Delights of Druk Path – 8 Days


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About Delights of Druk Path

Happiness is a place, it’s called Bhutan. Come explore the unknown –a land of soaring Himalayan peaks and ancient monasteries and myths, where thousands of prayer flags flutter in the wind, tigers fly through the air, and happiness rules.
Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan as it passes through stunning landscapes, high Himalayan ridges and pristine lakes at altitudes ranging from 2400m to 4200m with rich flora and fauna. Trekking in Autumn and Spring offers an opportunity to interact with yak herders around one of the campsites and understand their high altitude semi-nomadic lifestyles. Although graded Moderate to Difficult, Druk Path Trek is fairly an easy hike to undertake as distances between rest camps are shorter. This trek offers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world.

Things to Carry

Your personal medication
Warm clothing
Walking shoes
Sunglasses
Skin care ointments

Price Includes

3 Star or equal Accommodation
All land transport
Airport pickup/drop
All meals
All entry fees to dzongs, monuments & attractions
Experienced english speaking guide
Experienced driver
Bottled mineral water

Exclusive

Air Fare
Personal expenses
Bellboy services
Drinks & Beverages

Day 1 Paro

On arrival to Paro International airport, you will be received by ABT team, upon existing the hall today, we will take it easy for acclimatize to the altitude.

Day 2 Paro

Post breakfast, drive to Taktshang base, Hike to Taktshang Monastery (Guru Rinpochee) on a back of Tigress in early 8th century, and lunch at cafeteria from there you could see a breath taking view of Taktshang. After lunch visit to Drugyal Dzong (victory Dzong) built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, as a reminder of great victory from Tibetan invasion in early 16th century.

Day 3 Campsite

Ta-Dzong to Jela Dzong
Post breakfast drive to Ta-Dzong (National Museum) you will be received by trekking crew,the hoursemen and the pack animals. Our trek starts from the museum and trek climbs non-stop for over 1065m before dropping downhill few meters to camp. The trial winds its way steeply through the beautiful pines and around several farmhouses and apple orchards owned by local people, area is called Tachhugang, on a way we cross the kuenga Lhakhang, an hours hike up hill you could see a beautiful view of Paro valley and Jela Dzong (jili), the trial continuously steeply up through the forest, just reaching before the small pass below the Dzong, there you could find an open speace, our campsite would be little way down the pass. Overnight at campsite.

Day 4 Campsite

Jela Dzong to Tsokam
Post breakfast start our trek towards the north of Jela Dzong just to reach on the ridge takes 10 to 15 min, with a beautiful clear sky we move into the forest which looks rather bleak as a result of damage by bark bettles. We then go up and around a small peak and looking back we see part of Paro valley and to the south, the Dagala range is visible. After a 4 hours trek we will reach our campsite at Tsokam. Overnight at Campsite.

Day 5 Campsite

Tshokam to Jimilang Tsho Post breakfast walk followed through the ridge by the trekkers is about 2 hours longer than the pack animals route and it would be a spectacular day where you could view a snowcapped peaks on the north and beautiful valley in downhill. Most of the time we will be proceeding towards north facing east where our campsite would be, tomorrow’s route would be visible. We cross through the small campsite at Labana and further trek on several monasteries which is visible at the far end of the valley. Keep moving up hills slowly on the ridge and on the other side there you could see a beautiful lake “Jimilang Tsho”. Overnight at campsite near lake.

Day 6 Campsite

Jimilang Tsho to Simkotra Tsho
Post breakfast start our trek climb up above the lake through the bushes and as you move on you could see a good view around, on our way could see beautiful lakes are visible and we cross through the wide stone path between rhododendron bushes. We then climb up a ridge and soon we could see Simkotra Tsho. Overnight at campsite.

Day 7 Thimphu

Simakotra to Phajodhing
Post breakfast start the trek towards Phajodhing the trail is easy and good with minor climbs before reaching Phajodhing monastery and Thimphuu valley. We go downhill to Phajoding monastery and overnight at Phajodhing campsite.

Day 8 Thimphu

Phajodhing to Thimphu
Post breakfast its easy downhill hike, explore the mountain through the forest till we reach the end point at road above the Takin center from there our vehicle
Will take us to your hotel in Thimphu. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

Day 9 see off

Departure from airport

Attractions


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Rinpung Dzong


Built in 1644 by Ngawang Namgyal, the Zhabdrung Rinpoche, it stands as a majestic symbol of authority and governance. The administrative and religious seat of Paro Dzongkhag (a state of Bhutan). Located just above Paro Chu (river) making it a picturesque delight.


