- Trip Code : NTE-BDT17
- Trip Duration : 9 Days
- Trip Level : Demanding
- Trip Max Altitude : 4090
- Trip Start Location : Thimpu
- Trip End Location : Thimpu
- Trip Best Season : March-June & August-November
- Visit Tigetnest Monastery
- A anicient trek which cross Jele-La pass & Jangchu -La Pass
- Superb view of snow capped white mountain
- Explore Paro and Thimpu get more knowledge of Bhutan Culture
- Walking in pristine Valleys
Drukpath trekking is the ancient high-level route between Paro and Thimpu in Bhutan trek and Tour which is a popular short trek, designed for those who are in Bhutan for short duration. Experience countryside, mountains, high alpine, glacial-like monasteries, on the first day’s walk leads to the ruined jeli, Dzong which is high ridge above the Paro valley and commands breathtaking views of Chomolhari.
During our short trekking, we climb above the tree-line and cross several passes. We camp beside Clear Mountain-like, visit yak herders encampments and enjoy with splendid mountain panoramas of the peaks on the border with Tibet, including Jitchu Drake and Gangkar Puensum. Also, we will visit impressive Taktsang Monastery in the Paro and the Tashichho Dzong at Thimpu.
- Day 1 - Arrival at Paro Airport (2,280m). Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 2 - Day excursion from Paro to the Taktsang Monastery.
- Day 3 - Trek from Paro to Jele Dzong (3,436m) – Distance: 8 km – 5 hrs.
- Day 4 - Trek to Jangchulakha (3,962m) – Distance: 9 km – 5 hrs
- Day 5 - Trek to Jimilang Tsho (3,880m) – Distance: 10 km – 6 hrs.
- Day 6 - Trek to Simkotra (4,090m) – Distance: 7 km – 4 hrs.
- Day 7 - Trek to Thimphu via Phazoding – Distance: 14 km – 7 hrs.
- Day 8 - Thimphu Sightseeing. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 9 - Departure from Paro.
Arrival at Paro Airport (2,280m). Overnight at a hotel.
Flight to Paro from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka, welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival hall. Today, we will take it easy to acclimatize to the altitude and rest for the day.
Day excursion from Paro to the Taktsang Monastery.
Today hike to Taktsang, the Tiger's Nest takes 4-5 hours. This magical monastery clings to a vertical cliff (800m) above the valley. Legend says that Guru Padmasambhava (one of the greatest Buddhist saints) flew here on the back of a tigress - hence the name - to meditate. Visit the ruins of Drugyel Dzong upon return. In evening, if you are not tired, visit Paro Rimpung Dzong (fortress of the "heap of jewels"). Take rest to prepare for the trekking next day. Overnight at Hotel.
Trek from Paro to Jele Dzong (3,436m) – Distance: 8 km – 5 hrs.
Today is a short trekking day. We start from above the National Museum, gradually ascending up to the camp. If the weather is clear Paro valley and the surrounding mountains can be seen. The campsite is near the old Jele Dzong which, we can visit in the evening. Overnight at tented camps. Meals: Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner.
Trek to Jangchulakha (3,962m) – Distance: 9 km – 5 hrs
Our hiking distance today is about six miles. We begin with an hour and half of steep climbing until the trail moderates to an easier slope. The trail leads us through an alpine forest of dwarf rhododendron trees. You may spy yaks and yak herders scattered around our campsite. Total hiking time today is about four to five hours. We camp at 9443 feet. Overnight at tented camps.
Trek to Jimilang Tsho (3,880m) – Distance: 10 km – 6 hrs.
Today our trek distance will be 9km, about five hours of hiking, leaving us plenty of time to relax or explore later in the day. The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day, the view of the mountains and valley are beautiful. The campsite is close to the Lake Jimilangtso. These lakes are known for their giant sized trout. Overnight at tented camps.
