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Drukpath trek is an easy to moderate trek that passes through alpine woods with lush open meadows and gradually ascends above the tree line.

Campsites are next to an old monastery and some beautiful mountain lakes. The trail offers beautiful views of snow-capped mountain from several points.

This trek is more of a leisure walk over gentle terrain following age-old yak trails. After the initial climb the route is not too hard and, if needed, there is access to descend to lower altitudes from several points.

  • Short, moderate trek passes through picturesque landscapes of blue pine forests, high hills, lakes, with distant views of high peaks and a chance to step into old forts and temples.
  • In April and May the trail is beautified by blooming rhododendrons.
  • Try traditional hot stone bath called Dotsho, which helps to relax the body and mind. River stones are heated and put into a wooden tub of water. Farmhouse stay to experience real Bhutanese way of living.
  • Try farm house stay to experience real Bhutanese way of living.
  • Day hike to “Tiger’s Nest” monastery that clings to a sheer cliff 900m above Paro valley.

DAY 1~ ARRIVAL PARO (2280m) & DRIVE TO THIMPHU: 65KM/APPROX 1HR

DAY 2~ PARO ACCLIMATIZATION HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST

DAY 3~ PARO – JELA DZONG (3400m): APPROX 4 HR WALK

DAY 4~ JELA DZONG – JANGCHULAKHA (3600m): 4 – 5 HR WALK

DAY 5~ JANGCHULAKHA – JIMILANGTSHO (4000m) APPROX 4HR WALK

DAY 6~ JIMILANGTSHO – SIMKOTA (3800m): APPROX 4HR WALK

DAY 7~ SIMKOTA – PHAJODHING – THIMPHU: APPROX 6HR WALK

DAY 8~ THIMPHU (2320m)

DAY 9~ PARO DEPERTURE


DAY 1~ ARRIVAL PARO (2280m) & DRIVE TO THIMPHU: 65KM/APPROX 1HR
Paro Valley

On arrival at Paro airport you will be greeted by our representative from Bhutan Bokar Tours & Treks who will drive you to your hotel.

After refreshments you will visit the auspicious Kitchu Lhakhang, a scared monument built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Songtshen Gampo to pin the left foot of a treacherous ogress.

This monastery is one of the 108 monasteries built across the Himalayan region by the Tibetan King to subdue the Demoness that lay across the Himalayan region. The rest of the monasteries are in other neighboring countries.

You will also visit Drugyel Dzong the imposing fortress, which was a strategic vantage point for fending off invading Tibetan armies in the 16th century. From here you can view the spectacular mount Jomolhari (7314m) on a clear day. Evening, freely stroll in town and visit shops. Overnight in hotel, Paro.

DAY 2~ PARO ACCLIMATIZATION HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST
Tigers Nest ParoToday’s day will begin  to take on a stunning hike on foot to visit the Taktshang Gompa or Tiger’s Nest viewpoint.

Your hike to Taktshang from the road point will take through the well maintained path which is quite uphill and it takes around 3-4 hours at an average walking speed. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees adorned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You will stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria.

This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock 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 consort.

In the afternoon you will drive to the beautiful valley to the watch tower, locally known as Ta-Dzong. The third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck housed it into the National museum in the 1960s. The seven floor 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, and walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town. Evening freely stroll in town and visit shops. Overnight stay at hotel, Paro.

DAY 3~ PARO – JELA DZONG (3400m): APPROX 4 HR WALK
Enroute to Jela DzongYour day starts with an hour and half climb and then ascend gradually up. The trial takes you through thick pine forests and rhododendrons up till Jele Dzong and Paro valley can be seen with the snow-capped mountains behind. Overnight stay in camp.

 

DAY 4~ JELA DZONG – JANGCHULAKHA (3600m): 4 – 5 HR WALK
Mount JumolhariThe trail goes through thick alpine and rhododendrons. Most of the walking is up and down on a ridge. Mount Jomolhari is visible if skies are clear. Overnight in tented camp. You may see yak herders around your campsite at 3,770m.

DAY 5~ JANGCHULAKHA – JIMILANGTSHO (4000m) APPROX 4HR WALK
Mount Jichu DrakeThe trial follows about 4200m ridge and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valleys are sensational besides the great views of 6989m Jichu Drake, the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Overnight stay in camp.

 

DAY 6~ JIMILANGTSHO – SIMKOTA (3800m): APPROX 4HR WALK
Lakes of BhutanThe trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valleys are beautiful particularly that of the 6,989m Jichu Drake, the peak representing the protective deity of Paro.
Overnight in camp at 3,870m.

DAY 7~ SIMKOTA – PHOJODHING – THIMPHU: APPROX 6HR WALK
Thimphu Valley

Today, you will pass by the glacial lake of Jimlangtsho. These lakes are famous for their giant sized trout. Then our trail passes through dwarf rhododendron trees and the lake of Janetsho.

Today you may come across some yak herders camp and get an idea how these people live. Camp is close to Simkota Lake.

Overnight stay in Camp.

DAY 8~ THIMPHU (2320m)
Buddha Point ThimphuToday’s exploration of Thimphu begins will take with visit to National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan; the Kingdom’s rich culture at the National Library; Folk Heritage Museum which will provide an insight into traditional Bhutanese farm house and rural past through exhibits and documentation of rural life.

After lunch visit Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress likes temple which lies perched on a ridge above Thimphu; Taken Preserve to see the rare national animal of Bhutan. This animal is chosen as the national animal of Bhutan for its uniqueness and its association with the country’s religious history and mythology. A further drive towards the BBS tower will provide a bird’s eye view of the capital; visit nunnery temple and followed by a visit to Tashichho Dzong or “the fortress of the glorious religion” which is Bhutan’s administration and religious centre and houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan, other Government offices. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Overnight stay at hotel, Thimphu.

DAY 9~ PARO DEPERTURE
Drukair flight at paroMorning drive to Paro International Airport for your onward journey.

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