Druk Path Trek-12 Days 12 Days

Trip Code : KAT/DRK02
Accomodation : Hotel and Camping
Duration : 12  Days
Grading : Moderate
Max Altitude : 4210
Activity : Natural wonders
Starts at : Kathmandu
End at : Kathmandu
Best Season : Mar-may,Sep-Nov

Overview

The Druk which is also called "Duk" or "Dug" literally stands for Dragon Thunder according to the Bhutanese mythology. The Druk Path Trek is beautiful and distinct. It is an ancient trail that passes through the main town of Bhutan Paro and Thimphu. This journey gives a fascinating experience to explore the typical Bhutanese Culture and the Thunder Dragon Kingdom. 
This trekking occasion enables one to observe the famous soaring Taktsang Monastery which is also known as the Tigers’ Nest. The Nest is beautifully decorated with bright colored prayer flags. The spirituality of Bhutan, its unique culture, and architecture are miraculous.
The Druk path journey officially begins from the Paro Valley. The trails guides to the tremendous route via the virgin forest, yak pastures, and magnificent high ridges. The cultural interest, sacred mountains lake, hunted monastery, and the traditional settlement fills the excitement and curiosity of the journey. We trek over 3000 meters each day and reach Simkota 4210 meters before reaching the capital city of Bhutan “Thimphu”. Our journey becomes memorable and enjoyable with the panoramic views of Snow-clad Himalayas peaks.
As we start our journey, we come across spectacular rhododendron forest, apple orchards and fortress, JeleDzong. A magnificent view of Mt. Jumolhari (7,326 m) is breathtaking. We cross over Phume La (4210 m), and have a magnificent view of Mt. Jomolhari (7,326 m) Jitchu Drake (6,662 m), and Gangkar Puensum (7,570 m).
 
The best time to travel Druk path February to May and September to December. The trekking difficulty range is moderate. Traveler with good health and physical condition can conquer this journey. Normally, we recommend to the people above 12 years of age with the support and guidance of an adult to commence this journey. The maximum elevation of this trek is 4235m.
 

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • • Alpine yak pastures, high altitude lake, great mountain views, and Rhododendron forests.
  • • Gigantic mountains: Mt. Jomolhari 7314 m, Jitchu Drake 6989 m and GangkarPuensu, 7570 m
  • • Highest camp altitude at 4110 m
  • • Overview SimkotaTsho (4110 m) and Phume La Pass (4210m)
  • • Ta Dzong and Damchena village in Paro

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu Airport, Transfer to Hotel


Our tour guide receives you and transfers you to the hotel. On the way, a short description of the program. Late afternoon we visit Kathmandu nearby area like Basantapur and enjoy our evening at Thamel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Flight to Paro, Bhutan and Visit DzongDarkha.


We take flight to Paro (2,250m/ 7,382 ft.). We have a fantastic view of Mt. Everest and others from an airplane. After reaching to Bhutan, we move to the hotel.
At mid-day, we visit DzongDrakha. It is a magnificent cluster of 16th century. We also sightsee Queen Mothers’ winter palace. 
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: March to Taktsang Monastery (3,110 m/ 10,200 ft). 4-5 hours.


We head towards the famous Tigers’ Nest, Taktsang Monastery. The monastery lies on a cliff. It is believed that Legendary Indian Saint, Guru Padma Sambhava defeated five demons riding on the tiger back. After that, we reach the tea house an ascent of 340m/ 1,125 ft. for refreshment which is the prime viewpoints of Taktsang. 
After sightseeing and relaxation at Taktsang, we move for the visit of KyichuLakhang. It is the ancient temple built by SongtsenGampo, early Tibetan King.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: March to JiliDzong (3,450 m 11,319 ft.). 4-5 hours.


The trail link Thimpu valley with Paro and close to the Indian border. We can also ride a horse from Paro and reach Bhutan capital. We march right to the ridgeline of the Himalayan foothills. We explore highly cultivated Paro valley, monastery, and fortress and the Queen Mothers’ Winter Palace. Our trail has the bucket list of pine, bamboo, and rhododendron forest. The highly decorated mani walls and rich flora and fauna fully help us to mesmerize our day.
Overnight at the camp a few hundred feet below JiliDzong, clearing.

Day 5: March to a large Yak herder’s camp at Jangchulhakha (3770 m/ 12,365ft.). 5 hours.


 We explore the huge statue of Padma Sambhava at Dzong. The monastery is supposedly hunted and recent innovation has been made to use it again. We further sightsee Mt. Chomolhari (7,314 m/ 23,997 ft.). We descend to the forest of rhododendron and meet local yak herdsmen. From here, we sightsee another large peak Kangcheeta. People trust mt.Kangcheeta to be the brother of female mountain goddess Chomolhari. The Tshomphu monastery holds the ancient history and cultural importance of Tibet.
Overnight at camp.

