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Druk Path Trek is one of the most scenic and popular treks in Bhutan following a wilderness trail past several remote lakes. Although it is a short trek, it still goes to a high altitude making it moderately strenuous. Max elevation: (4210m) Standard: Medium Season: February to June, September to December Start: Paro Ta Dzong (National Museum) Finish: Motithang.
Day 1 : Arrival at Paro
Paro is a one of the most beautiful valley and rich culture of Bhutan. It is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries. There are many Buddhist masters came to this valley from 7th centuries and founded the Buddhism in this valley. The country’s famous mountain can be seen from the Paro valley is called Mount Jhomolhari at (7350m) reigns in white glory at the northern end of the valley. It’s glacial to form the Pa chu (Paro river) The Paro is one of the most fertile agriculture land in the kingdom. Over night hotel in Paro.
Day 2 : National museum to Jile Dzong
Distance: 10km, 5-6 hours, 1090m ascent.
The first day is a long climb as you gain more than 1000m of elevation. But we start by following and easy trail through the forest until we begin to climb more steeply to our campsite which is located just below the Jile Dzong in a meadow at (3501m).
Day 3 : Jile Dzong to Jangchu Lakha
Distance: 10km, 4-5 hours, 310m ascent and 50m descent.
Today is a short day, which allows time to visit Jile Dzong at (3570m). From there if the day is clear, there is an excellent view of Paro town and the upper Paro valley far below and also you will have a wonderful view of Mount Jhomolhari and other snow caped peaks in the distance.
Jile Dzong was the residence of Lama Ngawang Chogyel (1465 to 1540). It is a large Monastery (temple) contains an impressive statue of Buddha Sakya Muni and it is a very nice to see such a high and isolated Monastery. Today you are likely to see or hear some monal Pheasant during the day. The trek fallows mountain ridges with spectacular views of distant valleys and mountain ranges. The trail passes through rhododendron and cedars to Jangchu Lakha, a pasture at (3760) and camp here.
Day 4 : Jangchulakha - Jimilang Tsho
Distance: 11km, 4-5 hours, 280m descent and 400m ascent.
druk-path-trekToday we will start with a steep climb to the Jangchula pass (4200m). On a clear day, you will have a view of mountain ranges. After the pass we will have a long descent to the campsite which is near to the Jimilangtsho (Lake) at (3885m).
Day 5 : Jimilangtsho - Simkotratsho
Distance: 11km, 4hrs, 840m ascent and 400m descent.
The trail climbs from the lower and of the lake to a ridge at (4015m) makes a traverse along the side of ridge, then descents for 30 minutes climb to another ridge, then makes several ups and downs to a crest at (4050m) over looking Janye Tsho. After the Janye Tsho climbs again uphill and reach to Simkotra Tsho camp at (4120m).
Day 6 : Simkotra to Phojoding
Distance: 10km, 4hrs, 130m ascent and 680m descent.
Today is long climb and reach at Labala pass at (4210m). The trail descent gently and traverses above a broad valley to another crest at (4215) from here you will have a nice view of mount Jhomolhari along this stretch of trail. Then the trail drops and crosses a final ridge at Phume La 4080. The Weather permitting there are wonderful view of Gangkar Puensum and other snow peaks. After that trail leads north-east and after 15 minutes you will have a excellent view of capital city Thimphu. Then trail descent steeply to Phajoding Gonpa (Monastary) and camp at (3750m).
Day 7 : Phajoding to Thimphu
Distance: 5km, 3hours, 1130 descent.
Today’s trek is all downhill through forest and reach at Motithang and you are pick up by the car or bus and 20 minutes drive to main town and over night in hotel.
Day 8 : Sightseeing in Thimphu
Sightseeing of Thimphu including National Library: was established in 1967 to preserve many ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts. Most of the collections are about Buddhism and Himalayan histories. Painting School: It operates under the National Technical Training Institute and offers a six years course that provides instruction in many of Bhutan’s traditional arts to students from throughout the country whose aptitude is more artistic then academic. You are allowed to visit the classes and watch how the students are working. It will be very interesting to see institute of thirteen different arts & crafts.
Folk Heritage Museum:
A tour of this almost living museum will give you a glimpse into the way most Bhutanese lived then, and how many rural people still live today. You will express a real life style of the Bhutanese people in the rural areas around the country.
Textile Museum is opened in June 2001, is worth a leisurely visit to get to know the living national art of weaving changing exhibitions introduce the major weaving techniques style of local dresses and textiles made by women and men.
Tashichhodzong - Next you will visit the Tashichhodzong. The fortress of the glorious The dzong was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1962.
The dzong is used as houses. The secretaries, the throne room, offices of the king and the ministries and also uses as the summer residence of the dratshang (Central Monk Body) where the winter residence is in Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan. Over night hotel in Thimphu.
Day 9 : Thimphu to Punakha
3 hours drive to Punakha and visit Punakha Dzong the old capital of Bhutan. Punakha is the seat of the government. It was built in 1637 by famous lama Zhabdrung Rinpoche. It will be interesting for you to see the Punakha valley, over night in Punakha or Wangdue.
Day 10 : Punakha to Paro
Morning visit Wnggdue Phodrang Dzong and drive back to Paro via Thimphu. Stop for the lunch at Dochula café. Over night in Paro.
Day 11 : Departure
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