Bhutan Druk Path Trekking Highlights

Grade Duration Trek Style Group
Moderate 9 Days Guest House SGL / GRP / FM / STU

SGL = Single, GRP =Grouping, FM= Family, STU = Students

Bhutan Druk Path Trekking

Venture into a world that will touch your heart and soul – a land of myths, legends and traditions which are as vital and alive today as when they originated.

Thickly forested valleys, snow-capped mountains, colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze, maroon robed monks and architecture from another age. This is Bhutan, a kingdom that has long maintained its independence and isolation from the outside world and so preserved a fascinating Himalayan culture and tradition. Bhutan Druk Path Trekking is a best way to explore Bhutan properly.

Short Itinerary

DayActivityDestinationAltitudeTime
1FlyParo 2200m
2HikeTaksang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)3120m5 hrs
3TrekJele Dzong3436m4 hrs
4TrekJangchulukha3780m4 hrs
5TrekJimelangtsho3880m5 hrs
6TrekSimkota4040m5 hrs
7TrekPhajoding3870m4 hrs
8Short trekThimpu2300m5 hrs
SightseeingThimphu
9FlyDeparture

Trip Information

The Cost Include:

Accommodation – Twin share

Transport as per itinerary

All meals in Bhutan (during trek and tour)

All airport transfers

Sightseeing as per itinerary

English speaking interpreter/guide

All camping and cooking equipment during the trekking

Visa

Flight ticket BKK-Paro-BKK

The Cost Does Not Include:

Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, laundry

Travel insurance

Emergency evacuation

Tips and gratuities

Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Royal Mt. Trekking (eg. Landslides)

Packing for your Trip

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Socks
  • Fleece jacket or equivalent. Evenings can be cool even in summer
  • Comfortable, informal clothing (shorts & singlet tops are not appropriate)
  • Hat – a good idea as sun is very strong
  • Gloves – wool or fleece (winter only)
  • Scarf (winter only)
  • Thermal Underwear (winter only)
  • Sarong – a multitude of use
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Sewing kit
  • Money belt
  • Toiletries (including lip slave and moisturizer)
  • Torch / flashlight – headlamp style is ideal
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • First Aid Kit
  • Small umbrella (June-August particularly)

Price:

  • The given price is in US dollars.

Visa Information:

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu Nepal.

  • Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Note: Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos to issue visa.

Insurance:

Guide / Porters  : RMT (Royal Mountain Trekking) provides insurance facility to our guides and porters as per state law.

Day 1

ARRIVAL PARO AIRPORT (2200m) & TRANSFER TO HOTEL

During the flight, on a clear day, you can see breathtaking views of the Himalaya Mountains, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake Peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Afternoon visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. This dzong was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts antique thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Below the museum is the Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The dzong is now used as an administration centre and school for monks. A short walk below the dzong takes you across a traditional cantilevered to one of the innumerable archery grounds. (Archery is the national sport of Bhutan). Evening leisure walk through Paro’s main shopping district. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 2

PARO HIKE TO TAKSANG (TIGER’S NEST MONASTERY)/3120m /5 hrs

A very special day, with an excursion to view the spectacular Taksang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery After breakfast a short drive takes us to Ramthangkha from there a 2 hour hike till the viewpoint point of the monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taksang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. Built in the 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 m into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger. Looking at the monastery flying tigers doesn’t seem so impossible after all. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria, followed by a short walk to Ramthangkha and then drive to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temple in Bhutan built in 7th century. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
** This hike is generally to get acclimatize yourself for Bhutan Druk Path Trekking.
Day 3

TREK FROM PARO TO JELE DZONG /3436m /08 kms /4 hrs

After an early breakfast you will be picked up by our representatives from hotel and drive you to Paro and drive further up to TaDzong or the National Muesum.
Start of Trek Day 1: Distance 08 Kms and walking time 4-5 hours. Starting at Ta Dzong, (2300m) and camp at Jele Dzong (3436m, 11,270 ft). The trek trail is rather gradual climb till the camp and if the weather is clear the Paro valley can be seen with the Mt. Jumolhari(7314m) and snowcapped mountains behind the valley. Over night at camp.
Day 4

JELE DZONG TO JANGCHULAKHA /3780m /09 kms /4 hrs

Trek Day 2: Distance 09 Kms and walking time 4-5 hrs. Starting at Jele Dzong (3436mtrs) and camp at Tshokam (3962mtrs; 12,995 ft). The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and rhododendrons trees and most of the walking is up and down on a ridge.Mt. Jumolhari is also visible today. And you will pass by Jangchulakha whereby we use this area as our campsite earler but due to lack of water we have moved our campsite to Tshokam and you may see Yak herders around Jangchulakha and if you are interested you can visit their tents before reaching your camp site. Overnight at camp
Day 5

JANGCHULAKHA TO JIMELANGTSHO /3880m / 11kms /5hrs

Trek day 3: Distance 11Km and walking time 4-5 hours. Starting at Jangchulakha(3780m) and camp at Jimelangtsho(3880m). the trail follows the ridge and on clear day the view of mountains and valleys are beautiful, in particular the Jichu Drake(6989m). camp is close to Lake of Jimilangtsho. These lakes are known for their giant sized trout.
Day 6

JIMELANGTSHO TO SIMKOTA /4040m /11kms/5 hrs

Trek day 4: Distance 11Km and walking time 5 hours. Starting at Jimilangtsho(3880m) and camp at Simkota(4040m). The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and then you pass by the lake of Janye Tsho. Today you may come across some Yak herder’s camp and you can have a look as to how these people live. Camp is close to Simkota lake.
Day 7

SIMKOTA TO PHAJODING /3870m /10 kms / 4hrs

Trek Day 5 : Distance 10 Kms and walking time 4 hrs. Starting at Simkota (4040m) and camp at Phajoding (3870m). You begin with a gradual climb upto Phume la (4210m) the highest elevation for this trek. If the weather permits you will have beautiful views of Mt. Gangkhar Punsum(7541m) the highest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan peaks. Below , you can see the entire Thimphu valley. Overnight at camp
Day 8

PHAJDING TO THIMPU (SHORT TREK) & SIGHTSEEING IN THIMPU /2300m / 5 hrs

Trek Day 6: End of Trek: Distance 4-5 Kms and walking time 3 hrs. Starting at Phajoding(3870m) and end of trek at Thimphu (2300m) The trek to Thimphu is all the way down hill through a forested area of mostly Blue pine. By taking leisurely pace you can reach Thimphu in about 3 hours for a nice hot shower and hot lunch. After lunch visit Thimpu.
There are good many things to see in the capital which has a very relaxed, laid-back feel about it. Thimphu is relatively small having a population of approximately 45,000 people and the streets are wide and tree lined. You will almost certainly visit the Late King’s Memorial Chorten, the National Library, Drubthob Nunnery, Folk Heritage Museum, the handmade paper factory, the school of arts and crafts where young students learn the traditional arts and crafts (Zo Rig Chusum – the thirteen crafts), Gold and the Silver Smiths workshop, Zangtopelri Lhakhang, and the Handicraft Emporium and the local handicraft centers to see the weavers at work and also varieties of textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, jewellery etc
Afternoon you can also visit Thimpu Dzhong which is the administrative headquarter of Bhutan.
Overnight at hotel
Day 9

DEPARTURE

After breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport to connect flight for onward destination.
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