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  • Package Name :- Druk Path Trek
  • Duration :- 12 Days / 11 Nights
  • Trip Difficulty Level :- Moderate

Druk Path Trek

Thimphu,Paro and Punakha

Druk Path Trek

Trip Length:  12 Days / 11 Nights

Days

  Particulars

Day One

  Arrive at Paro. Sightseeing

Day Two

  Hike to Taktshang “The Tigers Lair”- Acclimatization

Day Three

  Start Druk Path Trek (Paro). Paro to Jili Dzong (8Km/5 hrs aprox.) Camp

Day Four

 Jili Dzong to Jangchulakha (10 Km / 5 hrs approx.) Camp

Day Five

 Jangchulakha to Jimelangtsho (15 Km – 6 hrs) Camp

Day Six

Jimelangtsho - Simkotra Tsho (12 Kms6/7 hours)

Day Seven

 Simkotra Tsho - Phajoding – Thimphu (15 kms, 6 hours, 1130m decent)

Day Eight

Thimphu Sightseeing and visit the Choki Art School.

Day Nine

 Morning sightseeing in Thimphu. Then drive to Punakha via Dorchula pass.

Day Ten

 Hike to Khamsung Yuellay stupa & visit the Dzong

Day Eleven

 Morning sightseeing. Then drive to Paro.

Day Twelve

 Depart

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1/Arrive Paro / Sightseeing in Paro Valley.

On your Drukair flight to Bhutan, you will be treated to a spectacular view of the snowcapped Himalayan Mountains. On arrival at Paro International Airport you will be received by Boonserm representatives who will accompany the group throughout the journey. After checking in your hotel we will be doing some sightseeing by first visiting the National Museum of Bhutan, which showcases our rich flora and fauna, important antique thangkha/scrolls paintings, textiles, gallery of different masks and beautiful old statues. If time permits we will also visit the Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century to defend valley against Tibetan invaders. It is now used as an administrative centre and home of monastic community. Towards the evening we can explore the charming town of Paro for shopping and leisure. Overnight at hotel, Paro.

Day 2/Hike to Taktshang “The Tigers Lair”- Acclimatization

After breakfast we will hike to the famous Taktshang Lhakhang “The Tigers Lair”. Clinging to a black rock face, 900 meters above the valley floor, nestles Taktshang Lhakhang, one of the holiest and the most beautiful site of Bhutan. Taktshang, the tiger's lair, acquires its name from the legend of its foundation, when in the 8th Century Guru Rinpoche, widely revered as the second Buddha, arrived from Tibet flying across the mountains on the back of a tigress. He meditated at the site for three months, from where he subjugated the Eight Categories of Evil Spirits, and thus converted the region to Buddhism. The hike to the Monastery is a gradual climb through lush meadows, oak and rhododendron forest, past quaint hamlets, fluttering prayer flags and rotating prayer wheels. The hike takes you about4-5hours from the car park. Overnight at hotel, Paro.

Day 3/Paro - Jili Dzong (10 kms, 5-6 hours, 1,090m ascent, camp altitude 3,480m)

We will be starting our Druk path Trek from the historic Ta Dzong, the National Museum. The first day is a long day as you have to climb more than 1,000m elevation. The trek follows a gravel road past a few farms for about 30 minutes and then climbs up a steep ridge before leading through blue pine and fir forests to Damche Gom. Once you reach the ridge below Jela Dzong, built as a war fortress overlooking the Paro valley, you descend about 100m to the campsite. On a clear day, we can see breathtaking views of the Paro Town and Mount Jomolhari (7,326 m) from your campsite today. Overnight camp at 3480m.

Day 4/Jili Dzong - Jangchulakha (10 kms, 4-5 hours, 310m ascent, 50m descent, camp altitude 3,770m)

Our hiking distance today is about 10 Km. We begin with an hour and half of steep climbing until the trail moderates to an easier slope. The trail takes us through thick alpine forests and dwarf rhododendron tress. We may see herders and their yaks around our campsite.We camp at an altitude of 3770m.

Day 5/Jangchulakha - Jimelangtsho (11 kms, six to seven hours, 230m descent, 330m ascent, camp altitude - 3,870m)

The trail starts off with a gradual climb, overlooking the rolling valleys below. Rhododendrons and other high altitude shrubs decorate the rocky trail which climbs up and down. On a clear day the Jhomolhari can be seen and also beautiful valleys. The campsite is close to the Jimilang Tsho Lake. The lake is known for trout. The trail follows the ridge and at times through juniper trees and dwarf rhododendrons. The views of the mountain valleys of Thimphu and Paro are sensational. After making an ascent and then a steep descent, we arrive at Jimilangtsho Lake (3,870m). The lake is famous for their giant sized trout. Near the camp, you can have great views of 6,989m Jichu Drake, the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Overnight camp close to Jimelangtsho Lake.

Day 6/Jimelangtsho - Simkotra Tsho (Distance 11 kms, six to seven hours, 820m ascent, 400 m descent, camp altitude 4,110m)

The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron and junipers while passing through Janeytso Lake. You may come across some yak herder’s camp where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. Trail winds and undulates with magnificent view of the Himalaya across deep valleys. Simkotatsho Lake (4,110m) can be seen below after crossing one final spur. We continue our trek until we reach the yak pasture where we camp for tonight.

