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8 DAYS DRUK PATH TREK
DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO PARO AIRPORT
Our Driver and guide will receive you and drive to Hotel/Resorts
Paro Valley - The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s old monasteries and temples. The country’s only Airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to mount Chomolhari (7, 300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley. The following are some of the prominent places to visit in Paro.
Paro Ringpung Dzong - this 15th century massive fortress/monastery, is also the administrative center of the dzonkhag.
Ta Dzong- Built as a watch tower the Ta Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts antique Thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
DAY 2: HIKE TO PARO TIGER’S NEST
This morning, hike to visit Taktsang (Tiger's Nest), be amazed by the view of this sacred temple hanging on the rocky cliff, and take in the beauty of Paro valley. After that, move to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, built to commemorate Bhutan's victory over the Tibetan invaders. If in good
weather, you'll see a great distant view of Mt. Chomolhari. After, if time permits, stroll Parotown.
DAY 3: PARO TO JELE DZONG PAST DAMCHENA VILLAGE
10KM | 4-5 HOURS | 1003M ASCENT | 10M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 3480M
Although today’s trekking day is short, we keep slow and steady pace as altitude gain is significant. After breakfast, you will drive to the road head at the National Museum (2487m) above Paro from where you will start your trek. We will walk from the Museum heading up hill through apple orchards, smallholdings of Damchena village and pine forests. Visit Jele Dzong (3, 490m), perched on a whaleback ridge. Jele Dzong is mostly in ruins and there is a Lhakhang with the statute of Buddha Sakyamuni. the views of Paro town far below and of mount Jomolhari (7, 314m) are breathtaking. Overnight camp at 3480m.
DAY 4: JELE DZONG TO JANGCHULAKHA
10KM | 4 HOURS | 300M ASCENT CAMP ALT 3780M
Begin with gradually ascent and then descend below the ridgeline to walk through the trail of thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. You may see yak herders in the area. There are fascinating views of Jhomolhari and other snow capped mountains and you can also hear some monal peasants during the day. We continue our up hill walk to reach a yak herders’ pasture at Jangchulakha (3, 780m) with outstanding views of the Himalayan range. We camp in a yak pasture near the hillside
DAY 5: JANGCHULAKHA TO JIMILANGTSHO LAKE
11KM | 4-5 HOURS | 400M ASCENT | 300M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 3880M
The trail follows the ridge and at times through juniper trees and dwarf rhododendrons. The views of the mountainvalleys of Thimphu and Paro are sensational. After making an ascent and then a steep descent, we arrive at Jimilangtsho Lake (3, 880m). The lake is famous for their giant sized trouts. Near the camp, you can have great views of 6, 989m Jichu Drake, the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Overnight camp close to Jimilangtsho Lake.
DAY 6: JIMILANGTSHO VIA JANETSHO LAKE TO SIMKOTA
11KM | 4 HOURS | 270ASCENT | CAMP ALT 4110M
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and bypasses the lake of Janetsho. You may come across some yak herder’s camp and get an idea how these people live. Trail winds and undulates with magnificent view of the Himalaya across deep valleys. Simkotatsho Lake (4, 110m) can be seen below after crossing one final spur. We continue our trek until we reach the yak pasture where we camp for tonight.
DAY 7: SIMKOTA VIA PHAJODHING (3, 870M) TO THIMPHU CITY
14KM | 7 HOURS | 100M ASCENT | 1800M DESCENT
Today you will begin with a gradual climb to a small saddle at 4, 150m from where you enjoy majestic view of Mount Gangkar Puensum and other himalayan peaks on clear weather. You will then descend to another small lake and then climb to the Phume La pass (4, 210m) which is adorned with beautiful prayer flags. From here, you will enjoy great view of Thimphu city far below. The trail slowly descends through junipers trees to a community hall near Phajodhing (3, 870m). Walk way down hill to Thimphu through a forests of blue pine and juniper until you arrive the roadhead of Sangaygang on the outskirts of Thimphu valley.
DAY 8: DROP TO PARO AIRPORT
After breakfast drop to Paro Airport and we bid farewell to our valued clients.
Dewachen resort/Drubchu resort/Zhingkham resort or any equivalent 3 star in Punakha
Hotel Thimphu Tower/Jambhayang resort or any equivalent 3 star in Thimphu
Dewachen resort/Kichu Resort or any equivalent 3 star in Paro
• What's Included?
• Bhutan Royalties, tourists fees, Visa fees, museum/monument fees and taxes.
• Accommodations in minimum 3 star Hotel/Resort
• Camping equipment like tent, blankets, horses, cook
• All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) through-out the tour in Bhutan.
• All land transfers with pick and drop to airport, sightseeing with entrance fees.
• Experienced English Speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide.
• Bottled water in the vehicle and other comp. services.
• Tour SUV or Toyota or Hyundai Mini Bus with well experienced driver depending upon number of pax
• Return souvenir gift from Bhutan
• Not Included
• Flights into and out of Bhutan
• Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, tips, and others.
• River rafting in Punakha