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Druk Path Trek

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“Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

“Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

    OVERVIEW

    Druk Path Trek

    A trekking adventure in Bhutan unveils a realm of untouched natural beauty and cultural wonders. The kingdom’s pristine landscapes, from lush forests to lofty mountain peaks, serve as the backdrop for thrilling trekking routes like the iconic Snowman Trek or the scenic Druk Path Trek.

    As travelers traverse the undulating terrains, they encounter traditional villages, ancient monasteries, and breathtaking vistas that showcase Bhutan’s serene charm. The trails, adorned with prayer flags fluttering in the mountain breeze, lead to high-altitude campsites where the star-lit Himalayan nights are as enchanting as the days. Bhutan’s commitment to environmental conservation ensures that these trekking experiences are not just adventures but also journeys of immersion into the kingdom’s unspoiled nature and rich cultural heritage.

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    DAYS

    If you are looking for a light but equally exciting trek, this is tailor made for you. One of the most popular and easier treks, offering great views of the highlands, landscape, the beautiful lakes and Phajoding monastery, it brings you from Paro to Thimphu. You can blend the trek with glimpses of the Himalayan Kingdom’s most revered sites, such as Paro Taktshang (Tiger’s Lair), Punakha Dzong (Fortress) and others.
    WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

    When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

    Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


    4-25
    °C
    20-50
    MM
    Spring
    MAR – MAY
    15-27
    °C
    90-120
    MM
    Monsoons
    JUN – AUG
    3-26
    °C
    0-70
    MM
    Autumn
    SEPT – NOV
    (-2)-17
    °C
    5-10
    MM
    Winter
    DEC – FEB

    Trip Highlights

    Simikota Tsho

    Simikota Tsho, nestled in the serene landscapes of Bhutan, is a pristine alpine lake that captivates travelers with its tranquility and natural beauty. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, this high-altitude gem offers a breathtaking setting for those seeking solitude and connection with nature. The trek to Simikota Tsho takes adventurers through lush meadows, rhododendron forests, and traditional Bhutanese villages, providing a truly immersive experience. The shimmering waters of the lake reflect the majestic mountains, creating a picturesque scene that resonates with the untouched charm of Bhutan’s high-altitude realms. For travelers seeking a serene escape and a glimpse into the kingdom’s unspoiled landscapes, Simikota Tsho promises a memorable and tranquil retreat.

    Sightseeing

    Sightseeing in Bhutan unveils a harmonious blend of cultural treasures and natural wonders. From the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery to the historic Punakha Dzong, each site narrates a tale of spirituality and architectural splendor. The Dochula Pass offers panoramic views, while the cultural hub of Thimphu showcases a seamless fusion of tradition and modernity. Amidst valleys adorned with prayer flags, Bhutan’s sightseeing experience is a captivating journey into the heart of a kingdom where ancient heritage meets breathtaking landscapes.

    Bhutanese Culture

    Bhutanese culture, nestled in the Himalayas, welcomes travelers with a rich tapestry of tradition and spirituality. Festivals like Paro Tsechu showcase vibrant mask dances, offering insight into the country’s identity. Dzongs and traditional attire echo an ancient heritage, while warm hospitality invites cultural engagement. Bhutan’s culture, seamlessly blending with its stunning landscapes, turns every traveler’s experience into a profound journey of discovery.

    Tour Includes

    • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

    • Meal Plan: All the meals

    • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

    • Guide: Professional English Speaking

    • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

    • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

    • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

    • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

    Tour Excludes

    • Airfare

    • Laundry

    • Private Calls

    • Beverages or Drinks

    • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

    • Bank Charges

    Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

    Itinerary

    DAY 01: Arrival at Paro

    As the plane banks over the mountain slopes, the Paro Valley greet you with luminous paddies rippling in the breeze and tiny houses sprinkled on the bank of the meandering river. The air is crystal clear, light translucent and on horizon, snowcapped mountains frame the idyllic like painting. It does not matter how many time you land in Paro, the bucolic valley unfolds like a dream. If you are lucky, you will have a glorious view of the Snowcapped Himalayas. After visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will meet by our representative from “Journey to Discover Bhutan”.