Day 7/Simkotra Tsho - Phajoding – Thimphu (14 kms, 7 hours, 1800m descent)

Today you will begin with a gradual climb to a small saddle at 4,150m from where you enjoy majestic view of Mount Gangkar Puensum and other himalayan peaks on clear weather. You will then descend to another small lake and then climb to the Phume La pass (4,210m) which is adorned with beautiful prayer flags. From here, you will enjoy great view of Thimphu city far below. The trail slowly descends through junipers trees to a community hall near Phajodhing (3,870m). Walk way down hill to Thimphu through forests of blue pine and juniper until you arrive at the road head of Sangaygang on the outskirts of Thimphu valley.Overnight at hotel, Thimphu.

Day 8/Full day Sightseeing in Thimphu.

Morning we will drive north to Dodena where we will do an hour hike through a rhododendron forest to Tango Monastery, a monastic school founded around the 12th century and then rebuilt in the 15th century, which today serves as Bhutan's highest Buddhist university. On the way back to we will visit the Choki Traditional Art School (CTAS), the only charitable art school in the Kingdom, which provides an opportunity for economically disadvantaged students from different parts of Bhutan to obtain training in the preservation of traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts. A presentation by the principal will be organized followed by classroom visits where you can interact with the students and watch them painting, drawing, carving and embroidering. At the small shop at the school you can also purchase craft items and gifts made by the students. Later we will also visit the paper making factory where the traditional Bhutanese paper is produced from Daphne plant using the very old typical traditional methods.  Overnight at hotel, Thimphu.

Day 9/Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass and hike to the Chimi Lhakhang.

Morning after breakfast we will drive to Kuensel Phodrang where the gigantic 51 meters tall Shakyamuni Buddha statue overlooking the valley resides. Then we take a short drive to see the takins, the unique national animal of Bhutan. After visiting the takin preserve we will visit the Folk heritage Museum founded by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. The museum is one of a kind that portrays the lifestyle of a genteel family in the Thimphu valley in the olden days. After lunch head out of town on a spectacular 3 hour drive to Punakha via Dochu La pass at 3100 meters. At this pass on a clear day we see stunning views of the entire Himalayas and the surrounding valley. After a hot cup of tea and snacks at the café on the pass we continue our drive to the Punakha Valley. Overnight at hotel, Punakha.

                                                                                                                                          

Day 10/Full day Sightseeing in Punakha.

Morning drive to Nezigang village and hike to Khamsum yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a shrine built by Her Majesty the Queen, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck in 1999. The shrine is perched high on a hill on the opposite bank of the Mo chu river offering superb views of the Punakha valley. The hike is a gradual ascent through cultivated rice fields and little hamlets. After our hike we will be organizing a picnic lunch by the female river side with beautiful views of the valley. Then we will continue our sightseeing by visiting the Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It stands majestically at the junction of the two rivers – Pho Chu and Mo Chu (the Male and Female rivers). The Punakha Dzong is an architectural wonder and it has played a prominent role in the civil and religious life of the Kingdom. The Dzong had been destroyed four times by fire, earthquake and flood. The Dzong has been now fully restored to its original splendor. The official name of Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang translates as "the palace of great happiness." If time permits we can also visit the Sangchhen Dorji Lhendrup Nunnery. Overnight at hotel, Punakha. 

Day 11/Morning sightseeing. Then drive to Paro.

Morning drive to Paro valley via dochu la pass. Enroute take a half-hour walk through mustard fields to Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery and fertility temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist saint known popularly as “the divine madman” and considered a folk hero in Bhutan for his unconventional ways. As part of this fertility cult, this temple is frequented by couples wanting children, who go there to be blessed by a large wooden phallus. Related to this religious notion, one finds phallic symbols all over Bhutan, where it represents both fertility and protection. Then we will continue our drive to Paro. Later at Paro free time for shopping and leisure. Overnight at hotel, Paro.

Day 12/Depart.

Depart from Paro International Airport to your destinations.

Accomodation Detail

Thimphu : Namgay Heritage Hotel or Tashi Yoedling

Paro : Tashi Namgay Resort or Hotel Gangtay Palace

Punakha : Hotel Meri Phuensum or Drubchu Resort

Please note that the above hotel will be based on availability at the time of confirming your trip. In the event the above hotels are not available, we will provide hotel in similar catagory.

Price Details

High Season(Mar,Apr,May,Sep,Oct & Nov)

  • One Person :  $3230.00
  • Two Person :  $3120.00
  • Three Person :  $2790.00

Lean Season(Dec,Jan,Feb,Jun,Jul & Aug)

  • One Person :  $2680.00
  • Two Person :  $2570.00
  • Three Person :  $2240.00

Cost includes:  

  • Bhutan Government Royalty & Taxes
  • Accommodation in Standard Tourist Hotels on twin sharing basis
  • All trekking arrangement and equipments except personal sleeping bag
  • All Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • A licensed English-speaking guide
  • An experienced driver with comfortable private vehicle
  • Bhutan visa fees
  • Entrance fees to all museums & monuments
  • Mineral water
  • Evening Tea/Snacks

 

Cost does not include:  

  • Drinks and Beverages
  • Tips/Gratitude
  • Personal Insurance
  • Flight ticket To/From Bhutan

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