The 5 days trek is the most popular trek in the country as it passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes while at the same time offering the opportunity to visit some ancient lhakhangs, dzongs and villages.
The Druk Path Trek is also a fairly easy hike to undertake as the distances between rest camps is fairly short. The trail takes you through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200 m. On the third day hikers will arrive at Jimiling Lake, whose crystal clear waters are home to gigantic trout.
This trek also offers hikers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world. The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are between March-June and September-November.
Day 01Day 1: Arrive Paro and sightseeing.You will experience the panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range as you fly to Paro International Airport. Descending over Paro valley is yet another exciting and mysterious experience that is unparalleled and ineffable. At the exit point of the airport our representatives will be waiting for you who will drive you to your hotel in Paro. After your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine your guide and driver will take you for a hike to the Taktsang Monastery, Guru Padmasambhava or Guru Rimpoche did his meditation here for 3 months. The hike takes about 3 – 4 hrs depending on the capability of the hikers. This is also a photographer’s delight; the monastery is adorned with prayer flags and stands in the cave of granite rocks 900m above the paro valley floor. Letter, en route, visit the Kichu monastery which is one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan built in the 7th century by the Tibetain King Songsten Genpo who built 108 monasteries around the region with the heart being Lhasa in Tibet.
Day 02Day 2 (Trek Day 1) Ta Dzong to JeleDzong: 7KM- Altitude 2576M. Drive up to the National Museum, the start point of the trek where you will be met by our trekking staff and horsemen. You will commence the trek from there and ascend for over 1100 meters and then descend down to our rest camp. After a short rest you will resume the trek through aromatic blue pine forest and along several apple orchards and a monastery. Along your climbs you will have a beautiful view of Paro valley below and Jele Dzong above. Continue through steady climb until a small campsite which is just below Jele Dzong. Overnight at the Campsite.
Day 03Day 3 (Trek Day 2) JeleDzong to Jangchu Lhakhang.10 KM-Altitude 2879M. Just moments away from your campsite you can see part of Paro valley and beautiful view of Dagala range. The trek will take you through beautiful forest of alpine and dwarf rhododendron tress and if you are a bird enthusiast we can also hear a range of bird calls along the way. About 4 hours trek and we will reach our next campsite at Jangchu Lhakhang.
Day 04Day 4 (Trek Day 3) Jangchu Lhakhang to Simkotra.12 KM- Altitude 3485M.Today you will trek along the ridge and through high altitude shrub forest. Just few moments of climb from the lake and beautiful view of lakes and peaks opens up. You will continue your trek over a ridge and from there you can have a sight of the next campsite near Simkotra Lake.
Day 05Day 5 (Trek Day 4) Simkotra to Phajoding. 10 KM- Altitude 2879M Leaving Simkotra Lake you will continue towards Phajoding. The trail takes you through small ascends and descends and through Labana campsite. After about 4 hours of trek you will reach a small pass just above Phajoding from where you can have a great view of Thimphu valley far below. Small descend down to Phajoding and camp for your final night of Druk Path Trek.
Day 06Day 6 (Trek Day 5) Phajoding to Thimphu 8 KM –Altitude 2439MMorning view from Phajoding campsite is truly magical as you stand above the blanket of clouds over Thimphu valley and clear view of endless mountain range above. You can also witness the beautiful sunrise in Far East over the snowcapped mountains. Phajoding to Thimphu is all descend it is rather relaxing and enjoyable. The trail ends at the communications tower at Sangaygang where your driver will be waiting for you. Way to the hotel, visit the Takin Sanctuary where you will see the rare animal takin. It is a mini zoo where the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan is kept in captivity. We will then take you to your hotel and have a nice relaxing day. At evening, Visit the TashichhoDzong; located on the northern edge of the city of Thimpu, on the western bank of the Wang chu. TashichhoDzong is Bhutan's most stately and arguably the most impressive building. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07Day 7: Thimphu to Phobjikha (140-6 Hours).Early morning drive to Gangtey, one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan. En route view Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft). Take the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, numerous peaks can be seen from this pass. Known as the Druk Wangyal Chortens- the construction of these108 chortens was commissioned by the eldest Queen Mother, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. Continue drive through firm land to a wide, flat glacial valley, which is 140 kms and the drive time is 6 hours. At evening explore and walk for leisure around. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08Day 8: Phobjikha to punakha (78 KMS – 3 hrs) After breakfast, visit Gangtey Gonpa monastery complex with five temples that surround the main central tower. It is one of the main seats of the religious tradition based on Pema Lingpa's revelations and one of the two main centres of the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism in Bhutan. Letter drive to to Punakha. After lunch from the hotel, hike to Khamsumyuley Namgyel Chhorten: This hike is through the farmer’s field and then through the pine forest. The hike is about 1 hour up steep climb, and visit the Kamsum Yule Namgyel Chorten, which is a temple inside. The temple inside will give the visitors, the good examples of tantric Buddhist and its philosophy. On your way back, you can take through the fields of Kabesa Village. Over night at Hotel.
Day 09Day 09: Punakha to Paro (125 Km, 5 Hours)After early breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body. The first King, Ugyen Wangchuck was crowned here in 1907. Letter drive back to Paro. On arrival at paro, if time permits, visit Ta Dzong, inaugurated as National Museum in 1968, and holding a fascinating collection. After that walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, also known as "fortress of the heap of jewels". Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan. Over night at Hotel.
Day 10Day 10: Departure Trip Ends and fly back to home country.
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