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Druk Path Trek

Trip Introduction

Druk Path Trek


This will appeal if you looking to experience the unique culture of Bhutan as well as going on a short Himalayan trek.Our itinerary in Bhutan the ’Land of the Thunder Dragon’ combines seeing the main cultural highlights of the Kingdom of Bhutan with five days of scenic trekking. The Druk Path trek connects the valleys of Paro and Thimpu following the old trading route between the main towns in Bhutan. You will follow a quiet forest trail and up to alpine yak pastures, once above the tree line you see the spectacular view of the Himalaya along the Bhutan - Tibet border including Chomolhari, Jitchu Drake and Gangkar Punsum.

You have several days visiting Bhutan’s main cultural sites, before the trek you will explore Paro Valley with a walk to Taktsang or ’Tigers Nest’ monastery. After the trek we explore Thimphu and Punakha’s 17th century Dzong.

 

Facts Of Trip

Trip Grade: Moderate Trekking

Best Month: March / May ,September / December

Per Day Average  Trekking : 5 to 6 hours

Route:Paro – Tigernest – Jangchalakha – Simkota – Thimphu - Paro

Max Altitude:3,088m

Tour Type: Lodge,Tea house and Tent

Duration :13 days including four nights in Nepal

Region:  Druk Trekking Region

Mode of Travel: Ground Transportation

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival(1360m)

You will be warmly greeted by well Nepal at your arrival at Tribhuwan Intrenational Airport Kathmandu. Our representative will picked up you and about a 45 minut bus journey to the heart of the city and check in to Hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!

 

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing(1360m)

This is your Kathmandu  sightseeing day and prepatation day too. You will visit Kathmandu Durbar square, a in-createable wooden house, palace and temple, (a world heritage site) and Swayambhunath (also a world heritage siit) which a Buddhist stupa and Monastery,  which over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkey and begin to learn about  this fascinating ccountry. If you need anything  before heading  out then you have to shopping on this day. Here is short briefing about trip in given  and pre tour discussion is done with your leader and members. Feel free to ask any questions regarding your tour.

 

Day 03: Fly to Bhutan arrival at Paro: 

You will be met by our representative, and transferred to your Paro hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Paro. If time permit we go to see Paro market, then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan . In the afternoon visit Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower and now the National Museum . Then walk down the hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong), "the fortress of the heap of jewels".

 

Day 04: Paro valley sightseeing and Tiger's nest hike

In the morning after brekfast drive northwest up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. Though largely destroyed by fire in 1951, its towering walls are still an imposing sight. On a clear day there is a splendid view of Mt. Chomolhari from the approach road to Drukgyel Dzong. Visit one of the typical village houses clustered near the dzong. After this drive to the trek starting point to take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger's Nest. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche, founding father of the Bhutanese form of Mahayana Buddhism, arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 and at present restoration work is in progress. But tourists are still able to visit the lookout point. Overnight in Paro.

 

Day 05: Paro - Jele Dzong 8km, 3 hours trek 

Today is a short trekking day. The journey starts with a short climb up to Jele Dzong. The trek trail ascends gradually up to the camp, and if the weather is clear Paro valley can be seen with snow-capped mountains behind. Above the camp is Jele-la pass (3,400m) and Jele Dzong (mostly in ruins). There is also a lhakhang containing a statue of Buddha Sakyamuni. Overnight camp.

 

Day 06: Jele Dzong - Jangchulakha 10km, 3-4 hours trek

Begin with a one and a half hour climb and then ascend more gradually upwards. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. You will have fine views of Chomolhari and other snow capped peaks if the weather is right, and you may hear some monal pheasants calling during the day. You may see yak herders around your campsite. Overnight camp.

 

Day 07: Jangchulakha - Jimilangtsho 11km, 4 hours trek 

The trail follows the ridge, and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valley are sensational. You will enjoy a great view of Jichu Drake (6,989m), the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Our camp is close to the Jimilangtsho lakes, which are famous for their giant sized trout. Overnight camp.

 

Day 08: Jimilangtsho - Simkota 11km, 4 hours trek 

The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janetsho . Today you may come across some yak herders' camps and get an idea of how these people live. We camp overnight close to Simkota Lake , and if you are lucky you can catch a lake trout for your dinner.

 

Day 09: Simkota - Phajoding 10km, 4 hours trek

Today trek begins with a gradual climb, and if the weather permits you will enjoy majestic views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, and a host of other peaks. The trail slowly descends through juniper trees to a campsite beside a community hall near Phajoding cafeteria. Overnight in cafeteria or camp, depending on weather conditions.

 

Day 10 : Phajoding - Thimphu 5km, 3 hours trek 

The trek to Thimphu is downhill all the way, passing through a forested area of mostly blue pine. Taking a leisurely pace, you reach Thimphu in about 3 hours. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu, Bhutan.

