Bhutan Druk Path Trek – 15 Days

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IS TREK OR HIKE POSSIBLE TO DO  IN BHUTAN? YES, OF COURSE. IT IS POSSIBLE BUT JUST A BIT EXPENSIVE ?

The Druk Path trek in Bhutan is a short five day trek, which leads from Paro to Thimphu or vice versa, crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two beautiful valleys. Although the  Druk path trek  route is sparsely inhabited, there are wonderful lakes teeming with fishes and the area is famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests, which bloom in April or May. In the clear weather of late autumn and winter there are great views of the Himalayas in Bhutan.

Our Bhutan exploration begins with a hike to Taktsang monastery (the Tiger’s nest). This helps you in getting acclimatized for the trek to Drugyal Dzongs, Shana Shana, Soi Thangthangkha, Jangothang, Dumzo Dhumzo, Thombu Shong, Shana Zam and then back to Drugyal dzong.

The druk path trekking in Bhutan provides breathtaking views of towering rugged peaks like Chomolhari (7320 meters), Jichu Drake (6900meters) and Tshrim Khang, ruined forts, pristine villages, rivers, lakes, lush forests of oak, pine, rhododendrons, spruce and abundant wildlife provides the trip with constantly changing sceneries and experiences along with a special connection with nature.
This 15 days Bhutan tour and trek gives you an exhilarating and rewarding way to experience some of the most captivating and wondrous areas of Bhutan and Nepal.

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  • Day 1 : Arrival day in Kathmandu
  • Day 2 : Sightseeing
  • Day 3 : Enjoy the sunrise
  • Day 4 : Fly to Bhutan.
  • Day 5 : PARO VALLEY SIGHTSEEING AND TIGERS NEST HIKE
  • Day 6 : PARO –JELE DZONG - 8 KILOMETERS AND 3 HOURS TREK
  • Day 7 : JELE DZONG – JANGCHULAKHA 10 KILOMETERS AND 3-4 HOURS TREK
  • Day 8 : JANGCHULAKHA-JIMILANGTSHO 11 KILOMETERS AND 4 HOURS TREK
  • Day 9 : JIMILANGTSHO-SIMKOTA 11 KILOMETERS AND 4 HOURS TREK
  • Day 10 : SIMKOTA – PHAJODING 10 KILOMETERS AND 4 HOURS
  • Day 11 : PHAJODING – THIMPU 5 KILOMETERS AND 3 HOUR
  • Day 12 : EXCURSION TO PUNAKHA / WANGDUEPHODRANG
  • Day 13 : PUNAKHA – THIMPU – PARO VALLEY
  • Day 14 : DEPARTURE TO KATHMANDU
  • Day 15 : DEPARTURE.
Day
1

Arrival day in Kathmandu

• Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal. • Check into a hotel.

Accomodation

Hotel

Day
2

Sightseeing

• Entire day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley. • Excursions to Nagarkot for the Himalayan view points.

Day
3

Enjoy the sunrise

• Sunrise and mountain views. • Breakfast in Nagarkot. • Drive back via Bhaktapur.

Day
4

Fly to Bhutan.

• Fly to Bhutan. • Arrive at Paro. • Received by our representative. • Check into a hotel. • Visit Paro market. • Visit Kyichu Lhakhang. It’s one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan. • Afternoon - visit Ta Dzong. It was once a fortified lookout tower and now the National Museum. • Walk down the hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong), \"the fortress of the heap of jewels\".

Day
5

PARO VALLEY SIGHTSEEING AND TIGERS NEST HIKE

• Breakfast. • Drive northwest up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong. View of Mt. Chomolhari from the approach road to Drukgyel Dzong. • Visit one of the typical village houses clustered near the Dzong. • Trek to the starting point, to take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery. • Overnight in Paro.

