Drukpath Trek (13 Nights 14 Days)

Day 1 : Arrive Paro

Fly into Paro.  The fight over the Himalayas is one of the most spectacular experiences one will ever experience.  You will fly past Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the entire Himalayan range visitble ont he left side.  On landing at Paro you will be met by our representative.  After customs and Immigration formalities, you will be escorted to hotel.  Overnight Paro.

Day 2 : Paro sightseeing

After breakfast drive through the valley straight north to see the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, a victory fortress of the 17th century and visit a typical farm house to experience the daily Bhutanese life.  Visit to Kyichu Monstery and after lunch visit the National Museum and Paro Rinpung Dzong.  Evening at leisure.

Day 3 : Excursion to Taktsang 

Hike up to Paro Taktsang the Tiger’s Nest.  This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 3,000 ‘ above the valley floor.  Legend says that Guru Padmasambhava flew here on the back of a Tigress and meditated for few months and subdued the eveil demons around the valley.  Evening at leisure.  Overnight Paro.

Day 4 : Trekking starts>  Jele Dzong

Distance 10 kms and altitute 11,600 ft.  today is a short trekking day to Jele Dzong which is about 3 1/2 hours walk.  The trek trail is rather gradual climb till the camp and if the weather is clear the Paro valley can be seen with the Mt. Jumolhari and snow capped mountains behind the valley.  Overnight at camp.

Day 5 : Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha

Distance 10 kms and altitude 11,900 ft.  You begin with about hour an dhalf climb and then ascend gradually up.  The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and rhododendrons trees.  You may seek Yak Herders around your campsite.  Overnight camp.

Day 6 : Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso

Distance 11 kms and altitute 12,160 ft.  The trail follows the ridge and on clear day the views of the mountains and valley are beautiful.  Camp is close to lake of Jimilangtso.  these lakes are known for their gian sized trout’s.  Overnight camp.

Day 7 : Jimilangtso – Simkota

Distance 11 kms and altitude 12,508ft.  The trail takes you through dwarf Rhododendrons trees and then you pass by the lake of Janetso.  Today you may coe across some Yak Herders camp and can have a look as how these people live.  Camp is close to lake.

Day 8 : Simkota – Phajoding

Distance 10 kms and altitude 11,600 ft.  You begin with a gradual climb and if the weather permits you will have a beautiful view of Mt. Gangkar Punsum the hgihest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan ranges.  slowly descends till you reach Phajoding.  Overnight camp.

Day 9 : Phajoding to Thimphu

Distance 7/8 kms and altitude at 8,050 ft.  The trek to Thimphu is down hill through a forested area of mostly Blue pine.  At a leisurly pac eyou can reach Thimphu in about 2 hours for a nice hot shower and lunch.  Afernoon at leisure.  Overnight Thimphu.

Day 10:  Thimphu sightseeing around the capital.

Visit the National Memorial Chorten built in memory of the 3rd King of Bhutan, Visit the Art School, and Visit to the Changangkha Temple which is built in 14th century by a Tibetan saint who came to Bhutan.  After lunch visit to the Mini Zoo to see the National Animal ‘Takin’, and Trashichhodzong known as the Fortress of the glorious religion.  It houses the throne room of His Majesty the King, the  main secretariat building and the central monk body.  Its courtyard is open to visitors during th eThimphu Festival and when the monk body moves to its winter residence in Punakha.

Visit : Semtokha Dzong: Five miles form Thimphu on a lofty ridge stands Semtokha Dozng the oldest fortress in the Kingdom.  It now houses the Insitute for language and culture.

Day 11: Thimphu Punakha. About 2.3 hrs drive.

Drive will take about 2.3 hrs over Dochula pass.  Punakha is at altitude of 4420 feet and it served as the capital of Bhutan till 1955.  It is the winter seat of the Je Khenpo (Chief abbot) and the monk body.  It has a temperate climate and its rich fertile valley is fed by the Phochu (male) and Mochu (female) rivers.

Visit : Punakha Dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1637.  It stands majestically at the junction of the two rivers.

Day 12: Punakha 

Visit Khamsumyuelley stupa site and visit the Talo Monastery and its village nearby and the nunnery. Visit Chhimi Lhakhang the famous Lama Drukpa Kuenley’s temple.  Its a short walk through the paddy fields and village to the temple situated on a beautiful hill top. Overnight at hotel in Punakha.

Day 13 : Punakha – Paro :

Drive to Paro enrooting Dochula pass and lunch at Thimphu.  Evening at leisure.

Day 14: Paro – Departure

SEASON FOR TREK :   March to June (Peak) , July & August (Moderate), Sept to November (Peak).

Group size minimum 4 Pax.

Climate :  Days are normally arm.  Nights can at times be very cold and in winter sometimes comes to below freezing points.

What to bring for Trekking :  strong comfortable trekking boots, sunglasses, sunblock creams, personal hot water bottle, headgear, raincoat, and warm clothing for the evenings.  A sleeping bag is a must.  Medium heavy to heavy is advised.  A torch light will be handy.