Druk Path Trek
Join one of the most scenic and popular treks in Bhutan, following a wilderness trail past several remote lakes and magnificent views of the snow-capped mountains. Trek the Paro Valley, hike to the Tiger's Nest Monastery, which is sure to be a highight, and visit the capital city of Thimphu. This is a medium grade trek in one of the world's most unusal and unique destinations.
Day 1: Arrive Paro Your arrival into Paro Airport is the most exciting mountain flights and befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of the country. In clear weather, there are magnificent views of the world's highest peaks. On arrival, you will be welcomed at the airport, assisted with your luggage and driven to your hotel through lush valley of Paro. Welcome drink, check in and dinner this evening.
Day 2: Excursion to Taktsang Monastery Following breakfast at the hotel, drive 6km north and hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Den)the monastery hanging on a cliff 800m above the valley. It takes about 2 1/2 hours uphill at an average pace through the temperate forest of pine, oak, fir and rhododendron till the monastery and 1 hour descend to the valley. Stop at a cafe situated half way for refreshments. In the 8th century Guru Rimpoche flew here on the back of a tigress in one of his eight forms (Guru Dorje Drolo) and meditated for 3 months in a cave and converted Paro valley into Buddhism. On our way back, stop at the cafe for lunch.
After lunch, descend down to the valley floor and drive to visit the National Museum, which served as a watch tower to the Paro Rimpong Dzong until 1968 when it was converted into a museum. The museum collection includes displays of spectacular thankas (religious scroll painting), ancient artifacts dating from 7th century onwards, beautiful Bhutanese stamps, temple with tree of wisdom depicting the history of Buddhism, collection of animals, birds & butterflies and a good collection of ancient armors such as canons, guns, shield, bows & arrows, spears etc. Visit the Rimpong dzong (fortress), the administrative & religious centre of Paro district. This dzong was built in 1646 by the order of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the one who unified Bhutan in the 17th century. On your way to your hotel, visit the 7th century Kichu Lhakhang.
Day 3: Trekking Jele Dzong Following breakfast, drive to the point where your trek starts. For the first couple of hours, follow the farm road that goes through villages and apple orchards. The trail ascends gradually through the forest of chir pine, spruce; silver fir etc. to the camp below Jele dzong (fort). If weather permits, Paro valley can be seen with views of snow-capped mountains behind. Altitude: 3,350m, Distance: 8 km. Time: about 4 hours. Overnight in a tent.
Day 4: Jele Dzong > Jangchulakha Following breakfast, begin with a climb past the Jele Dzong (if the caretaker is present, you can visit the temple inside) following the ridge and enter the thick forest of junipers. The trail then takes you through thick temperate forests and rhododendron trees. You may see yak herders around your campsite. Altitude: 3550m, Distance: 9km. Time: 5 hours. Overnight in a tent.
Day 5: Jangchulakha > Jimilangtsho The trail follows the ridge with many ups and downs and is said to be long and bit challenging. On a clear day, there are beautiful views of the mountains and the valleys. We recommend you start early and walk at a very slow pace with several short stops and plenty of water and energy drinks. Distance: 10km, 6-7 hours. Camp at 3850mts. Overnight in camp.
Day 6: Jimilangtsho > Simkotra Tsho (Lake) Following breakfast, start with another gradual climb past several false summits and arrive to Lake Jynetsho. Stop for lunch here and then start uphill for another 2 hours until you arrive to the camp area above the lake Simkotra. Distance: 7 km, 4 hours (altitude: 3955 mts). Overnight in camp.
Day 7: Simkotra Tsho > Phajoding > Thimphu It is another long climb past several false summits, then a long rocky traverse to a group of cairns atop Labana pass at 4210m. The trail descends gently and traverses above a broad valley to another crest. Along this stretch of trail, there are great views of Dochula and Mt. Jomolhari and other mountains. Pass a rough stone wall and soon come to some prayer flags on a hill above the trail that mark a seldom-used sky burial site. Another long traverse leads to a crest and the trail drops and crosses a final ridge called Phumela pass at 4080m. Weather permitting; there are stunning views of the highest mountain in Bhutan (Mt. Gangkhar Puensum) and other Himalayan peaks. Above Phajoding, the trail is marked by a small stone stupa. Below sprawls the entire Thimphu valley. Descend a steep downhill on a maze of eroded trail through Juniper and rhododendron bushes to the road head where you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel for a hot shower and delicious dinner. Distance: 14km, 6-7 hours. (2300mts) Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Thimphu > Paro Following breakfast, visit places of interests in Thimphu that includes: Memorial Chorten, traditional weaving centre, paper factory, Changangkha lhakhang, view point and nunnery, folk heritage museum, traditional arts & craft school. If your tour falls on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you can also visit the weekend market. Lunch will be served in one of the best restaurants in the town. Towards the evening, drive to Paro. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9. Depart Paro Following breakfast, drive to Paro airport for your onward flight.
• 4 nights' hotel accommodation • 4 nights' in trekking tents • Transportation with a driver • Trekking guide • 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners
Pricing (per person) $NZD
September, Oct and 1-15 Nov.
2017 September, Oct and 1-15 Nov.
Booking conditions A Bhutan visa must be pre-purchased through World Journeys at an additional cost of $50 per person.
A Bhutan visa must be pre-purchased through World Journeys at an additional cost of $50 per person.
Not included • Airfares
• Bar & laundry
• Internet & call charges
• Travel insurance
• Excess baggage
• Sleeping bag (Can be provided at an additional cost)
• Other expenses of personal nature
• Airfares • Bar & laundry • Internet & call charges • Travel insurance • Excess baggage • Sleeping bag (Can be provided at an additional cost) • Other expenses of personal nature