Druk Path Trek

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Druk Path Trek - 9 Days | 8 Nights

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US$ 1840 / per person

Druk Path Trek

Highlights

  • The trek starts from Paro and ends in Thimphu.
  • Trek through a variety of scenery and ecological zones rich with flora and fauna.
  • Cross high mountain passes over 4520 meters with fantastic views.
  • Trek through yak pastures, high altitude lakes and spectacular mountain views.
  • Explore the key cultural sights of Thimphu and Paro.
  • Mountains views on trek: Mount Jumolhari at 7314m, Jichu Drake at 6989m, Kangchenjonga at 8586m, Mount Everest at 8848m, Tiger Mountain at 6840m and Tsenda Gang at 7100m.

This trek is wonderfully varied: beautiful scenery, good views of snow capped Himalayan peaks, a monastery high up in the mountains, and visit a Dzong. There are campsite next to Monastery, and also near some beautiful lakes. Part of route follows the original mule trek that linked Thimphu and Paro valley. 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 : Paro

During the journey, one will experience breath-taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks including the sacred Jumolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by your guide and transfer you to the Hotel.  Later in the afternoon You will visit Paro Dzong. It was built in 17th century and now houses government offices and religious institutions. Then you will visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 8th century. In the evening you can stroll in the paro town. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Acclimatization Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

In the morning you will hike to 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 from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. The Moanstery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Lunch will be served at the Cafeteria. Explore the monastery and hike back to the valley in the afternoon. Overnight hotel in Paro.

 Day 3: Paro-Jele Dzong(Trek starts)

DISTANCE 10KMS | Time: 4-5hrs.| Ascent: 1,090m | Altitude: 2450m-3436m

The track starts from Ta Dzong (National Museum). The first day could be quite strenuous as the track climbs non-stop for over 1,065 m. Following the gravel road passing few farmhouses and apple orchards, the trail passes through Pine forest and after firm climbing, there will be nice views of Paro valley, and Jele Dzong above the ridge. Continue walking through the trail and just before reaching a small pass, the campsite is a little way down from the pass.

Day 4: Jele Dzong-Tshokam

DISTANCE 10KMS | Time: 4-5hrs.| Ascent: 300m | Descent: 0m | Altitude: 3436m-3780m

After climbing steeply for a while the slop evens a bit and the ascent is more gradual. The trail provides beautiful views of Paro valley and Dagala range (another trekking area). The route passes through forest that was damaged by Bark Beetles in 1980’s. The campsite “Tshokam” is 4 hrs away from here.

Day 5:Tshokam-Jimilangtsho

DISTANCE 11KMS | Time: 4-5hrs.| Ascent: 400m | Descent: 300m| Altitude: 3436m-3880m

The track crosses two small pass and provides stunning views of snow-capped Mt. Jomolhari to the north and a number of monasteries of Paro down below. On the reverse side there is a view of Jimilang Tsho. The route comes across many small lakes with promising campsites, but the best is near Jimilang Tsho. The lake is known for its enormous size Trout. We can organize catch and release fishing permit at your service.

Day 6: Jimilangtsho-Simkotra

DISTANCE 11KMS | Time: 4-5hrs.| Ascent: 820m | Descent: 400m| Altitude: 3880m-4110m

The route takes around the lake to its far end. There is some steep climbing through the bushes and dwarf Rhododendron allowing good views later. From here you can see a lake below, a pleasant campsite, which may be occupied by Yak herders. The route comes through many small lakes including male and female. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho which has some stone ruins nearby, making the camp gorgeous.

Day 7: Simkotra-Phajoding-Thimphu(Trek Ends)

DISTANCE 14KMS | Time: 7hrs.| Ascent: 100m | Descent: 1800m

Today you will have a long climb past three false summits and descent towards a camping place and ascend to Labana La at 4235m. From this altitude you will start descending towards the Thimphu valley with stunning views of Jumolhari and Dochu La. If the weather is clear you should also be able to see Gangkhar Puensum and other Himalayan peaks. Then you will descent through juniper trees towards Phajoding and walk further down until you arrive at Sangaygang on the outskirts of Thimphu.

Day 8: Thimphu

Have breakfast and then get on with the day’s sightseeing to the King’s Memorial Chorten, majestic Tashichhodzong and Kuenselphodrang, the giant Buddha statue. Then you will head to the nunnery temple and Textile Museum. If it is the weekend you will catch a busy weekend market at the bank of Thimphu River where people from nearby villages come here to sell their farm products. You can stroll through the market to see the variety of food of the country, including basket upon basket of fiery chilies, fresh cheese, and mangoes. In addition, many stalls contain Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. It’s fun to wander the aisle, taking in the bustling atmosphere of the market. Perhaps this market scene offers wonderful opportunity for photographs and to mingle with local people. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 9: Thimphu-Paro Depart

After your breakfast, you will be driven to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you goodbye.

At a Glance

Tour duration: 9 Days | 8 Nights

Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

Total Distance: 56 km

Best season: March, April, May,  September, October and November

Maximum elevation: 4235m

Minimum Elevation: 1500m

Highest camp elevation: 4110m

Highest ascent of the trek: 1003m

Inclusions

  • All meals
  • Tea, coffee and snacks
  • Complementary bottled water in car
  • Hotels
  • Transport
  • Guide
  • Government levy
  • Visa fee
  • Entrance fees
  • Permits
  • Sightseeing

 

On trek includes:

  • Sleeping tents
  • Dining tents
  • Toilet and shower tents
  • Toilet seats
  • Mats
  • Duffle bags
  • Cooking utensils
  • All meals
  • Guide
  • Trek chef assistants
  • Horses

Exclusions

  • Flight tickets
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Beverages other than tea and coffee
  • Sleeping bag on trek
  • Laundry
  • Internet bill
  • Phone bill
  •  Other bills of personal nature

Accommodation

  • Accommodation in 3 star hotels (upgrade with supplement) during city tour.
  • Tented campsite accommodation on trek.

Insurance

Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.