Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Bhutan Druk Path Trek
Purely a Buddhist kingdom, Bhutan has the world's greatest concentration of peaks. It is probably the last county on the earth where modernization hasn't devalued social and cultural life. It is easy to appreciate the government of Bhutan’s decision to limit tourism to a few thousand visitors a year. This itinerary is ablend of trekking and cultural elements to give the visitor an insight. This trek is spectacular drive via the Dochula pass, monasteries and Gompa and beautiful valleys.
Day 1: Fly to Paro
In a clear day the panoramic views of the Himalaya are sensational, including Everest, but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steep turns to land at the tiny airstrip of Paro. Have a leisurely stroll around the markets and the popular Dzongs of Paro.
Day 2: Paro to Jili Dzong 4-5 hrs
This day is a long day as you have to climb more than 1,000m elevation. The trek begins above the National Museum. Starts working gradually up hill through mixed temperate forests and occasional farmhouses. By evening you reach the Jelela Pass 2600m. If the weather is clear the Paro valley and the snow-capped mountains can be seen from the camp site.
Day 3: Dzong to Jangchulakha 4-5 hrs
We begin with an hour and half of steep climbing until the trail moderates to an easier slope. The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and dwarf rhododendron tress. Mt. Jumolhari would also be visible on this day. You may see yak herders around your campsite.
Day 4: Jangchulakha – Jimilang Tsho 4 hrs
The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are beautiful. We will enjoy a great view of Jichu Drake (6989m), the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Also it offers a great scenic view on clear days you can view Mt.Kanchenjunga and Bhutan’s Chomolhari. We set our campsite close to the Lake Jimilangtso.
Day 5: Jimilang Tsho – Simkotra Tsho 4 hrs
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and Janetso Lake. You again may see yak herder camps — icons of a nomad's life in Bhutan. We camp overnight close to Simkota Lake.
Day 6: Simkotra Tsho – Phajoding 3-4 hrs
Today we begin with a gradual climb enjoying majestic views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, and a host of other peaks. Mount Gangkar Puensum (7541m) is the highest mountain in Bhutan. We slowly descend down to Phajoding Monastery from where Thimphu town is visible at the valley floor. Spend overnight in cafeteria or camp, depending on weather conditions.
Day 7: Phajodhing – Thimpu 3 hrs
We pass the Phajoding Monastery. The trek to Thimphu is downhill all the way, passing through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk down is through mixed temperate forests and takes Maximum 3 hours. Get back to hotel for rest and evening explore of city. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 8: Full Day Sightseeing in Thimpu 2350m
Morning Visit Pangri Zampa Monastery, situated just beyond Dechencholing Palace (5kms from Thimphu). This temple was the first residence of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal when he arrived in Bhutan in 1616 A.D. It was built during the first quarter of the 16th century by Ngawang Chogyel, the great ancestor of the Shabdrung, after noon Visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the third King who reigned from 1952 - 1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the Painting School where traditional art is still preserved. Artists are taught to paint Thankas here (sacred Buddhist scroll). Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where one can buy Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts.
Day 9: final departure:
After taking breakfast, we transfer you to the airport to connect Kathmandu or on your onward destination.
- Hotel in Thimpu on F/B on twin sharing basis
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- Man Power: Guide, Cook, Sherpa, Kitchen boys, helper, porters
- Food during the trek 3 meals a day
- 2 men tent, mattress, all camping gear except sleeping bag, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, table & chairs
- Hotel-airport-hotel transfers
- Flight: Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu as per itinerary
- Personal equipments
- High risk medical insurance
- International air ticket, airport tax
- Alcoholic beverages & telephone calls
- Visa fees, emergency rescue evacuations if needed
Private Trip Departure everyday upon your request. But if you would like to join one of our Groups please see below our fixed group departure dates as per your requirement.Fixed Departure Trek 2012