DRUK PATH TREK – 12 DAYS with 6 days actual trek
The Druk Path Trek is a 12 day tour program with a 6 day highly scenic trek. It goes to high altitude and is moderately strenuous. The Druk path trek route passes through some of the beautiful high altitude lakes. The actual druk path trek starts from Paro and ends at Thimphu. It is a very popular trekking route for those who do not have much time for the trek, but love to undertake a trek in Bhutan. The trek’s highest point is 3800 meter.
- Real mountain flight offering a long range of Himalaya including Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Kanchanjunga, etc.,
- Uniquely preserved age old rich Buddhist culture and heritage till date,
- The first carbon negative country in the world - well conserved nature,
- The one and only ‘No Smoking’ country in the world,
- The 6 day actual Druk Path Trek offers Bhutan in a beautiful combination of culture, nature and adventure,
- The Druk Path Trek combines tour to the cultural highlights of Bhutan like Thimpu & Paro,
After breakfast, transfer to airport and fly an hour long mountain flight to Bhutan. Arrive at Paro (By Druk Air flight) and our guide from Bhutan will receive you at the airport and drive you to the hotel. After tea, drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong, built in 1647 by the Great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. The dzong is one of the 108 monasteries built across the Himalayan region by the Tibetan King to subdue the Demon that layed across the Himalayan region. The rest of the monasteries lie in other neighboring countries. Dinner and over night in Hotel at Paro.
After breakfast, we take a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten. The trail climbs through the beautiful pine forest with many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Lakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rocky cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort. After lunch, we drive to visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. We also visit Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”), the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Dinner and over night in Hotel at Paro.
Today, we begin a short trek. The trek begins above the National Museum (Ta Dzong). We climb till we reach the camping site. If the weather is clear the Paro valley and the snow-capped mountains can be seen. The campsite is near the old Jele Dzong. If the caretaker is there you can visit the Dzong. Altitude 3,350m; Distance 10 Km; Time 3 - 4 hours. Dinner and over night in Camp.
Today, we start with a short climb and then passes through a thick alpine forest of rhododendron and gradually the trail climbs till we reach the camp. You may see yak herders around your campsite. Altitude 3,700m; Distance 12 Km; Time 4 - 5 hours. Dinner and over night in Camp.
The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valleys are beautiful. Our camp is close to Lake Jimilangtso. These lakes are known for their giant sized trout, and if lucky, you may enjoy well-prepared trout for dinner. Altitude 3,800m; Distance 16 Km; Time 6/7 hours. Dinner and over night in Camp.
The trail takes you through the dwarf rhododendron trees past the lake of Janetso. Dinner and over night in Camp.
From here we slowly descend down to Phajoding Monastery from where Thimphu town is visible at the valley floor. Dinner and over night in camp.
From Phajoding, descend down to Thimphu valley. After Lunch, sightseeing in Thimphu. Dinner and over night in Hotel.
Morning, picturesque drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. We stop for a while at Dochula pass to view higher Himalayas (weather permitting). On the way, visit Chimi Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley. He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”. In Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, “…a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”. Dinner and over night in Hotel at Thimphu.
Guided tour to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. A;so, visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). Afternoon, we drive to the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices, and to Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal silver smiths and Bhutanese paper factory at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). We finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Dinner and over night in Hotel.
After breakfast, excursion to Tango Monastery. After Lunch, drive to Paro. Dinner and over night in Hotel.
Early morning, drive to the airport and farewell.
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