DRUK PATH TREK
Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular trek in Bhutan, a 5 days trek with max elevation of 4235m above the sea level. You will hike through high mountain passes, alpine forest, monasteries and herder’s camp, accessing both Paro and Thimphu valley. The trek starts from Ta Dzong traversing through hills adorned with prayer flags and rhododendron forest. You will be greeted by amazing views of mount Jumolhari, Gangkhar Puensum and other Himalayan peaks. Have a pleasant exploration halt at Jimilangtsho, continue to Simkotra Tsho and finally reach the trek end point at Sangaygang, Thimphu.
On your flight to Paro, if the weather permits, you will be able to spot snowcapped Himalayas including mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. Our guide will be waiting to receive you. You will be driven to your hotel. Later in the day you will visit Ta Dzong, originally a watch tower now converted into a museum. This 17th century old fortress holds varies displays of antique collections. Next stop is the Rinpung Dzong literal translation –“fortress of heap of jewels.” Another Lhakhang you will visit is the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most divine temple of Bhutan. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Today you will hike to the famous Taktsang Goemba. The monastery has a remarkable history and even looks quite extraordinary perched on a hill side. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava flew here to meditate on the back of a tigress. The hike is a 6 hours journey through pine forest and rhododendrons, ascending 900 meters above Paro Valley. In the evening, you can explore Paro town. Overnight hotel in Paro.
10KM | 4-5 HOURS | 1003M ASCENT | 10M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 3480M
Today you will ascend more than 1000m from the trek start point, Ta Dzong following a dirt road for and soon passing Kuenga Choeling Lhakhang after 40 minutes. After continuing trek for an hour you will spot stone houses of Damchena village surrounded by apples orchards. At 3540m, you will reach Jele La and slowly descend to Jele Dzong. Below the dzong is your camp site, a meadow with beautiful rhododendrons around.
10 KM | 4 HOURS | 300M ASCENT | CAMP ALT 3780M
In the day you might hear monal pheasants while taking small ascends and descends along the trek route. From the Dzong you will pass through prayer flags, descend through rhododendrons and climb for 40 minutes to amazing scene of Paro and Bemang Rong valley. If the weather is in your favor, you can see the snowcapped Jumolhari. Continue east, climb further and traverse to the west. After two clearings you will soon reach a yak pasture at 3760m known as Jangchulakha. This will be your camp site.
11KM | 4-5 HOURS | 400M ASCENT | 300M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 3880M
After breakfast, travel 30 minutes to a meadow and descend through rhododendrons where upon you will come across a small peak encompassing prayer flags at 3960m. Trek further till Langye Ja La at 4070m and then descend through small herder’s settlements. The views of Jumolhari and Jichu Drake are impressive from this point. Few minutes of walking and you will reach the serene Jimilangtsho. There is pleasant camp site near the lake.
11KM | 4 HOURS | 270M ASCENT | CAMP ALT 4110M
You will climb a trail through yellow rhododendron, climbing till 4050m and soon reach the top of a hill overlooking Janetsho. Descend to a yak herder’s camp, climb again and come across a ridge at 4150m overlooking Simkotra Tsho. You will camp at 4110m.
14KM | 7 HOURS | 100M ASCENT | 1800M DESCENT
Today you will have a long climb past three false summits and descent towards a camping place and ascend to Labana La at 4235m. From this altitude you will start descending towards the Thimphu valley with stunning views of Jumolhari and Dochu La. If the weather is clear you should also be able to see Gangkhar Puensum and other Himalayan peaks. Then you will descent through juniper trees towards Phajoding and walk further down until you arrive at Sangaygang on the outskirts of Thimphu.
Have breakfast and then get on with the day’s sightseeing to the King’s Memorial Chorten, majestic Tashichhodzong and Kuenselphodrang, the giant Buddha statue. Then you will head to the nunnery temple and Textile Museum. If it is the weekend you will catch a busy weekend market at the bank of Thimphu River where people from nearby villages come here to sell their farm products. You can stroll through the market to see the variety of food of the country, including basket upon basket of fiery chilies, fresh cheese, and mangoes. In addition, many stalls contain Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. It’s fun to wander the aisle, taking in the bustling atmosphere of the market. Perhaps this market scene offers wonderful opportunity for photographs and to mingle with local people. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
After your breakfast, you will be driven to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you goodbye.
Our tour packages do not include insurance of all kinds. Its recommended that you purchase insurance form your country. Insurance cover for loss of baggages, flight cancellation, accidents or rescue operation by helicopter in the event you get stranded on mountains due to weather or altitude sickness.
All our treks are arranged as camping trips. You will be sleeping in a tent pitched at designated campsite. You will have group of staff comprising of your guide, assistants and horsemen. We do not use human porters. Your trekking supplies and equipment will be carried by horses. At higher altitudes, we use yaks for the transportation. Hot meals cooked by our veteran trek-chefs will be provided during treks. Your assistant will carry a hot-packed lunch during the day. Some trekkers augment that our trekking foods are sometimes better than city hotels.
At times change of itinerary may be necessary under unavoidable circumstances such as due to act of god or Force majeur such as heavy rains, blockage of trail due floods, land slides or destruction of bridges because of heavy rains. On such event Bhutan Travelers shall not be held responsible. If you wish to change your Itinerary due to some or your own reasons, we can try all means to accommodate change but it must be based on availability of hotels. During peak season hotels get sold out.
For any last minute cancellation or cancellation made on services after arrival in Bhutan will be subject to fees and penalties. We depend on other parties such as hoteliers and airlines, which are governed by their own set of cancellation rules. The flight canceled less than 3 days from your departure date, you will be liable for fee of US $20 per ticket. For any hotels cancelled on arrival in Bhutan, you will also be liable fees as per the cancellation rules of respective hotels.
Altitude sickness can hit any trekkers irrespective of age, experience and time. For all our trek some level of experience is required but not mandatory. Some trekkers who were even without an experience have fared well in our treks. We had children doing ours treks and people as old as 72 years completing Snowman Trek. You must cooperate with your guide and be honest in confiding any symptoms you develop. Our guides are trained to handle any situations on the mountains. As a precautionary measures, you will have to walk slow on gradually ascending trail, eat well, drink lots of water and fluids on trail.
You must take care of your own personal belongings and equipment supplied by the company. To keep our horses light, we maintain weight limit on trek and do not carry any extra tents and equipment. If you tear your tent out of sheer carelessness or ignorance, you will have to do the trek with holes on your tent. Always ask your guide and assistants for help if you need to clean your tents or get rid of lump of snows on your tent.
Prior to confirmation of a trip, we specify whats included in the package and what is not. Sleeping bag is not included in our package cost. We do not supply sleeping bags. You must bring in your own sleeping bag. There is a rental house that rents out sleeping bag. Please check rental fee with us before you confirm your trip. The reason why we do not supply sleeping bag is because the quality of bags that are found in our market does not match those of yours. So we suggest you bring your own from your country. Most of our trek demands sleeping bag minimum of 8-10 degree celsius.
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