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Drukpath trek - 9 days in Bhutan

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Day 1: Paro

Stop At: Paro River, Paro Bhutan
The flight to Paro crosses the Himalaya Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. If you arrive via Kathmandu, which offers the most breathtaking view of the range, it's possible to see Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga as well. Upon arrival in Paro, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

In the afternoon you can visit the Paro Dzong. It was built in 1646 and now houses government offices and religious institutions, as do all the dzongs (forts) currently. You'll cross a traditional wooden bridge on the way to the dzong. You can then tour the National Museum, formerly the watchtower for the dzong. It now houses a collection of fine arts, paintings, thankas, statues, and antiques. Afterward you will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. In the evening you can stroll through the Paro market and town. Overnight in Paro.

Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch: Three meals included
Accommodation included: Accommodation in three star hotel

Day 2: Paro to Thimphu

Stop At: Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), Thimphu Bhutan
After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion.

After lunch, drive to Thimphu. In the evening you can explore Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, and absorb the lifestyle of the people. You can also visit some interesting handicraft shops. Overnight in Thimphu.

Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Three meals included
Accommodation included: Three star hotel

Day 3: Thimphu sightseeing

Stop At: Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), Thimphu Bhutan
After breakfast you will visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the takin. From there you will visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). After a relaxing lunch, you will visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory, the majestic Tashichodzong Late in the afternoon drive to Punakha. Overnight Punakha.
Duration: 9 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Three meals included
Accommodation included: Three star hotel

Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha excursion

Stop At: Punakha Dzong, Punakha 13001 Bhutan
After breakfast you will drive to Wangduephodrang, with a stop en route for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. After lunch you will drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, and visit Punakha Dzong, which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1637. On the way back from Punakha, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lakhang, which is a fertility temple, where you may receive a special fertility blessing if you wish. Afternoon drive to Thimphu. Overnight Thimphu.
Duration: 9 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Three meals included
Accommodation included: Three star hotels

Day 5: Trek start Thimphu to Phajoding (3 -4 hours walk)

Stop At: Phajoding Monastery, Phajoding-Pumola Trail Phajoding Bhutan
Morning driveAltitude of camp : 3750m

Today it’s a gradual climb through the pine forests. You will come to a family of monasteries. Overnight in camp.

Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Lunch and dinner
Accommodation included: Camp

Day 6: Phajoding to Simkota

Stop At: Phajoding Monastery, Phajoding-Pumola Trail Phajoding Bhutan
Distance : 12km. Trek Time : 4-5 Hours. Altitude of camp : 4110m.

After a gradual climb In clear weather you will be able to see the spectacular view of Mt. Gangkar Phuensum, the highest mountain in the country and her sister mountains. Overnight in Camp beside the Simkota lake.

Duration: 5 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 7: Simkota –Jangchulakha

Stop At: Phajoding Monastery, Phajoding-Pumola Trail Phajoding Bhutan
Distance : 13km. Trek Time : 5-6 hours. Altitude of camp : 3770m

The trail will take you through thick alpine forests and rhododendron bushes. You will see yaks and yak herders around the camp today.

Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Lunch and dinner
Accommodation included: camp

Day 8: Jangchulakha –Paro. Trek Ends

Stop At: Phajoding Monastery, Phajoding-Pumola Trail Phajoding Bhutan
Today the trek is easy and mostly downhill. The rest of the day is at your disposal. Evening Hot stone bath and a Bhutanese dinner in a farm house. Overnight Paro.
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: lunch and dinner
Accommodation included: camp

Day 9: Depart Paro

Pass By: Paro River, Paro Bhutan
Depart Paro

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick from the border town of India too if you are traveling overland

Ports
Paro
Duration
9 days
Inclusions
  • 7x Breakfast
  • 1x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 7 nights
  • Private transportation
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • All meals included
  • Entry/Admission - Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten)
  • Entry/Admission - Punakha Dzong
Exclusions
  • Expenses of personal nature
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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