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Introduction:
This is a short five day scenic trek with great views, which leads from Paro to Thimphu or vice versa, crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. The route is sparsely inhabited by nomadic yak herders. Also there are wonderful lakes en route teeming with fish and the area is famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests, which bloom in April & May. In the clear weather of late autumn and winter there are great views of the Himalayas. Kingdom of Bhutan in many ways the Last Shangri-la, the geographical isolation has left the country in a time warp - culture, traditions and way of life still a reflection of past centuries than any indication of 21st century. Bhutan is the last bastions of Mahayana Buddhism. Against the backdrop of majestic Himalayas, Buddhist Spirit permeates almost all aspects of Bhutanese culture. Prayer flags flutter on the hills, temples and Dzongs dot the landscape, and religious festivals are celebrated through out the year. Due to Bhutan’s staunch conservation policies, country’s forest and environment are in pristine condition. Bhutan is one of the Biodiversity Hotspots with greater that 200 mammals, 770 birds and more than 5400 plants. Visit Bhutan with HimEX our experience, extensive contacts within the country and our personalized services would make your visit to Bhutan truly enjoyable and memorable one.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with half day tour.
Day 03: Flight to Paro, Bhutan.
Day 04:

In Paro for tour.

Day 05: Trek to Jele Dzong, 8km, 3 hours walk
Day 06: Trek to Jangchulakha, 10 km, 3-4 hours walk
Day 07: Trek to Jimilangtsho, 11km, 4 hours walk
Day 08: Trek to Simkota, 11km, 4 hours walk
Day 09: Trek to Phajoding, 10km, 4 hours walk
Day 10: Trek and drive to Thimphu, 5km, 3 hours walk
Day 11: Drive to Punakha, 75 km, 3 hours drive
Day 12: Punakha to Paro, 125 km, approx 4 hours drive
Day 13: Depart Paro, Bhutan to respective destinations.
Day 14: In Kathmandu at leisure.
Day 15: International Departure.
 Departure Dates  Availability
 13 Apr-27 Apr  Available
 28 Sep-12 Oct  Available
Day 01:
Arrive at Kathmandu.1, 300m via respective airlines.
  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, where our staff will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Bhutan and Nepal.
   
Day 02:

A day in Kathmandu.

  After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.
   
Day 03:
Fly to Paro, Bhutan.
  In clear weather, Druk Air’s flight to Bhutan provides a spectacular view of Himalayan scenery. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu, it is a fascinating journey, culminating in an exciting descent past forested hills into the kingdom, afternoon take an exploratory walk around Paro Main Street. Also visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples in the Kingdom, dating back to 7th century, overnight at the hotel in Paro.
   
Day 04:

In Paro for tour.

  After breakfast drive to ruined fortress, the Drukgyal Dzong. Strategically built over the only passage into Paro valley, the Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century from this location. On a clear day, one can see the commanding view of Mount Chomolhari from the village below the Dzong.

Later embark on a fascinating excursion to Taktsang Monastery popularly known as Tiger’s Nest. Perched on the side of a cliff 900m above Paro valley floor, it is Bhutan’s most revered temple. The hike to the monastery makes a splendid half-day excursion.

   
Day 05: Drive and trek to Jele Dzong, 8km, 3 hours walk
  Morning visit Ta Dzong, the National museum, holding fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, handicrafts, masks, costumes, amour and Bhtuan’s exquisite postage stamps. The visit will provide an insight into the rich and unique cultural heritage and tradition of Bhutan. Then begin the trek. Today is a short trekking day. The journey starts with a short climb up to Jele Dzong. The trek trail ascends gradually up to the camp, and if the weather is clear Paro valley can be seen with snow-capped mountains behind. Above the camp is Jele-la pass (3,400m) and Jele Dzong (mostly in ruins). There is also a Lhakhang containing a statue of Buddha Sakyamuni. Overnight camp.
   
