Druk Path Trek

DRUK PATH TREK

TREK ITINERARY

 

Day – 1 Arrive Paro International Airport by Druk Air

Day – 2 Paro – Paro

Day – 3 Paro – Paro

Day – 4 Paro – Jele Dzong Distance – approximately 7 Kms. Alt. 2576m

Day – 5 Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha Distance – 10 Kms. Alt. 2879m

Day – 6 Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso Distance – 11 Kms

Day – 7 Jimilangtso – Simkota Distance – 11 Km Alt – 3,485 m

Day – 8 Simkota – Phajoding Distance – 10 Km, Altitude – 2,879m

Day – 9 Phajoding – Thimphu Distance – 8Km, Altitude – 2,439m

Day – 10 Thimphu – Thimphu

Day – 11 Thimphu – Excursion to Punakha/Wangdi

Day – 12 Thimphu – Paro International. Departure.

 

 

TREK DETAIL

 

Day – 1 Arrive Paro International Airport by Druk Air

 

On your flight to Paro, you will enjoy the breathtaking views of some of the highest peaks in the world, Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, the sacred Mount Jhomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, your guide will be awaiting to welcome you to Bhutan.

 

Day – 2 Paro – Paro

 

Morning: Drive to Drukgyal Dzong, 16 Km from Paro Town. The Dzong, although in ruins, it is of great historical importance and was built to mark the victory over the invading Tibetan army. On a clear day, you can see the majestic peak of Mount Jhomolhari (the mountain of the Goddess). (Alt. 7,329m/ 24,029ft.).

Here, you will be visiting a typical Bhutanese farmhouse. Lunch at the hotel. After a leisure stroll around drive to see the Paro Dzong.

 

Day – 3 Paro – Paro

 

Spend a full day trekking up to Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). This magical monastery was built into a 4000-foot vertical rock cliff face above the valley floor. Legend has it that Guru Padma Sambhava landed here on the back of a flying tigress, and meditated on the very spot where the temple stands. The flying tigress was no other than his favorite consort, Yeshe Tsogyel, whom he transformed, through his super natural power, to a flying tigress for the journey. The trek takes about 4 hours. Picnic Lunch at the Taktsang Cafeteria

 

Day – 4 Paro – Jele Dzong Distance – approximately 7 Kms. Alt. 2576m

 

 

This is a short trekking day. The trek trail is rather gradual till the camp. On a clear day, you will see the Paro valley and the snowcapped mountains in the background.

 

Day – 5 Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha Distance – 10 Kms. Alt. 2879m

 

 

Begin an uphill trek for an hour and half. The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and dwarf rhododendron tress. You will see yaks and herders around your camp site.

 

Day – 6 Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso Distance – 11 Kms

 

The trail takes you along the ridge with wonderful views of mountains and valleys. The campsite is close to the Lake Jimilangtso. These lakes are known for their giant trout and if you are lucky you would enjoy a well-prepared lake trout for dinner.

 

 

Day – 7 Jimilangtso – Simkota Distance – 11 Km Alt – 3,485 m

 

The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and lake of Janetso. You may come across some yak herders around the camp site giving you an opportunity to get a glimpse of nomadic life. The campsite is close to Simkota lake.

 

 

Day – 8 Simkota – Phajoding Distance – 10 Km, Altitude – 2,879m

 

The trek begins with a gradual climb. Weather permitting, you will enjoy a spectacular view of Mount “Gangkhar Punsum” the highest mountain in Bhutan, and some other Himalayan mountain range from Dochula pass. From here on the trek is all downhill to Phajoding. Night halt.

 

 

Day – 9 Phajoding – Thimphu Distance – 8Km, Altitude – 2,439m

 

The trek is all downhill through thick alpine forest for about three hours before finally arriving Thimphu. Check into the hotel for a hot shower and delicious lunch.

 

 

Day – 10 Thimphu – Thimphu

 

Visit Tashichho Dzong. This massive fortress houses the office of the Prime Minister and the various government ministries, the Throne Room and the King’s secretariat, the State Monastic Body and the Residence of the Chief Abbot and his senior monks.

 

Visit the handicrafts emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased.

 

Visit the painting and wood craft schools where traditional art is preserved.

 

Visit Memorial Chorten (Stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan, His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (1952 – 1972).

 

Visit the National Library, here ancient manuscripts are preserved

 

Visit Simtokha Dzong, first and the oldest Dzong to be built 1629 Ad.

 

 

Day – 11 Thimphu – Excursion to Punakha/Wangdi

 

A day’s trip to Punakha and Wangdue Valley. Punakha is the former capital town of Bhutan located 77Km east of Thimphu. The Punakha Dzong is the winter residence of the Central Monastic body and the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot). The massive Dzong is situated in between two rivers Phochu and Mochu(Male river and Female river). Wangdue and Wangdue Dzong is 16 Km easterly from Punakha. The total car journey is six hours. Evening: Drive back to Thimphu for the night.

 

Day – 12 Thimphu – Paro International. Departure.

 

 

 

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