10 Days Trekking tour itinerary for Paro: Trekking The Popular Druk Path
Embark on the most popular trek in the country as it passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes. Apart from nature, also take the opportunity to visit some ancient Lhakhangs, Dzongs and villages. This trek also offers hikers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world.
Arrive at Paro. 2250M
A flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see Mt. Everest, Kanchen Junga, Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Chomolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tsrim Gang. The first gift from Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. You will be received by our representative and escorted to the hotel.
In the afternoon, visit the National Museum of Bhutan. Which is called Ta- Dzong means (Watch Tower) actually it was built in the 17th century together with Paro Dzong below to protect further aggression from Tibetan invasion. Inside it has got varieties of collection from all over Bhutan dated back to 6th century. This will give you a highlight of Bhutan existence.
Visit the Paro Dzong the administrative headquarter of Paro District. Every Dzong has a dual system together with the religion section.
In the morning, after breakfast hikes to Taktsang monastery (Tiger Nest), the climb up to the viewpoint will take around 3 hours.
Enjoy the stunning view of the monastery where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century and meditated for three months. The monastery was later built in this holy place in 1684. The fourth temporal ruler of Bhutan.
Ta Dzong Jele Dzong. 10 Km. 3 -4 hours. Altitude: 3450m
Start early so that you can escape the scorching heat on the uphill where trees are less. The trail starts above the Ta Dzong (Museum). Today is a 3/4 hours trek. Starts gradually uphill, through mixed temperate forests and occasional farmhouses.
By lunchtime, the trail moves through the thick coniferous belt. Look out for wild animals & birds.
By evening you reach the Jelela Pass 2600m from here, which the campsite is just hundred meters downhill. It is a great campsite with fairly wide meadow a place where yak herder camps here. When they migrated the herds.
Jele Dzong Jangchuk lhakha. 10Km. 4- 5 hours. Altitude: 3780m
Today you are heading to Jangchuk Lhakha camp. It is 4/5 hours trek and the campsite is at 3780 meters at the maximum. You are gaining around three hundred meters high.
The trail starts at 200 meters uphill to Jeli Dzong, which served as the rest house during the 2nd Kings time and now a monastic institute. It is mostly up and down with good views of Paro valley on your left side as you walk on the ridges. Forests that with high temperate and some alpine meadows.
Jangchuk lhakha Jimi Langtso. 11 Km. 5 – 6 hours. Altitude: 3880m
Today we are heading to Jimi Langtso Lake, which is maximum 3880 meters high (the highest camp side on your trip), trek of 6/7 hours.
Starts with 500 meters uphill through coniferous forests and barren hillsides dotted with rhododendron flowers if it in spring and beside this, you will see a lot of other flora and faunas.A great scenic walks, it has a lot of wild onions grows on this trail.
After the first pass, it is mostly up and down if someone is riding pony have to take extra [sensitive content]fore you cross the last Pass you walk by a ridge.Which offers a great scenic view on clear days you can view Mt.Kanchenjunga and Bhutan’s Chomolhari; Jichu Drakey & Tsrim gang all on the left side (towards northwest).
After the last Pass the Lake can be seen on your left side, so all downhill till campsite by the Lakeside.
Jimilangtso Phojoding. 20 Km. 5 – 6 hours. Altitude: 3870m
Start early in order to reach Phajoding. You are gradually going uphill today. The trek 6/7 hours and campsite at Phajoding is 3870 meters. There are numerous Passes and some are as high as 4000 meters.
You will come across the Yak herder camp & yaks grazing all around nearby Lake and so. In this route some time we see the carven of Blue Sheep. Although, it would not be like Chomolhari trek as we see many.
In this last day to Phajoding Camp we will come across the Lake Janetso and Semkotatso. All the lake in this trek has trout. Great scenic view can be seen on clear days most of Bhutan’s snowcapped mountains, specially, when you look at the northeast.
After reaching the Phajoding Pass, enjoy a great view of Thimphu capital valley and downhill till campsite.
Phajoding Thimphu. 4 – 5 Km. 3 hours. Altitude: 2350m
Last day of the trip and if you want to reach Thimphu early, you can start in the morning.
Otherwise, you can start late and visit some old temples there. The sunrise view from Phajoding is great with Thimphu valley just below you. Many pheasants can be seen if you take a little morning walk around the hillside.
Always carry a walking stick with you at Phajoding, as sometimes the Monastery dogs can be a menace. The walk down is through mixed temperate forests and takes Maximum 2 hours. Your car awaits you at the trek endpoint then a Tashi Delek & Farewell to your trekking crews.
After breakfast, visit the National Memorial Chorten built in memory of late 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1974.
Visit 15th-century Changangkha Temple, Takin (National Animal) sanctuary and viewpoint of Thimphu city. On the way back visit the Zilukha Nunnery and Dechenphodrang monistic school.
Visit National library, School of Arts and Crafts, Government Handicrafts Emporium and Traditional Handmade paper factory and Goldsmith & Silversmith unit.
In evening visit the Tashi Chhodzong the capital parliament house and after exploring the various handicrafts store in the town.
It is free time in the morning and after lunch drives to Paro through winding road all the way down following the Wangchuk River and reaches to the confluence (Chu- Zom) it means the meeting of two rivers Wangchuk & Pa- Chu from Paro.
This point is to check the vehicle pass by and immigration. On the junction of these two rivers, you will witness the three different kind of Chorten Tibetan, Bhutanese and Nepalese style.
You will cross this bridge and turn to the right towards Paro.
In morning your guide will bid you a farewell journey at Paro Airport.
The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are between March-June or September-November.
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