Drukpath Trek

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    This tour is provided by

    Always Bhutan Travel

    Our vision is to provide every traveler with the most beautiful memories from Bhutan. Our mission is to craft your exhilarating journey to Bhutan filled with inspiration & life-enriching experiences lasting a lifetime.

    • 11 Days
    • Exploration Tour
    • Bhutan
    The Druk Path Trek is a moderate, six-day trek. This popular trek offers beautiful views as you cross the chain of mountains that separate the Paro and Thimphu valleys. This route is also famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests and wonderful high altitude lakes teeming with fish. There will be a number of temples and dzongs to visit on the way, and in the clear weather of late autumn and winter there are great views of the Himalayas Season: This trek is usually possible from late February to June and from September to December.

    Price Includes

    • Private guided tour
    • Visas for Bhutan
    • Airport transfers
    • Daily 3 meals (B/L/D) at designated restaurants or hotels
    • Accommodation at 3 star hotel/ farmhouse
    • A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
    • An experienced driver
    • A tour vehicle
    • Entry fees & road permits
    • Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges
    • Bottled water
    • Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip

    Price Excludes

    • Flight into Bhutan via Drukair/Bhutan airlines (can be arranged with us)
    • Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants
    • Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
    • Expenditure of personal nature
    • Travel Insurance
    • Tips for the guide and driver
    • Alcoholic drink

    Value Added Option

    In addition to offering independent, flexible tour options, we can also arrange a variety of “add on” options to provide a more in-depth experience of Bhutan. These include:

    • Cooking lessons
    • A farmhouse stay
    • Monastery experience
    • Evening dinner & culture show
    • Spiritual healing
    • Spiritual Healing session
    • Mountain biking
    • Fly Fishing

    These activities can easily be incorporated into any itinerary. Please note that some activities may attract additional fees.

    Itinerary

    Day 1Arrival 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 Always Bhutan representative will meet you at Paro airport. After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the National Museum, Ta Dzong and Paro Rimpung Dzong.

    Day 2Paro

    After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. 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.

    Day 3Paro – Jele Dzong

    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. 

    Day 4Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha

    10km, 3 – 4hours. 310m ascent, 50m descent

    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. Chomolhari 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 5Jangchulakha – Jimilangtsho

    11km, 4 hours. 230m descent, 330m ascent

    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 6Jimilangtsho – Simkota

    11km, 4 hours. 820m ascent, 400m descent

    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 7Simkota – Phajoding

    10km, 4 hours. 130m ascent, 680m descent

    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 to a campsite. Overnight at campsite. Altitude 3610m.

    Day 8 Phajoding – Thimphu

    5km, 3 hours

    The trek to Thimphu is downhill all the way, passing through a forested area of mostly blue pine. Taking a leisurely pace, you reach Thimphu in about 3 hours. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

    Day 9Thimphu (Day Excursion To Punakha)

    After breakfast, drive over the Dochu-La Pass (3100 m), which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks before descending into balmy Punakha valley (about 3 hrs total driving time). The drive through the countryside affords a glimpse of everyday life in this most remote of Himalayan kingdoms. In the Dochu-La area there are vast Rhododendron forests that bloom in late April/early May covering the mountains in a riot of glorious spring colour.

    On arrival, visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’.

    After lunch, enjoy a walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the Drukpa Kuenly who is also known as the Divine Madman. We then drive back to Thimphu.

    Day 10Thimphu – Paro

    Enjoy sightseeing in Thimphu beginning with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Temple, Drubthob monastery housing the Zilukha nunnery, the School for Arts and Crafts where the students are taught to master the 13 types of Bhutanese art, the National Library housing a collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century, and a fascinating replica of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum. If there is time, you may also visit the Takin reserve and Tashichhodzong. In the early evening depart for Paro. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

    Day 11Depart Paro

    Breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination.

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