Druk Path Trek
March – May & Mid September – November
This is a short five day trek, which leads from Paro to Thimphu, crossing a chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. The route is sparsely inhabited. There are wonderful lakes teeming with fish and the area is famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests, which bloom in May. In the clear weather of late autumn and winter there are great views of the Himalayas.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Treks And Walks
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
- One of the most picturesque & popular trek in Bhutan.
- Visit to the beautiful lakes of Jimilang Tsho, Janey Tsho and Simkotha Tsho.
- Trek through thick Rhododendron forests.
- Type of Tour : Treks & Walks
- Grade : Moderate
- Maximum Altitude : 4210m/13,813 ft.
- Tour Duration : 08 Nights
- Trek Duration : 04 Nights/05 Days
- Best Season : Mar.– May & Mid Sep. – Nov.
- Ex- Destination : Paro
- Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel – 04; Camping – 04
- Food Plan : Hotel – Bed & breakfast, On the Trek – All meals included
- Travel & Transport : Transfers & sightseeing in SUV/MUV.
- Transfers & sightseeing in SUV/MUV.
- Complimentary Duffel Bag, Sack and Cap.
- Permits fees.
- English speaking guide for entire tour.
- Necessary porterage and camping equipment for the trek.
- Sleeping Bag
- Local Guide/Trek leader on the trek.
- Goods & Service Tax as applicable.
- Travel to & from Paro.
- Visa Fees (Applicable for Foreign Nationals only)
- Festival Surcharge (If any during the time of travel)
- Lunch and Dinner expenses in Thimphu and Paro.
- Monument visit fees as per itinerary (approx. INR 2500/- to INR 3000/- per head).
- Camera fees
- Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry, liquor, etc.
- Any kind of insurance such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
- Tips to hotel staff, drivers, guides etc.
- Any extra costs incurred due to extension/change of the itinerary because of natural calamities, flight delays, road blocks, vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond the control of “Countryside Adventure Holidays Pvt. Ltd.” and its associates.
- Items not specified in the above in “Cost Includes”.
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Arrival in Paro (2300m/7546 ft.)
Arrival at Paro Airport and check-in hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Paro.
Paro - Excursion to Taktsang Monastery & back
Today is an exciting day we are to visit Tiger Nest, Taktsang the famed site where the mythical Buddhist teacher Guru Padmasambhava alighted upon the back of a tigress The walk up is fairly steep about half way through we catch sight of Taktsang and the stunning location of the monastery as it seems to cling to the edge of the cliff encourages us onwards. We refresh ourselves with some tea and biscuits and continue upward. Suddenly we find ourselves at the edge of a cliff and right on the opposite cliff is Tiger Nest. We climb the stone steps down to a small bridge light some butter lamps and start climbing up, the final leg on the way to heaven! And suddenly we are there bowing in reverence to the deity in the inner sanctum. On our way back to Paro we visit Kitchu Monastery. A little away from Paro is the national Museum and the Rinpung Dzong and to complete our tour we visit them. Overnight stay at hotel in Paro.
Paro - Jela Dzong (3480m/11,418 ft; 10 km; 6 hrs)
Our trek starts today.The start of the Druk Path Trek is at the historic Ta Dzong, the National Museum. We follow a dirt road until it gives way to our trail in the pine forests. The trail is uphill all the way till Jela Dzong, a temple built as a war fortress in the olden days, overlooking the Paro valley below. Our first day of trek will take us about 6 hours. Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Jea Dzong.
Jela Dzong – Jangchu Lakha (3770m/12,369 ft; 10 km; 3 - 4 hrs)
Today’s trail looks like the setting of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. With ancient firs wrapped in Spanish moss, a dinosaur or a Bhutanese Yeti might actually surprise you around the bend. You may see yak herders around your campsite. Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Jangchu Lakha.
Jangchu Lakha – Jimilang Tsho (3870m/12,698 ft; 11 km; 4 hrs)
The trek today starts off with a climb, overlooking the rolling valleys below. Rhododendrons and other high altitude shrubs decorate the rocky trail which climbs up and down. On a clear day the Chomolhari can be seen. We camp near the lake Jimilang Tsho famous for its trout. Dinner and overnight stay in camp at the lake of Jimilang Tsho.
Jimilang Tsho – Camp above Simkotha Tso (4110m/13,485 ft; 11 km; 4 - 5 hrs)
The trail will take us through dwarf rhododendrons and junipers. We will also pass the lakes of Janye Tsho and Simkotha Tsho. The view of the far ridge across the valley which you trekked will fill you with a sense of personal satisfaction and renew you with extra confidence in yourself. Our camp is going to be the coldest of all our camps. Dinner and overnight stay in camp at Camp above Simkotha Tsho.
Camp above Simkotha Tso - Labana La (4210m/13,813 ft.) - Thimphu (2200m/7218 ft; 14 - 15 km; 6 - 7 hrs)
An hours’ climb from the camp will take us over the highest pass on this trek at 4210m. On a clear day we can see the Gangkhar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan. Descending from the pass over rocky steps, we will be greeted by the sight of Thimphu far below in the valley. From this point on, it’s all downhill. We will be passing through the temple and meditation center complex of Phajoding. Our car will meet us just as we start emerging from the forest. Overnight stay in a hotel in Thimphu.
We take in the sights of Thimphu and visit National Memorial Chorten, Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, Handicrafts Emporium, National Library and the Thimphu Dzong. The rest of the day is at leisure as we are free to wander through the quaint city of Thimpu and finish off any last minute shopping. Overnight stay at hotel in Thimphu.
Thimphu – Paro (51 km; 1½ - 2 hrs)
We leave Thimphu post breakfast for Paro Airport for final departure.
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Accommodation & Food:
- Paro & Thimphu: In hotels on twin sharing basis; Bed & Breakfast basis.
- On the Trek: In small camping tents on twin sharing basis; All meals included.
|Place||Classic Hotels Envisaged or similar||Premium Hotels Envisaged or Similar|
|Paro||Mandala Resort or Namsaycholing or Janka Resort||Olathang/ Tenziling Resort/ Tashi Namgay Resort or similar|
|Thimpu||Hotel Dorji Elements or Hotel Wangchuk, or Hotel Migmar or similar||City Hotel/ Osel/ Namgay Heritage or similar|