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The Druk Path, Bhutan Guided Walking Holiday
Guided | 12 days | 11 nights | Please call us for latest prices.

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Tour Summary


Cultural highlights of Bhutan and an outstanding 5-day trek

· Bhutan`s classic short trek – the high route from Paro to Thimpu
· High ridges and idyllic lakeside camps
· Breathtaking views of the Himalaya including Chomolhari
· Trekking unspoilt landscapes in the Land of the Thunder Dragon

7 nights hotels and lodges, 4 nights camping, 5 days trekking, Max altitude – 4210m. Join in Kathmandu, MEAL PLAN: All meals included

Tour Introduction


Following the ancient high-level route between Paro and Thimpu, the Druk Path is a simply excellent short trekking experience in Bhutan.

The first day’s walk leads to the ruined Jeli Dzong which sits on a high ridge above the Paro Valley and commands breathtaking views across to Chomolhari.

During the succeeding 4 days of trekking, we climb above the tree-line and cross several passes, including the Phume La (4210m).

En route, we camp beside clear mountain lakes, visit yak herders’ encampments and enjoy splendid panoramas of the peaks on the border with Tibet, including Jitchu Drake and Gangkar Puensum.

Also included is the chance to hike to Taktsang Monastery in the Paro Valley, visit Thimpu’s impressive Tasichoedzong and take an excursion to the stunning Punakha Dzong, Bhutan’s traditional winter capital.

Offering easy trekking within a pristine landscape, this popular holiday provides a taste of the unique and fascinating culture of Bhutan.

Day-by-Day Walking Holiday Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. Package services start with the evening meal.

Day 2: Himalaya to Paro

We take the spectacular flight along the chain of the Himalaya to Paro. Here, we meet our Bhutanese guide and drive to our nearby hotel in the Paro Valley.

Day 3: Paro Valley to the Jili La

Visit Paro Dzong and the National Museum. Then, trek above the Paro Valley to the Jili La (3490m.). We descend to a camp close to the Jili Dzong (3450m.). 5 – 6 hours trekking.

Day 4: Rawana

We follow the ridge past Jili Dzong with great views of Chomolhari and other western peaks to a camp in the grazing area of Rawana (3780m.). 11km. 5 – 6 hours trekking.

Day 5: Janetso

Trek through coniferous forest and cross the Jangchu La (3880m.) to reach the lakes of Jimilangtso and then Janetso where we make camp. 15 km. 6 – 7 hours trekking.

Day 6: Phajoding dzong

We make a gradual ascent to a saddle at 4180m. Continuing below rocky peaks we reach a pass at (4210m.) adorned with colourful prayer flags where we have sensational views of the snow-capped Himalyan peaks. From this pass we can see Thimpu far below and we descend to a camp near the Phajoding dzong. 13km. 5 – 6 hours trekking.

Day 7: Bhutanese capital of Thimpu

An easy downhill stroll of only 1 or 2 hours through a forest of blue pine to the roadhead where we meet our vehicle for the short transfer to the Bhutanese capital of Thimpu. After lunch at our hotel, the afternoon is free for sightseeing.

Day 8: Punakha Dzong and Wangdi Dzong

Drive eastwards across the Dochu La to visit Punakha Dzong and Wangdi Dzong. Overnight at a hotel in Wangdi.

Day 9: Thimpu to Paro

We make the highly scenic drive back across the country via Thimpu to Paro, where we check into our hotel.

Day 10: Taktsang

We spend the day in the lovely Paro valley, and make a visit to the “Tigers Nest” monastery at Taktsang.

Day 11: Kathmandu

We take the morning flight to Kathmandu and transfer to the group hotel. We have a guided sightseeing tour of the city in the afternoon.

Day 12: Departure

Package services end with breakfast at the hotel. Airport transfers are provided

Is this holiday for you?

Trekking conditions on this short trek are nowhere difficult, since we are following a route which was formerly an important link between Paro and Thimpu and which has been used for generations by pack-animals.

The altitude attained on the trip is not extreme and the passes that we cross should not be snow covered at the time of our departures.

This route presents a great variety of landscape type; ranging from terraced farmland, through some of the finest mixed forest in the world, to open, alpine pastureland and scenic mountain passes. This is a short trek, at relatively low altitude and it is not very sustained.

However, it should be noted that trekking at even moderately high altitudes is more demanding than the equivalent terrain at lower elevations.

Map & Route Information

Is this holiday for you?

Following the ancient high-level route between Paro and Thimpu, the Druk Path is a simply excellent short trekking experience in Bhutan.

The first day’s walk leads to the ruined Jeli Dzong which sits on a high ridge above the Paro Valley and commands breathtaking views across to Chomolhari.

During the succeeding 4 days of trekking, we climb above the tree-line and cross several passes, including the Phume La (4210m).

En route, we camp beside clear mountain lakes, visit yak herders’ encampments and enjoy splendid panoramas of the peaks on the border with Tibet, including Jitchu Drake and Gangkar Puensum.

Also included is the chance to hike to Taktsang Monastery in the Paro Valley, visit Thimpu’s impressive Tasichoedzong and take an excursion to the stunning Punakha Dzong, Bhutan’s traditional winter capital.

Offering easy trekking within a pristine landscape, this popular holiday provides a taste of the unique and fascinating culture of Bhutan.

If you would like the chance to visit one of Bhutan’s spectacular festivals during your trip, then see our special Druk Path departures:

Where does the holiday start?


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Tour Information

Holiday Information


What’s Included?

• Experienced English-speaking local leader
• Flights between Kathmandu and Paro
• All transfers and land transport involved in the itinerary
• All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
• All meals
• Once on trek a full service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
• A guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

What’s Not Included

• Travel Insurance
• Nepalese and Bhutanese visa costs
• Tips for porters and other trek staff
• Departure taxes on leaving Kathmandu and Bhutan
• Miscellaneous expenses – drinks and souvenirs etc

Meal Plan

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 12

Accommodation

During this trip the group will spend 2 nights in Kathmandu at a centrally located comfortable hotel.

In Bhutan, we use a comfortable tourist standard hotel accommodation.

Whilst on trek there will be a total of 4 nights camping. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis.

If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex.

It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost.

(Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels).

It is also normally possible to book a single room for the hotel nights in Kathmandu and Bhutan, or extra nights if you plan to arrive early or depart later than the group trip dates (subject to availability).

Please refer to our website for single tent prices, single supplements and additional hotel night prices (note that hotel prices can change).

Is this holiday for you?

Trekking conditions on this short trek are nowhere difficult, since we are following a route which was formerly an important link between Paro and Thimpu and which has been used for generations by pack-animals.

The altitude attained on the trip is not extreme and the passes that we cross should not be snow covered at the time of our departures.

This route presents a great variety of landscape type; ranging from terraced farmland, through some of the finest mixed forest in the world, to open, alpine pastureland and scenic mountain passes.

This is a short trek, at relatively low altitude and it is not very sustained.

However, it should be noted that trekking at even moderately high altitudes is more demanding than the equivalent terrain at lower elevations.

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The Druk Path, Bhutan, 12 days, 11 nights,
During this trip the group will spend 2 nights in Kathmandu at a centrally located comfortable hotel. In Bhutan, we use a comfortable tourist standard hotel accommodation. Whilst on trek there will be a total of 4 nights camping.

Please call us on 0161 703 5819 for latest prices and availability.

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