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  • Druk Path Trek

    This wonderfully scenic "Druk Path Trek" walk along the ridges accesses remote alpine lakes, yak herders and boasts views of Bhutanese Himalayas. For most part, it follows the traditional mule route between Thimphu and Paro, walking along the ridges. Because it departs or ends in Paro or Thimphu, it logistics make it a great choice as an add-on to any cultural tour of Bhutan.

     

    One of the variation of Druk Path called Tsaluna trek is quite easy, short and can be done late into winter and starting from early Spring.


    HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUDE

    • Jele Dzong
    • Jangchulakha
    • Jimilangtso Lake
    • Simkota Lake
    • Phajoding
    • Thimphu: National Memorial Chorten, Shakyamuni Buddha
    • Paro: Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong), National Museum

    DETAILED PROGRAM

    Day 1

    Arrive in Paro by flight. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities received you will be transferred to the hotel for check in. Afternoon visit to Ta Dzong, which in the past served as watchtower for Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) and now houses the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in the spring. Overnight at the hotel in Paro. Evening free time or walk around the city to explore.

     Bhutan National Museum, Rinpung Dzong

    Recommended Hotels in Paro:

    - Metta Resort & Spa
    - Bhutan Mandala Hotel


    Day 2

    From your hotel in Paro, being transferred to the trail head above Ta Dzong and begin trekking starting at around 2700m.  Trek for about 3-4 hours ascending uphill around 800m to camp below Jele Dzong at 3480m.

     Today, we will trek to Jele Dzong


    Day 3

    Visit Jele Dzong and trek along the ridges with the views of Paro’s side valleys to Jangchulakha. It takes us about 10km/4hr trek and camp at 3770m.

     From Jele Dzong, we head to Jangchulakha campsite (3770m)


    Day 4

    Trek for about 10km/4hr and camp near the Jimilangtso Lake at 3870m.

     Trekking to Jimilangtso Lake (3870m)


    Day 5

    Climb up gradually up to 4150m and descend to your camp site at 4100m overlooking another lake called Simkota. About 11km/4hr trek.

     Trekking from Jimilangtso Lake to Simkota Lake


    Day 6

    Gradually trek up hill and climb to Labanla pass at 4210m, after which the trail makes a long and steep descent past Thujidrang to Phajoding. The campsite is near the hermitages and monasteries at 3750m. About 10km/3-4hrs trek.

     Trek through Labanla pass. Our destination is Phajoding campsite


    Day 7

    After visiting the temples and monasteries in Phajoding, walk downhill for about 5km/3hr to Motithang (2540m). Meet and transfer to your hotel or city center.

    Today’s full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley, beginning with National Memorial Chorten, the building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the Father of modern Bhutan”) and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

    Then proceed to Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue under construction in the mountains of Bhutan. The statue will house over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Buddha Dordenma itself, the Buddha Dordenma is sited amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuck, the thirteenth Desi Druk, overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.

     National Memorial Chorten, Giant Buddha Dordenma, Tashichho Dzong

    Recommended Hotels in Thimphu:

    - Gyelsa Boutique Inn
    - Kisa Thimphu Hotel

     

    Day 8

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

    *** Alternative route: This trek may be done in 4 or 5, if you are a strong trekker. The route and sights remain same but you cover more distances. Also, instead of starting the trek in Paro, it can be done in reverse order; starting from Thimphu and ending in Paro.

     

     

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    Notes:

    • Prices are in USD, per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. At Bhutan Senses Travel, we carefully select all hotels to ensure that your accommodations match our standards of trip and service excellence.
    • Prices include the following:
      . All hotel accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
      . Internal economy flights as stated with airport taxes
      . All transfers & sightseeing transportation in private vehicle
      . Private services of local guides
      . All special events & private tours, guest experts
      . All entrance fees into historical sights & museums
      . Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
      . 24/7 support from the Bhutan Senses Travel Team

     

    Location
    Accommodation

    PARO 
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    Metta Resort & Spa

    • Metta Resort and Spa offers accommodation in Paro. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site.
    • All rooms come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some units include a seating area where you can relax. Every room includes a private bathroom fitted with a shower. Extras include bathrobes and slippers. Metta Resort and Spa features free WiFi .
    • There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.
    • The resort also offers car hire. The nearest airport is Paro Airport, 5 km from the property.

     THIMPHU
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    Gyelsa Boutique Inn

    • Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Gyelsa boutique offers accommodation in Thimphu. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site.
    • Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain units include a seating area where you can relax. You will find a kettle in the room. Each room has a private bathroom fitted with a shower.
    • There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.
    • The nearest airport is Paro Airport, 23 km from Gyelsa boutique.