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Druk Path Trek in Bhutan
- Scenic Splendor: The Druk Path Trek unveils the most stunning landscapes, from picturesque pine forests to breathtaking mountain ridges, offering nature lovers and trekkers a visual feast.
- Flora and Fauna Riches: As you traverse this terrain, the journey introduces you to a rich tapestry of diverse flora and fauna, a reflection of Bhutan’s pristine ecological diversity.
- Cultural and Historical Gems: Along the way, you’ll discover ancient temples, monasteries, and Dzongs that tell the story of Bhutan’s vibrant cultural heritage, providing a glimpse into the kingdom’s profound spirituality and history.
- Local Encounters: The trek allows you to immerse yourself in the local way of life, connecting with the friendly villagers, witnessing archery matches, and creating meaningful memories as you explore the heart of Bhutan’s countryside.
- Day 01: Arrival in Paro and Exploring | Altitude: 2200m
- Day 02: Paro – Hiking to Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery | 7km Hike | 4 Hours
- Day 03: Paro – Jele Dzong (Druk Path Trek Commencement) | 10km Hike | 4-5 Hours | Altitude: 3560m
- Day 04: Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha | 10km Hike | 3-4 Hours | Altitude: 3770m
- Day 05: Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso | 11km Hike | 4 Hours | Altitude: 3870m
- Day 06: Jimilangtso – Simkota | 11km Hike | 4 Hours | Altitude: 4110m
- Day 07: Simkota – Phajoding – Thimphu (Druk Path Trek Conclusion) | 15km Hike | 6-7 Hours | Altitude: 2334m
- Day 08: Exploring Thimphu | Altitude: 2334m
- Day 09: Thimphu – Punakha Sightseeing | 76km Drive | 2 Hours | Altitude: 1242m
- Day 10: Punakha – Wangdue Phodrang – Return to Thimphu | 90km Drive | 4 Hours | Altitude: 2334m
- Day 11: Thimphu – Paro (Departure) | 54km Drive | 1 Hour
Arrival and Paro Exploration | Altitude: 2280m
Upon your arrival at Paro Airport, your guide and driver will warmly welcome you. You’ll be escorted to your hotel for check-in. In the afternoon, your exploration begins with a visit to Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower transformed into the National Museum of Bhutan. Following that, a visit to Rinpung Dzong, constructed by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646, provides insight into Bhutan’s history and culture. To conclude the day, you’ll experience the warmth of Bhutanese hospitality with a visit to a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse. Dinner and an overnight stay at your hotel await.
Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Your day commences with a hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, also known as Paro Taktsang. This spiritual journey takes approximately two hours and leads to the legendary monastery perched dramatically on a cliff. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche, the tantric mystic, arrived here on the back of a flying tigress. In the afternoon, you’ll explore Drugyal Dzong, a fort built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. You’ll also visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in 659 A.D. Dinner and an overnight stay at your hotel complete the day.
Paro to Jele Dzong - The Commencement of Druk Path Trek | 10km Hike | 4-5 Hours | Altitude: 3560m
Your adventure takes a new turn today as you embark on the Druk Path Trek. The trek begins above the National Museum in Paro. You’ll hike for about three hours, reaching your campsite where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Paro valley below. Dinner and an overnight stay at the camp await.
Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha
The trek kicks off with a short ascent, leading you through a lush alpine forest of rhododendrons. Dinner and an overnight stay at the camp, now situated at an altitude of 3770m, await.
Jangchulakha to Jimilangtso
This leg of your journey follows the ridge, offering awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains and valleys on clear days. Your campsite, Jimilangtso, is nestled near a serene lake. Dinner and an overnight stay at the camp, now at an altitude of 3870m, complete the day.
Jimilangtso to Simkota
The trail continues along the ridge, where the panoramic views of mountains and valleys continue to captivate. Your campsite, Simkota, is also located near a stunning lake. Dinner and an overnight stay at the camp, now at an altitude of 4110m, await.
Simkota to Thimphu - The Conclusion of the Druk Path Trek | 15km Hike | 6-7 Hours | Altitude: 2334m
Your journey descends from Simkota to Phajoding Monastery, from where you can gaze upon the Thimphu town in the valley below. This marks the end of the Druk Path Trek. After a hike of approximately 15km spanning 6-7 hours and reaching an altitude of 2334m, you’ll return to Thimphu for some well-deserved rest in your hotel. Dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel are included.
Thimphu Sightseeing | Altitude: 2334m
Your day in Thimphu begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, built in honor of the third king, Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The tallest statue of a sitting Buddha, standing at 51.5 meters, can be admired at Kuensel Phodrang. You’ll also visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the Thimphu valley, and the Takin Preserve Center, home to the national animal of Bhutan. Another scenic viewpoint, Sangaygang, will be explored, offering stunning views of Thimphu city. Additionally, you’ll visit Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. Lunch at the Simply Bhutan museum restaurant precedes your visit to the painting school, the School of 13 Arts and Crafts. The evening will be spent exploring the grand Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat, and the vibrant town for shopping and photography. Dinner and an overnight stay at your hotel will provide the perfect conclusion to the day.
