DRUK PATH TREK
|Day||Activity||Place & elevation|
|Day-1|| Arrival at International Airport
Drive to Thimphu
|Day-2||Trek starts fromThimphu Sangay gang||Tshokam,4110m|
|Day-3||Tsokam – Jangchula||Jangchula,3880m|
|Included in this package|
|Accommodation (3-Star/twin sharing)|
|Bhutan visa fee|
|Government royalty & taxes|
|English speaking tour guide|
|Daily 3 meals (B/L/D)|
|Not included in this package|
|Flights to and from Bhutan|
|4 or 5 star accommodation (extra charges will apply)|
|Tips for guide and driver|
Druk Path Trek is one of the easiest and popular treks in Bhutan. The trek passes through a strikingly pristine environment that consists of blue pine, rhododendrons, lakes and high ridges offering scenic views of the Himalayan peaks. Druk Path trek is perfect for all age groups who strongly desire to explore Himalaya going beyond their comfort zone. The trek kicks off climbing up to Jeli Dzong from the National Museum of Bhutan, Paro and ends in Thimphu valley descending all the way down from Phajoding monastery. The highest altitude on this trek is 4200m above the sea level.
|Name of Trek||Duration||Place & elevation||Best Months|
|Druk Path Trek||3nights/4days||Thimphu & Paro Max.(4110m)||March-June & September- November|
Day 1 : Arrival at Paro International Airport
Arrival at Paro International Airport by Druk Air & Tashi Air. Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, our representative from Bhutan Yoedzer Travel will receive you and take you to the prearranged hotel, check in and lunch. You will now start the day by visiting the National Museum, housed in the- Dzong, (Once the watchtower for Rinpung Dzong), (Fortress), it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley in all its glory. Visit Paro Rinpung Dzong. A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roofing and buttressed by two guardhouses of the Dzong.
Today, this massive fortress built in 1646 AD gave the best example of the traditional Bhutanese architecture and is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for to a monastic school of pro. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork, is considered one of the most beautiful in Bhutan.
Day 2 : Trek starts fromThimphu Sangay gang
The trail head starts from Sangaygang, which has the radio broadcasting tower for the only radio station in the country (which from 1999 has started broadcasting TV programs also). To get there, you have to pass by the Takin Enclosure and if you have not been there before, you could visit the national animal and drive up to the Sangaygang from where you have superb views of Thimphu in all directions.
Sangaygang is one of the picnic spots of the Thimphu inhabitants, where they come to put up prayer flags and have picnic lunches. As such you will find hundreds of prayer flags on poles and strung across the trees. This marks your 200m steep ascent up to Chhokhortse Goempa (3010m/9870ft) in a clearing. After this the trail to Phajoding becomes less steep till you reach a junction with path to the left taking you back to Thimphu – Motithang and the right one taking you to Bhutanese Chorten at 3440m. After this you walk for about 45 minutes to reach the Phajoding, where you could visit the Phojoding Goemba, one of the numerous temples and meditation centers scattered across the hill. A Tibetan yogi called Togden Pajo in the 13th century founded this Goempa. Other buildings were constructed during the first half of the 18th century. This complex of building includes Thuji Dra, a meditation center hanging on the side of the cliffs at 3950m.
After about 20 minutes of climb you come out in a clearing which is usually used as camps for herders and trekkers. The staff would be waiting for you here with your packed lunch.
You might really want to pack in lunch because there would be five passes to cross before you reach your campsite Simkotra. To reach the Phume La (4080m) you have sharp climb on a maze of eroded trails at first and then level walk southwest to the pass. From here you could view the Gangkar Punsum and other Himalayan peaks from here and also the Thimphu valley sprawled below.
After this you climb a bit higher to crest at 4120m and then go across to a hill with some prayer flags and a stone wall that marks the sky burial site. Then you drop down to Labana where there is an almost dry lake at 4110m. Labana means ‘between the passes’ so you have to climb over another crest at 4210m and traverse along a broad valley, where you could view Dochula and Jumolhari. The path then ascends gradually to group of Cairns atop Labana La (‘Pass between passes’). After a long walk over rocky path and several descent past several false summit, you will be at your campsite near stone ruins overlooking Simkotra Tsho.
Day 3 Tsokam (4110m) – Jangchula (3880m) 7-8 hrs
Day 3 : Tsokam – Jangchula
Today, we climb at the first climb about 50m to a ridge at 4150m and then descend to Janye Tsho at 3950m. Continue walking along the shore to reach yak herder’s camp and then climb another 100m to the crest where you have views of the lake you passed. Then you make several ups and downs to another ridge and then make climb to a single stone shelter. From there you traverse along the side of the ridge to descend to Lake Jimilang Tsho
There is a pleasant camping site at one end of the lake, with plenty of trout. The name Jimilang Tsho means ‘Sand Ox Lake’ and was called after a bull that emerged from the lake to join the cattle of a family that uses the area as summer grazing ground.
After leaving the lake, you traverse to the crest and then make a short decent through boulders and rhododendrons at first and then through forest. Then make climb for about an hour to the top of a ridge at 4175, from where you have views of Jumolhari and Paro valley. After this you descend to the valley and make climbing up to a meadow, where yak herder’s camp and is known sometimes as Labana. After the open, it is only short gradual climb to the small pass at 4080m wet again the view of Jumolhari and Paro valley below.
Leaving the pass you descend further into an open and plain area called Jangchulakha where you could have your lunch if you have crossed the pass in good time. This plain area is where Yak Herder’s camps are set and where they have pasture for their cattle.
Day 3 : Jangchula-Jelela Dzong
After breakfast, we negotiate steep descend further down into the valley from where you climb back to Jilli Dzong. Just 10 minutes before reaching the design you have come onto the ridge at 3700m from where you have superb views of the valley surrounding. After making some ups and downs, you come out camping place just below the Jilli Dzong. You can either visit this Dzong next day or this day, if light permits. This fort overlooking the Paro valley below and the peaks lining the Tibetan borders is impressive. It was built by Drukpa Kunley’s (Divine Madman) cousin Ngawang Chogyel during the 16th Century, earlier than the most of the Dzongs you would have visited around the country. The principal figure in the main temple is of the historical Buddha.
After Jili Dzong, you will drop more than 1000m after climbing just for about 80m to a small pass at 3515m and then descend down through forests of bamboo, blue pine and fir. After descending for about 200m you will come across gigantic over 600 years, Hemlock tree which dominates the surrounding vegetation.
Near here the path joins from the one from Damji after which you would come across many walls in a flat open field at around 2995m. The route after an hour walk, let you have the view of your destination – the Paro valley below. After half an hour’s descend you come to the start of feeder road used during the apple season in place called Damchena where the representative of “Bhutan Yoedzer Travel” will receive you to mark your end of the trek.
Day 5 : Departure
Our representative will reach you to Paro International Air Port
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