Druk

Path Trek

Trip length: 11 Days
Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: March to June & September to November

Day 1: Arrive Paro

On the flight to Paro one can see the tallest of Himalayan peaks like; Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by representatives of Bhutan Travel Packages and would be taken to Paro Hotel. In late afternoon you can visit the local market for some leisure sightseeing. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro Excursion to Tiger's Nest

We suggest: before starting your Bhutan Trekking experience you do warm-up hike to Taktsang Monastery, the Tiger’s Nest. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche came to this spot riding a flying tigress. This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 900m, above the valley floor. You will have breakfast at Taktsang Cafeteria enroute to the monastery. The hike to Taktsang Monastery takes about 2 hours. Post lunch you will visit the Rinpung Dzong or the Paro fortress. It was built in 1644 under the order of Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyal. The fortress was almost completely burned down in 1906 and was later restored to its previous glory. Afterwards you will visit Ta Dzong (fortress), which was originally built as a watchtower to the Paro Dzong. It was converted into a museum in 1968. There are about 3,000 articles on display, some dating back 2,000 years. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Paro.

Day 3: Paro - Jela Dzong (Trek starts)

(Distance - approximately 7 km, alt. 2576m)
This is a short trekking day. The trail is rather gradual till the camp at Jela Dzong, the Paro Valley can be seen with the snow-capped mountains in the background of the valley.

Day 4: Dzong - Jangchulakha

(Distance - 10 km, alt. 2900m)
The trail begins with about 2 hours of moderate climb. The path takes you through thick alpine forest and dwarf rhododendron tress. Overnight camp. You are most likely to come across yaks and yak herders around your campsite at Jangchulakha.

Day 5: Jangchulakha - Jimilangtso

(Distance – 11 km, altitude –4050m)
The trail follows a ridge, one can have a scintillating view of the Paro valley and a clear view of Jishu Drake peak. The campsite will be next Jimilangtsho lake. This lake is also known for its giant size trout.

Day 6: Jimilangtso - Simkota

(Distance – 11 km, alt - 3,485m)
The trek takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and you pass Janetso Lake on the way. Yaks herders are common here and you might come across a few flocks. The campsite will be next to Simkota Lake which is famous known for its giant trout fishing, if lucky enough to catch one it could be your dinner.

Day 7: Simkota - Phajodhing

(Distance - 10 km, altitude - 2,879m)
The trail will begin with a moderate climb. On this day you will be treated to a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain peak in Bhutan and number of other peaks. En route we will stop at Dochula pass. From this pass, the trek takes you down to your overnight campsite Phajodhing.

Day 8: Phajodhing - Thimphu (Trek ends)

(Distance – 8 km, altitude - 2,439m)
The trail to Thimphu is all the way downhill through a forest of blue pine. It will at the most 3 hours to reach Thimpu the capital city of Bhutan. You will straightway check into a hotel and have lunch. In evening you can visit the local market, do some memorabilia shopping. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Thimpu.

Day 9: Thimpu Sightseeing

Your Bhutan tour will commence by first visiting the Tashischo Dzong; a beautiful medieval fortress/monastery housing most of the government offices and the King’s throne room. This is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the chief Abbot of the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan. We will continue our tour of Bhutan by then visiting Zorig Chusum the the school of 13 traditional arts and crafts, here you will also be able to see pupil at work, immersed in traditional intricate weaving. Institute of Tibetology, National Memorial Chorten, handicraft emporium. National Library: this facility holds an extensive collection of Buddhist text and manuscripts dating back many a centuries as well as some modern literature. Late afternoon start for Punakha. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Punakha.

Day 10: Punakha & Wangdi

Your last day of travel Bhutan. Punakha & Wangdi Tour. In the morning after breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong or Pungthang Dechen Photrang Dzong meaning ‘the place of great happiness and bliss’, it was constructed under the direct guidance of Zhabdrung Rinpoche. This fortress was completed in 1638 and was later renovated in 2004. Punakha Dzong was the administrative centre and the seat of the Royal Government of Bhutan till 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimpu. The fortress also houses the sacred remains of Zabdrung Nagawang Namgyal (1595-1651), the architect of Bhutanese cultural identity, separate from the Tibetan culture. It also stores the sacred remains of Terton Padma Lingpa (1450-1521), a famous and enlightened saint. Terton means the discoverer of ancient text and he is considered the foremost of the Five Terton. Post lunch we will visit Chimi Lhakahng (monastery) built in 1499, dedicated saint Drukpa Kuenley (1455-1529) also known as the ‘Divine Madman’. In the afternoon start for Paro. Dinner and overnight stay in Paro.

Day 11: Departure

Departure. Your trip to Bhutan has sadly come to an end. Although you are amongst the lucky few who have had this unique and exotic experience of Bhutan trekking and also of Bhutan travel. We at Bhutan Travel Packages wish you a safe journey back home or your next destination. A vehicle will see you off to the Paro International Airport for your flight to your next destination. While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of scope to be able to choose places to visit, as well as drop a few places on itinerary if you so desire. Also all the packages can be custom made to suite your need.

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