Meal

B

Day
6

PARO –JELE DZONG - 8 KILOMETERS AND 3 HOURS TREK

• A short climb up to Jele Dzong. • Trek trail ascends gradually up to the camp. Paro valley can be seen with snow-capped mountains behind it. • Above the camp is Jele-la pass (3,400meters) and Jele Dzong (mostly in ruins). • Overnight camp.

Accomodation

Camp

Altitude

3400 m

Time

3 hrs

Distance

8 km

Day
7

JELE DZONG – JANGCHULAKHA 10 KILOMETERS AND 3-4 HOURS TREK

• One and a half hour climb. • Ascend more gradually upwards. • Views of Chomolhari and other snow capped peaks, if the weather is clear. • Overnight camp

Accomodation

Camp

Time

3-4 hrs

Day
8

JANGCHULAKHA-JIMILANGTSHO 11 KILOMETERS AND 4 HOURS TREK

• View of Jichu Drake (6,989meters), the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. • Jimilangtsho Lake – near the camp site. It’s famous for their giant sized trouts. • Overnight camp.

Accomodation

Camp

Altitude

6989 m

Time

4 hrs

Distance

11 km

Day
9

JIMILANGTSHO-SIMKOTA 11 KILOMETERS AND 4 HOURS TREK

• Lake of Janetsho. • Camp overnight close to Simkota Lake.

Accomodation

Camp

Time

4 hrs

Distance

11 km

Day
10

SIMKOTA – PHAJODING 10 KILOMETERS AND 4 HOURS

• Trek begins with a gradual climb. Witness the majestic views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum. • The trail slowly descends through juniper trees to a campsite beside a community hall near Phajoding cafeteria. • Overnight in a cafeteria or camp, depending on weather conditions.

Accomodation

Camp

Time

4 hrs

Day
11

PHAJODING – THIMPU 5 KILOMETERS AND 3 HOUR

• Trek to Thimphu. It’s downhill all the way, passing through a forested area of mostly blue pine. • Taking a leisurely pace, you reach Thimphu in about 3 hours. • Afternoon – leisure time. • Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu, Bhutan.

Accomodation

Hotel

Time

3 hrs

Distance

5 km

Day
12

EXCURSION TO PUNAKHA / WANGDUEPHODRANG

• Breakfast. • Entire day excursion to Punakha and Wangdue valleys. • Drive from Thimphu. It crosses Dochu-la pass (3,088meters) • Drive to Wangduephodrang. • Overnight at a hotel in Punakha.

Meal

B

Accomodation

Hotel

Altitude

3088 m

Day
13

PUNAKHA – THIMPU – PARO VALLEY

• Drive from Punakha to Thimpu. • Sightseeing in Thimphu. • Drive to Paro in the evening. • Overnight at a hotel in Paro

Accomodation

Hotel

Day
14

DEPARTURE TO KATHMANDU

• Drive to the airport. • Flight to Kathmandu. • Pick up and check into a hotel. Optional sightseeing, free in Kathmandu for shopping and bargain shopping. • Join us for a Nepali cultural show and a farewell dinner, in the evening.

Day
15

DEPARTURE.

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Includes

  • Accommodations in (3) three star hotels in the cities but for the duration of the trek, only camp or simple lodges / home stay are available.
  • Ground transportations are provided.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu where Earthbound Expeditions city tour guide will accompany you.
  • Full broad meals will be provided throughout the trek.
  • Government trained guides and needed no. of porters with their insurance, salary and meals will be provided.
  • Farewell dinner along with one cultural show.
  • Every single entry fees and TIMS permits will be provided.
  • Every single Domestic Flights will be booked according to the Itinerary listed.
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets for the trek will be provided.
  • Car / Bus / Domestic Flights included.

Exclude

  • International Flight tickets.
  • Museums entrance fees.
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, beverage, snacks etc.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Tips to guides and porters.
  • Cost raised by cancelations, landslides, weather, political unrest, illness will not be our responsibility since these factors are not within our grasp.

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