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Druk Path Trek Bhutan

Duration: 10 days Place: Thimphu, Punakha, Paro

The 09N/10D Bhutan Druk Path Trek is a brilliantly planned trekking itinerary in which you will explore the gorgeous landscape of Bhutan, along with its culture and heritage, mostly through trekking. You will be trekking to dzongs, through rhododendron forests and towards scenic viewpoints. There are other ways of exploring Bhutan, but none match the thrill and excitement of trekking. The Druk Path Trek is one of the shortest treks in Bhutan. However, it is also one of the most beautiful, as its trail passes through forests, ridges and lakes. Besides letting you explore its incredible natural beauty, the trek will also offer a glimpse of the everyday lifestyle of the villages. Some of the famous tourist places in Bhutan which this tour covers are Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Jele La Pass, Phajoding Monastery and Motithang. During this itinerary, you will also explore the popular tourist attractions in Thimphu, Punakha and Paro. Trekking is the main attraction of this itinerary, and you will be doing plenty of that.

Day 1: Arrival in Paro

Upon arrival at Paro airport, you will meet our representative and be transferred to the pre booked hotel. Later, visit the National Museum which houses the premium collection of Bhutanese art, traditional artefacts, and samples of flora and fauna. Drive to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples in Bhutan that houses a 7th-century idol of Jowo Jampa (Future Buddha). In the evening, visit floodlit Rinpung Dzong and enjoy the views of Paro Valley.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro, Tiger’s Nest

After an early breakfast, we will drive towards Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Our guide will book the ticket, and you can then begin trekking towards the well-known Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The trail crosses a beautiful forest and culminates at a viewpoint. It is home to some of the most beautiful birds of Bhutan. According to the myth, Guru Rinpoche appeared in the form of furious Dorje Drolo to pacify a sinful essence. One can have different views of Tiger’s Nest Monastery while trekking towards it. Once you reach Tiger’s Nest, the guide will describe you more about the folklore of the place and carousel in the backdrop.

After exploring the area, trek back to roadhead and visit the farmhouse in the gorge to observe day-to-day life in a rustic Bhutanese household. One can also have the chance to dress up in Bhutanese outfit and pose for pictures. Arrival at the hotel by evening, and enjoy a massage or hot stone bath (Prior booking required) at the hotel.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3: Paro – Ta Dzong – Damchena – Jele La – Jele Dzong

In the morning after breakfast, drive to Ta Dzong (National Museum), and from here, start your trek towards Jele Dzong via Damchena and Jele La Pass. Today, we will walk through picturesque Bhutanese farmhouses sitting within apple orchards. The trail goes through pine and fir forests, before reaching the ancient Jele Dzong.

Upon arrival at Jele Dzong, set up camp for overnight stay.

Day 4: Jele Dzong – Jangchhu Lakha

Wake up in the morning to witness the spectacular beauty of Jele Dzong. After breakfast, get ready for a walk up a rhododendron forest to an edge offering countless views of Dagala Range and Mt. Jumolhari.

Dinner and overnight camp at Jangchu Lakha.

Day 5: Jangchhu Lakha – Jimilang Tsho

In the morning after breakfast, trek to the higher trail and cross a rhododendron forest to reach Jimilang Tsho through a minor pass called Langye Ja La. Throughout the way, the track offers boundless views of Paro Valley and Do Chhu.

Overnight stay at Jimilang Tsho.

Day 6: Jimilang Tsho – Janye Tsho – Simkotra Tsho

In the morning after breakfast, we will trek towards Simkotra Tsho via Janve Tsho. The path cuts across crosswise jungles, lakes and ridges, before reaching Simkotra Tsho. Upon arrival, set out camp for dinner and overnight stay at Simkotra Tsho.

Day 7: Simkotra Tsho – Labana La – Phajoding Monastery – Motithang

Today is a great day for our last day trek, as we will have some magnificent views of Inner Himalaya. The trail crosses numerous high-altitude mountain passes that offer vivid views of inside Himalayas. After crossing Phajoding Monastery, trek through a pine forest to reach Motithang Reserve. Witness the Bhutan National Animal at Motithang Reserve, and later drive towards Thimphu.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 8: Explore Thimphu Valley

In the morning after breakfast, we will set off for the hike to Tango Monastery and enjoy the stunning views from the trail. Later, visit all the famous museums of Bhutan: National Institute of Zorig Chusum, which communicates training in the 13 traditional crafts of Bhutan, National Textile Museum, which contains a truckload of information on Thagzo (weaving), and Postal Museum, which traces the development of Bhutanese postal system. Visit Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory and learn about the traditional Bhutanese craft of Dezo (paper -making). Also visit the glorious Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the Bhutanese government and the monastic body. Visit Authentic Crafts Bazaar, where a wide variety of traditional Bhutanese handicrafts are on exhibition. Stroll around the main market of the city and relax at Thimphu Clock Tower Square.

Stay overnight in Thimphu at the hotel.

Day 9: Thimphu – Punakha – Paro

After an early breakfast, drive towards Punakha, with an en route stop at Dochu La Pass. This mountain pass affords panoramic views of Bhutan Himalayas. The main attraction is the 108 chortens built as a tribute to the martyred soldiers, and Druk Wangyal Lhakhang. Upon arrival at Punakha, check in to the hotel, and later on visit Chimi Lhakhang (The Temple of Fertility). The monastery honours an eccentric lama, Drukpa Kunley, who received the establishment’s wrath for his unconventional preaching methods. Afterwards, visit the glorious Punakha Dzong, an important historical site and the storehouse of the holiest religious treasures of Bhutan.

Later, drive back to Paro for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 10: Paro Departure

In the morning after breakfast, transfer to Paro airport and from here, catch a spectacular fight towards your home destination.

Highlights of the trip

  • Admire a 7th century idol in a temple in Paro
  • Trek to Tiger’s Next Monastery & explore it
  • Observe day to day lifestyle in Bhutanese farmhouses
  • Enjoy the views of Mt. Jumolhari
  • Trek through a pine forest & watch the Takin at Motithang Reserve
  • Visit Thimphu attractions like National Textile Museum, Tashichho Dzong.
  • Spend some time at the glorious Punakha Dzong

Inclusion of the trip

  • Accommodation
  • Activities
  • Breakfast
  • Transport

Exclusion of the trip

  • Airfare / Railfare
  • Government GST of 5%
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide Charges
  • Video and Camera permits
  • Any supplementary services
  • Porterage at hotels and airports, tips, insurance, laundry, liquors, wine
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like landslides, roadblocks
  • Early check in & late check out at the hotels
  • Any compulsory supplement during the stay
  • Any other services not specified above

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