Druk Path Trek & Cultural Bhutan Tour

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Duration 📅

10 Days

Flights ✈️

International flights are NOT included

Airport Transfer 🧳

Drop-Off, Pickup

Accommodation 🛏️

3 Star Hotel, Camping

Tour Size 🧑🏻‍🤝‍🧑🏻

Small Group

Difficulty 🚥

Moderate

Language 🌐

English

Other Inclusions ✔️

Botteled Water, Tour Guide, Tickets & Entry Fees

Visa 🛂

Visa is Included

Inclusions

Full-service camping in a twin sharing tent including Porter & Pony
All trekking permits
All ground transportations including round trip airport transfers
Light snacks between meals wherever necessary
Bottled Water
Tour Guide
Ticket & Entry Fees
9xBreakfast
9xLunch
9xDinner

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💎 Why we love it ?

This 10 Days Bhutan Tour offers exhilarating trekking adventures through the pristine mountains of Bhutan and unique cultural experiences. The actual trekking is only 4 days. The first 2 days are spent on an excursion trip to acclimatize and the last 3 full days offer in-depth cultural tours in the capital city Thimphu and the fertile valley of Punakha. You’ll also have an opportunity to visit a traditional farmhouse, savor authentic home-cooked local cuisines and participate in preparing some of the popular Bhutanese dishes. The 4-Days Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular treks in the country as it passes through gorgeous natural landscapes of blue pine forests, high ridges, and pristine lakes while at the same time offering the opportunity to visit some ancient Lhakhang, dzongs, and villages.

 

🏁 Tour Itinerary: Druk Path Trek & Cultural Bhutan Tour

Day 1: Arrive at Paro International Airport – Sightseeing Paro valley (2200m)

Arrive at Paro International Airport by Drukair or Bhutan Airlines. On arrival, go through the immigration and customs formalities and get your visa stamped on your passport. Your guide and driver will receive you at the exit gate of the arrival hall. As you will need to acclimatize to the altitude, today we will take it easy and drive you to one or two places of interest within Paro town. If your arrival time is way earlier than the hotel check-in time, we will visit one or two places of interest within Paro town. Otherwise, you’ll be heading straight to the hotel. Your guide and driver will assist you to check into the hotel so that you can relax for a while and then have lunch, your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine.
Visit National Museum of Bhutan – Ta Dzong: The National Museum of Bhutan is located in Paro just above the Rinpung Dzong (administrative headquarter of the Paro district). It is housed in an ancient watchtower called Paro Ta Dzong (Ta Dzong means “watchtower fortress”) built-in 1649. It displays hundreds of ancient Bhutanese artifacts and artworks including traditional costumes, armor, weaponry, and handcrafted implements for daily life. The collection at the National Museum preserves a snapshot of the rich cultural traditions of the country. This unique ancient watchtower was converted into the National Museum in 1968.
Visit Paro Rinpung Dzong: Paro Rinpung Dzong (Rinpung Dzong means “fortress of the heap of jewels”) was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1646 and established as the administrative and monastic center of the western region. Today, the Dzong serves as the office of the governor of the Paro district and head of the district monk body in Paro.
After visiting the Dzong, take a short walk to the traditional wooden cantilever bridge called Nemeyzampa, where your driver will be waiting for you. The roofed wooden cantilever bridge is built in a traditional style and these types of bridges are called Bazam.
Leisure time to explore Paro town.

🏚️ Accommodation: Dinner and overnight at Khangkhu Resort or Bhutan Mandala Resort.

 

Day 2: Hike to the famed Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)

Total Hiking Time: 4-5 hours, Taktsang Altitude: 3,120m/10,235ft. Today, you will hike to Paro Taksang at 3,120m/10,235ft. It is going to be a wonderful adventure presenting you with a picturesque view from above and a perfect way to get acclimatized before we start our exciting 6-day trek tomorrow. Later in the afternoon visit a very auspicious 7th-century temple later in the afternoon.
Hike to Taktsang Monastery at 10,240 feet above sea level: After early breakfast, drive to the base of the Taksang monastery from where the hike begins. It takes normally about 2 hours to reach the monastery from the nearest road point. The hike is a steep climb but takes you through the cool shades of pine trees giving you a lot of opportunities to take beautiful pictures of the valley below or the ridge above. There is a nice cafeteria on the way where you can rest and can see the breathtaking view of the Taktsang Monastery. It takes about another hour to reach the monastery from the cafeteria.
Taktsang or the Tiger’s Lair (people prefer to call Tiger’s Nest) is located on a sheer 800-meter rocky cliff in Paro. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Bhutan.
After lunch at Taksang Cafeteria, descend back to the base and drive to visit Kyichu Lhakhang.
Visit 7th-century Buddhist monastery – Kyichu Lhakhang: Kyichu Lhakhang (Lhakhang means “temple”), which is located just a few minutes drive from the main town of Paro, is one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan. It is believed to have been built in 659 A.D. by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo.
According to the legend, the spirit of a giant demoness lay spread across Tibet and Bhutan causing obstruction to the propagation of Buddhism. In order to subdue this demoness, King Songtsen Gampo was required to build 108 temples across the affected region. Kyichu Lhakhang, built to pin down the left foot of the giant demoness, is one of the two temples that were built in Bhutan. The other is called Jambay Lhakhang located in the district of Bumthang in central Bhutan and was built to pin down the left knee. Both the temples were believed to have been built overnight.

