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Drukpath Trek

Day – 1 Arrive Paro International Airport by Druk Air
During the journey to Paro, one will experience breath taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Chomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by representatives of our tour operator, who will escort you to the Hotel where arrangements have been made for two nights halts.

Day – 2 Paro – Sightseeing
Drive to Drugyel Dzong (a ruined fortress – 16 Kms away from the Paro Town). Although now in ruins, this Dzong is of historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the Tibetans and drove them back. From here too the peak of Chomolhari “Mountain of the Goddess”, alt. 7329 m (24,029ft.) can be viewed on a clear day. On the way back, you visit a typical Bhutanese farm house. After lunch, at the hotel, take a leisurely walk to stretch your legs in preparation for the excursion to Taktsang view point.

Day – 3 Paro – Excursion to Taktsang
Spend a full day hiking to Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest. This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 4000 ft. above the valley floor. Legend says that Guru Padmasambhava flew here on the back of a tigress – hence the name – to meditate. The tigress was actually his favorite consort, Yeshe Tsogyel, whom he transformed to a flying tigress for the purpose of this journey. The Guru finished his meditation, he instructed that a monastery be built. The hike to Taktsang Monastery takes about 4 hours.

Picnic Lunch at the Taktsang Cafeteria

Day – 4 Paro – Jele Dzong Distance – approximately 7 Kms. Alt. 2576m.
This is a short trekking day. The trek trail is rather gradual till the camp and if the weather is clear, the Paro Valley can be seen with the snowcapped mountains behind the valley.

Day – 5 Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha Distance – 10 Kms. Alt. 2879m.
You begin with about an hour and half climb and then ascend gradually up. The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and dwarf rhododendron tress. You may seek yaks and yak herders around your camp site.

Day – 6 Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso Distance – 11 Kms Altitude -
The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are beautiful. The campsite is close to the Lake Jimilangtso. These lakes are known for their giant sized trout and if lucky you may enjoy a well-prepared lake trout for dinner.

Day – 7 Jimilangtso – Simkota Distance – 11 Km Alt – 3,485 m.
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and lake of Janetso. You may come across some yak herders camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomads life. The campsite is close to Simkota lake and if you are lucky, you can do some trout fishing!

Day – 8 Simkota – Phajoding Distance – 10 Km, Altitude – 2,879m.
The trek begins with a gradual climb . If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount “Gangkhar Punsum”, the highest mountain in Bhutan as well other Himalayan mountain ranges from Dochula pass. From this pass, the trek takes you down hill to Phajoding Cafeteria for a nights halt.

Day – 9 Phajoding – Thimphu Distance – 8Km, Altitude – 2,439m
The trek to Thimphu is all the way down hill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours. Back to hotel for a hot shower and delicious lunch.

Evening: Relax in Thimphu’s modern health club and beauty parlor “Sakten Health Club and Salon” where sauna, steam, gymnasium facilities are available as well as full beauty treatment, including hair dressing, skin care (with pure herbal products) and body massage services. For our guests, Sakten Health Club facilities (steam, sauna and gym) are free and beauty services are also available for concessional rates.

Day – 10 Thimphu – Sightseeing
Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building where the office of the government ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room, and the office and living quarters of the monk body and its Chief Abbot are housed.

Visit the handicrafts emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased.

Visit the painting and wood craft schools where the traditional art and painting are kept alive.

Visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972.

Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved.

Visit Simtokha Dzong (6Km from Thimphu), the oldest Dzong in Bhutan, built in 1629 Ad. The Simtokha Dzong houses the largest monastic schools in the country.

Day – 11 Thimphu – Excursion to Punakha/Wangdi
A days trip to Punakha and Wangdi Valley. Punakha is the former capital of Bhutan (77Km) from Thimphu and Wangdi is 16 Km away from Punakha. The Punakha Dzong houses the winter residence of the monastic body and its Chief Abbot. The massive fortress is situated between two rivers known as “Phochu Mochu” (Male Female River) The drive takes about three hours one way.

Evening: Drive back to Thimphu for the night.

Day – 12 Thimphu – Paro International Airport
Seen off by representatives of our tour operator or your guide.