Druk Path Trekking
Trip at a Glance
- Trip Name: Druk Path Trekking
- Trip Code: TMBT-03
- Trip Duration: 11 days
- Trip Grade: Moderate
- Accommodation: Hotel/ guest house
- Meals: All meals
- Transportation: Private vehicle
- Best Season: Autumn & Spring
Druk Path Trekking is an excellent choice for those with a tight schedule. We take a short four day trek crossing the chain of mountains which separates two districts, Paro (2,200m) & Thimphu (2,350m) or vice versa. Druk Path Trekking is a classic walk along high, windy ridges, past ruined forts, which long ago guarded against Tibetan invasions.
Although the route is sparsely inhabited there are wonderful lakes teeming with fish and the area is also famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests which bloom in spring time. The views of the Himalayas are best seen in late autumn and winter.
Day 01: Arrival at Paro (2,200m)
Arrive at Paro (2,200m) by Druk air, the only national carrier. The flight offers beautiful views of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by your Bhutan tour guide. Overnight Kichu Resort or similar.
Day 02: Paro Sightseeing
We visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel Dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro Valley from the Tibetan invasions from the north in the early 17th century. On a clear day Mount Chomolhari (7,320m) can be seen towering over the Dzong. We pass through a beautiful valley to a Watch Tower, locally known as Ta-Dzong. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for Monks. We then take a walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town. Overnight Kichu Resort or similar.
Day 03: Day hike to Taktsang monastery
Horses can be arranged on request and is charged extra. We hike uphill for about 2 /3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery clings to huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying Tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17th century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit at least once in their lifetime. Overnight at Kichu Resort or similer.
Day 04: Trek to Jele Dzong
Today is a short trekking day, so you can relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Paro vally. The hike is gradually uphill through pine forests. We camp will be next to a Dzong, which was renovated recently. There is very interesting stories about the Dzong. Camp at 3100 meters. Walking time 4/5 hours. Overnight at camp
Day 05: Jele dzong to Jangchulakha
Today the trek begins uphill through huge rhododendron trees. You may encounter Yak herders during the winter season. Camp at 3650 meters. 3/4 hrs walk.
Day 06: Jangchulakha to Jigmelangtsho
The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day you will have perfect view of the mountains. The path descends for sometime and the camp will be near the lake at 3600 meters. The lake is filled with giant Salmon and Trout. Overnight at Camp, 5/6 hrs walk
Day 07: Jigmelangtsho to Phajoding
The trail takes you through dwarf Rhododendron shrubs, passing two lakes on the trail. After the second lake, we ascend gradually. From the top you can enjoy majestic views of Mt. Gangkar Punsum (7520 m), the highest mountain in Bhutan. We trek for aboput one and half hours, till a steep descend to Phajoding camp at 3500 meters. At night you can see Thimphu City glittering in a bowl shaped valley. 6/7 hrs walk
Day 08: Phajoding to Thimphu (2,350m)
Today is the easiest day of trekking. Three hours all the way down hill through pine forests. Upon reaching Motithang, An ITT coach will drive you to your Hotel. You also have the option of sightseeing. Overnight stay at your Hotel.
Day 09: Sightseeing
A Moring visit to the Painting school, National library, Royal Goldsmith Workshop and the Handicraft centers. Then an evening drive for 3 hours to Wangduephodrang crossing the Dochula pass at 3100 meters. On a clear day you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt. Gangar Punsum (7520m). The drive from the pass is all the way downhill, dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of Lobesa. We visit the Wangduephodrang Dzong from outside and the market area. Overnight at Wangdi Kichu Resort or similar
Day 10: Visit to Punakha Dzong
Morning drive for 45 minutes to Punakha and we visit the Punakha Dzong, which served as the old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fires. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. We proceed to Thimphu, then a evening drive back to Paro. Overnight Stay at Kichu resort or similar
Day 11: Departure
Transfer to airport for departure to your onward destination
Note: We can book your flights to and from Bhutan, please inform us your convenient airport to enter Bhutan and exit from Bhutan.
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