Day 6: March to Jana Tsho through Jimi Langtsho (3,956/ 12, 975 ft.). 7 hours.


 We ascend from the camp with a beautiful sight of the mountains. We hike up until we reach sterling lake Jimi Langtsho Lake. The lake is very beautified and unspoiled with a large chorten. The area is surrounded by beautiful rhododendron. After the exploration of Jimi Langtsho Lake, we proceed for the exploration of another lake Jana Tsho which is magical.
Overnight at camp.

Day 7: March to Phadjoding over Simkota la (4,210 m/ 13, 812 ft.). 5-6 hours.


 We walk over the highest pass Simkota la ( Phume La) ( 4,210m/ 13,812 ft.). DungkarTsho is the collective lake that has a strong spiritual presence is also the major attraction of today's excursion. We may encounter monks headed to visit Jimi Langtsho. We explore this region, take rest and make our zigzag way to Phadjoding. Phadjoding is a high valued meditation center and just behind Phadjoding, there is a famous hermit temple constructed a century ago.
Overnight at camp.

Day 8: March to road and Drive to Thimpu.


We walk for around 2-3 hours to reach the road crossing over the steep trail, and forest. A clear sky gives us opportunities to view gigantic peak Mt. GangkarPusung (7,550/ 24, 770 ft.) which is the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. After reaching to Thimpu, we visit principal sights like Late Kings’ Memorial Chorten, Gaint Buddha Statue or the Textile Museum.
Overnight at resort.

Day 9: Exploration in Thimphu and Ride to Punakha via Drukpa Kunleys’ temple.


We explore the remaining sights like an herbal medicine hospital, the Changangkha Lhakhang, and the School of Painting. We leave Thimpu via Dochu La Pass (3,140 m/ 10, 302 ft.). Simultaneously, if the sky is clear we sightsee the Mt. GangkarPunsum (7,550m/ 24, 770 ft.).
We head down the forest to reach Punakha valley for about three hours. Overnight we visit Drukpa Kunleys’ Temple. Infertile women visit this temple to pray for their children.
 Overnight at resort.

Day 10: Explore Punakha Dzong and drive to Paro. 4-5 hours.


A short drive to Punakha to visit Punakha Dzong. It is the most respected sights and a power base for the previous system of reincarnating rulers. Punakha Dzong has the remains of the ruler of Bhutan NawangNamgyal and only the king and the head of Monastic order are allowed to enter the room. After we complete exploring Dzong we head for Paro.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Flight back to Kathmandu.


We catch a flight to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, we explore remaining Worlds’ Heritage sites like Pashupatinath, Syambhunathn, Bouddhanath, and others.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport.


We take you to Tribhuwan International Airport. We expect to meet again and explore the remaining regions. 

What's included

  • • Bhutanese visa fee
  • • All ground transportation
  • • Accommodation at a 3-star category hotel in Paro and Thimpu, approved by Bhutanese Government
  • • Hotel and Tented accommodation during the trek
  • • All meals during the trip
  • • Tents and Kitchen utensils for trekking
  • • English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staffs
  • • All entrance and road permit fees for visits of Monastries, monuments and museums
  • • All entry/permit fees during the tour/trekking
  • • Mineral water will be supplied during the tour and boiled water
  • • All required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties
  • • Welcome and Farewell Dinner

What's not included

  • • All international flights
  • • All personal expenses (personal gears, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry etc.)
  • • Other services not mentioned in the 'What Is Included' section
  • • Travel insurance
  • • Tips for guides and staffs

Good to Know

Personal Equipment List for Trekking
 
Head:
  • Warm Hat
  • Cap
  • Face Mask / Muffler

Upper Body:
 
  • Wind stopper/Waterproof Jacket
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket/ trousers
  • Thermol
  • T-shirts
  • Woolen gloves/Water/wind proof gloves

Lower Body
 
  • Trekking Trousers(light weight long Paint)
  • Underwear
  • wind stopper/waterproof Paint
  • Fleece or woolen pants

Feet
 
  • Thin Lightwear/heavy poly or wool Socks
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Boot
  • Gaiters
  • Spare Shoes

Accessories
 
  • Medium Rucksack (50-70 Ltr)
  • Small Day Pack

Personal Medical Kit
 
  • Chapstick/Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Large Duffel bag
  • Trekking Pole
  • Spare batteries for Camera and Flash Light
  • Hand Towel
  • Head lamp with extra Batteries
  • Sun Glasses with UV protection
  • Suitcase (For stored in Kathmandu hotel for not needed items for trek)

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