    Afternoon: Visit Paro Dzong built in 1646, which houses the administrative center of the Paro district and religious institute for monks. The Paro Dzong may be familiar to people who watched Bertolucci’s film The Little Buddha” walk down to the coach crossing over the traditional wooden covered bridge called “Nymezampa” which spans over the Paro river. Overnight at Hotel  Tashi Namgay / Similar.

    DAY 02: Paro Halt “Taktsang Excursion”

    Today a very special day begin with a hike to Tiger Nest Monastery.

    We drive to the north of Paro Valley to Ramthankha, from where we start our hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche, founder of Buddhism flew from Eastern Bhutan on a tigress, bringing Buddhist teachings and meditated here in this cliff. This is one of the most venerated and sacred of all Buddhist sights around the world. After visiting the monastery, we will walk down to Taktsang cafeteria for Lunch.

    Walk downhill to the road and enroute drive to visit Drukyel Dzong, (now in ruins), which reveals the reminiscence of ancient architecture and you see a spectacular view of Jhomolhari Mountain (7314m), looming over the Dzong on a clearday. This is the starting point for the famous Jhomolhari trek.

    Overnight Leisure at Hotel 

    DAY 03: Trek Start: Paro by car to the National museum (2450m) to campsite below Jele Dzong (11, 270ft)

    Time: 4-5 hours

    Distance: 5 miles / 8 km

    Altitude gain: 3503ft /1068

    Altitude: 269ft /82

    At the museum you will meet your trekking staff, the horsemen and pack animals. At the start of the Trek, the trek crew takes some times to get organized, so you can continue your hike and the luggage will be undoubtedly behind with you.  The trail winds its way through blue pine forest and around several farmhouses and fenced apple orchards and crosses a dusty road used during the apple harvest. The Damchena (9510ft/2900m) marks the end of dusty road, near the big the big stone.

    After walking for 1hr or so of steady climbing there will be nice views over the Paro valley. The Jele Dzong is visible above, located on the top the ridge. At 9825ft / 2995m, after 1 -2 hrs of hiking, the route passes a long main wall in an open flat meadow. Near here, the route joins one coming from Damji on the east side the Do Chu at 7544ft, 2300m. Climb steeply up now through blue pine, fir and bamboo, around 3235m hemlock trees, over 600 years old, over shadows the trail.

    The trail continues steeply up through the forest just before (11, 540ft/ 3518m) just below before reaching the Dzong, the route opens a bit, there many be some yaks with the herders and dogs. Tonight small camp site (11,270ft /3436m) is little way down from the pass. You can hear the monks playing instruments in the Lhagkhang during one of their prayers sessions.

    Jele Dzong, It is an impressive fort located impressively on a hill, surrounded by many prayers flags. The views are great looking towards the Paro far below, while in the far distance stand snowy peaks mountains on the border with Tibet, including Jomolhari (23,995ft /7314m) in the center. It houses a religious institute for monks and you can pay a visit to the Dzong.

    DAY 04: Campsite just below Jele Dzong (3436m) to Jimgelangtsho (3880m)

    Time: 6 – 7 hrs,

    Distance: 14 Kms,

    Altitude Gain: 17526ft /580m)

    Altitude loss: 965ft / 295m)

    Today it is a hard day with lot of walking distance and also with the altitude again.  You need to start it early from the camp. After crossing the Dzong, you will walk north for about 10 m on the ridge, with beautiful view before disappearing into forest, which looks rather bleak as a result of damage by bark beetles. Cross over the easterly side of the ridge and go up around the small peak, a steep 110m ascent to an altitude of 12,300ft /3750m). Looking back you see part of Paro valley and the large Do Chu side of valley. To the south, the Dagala range is visible. After about three hours you will reach to a possible camp site Janchu Lakha, 12 365ft /3370m). After another 1hr climb, you will reach to Tshokam (12,995ft /3962m) just after the small saddle, another better campsite; you will have your packed lunch.

