Surrounded by mesmerizing views of the Himalayas, pristine lakes, and alpine forests is an ancient trading route which connects the valley of Paro and Thimpu. The Druk Path Trek is one of the best short distance treks in Bhutan which has it all starting from the majestic Himalayas, dramatic mountain passes, crystalline lakes, vibrant culture, and ample natural beauty. Passing through the edges of the Himalayas the trail gives a clear view of Gangkhar Puensum which at 7,570m is said to be the highest unscaled mountain in the world. The dramatic mountain passes like Phume La (4,210m), the ancient fortress of Jele Dzong, pristine Jimilang Lake alongside the alpine rhododendron forests blooming in variable shades of red, orange and pink make up for unmatched splendor and beauty in the Druk Path Trek.
The Druk Path Trek begins with a day excursion to Taktsang Monastery. The temple where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century. Reveling in the spirituality of the region, we begin our journey with a pleasant journey heading to Jele Dzong. The fortress ad Jele Dzong built strategically on the ridge for travelers journeying between Paro and Thimpu is a perfect viewpoint to witness the mesmerizing beauty of the region. Weather permitting the majestic views of Chele-La Pass, Mt. Jomolhari (7,326m) alongside countless other sublime Himalayas bordering Tibet can be traced on the horizon. Continuing the adventure towards Jangchu Lakha, we begin our ascent towards Jimilang Tsho. The pristine lake of Jimilang with its crystalline shores is a perfect place to unwind before once again making way to Simkota. The final day of the Druk Path Trek in Bhutan sees us heading down to reach Thimpu completing the circuit which was used in the ancient times for trade and travel.
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|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||TIA Kathmandu|
|HIGHEST ALTITUDE||5545 m|
Arrive at Paro International airport, one of our team representatives will be at the airport to welcome you and drive you to your hotel. You will drive through the beautiful Bhutanese landscape until you reach the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
After having a delicious breakfast, you will take a short drive to the base of a hill from where you will hike for 3 hours until you reach the most important historical and cultural site, Taktshang Monastery. The trail will offer you lovely view of pine forest and waving colorful prayer flags, and you will also see many of the trees decorated with Spanish moss. Your guide will walk you through the temples providing you the historical and cultural details of each monument. Later, you will drive back to the hotel in Pro for the overnight stay.
Today you will drive to the National Museum (2,487 m) situated above Paro, and from here, you will begin your trek to Jele Dzong. The trail will present you with blue pine and fir forests, apple orchards, and small holdings of Damchena village. After reaching the ruins of Jele Dzong, you will descend 100m to reach campsite and stay overnight at camp.
Today you will begin your trek smoothly ascending and then descending below the ridgeline to walk through the rhododendron trees in the dense alpine forests and past yaks and yak herders in the meadows that follow. The trail will also give you the stunning views of snow-capped mountains including Jhomolhari (7326m) and Jichu Drake (6794m). Climbing uphill through the quite trail, you will reach Jangchu Lakha where you will camp near the yak herders’ temporary settlement on a pastureland near the hillside.
After breakfast, you will begin your trek Jimilang Tsho. The trail climbs on a ridge through little rhododendron and juniper trees. You will be able to see outstanding views of valleys of Thimphu and Paro as you climb. After making an ascent and steep descent, you will arrive at Jimilang Tsho where you will camp for the night. You will have a beautiful view of Jomolhari (7326m), Jichu Drake (6794m), and other snowy peaks as you rest at the beautiful lake Jimilang.
Today you will cross dwarf rhododendron forest and the lake of Jane Tsho. You will get a chance to understand the way of everyday life of yak herders. Further, the trail will give you the heart-warming views of the Himalayas across deep valleys. After crossing one last spur, you will witness Simkota Tsho (4110m), and you will camp on a wide pastureland near the lake. Enjoy the chilly yet beautiful climate of Simkota.
If the weather is clear, you will be able to witness stunning views of Mt. Gangkhar Puensum (7541m) along with other Himalayan peaks. Today you will ascent and descent on a winding trail. You will begin your trek gradually climbing and then descend to a small lake from where you will walk further down to Thimphu crossing juniper and pine forests. After a long walk, you will reach the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.
After having a delicious breakfast, you will drive back to Paro via Pumo La Pass (3712m) and Jele La Pass (3540m). You will witness locals and their daily life on the way back. You will drive through the beautiful pine and rhododendron forests with a view of Paro city. After reaching Paro, you can rest or explore nearby areas. Overnight in Paro.
Today you will fly back to your home country. You will be taken to Paro International Airport 3 hours prior to your flight back home.