Druk Path Trek

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10 Days
Availability : All Year
Tribhuvan International Airport
Tribhuvan International Airport
Min Age : All Ages
Max People : 10
Tour Details

Druk Path Trek is one of the finest short treks in Bhutan. Leading through an ancient trading route, over high mountain passes, it connects the valleys of Paro and Thimphu.  The trek begins by walking up through apple orchards and pine forest past ruined Jele Dzong (fortress), which sits on a high grassy ridge with breath-taking views of Mount Jumolhari to the north. In the next 4 days, we climb above the tree line and cross several passes. En route, we come across clear mountain lakes, number of yak herder’s camps and have splendid views of Himalaya along the Bhutan – Tibet border including Mount Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and Gongkar Puensum. Our final descent through pine and juniper forests via Phajoding monastery would lead into Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

Highlights of the Nepal & Bhutan Highlight Tour Package:
  • Explore the UNESCO world site in Bhutan.
  • Learning about local inhabitants and their lifestyle
  • Walking through rhododendron forests, alpine yak pastures and beautiful lakes stocked with snowy mountain trout’s.
  • Taste Authentic Nepalese and Bhutanese Cuisine.

Price Includes

  • All land transportation by private vehicle.
  • International flight ticket from Ktm-Paro & Paro-Ktm.
  • 3 nights accommodation in 3* Yatri Suites & Spa or similar in Kathmandu on Breakfast basis
  • 2 nights accommodation in 3* hotel in Bhutan on Full Board basis.
  • 4 nights accommodation in tent (during the trekking) in Bhutan on Full Board basis
  • As mentioned the hotel accommodations are a twin-sharing basic.
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed holder Tour guide
  • All entry fees for heritage sites.
  • All necessary travel permits.
  • All Trekking Equipments (sleeping tents, Kitchen Tents, Dining tents, Toilet Tents, Petro max, Cooking Utensils etc)
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment and accommodation.
  • Visa fee in Bhutan
  • Bhutan government sustainable development fee

Price Excludes

  • Food (Lunch & Dinner) in Kathmandu.
  • Drinks/Beverage bills for all places.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Tipping (Tips for guide and drivers).
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Extra costs for upgrading rooms and services at hotels if/when applicable
  • Donation in temples, schools, monasteries, etc.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation insurance of any kind.
  • Any other items not mentioned in include section.

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft)

As you arrive, Asian Heritage Treks & Travel representative will welcome you at the Airport with your nameplate. Then, you shall immediately be transferred to the hotel. On the way to the Hotel, you will pass by the Open cremation Place (Pashupatinath temple), Royal Palace Museum i.e. Narayanhity, and Garden Of Dream before you reach Thamel. Your hotel will be downtown at Touristic Hub. Our representative will facilitate you and discuss your travel itinerary. There will be enough time to stroll through the street of Thamel.
Including: Private vehicle, and Overnight Accommodation at Yatri Suites and Spa or similar in Thamel Kathmandu.

Day 2Sightseeing in Kathmandu

After breakfast, our guide will take you to Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO heritage site with wood-carved temples. Then, visit Swyambhunath for a panoramic view of Kathmandu. Explore Pashupatinath Temple, a major Hindu pilgrimage site, and Guweyswori Temple nearby. Finally, visit Boudhanath Stupa, a unique Buddhist Stupa built in 600 A.D. After sightseeing, return to the hotel for some rest.
Including: Breakfast, Private vehicle, English-speaking tour guide, Entrance fee, and Overnight Accommodation in Yatri Suites and Spa or similar in Thamel Kathmandu.

Day 3Fight from Kathmandu to Paro (2,200m)

After breakfast, you will drive to Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu to catch a flight to Paro Bhutan. As you arrive at Paro airport you will transfer to a hotel in Paro. The flight to Bhutan is spectacular with the great Himalayan peak appearing on and after the others on the life side. Visit the Ta-Dzong built in the 17th century, as a watchtower to defend Rinpung Dzong below. This Dzong was later converted into the National Museum in 1967 and is filled with antique Tanka paintings, textiles, weapons, and armor. Drive to the Rinpung Dzong, built in the 17th century to defend the valley against the Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now used as an administrative center and school for monks.

