Druk Path Trekking-Bhutan Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Paro followed by sightseeing
On your arrival at Paro, GAT staff will receive you at the airport and take you to your hotel where you can relax. Following lunch, Bhutanese tour guide will take you on a guide tour of 17th century Drukgyal Dzong, Rimpung Dzong and 7th century Kichu Lhakhang. Overnight in hotel.
Day 02: Acclimatization hike to Taktshang Monastery and explore Paro Valley
Spend your day today acclimatizing to the climate and altitude by hiking up to the most popular Taktsang Monastery. But to reach there you need to drive to Satsam Choeten and then take a 2 hrs trek from there to the monastery. It was in this monastery that the founder of Buddhism in Tibet, Guru Rimpoche landed on a flying tiger. The monastery is best for views of Mt. Chomolhari and surrounding valley. Later pay a visit to farmhouse where you can interact with local farmers and learn by Bhutanese rural lifestyle. Overnight in hotel
Day 03: Trek from Ta Dzong to Jele Dzong 5 hrs
The actual trekking begins today. You will drive from Paro to Ta Dzong or national museum, the starting point of your trek. The destination is Jele Dzong, which is about 5 hrs trek. The trail passes through farm houses before climbing a ridge. Just below this ridge is Jele Dzong but you have to first walk through forests of blue pine and fir to reach there. Overnight in tented camp.
Day 04: Trek from Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha
Much of the trail ahead is through quite meadows that feature yak sheds. These sheds are used by villages during summer when the temperature drops. The trail slowly ascends through dense forests of rhododendron. Overnight in tented camp.
Day 05: Jangchulakha to Jimilang Tsho Camp (3870m)
After morning breakfast, you continued on the trail that now moves towards Jimilang Tsho Lake. The ridge ahead gives great views of sprawling valleys below and high mountains on the horizon. Overnight in tented camp
Day 06: Trek from Jimilang Tsho Camp to Simkotra Tsho
The time it takes to reach Simkotra Tsho is about 4 hours. You will hike through the valleys enjoying great mountain views. You will reach Simkotra Tsho, a beautiful lake full of fishes before you know it. Overnight inTent.
Day 07: Trek from Simkotra Tsho to Phajoding
Enjoy waking through alongside serene Simkotra Tsho following a path covered by rhododendron trees. This is a section where you may encounter yak herder and nomad people of Bhutan. You will be rewarded with spectacular view of Mt Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and if lucky with the sighting Takin, Bhutan’s national animal. The rest of the trail descends to Phajodhing monastery and from there to Thimphu. Overnight in hotel.
Day 08: Trek from Phajoding to Dochula pass (3100m)
Ahead of Phadoding is a dense pine forests. You will have a pleasant walk through the wilderness interrupted by the occasional chirping of birds. You head towards Dochula Pass, which at 3100m is one of the highest Himalayan passes in Bhutan. Enjoy beautiful panorama of Gungkhar Puensum (7570m), Bhutan’s highest mountain as well as Mt Comolhari (7326m),. Overnight in a tented camp.
Day 09: Trek from Dochula pass to Punakha
Today is the last day of your trek. You will hike to Punakha via Lungchotse Lhakhang which takes about 4 hrs. Visit Temple of Fertility and botanical garden once in Punakha. Overnight in hotel
Day 10: Drive from Wangdue to Paro
After breakfast take a tour of 17th century Punakha Dzong located in the confluence of Mo Chu and Pho Chu rivers. Thereafter drive to Paro. Overnight in hotel.
Day 11: Final Departure
You will be transferred to Paro international airport for your flight back home.