 

Day 11 : Excursion to Punakha valley / Wangduephodrang

After breakfast, full day excursion to the Punakha and Wangdue valleys. The drive from Thimphu crosses Dochu-la pass (3,088m) from which there are the most enchanting mountain views. In Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong situated at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. Built in the 17 th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, this dzong has played important role in Bhutan 's history. Then drive to Wangduephodrang, to visit 17 th century Wangduephodrang Dzong and the local market. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha .

 

Day 12 : Punakha - Thimphu - Paro valley  Drive from Punakha to Thimpu , sightseeing in Thimphu, In the evening drive to Paro. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

 

Day 13 : Departure to Kathmandu 

Transfer to airport for flight to Kathmandu, pick up and check into hotel - optional sightseeing, free in Kathmandu for shopping and bargain, evening Nepali cultural show and dinner

 

Day 14: Final Departure, transfer to airport.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE

Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety.  All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns.  This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wises are taken into account, however the Treks leader decision is final.

Cost Includes

We understand that after a hard day trekking the need for some comfort is very important. At Top of the World Treks we only use the best possible accommodation and also food.  We allow our customers to chose from the menu and eat what they would like and this is included in the cost of the trip. We choose places with the best hygiene possible. 

If your trip includes camping we will take a train chef and kitchen staff to ensure the food is also to the highest standard although choices from a menu will not be available.  

 

This price includes the following:

Three nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be for the Two nights  before trek and One night after trek.

Airport arrival and Departure with private tourist vehicle.

Applicable Airport Taxes.

Accommodation with all meals in 3 star hotels and on trek.

Transportation during the Tour as well as on trek.

Professional guide, driver chauffeur, cooks, waiters.

Mineral water throughout the Trip.

Royalty and taxes.

Cost Not Includes

OST NOT INCLUDES:

Travel Insurance charges and other emergencies fee.

Cost of foreign exchange for personal expenses;

Expenses of personal nature, personal trekking aids, mini bar in the room,
Laundry, telephone bills, tips, gratuities etc.

First Aids Kids (personal)

Surcharges applicable during Conventions, Special Events and Trade fairs.

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    Equipment Check – List

     

    What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about!  We can advise you and help you and it does of course depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops seeling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced.It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.

     

    The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house  treks. Use this list as a guide line.The basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. 

     

    GENERAL CHECK - LIST

    The following  basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should  always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. Use your own experience and judgment  to make your decision.

    -Light and expedition weight thermal tops.

    -Fleece jacket or pullover.

    -fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)

    -Waterproof  sheel jacket (preferably breathable fabric)

    -Lightweight thermal gloves.

    -Underwear (4)

    -Shorts (2)

    -Lightweight cotton long trousers / pants .

    -Light and expedition  weight thermal bottoms.

    -Sun hat or Scarf.

    -Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.

    -T- shirt (2)

    -Thin, light weight (inner socks) (4).

    -Sunglasses with UV protection.

    -Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season

    -Head lamp (eg petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.

    -Small padlock  to lock trek bag.

    -Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)

    -Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.

    -Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)

    -Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad.

    -water bottles.

    -Tolietries.

    -Small wash towel.

    -Footwear appropraite to the trip.

    -Waterproof  shell trousers / pants. (Preferably  berathable fabric)

     

    TREKKING  CHECK LIST

    In addition to the items listed in our general check list you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:

    -Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof sheel  outer.

    -Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).

    -Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.

    -Trekking/ hiking boods with spare laces.

    -Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)

    - Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.

    -Gaiters (optional).

    -Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)

     

    MOUNTAINERING / CLIMBING CHECK LIST

    In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending  on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:

    -Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.

    -Mountaineering  Safety harness.

    -Mountaineering  Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal  preference).

    -120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking  caravines.

    -Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).

    -Prussik loops .

    -Climbing helmet (optional).

    -Jumer (Ascender & Descender).

    -Pocket Knife.

    -Head lamp.

    -Mattress.

    -Rope and Snow bars.

    -Ice crew.

    -High altimeter.

    Most if not all of this equipment will be needed  for any  trip that  crosses steep, snow – covered  ground, or which includes sections  of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe , Crampons ot herness/ carabiners . During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your personal trek bag, in group bags untill needed.

     

    EQUIPMENT  RENTAL

    In order to minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use  again, equipmeent rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them lot cheaper  than you find in europe and in Usa. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which give you an aidea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.

    -Sleeping bags.

    -Down Jackets.

    -All purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)

    -Ice hummer.

    -Climbing Harness .

    -2 looking Carabiners , Climbing Sling.

    -12 – point Crampons.

    -Plastic Climbing boots.

    -Helmet.

     

    FIRST AID MEDICINE

    -Bandage for Sprains.

    -Plaster/ Band- aids.

    -Iodine or Water filter(optional)

    -Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.

    -Antiseptic ointment for cuts.

    -Anti- bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

    -Aspirin/ paractamol- general painkiller.

    -Oral rehydration salts.

    -Broad – spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin).

    -Anti  - diarrhea medication (antibiotic).

    -Diarrhea stopper (Imodium – optional)

    -Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.

    -Diamox  (Altitude sickness – can be  bought in Kathmandu.

    -Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).

    - For more details  please see our  staying healthy  topic.

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