The Druk Path Trek

The Druk Path Trek

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The Bhutanese landscape is a geography identified by its craggy terrain and steep mountain valleys from the steamy subtropical plains in the south, through a clement zone to the Sub-alpine Himalayas that go beyond 7000 meters in the north of the dragon kingdom. With the ‘Druk Path odyssey that includes a two Days whirlwind Cultural Tour’ we savor a combo of wealthy Bhutanese culture and hike one of Bhutan’s supreme short walks in the gentle wilderness of this country. The Druk Path venture starts in Paro as we stroll into well known benchmarks like Rinpung Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang temple and Ta Dzong. This follows with a walk up to the famous Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery for acclimatization and to benefit from Bhutan’s finest signpost. Our trekking voyage really takes off the next day for three days where we get to immerse ourselves in amazing views of the Himalayas which include Mt. Gangkar Puensum at (7,497m), Bhutan’s highest mountain, we wade across the Dochula pass and revel in the lush green forests amidst chirping birds. During this program we also visit Memorial Chorten, Punakha dzong, Chimi Lhakhang temple and Druk Wangyal Monastery. This is what the DRUK PATH TREK OFFERS FOR THOSE WHO LOVE NATURE

 

The stunning vistas of soaring jagged peaks like Chomolhari (7320m), Jichu Drake (6900m) and Tshrim Khang, battered forts, untouched villages, clean rivers, flowing lakes, lush forests of oak, pine, rhododendron and spruce and abundant wildlife provide our journey with regularly changing panoramas and experiences as we come upfront with the loveliness of mother nature. This 11 day vacation in the land called the last Shangri La gives us an elating and worthwhile avenue to discover some of the most engrossing and extraordinary zones of mystical Bhutan. Tashi Delek Nepal Treks will introduce you to spots most others would probably just pass by and show you the ‘Druk Path trek’ in ways beyond what you would have expected…visit our website for more details:

Tashi Delek Nepal Treks is sure that you enjoyed this amazing cultural and historical tour which has given you many deep insights into this fantastic little Himalayan kingdom, you can now return back to Nepal for some other great holidays or proceed further to your destination of choice. Sayonara friends! We do hope to meet you some day again. Doing a trip to Bhutan is ideally started in Kathmandu, or ends in Kathmandu…Nepal has so many programs to give you holidays that only dreams are made off…get in touch with us at Tashi Delek Nepal…we’ll give you holiday options that are not only thrilling, but also pocket friendly with our no-frills costs.

Price Includes

  • Hotel accomodation on twin sharing basis; single suppplement is available upon request with extra surcharge as applicable.
  • Meals; B=Breakfast, L=Lunch; D=Dinner and evening tea with biscuits.
  • Transport within Bhutan.
  • Trekking equipment like sleeping bag, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, mattresses, etc.
  • Services of experienced licensed English speaking guides.
  • Trekking cooks and trek assistant.
  • supply of pack and riding ponies.
  • Bhutan visa fees.
  • Royalty and taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Departure Tax where applicable.
  • Air fare.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Rescue operations by helicopters.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Mineral water, soft drinks and any alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, laundry, telephone calls, tips and any other personal expenses.
  • Nepal Visa (if entering Bhutan through Nepal)
  • Any services in Kathmandu/Nepal (hotels, transport, etc)
  • Any cost arising from political disturbances, strikes, cansellation of flights, deviation in program, delays due to landslides/ road blockage or otherwise.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Paro by Druk Air Flight

Our Paro flight on a clear blue sky day is one of those fantastic mountain flights of a natural kind. One can see Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsering Ghang. The first most welcome thing about Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the aircraft. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Later in the day take an exploratory walk getting acquainted with the local environment.
Overnight at your hotel in Paro – B. L. D

Day 2:Hike to Taktsang Monastery

We can arrange Horses for an extra US $ 5/- for the hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery which clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley was devastated by fire in 1998 but the Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore the monastery to its original structure.
It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Hike back to our hotel for the night – B. L. D

Day 3: Trek from Drugyal Dzong to Shana

Our hike starts from Drugyal dzong – Shana, and the walking distance is 16 Km and would take something like 5/6 hours. The path leads down to the Pa chu river and runs on the left side passing villages and dotted farmlands. Before reaching the camp we will cross a military camp and trekking permits have to be produced. A nice campsite known as Shana Zam at an altitude of 2800m is located just beyond the military camp. We haul up here for the night. B. L. D

Day 4: Trek from Shana to Soi Thangthangkha

The trail again follows the Pachu River ascending through pine, oak and spruce forest. Lunch will be served near a wooden bridge. The camp is at an altitude of 3800 meters near a stone shelter. Our Walking time will be 7/8 hours. B. L. D

Day 5: Trek from Soi Thangthangkha to Jangothang

We hike from Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang and the walking distance is 12 Km which takes about 4/5 hours. The path ascends for a while till we reach an army camp. After a kilometer, we pass a village called Jampu towards the north. From here we will be above the tree line enjoying the eye-catching views of the Rocky Mountains. We occasionally pass by solitary houses of the yak herders before we finally reach the old ruins of the fort known as Jangothang at an altitude of 4050m with a community hall. This is also the Chomolhari base camp. We haul up here for the night. B. L. D

Day 6: A day rest in Jangothang

Jangothang haul up – Options: Excursion to a nameless view point at an altitude of 5250m offering beautiful views of Mt.Chomolhari & Kungphu. It is also possible for us to do some fishing at the Tshophu Lake filled with giant rainbow trouts provided clients bring their own equipment or simply relax at the camp. B. L. D

Day 7: Trek From Jangothang to Dumzo

The walking distance is 18 kilometers which takes about 6/7 hours crossing a pass known as Bhonte la at an altitude of 4900m. This day offers beautiful views of Mt. Chomolhari, Kungphu, Jichu Drake from the two lakes and enjoy the wonderful landscapes. The ascent is about 800m in altitude, the descent 1,090m in altitude. Before reaching the camp we will pass the Soi Yaksa village and one kilometer further cross a bridge to reach the campsite at an altitude of 3800m. B. L. D

Day 8: Trek from adumzo to Thombu Shong

The walking distance is 13 kilometers and lasts for about 5/6 hours at an even pace. This stage offers a lot of scenic beauty. You will have good views into the valley and from the Thombu la pass at an altitude of 4520m views of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake can be seen. From the pass it’s all the way down hill till camp at an altitude of 4180m situated above the tree line. The difference in altitude (ascent) is 700m. We crash out here for the night. B. L. D

Day 9: Trek from Thombo Shong to Shana Zam

The hiking distance for 15 kilometers is about a 5/6 hours walk, we reckon. The first part, especially the walk on the ridge offers beautiful views partly to the mighty ice giants in the Chomolhari region. The second part consists of a steep descent which lacks interesting views. At end of the descent we will come across the same military camp as we entered. Many possible camp sites can be found if we walk further down. We make our choice and bunk out for the night. B. L. D

Day 10: Trek from Zam to Drugyal Dzong and Drive to Paro

Our Vehicle will be awaiting our return at Drugyel Dzong and from here onwards, we proceed to our resort. O/n resort – B. L. D

Day 11: Depature from Paro / Bangkok or kathmandu

The choice of destination is yours, we reckon.

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