serene Drukpath Trek

Drukpath Trek- 10 Nights / 11 Days

Druk Path is a short trek, which leads from Paro to Thimphu or vice versa, crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. Although the route is sparsely inhabited, there are wonderful lakes teeming with fish and the area is famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests, which bloom in May. In the clear weather of late, autumn and winter there are great views of the Himalayas. Best months to trek are- March, April, May, September, October, November.

Day1-   Arrive Paro

Arrive at Paro International Airport. You will be welcomed by our tour representative after you have checked out of immigration and customs formalities. The representative will be your guide and s/he will be with you during the entire trip. Next, visit Paro Dzong, built in 1646 by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal, the founder of the Drukpa Kagyupa Sect followed by the National Museum, which was a watchtower for enemies before it was converted to museum.

Then, visit  Dungtse Lhakhang, built in 1421 by Lama ThangtongGyelpo, the iron bridge builder. It is in chorten shape and not common to see a Lhakhang in this shape. Our last visit for today will be KyichuLhakhang, one of the first temples built in the 7 century by the Tibetan King SongtsanGampo.

Over night at a hotel

Day-2- Tiger’s Nest hike

Climb to Taktsang Monastery, which was built in 1696. This is the signature monastery of Bhutan and features in all travel books. Taktsang, literally means Tiger’s Nest. You can either walk to the monastery or ride a pony to go up but coming down would still require walking. We will have lunch at the only cafeteria before we make our downward journey.

En route visit the Drugyaldzong, which is a preserved heritage site (The name literally means Fortress of the Victorious, which was built to commemorate victory over Tibetans by the Drukpas in the 17th century.) On a clear day you can also view mount Jhomolhari (7,314 m) a peak covered with snow throughout the year.

Overnight at a hotel

Day-3- Paro to Jeledzong ( 7 km, 4 hours)

To we start our trek from Paro to Jeledzong. It is a short trek. The trails ascends gradually through forest of pine, spruces, silver, and fir to the camp site at Jeledzong locatedat an altitude of 2590m. Paro valley with snow capped mountains in the back ground can be seen on clear day.

Day-4-    Jeledzong to JangchuLakha (distance 13km)

Begin with climb and cross a pass at 3900m. The trail then takes you through thick temperature forest and rhododendrons trees. You may see yak herder at around campsite at an altitude of 3250m.

Day-5-   JangchuLakha to Janetsho (distance 15km, time around 6 hours)

The trails follows the ridge. Beautiful view of mountains and the valley can be seen on clear day. The trail passes through the lake Jamilangtsho. After cross of lake, the trail ascends till you reach the campsite at Lake Janetsho at altitude of 3700m.

Day-6   Janetsho to Phojoding. (Distance 15km and takes about 6 hours)

The trails pass just above the lake Simkota through dwarf rhododendrons trees. You might see camps of yak herder en route depending on time of year. The trails continue with gradual climb with stunning views of mountains all around. After the pass, you descend to Phajoding monastery where we will camp for the night ( Altitude 3200m)

Day-7-   Phojoding to Thimphu (distance 8 km)

The trek to Thimphu is downhill through blue pine forest. Taking it slowly and leisurely, you reach hotel in Thimphu (2300m) in about 2 hours for hot shower and nice lunch. Evening take a stroll around Thimphu town.

Day-8 – Thimphu sightseeing.

Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan, located in the valley of river Wangchu.

Visit Tashichhodzong, built in 1702. It is the main secretariat building housing the Throne Room of King, government offices, and serves as the summer residence of the central monk body.

Thimphu maintains a strong national characteristics in architectural style and offers an ideal spot for walks. Other interesting place are Memorial Chorten, Indigenous Hospital, National library, Handicrafts Emporium, Textile museum, Vegetable market, Takin conservation park, etc. (Takin, the National Animal of Bhutan, is an animal found only in the eastern Himalayas and has the head of a goat and body of a cow).

Drive to Sanjayang to get a magnificent view of the Thimphu Valley. Next, visit ChangangkhaLhakhang built in the 12th century en route.

Overnight at a hotel

Day-9   Hike to Tango and Cheri

Visit Tango and Cheri Monasteries, situated north of Thimphu and about 30 minutes drive from the main Thimphu town, followed by another 30 minutes walk through the lush green vegetation.

Tango Monastery was founded by Lama GyalwaLhanangpa in the 12th century and is now an important centre of learning for Buddhist monks. It is also associated with Lama DrukpaKuenley and ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal. The name Tango means head of the horse.

Cheri Monastery was built in 1620 on a hilltop. A Silver Chorten inside the Lhakhang holds the ashes of Zhabdrung’s father late Tenpai Nyima.

The trek to the monastery starts by crossing a lovely wooden bridge that spans the Thimphu River, and then ascends steeply till the monetary.

We might be able to spot mountain goats walking comfortably on the steep cliffs.

Overnight at a hotel

Day-10-  Travel to Paro.

On the way visit Semtokha Dzong the oldest, built in 1629 by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal. It houses as one of the Buddhist centres for students specializing in Buddhism.

Overnight at a hotel

Day-11- Depart Paro

After breakfast, travel to the airport for your onward journey.