Druk Path Trek

Bhutan 7N/8D

Travel Bhutan with Bhutan Travel Packages Druk Path

OUTLINE ITINERARY

On the flight to Paro one can see the tallest of Himalayan peaks like; Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by representatives of Bhutan Travel Packages and would be taken to Paro Hotel. In late afternoon you can visit the local market for some leisure sightseeing. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.


Day 01: Arrive Paro

Your Bhutan Travel experience starts much prior to your entering Bhutan’s air space. During the flight, you can see breath-taking views of the Himalaya Mountains, including the Mount Everest, sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by Bhutan Travel Packages representative and transferred to your hotel at Paro. In the afternoon after lunch and much needed rest from the long travel to Bhutan.Youwill visit The Ta Dzong, built in 17thcentury, as watchtower to defend Paro Dzong (fortress) and the valley from invading Tibetans. This fortress was converted into a museum in 1968 and over a period it has gathered over 3000 fascinating artefacts, some dating back about 2000 years. Thereafter you will visit the Ringpung Dzong meaning the “fortress of heap of jewels”. Later you will visit the local Paro market. Dinner and overnight stay, at the hotel in Paro.

Day 02: Acclimatization hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery

This early morning you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. Bhutan’s most revered monastery. The location and setting of this monastery standing almost a kilometre on a vertical rockface above the valley floor is absolutely breath-taking. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche came here to meditate riding on back of a tigress from Tibet in 8th century. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant 25 minutes from the monastery. The Cafeteria also presents a beautiful view of the Taktsang. After reaching assigned vehicle you will leave for KyichuLhakhang one of the oldest temple in Bhutan. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Paro.

Day 03: Paro-ShanaZampa (17 km, 5-6 hours) Trek starts

Early morning you will drive to Drukgyel Dzong from here your trek starts. Paro Drukgyel Dzong to SharnaZampa (Distance a17km, trek time 4 to 5 hours, camp altitude 2,850m). The walk trek will start on a wide trail through rice and millet field and would gently climb into apple orchards. The trail follows Paro Chu (river). Soon you will reach the army post of Gunitsawa at 2810m. This is the last stop before Tibet. There are several meadows to camp in beyond Shana Zampa for the night.

Day 04:Dzong - Jangchulakha

(Distance - 10 km, alt. 2900m) The trail begins with about 2 hours of moderate climb. The path takes you through thick alpine forest and dwarf rhododendron tress. Overnight camp. You are most likely to come across yaks and yak herders around your campsite at Jangchulakha.

Day 05:Jangchulakha - Jimilangtso

(Distance – 11 km, altitude –4050m) The trail follows a ridge, one can have a scintillating view of the Paro valley and a clear view of Jishu Drake peak. The campsite will be next Jimilangtsho lake. This lake is also known for its giant size trout.

Day 06:Jimilangtso - Simkota

(Distance – 11 km, alt - 3,485m) The trek takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and you pass Janetso Lake on the way. Yaks herders are common here and you might come across a few flocks. The campsite will be next to Simkota Lake which is famous known for its giant trout fishing, if lucky enough to catch one it could be your dinner.

Day 7:Simkota - Phajodhing

(Distance - 10 km, altitude - 2,879m) The trail will begin with a moderate climb. On this day you will be treated to a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain peak in Bhutan and number of other peaks. En route we will stop at Dochula pass. From this pass, the trek takes you down to your overnight campsite Phajodhing.

Day 8:Phajodhing - Thimphu (Trek ends)

(Distance – 8 km, altitude - 2,439m) The trail to Thimphu is all the way downhill through a forest of blue pine. It will at the most 3 hours to reach Thimpu the capital city of Bhutan. You will straightway check into a hotel and have lunch. In evening you can visit the local market, do some memorabilia shopping. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Thimpu.

Day 10:Thimpu Sightseeing

Your Bhutan tour will commence by first visiting the Tashischo Dzong; a beautiful medieval fortress/monastery housing most of the government offices and the King’s throne room. This is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the chief Abbot of the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan. We will continue our tour of Bhutan by then visiting Zorig Chusum the the school of 13 traditional arts and crafts, here you will also be able to see pupil at work, immersed in traditional intricate weaving. Institute of Tibetology, National Memorial Chorten, handicraft emporium. National Library: this facility holds an extensive collection of Buddhist text and manuscripts dating back many a centuries as well as some modern literature. Late afternoon start for Punakha. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Punakha.

Day 11: Punakha & Wangdi

Your last day of travel Bhutan. Punakha & Wangdi Tour. In the morning after breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong or Pungthang Dechen Photrang Dzong meaning ‘the place of great happiness and bliss’, it was constructed under the direct guidance of Zhabdrung Rinpoche. This fortress was completed in 1638 and was later renovated in 2004. Punakha Dzong was the administrative centre and the seat of the Royal Government of Bhutan till 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimpu. The fortress also houses the sacred remains of Zabdrung Nagawang Namgyal (1595-1651), the architect of Bhutanese cultural identity, separate from the Tibetan culture. It also stores the sacred remains of Terton Padma Lingpa (1450-1521), a famous and enlightened saint. Terton means the discoverer of ancient text and he is considered the foremost of the Five Terton. Post lunch we will visit Chimi Lhakahng (monastery) built in 1499, dedicated saint Drukpa Kuenley (1455-1529) also known as the ‘Divine Madman’. In the afternoon start for Paro. Dinner and overnight stay in Paro.

Day 12:- Departure

Departure. Your trip to Bhutan has sadly come to an end. Although you are amongst the lucky few who have had this unique and exotic experience of Bhutan trekking and also of Bhutan travel. We at Bhutan Travel Packages wish you a safe journey back home or your next destination. A vehicle will see you off to the Paro International Airport for your flight to your next destination. While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of scope to be able to choose places to visit, as well as drop a few places on itinerary if you so desire. Also all the packages can be custom made to suite your need.

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