This is a relatively short, moderate grade trek leading from Paro valley to Thimphu valley, or vice versa, & crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. The route passes through sparsely populated places. One of the interesting features of this trek is the presence of beautiful lakes enroute teeming with fish. Also this area is particularly famous for spectacular rhododendron forests which run riot in the month of May. The best time for this trek is March – May and September – November.
- Trip Code: Druk Path Trekking
- Trip Type: Trekking
- Max. Altitude: 380 m
- Travel Mode: Air/Coaches
|Trip Code||Druk Path Trekking|
|Trip Duration||12 Days|
|Min Group Size||2|
|Max Altitude||380 m|
|Best Season||Mar-May & Sep-Nov|
Arrive at Paro Airport (7,000ft). A representative from the office who will then take you to the hotel will receive you at the airport.
A day of acclimatization. Local sightseeing includes visit to Drugyel Dzong, Ta Dzong, which houses the National Museum, and the traditional wooden bridge. Stroll through Paro town.
The trek trail is gradual and if the weather is clear the Paro valley can be seen. Altitude – 11,600 ft / 3,536 m. Distance 10 kms.
The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and rhododendron trees. The yaks in winter graze in the pastures around the path and there may be some yaks and yak herders around the campsite. Altitude – 11,900 ft / 3,627 m. Distance – 10 kms.
The trail follows the ridge of the mountain and on a clear day one can get a splendid view of the mountains and valleys. Camp is close to the lake of Jimilangtso. These lakes are known for their giant sized trout. Altitude – 12,160 ft / 3,706 m. Distance – 11 kms.
The trail goes through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janetsho. One may come across some yak herders’ camps and one can see to how they live. Camp is close to Semkotha lake. Altitude – 12,580 ft / 3,834 m. Distance – 11 kms.
The trek begins with a gradual climb and if weather permits one will get a beautiful view of Mount Gangkhar Punsum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan mountains from Doupchula Pass. The path gradually descends till Phajoding, where the monastery and the retreat centers for meditation are located. Overnight in camp. Altitude – 11,600 ft / 3,536 m. Distance – 10 kms.
The trail to Thimphu goes down hill through the blue pine forests. It takes about 2 -3 hours to reach Thimphu. Evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel. Alt. 8,050 ft / 2,454 m. Distance – 7 – 8 kms.
Visit National Library, School of Thangka Painting, Institute of Traditional Medicine and the Memorial Chorten. Afternoon, visit the Handicraft Emporium.
Morning at leisure. After lunch, drive to Paro. On the way, visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress in the country built in 1627 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of Bhutan. Evening walk around the Paro town.
Spend a full day hike to Taktshang, the Tiger’s Nest. This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 3,000 ft above the valley floor. The monastery unfortunately got burnt in 1998 and has recently been reconstructed.
Early breakfast at the hotel and drive to the Paro Airport to board the flight. Your escort from Bhutan will see you off at the airport.
Trip Cost Include:
|»||Airport pick up and drop|
|»||All Melas (breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)|
|»||All Transportation by car van/Bus/Coaster|
|»||One English Speaking Guide|
|»||Sightseeing Entry fee|
|»||Bhutan Travel Pernit|
|»||Equipment: Trekking tents, Dining tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent, Table and chairs, Mattresses during the trekking|
|»||All Food for trekking ( Breakfast, lunch, dinner) prepared by our cook|
|»||Staff: 1 Trekking Guide, 1 Cook, 1 Kitchen & necessary porters|
|»||All transportation by car/ van/ bus|
|»||Trekking crews of insurance|
|»||Trekking allowance, food allowance for trekking crews|
|»||Bhutan Visa fee (USD 20.00)|
|»||Tourism Development fund(TDF USD 10.00)|
|»||Emergency Rescue evacuation|
|»||Trekking Sleeping bag|
|»||Bar bills & beverage|