Thimphu to Punakha | 76km Drive | Altitude: 1242m
The next morning, embark on a scenic drive to the beautiful Punakha Valley, covering a distance of 76km. Along the way, you’ll visit the Dochula Pass, situated at an altitude of 3140m, with its iconic 108 stupas and a panoramic view of the majestic Himalayas. If your visit coincides with the date, you can enjoy the annual Druk Wangyel Festival held here on 13th December. Your journey will also include a visit to Chimi Lhakhang, popularly known as the “Temple of Fertility” and built in 1499 to honor Lama Drukpa Kuenley, also known as “The Divine Madman.” Afternoon plans include a visit to Punakha Dzong, constructed in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and serving as the winter residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. In the evening, you’ll embark on a hike to the imperial Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery. The day ends with dinner and an overnight stay at your hotel.
Punakha to Thimphu | 90km Drive
In the morning, you’ll experience a unique walk across the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan, stretching 160m across the Pho Chu River. Drive to Thimphu via Wangdue Phodrang, where you can admire the Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. In the afternoon, visit the Postal Museum, where you can even create personalized stamps. You’ll also witness an exciting archery match at Changlimithang Stadium. The evening is free for you to explore Thimphu, shop, and capture beautiful moments through photography. Dinner and an overnight stay at your hotel complete the day.
After breakfast, your journey through Bhutan comes to an end. Your guide and driver will take you to Paro Airport for your departure.
Trip Cost Includes (On Tour):
- All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner and evening tea / coffee].
- Accommodation [twin / double sharing basis]. Single room / tent supplement is extra.
- All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
- Sustainable development fee & government taxes.
- Entrance fees for museums / monuments and festival visits.
- Bhutan visa fee.
- English speaking local guide.
- Bottled water on tour.
Druk Path Trek Cost Includes:
Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) Nu.1000
- One trekking guide.
- Trekking cook.
- Ponies and yaks.
- Tents (Sleeping tent, mess tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent and shower tent etc.).
- 3 meals a days + evening tea / coffee.
- Mattresses and all other trekking accessories.
Note: For trekking, a load of 25 kg is allowed.
- Drukair / Bhutan Airlines fares.
- Insurance premiums.
- Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
- Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”.
- Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
- Personal expenses such as laundry, soft drinks, camera charges, incidentals, portage, bellboy charges tips or any other services.
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At Travel Max Guide, we are committed to embracing eco-conscious practices and minimizing our ecological footprint, particularly within the Himalayan region. We wholeheartedly endorse the philosophy of preserving the environment for the benefit of future generations. Our aspiration is to ensure that the Himalayas remain an awe-inspiring destination for our descendants, devoid of environmental degradation. Nepal, renowned as a cherished haven for trekkers worldwide, holds a special place in our hearts, and we recognize our responsibility to protect this natural wonder.
We acknowledge that Western travelers have set a commendable precedent when it comes to environmental preservation. Their conscientious efforts, whether in urban settings or during their Himalayan treks, have pioneered the global movement for environmental conservation. They firmly advocate that safeguarding our environment is essential to prevent potential catastrophes. In alignment with these principles, Travel Max Guide is dedicated to following in your footsteps, collectively adhering to environmental guidelines within the Himalayan region.
During your trekking journey, you will traverse through diverse landscapes, including lush forests, picturesque villages, and pristine national parks. The breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas will continually captivate your senses. It is imperative that we unite in our commitment to preserve this natural splendor. One effective measure is to minimize the use of disposable items, thereby contributing to the sustainability and protection of this unparalleled ecosystem.
Travel Max Guide combines trekking and community support in the Himalayas. Join our mission, including orphan sponsorships and homestay/volunteer treks, and consider our CHILD SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM for underprivileged children.
Trekking is not just a profession for us; it’s our passion. Our primary objective is to facilitate your trekking adventures in the region. When you embark on a trek in this area, you play a vital role in supporting local communities by patronizing their hotels, accommodations, and purchasing locally made products. Travel Max Guide extends its assistance to these communities in various ways across Nepal. For instance, we sponsor orphans by providing them with shelter, sustenance, clothing, and educational materials. Additionally, we organize homestay treks and volunteer treks in the Annapurna region.
We kindly request that you embrace and respect the rich culture and values of the Himalayan people during your journey. You are not just a traveler; you are an integral part of the community, contributing positively to their well-being simply by choosing us as your trekking service provider.
Furthermore, we invite you to consider participating in our CHILD SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM, which provides an opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of underprivileged children. Your involvement in this program can be a meaningful way to give back to the communities you encounter during your trekking experiences.
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Up to 40 days before departure: 80% refund of the cost or deposit.
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Up to 15 days before departure: 30% refund of the cost or deposit.
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