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Druk Path Trek
Paro, Bhutan, Bhutan
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  • Trip introduction

    Cradled in the lap of the Himalayas, Bhutan has many scenic treks to offer trekkers. Following the ancient high-level route between Paro and Thimpu, the Druk Path is an excellent short trek skirting past several remote lakes and offering some great views of the Eastern Himalayas. The first day's walk leading to the ruined Jeli Dzong sitting on a high ridge above the Paro valley commands breathtaking views of Chomolhari, the most revered mountain in Bhutan. During the succeeding four days of trekking, we climb above the tree-line crossing several passes, en route camping beside clear mountain lakes, visiting yak herders' encampments and enjoying splendid panoramas of the lesser known peaks like Jitchu Drake and Gangkar Puensum. This is a moderate level trek that is perfect for travellers with a fair amount of trekking exprience or newbies who are up for a challenge.

    Destination

    The land of the Thunder Dragon - Druk Yul , conjures an image of immense fascination in the minds of most people. Ancient monasteries with fascinating histories, benevolent people with a rich cultural heritage, snow capped Himalayas offering quaint trekking trails . Bhutan, often referred to as ‘The Last Shangri –La’ is probably the most beautiful and mystique country in the world. Alongside we also immerse ourselves in the rich culture of Bhutan through our excursions in Paro and Thimpu. A hike to the fabled Taktsang - Tiger’ Nest monastery, preached precariously on a mountain face; along with visits to several dzongs, museums and smaller monasteries round of our experience of Bhutan .

    Destination highlights

    • Trek along shimmering glacial lakes.
    • Enjoy grand views of the Eastern Himalayas.
    • Hike to the stunning Taktsang Monastery.
    • Visit historic monuments in Paro and Thimpu.

    Trip requirements

    Health conditions

    Participants with high blood pressure and asthma need to check with their physician before attempting this trek.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

    As responsible tourists, each one of us can reduce the negative impact of our travel and help local communities in simple ways:

    Dress appropriately so as not to offend local sensibilities.

    Use a single water bottle that you can refill from a safe source instead of several bottles of packaged drinking water.

    Dispose off litter in designated places.

    Carry back plastic waste, worn out batteries etc as much as possible to larger cities that have safer systems to manage such waste.

    Cancellation policy

    Please note that the following charges will apply on cancellation:

    If cancellation takes place less than 7 days prior to departure 100% of the trip price will be charges per head.

    If cancellation takes place between 7 to 14 days prior to departure then 75% of the trip price will be charged per head.

    If cancellation takes places between 15 to 30 days prior to departure then 50% of the trip price will be charged per head.

    If cancellation takes pkace before 30 days from the date of departure then 15% of the trip price will be charged per head.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Participants must hold a valid pasport.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Bagdogra airport
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    Drop off point
    Bagdogra airport
    Mode of transport
    Bus
    Start point
    Paro
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    End point
    Thimphu
    Time of departure
    02:30 PM
    Time of return
    06:00 PM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    35 hrs
    Total distance covered
    70 kms
    Start point elevation
    11154 Feet
    Maximum elevation
    13254 Feet
    Minimum elevation
    7874 Feet
    Average per day distance
    12 kms
  • Day 1: Bagdogra to Phuntsholing

    We pick you up from Bagdogra airport and drive to Phuntsholing.

    Overnight at the Bhutan Residence hotel.

    Day 2: Phuntsholing to Paro

    After breakfast, we commence our scenic drive to Paro valley. The landscape changes from semi tropical to temperate along the route. En route, we keep halting for pictures, gradually absorbing the beauty of the country.

    Overnight at Rema Resort.
    /Druk Path Trek Scenic view of the landscape.

    Dat 3: Hike to Taktsang monastery

    After breakfast, we commence our hike to Taktshang monastery where we spend most of the day trekking to 'the tiger’s nest'. This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 4000 feet above the valley floor.

    Overnight at Rema Resort.
    /Druk Path Trek Taktsang monastery popularly referred to as Tiger’s Nest, is a cultural herritage of Paro.

    Day 4:Paro to Jele Dzong

    The first day of our actual trek begins now. It is a long climb, as we gain more than 3280 feet in elevation. The trek follows a gravel road past a few farms for about 30 minutes, and then climbs steeply up a ridge.

    Overnight camping in tents.

    Day 5:Trek – Jele Dzong to Jangchu Lakha

    This is a short day, which allows time to visit Jili Dzong, atop a promontory at 11712 feet. From the Dzong, the route begins with a long ridge walk, first climbing on the west side of the ridge in a rhododendron forest to a saddle, then descending through a thick temperate forest.

    Overnight camping in tents.
    /Druk Path Trek Lush green forest of the north east.

    Day 6:Jangchu Lakha to Jimilangtso

    The trail follows the ridge from where one can get grand views of the mountains and the valleys on a clear day. The trail passes through a mixed rhododendron and pine forest before reaching Jimilang Tso a beautiful lake.

    Overnight camping in tents.
    /Druk Path Trek Scenic grand views of the mountains and the valleys on a clear sky.

    Day 7: Trek-Jimilangtso to Simkota

    Today our trail ascends from the lower end of the lake to a ridge, which we traverse . From here a series of accents and decents gets us to our campsite. All along the way, we get to see many beautiful glacial lakes.

    Overnight camping in tents.
    /Druk Path Trek Walking on the ridge through the mix jungle of rhododendron and pine trees.

