DRUK PATH TREK  (10 Days/9 Nights)

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Druk Path Trek route passes through sparsely populated places. One of the interesting features of this trek is the presence of beautiful lakes enroute teeming with fish.

Druk Path Trek is a relatively short, moderate grade trek leading from Paro valley to Thimphu valley, or vice versa, & crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. Also this area is particularly famous for spectacular rhododendron forests which run riot in the month of May. The best time for this trek is March – May and September – November.

Detailed Itinerary

Druk Path Trek Day 01: ARRIVAL PARO AND SIGHTSEEING

  • Arrival at Paro International Airport Receiving by our representative and transfer to the hotel Check-in at hotel & rest. After lunch drive to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, 16 km up the valley built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan. The Dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate.Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jumolhari (7,314 Mtrs.).
  • Drive back to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the holiest and oldest monasteries in Bhutan built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gyampo.
  • Later, visit a traditional Bhutanese Farm House.
  • Evening at leisure in Paro town
  • Dinner & overnight Hotel

Druk Path Trek Day 02: PARO S/S, INCLUDING HIKE TO TAKSHANG

  • Following early breakfast, excursion to view & visit the spectacular Takshang Monastery; “Takshang” literally means Tiger’s Nest.  The Monastery is believed to have been built in 1684 on the spot where Guru Rimpoche (founder of Buddhism in Bhutan) flew on the back of a Tigress and meditated to subdue the demons in Paro valley. The trail to the Monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. This incredible Monastery clings vertically to the edge of a granite rock cliff that plunges 900 meters above the valley floor.
  • Lunch at Takshang Cafeteria. Later visit Taa Dzong, formerly a watch tower but now houses the National Museum. Taa Dzong holds unique and varied collections, ranging from ancient armor to textiles, Thangkha paintings, stamps, coins and natural history.
  • Walk down the hillside terrain to visit Rimpong Dzong, built in 1646 during the time of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It now houses Paro’s monk body and offices of the civil administration. Rimpong Dzong is the venue for the famous Paro Tsechu festival, held annually in the spring.
  • Continue to walk down-hill and through the traditional cantilever wooden bridge to Paro town.
  • Dinner & overnight Hotel

DAY 03: TREK TO JELE DZONG

  • After breakfast, drive to the trek starting point at Taa Dzong; the trail today is uphill and goes through Yak pastures. Trekking distance is approximately 7 kms, and takes around 3-4 hours to reach the camp site. You will find a ruined fortress Jele Dzong and a Monastery close to the campsite; you can visit if the care the care taker is around. On a clear weather, the view of Paro valley and Mt. Jumolhari is spectacular. Altitude at campsite is 2600 Mtrs.
  • Overnight Camp

Druk Path Trek Day 04: TREK TO JANGCHULAKHA

  • The trail today takes you through thick alpine forest and rhododendron at an altitude of 3590 Mtrs. You will also come across Yak herders around the campsite at Jangchulakha. From the campsite, you will have very good view of Mt.Jumolhari and other snow capped Himalayan peaks. Trekking distance is approximately 10 kms, takes 4-5 hours.
  • Overnight Camp

DAY 05: TREK TO JIMILANGTSHO

  • You will continue to trek through thick alpine forests and a monastery on the site of cave to reach Jimilangtsho at an altitude of 3900 Mtrs. Camp site is nearby a lake, which is famous for its giant sized trout. On a clear weather, you will have very good view of Mt.Jichu Drake, alt. 6989 Mtrs. Distance is 11 Kms., and takes approximately 5-6 hours.
  • Overnight Camp

Druk Path Trek Day 06: TREK TO SIMKOTA

  • Your journey today begins with a climbing-up to an altitude of 4180 Mtrs. Crossing small lakes and further climb to Phume La pass at an altitude of 4210 Mtrs., where you will be greeted by plenty of prayer flags. In a fine weather, you will have spectacular view of Mt.Gangkhar Puensum (highest mountain of Bhutan) and the Himalayan range. Distance is 11 Kms, takes approximately 5-6 hours to reach the camp site.
  • Overnight Camp

Day 07: TREK TO PHAJODING & CONTINUE TO MOTITHANG; TREK ENDS

  • You will further climb uphill through the alpine forest to reach Phajoding; Distance is 10 Kms, and takes approximately 4-5 hours. On a clear weather, the view of Thimphu valley is spectacular from here.
  • After lunch, you will continue to trek downhill through the pine forest for another 2-3 hours; distance is approximately 5 kms. Trek ends at Motithang; you will be greeted by our representative and drive to the hotel.
  • Dinner & overnight Hotel

Day 08: THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING

  • Following early breakfast, sightseeing of Thimphu – visit Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Monastery, Zilukha Nunnery, National Library, Folk Heritage Museum, Zorig Chosum (Painting School), Post & Telegraph office to view Bhutanese stamps, Takkin (national animal) Preservation center, Sangyegang view point, Buddha’s Point, Handicrafts Emporium, Bhutanese Handmade Paper factory and Tashichhodzong (the central secretariat building).
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Evening at leisure in town
  • Dinner & overnight Hotel

Day 09: EXERCUSION TO HAA VALLEY

  • Day excursion to Haa valley, distance is 115 and driving time appx.3-4 Hours. Enroute superb views of countryside; later visit Lhakhang Karpo and Lhakhang Nagpo with a leisure time in Haa town. This town has a traditional set up with cluster of typical Bhutanese two storied houses.
  • Drive back to Paro via Chelela Pass (Alt. appx. 4000 Mtrs.), distance appx. 80 Kms, and takes about 2 hours.
  • Dinner & overnight Hotel

Day 10: DEPARTURE.

  • Following early breakfast, transfer to Paro International airport for departure.

Tour Information.

COST INCLUDES
  1. All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner].
  2. Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room. Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
  3. All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  4. Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
  5. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  6.  Visa Fee.
  7. English speaking Local guide.
  8. Sightseeing.
COST EXCLUDES
  1.  Druk Air fares.
  2.  Insurance Premiums.
  3.  Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
  4.  Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”.
  5.  Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  6.  Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water.
  7.  Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services.
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