Including: Kathmandu to Paro flight ticket, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Private vehicle, Entrance fee, and English-speaking local guide, and overnight hotel accommodation in Paro.

Day 4Paro to Jele Dzong past Damchena village (Hiking duration 3-4 Hours)

Today’s is short trekking day, you will keep slow and steady pace as altitude gain is significant. After breakfast, you will drive to the road head at the National Museum (2487m) above Paro from where you will start your trek. We will walk from the Museum heading up hill through apple orchards, smallholdings of Damchena village and pine forests. Visit Jele Dzong (3490m), perched on a whaleback ridge. Jele Dzong is mostly in ruins and there is a Lhakhang with the statute of Buddha Sakyamuni. On a clear day, the views of Paro town far below and of Mount Jumolhari (7315m) are breathtaking.
Including: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Entrance fee, and English speaking local guide and overnight accommodation at tent

Day 5Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha (Hiking duration 4-5 Hours)

Begin with a gradual ascent and then descend below the ridgeline to walk through the trail of thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. You may see yak herders in the area. There are fascinating views of Jumolhari and other snow-capped mountains and you can also hear some Monal peasants during the day. We continue our uphill walk to reach a yak herders’ pasture at Jangchulakha (3780m) with outstanding views of the Himalayan range. You may encounter Yak herders during winter—your camp in yak pastures near the hillside.

Including: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Entrance fee, and English speaking local guide and overnight accommodation at tent.

Day 6Jangchulakha to Jimilangtsho Lake (Hiking duration 5-6 Hours)

The trail follows the ridge and at times through juniper trees and dwarf rhododendrons. The views of the mountain valleys of Thimphu and Paro are sensational. After making an ascent and then a steep descent, we arrive at Jimilangtsho Lake (3880m). The lake is famous for their giant sized trout’s. Near the camp, you can have great views of 6989m Jichu Drake, the peak representing the protective deity of Paro.
Including: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Entrance fee, and English speaking local guide and overnight accommodation at tent close to Jimilangtsho Lake.

Day 7Jimilangtsho to Phajoding (Hiking Duration 6-7 Hours )

sThe trail takes you through dwarf Rhododendron shrubs, passing two lakes on the trail. After the second lake, we ascended gradually. From the top you can enjoy majestic views of Mt. Gongkar Pun sum (7520 m), the highest mountain in Bhutan. You will trek about one and half hours, till a steep descent to Phajoding camp at 3500 meters. At night you can see Thimphu City glittering in a bowl shaped valley.

Including: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Entrance fee, and English speaking local guide and overnight accommodation at tent.

Day 8Phajoding to Thimphu (2,350m) (Hiking Duration 6-7 Hours )  

Today is the last day of trekking. You will start your day after having breakfast three hours all the way downhill through pine forests and junipers trees. Walk way down hill to Thimphu through forests of blue pine and juniper until you arrived the road head of Motithang. Onwards you will take a coach drive to your Hotel.

Including: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Entrance fee, and English speaking local guide and overnight hotel accommodation in Thimphu.

Day 9Flight from Paro to Kathmandu & free day

In the morning, after breakfast, you will fly to Kathmandu. You can enjoy the spectacular view of the mountains from the window seat. As you arrive, in Kathmandu Asian Heritage Treks & Travel representative will re-welcome you at the Airport. Then, you shall immediately be transferred to the hotel.
During the day time, you have the flexibility to choose how to spend this day. This day is a free day for you to explore Kathmandu at your leisure. You can have a revisit favourite spots, or venture into Kathmandu to explore areas you may have missed earlier. Perhaps you can explore the vibrant streets of Thamel for some shopping and local cuisine or visit one of the many art galleries or museums in the city.
Including: Breakfast, paro to Kathmandu international flight ticket, Private vehicle, and Overnight hotel Accommodation at Yatri Suites and Spa or similar in Thamel Kathmandu.

Day 10Departure

Your trip will come to an end today. First, you will be advised and assisted with your onward travel arrangements. Then, we shall transfer you to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport. You will reach the airport three hours before your flight schedule.
Have a safe journey onward.
Including: Breakfast, Private transport.

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