The Druk path Trekking Itinerary (12N/13D) Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport.
Arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport, Then welcome by our office representative, and transfer to the respective hotel.
Day-2: Kathmandu city tour.
Day-3: Fly kathmandu to Paro and transfer to hotel.
You will land at the only airport in Bhutan, Paro International Airport. On arrival, your visa is processed at the airport. From here, you’ll drive towards the capital city, Thimphu, in an hour long journey. You can spend the evening walking around the city and admiring its tidiness. Thimpu is a colorful place. Beautiful residences, markets, town square and monasteries dominate the local landscape.
Day-4: Excursion around Paro
After breakfast, we will drive towards the Ram thanka base for a hike to view one of Bhutan’s most respected pilgrimage site of the Buddhist world, the Taktshang Lhakhang, famously known as the “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery. The hike offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched precariously on a sheer rock face 3000 ft above the valley floor. During your return from the monastery, you can stop at the Cafeteria for lunch. En route, we can drive through the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. The Dzong was built in 1649 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan and Mongolian invaders.
Day-5: Trek from Paro – Jele Dzong
The first day of the Druk Path Trek can be difficult mainly because you gain the elevation rapidly. It starts from Ta Dzong (National Museum) and passes through graveled road and farm lands. You may trek along the vertically steep trail followed by a walk along the pines and firs forest to Damche Gom.
The final stop will be made at Jele Dzong.
Day-6: Trek to Jangchulakhato
The treking starts with the steep ascend for about an hour and a half. The remaining part of the trek goes through dense alpine forest and rhododendrons to the camp site. You will gain the elevation of 260 meters today. While settling up the camp, you may get to see lots of yaks and herders.
Day-7: Trek to Jimgelang Tsho (Lake)
Today, you will follow the trail along the ridge. If the weather is favorable, you may get to see the highest unclimbed peak in the world, Gangkar Pensuem. After a short hike, which only covers 11 km, you will arrive at the camp site at the bank of Jingmelang Lake.
Day-8: Trek to Simkotra Tsho
You will cover nearly 11 km today. The easy trail makes the day relatively shorter. The day ends at Simkotra Tsho.
Day-9: Trek to Phajoding
After breakfast, the trek begins with a small ascent. While ascending up, you could see the wonderful views of spectacular Himalayan peaks, including the Mt Gangkar Puensum. The trek descends towards the Phajodhing where you can settle down and build the camp. The campsite nestles just above Phadjoding Monastery.
Day-10: Trek to Thimphu (trek ends) and Transfer to Hotel
The last day of the trek starts from the Phadjoding monastery. As you trek down to Thimphu the trail descends towards the forest mostly of blue pines. Three hours of hike will bring you to the Bhutan Broadcast Service (BBS) Telecommunication Tower that offers the wonderful view of Thimphu.
Day-11: Sightseeing tour of Thimpu and Drive to Paro
At Thimpu, We will visit the Trashichhoedzong, The medieval time fortress/monastery is also the Bhutanese government’s integral building holding many government offices and King’s throne.
Trashichhoedzong is also the summer home of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot in Bhutan. The cultural tour of Thimpu continues to the National Library which holds the wide array of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. Explore Arts and Crafts School to witness the fantastic ongoing workshops of Thanka Paintings and encounter the living traditions of Bhutan at Textile and Folk Heritage Museums.
After the lunch, the tour of Thimpu takes you to the Handicrafts Emporium followed by a visit to Stupa of Memorial Chorten (monument built in the memory of Father of Modern Bhutan- the third king of Bhutan). Later, you will drive back to Paro.
Day-12: Fly back to Kathmandu and city tour
After your breakfast at hotel in Paro, Fly back to Kathmandu and embark for Bhaktapur and Patan city tour. Overnight hotel at Kathmandu followed by typical Nepali farewell Dinner by Himalayan Icefall Trekking.
Day-13: International Departure.