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Druk Path Tour

Duration :

11 Days

Description :

The Druk Path Trek is a short five day trek which leads from Paro to Thimphu or vice versa, crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. Although 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. In clear weather, views of the Himalayas are breathtaking. The Druk Path goes as high as 13,000 ft. past fresh water lakes abundant with fish (trout).  Flowering rhododendron and high altitude wild animals and flowers makes this a colorful trail in the spring.

The given itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a  general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants etc may dictate itenirary changes either before departure or while on the trail. we reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant's safety, comfort and general well being.

Recommendations: The Trek is relativelt difficult requiring good physical fitness. Few weeks training is advised and a physical fitness check-up is must.
Days   Activity
1   Arrive Paro from Bangkok, Kathmandu or Delhi (By Druk Air).
Meeting & assistance on arrival by a travel agency representative and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

2   Drive the winding road northwest up the Pa Chu to Drukgeyl Dzong,
Drive the winding road northwest up the Pa Chu to Drukgeyl Dzong, the ruined fort, which once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mount Chomolhari, the sacred summit, reaches skyward beyond the Dzong. Below the Dzong, visit a typical Bhutanese Farm House. Then visit the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines o Bhutan afternoon visit to Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower now the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning "fortress of the heap of jewels". Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

3   Paro / Jele Dzong (6/7 kms, alt. 8,500 ft):
Today is a short trekking day. The trek trail is rather gradual up till the camp and if the weather is clear the Paro valley can be seen with snowcapped mountains behind. Camp Overnight.

4   Jele Dzong / Jangchulakha (10 kms, alt. 9,500ft):
Begin with an hour and a half climb and then ascend gradually up. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. You may see yak herders around your campsite.

5   Jangchulakha / Jimilangtso (11kms, alt. 11,000ft):
The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valley are sensational. Camp is close to takes of Jimilangtso. Thee lakes are famous for their giant sized trouts. Camp Overnight.

6   Jimilangtso / Simkota (11kms, alt. 11500ft):
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and by passes the lake of Janetso. Today you may come across some yak herders camp and get an idea how these people live. The Camp is close to Simkota lake and if you are lucky you can catch some lake trouts for dinner. Camp Overnight.

7   Simkota / Phajoding (10kms, alt. 9,500ft):
Today you begin with a gradual climb and if the weather permits, you will enjoy majestic view of Mount. Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan, and other peaks. The trail slowly descends till you reach the Phajoding Cafeteria. Overnight in Cafeteria or camp.

8   Phajoding / Thimphu (7/8 kms, alt. 8,500ft):
The trek to Thimphu is all the way down through a forested area of mostly blue pine. Taking a leisurely pace you reach Thimphu in about 3 hours. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Timphu.

9   Excursion to Punakha / Wangdiphodrang:
After breakfast full day excursion to Punakha and Wangdi valleys. The drove from Thimphu crosses 3,100m Dochula pass that heralds the most enchanting views of Bhutan. In Punakha, visit the Dzong situated at the junction of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers built in 17th century by Shabdrong Ngawang Namgyal, this Dzong has played important role in Bhutan's history. Then drive to the Wangdiphodrang dzong, the 17th century monument followed by visit to local market. Evening drive back to Thimphu. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

10   Thimphu / Paro:
Full day sightseeing in Thimphu, visit the King's Memorial Stupa; built in 1947, the Tashichhodzong; beautiful medieval fortress/ monastery and Handicrafts Emporium. Afternoon visit; National Library that houses ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, Painting School; famous for traditional thangkha paintings, Traditional Medicine Institute; here the centuries old herbal medicine are still practiced. Evening drive to Paro. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

11   Paro - Airport for Departure.
Early breakfast in the hotel and drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.

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