Meals: Breakfast- Lunch-Dinner
Trek to Simkotra (4,090m) – Distance: 7 km – 4 hrs.
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janetsho. Today
Trek to Thimphu via Phazoding – Distance: 14 km – 7 hrs.
Today is the last day of the trek. The four-mile trek to Phajoding begins with a gradual climb. If weather permits, you'll have a spectacular view of Mount "Gangkhar Phuensum," the highest mountain in Bhutan. From here, the trekking descends to Phajoding, which overlooks the capital Thimphu. After lunch, we will make a five-mile hike to Thimphu in about three hours. The route is downhill through a forested area of mostly Blue Pine. Back to hotel for a hot shower and enjoy the evening at your leisure. Thimphu sightseeing includes the local market, a painting school, a handicraft emporium, or the Folk Heritage Museum. Overnight at a hotel.
Thimphu Sightseeing. Overnight at a hotel.
The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). After lunch, we drive to the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices, and to the Bhutanese paper factory at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, a seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). We finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping and walk through the town. You can also visit the weekend farmer’s market. Overnight at Hotel.
Departure from Paro.
Early morning drive to Paro airport for your onward journey. On a clear whether, you can enjoy a spectacular view of Bhutan, Sikkim and eastern Nepal’s snow-capped peaks, including Mt.Everest, Mt.Kanchenjunga, and Mt.Jhomolhari, as you fly out.
- All transfers including airport collections at Paro
- Twin share hotels while in Bhutan
- All meals included while in Bhutan
- Twin share tents while on trek
- All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, tents, Bhutanese guide, pack animals and cook
Price Does not Include
- International Air fare
- Tipping for guide and porter expected
- Private expenses and private trekking gear
The price per person for the Small group Journey is fixed as stated below. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends. The discount is subjected to increase with the number of people in your group. Bigger the group better the discount so group bookings are highly encouraged.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellation notice is required, minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the Trip shall then be termed as cancelled and the cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.
If you do not cancel your trip prior to 20 days due to whatsoever reasons, you must be aware that the trip you’ve already bought is completely non-refundable as per our terms and conditions. If you cancel the trip and need to submit a claim to your insurance company, we can help with the supporting documentation such as a receipt of advance monies paid. If your trip is cut short due to weather/illness/personal reasons, there is no refund for accommodations unused.
Is it possible to reserve a trip now pay deposit later or do I have to pay deposit at booking reservation?
The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and 20% deposit payment. You can pay the rest of the balance when you arrive in Kathmandu by USD Cash, Credit cards (Master, Visa and American Express) any card payment requires 4% bank fee while doing the transaction, which is taken by bank itself.
Do we book own international flights to and from Nepal?
Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us.
What types of extra document do I need?
Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.
Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Nepal Travel Expedition signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle
Why this trip make different?
Nepal Travel Expedition works closely with One of the main supporter's Charity service in Nepal. And contribute 10% of the tour cost for Orphan Childrens (sherpa Outdoor Foundation) We support them in many different ways.
Donation and Charity!
Nepal Travel Expedition donates 10% of its annual revenue to Sherpa Outdoor Foundation Orphan Children Home Which is Located in Lalitpur one can visit while you are in Nepal after or before the trip. We support Children's for Food, School, Clothes, Medicine also supporting stationery materials to Government School which is located at Lamjung district trying to build a library for them where they could find a different book to read. For this project, we are trying to collect donations.
Sponsorship and Partnership (volunteering programmed)
One of the major activities of Sherpa outdoor Children home in Lalitpur is fully conducted and collaborate with Nepal Travel Expedition and sister concern organization Nepal wildlife safari. The Volunteering concern programmed delivered by Nepal Travel Expedition and Sherpa Outdoor Foundation aims to mobilize a team of experts and interested individuals as an economic measure in providing human capital for education, health, community to share teaching skill various Government school in a different part of the country and community to delivered humanity skills also in our children home.