Druk Path Trek

Tour Highlights:

             •   5 days trekking passing through pine forest, rhododendron and alpine lakes

             •   Explore Paro Valley and Thimpu in Bhutan

             •   Tiger's Nest Monastery, Jele Dzong, La Dzong, Jimilangtso Lake, Simkota Lake

             •   King's Memorial Chorten, National Library, School of Arts & Crafts and Traditional Medicine Institute

             •   Paper Factory, Punakha Dzong and Tashichho Dzong


 

Trip Cost Includes:

              •   All ground transportation in private vehicles.
              •   5 Nights in twin sharing government approved accommodation

              •   5 Nights in tented camps during trekking days

              •   10 Breakfast, 10 Lunch and 10 Dinner.

              •   Bhutan Visa and Visa Processing assistance

              •   Drinking water for the duration of the tour

              •   Equipment during the camping trek. (We provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents,

                  kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc.)

              •   Government Royalty (35% of 200USD), that goes to health and education project of the country
              •   Guided city tour with all entrance fees in sightseeing places.
              •   Licensed English speaking Bhutanese tour guide 
              •   Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
              •   City Map and T Shirt

Day 1: Arrive Paro
On arrival at Paro airport you will be received by our representative and escorted to your pre booked hotel after immigration formalities After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong (fortress of the heap of jewels). Visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country and from there you will be taken to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,314meters.

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 2: Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest

After breakfast, hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery stands now. Lunch will be served in a 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. You will hike down to Paro for overnight stay

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 3: Drive from Paro to National Museum and trek to Jele Dzong

10KM / 4-5 HOURS / 1115M ASCENT 40M DESCENT
After breakfast, you will drive to the road head at the National Museum from where you will start the trek. The trek trail is rather gradual up till the camp 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 (3400m) and Jele Dzong is mostly in ruins and there is a Lhakhang with the statute of Buddha Sakyamuni.

Overnight: Tented Camp at an altitude 3480m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 4: Trek from Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha

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.

Overnight: Tented Camp at an altitude 3770m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 5: Trek from Jangchulakha to Jimilangtsho
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 6989m Jichu Drake, the peak representing the protective deity of Paro and Gangkar Puensum (7497m), Bhutan’s highest mountain.

Overnight: Tented Camp at an altitude 3870m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 6: Trek from Jimilangtsho to 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. Camp is close to Simkota Lake.

Overnight: Tented Camp at an altitude 4110m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 7: Trek from Simkota to Phajodhing
10KM / 3-4 HOURS / 130M ASCENT 680M DESCENT
Today you begin with gradual climb and if the weather permits, you will enjoy majestic view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, and also the other peaks. The trail slowly descends through junipers trees to a community hall near Phajodhing. From Phajodhing the trek to Thimphu is downhill all the way, passing through a forested area of mostly blue pine.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 8: Trek from Phajodhing to Thimphu

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: Hotel in Thimpu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 9: Drive from Thimphu to Punakha

After breakfast you will visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). You will also visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, the traditional paper factory and the majestic Tashichho Dzong. After lunch, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive at Punakha after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River.

Overnight: Hotel in Punakha

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 10: Drive from Punakha to Paro

After breakfast, you will visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Then drive to Paro. On the way, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive the blessing from the Lama’s wooden phallus! Continue drive to Paro via Dochu La Pass. Here, you will visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. We stop for lunch in Thimpu and drive to Paro later in the evening.

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 11: Departure flight home

Meals: Breakfast

Spring (March to April) and autumn (September to November) are the best times for trekking in Bhutan. So please contact us for your desired dates.

Maximum Altitude: 4235m

 

Accommodation

Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B and C. These government approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time of the booking, A and B category hotels will be provided in this tour. We will be accommodated in A category hotel in Paro and Thimpu and B category hotel in Punakha. We use tents during trekking days.

 

Food

All meals will be provided in this tour. Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine always plenty to choose from. Local Bhutanese food are spicy like the Indian food.


 

Transportation

We use comfortable and reliable vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups; whereas we use the best 4WD SUVs as our support vehicle. These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable assuring comfortable journey. For larger groups, we also use supported trucks to carry your luggage. You will have a vehicle, an English speaking Bhutanese guide and a licensed driver at your disposal at all times.


 

Best Season

The best season for this tour is any time of the year except for the rainy months of July and August.


 

Bhutan Visa
We handle the visa procedures for you. The Bhutanese government sanction visa only after the receipt of full payment in advance. The visa fee is included in our tour price. You need to email us the copy of your passport for visa procedures. Actual Bhutan VISA is stamped in your passport on arrival to Paro airport. Without visa clearance number, tourists cannot board the flight or enter the country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwards a copy of this visa clearance to the concerned Druk Air stations and other entry points; we also fax a copy of the visa clearance document to our clients for their reference. While the actual visa is stamped on arrival, the initial visa clearance is also required at the time of issuing Druk Air Tickets.2 copies of original passport-sized photographs are required on arrival in the country.

 

Insurance Coverage

A travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, evacuation, theft and loss is recommended.


 

Departure Dates

The tour will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. 


 

Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at 977 9841414582