    Thereafter your walk will follow along the ridge, offers more stunning views of the mountains or you can take route going down the base to through the alpine forest to Janey Tsho. If you are following the trail along the ridge, you will climb gently for several hours to reach a small pass at about 13,350/4070m). The trail has loose stones, so watch your step.

    Continue further along the ridge, to the next small pass with the view of Jomolhari peak and down below several monasteries are visible at the far end of the valley, Gensakha Gompa, Sharadango Gompa towards the north and Ragyo Chiwokha Gompa.  Opposite side, there is a view of Jimilangtsho. Two possible trails lead to the large sacred lake Jigmilangtsho (Bemilangtsho). The higher trail is a more challenging loop and can be over grown. At the side lake there is good camp site;

    DAY 05: Jimilangtsho 12, 726ft /3380m) to Simikota Tsho (13,415ft / 490m)

    Time: 4-5 hrs

    Distance: 10 km

    Altitude gain: 689 ft /

    Altitude loss:

    This morning the trail climbs through bushes but later you will have a good views will open up. The exposed cliff trail leads to a small saddle and from here you will see the nest lake Janey Tsho 12,975ft /3956m). From the lake a wide open stone path between rhododendrons bushes traverses a valley with a small lake below.

    Climb up a ridge and after 1hr of walking you will reach at a viewing point (13,610 /4150m) you will see Simikota Lake (13, 410ft /4090), which has some stones ruins nearby. This is tonight’s campsite

    DAY 06: Simikota Tsho (13, 415ft /4090m) – Phajoding 12, 103ft/ 3690m)

    Time: 4 -5 hrs,

    Distance: 5 miles/ 10kms,

    Altitude Gain: 755ft/ 230m) to the view point

    Altitude Loss: 1330ft / 405m) to Phajoding for 4190ft/277m radio tower)

    The trail begins with gradual climb passing over around seven minor passes before you finally look down to Phajoding and Thimphu valley.  When climbing up pass number five _ Thujedra, Gangkhar Puensum becomes visible. If you are lucky with the weather, the other Himalayan peaks can be seen. From the pass, climb 250m up to the small rocky outlook on the left side. It is covered with flags and there are traces of fires on the top. This place was used for sky burials and has an incredible view over the whole of Bhutan Himalayas.

    After this excursion descend a little, then climb to pass number six (13,515ft/ 4120). The final pass is Dochula (13,430ft /4095m) and it is very windy. There is a good view over the last part of the trek, as steep descent to Phajoding monastery. Camping at Phajoding (12100ft/3690m is definitely worthwhile.

    Togden Pajo, Tibetan yogi is looking for a place for mediation, found the site in the 13th century. Most of the buildings were constructed by 9th Jey Khenpo Shakya Rinchen, in the first half on the 18th century. The 16th Jey Khenpo was also involved in some of the buildings; King’s secretary has donated money for one of the more recent temples, built in honour of Guru Padma Sambava. Phajoding is not just one complex, the many buildings spread out over the mountainside includes Lhakhangs/ gompas, monks quarters and numerous mediation centers. You can also visit the several monasteries.

    DAY 07: End Of Trek: Phajoding ( 12,103ft/3690m) to Thimphu

    Time: 3- 4 hrs,

    Distance: 4 miles / 8 kms

    Altitude loss: (2860ft /872m)

    This morning the trail to Thimphu is all the way down hill through a forested area of mostly Blue pine.

    By taking leisurely pace you can reach Thimphu in about 2-3 hours for a nice hot shower and lunch at the hotel.

    Evening Leisure at Hotel

    DAY 08: Thimphu – Paro – Departure

    Early morning drive to Paro international airport for your onward flight.

    “The Last Shangri-la”.

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