Himalayan Druk Path Trek

Himalayan Druk Path Trek

  • Camping
  • CulturalSight-seeing
  • FarmHouseStay
  • Festival
  • Hiking
  • Photography
  • Textile
  • Trekking
  • ValueAddedActivity
  • VillageLife
Himalayan Druk Path Trek,Bhutan tour Agent
Trip Code: T018
Trip Duration : 12 Days
Trek Duration: 5 Days
Trip Type: Cultural and Trekking
Difficulty Level: Easy and Moderat
Psychical Demand:
Destination(s): Bhutan
Highest Altitude: 4930m/ 16269ft
Max Elevation: 5,005m
Highest Camp: 4,220m
Max Group Size: 16
Best Season: April to June & Mid September to Mid Nov
Trip Start: Paro
Trip End: Thimphu (Motithang)
Avg. user rating:
Trip Route: Paro > Thimphu > Punakha > Wangdue > Trongsa > Bumthang > Paro
Activities: Trekking, Hiking, Visit Farm House, Monastery, Museums, Weekend market, Stroll around the City etc

Overview


If you want to experience the best trekking experience to Himalaya select only the best Himalayan travel advisor. Himalayan Druk Path Trek can be arranged by Bhutan tour Agent. The trek provides travelers a very good opportunity to have in depth understanding of the traditional lifestyles of friendly Bhutanese people by visiting villages, temples, monasteries, and gigantic fortresses. It gives you a chance to meet people, enjoy the pristine forest with glimpse of rare wildlife and observe the ancient old traditions of arts and crafts. The best part of Himalaya hiking tour is that you will get to explore the less frequented areas of Bhutan.

Our journey starts from Paro Valley. We spent one and half day sightseeing around the Paro valley and a full day excursion to the Tiger’s Nest. This Tiger’s Nest, the incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. We then start our short, five-day trek, which leads from Paro to Thimphu, or vice versa, crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. Although, there are very few settlements on this route, you will come across breath taking 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, you can enjoy spectacular views across to the Himalayas. We then finally arrive into the lush valley of Thimphu, the capital city. After touring through this tiny city with no traffic lights, you will return to Paro to fly back home with beautiful memories of this hidden Shangri-La.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the impressive Dzong (fortresses), former palaces and Buddhist monasteries!
  • Hike through the ridge top Goembas (monasteries) and meet the monks.
  • Hike through the terraced farmlands and villages, visit the farmhouses and meet the villagers.
  • Attend the local festivals and events.
  • Visit the vibrant markets and towns.
  • Visit the traditional arts and crafts workshop, meet the artisans, weavers and painters!
  • And much more…

What’s included

  • Receive and Transfer to Airport
  • Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
  • Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver.
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Sightseeing
  • Museum Fees
  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits
  • Bottled Mineral Water
  • Walks and Hikes

What’s is Not Include

  • Guide and Driver tip
  • International Airfare
  • Laundry Charges
  • Internet, International calls
  • Other Beverages
  • Donation when photographing
  • Travel Insurance
  • Baggage Handlers tip

Intinerary


You’ll follow an itinerary which has been researched and planned by our experts, saving you all the hassle of organizing the trip. The itineraries are designed to minimize the time spent travelling and maximize the variety of experiences. From small buses to riverboats as well as on foot.

Itinerary at a Glance:

  • DAY 1: Arrive Paro International Airport by Druk Air
  • DAY 2: Paro – Paro
  • DAY 3: Paro – Paro
  • DAY 4: Paro – Jele Dzong Distance
  • DAY 5: Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha Distance
  • DAY 6: Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso Distance
  • DAY 7: Jimilangtso – Simkota Distance
  • DAY 8: Simkota – Phajoding Distance
  • DAY 9: Phajoding – Thimphu Distance
  • DAY 10: Thimphu – Thimphu
  • DAY 11:< Thimphu – Excursion to Punakha/Wangdi/li>
  • DAY 12: Thimphu – Paro International Airport See off by your guide.

Detail Itinerary

1

Paro – ParoAs you approach Paro, on clear sunny days you can capture a spectacular view of Himalayan peaks. Just before landing, you will have unusual experience with the aircraft as it prepares to land on one of the most difficult airports in the world. On arrival you will be received by our representative who will then take you to hotel to checkin. After lunch you will visit Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong was built to commemorate the victory against the invading Tibetan army in 17th century. The Dzong was destroyed by fire and left in ruins. On a clear day you can get a magnificent view of Mount Jhomolhari (7314 m / 23,990 ft). From Drugyal Dzong, we will drive south to Satsam Chorten, built in memory of the late Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche, and continue on to Kyichu Lhakhang, built in seventh century by a Tibetan King, Songtsen Gonpo. After that according to time we will visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan, which has collection of works of art, handicrafts, costumes, armor and rare stamps. We will take a short hike down to Rimpung Dzong. The short hike will take you through a traditional cantilever bridge and to your waiting car at the valley floor. Depending on time, we will hike up to the nearby hill to get a panoramic view of the Paro Valley.Overnight at hotel.

2

PARO (EXCURSION TO TIGER’S LAIR)After breakfast, your car will drop you at the starting point of the excursion to the spectacular Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The steep trail to the monastery will take you through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You will love to stop at the cafeteria for refreshment after a steep climb. If not tired, you will hike further until you get a clear view of Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. The history states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria.Overnight at Hotel.

3

Paro(Excursion to Haa Valley)Today drive to haa valley with pack lunch crossing the chelala pass which is highest on the trip. Visit white temple ,black temple which is said to be built by the Tibetan king songtsen Gonpo in 8th century. Strool in the small town of haa and drive back to paro.Over night in Paro.

