DRUK PATH TREK ( 11 DAYS )
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Day 1. Delhi/Paro
Morning transfer to Delhi airport in time to board the Druk Air flight to Paro.
(Flight timings to be confirmed). Welcome by your expert Bhutanese guide on arrival and drive to your nearby hotel. Lunch is taken in a local restaurant before an afternoon of sightseeing in the beautiful Paro Valley. Considered to have the most beautiful homesteads in Bhutan, a walk through the valley’s fields and passed local homes is an enchanting start to your journey. Depending on time, visit the ruined Drukyel Dzong (fortress) which on a clear day has Mount Jomolhari, as a 24,000ft backdrop, then the Dungtse temple and Paro town itself, with its main streets of painted houses and shops. Overnight local hotel (FB).
Day 2: Paro
After breakfast, depart for the famous ‚Tiger’s Nest‛ or Taktsang Monastery at 2,300metres (7500ft). Originally a cave famous for its meditating Buddhist saint, the first temple was built on a cliff face 800 metres above the Paro Valley in the 14th century. Burnt down in 1998, it has been carefully restored and the 2.5 hours walk to reach it is well worth the effort (those suffering from vertigo should consider this walk carefully.) After a picnic lunch, descend to the valley and return to your hotel for tea and snacks. After tea drive towards Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan.
Day 3 Paro/Jele Dzong (8km Altitude at Jele Dzong 3,436m. )
Today you will walk for about 5 hours starting above the National Museum, gradually ascending up to the camp. During clear weather, once can get the birds eye view of the beautiful paro valleys and gorgeous mountains.The campsite is near the old Jele Dzong which, we can visited in the evening. Overnight in camp.
Day 4 Jele Dzong/Jangchu Lakha (Altitude at Jangchulakha 3,962m)
Start of the day with a one and half hour climb and then ascend gradually through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. There is fine views of snow capped peaks and you may hear some monal pheasants calling during the day. You may also encounter yak herders. Overnight in camp.
Day 5 Jangchu Lhakha to Jimilangtsho (10km, Altitude 3880m)
The trail follows the ridge line providing breath taking views himalayan mountains that cuts deep valleys. Camp near Lake called Jimilangtsho. This lake is known for its giant sized trout.
Day 6 Jimilangtsho/PhajoDing
Today’s trail will take you through some of the most rare dwarf rhododendron trees and passing by a lake called Janetsho. If you are lucky, you will encounter yak herders who might offer cottage cheese and a good chance to get photo with high altitude herders against the backdrop of majestic Mt. Gangker Phuensum the highest mountain in Bhutan and other mountain peaks. The trail slowly descends through junipers tress and finally descends down to Phajoding monastery from where Thimphu town is visible at the valley floor.
Day 7 PhajoDing/Thimphu
The trek from Phajoding to Thimphu is downhill all the way, passing through a forested area mostly blue pine. With a leisurely pace, you can reach Thimphu in about 2 hours. You will be checked into one of the best hotels in Thimphu and have time to relax and refresh yourself after the trek. After lunch, its time to check out the hustle bustle of Thimphu, happy capital of the world. A uniue opportunity to explore Thimphu on foot. Thimphu is as modern as Bhutan gets, with traffic, smart traffic policemen directing traffic, old shops and modern houses built in the old style, but with concrete. It’s experiencing something of a boom these days. Dinner at a local restaurant and if you want check out the night life in thimphu. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8. Thimpu
After breakfast drive to base of the Cheri Monastery, or Gompa. An hour’s walk takes you into this 17th century monastery and gives you a fascinating insight into Bhutan’s monastic and religious. (Entrance is subject to the caretaker being in residence). It is possible on your walk to spot Goral, the rare and nimble goat antelope of the Himalayas. Following your walk you continue to Thimpu Town for Lunch. Spend the afternoon exploring Thimpu on foot. Thimpu is as modern as Bhutan gets, with smart policemen directing traffic, shops and modern houses built traditional style. Gala dinner with local guests from business, government and civil societies with possible clubbing the Bhutanese way. Overnight local hotel (FB)
Day 9. Thimphu
Today we will have official meetings with government officials. Our targets will be foreign ministry, gross national happiness and tarayan foundation and tourism council of Bhutan. A special request will be made to meet with our visionary leader.
Day 10. Thimpu to Punakha
Start on a very winding but scenic mountain road east and, after an hour, reach the 10,000ft high pass of Dochola. On a clear day you catch a glimpse of the peaks of the eastern Himalayas, many over 23,000ft. An abundance of prayer flags and 108 chortens or stupas mark the pass. Gradually the road descends during the 90-minute drive to the Punakha Valley, one of the lowest lying valleys in Bhutan. At an elevation of 1,300 metres and with its temperate climate, this valley is the market garden of the country, where produce grows year round and many Bhutanese reside during the cooler winter months. Punakha has an interesting history. It was the winter capital of Bhutan for a period of 300 years until Thimphu was made the official capital in the 1950’s. It is also the site of one of Bhutan’s most historically important dzongs, the magnificent 17th century Punakha Dzong. Visit the Dzong before lunch.
After lunch we have a choice of visiting a high school where my wife and I went, or river rafting or visiting a rural town/village and participate in traditional archery match. Dinner joined by community leaders and local officials. Night at hotel
Day 11 exit:
Drive 3 hours to ge to to the airport to fly out