Drukpath Trek

  • Day 01: Arrival Paro
  • Day 02: Paro: Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) hike
  • Day 03: Drukpath Trek – Jele Dzong camp (3,480m)
  • Day 04: Jele Dzong - Jangchula camp (3,770m)
  • Day 05: Jangchula – Jigmelang tsho (3,870m)
  • Day 06: Jigmelang tsho – Phajoding (3,750m)
  • Day 07: Phajoding – Thimphu
  • Day 08: Thimphu sightseeing
  • Day 09: Depart from Paro

Overview

Upon arrival at Paro, your guide will escort you to your hotel room where you can settle down and refresh before visiting the following places

Day 1: ARRIVAL AT PARO

Rinpung Dzong means 'Fortress of a heap of jewels' and was built in the mid-17th century to protect and to gain control over the region. You will notice an inward sloping wall which is a part of the Bhutanese architecture, which also helps in creating an illusion of making the dzong look bigger than it actually is.

Ta Dzong is the National Museum of Bhutan and has a collection of old thangka paintings, stamps, tools of the medieval era and also an assortment of Bhutan's animals stuffed and displayed.

The guest can take a walk across the Paro town.

Day 2: Paro-Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) hike

The guest will be served an early breakfast and then driven up to the base of Taktsang Monastery. The monastery stands on a steep rock face accessible only by walk. This is the most famous and sacred site among all the places in Bhutan. Guru Padmasambhava is said to have come riding on a flying tigress to this place and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The present structure is said to be built in the 15th century but was destroyed by fire in 1998 and has been restored.
The walk is about 2 hours till the top through wide pathways which was built during the restoration works. One hour into the climb there is a tea point from where you get a very good view of the monastery. They also serve lunch here. From there it’s about another 45 minutes climb to the 2nd view point and the highest point in the hike.

Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District, Bhutan. The dzong was built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche, to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet.

While returning to Paro, the guests can visit the Kyichu Lhakhang, considered the oldest temple along with Jampa and Kenchosum Lhakhang in Bumthang. It dates back to the 7th century and was later renovated in the 19th century. It is also considered by many to be one of the holiest places in the country. Inside the compound is an orange tree which always has oranges throughout the whole year.
HIMALAYAN SPA TREATMENT (OPTIONAL, ADVANCE BOOKING HAS TO BE DONE, ADDITIONAL CHARGES APPLY)
Upon arrival at Paro, the guest can relax and rejuvenate your aching body after the hike with the essence of Himalayan spa. The herbs used in spa treatment possess a lot of healing benefits which is good for bones, muscles and skin. Overnight in Paro at hotel.

Day 3: Drukpath Trek – Jele Dzong camp (3,480m)

The first day is a long day as you have to climb more than 1,000m elevation and takes about 4-5hrs. 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 Jele Dzong you descend about 100m to the campsite below Jele Dzong. Camp: Jele Dzong

Day 4: Jele Dzong - Jangchula camp (3,770m)

You begin with a climb for about an hour and a half and then ascend gradually up. The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and dwarf rhododendron tress. You may see yaks and yak herders around your campsite. It takes about 4 – 5 hrs to reach this camp

Day 5: Jangchula – Jigmelang tsho (3,870m)

The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are beautiful. The campsite is close to the Jimilang Tsho Lake. The lake is known for its giant sized trout. 5 – 6hrs walk.

Day 6: Jigmelang tsho – Phajoding (3,750m)

It is a long walk today (about 6-7hrs) with some ascents which are not really that difficult. The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and Janetso Lake. You may come across some yak herder’s camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari, the most sacred mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan peaks. From this pass, the trek takes you downhill to Phajoding for a nights halt. The camp is above Phadjoding.

Day 7: Phajoding – Thimphu

After passing Phadjoding monastery, the trek to Thimphu (Mothitang) is all the way downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours. Your vehicle will pick you up at the road point to your hotel to check-in. Visit the following later

The tour of this almost living museum will also give you a glimpse onto how many rural folk of the country live today following the ancient Bhutanese ways.

The Kuensel Phodrang or the Buddha Point is the world’s largest sitting Buddha statue which is 167 feet high. The magnificent Buddha statue is situated on top of a hill overlooking Thimphu valley. The statue is constructed out of bronze and is studded with many semi-precious stones. A 15 minutes’ steep winding drive to the statue offers an unparalleled view of the Thimphu city especially after dark.

A walk across Thimphu town in the evening will show you the urban life of Bhutan with a lot of commercial and social activities.
Overnight in Thimphu at a hotel

Day 8: Thimphu Sightseeing

The National Memorial Chorten build in the honour of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who is also known as the “Father of modern Bhutan”

Simtokha Dzong is the oldest fortressin Bhutan built in 1629.

Showcases the beauty of traditional Bhutanese fabrics and textiles.

The Tashichhoe Dzong has been seat of the Royal Government of Bhutan since 1952 and houses the Throne room of the His Majesty the King. The Tashichhoe Dzong also houses several government ministries and the Central Monk Body. The monument welcomes visitors during the Thimphu Tsechu festival which is held in autumn each year

Day 9:DEPART FROM PARO

Your vehicle and guide will pick you from the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your return flight.

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