4

Paro – Jela Dzong(Distance: 7km, Duration: 4-5 hours, Ascent: 1090m, Camp altitude: 3480m)
It is a long day as you have to climb more than 1000m elevation. You start from the Ta Dzong (National Museum) in Paro. The trek follows a gravel road past a few farms for about 30 minutes and then climbs up a steep ridge before leading through blue pine and fir forests to Damche Gom. Once you reach the ridge below Jela Dzong you descend about 100m to the campsite below the Dzong.

5

Jela Dzong – Jangchulakha(Distance 10km, Duration: 4-5 hours, Ascent: 310m, Descent: 50m, Camp altitude: 3770m)
You begin with a climb for about an hour and a half and then ascend gradually up. The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and dwarf rhododendron tress. You may see yaks and yak herders around your campsite.

6

Jangchulakha – Jimilang Tsho(Distance: 11km, duration: 4 hours, descent: 230m, ascent: 330m, camp altitude: 3870m)
The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are beautiful. The campsite is close to the Jimilang Tsho (Lake). The lake is known for its giant sized trout

7

Jimilang Tsho – Simkotra Tsho(Distance: 11km, duration: 4 hours, ascent: 820m, descent: 400m, camp altitude: 4110m).
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and Janetso Lake. You may come across some yak herder’s camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho (Lake).

8

Simkotra Tsho – Phajoding(Distance: 10km, Duration: 4 hours, Ascent: 130m, Descent: 680m, Camp altitude: 3750m).
The trek begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan peaks. From this pass, the trek takes you downhill to Phajodhing for a night halt. The camp is above Phadjoding

9

Phajodhing – Mothitang(Distance: 4-5km, Duration: 3 hours, Descent: 1130m)
After passing Phadjoding monastery, the trek to Thimphu (Mothitang) is all the way downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours.

10

SIGHTSEEING OF THIMPHU VALLEYVisit King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk Memorial Chorten, Dupthop Lhakhang ( Monastery for the nuns), National Library, the Painting School where traditional art is kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkhas ( sacred Buddhist religious scrolls), and the Institute of Medicine where traditional medicines are prepared according to ancient practices. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit Lungtenzampa to observe the traditional silver smiths plying at their crafts and the Bhutanese traditional paper factory. Drive back to town and visit the handicraft stores and stroll around the tiny capital city.Overnight at Hotel.

OPTION: If you are in Thimphu during Friday Saturday and Sunday then the sightseeing will

Visit Farmers’ Centenary market in Thimphu, which is in a permanent set of stalls. The market was opened in 2008 to celebrate 100 years of monarchy in Bhutan. Vendors from throughout the region arrive on Friday afternoon and remain selling their goods until Sunday night. It’s an interesting place to visit, where village people jostle with well-heeled Thimphu residents for the best and cheapest vegetables and foodstuffs. This is the only time that fresh produce is easily available and the shopping is enhanced by the opportunity to catch up on the week’s gossip. At the northern end of the market are stalls called indigenous goods and handicrafts section. Here you will find locally produced goods, including religious objects, handmade metal swords and knives, baskets, fabrics and different hats from various minority groups. Your sightseeing will continue to Zangdopelri temple in Changlimithang where you can witness young Bhutanese practicing their favorite archery game. We will return to hotel for lunch. After lunch, you will visit the Memorial Chorten built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, Dupthop Lhakhang (Monastery for the nuns) and other places of interest.

11

THIMPU (Day excursion to Puunakha)Leaving Thimphu the road ascends steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3050 m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. You will continue your drive down from the pass to Punakha and visit to visit the majestic Punakha Dzong, built on the confluence of Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River) after having lunch in a local resturant. It is the most magnificent dzong of Bhutan and was the capital in the 17th and 18th century. Presently, the Dzong is the district administration and judiciary office as well as the winter seat for Bhutan’s spiritual leader Je Khenpo and the 600 monks of Thimphu and Punakha.After the visit we then continue our drive back to thimphu.Overnight at hotel.

12

Depart ThimphuAfter breakfast, drive to the airport for your onward flight which will take you about hour. Your escort from Bhutan Creative Tours will bid you farewell. As the aircraft gains height and proceed, you will see the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappear behind its guardian mountains.

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FAQ

What is the best time to visit Bhutan?

In Bhutan every season has its own charm; as such the country has variety of doings to the tourist according to their interest. But the most visited months are usually March, April and May during which the country is at its best scenery as the spring just hits off and of course in the later months of the year like August, September, October and November. These are the peak seasons as the weather during these time of the years are pleasant and warm and not to forget the festival months. However, Bhutan Creative Tours is focusing to spread out visitation over the year because, come rain or shine, there is something for all parts of the year. The winters are cold, but we have winter treks and festivals in the southern parts of Bhutan,which has warm weather through out the year. A winter in Bhutan is characterized by clear blue skies, but you need your jackets with you.


Do I need a Visa for Bhutan? How can I obtain a Visa for Bhutan?

All visitors traveling to Bhutan are required to obtain a Visa prior to your arrival to Bhutan, except for Indian nationals holding a valid Indian passport. After your confirmation to visit Bhutan with us, you can just download and fill out the Visa Application form from our website and send it to us. We’ll have the visa confirmation letter processed within 7 working days and send it to you. The Visa Application System used by the national tourism office is designed by our CEO when he was working as the Chief Researcher for the Tourism Council of Bhutan. This makes it very easy for us to leverage visa processing even during the final minutes before your arrival to Bhutan.


What Documents will I require at the Airport when I come to Bhutan?

You will need your Passport which has 6 months validity for its expiry date, Druk Air e-ticket, whether you booked it through us or the Druk air’s website and your Visa confirmation letter which we will send you prior to your arrival in the country. And please to carry a copy of your tour itinerary as well.

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