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All of our packages include accommodations in standard quality hotels, all meals a day, a reliable vehicle, and an experienced driver to get you around safely.

Listed below are some of our most popular cultural tour and trek itineraries. We will work with you on customizing these tour arrangements to meet your interests and needs.


 

DRUK PATH TREK

Summary:


The Druk Path trek is one of the most popular and scenic treks in Bhutan through the beautiful wilderness and remote lakes along the way. Besides the lakes, the Phajoding monastery is one of the highlights of the trek. The walking distances between the camps are not too long but the trek goes to a relatively high altitude making the trek moderately strenuous.

Best time for trek: February - May, September - December

Duration: 12 days; Actual Trek: 6 days

Start:Paro Ta-Dzong

Finish: Motithang, Thimphu

Maximum Elevation:4,235m

Difficulty: Moderate

Day 1: Arrive Paro International Airport

Kuzuzangpola – Welcome to Bhutan!

During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Jomolhari and Mount Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by our representative and escorted to your hotel.

Evening: relax at the hotel or take a stroll around the hotel compound.


Day 2: Paro – Sightseeing

Drive to Drugyel Dzong (a ruined fortress ~16 km away from Paro Town). Although now in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical significance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peak of Jomolhari "Mountain of the Goddess" at 7,329m can be viewed on a clear day. On the way back, visit a typical Bhutanese farm house. After lunch at the hotel, take a leisurely walk to stretch your legs in preparation for the excursion to Taktsang view point.

Day 3: Paro - Excursion to Taktsang Goemba

Drive to Satsam Chorten (10 km from Paro town) and from there, hike to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means "Tiger's Nest." The Monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 900m and overlooks the Paro valley. According to legend, Guru Rinpoche miraculously flew here on the back of a tigress, meditated in a cave here for three months and converted the whole of Paro valley to Buddhism.

Have a picnic lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria. The round trip hike takes about 4 hrs.


Day 4: Paro - Jili Dzong (Distance 10 km, Ascent 1,115m, Descent 40m)
 
This is a short trekking day but it’s all uphill. The trek trail is rather gradual till the campsite. On a clear day, the Paro Valley can be seen with the snowcapped mountains acting as a backdrop. After about 40 minutes into the trek, you will pass Kuenga Choeling Lhakhang (a Gelugpa school lhakhang) at 2,650m. Another hour’s climb takes you to Damchena (2,880m). A couple more minutes of climbing takes you to a mani (carved stone) wall and campsite in a clearing called Damche Gom (2,985m). From Damchen Gom, it’s a long but not steep climb to the herders’ camp just before the Jili La (3,540m). Continue on till you cross a pass which is marked by a broken chorten and a cairn until you get to the camping place in a meadow surrounded by rhododendron forests right below the Jili Dzong. The Jili Dzong was the residence of Ngawang Chhogyel from 1465 – 1540. Ngawang Chhogyel was the cousin of Lam Drukpa Kunley, the Divine Madman. It is believed that the Zhabdrung meditated here before heading down to Paro valley to defeat the invading Tibetan army. The lhakhang contains an almost 4m high statue of Sakyamuni.


Day 5: Jili Dzong – Rabana (Distance 10 km, Ascent 425m, Descent 50m)

Visit the Jili Dzong in the morning. From the dzong, the trek path follows prayer flags and then descends through rhododendron forests. You can get great views of Paro and the Bemang Rong valley. On a clear day, you can also get great views of Mt. Jomolhari and the other snow-capped peaks. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and dwarf rhododendron trees, and through Jangchhu Lakha, a yak pasture at 3,760m. From Jangchhu Lakha, the trail continues for about 25 minutes to the yak herders’ camp of Rabana (3,890m). The campsite is surrounded by rhododendron forests.

Day 6 :Rabana – Jimilang Tsho (Distance 11 km, Ascent 370m, Descent 375m)

There are two trails to Jimilang Tsho. We will take the higher trail since it offers better views including views of Mt. Jomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake (the peak represents the protective deity of Paro) on a clear day. An hour or so from Rabana, you reach the Langye Ja La (Ox Hump Pass) at 4,070m. You can climb the mini-peak to get breathtaking 360-degree views.

From here, descend passing through a small herders’ shelter and ascend 80m to a pass for beautiful views of Mt. Jomolhari. You can also see the yellow roof of Chumpu Ney, a pilgrimage site famous for its statue of Dorji Phagmo. Five minutes from here, you can see the isolated Jimilang Tsho far below you. A steep ~30 minute descent leads you to Jimilang Tsho and the campsite is only about 5 minutes from the lake at 3,885m. The lake is known for its giant sized trout and if lucky you may enjoy well prepared lake trout for dinner.


Day 7 :Jimilang Tsho - Simkotra (Distance 11 km, Ascent 820m, Descent 400m)

The trail starts from the lower end of Jimilang Tsho through dwarf rhododendron trees to a ridge at 4,010m, and then descends to a single stone shelter. Following the ridge, you peak at some prayer flags at 4,050m overlooking the Janye Tsho. From there, descend to a yak herders’ camp near the lake before climbing again to a ridge at 4,150m from where you can get great views of the Simkotra Tsho. Camp at 4,100m.

Day 8 :Simkotra - Phajoding (Distance 10 km, Ascent 130m, Descent 680m)

The trek begins with a gradual climb and turns into a long climb through three false summits before descending to the Labana campsite at 4,110m. The Labana campsite is near a stone hut and an almost-dry lake. Then climb again to Labana La at 4,235m and then descend to a pass at 4,090m marked by a chorten. Form here, you can see the whole of Thimphu. If the weather permits, you can also have a spectacular view of Mt. Gangkhar Punsum, the highest mountain in Bhutan. Take the side trail southeast down to Thuji Drak, a remote meditation center that clings to the side of a rock at 3,950m. There are lhakhangs and meditation sites spread throughout the hillside. The campsite is below the main Jampa Lhakhang at 3,640m.

Day 9 :Phajoding – Motithang, Thimphu (Distance 4-5 km, Ascent 0m, Descent 1,130m)

The trek to Thimphu is downhill all the way through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours.

Relax at the hotel and if you are up to it, stroll through Thimphu town in the evening.

Day 10 :Thimphu – Sightseeing

Visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who reigned the kingdom from 1952-1972.Next, visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts and relics of Buddhism are preserved along with other national documents.

Visit Tashichhodzong, the seat of the Royal Government including His Majesty, the fifth king and the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Head Abbot) and the Central Monk Body.

Day 11 :Thimphu – Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang

Drive to Punakha and Wangdue Valley. Punakha is the former capital of Bhutan (77 km) from Thimphu and Wangdue is 16 km away from Punakha. The Punakha Dzong houses the winter residence of the Central Monk Body and the Je Khenpo. The massive fortress is situated between two rivers known as "Pho Chhu” and “Mo Chhu" (male and female rivers). The drive takes about three hours, one way.

Evening: Drive back to Thimphu for the night.

Day 12 :Depart for Paro International Airport where our representative will bid you Bon Voyage!

TASHI DELEK!

Our package includes:

1. Accommodation in the best standard hotels available on twin sharing basis

2. All meals and evening tea

3. All transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary (itinerary is flexible)

4. Full time English speaking Guide

5. All museum fees

6. Car and driver

7. Camping equipment such as tents, camping chairs, etc. provided. You will need to bring your own sleeping bags, trekking shoes, rain gear, etc.

NOTE: We can also make arrangements for you to see/participate in a traditional archery match.


      

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