🏚️ Accommodation: Dinner and overnight at Khangkhu Resort or Bhutan Mandala Resort.

 

Day 3: [Trek Starts] Paro / Jele Dzong / Camp at Jangchulakha (3770m)

After breakfast, drive to the starting point of the trek. The first day can be quite arduous as you have to climb more than 1,300m elevations. You’ll pass by the National Museum of Bhutan and drive a little farther up to the road head. The trek follows a gravel road past a few farms for about 30 minutes and then climbs up a steep ridge before leading through blue pine and fir forests to Damche Gom. You hike past Jele Dzong, a peaceful temple on the hill with a grand view of the mountains. Lunch will be served near the temple. Continue the hike through thick alpine forests and dwarf Rhododendron trees until you reach the campsite, Jangchulakha. You may see herder and their yaks around the campsite offering you an opportunity to interact and experience a glimpse of their semi-nomadic lifestyle.
Distance: 15km, Time: 6-7 hours, Ascent: 1,350m, Camp Altitude: 3,770m/12,370ft

🏚️ Accommodation: Full-service outdoor camping at Jangchulhakha.

 

Day 4: Jangchulakha / Camp at Jimilang Tso (3870m)

The trail follows a ridge and on a clear day, the view of the mountains and valley are simply stunning. The campsite is close to the Jimilang Tsho Lake. This lake is known for its giant trout.
Distance: 11km, Time: 4-5 hours, Ascent: 330m, Camp Altitude: 3,870m/12,700ft

🏚️ Accommodation: Full-service outdoor camping at Jimilang Tso.

 

Day 5: Jimilang Tso / Camp at Simkotra Tso (4110m)

The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and past Janetso Lake. You may come across some yak herder camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho Lake.
Distance: 11km, Time: 5-6 hours, Ascent: 820m, Camp Altitude: 4,110m/13,485ft

🏚️ Accommodation: Full-service outdoor camping at Simkotra Tso.

 

Day 6: Simkotra Tso / Phajoding / Capital city Thimphu (2334m)

The last day of the trek begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan, and several other Himalayan peaks. From this pass, the trek takes you downhill towards Phajodhing Monastery. After passing Phajoding monastery, the trek to Thimphu is downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours. On the way, you will pass through Chokhortse Temple on the outskirts of Thimphu and a couple of hundred meters steep downhill brings you to a radio transmission tower where your driver will be waiting. This is the point where our trekking staff will bid you farewell.
Distance: 15km, Time: 6-7 hours, Descent: 1100m, Thimphu Altitude: 2,334m/7,655ft

🏚️ Accommodation: Dinner and overnight in Thimphu either at Kuenphen Rabten Resort or Hotel Amodhara.

 

Day 7: Sightseeing & Leisure in Thimphu

Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan and it is home to approximately 115,000 residents and increasing every year. This bustling little city is the main center of commerce, religion and government in the country. It is the only capital city in the world without traffic lights and even commercial billboards.
After breakfast, visit the 169ft Buddha Dordhenma Statue located at Kuensel Phodrang overlooking the Thimphu valley. From there drive to visit the 13th century Changangkha Lhakhang considered as the national treasure.
Visit the National Library of Bhutan considered as a national treasure of Bhutan and a fundamental source of Bhutanese history, religion, medicine, arts, and culture. Opens during working weekdays & on Saturdays 10 am-noon. Just nearby is the National Institute of Zorig Chusum (Institute of Traditional Arts & Crafts) where 13 traditional arts & crafts of Bhutan are taught. If the class is in session, you can hop in and observe while the students get hands-on training. Opens during working weekdays & on Saturdays 10 am-noon.
After lunch at the Folk Heritage Museum Restaurant, visit the Centenary Farmers’ Market to learn about the food preference and culture in Bhutanese society. Farmers from all over the country bring their farm produce to sell. The market opens from Friday – Sunday.
From there pass by the Changlimithang Archery Range and witness the game of archery if the match is in progress. You will see archers dancing and singing each time they hit the target from a distance of 145 meters. Archery is the national sport of Bhutan.
Leisure time around Thimphu town.

🏚️ Accommodation: Dinner and overnight in Thimphu either at Kuenphen Rabten Resort or Bhutan Damisa Hotel or Hotel Amodhara.

