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Druk Path Trek tour
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Druk Path Trek

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
13 days
From: $ 3,929 $ 302 / day
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Short Description

One of the most popular treks in Bhutan, the Druk Path trek stretches from Paro to Thimphu and offers great views of the highlands, lakes and Phajoding Monastery. Also visits Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Trip Includes

Included:

  • All accommodation as per itinerary in 3-star level hotels
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • 24/7 airport transfer service
  • All transport in private vehicles
  • Bhutan visa fee, tourism development fee and government royalty
  • Local tour guide/tour leader
  • All camping equipment including baggage ponies, tents, camping mats, kitchen tents, guide & camp crew
  • All national park entry and activity fees
  • All entrance fees to sites visited

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Itinerary

Day 1, Arrive in Paro, transfer to hotel
On arrival into Paro airport we greet you and transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon visit Paro Dzong and the National Museum.
| OVERNIGHT:
Paro - 3-star hotel
| MEALS:
Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS:
Single room supplement (BHTMDP)

Day 2, Tiger's Nest walk, afternoon tour
This morning walk up to the iconic Taktshang ( or 'Tiger's Nest') monastery perched on a cliff face (approx. 2-3 hours each way). Afternoon tour to the ruined Drukgyel Dzong and ancient Paro Dzong and the National Museum.
| OVERNIGHT:
Paro - 3-star hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3, Start trek from Paro, Jili Dzong
The first day can be quite arduous as you have to climb more than 1,000m elevation. You start from the Ta Dzong (National Museum) in Paro. The trek follows a gravel road past a few farms for about 30 minutes and then climbs up a steep ridge before leading through blue pine and fir forests to Damche Gom. Once you reach the ridge below Jili Dzong you descend about 100m to the campsite below the Dzong. Trekking notes Distance 7 km, 4-5 hours, 1,090 m ascent, camp altitude 3,480 m
| OVERNIGHT:
Camping on trek
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4, Jili Dzong to Jangchulakha
You begin with a steep climb for about an hour and a half, then the slope evens a bit and the ascent is more gradual. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and dwarf rhododendron tress. You may see herders and their yaks around your campsite. Trekking notes Distance 10 km, 4-5 hours, 310 m ascent, 50 m descent, camp altitude 3,770 m
| OVERNIGHT:
Camping on trek
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5, Jangchulakha to Jimgelang Tsho
The trail follows a ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are simply stunning. The campsite is close to the Jimgelang Tsho Lake. This lake is known for its giant sized trout. Trekking notes Distance 11 km, 4 hours, 230 m descent, 330 m ascent, camp altitude 3,870 m
| OVERNIGHT:
Camping on trek
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6, Jimgelang Tsho to Simkotra Tsho
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and past Janetso Lake. You may come across some yak herder camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad's life. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho Lake. Trekking notes Distance 11 km, 4 hours, 820 m ascent, 400 m descent, camp altitude 4,110 m
| OVERNIGHT:
Camping on trek
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7, Simkotra Tsho to Phajoding
The day begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and several other Himalayan peaks. From this pass, the trek takes you downhill towards Phajodhing where you will halt for the night. The camp is located just above Phadjoding Monastery. Trekking notes Distance 10 km, 3-4 hours, 130 m ascent, 680 m descent, camp altitude 3,750 m
| OVERNIGHT:
Camping on trek
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8, Phajodhing to Mothitang
After passing Phadjoding monastery, the trek to Thimphu (Mothitang) is downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours. Trekking notes Distance 4-5 km, 3 hours, 1,130 m descent
| OVERNIGHT:
Camping on trek
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9, Druk Path to finish, tours of Thimphu
The Druk Path finishes at the Bhutan Broadcast Service (BBS) Telecommunication Tower, offering great view of the city of Thimphu. Free afternoon (perhaps try some traditional Bhutnese archery).
| OVERNIGHT:
Thimphu - 4-star hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 10, Thimphu sightseeing tours
Today you have a full day to do a range of sightseeing tours around Thimphu. Your guide will provide a choice of sites to visit which you can select from based on your personal interests. These include craft, heritage and traditional medicine museums, the national library, temples and stupas, and the national Takim research centre. Ideally we'd time the tour you can also visit the weekend market this morning (the market runs between Friday afternoon & Sunday lunchtime).
| OVERNIGHT:
Thimphu - 4-star hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 11, Thimphu to Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang
The drive till Punakha will take about three to four hours and traverses through beautiful forests composed of rhododendron and fields of dwarf bamboo. The landscape, green meadows, beautiful wildflowers, gushing waterfalls and constantly changing vegetation offers breathtaking scenery. About 45 minutes drive from Thimphu, is the Dochula pass (3,100m). From here one will get their first glimpse of the eastern Himalayan ranges, consisting of snow-capped peaks with heights measuring anywhere from 6,000m to 7,554 m. The pass is also exotic in flora and fauna. Apart from this, the spectacular 108 stupas or chortens build around a mound and the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (Temple) at the pass makes the place a visitor's delight. The road from the pass descends all the way to Punakha. Before reaching Punakha, you will visit the Temple of Fertility (Chimi Lhakhang), which is an hour hike (round trip) from the road. Associated with Lam Drukpa Kuenley (Divine Madmonk), this 15th century structure is a place where the phallus is worshipped, with barren women from around the world receiving blessings from a phallus. You will then arrive at Punakha Dzong (Fortress), which from far looks like a gigantic ship perched on a mass of water. Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and is home of the Chief Abbot and the central monk body during the winter months. Built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal at the confluence of two rivers (Pho-male and Mo-female), the Fortress is the quintessence of Bhutanese architecture and was a hub of ancient Bhutan's civil and religious life. It houses some of the Kingdom's most sacred relics in the form of religious antiques. In the afternoon, you will visit Punakha Dzong and then drive for half an hour and hike to the Khamsumyuly chorten.
| OVERNIGHT:
Punakha - 3-star hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 12, Punakha to Wangdue Phodrang, return to Paro
In the morning, we will visit the ruins of Wangdue Phodrang (fortress), which was built in 1638 by the Shabdrung and tragically gutted by a fire in 2012. We will also take a stroll around Wangdue town. A four-hour drive takes us back to Paro, where we will have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we take a stroll around Paro town and visit a farm house.
| OVERNIGHT:
Paro - 3-star hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 13, Paro, transfer to airport
After breakfast, you will be driven to Paro international Airport for your journey home.
| OVERNIGHT:
N/A
| MEALS:
Breakfast

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Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 20

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  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. Laundry)
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