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Route - Paro - Jele Dzong - Jangchulakha - Jimilangtsho - Simkotra Lakes - Phajoding - Thimphu - Dochu La - Lamperi - Paro - Chele La Route Info - Total Route Distance: 230 kilometers including the hike Total Travel Time: 23 hours including the hike Trip Highlights Drukgyel Dzong Restoration Site - Paro Choedu Goemba - Paro Kichu Lhakhang - Paro Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang - Paro Five Chortens - Paro Nyamai Zam - Paro Rinpung Dzong - Paro National Museum of Bhutan - Paro Jele Dzong - Paro-Thimphu Mt. Jomolhari - Jele Dzong Jimilangtsho (Jimilang Lakes) - Jimilangtsho Mt. Jichu Drake - Jangchulakha to Jimilangtsho Janetsho (Jane Lakes) - Jimilangtsho to Simkotra Simkotra Lakes - Simkotra Mt. Gangkar Puensum - Simkotra to Phajoding Phume La Pass - Simkotra to Phajoding Thujidrag Goemba - Phajoding Phajoding Monasteries - Phajoding Arts & Crafts Market - Thimphu Tashichho` Dzong - Thimphu National Memorial Chorten - Thimphu Buddha Dordenma - Thimphu Simtokha Dzong - Thimphu Dochu La Pass - Thimphu Druk Wangyel Chortens - Dochu La Druk Wangyel Lhakhang - Dochu La Royal Botanical Garden - Lamperi Chele La Pass - Paro to Haa Mt. Jomolhari - Chele La Pass Mt. Jichu Drake - Chele La Pass Tiger's Nest - Paro Best time of the year - All Seasons Except during heavy Summer rain Prepare physically by hiking in your locality at least 2 months before Bhutan Learn and experience camping in the wilderness (especially hilly areas) Learn acclimatization techniques for about 4000 - 5000 meters above sea level Contact Us for details
Day 1 : Arrival In Paro International Airport
Upon your arrival in Paro International Airport, you shall be greeted by a Cholala Tours & Travels representatives and he/she shall brief you about the tours, itinerary, inclusions as well as cultural practices of Bhutan including Do’s and Don’ts. Then you will be taken to hotel in Paro, where you can refresh and then we set out for following sightseeing;
Drukgyel Restoration Site
Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang
After taking insights of Paro, you would be dropped off at the hotel where you can enjoy a delicious dinner.
Day 2 : Paro - Rinpung Dzong - Ta Dzong - Jele Dzong
On our first day of the famous Druk Path Trek, we will combine it with cultural site seeing as we climb from floor of the valley. We start from the Five Chortens located beside the Ugyen Pelri Palace built in memory of the first king of Bhutan, Sir Ugyen Wangchuck. We cross a traditional wooden bridge below Paro Dzong commonly known as Nyamai Zam rebuilt after it was washed away in 1969 flood and if you prefer to capture one of the most stunning picture of Paro Rinpung Dzong, you can from the west bank of the Pa Chhu near the bridge.
We then begin the hike to Jele Dzong, a total of 7 kilometers taking us about 4 to 5 hours before we can camp at an altitude of about 3480 meters or 11417 feet. Upon getting near the hill below Jele Dzong we descend to the campsite below the dzong and depending upon how tired you are, we can further hike up to the Jele Dzong and explore its landscape before the sunset.
Day 3 : Jele Dzong - Jangchulakha
Rising early in the morning and hiking up to the Jele Dzong may give you a rare opportunity to capture some of the most stunning panoramic views of the landscape depending upon the weather. After recommended dietary breakfast for the hike, we start to conquer 10 kilometers for about 4 to 5 hours. We can also get a blessing from Buddha Shakyamuni of Jele Dzong to keep us on our journey free from high altitude sickness and muscle strains.
Today's trail begins as we leave the Jele Dzong and walk up north for about 10 minutes on a beautiful hill before disappearing into the greater Himalayas forest of alpine and rhododendrons to saddle at 3590 meters or 12959 feet above sea level. On a clear sky, stunning views of Mt. Jomolhari (7326 m/24035 ft.) and surrounding mountains can be seen. At 3770 meters or 12369 feet, we camp at Tsokam near yak herders' camp.
Day 4 : Jangchulakha - Jimilangtsho
From Jangchulakha we trek for about 4 hours covering a total distance of 11 kilometers to Jimilangtsho, with 230 meters’ descent and 330 meters’ ascent. We proceed north for most of the day through stunning views of far flung monasteries and snow-peaked Himalayas. We camp at Labana (3870 m/12697 ft.) after slowly climbing on a ridge opposite to Jimilang Tsho (lake).