 

Day 8: Thimphu / Transfer to Punakha Valley (1200m)

After breakfast, drive to Punakha valley. En route stop briefly at Dochula – a sacred mountain pass at an elevation of 3150m and enjoy a grand view of some of the highest mountains of Bhutan on a clear day. Good opportunity for photos! From there continue driving towards Punakha and gradually descend to a subtropical valley within an hour.
Just about 11km before reaching Punakha town, visit the famous 15th-century Chimi Lhakhang popularly known among tourists as “Temple of Fertility”. A gentle walk through the terraced rice fields and traditional farmhouses painted with phalluses will give you a unique experience. Walk and explore the village.
After lunch at a nearby hotel, drive to Punakha town and visit the most beautiful 17th century Punakha Dzong which displays fine Bhutanese arts and craftsmanship which continues to influence Bhutanese architecture to this day. You will spend some time appreciating the intricate woodworks and sacred wall paintings. From there walk to Bhutan’s longest suspension bridge if interested.
Distance: 74 km, Time: 3 hours, Transport: Private SUV/Minivan/Bus, Punakha Altitude: 1,200m/3,935ft.

🏚️ Accommodation: Dinner and overnight in Punakha at Meri Puensum Resort or Hotel Lobesa.

 

Day 9: Punakha / Transfer to Paro (2200m)

After an early breakfast, drive to the nearest road head, and then hike to the picturesque Khamsum Yuellay Namgyel Chorten located on a serene hilltop overlooking fertile Punakha valley. It usually takes 2-2.5 hours of walking through the terraced rice fields and a short climb through the pine trees.

OPTIONAL – Whitewater Rafting (additional fee applies): Instead of driving back to Punakha town after the hike, you can go whitewater rafting on the Mochu river graded 1-2 making it possible for all ages to try and experience rafting. The rafting distance is 10-14kms and takes about 1.5-hours from starting to the finish point. The best time to do rafting is in March to early June, October & November. A raft can carry up to 8 people and a minimum of 4 people are required. Each raft cost USD180 approx. and are shared equally among the passengers.

If your group size is more than 3 people, a picnic lunch can be arranged by the bank of the Mochu river on the way back to Punakha town.
After lunch, drive back to Paro via Dochula pass.
In the evening, visit a beautiful farmhouse for authentic home-cooked local cuisine. If interested, you may soak in a therapeutic and revitalizing traditional hot stone bath for an additional fee of about $15 per person as charged by the owner.
Distance: 115km, Driving Time: 4-4.5hrs, Paro Altitude: 2,195m/7,200ft

🏚️ Accommodation: Dinner and overnight at Khangkhu Resort or Bhutan Mandala Resort.

 

Day 10: Transfer to Paro International Airport for Departure

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Paro International Airport for your onward journey depending on your departure time. Your guide will assist you to complete all exit formalities before you check in.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation for up to 30 days prior to departure date
  • 20% will be charged if cancelled 16-29 days prior to departure date
  • 30% will be charged if cancelled 08-15 days prior to departure date
  • 50% will be charged if cancelled 03-07 days prior to departure date
  • No refund will be available if No Show or cancelled 0-02 days prior to departure date

Flights

The flight tends to get fully booked months ahead especially during the peak season. We highly recommend you book flights a few months ahead of your departure date. We can help with the arrangement of flights to and from Bhutan. There are only two airlines operating in and out of Bhutan:

  • Drukair, the national flag carrier of Bhutan (www.drukair.com.bt) operates from and to these cities/International Airports: Bangkok, Bagdogra, Bodhgaya, Dhaka, Delhi, Guwahati, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Singapore.
  • Bhutan Airlines, a private airline introduced in 2011 (www.bhutanairlines.bt) operates from and to these cities/International Airport: Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Kathmandu

Other Important Information

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off time will be coordinated depending on your flight timings
  • For the purpose of processing a visa, you must send us a clear passport copy of all the participants after you book the tour. A whole biodata page including the machine-readable zone must be seen clearly. It can be either scanned or just a mobile photo shot as long as it is clear and legible. Passports should have a validity of at least SIX MONTHS from the day you depart from Bhutan.
  • You’ll receive a copy of your approved e-Visa Clearance letter in PDF format within 3-4 business days from the day the visa application is submitted. You MUST print a copy of this letter and present it at the check-in counter of the airline flying into Bhutan. Without the proof of an e-Visa Clearance letter, you may be denied boarding the flight to Bhutan. The actual visa will be stamped on your passport on arrival at the Paro International Airport.
  • Child(ren) below 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
  • All participants between the age of 13 – 17 years old must send us a valid copy of the Student Photo ID Card/document after booking the tour. Discounts are already applied in the price. Those who do not have a valid student photo ID Card will have to pay the price difference.
  • All our tour guides speak very fluent English. Guides speaking other major languages (Chinese, Japanese, French & German) can be arranged at an additional fee of $120 per day.
  • You must let us know prior to your arrival if you have any dietary restrictions/preference.

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