Day 06:
Trek to Jangchulakha, 10km, 3-4 hours walk
  Begin with a one and a half hour climb and then ascend more gradually upwards. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. You will have fine views of Jhomolhari and other snow capped peaks if the weather is right, and you may hear some monal pheasants calling during the day. You may see yak herders around your campsite. Overnight camp.
   
Day 07: Trek to Jimilangtsho, 11km, 4 hours walk.
  The trail follows the ridge, and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valley are sensational. You will enjoy a great view of Jichu Drake (6,989m), the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Our camp is close to the Jimilangtsho lakes, which are famous for their giant sized trout. Overnight camp.
   
Day 08: Trek to Simkota, 11km, 4 hours walk
  The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janetsho. Today you may come across some yak herders’ camps and get an idea of how these people live. Overnight camp close to Simkota Lake, and if you are lucky you can catch a lake trout for your dinner.
   
Day 09: Trek to Phajoding 10km, 4 hours walk
  Today begins with a gradual climb, and if the weather permits you will enjoy majestic views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain Bhutan and a host of other peaks. The trail slowly descends through juniper trees to a campsite at Phajoding, overnight camp.
   
Day 10: Trek and drive to Thimphu, 5km, 3 hours walk
  After visiting Phajoding monastery built in 15th century by Shagcha Rinchen who introduced Drukpa Kagyu School in Bhutan in the 13th century, trek downhill to Thimphu passing through a forested area of mostly blue pine. Taking a leisurely pace, you reach Thimphu in about 3 hours, evening visit Trashichhoedzong, “fortress of the glorious religion”. This is  the center of government and religion, site of monarch’s throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans, overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
   
Day 11:

Drive from Thimphu to Punakha, 75 km, 3 hours drive

  Morning visit National Library, holding a vast collection of Buddhist text and manuscripts, some dating several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion. Then visit National Institute of Zorig Chusum or the School of Arts & Crafts, imparting training to young students in 13 traditional crafts of Bhutan.

Then drive to National Textile Museum showcasing a range of beautiful Bhutanese textiles. Later visit to Folk Heritage Museum is interesting and provides a fascinating insight into the traditional Bhutanese farm house and rural past through exhibits and documentation of rural life.Then visit National Memorial Chorten, a sacred shrine built in 1974 in memory of the ‘Father of modern Bhutan’, third Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. After lunch, drive on to Punakha across Dochula pass (3080m) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

   
Day 12:

Drive back to Paro, 125 km, approx 4 hours drive

  Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and still it continues to be the winter residence of central monk body. Visit Punakha Dzong, Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored.

Then drive to Wangduephodrang visiting its majestic Dzong, founded by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1638. It is located on top of a high ridge overlooking a river junction. The Dzong stands majestically on a spur and commands an impressive view over both north-south and east-west roads.

After lunch, drive to Paro en route visiting Sitmokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong in the country which now houses the School for Buddhist studies. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

   
Day 13:
Depart from Bhutan.
  After breakfast, drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination or back to Kathmandu.
   
Day 14:

Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.

  A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for a scenic mountain flight.
   
Day 15:

Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

  Today as per your international flight time, keep your air ticket and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotels & Lodges in Bhutan as per itinerary on full board basis.
 3.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu & Paro.
 4.  Guided sightseeing tours of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
 5.  Guided sightseeing tour as per itinerary in Bhutan with accompanying Guide and applicable entrance fees.
 6.  Trekking and Camping arrangement as per itinerary on full board basis.
 7.  Transportation as per itinerary by private vehicle.
 8.  Flight Kathmandu / Paro / Kathmandu.
 9.  Bhutan Entry Visa fees.
 
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 6.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 7.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
 8. Personal clothing and necessary trekking gear
Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom. We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.


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Pokhara:
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Nagarkot:

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Tibet:

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India:
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Bhutan:

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Druk Path
  • Trip Duration : 15 Days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Trek and Walks
  • Highest Altitude : m
  • Month : Apr-May, Sep-Nov

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