Taa Dzong - National Museum


The national museum of Bhutan - Taa Dzong has artifact from around the country and some of the artefacts ranging back to even 4000 B.C E. and to the present day. Here you get to see the ancient Bhutanese culture and it is a must visit if you are interest to know and understand Bhutan better


Tiger's Nest - Taktsang


Taktshang or the Tiger's Nest got it's name from the myth that in 8th century Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) flew here on a Tigress Back and meditated to in a cave here t0 subdue the demons and provide relief to the local people of Paro. Built on a cliff that stands 10,000 feet/3,048 meter above sea level overlooking Paro valley. It is a visual treat and a holy place for pilgrimage


Kyichu Lhakhang


Also known as Kyerchu Temple or Lho Kyerchu) is an important Himalayan Buddhist temple situated in Lamgong Gewog of Paro District in Bhutan. Built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsän Gampo, the Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. It was visited by Guru Rinpoche in the 8th century and believed to have concealed many religious relics and treasures. A holy place for pilgrimage


Drukgyal Dzong


Once a fortress constructed in 1649 by Tenzin Drukdra on the behest of Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche to commemorate the victory over Tibet invasion, it was in ruins due to a fire in 1950's that engulfed almost everything. It has been restored now to it's full standing and it is a magnificent view surrounded by beautiful scenery around it

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Memorial Chorten


Built in 1974 to honor the third Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty the 3rd King of Bhutan Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928–1972), it is one of the most prominent landmark of Thimphu. People from everywhere come here to do the Chorten Kora (going round the chorten). It looks magnificent a great place to visit and pray


Buddha Dordenma


Buddha Point is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue completed construction on September 25th 2015 celebrating 60th birth anniversary of fourth king His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck. It houses 100,000 8-inch-tall and 25,000 12-inch-tall gilded Buddhas respectively, each of which, like the Buddha Dordenma itself, will be made of bronze and gilded in gold. it will be one of the largest Buddha rupas (Form of the Awakened One) in the world, at a height of 169 feet (51.5 meters). Big ground in front makes it a nice place to stroll around and enjoy the scenic beauty of Thimphu


Changangkha Lhakhang


Lam Phajo Drugom Zhipo built it in 12th century, one of the oldest lhakhangs in the country. Lam Phajo Drugom Zhipo chose the site and the monastery houses Chenrizig (Avolokitesawara), an 11-headed, thousand-armed manifestation as the central statue. New born are brought here for naming them


Zorig Chusum


In 1680, Ngawang Namgyal, the Zhabdrung Rinpoche, ordered the establishment of the school for instruction in the thirteen traditional arts. Although the skills existed much earlier, it is believed that the zorig chusum was first formally categorised during the rule of Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye (1680-1694), the 4th Druk Desi (secular ruler). You get to witness artisans & craftsman in action in these 13 different crafts & arts which is rare view in today's machine manufacturing era. It trains the Bhutanese students on all the 13 crafts and is leading the race to preserve the culture of Bhutan


Tashichho Dzong


Traditionally been the seat of the Druk Desi (or "Dharma Raja"), the head of Bhutan's civil government, an office which has been combined with the kingship since the creation of the monarchy in 1907, and summer capital of the country. The original Thimphu dzong (the Do-Ngön Dzong, or Blue Stone Dzong) was built in 1216 by Lama Gyalwa Lhanapa (1164-1224). In 1641 Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal took over that Dzong from the Lhapa Kagyu, reconsecrated, and renamed it Tashichö-dzong. Tashichö Dzong has been the seat of Bhutan's government since 1968. It presently houses the throne room and offices of the king, the cabinet secretariat and the ministries of home affairs and finance. Lowering of the national flag in the evening around 5 pm is an event not to be missed and the lights during the night makes it a visual treat.


Takin Preserve


Takin - the national animal of Bhutan is a peculiar animal with head of a goat and body of a cow, is believed to be created by Lama Drukpa Kuenlay - The Divine Madman upon his follower's request to show a miracle. He created it by attaching the skull of a goat and bones of a cow. It is an area of 3.4 hectares (8.4 acres). It is a collaborative effort of the Royal Government of Bhutan and World Wide Fund, WWF (Bhutan), including a traditionally styled entrance gate, a small information center, signage and trash receptacles.


Simtokha Dzong


It is the 1st Dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1629 in Bhutan. Earlier called Sangak Zabdhon Phodrang (Bhutanese language meaning: "Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras") is a small dzong in size compared to other dzongs in Bhutan. It is believed that the dzong provided protection against a demon which had disappeared into a rock close to the site and hence taken the name 'Simtoka' meaning "simmo" (demoness) and 'do' meaning "stone". The Buddhist school of Linguistics was established as part of the dzong.

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Cycling Biking around would be a great way of exploring the places in Bhutan. BTB can arrange mountain bikes for you to ride around and explore the beautiful valleys at your own pace
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
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Cultural Show Bhutanese dance by Bhutanese male and female dancers including Mask dance. A complete refreshing cultural show
Duration: 2 hours
Time: 6pm to 9pm

Cooking Class Bhutan has an abundance of local fresh organic vegetables and simple ways of Bhutanese cooking introduces one to a basic or rudimentary style of cooking, prevalent in the Himalayan region.

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Cycling Biking around would be a great way of exploring the places in Bhutan. BTB can arrange mountain bikes for you to ride around and explore the beautiful valleys at your own pace
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Time: Evening or Morning

Cultural Show Bhutanese dance by Bhutanese male and female dancers including Mask dance. A complete refreshing cultural show
Duration: 2 hours
Time: 6pm to 9pm

Nature Hike A short hike to a nearby hill enyoing the chill air and the pristine nature

Cooking Class Bhutan has an abundance of local fresh organic vegetables and simple ways of Bhutanese cooking introduces one to a basic or rudimentary style of cooking, prevalent in the Himalayan region.

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