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Druk Path Trek

Trip length: 12 Days

Level: Moderate/Hard
Season: March to June & September to November

Day 1: Arrive at Paro Airport

On the flight to Paro International Airport, the guests will experience breath-taking views of Mount Everest, Mount Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan mountain ranges, including the sacred Mount Jumolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by Mr. Sonam Peljore, CEO or the representative of Sonam Tshoey Travel together with the Guide and driver who will take you directly to the hotel for a short rest and some refreshments.  Depending on the time, the guests can take a stroll around the town and visit some interesting local handicraft shops.  Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Paro 

After the breakfast at the hotel, the guests will be driven to visit the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong.  The name Drukgyal means Victory and this Dzong played a historical importance to Bhutan when the Bhutanese warriors defeated the Tibetan invaders in this valley.  To commemorate the victory, this Dzong was built and named as Drukgyal Dzong.  On a clear day, one can have a fantastic view of the snowcapped Mount Jumolhari ‘Mountain of the Goddess’ which is at an altitude of 7329 m (24,029ft.).   The guests will be escorted to visit the Kichu Lhakhang as well.  On the way back to Paro town, the guests can visit a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse which will provide the guests the insights of a farmers life in Bhutan. After lunch, the guests can take a leisurely stroll in the local market and do some shopping. Overnight at a hotel in Paro. 

Day 3: Hike to Tiger's Nest

After the breakfast at the hotel, the guests will be driven to Satsam Chorten from where the hike begins uphill to visit Taktsang (Tiger's nest) Monastery.  This magical monastery is built on a vertical cliff of 3000 ft. above the valley floor. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava flew here on the back of a tigress to meditate in the cave. The tigress in reality was actually his favorite consort, Yeshe Tsogyel, whom he transformed into a flying tigress simply for the purpose of this journey. The hike to Taktsang Monastery and return generally takes about 4 hours. A pure vegetarian lunch will be arranged at the Taktsang Cafeteria overlooking the most fascinating site of Taktsang Monastery.  The guests will be driven back to the hotel and they are free to rest and get ready for the trek the next day.  Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Day 4: Paro - Jela Dzong (Trek starts)

After the breakfast at the hotel, slowly drive to the meeting point with our trekking services support staff and horses.  Today the trek will be rather short but enjoyable through the lush unspoilt green forests.  At the start of the trail, the guests will see some farm houses and apple orchards of the farmers.  Picnic lunch will be served on the way.  The trekking trail is a gradual climb till we reach the camp site and on a clear day, the guests can enjoy the scenic beauty of Paro valley and the snowcapped mountains surrounding the valley.  Walking distance 3-4 hours.  Camp site at an altitude of 2576 m.  (Distance - approximately 7 km)

Day 5: Jela Dzong - Jangchulakha

After the breakfast, slowly start on the trail with a gradual uphill climb for about an hour.  The trek is not so hard as it is mostly horizontal and one will pass through thick alpine forest trees of different species and the dwarf rhododendron trees.  Picnic lunch will be arranged on the way.  The guests will come across many yaks and also yak herders who would be camping at certain places which is where they spend couple of months with their yaks before moving on to another site.  Walking distance about 4-5 hours.  Camp site at an altitude of 2879 m. (Distance - 10 km)

Day 6: Jangchulakha - Jimilangtso

After breakfast, slowly start on the trail that follows the ridge all along overlooking the Paro valley.  On a clear day, the guests will witness the beautiful mountain ranges and wonderful valleys, perfect sites for phographers to take back home with them the beautiful places in Bhutan .  Picnic lunch will be organized on the way.  The campsite will be close to the Jimilangtso Lake. The lakes are known for their giant sized trouts living in it.  Walking distance 4-5 hours.  Camp site at an altitude of 4040 m.  (distance: 10 km)

Day 7: Jimilangtso - Simkota

After the breakfast slowly start on the trail that takes the guests through the dwarf rhododendron trees. The guests may come across some yak herder’s camps where the guests will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. Picnic lunch will be arranged on the trail.  The campsite is close to Simkota Lake which is famous for trout fishing.  Walking distance 5-6 hour.  Camp site at an altitude of 3485 m. (Distance – 11 km)

Day 8: Simkota - Phajodhing

After the breakfast, slowly start on the trek that begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, the guests will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, one of the highest mountains in Bhutan and other Himalayan mountain ranges from the top of this hill.  Picnic lunch will be arranged on the road.  The trek from this hill takes you down hill to Phajodhing for the night halt.  Walking distance 4-5 hours.  Camp site at an altitude of 2879 m. (Distance - 10 km)

Day 9: Phajodhing - Thimphu (Trek ends)

After the breakfast, slowly start on the trek towards Thimphu, the trek which is all down hill through thick  forested area of mostly blue pine trees. The trek, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours (Distance – 8 km, altitude - 2,439m).  The driver will be waiting for the guests and drive back to the hotel for a hot shower and delicious lunch.   After lunch the guests are free to rest in their rooms or stroll freely in Thimphu town.  Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

Day 10: Sightseeing in Thimpu 

After the breakfast, the guests will be escorted to visit the handicrafts emporium where handwoven Bhutanese textiles and other famous wood carvings and pottery makers products are displayed and can be purchased. Visit the National Institute of Traditional Painting and Craftsmen where many students graduate with technical skills in painting, embroidery, carving and woodworks and pottery.   Visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit Simtokha Dzong (7Km from Thimphu), the oldest Dzong in Bhutan, built in 1629 AD. Visit Tashichho Dzong after 5 p.m., which is the main secretariat building where the office of the government ministries, the office of the King, Throne Room, the office and living quarters of the Central Monk Body and its Chief Abbot are housed.  Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

Day 11: Thimphu (Excursion to Punakha/Wangdue)

A one day trip to Punakha and Wangdue Valley. Punakha is the former capital of Bhutan which is 77Km away from Thimphu while from Wangdue it is only 16 km away. The Punakha Dzong houses the winter residence of the Central Monk Body and the Chief Abbot. The massive fortress is situated between two rivers known as ‘Phochu Mochu’ (Male and Female River).  The drive takes about three hours one way.  Late afternoon, drive back to Thimphu for overnight at a hotel in Thimphu. 

Day 12: Thimphu - Paro and depart

Depending on the flight timing, the guests will be seen off at the Paro International Airport by the Representative of Sonam Tshoey Travel.