On a clear sunny day, we can get stunning views of Mt. Jichu Drake (6989 m/22930 ft.) representing the protective deity of Paro Valley. You will not feel any weary legs and backs as you hike Jangchu La Pass at 4180 meters or 13714 feet above sea level. We can try to spot fresh lake water giant sized trout at Jimilangtsho.
Day 5 : Jimilangtsho - Simkotra Lakes
Today's hike is 11 kilometers long including 820 meters’ ascent and 400 meters’ descent taking us in total of about 4 hours. After breakfast, we will begin hiking through dwarf rhododendron shrubs and past Janetsho (lake). We may come across some yak herder’s camps giving you a glimpse of a nomad's lifestyle.
After a short and steep descent along the ridge, we camp near Simkotra Lake at an elevation of about 4110 meters or 13484 feet. As you try capturing this stunning view of the lake, you can try to spot some trout fish too. We retire for the night around the camp fire sharing our own stories and knowing about our lives.
Day 6 : Simkotra Lakes - Phajoding Monastery
Rising near Simkotra lakes may present some of the rarest opportunities for capturing the landscape in the early morning setting. After our morning routines, we will begin hiking with a gradual climb. Simkotra to Phajoding Monasteries is a total of about 10 kilometers including 130 meters’ ascent and 680 meters’ descent taking us about 3 to 4 hours.
If luck is on our side with a clear sky, we will have a stunning view of Mt. Gangkar Puensum (7570 m/24836 ft.) the highest unscaled mountain in the world along with several other Himalayan peaks. The trail crosses over Phume La Pass (4210 meters) and then descends past Thujidrag Goemba, a meditation center hanging on the side of a precipitous rock overlooking the entire Phajoding hilltops and the Thimphu Valley. Continuing further downhill through juniper trees, we camp near Phajoding Goemba (3870 meters) and if guest house is available we can opt for a change of a sleeping shed.
Day 7 : Phajoding Monastery - Thimphu
After an overnight stay at the auspicious Phajoding hilltop, it will take us only about 3 hours to cover 4 to 5 kilometers making 1,130 meters of descent to the road point above upper Motithang where pick up car will wait for us. The trail is mostly downhill through a rich forests of blue pine trees with two choices to descent. One is a shorter route taking us to the road point above Takin Reserve and the other mostly a gradual flat descent towards the Radio Repeater Station of the Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS), the National TV and radio Broadcaster.
You can enjoy stunning views of the landscapes of entire Thimphu valley overlooked from the Phajoding Monasteries. Early morning views are considered best to capture pictures depending upon the weather of the day. Once at the hotel you can rejuvenate visiting spas and sauna and then take a leisure stroll towards Arts & Crafts Market and rest of the capital city in the evening.
Day 8 : Thimphu - Dochu La Pass - Paro
We begin exploring the Capital City Thimphu (2350 m/7710 ft.) by visiting Tahsichho` Dzong 'Fortress of the auspicious religion'. National Memorial Chorten located near the National Referral hospital is where we visit next. It is a large Tibetan-style chorten built in 1974 as a memorial to the third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928-1972) and for world peace by Ashi Phuntsho Choden Wangchuck. You will observe that throughout the day people especially old timers, circumambulate around it making most of their daily holy routine. We then drive towards Kuenselphodrang Park, where a gigantic Buddha Shakyamuni, Buddha Dordenma measuring at a height of 51.5 meters will offer you stunning bird-eye view of the city. Then we break for lunch. Later we visit the following sites;
Royal Botanical Garden
Then we drive towards Paro, where another famous Taktsang hike waits for next day.
Day 9 : Paro - Tiger's Nest Temple Hike
After your breakfast, you can start a hike to the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery. You can choose to ride a horse from the parking lot to the monasteries with your own expenses. If the full hike sounds a bit tough, you can hike for 1 hour to the cafeteria - a wooden tea-house restaurant which offers a good view of the monastery.
After your successful hike, you will be dropped off to your hotel and enjoy your dinner
Day 10 : Departure from Paro
Today is the day you depart from Bhutan onto your next destination or your home. We share our thoughts about the trip over a delicious breakfast. We will hear out all your comments and suggestions including your satisfaction levels. Your departure doesn't mean we end our relationship, it is just a beginning of a new beginning until we see each other again.
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Cancellation & Refund Policy :
* Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
* Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.
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