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Bhutan Trekking - The Druk Path

Bhutan Trekking - The Druk Path


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Bhutan

Cities Visited

Paro, Thimphu

Tour Itinerary

Hike among mystical peaks in the Himalayas, visit dzongs and Buddhist gompas, trek along the famous Druk Path, enjoy incredible views of Mt Jomolhari, take in stunning Himalayan mountain views

Where else but the happiest country in the world could you trek among the Himalayas, smiling the whole time at the sheer beauty of the temples and landscapes around you? This active tour will get you out and about to visit some of the most gorgeous temples and monasteries in this part of the world. Trek sacred mountain passes of the celebrated Druk Path, ascend to the profound Taktshang Monastary (Tiger's Nest), and explore the unique beauty of the city of Paro. Bhutan is the only place in the world just waiting for you to walk all over its happiness. (Warning, it's contagious here.)

Day 1: Paro
Arrive at any time, arrival transfer included. Take an orientation walk of Paro town.
Accommodation: Hotel Rema Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2: Paro
Drive to the Chelela Pass before then hike to Kila Goempa, a nunnery perched on a cliff housing over 60 nuns.
Activity: Hike through the deep forest of pine trees and rhododendrons to Kila Goempa nunnery (approx 2.5 hrs). It seems to cling to a rocky cliff and houses around 60-70 nuns. This is a moderate level hike through stunningly beautiful scenery.
Accommodation: Hotel Rema Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 3: Paro/Jele Dzong
Drive to Ta Dzong and begin the hike along the Druk Path. Enjoy a gradual climb with stunning views of the Paro valley, Mt. Jomolhari (7314m) and snowcapped mountains. Finishing the day's journey at Jele Dzong camp.
Activity: Starting at Ta Dzong (2300m/7546 ft.), trek along a trail with a gradual climb towards camp. If the weather is clear the Paro valley can be seen with Mount Jhomolhari (7314m/23996 ft.) and other snow-capped mountains beyond the valley. Camp at Jele Dzong (3436m).
Accommodation: Jele Dzong Camp (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4: Jele Dzong/Jimilangtsho
Continue hiking along a ridge, enjoying the spectacular mountain scenery and flowering rhododendron bushes around the trail. Pass by Jimelangtsho where you may see Yak herders and can visit their tents before reaching camp at Tshokam.
Activity: Start at Jele Dzong (3436mtrs) along a trail through thick alpine forest and rhododendron trees. The walking on this day is along the ridge, with a fair amount of ascents and descents. Mt. Jhomolhari will be visible on this day. Pass by Jimelangtsho where you may see Yak herders and if you are interested you can visit their tents before reaching your camp site. Camp is close by at Tshokam (3880m/12730 ft).
Accommodation: Jangchulhakha Camp (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5: Jimilangtsho/Simkotra
Continue the hike through the mountains, ending the day at Simkotra camp near the lake.
Activity: The trail continues through dwarf rhododendron trees before passing by Janye Tsho Lake. On the route, you might see some Yak herder's camp and see how some of the Bhutanese people live. Camp close to Simkotra Lake(4040m/13255 ft).
Accommodation: Jimilangtsho Camp (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6: Simkotra/Thimphu
Enjoy a final day hikking up to Phume, the highest elevation on our trek. Continue downhill with stunning views of the valley, ending in Thimpu.
Activity: Our longest day of the trek, first hike up to Phume (4210m), the highest elevation on our trek. Continue downhill past the lake of Janye Tshowith, through blue pine forest with stunning views of the valley, to Thimphu (2300m/7545 ft). The trek is mostly downhill through blue pine forest.
Accommodation: Hotel Osel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7: Thimphu
Spend the day exploring the sights of Thimpu, including the Institute of Traditional Medicine Services and Folk Heritage Museum.
Activity: Visit the Institute of traditional Medicine, where old healing arts such as acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practiced.
Activity: Explore the Folk Heritage Museum, which preserves the traditional art of weaving through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in colour and design.
Activity: Enjoy a visit to the Motithang Takin Preserve, which was once a mini zoo. The area was converted into a preserve for Bhutan's national animal, the takin, which is a cross between a goat and an antelope.
Activity: Enjoy a visit to the Institute for Zorig Chusum, an arts and craft school that's a highlight for those interested in Asian art. The institute was established in 1971 to ensure the continuity of Bhutanese traditional arts. Students study here for 4-6 yrs in various mediums. Explore the institute opt to purchase arts and crafts from the shop.
Activity: Drive up to Kuenselphodrang, and explore the site. The statue of Buddha Drodenma. At 51.5m (169 ft) tall, it is the world's largest seated Buddha.
Activity: The chorten is one of the most prominent religious structures in Thimphu, and for local Bhutanese it is a popular part of their daily prayers. Watch locals walk around the Chorten, spinning the prayer wheels and meditating in this lovely and peaceful spot.
Accommodation: Hotel Osel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8: Thimphu/Punākha
Travel to Punakha and trek to Chime Lhakhang. Also known as the temple of the "Divine Madman," hear stories of the madman's legacy. Later, explore Punakha Dzong, one of Bhutan's most majestic structures.
Activity: Take a short hike to Chime Lhakhang, temple of the "Divine Madman." Built in 1499, it is mainly visited today by women as it is known as the temple of fertility.
Activity: Visit Punakha Dzong, the winter seat of the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (female) Chu and Pho (male) Chu. It is the second oldest and second largest dzong (fortress) in Bhutan and one of its most majestic structures, housing many sacred relics. It is also the winter capital of the Je Khenpo (chief abbot).
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Meri Puensum Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 9: Punākha/Paro
Enjoy a day of sightseeing in the Paro valley and gain a deeper understanding of the country's history. Explore Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan's oldest monasteries, before learning about the national sport with a visit to a local archery ground.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Enjoy a visit to one of Bhutan's oldest and most beautiful temples. Built in the 7th century, Kyichu Lhakhang Temple boasts stunning art work inside and throughout the courtyards.
Activity: As Bhutan's national sport, a visit to a local archery ground is a must. Watch locals practice or compete with unbelievable accuracy and precision as they hit distant targets.
Accommodation: Hotel Rema Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Paro
Explore Drugyel Dzong, a ruined castle that has repelled many invasions, before hiking through the mountains to the stunning Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest).
Activity: Drive the winding road to Drukgyal Dzong, a ruined fortress that once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. In the early 1950s, Drukgyal Dzong was almost completely destroyed by fire.
Activity: Hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger's Nest); containing 13 holy relics, it's considered one of the most venerated pilgrim sites of the Himalayan world. It is also where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. Take in the stunning views en route and the incredible vista from this monastery, which clings to the rock towering 2,953m above the valley.
Accommodation: Hotel Rema Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11: Paro
Depart at any time.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners

Transport
Private vehicle, walking.

Inclusions
Your Wellness Moment: Institute of Traditional Medicine Services, Thimphu. Arrival transfer. Paro orientation tour. Chelela Pass hike. Kila Goempa Nunnery hike. Druk Path trekking (4 days). Motithang Takin Preserve visit. Folk Heritage Museum visit. Institute for Zorig Chusum visit. Kuenselphodrang visit. Memorial Chorten visit. Chime Lhakhang visit. Punakha Dzong visit. Kyichu Lhakhang Temple visit. Local Archery Grounds visit. Drukgyal Dzong visit. Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) visit and hike.

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Accommodations

Hotel (7 nts), camping (3 nts).

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G Adventures Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
3.6
Itinerary
4.1
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
3.9

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