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Druk Path Trek

Druk Path Trek

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Overview

 This is an excellent choice for those with a tight schedule. A short 4 days trek  crossing the chain of mountains which separates two district, Paro & Thimphu or vice versa. This is a classic walk along high, windy ridges, past ruined forts which long ago guarded against Tibetan invasion. 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 spring. The views of the Himalayas can be seen in late autumn and winter. 

Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu

Day 03: Arrive Paro by Druk air A319, the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by ITT members. Afternoon / evening time at leisure. Overnight Kichu Resort.
 
Day 04: For acclimatization day hike to Taktsang monastery. Horses can be arranged with an extra payment. The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Stroll back to Kichu Resort.
  
Day 05: Drive to Ta-Dzong & trek to Jele Dzong. Today is rather a short trekking day so you can relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Paro vally. The hike is gradually uphill through pine forest. Camp will be next to a Dzong which was renovated recently. There is very interesting stories about the Dzong. Camp at 3100 meters. Walking time 4/5 hours.
 
Day 06: Jele dzong to Jangchulakha. Today the trek begins uphill through huge rhododendron trees. You may encounter yak herders during the winter season. Camp at 3650 meters. Walking time 3/4 hours.
 
Day 07: Jangchulakha to Jigmelangtsho. The trail follows the ridge and on clear weather you will have perfect view of the mountains. The path descends for sometime and camp will be near the lake at 3600 meters. The lake is filled with giant salmon trouts. Walking time 5/6 hours.
 
Day 08: Jigmelangtsho to Phajoding. The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron shrubs passing two lakes. After passing the second lake ascend gradually. From the top you can enjoy the majestic view of Mt.Gangkar Punsum, 7520 meters, highest mountain in Bhutan. Then gradually straight for one and half hour till the steep descend to Phajoding camp at 3500 meters. At night you can see Thimphu city glittering in a bowl shaped valley. Walking time 6/7 hours.
 
Day 09: Phajoding to Thimphu. Today is the easiest day of trekking. Three hours all the way down hill through pine forest. Upon reaching Motithang, ITT coach will drive you to your Hotel. If you are not too tired commence sightseeing. Overnight Hotel  
 
Day 10: Morning sightseeing - Thimphu. Then- drive to Paro. Overnight Kichu Resort.  

Day 11: Paro Sightseeing - visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On clear weather Mount Chomolhari 7320 meters can be seen towering over the dzong. Proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. It was housed into the National museum in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The seven floors museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks. Walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town. Overnight Kichu Resort.
 
Day 12: Transfer to airport for departure. Fly back to Kathmandu

            Day 13: Kathmandu

             Day 14: Fly back to Home

Includes

  • Airport transfer,
  • 4 nights hotel  on B’B plan with  twin  room in Kathmandu
  • Flight Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu
  • airport transfers in Bhutan
  • twin share accommodation on fullboard in Bhutan except drinks ,
  • trekking crew, tents & mattresses, food
  • all transfers & s/seeing with an English speaking guide as per the itinerary in Bhutan.
  • All Entrance fee for Viist in Bhutan
  • Travel Permit in Bhutan
  •  Bhutanese Visa fee and TDF
  • Cultural Dinner at the end of trip in Nepal

Excludes

  • International Flight
  • Nepal entry and re- entry visa fee USD 25/-  for 15 days
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Drinks such as mineral water, coke, beer in Nepal and Bhutan
  • Insurance surcharge,fuel surcharge, bar bills, tips & expenses of personal nature.

Others Information

Note: Visa for processing visa we need to have the full passport details of the clients (name, nationality, date of birth, passport #, issued date, expiry date, occupation) 30 days prior to the travel date.

Trip Fact

  • Trip Duration : 14 days
  • Arrival Date: Kathmandu
  • Departure Date: Kathmandu
  • Highest Altitude : m
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Grade :
  • Season : Autumn/Spring
  • Destination : Bhutan
  • Activity : Trekking in Bhutan

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