    Day 8: Trek – Simkota to Thimpu

    Today we begin with a gradual climb, and if the weather is clear, we can enjoy views of the surrounding mountains, particularly Mt. Gangkhar Puensum (the highest mountain in Bhutan).  From the pass, we descend and reach Phajoding, then trek all the way down till we reach Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

    Overnight at Dorji Elements.

    Day 9: Thimpu sightseeing Phuntsholing

    We spend half our day sightseeing around Thimphu, with a visit to the Textile Museum, Heritage Museum, Painting School, Handicrafts Emporium, Zilukha Nunnery, Chang Gangkha Monastery, Memorial Chorten and Tashicho Dzong. After lunch, we drive to Phuntsholing.

    Overnight at the Bhutan Residence hotel.

    Day 10: Phuntsholing to Bagdogra

    Today marks the end of the trip and we drop you off to Bagdogra airport.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Bagdogra
    End point
    Phuntsholing
    Day start time
    02:30 PM

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Phuntsholing
    End point
    Paro
    Day start time
    06:00 AM

    Day 3 - Milestone

    Start point
    Paro
    End point
    Paro
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 kms
    Trekking time
    5 hrs

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Paro
    End point
    Jele Dzong
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 kms
    Trekking time
    5 hrs

    Day 5 - Milestone

    Start point
    End point
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 kms
    Trekking time
    5 hrs

    Day 6 - Milestone

    Start point
    Jangchu Lakha
    End point
    Jimilangtso
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    12 kms
    Trekking time
    6 hrs

    Day 7 - Milestone

    Start point
    Jimilangtso
    End point
    Simkota
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    12 kms
    Trekking time
    6 hrs

    Day 8 - Milestone

    Start point
    Simkota
    End point
    Thimpu
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    16 kms
    Trekking time
    8 hrs

    Day 9 - Milestone

    Start point
    Thimphu
    End point
    Phuntsholing
    Day start time
    06:00 AM

    Day 10 - Milestone

    Start point
    Phuntsholing
    End point
    Bagdogra
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Accommodation in hotels specified, on a twin sharing basis.
    • All meals during the course of the trip.
    • Entire logistics for the trek.
    • Transportation using a mini bus.
    • Entrance fees to places of sightseeing.
    • A knowledgeable English-speaking guide.
      Excludes
    • Airfare to and fro, from the city of origin to Bagdogra.
    • Excess stay and meals due to bad weather conditions or strikes, resulting in delay of flights or any other form of transport.
    • Soft drink charges, table drinks, laundry, cigarettes, telephone expenses, beer and liquor charges.
    • Any other item not mentioned in the inclusions.

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Long pants/track pants and long sleeve t-shirts
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Cap/Hat
    • Good quality trekking shoes
      What not to Wear
    • Clothes that do not offer any protection against heat, dust and insects
    • Sandals/Slippers

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Technical equipment needed for the hike, if any.
      You need to get

    Medical Kit

    • Specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.
  • Day 1: Bagdogra to Phuntsholing

    Bhutan Residence

    Just a 10-minute walk from Phuentsholing-India border gate, the Bhutan residence is infused with contemporary interiors, modern amenities and business facilities that make it convenient and appealing to all travelers. The residences are fully furnished with stylish fittings fusing traditional Bhutanese style with contemporary touches.

    http://www.bhutanresidence.com/

    Day 2: Phuntsholing to Paro

    Rema Resort

    Located 1.5 kms from Paro city, the Rema resort is a slice of paradise with the best Bhutanese hospitality services on offer. The rooms are designed to accentuate typical Bhutanese architecture and provide stunning views of the majestic Paro valley.

    http://www.paroremaresort.com/

    Dat 3: Hike to Taktsang monastery

    Rema Resort

    Located 1.5 kms from Paro city, the Rema resort is a slice of paradise with the best Bhutanese hospitality services on offer. The rooms are designed to accentuate typical Bhutanese architecture and provide stunning views of the majestic Paro valley.

    http://www.paroremaresort.com/

    Day 4:Paro to Jele Dzong

    Tent

    Stay in clean and comfortable tents, close to nature.

    /Druk Path Trek Scenic view of the landscape.

    Day 5:Trek – Jele Dzong to Jangchu Lakha

    Tent

    Stay in clean and comfortable tents, close to nature.

    /Druk Path Trek Scenic view of the landscape.

    Day 6:Jangchu Lakha to Jimilangtso

    Tent

    Stay in clean and comfortable tents, close to nature.

    Day 7: Trek-Jimilangtso to Simkota

    Tent

    Stay in clean and comfortable tents, close to nature.

    Day 8: Trek – Simkota to Thimpu

    Dorji Elements

    Dorji elements is affiliated with the National hospitality sector of Bhutan. They provide authentic Bhutanese hospitality and have been recognized and appreciated by international hospitality accrediting agencies. They have also received a certificate of recognition from Trip advisor, for being a boutique hotel in Bhutan.

    http://www.hoteldorjielements.com/

    Day 9: Thimpu sightseeing Phuntsholing

    Bhutan Residence

    Just a 10-minute walk from Phuentsholing-India border gate, the Bhutan residence is infused with contemporary interiors, modern amenities and business facilities that make it convenient and appealing to all travelers. The residences are fully furnished with stylish fittings fusing traditional Bhutanese style with contemporary touches.

    http://www.bhutanresidence.com/

    Day 10: Phuntsholing to Bagdogra

    Trip ends before nightfall.

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