Druk Path Trek and Paro Festival - 14 days

Drukpath, a popular trek in Bhutan, passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes while at the same time offers the opportunity to visit some ancient lhakhangs, dzongs and villages. It is also a fairly easy hike to undertake as the distance between rest camps is fairly short. The trail takes you through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200m. This trek also offers stunning views of Mt. Gangkhar Puensum (7570m), one of the highest unscaled peaks in the world. The best time to embark on the Druk Path Trek is between March – June or September – November.

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu or (places of your choice), Visa and document

Day 03: Fly to Paro and transfer to hotel

Day 04: Paro sightseeing

Day 05: Paro festival

Day 06: Paro festival

Day 07: Paro to Jili Dzong

Day 08: Jili Dzong to Jangchulakha

Day 09: Jangchulakha to Jimillangtsho

Day 10: Jimillangtsho to Simokotra

Day 11: Simokotra to Phajuding Monastery

Day 12: Phajuding to Thimphu

Day 13: Early morning drive to Thimphu

Day 14: Farewell Bhutan

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel (1400m)

As you enter Nepal on a clear day, it is an electrifying experience to be welcomed by the panoramic view of snowcapped mountain ranges sprawling around, before you land in Kathmandu. You will be warmly welcomed as per Nepali culture with garland at the airport terminal by a company representative and a driver. The private vehicle will escort you through the vibrant streets of Kathmandu to your designated hotel. Our representative will help you in your check-in procedure and will brief you about the trip beginning the next day.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu or (places of your choice)

After your breakfast, you will be guided to a full day sightseeing tour to the world heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley, namely Bouddhanath Stupa, the largest and the oldest Buddhist stupa in Nepal; Pashupatinath, a mega Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva and particularly famous for sighting Hindu funeral rites; and Patan or Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5 km away from Kathmandu. You will walk through Patan Durbar Square, and delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions of the square. Or alternately you can visit places of your choices.

Day 03: Fly to Paro and transfer to Hotel (2250m)

Crossing over the Himalayan mountains, the flight to Paro offers spectacular views of awesome peaks, including the sacred Jomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. On arrival you will be greeted by the guide at the airport and transferred to the hotel. After lunch, you will visit Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now a national museum. You will also visit Rinpung Dzong meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels” and Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. In the evening, you can stroll in local market and mingle with the locals. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 04: Paro sightseeing

After breakfast you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Bhutan’s most famous monastery. Guru Rinpoche (8th century saint) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuentse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion. In the evening you can explore Paro Town. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 05: Paro festival

Today you will observe the most vibrant festival of Bhutan, held in the premises of Ringpung Dzong. The festival is observed in the honor of Guru Rimpoche, who introduced Buddhism in Bhutan. The highlight of the festival is the mask dances performed by monks in elaborate costumes. The performances accompanied by lively music are a great spectacle of Bhutan’s culture. You can also stroll through the festival market and witness the socializing of the people from far away villages. Overnight in Paro.

Day 06: Paro festival

You will continue observing Paro festival today also.

Day 07: Paro to Jipi Dzong (3480m)

Your trek starts from today. Today’s journey trails through Jele La pass (3400m). As you will ascend up through the pine and fir forests, you will see the great views of Paro valley and the surrounding Himalayan panorama. After you cross the pass, you will come to Jele Dzong, which is in ruins now. Your camp will be pitched about 100m below the Dzong.

Day 08: Jili Dzong to Jangchulakha (3770m)

As you start today, the trail ascends higher. With the change in the altitude, you will find the views of Mt. Jomalhari and other neighboring peaks more revealing. The trail passes through rhododendron forests and yak herders’ campsite. You may also spot some beautiful Himalayan birds. After reaching at Jangchulakha at 3770m, you will camp at a pasture for tonight.

Day 09: Jangchulakha to Jimilangtsho (3870m)

Today you will trek through the ridge following the forest of rhododendron bushes and juniper trees. Down the valley, you can see the mesmerizing views of Paro and Thimpu along the great spectacle of Himalayan range. When you are near Jimilang Tsho (3870m), you have to walk steep downhill and will arrive at the lake which is famous for giant trouts. From the lake, you can enjoy the view of Jichu Drake (6989m), the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. You will camp near the lake.

Day 10: Jimilangtsho to Simokotra  (4110m)

You will start your trek today through the rhododendron trees past Janetso Lake. Relishing the views of the mountains, you will continue the journey. You may also pass some yak herders. After, walking through the winding trail, you will come to Simkota Lake (4110m). You will camp near the lake.

Day 11: Simokotra to Phajuding Monastery (3870m)

The trail ascends gradually to Phume la pass (4210m) which is marked by colorful prayer flags. You can see the breathtaking views of Mount Gangkhar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan (7570m) and other Himalayan peaks. After the pass, the trail descends past Thujidrag Goemba, a meditation center perched on a precipice. As you continue further, you will come to Phajuding Goemba (3870m). Your camp is located near the monastery.

Day 12: Phajuding to Thimphu (2320m)

After passing Phadjoding monastery, you will continue downhill through the blue pine forest. You will reach the roadhead of Sangaygang, the outskirt of Thimpu from where you will be picked for Thimpu the next day. At Sangaygang, you will visit the Bhutan Broadcast Service (BBS) Telecommunication Tower, which offers the most spectacular view of Thimphu.

Day 13: Early morning drive to Thimphu

You will drive to Thimpu in the early morning. After few minutes’ drive, you will reach the capital city. You can spend the rest of the day by touring to the immediate areas of Thimpu like, the Memorial Garden, National Library, School of traditional Arts, Changangkha Temple, Simtokha Dzong (one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan), weekly market etc.

Day 14: Fly from Bhutan to Kathmandu

Depending on the flight timing, you will be transferred to air port for your flight. The Representative of Bhutan office will see you off with warm farewell.