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Drukpath Trek 8 Days

Xplore Bhutan With Drukpath Trek 8 Days

Tour Highlights

Druk Path Trek is one of the finest short treks in Bhutan. Leading through an ancient trading route, over high mountain passes, it connects the valleys of Paro and Thimphu. Trail passes through spectacular rhododendron forests, alpine yak pastures and beautiful lakes stocked with snowy mountain trouts. The trek begins by walking up through apple orchards and pine forest past ruined Jele Dzong (fortress), which sits on a high grassy ridge with breath-taking views of Mount Jumolhari to the north. In the next 5 days, we climb above the tree line and cross several passes, including the Phume La (4210m.). En route, we come across clear mountain lakes, number of yak herder’s camps and have splendid views of Himalaya along the Bhutan – Tibet border including Mount Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and Gangkar Puensum. Our final descent through pine and juniper forests via Phajoding monastery would lead into Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.


ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival-Paro
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. Our Bhutan Travel Bureau representative will meet you at Paro airport. After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the National Museum, Ta Dzong. This museum houses many religious relics; works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical and cultural past. Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. Dzong’s are large monasteries and district administrative centres, which were once strategic forts. Afterwards walk to the beautiful cantilever wooden bridge still in use. & Overnight stay at Paro in (3 star,4 star & 5star Hotel/Resort)
Day 02: Taktsang Hike(Acclimatization day
The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours uphill takes you high above the Paro valley. The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for lunch. In the afternoon drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drugyel Dzong, an historic monument built by the Shabdrung to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop. On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Kyichu is built in a manner similar to the Jokhang in Lhasa. & Overnight stay at Paro in (3 star,4 star & 5star Hotel/Resort)
Day 03: Paro-Jele Dzong 8km, 4-5 hours. 1090m ascent (Trek Day 01)
Today is a short trekking day. The journey starts with a climb up to Jele Dzong. The trek trail ascends gradually up to the camp, and if the weather is clear Paro valley can be seen surrounded by snow capped mountains. Above the camp is Jele La (3400m) and Jele Dzong. There is also a Lhakhang containing a statue of Buddha Shakyamuni. Overnight at campsite. Altitude 3480m
Day 04: Jele Dzong-Jangchulakha 10km, 3-4hours. 310m ascents, 50m descent (Trek Day 02)
Begin with a one and a half hour climb and then ascend more gradually upwards. The trail takes us through thick alpine forests of rhododendrons. We will have fine views of Mt. Jhomolhari and other snow capped peaks if the weather is right. We may hear some pheasants calling during the day. We may also see yak herders around your campsite. Overnight at campsite. Altitude 3770m.
Day 05: Jangchulakha-Jimilangtsho 11km, 4 hours. 230m descents, 330m ascent (Trek Day 03)
The trail follows the ridge, and when the weather is clear views of the mountains and valley are sensational. We will enjoy a great view of Jichu Drake (6989m), the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Our camp is close to Jimilangtsho lakes, famous for their giant sized trout. Overnight at campsite. Altitude 3870m.
Day 06: Jimilangtsho-Simkota 11km, 4 hours. 820m ascents, 400m descent (Trek Day 04)
The trail takes us through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janeetsho. Today we may come across some yak herder’s camps and get an idea of how these people live. We camp overnight close to Simkota Lake. If you are lucky you can catch a lake trout for your dinner. Overnight at campsite.
Day 07: Simkota – Thimphu 14km, 4 hours. 130m ascents, 680m descent (Trek Day 05)
Today begins with a gradual climb and if the weather permits you will enjoy majestic views of Mt.Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan. You may also view a host of other peaks from Phume La (4080m). The trail slowly descends through juniper trees into Thimphu Valley all the way, passing through a forested area of mostly blue pine. Taking a leisurely pace, Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu. & Overnight stay at Thimphu in (3 star,4 star & 5star Hotel/Resort)
Day 08: Departure
Breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination.
  • Includes one day hike to Tiger's Nest, local sight seeing in Paro to acclimatize and one day local tour in Thimphu after the trek
  • Includes USD 40 as VISA Fee
  • Of the above cost, USD 520.00 per person is the Royalty that goes for free education and health care for the citizens of Bhutan and tourist alike
  • All three meals during the Trek
  • One Trekking Expeditions Leader
  • Adequate horsemen and helpers
  • First Aid Box and other medical kit
  • Good Quality accommodation throughout. The use of a world expedition trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, and insulated mat
  • All Park entrance Fees and Trekking Permits
  • Necessary airport/ hotel/ airport transfers, cultural shows for Bhutan trek.
  • Horses to carry 20 Kgs personal equipment
  • International Airfare
  • Alcohol
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Cost arising out of Flight Cancellation/road blockades/ landslides and events beyond our control

Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost

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Drukpath trek
Paro Dzong

Drukpath trek is one of the finest short treks in Bhutan. Leading through an ancient trading route, over high mountain passes, connects Thimphu and paro

Xplore Bhutan With Drukpath Trek 8 Days

Tour Highlights

Druk Path Trek is one of the finest short treks in Bhutan. Leading through an ancient trading route, over high mountain passes, it connects the valleys of Paro and Thimphu. The trail passes through spectacular rhododendron forests, alpine yak pastures and beautiful lakes stocked with snowy mountain trouts. The trek begins by walking up through apple orchards and pine forest past ruined Jele Dzong (fortress), which sits on a high grassy ridge with breath-taking views of Mount Jumolhari to the north.

Before stepping out on the Druk Path trail, you stretch your legs with a walk up to Bhutan’s most famous cultural attraction:

The soaring Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger’s Nest. Perched, seemingly miraculously, on the side of a sheer cliff-face, and decorated with brightly colored prayer flags, the striking gold, red and white temple represents the unique culture, architecture, and spirituality of Bhutan. If you travel on selected departures, you will also have the chance to attend one of Bhutan’s most significant and vibrant festivals, a highlight of any visit.

In the next 5 days, we climb above the tree line and cross several passes, including the Phume La (4210m.). En route, we come across clear mountain lakes, a number of yak herder’s camps and have splendid views of Himalaya along the Bhutan – Tibet border including Mount Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and Gangkar Puensum. Our final descent through pine and juniper forests via Phajoding monastery would lead into Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.