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Druk Path Trek (10 Days)

Druk Path Trek
This moderately hard six day trek, leads from Paro to Thimphu, or vice verse, crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. Starting from the museum, you trek through the Damchena Village up passing through blue-pine and thick alpine forests till Jela Dzong at 3560m, where you will camp for the first night. Then subsequent trail goes through high pasture lands, spectacular rhododendron forests with great views of Chomolari and other Himalayan peaks. On this trail, you will also have opportunities see yaks and yak herders on this trek, and to fish in some of Bhutan's most beautiful lakes. The highest point of the trek is Phume La Pass (4,210m), from where you can see Gangkhar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan. Your last night camp will be near Phajodhing Monastery that offers great view of Thimphu Valley.
Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu (1400m). Pick up and drop to Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 03: Arrival Paro (Departure to Paro by Druk Air)

Day 04: Paro Sightseeing

Day 05: Paro Excursion to Tiger's Nest

Day 06: Paro - Jela Dzong (Trek starts) (2576m / 7 km)

Day 07: Dzong - Jangchulakha (2879m / 10 km)

Day 08: Jangchulakha - Jimilangtso (4040m / 11 km)

Day 09: Jimilangtso - Simkota (3,485m / 11 km)

Day 10: Simkota - Phajodhing (2,879m / 10 km)

Day 11: Phajodhing - Thimphu (Trek ends) (2,439m / 8 km)

Day 12: Thimpu Sightseeing

Day 13: Thimphu (Excursion to Punakha/Wangdue)

Day 14: Thimphu - Paro and depart

Day15: Thimphu – Kathmandu

Day16: Departure

Trip Outline
  • Trekking days - 16
  • Total days - 10
  • Min. Altitude - (1400m./4593ft.)
  • Max. Altitude - (4040m./13255ft.)
  • Overal walking - hrs P/D
  • Trip Nature - Trekking & Hiking
  • Difficulty - Medium
  • Min. group size - 2
  • Age Limit -
  • Best Time - Autumn: September, October, November / Spring: March, April, May
Services
Price Includes:
Nepal
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up & drop by private car/van/bus (all airport transfers).
* 3 night's hotel with Breakfast in Kathmandu
* 1 Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu with experience tour guide

Bhutan
* Bhutan Visa Fees and Visa Processing assistance
* Standard government approved accommodation (in twin share rooms) for the duration of tour.
* Service of licensed English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guides.
* All sightseeing tours, Monument /Museum entrance Fees as per itinerary.
* All meals fixed breakfast, lunch & dinner with Tea and Coffee for whole duration of your stay in Bhutan.
* Country Presentation & Tour Briefing on Day 1 evening with welcome drinks.
* Cultural afternoon/evening consisting of traditional mask dances & folk dances (with beverages) ~ For Group Tours
* Ground Transport according to the itinerary
* All our government taxes.
* Tourist service charge, vat.
* Tented accommodation and equipments during the camping trek. (You will be provided water proof two-three man dome tents, sleeping mattress, air pillows, dining tents, kitchen gears, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc.)
* All trekking arrangements and required number of staff.
* All trekking permits logistics & fees.
* Route Permits & monument access permits
* Luggage will be hauled by horses, mules or yaks at higher elevations.

Price Excludes:
* Bottled/alcoholic/cold drinks, room service and a la cart meals.
* Your travel insurance (compulsory).
* International airfares and airport departure tax.
* Photography charges (if and when applicable).
* Items of a personal nature such as laundry.
* Personal Equipment.
* Tips to guides, restaurants, hotel lobby, porters and trekking staff. (Tipping is expected.)
* Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
* Personal trekking Equipment.
* Airfare Kathmanu-Paro US$ 212 one way (round trip US$ 428 subject to change), airport departure tax
* Tourist development fee US$ 10 p/pax (guide will collect this)
Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
Price can be also customized. Group and Travel Agent discount available as per request.
Long Itinerary
Day 01: Kathmandu (1400m). Pick up and drop to Hotel. Short briefings about the tour and trek. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing tour with professional tour guide. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Temple, Monkey Temple. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Arrival Paro (Departure to Paro)
The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you can visit the Paro Dzong (fortress). It was built in 1646 and now houses government offices and religious institutions. You'll cross a traditional wooden bridge on the way to the Dzong. Afterward you will visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and the most sacred shrine in the country. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro Sightseeing
Drive to Drukgyal Dzong (a ruined fortress - 14 km away from the Paro Town). Although now in ruins, this Dzong is of historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the Tibetans and drove them back. From here too the peak of Jumolhari ‘Mountain of the Goddess’ alt. 7329 m (24,029ft.) can be viewed on a clear day. On the way back, you visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse. After lunch, at the hotel, take a leisurely walk to stretch your legs in preparation for the excursion to Taktsang viewpoint.

Day 3: Paro Excursion to Tiger's Nest
Spend a full day hiking to Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest. This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 3000 ft. above the valley floor. Legend says that Guru Padmasambhava flew here on the back of a tigress to meditate in the cave. The tigress was actually his favorite consort, Yeshe Tsogyel, whom he transformed to a flying tigress for the purpose of this journey. The hike to Taktsang Monastery takes about 4 hours. Picnic Lunch at the Taktsang Cafeteria.

Day 4: Paro - Jela Dzong (Trek starts) (2576m / 7 km)
This is a short trekking day. The trek trail is rather gradual till the camp and if the weather is clear, the Paro Valley can be seen with the snowcapped mountains behind the valley.

Day 5: Dzong - Jangchulakha (2879m / 10 km)
You begin with about an hour and half climb and then ascend gradually up. The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and dwarf rhododendron tress. You may see yaks and yak herders around your campsite.

Day 6: Jangchulakha - Jimilangtso (4040m / 11 km)
The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are beautiful. The campsite is close to the Jimilangtso Lake. These lakes are known for their giant sized trout.

Day 7: Jimilangtso - Simkota (3,485m / 11 km)
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and Janetso Lake. You may come across some yak herder’s camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simkota Lake which is famous for trout fishing!

Day 8: Simkota - Phajodhing (2,879m / 10 km)
The trek begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan mountain ranges from Dochula pass. From this pass, the trek takes you down hill to Phajodhing for a nights halt.

Day 9: Phajodhing - Thimphu (Trek ends) (2,439m / 8 km)
The trek to Thimphu is all the way down hill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours. Back to hotel for a hot shower and delicious lunch. Evening: Stroll freely in the town.

Day 10: Thimpu Sightseeing
Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building where the office of the government ministries, the office of the King, Throne Room, the office and living quarters of the monk body and its Chief Abbot are housed. Visit the handicrafts emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased. Visit the painting and woodcraft schools where the traditional art and painting are kept alive. Visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit Simtokha Dzong (6Km from Thimphu), the oldest Dzong in Bhutan, built in 1629 AD. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 11: Thimphu (Excursion to Punakha/Wangdue)
A day trip to Punakha and Wangdue Valley. Punakha is the former capital of Bhutan (77Km) from Thimphu and Wangdue is 16 km away from Punakha. The Punakha Dzong houses the winter residence of the monastic body and the Chief Abbot. The massive fortress is situated between two rivers known as ‘Phochu Mochu’ (Male Female River) The drive takes about three hours one way. Evening: Drive back to Thimphu for the night.

Day 12: Thimphu - Paro departure - Kathmandu
After breakfast, you will drive to Paro airport for departure. We pick up you from international airport in Kathmandu and drive to hotel. Overnight at hotle.

Day 13: Departure: We drop you in international airport or follow according to your plan.

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