Immerse yourself in the ancient culture of Paro, Punakha and Thimphu with 5 Days Druk Path trek, which navigates the stunning landscapes between Paro and Thimphu, journeying through mountain ridges, blue pine forests, dwarf rhododendrons, and pristine lakes. Known as Land of the Thunder Dragon, Bhutan has countless adventures waiting to be had with its diverse mountainous terrains and immersive cultural heritage. Learn about the Bhutanese history as you pass through dzongs, villages and lhakhangs. The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are between March-June or September-November.
A representative will greet you on your arrival into Paro airport to escort you to your hotel. You can then tour the city in the afternoon. The National Museum of Bhutan is located in Ta Dzong, which is a watchtower built in the 17th century to defend Rinpung Dzong. Built in 1646, the Dzong calls the monastic body of Paro home, and also houses the offices of the Thrimpon (judge) and Dzongda (administrative head). Back at the hotel the lead guide will hold a pre-trek briefing. Overnight in Paro.
On the second day, you will tour Taktshang Lakhang, a world-famous monastery also known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The Taktshang monastery rests on the top of a cliff at 10,170 feet in elevation. The main temple, is one of the holiest sites for the locals, was built in 1692. The monastery is recognized as a sacred place of worship and Bhutanese people visit at least once, if not more. You then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, a temple that signified Buddhism in Bhutan in the 7th century. It is also one of the 108 temples built by Songtsen Gampo, a famous Tibetan king. From here, you will drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a beautiful ruined fortress. Overnight stay in Paro.
10KM | 4-5 HOURS | 1003M ASCENT | 10M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 3480M
Although today’s trekking day is short, we keep slow and steady pace as altitude gain is significant. After breakfast, you will drive to the road head at the National Museum (2487m) above Paro from where you will start your trek. We will walk from the Museum heading up hill through apple orchards, smallholdings of Damchena village and pine forests. Visit Jele Dzong (3,490m), perched on a whaleback ridge. Jele Dzong is mostly in ruins and there is a Lhakhang with the statute of Buddha Sakyamuni. On a lear day, the views of Paro town far below and of mount Jomolhari (7,314m) are breathtaking. Overnight camp at 3480m.
10KM | 4 HOURS | 300M ASCENT CAMP ALT 3780M
Begin with gradually ascent and then descend below the ridgeline to walk through the trail of thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. You may see yak herders in the area. There are fascinating views of Jhomolhari and other snow capped mountains and you can also hear some monal peasants during the day. We continue our up hill walk to reach a yak herders’ pasture at Jangchulakha (3,780m) with outstanding views of the Himalayan range. We camp in a yak pasture near the hillside
11KM | 4-5 HOURS | 400M ASCENT | 300M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 3880M
The trail follows the ridge and at times through juniper trees and dwarf rhododendrons. The views of the mountain valleys of Thimphu and Paro are sensational. After making an ascent and then a steep descent, we arrive at Jimilangtsho Lake (3,880m). The lake is famous for their giant sized trouts. Near the camp, you can have great views of 6,989m Jichu Drake, the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Overnight camp close to Jimilangtsho Lake.
11KM | 4 HOURS | 270M ASCENT | CAMP ALT 4110M
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and bypasses the lake of Janetsho. You may come across some yak herder’s camp and get an idea how these people live. Trail winds and undulates with magnificent view of the Himalaya across deep valleys. Simkotatsho Lake (4,110m) can be seen below after crossing one final spur. We continue our trek until we reach the yak pasture where we camp for tonight.
14KM | 7 HOURS | 100M ASCENT | 1800M DESCENT
Today you will begin with a gradual climb to a small saddle at 4,150m from where you enjoy majestic view of Mount Gangkar Puensum and other himalayan peaks on clear weather. You will then descend to another small lake and then climb to the Phume La pass (4,210m) which is adorned with beautiful prayer flags. From here, you will enjoy great view of Thimphu city far below. The trail slowly descends through junipers trees to a community hall near Phajodhing (3,870m). Walk way down hill to Thimphu through a forests of blue pine and juniper until you arrive the roadhead of Sangaygang on the outskirts of Thimphu valley.
A tour of the National Library in Thimphu, which houses ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, along with modern books about Himalayan culture and religion. The Institute for Zorig Chusum, an arts and crafts school, teaches students 13 local arts and crafts techniques. The Textile Museum is a good way to learn more about Bhutan’s weaving history. You can also learn about Bhutanese traditional life at the Simply Bhutan, a living museum. After lunch, you are driven to Punakha (3 hours). The road takes you through the Dochu-La Pass, which offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Overnight in Punakha.
Before you head for Paro, you’ll visit the Punakha Dzong, nestled where the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu rivers meet. This is now the religious and administrative centre of the region and was built in 1637. Despite being damaged by fires and an earthquake, it has been fully restored. Your drive back to Paro will take approximately 5 hours, with a break at the Chimi Lakhang. This temple has been dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, the Divine Madman, a name he earned thanks to his extreme teaching methods. This temple is also known for its fertility, where women arrive to pray for children. Overnight in Paro.
Your guide will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport where you will head to your next destination.
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