Paro.

  12. Day 12 Depart Paro to your destination

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