Druk Path Trek with Leisure Holidays

Druk Path Trek

Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan. It is a short trek with some great views of beautiful lakes on your route. Although it leads up to altitudes above 4,000m, it is not that difficult as the walking distances between the camps are short. Phadjoding monastery is one of the highlights of this trek.

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Outline Itineraries:

Day 01: Arriving to Paro and transfer to Thimphu

Day 02: Thimphu

Day 03: Start of the Druk Path trek

Day 04: Phajoding to Semkotha

Day 05: Semkotha to Jimilangtso

Day 06: Jimilangtso to Jele Dzong

Day 07: Jele Dzong to Paro

Day 08: Paro

Day 09: Departure from Paro

Detail Itineraries:

Day 01: Arriving to Paro and transfer to Thimphu
You can have one of the best views of the Himalaya while on your flight towards Paro Airport. On clear days, will be able to see Mt. Everest (8848m) and various other mountains over 4000 metre. This starts your day in an unforgettable way. You will be greeted, received and taken to the hotel from our representatives at the airport. Paro valley is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries and temples. Paro is also home to Mt. Chomolhari (7,300 meters) which stands at the northern end. The glacier from Mt. Chomolhari forms the Pachu river that flows through the valley. Later you’ll visit various places like:
Ta Dzong: which means a watch tower. It served as a watch tower during the 17th century to guard the region from the Tibetan invasion. It was converted to the National Museum in 1968. It houses a fine collection of Bhutanese art, relics, religious thankas.

Kichu Lhakhang (Monastery): One of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan. It was built in 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo.

Rimpung Dzong: Means fortress of the heap of jewels. It was built during the time of Zhabdrung () in 1644 who is deeply revered as a dynamic, political and spiritual leader to this date. It houses both administrative and monastic bodies.

Day 02: Thimphu
An early morning hike to Cheri Monastery which is about 2hrs hike. It leads to Cheri Goemba (Cheri Dorji Dhen)
Memorial Chorten: This particular chorten was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third King of the country, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is regarded as the father of modern Bhutan.

Tashichho Dzong: The `Fortress of the glorious religion` houses the throne room of His Majesty the King, the main secretariat building and the central monk body.

Mini zoo: Here we can see Bhutan’s national animal known as Takin. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family.

Sangaygang view point: This is the place to take your camera and capture the essence of a remarkable country. It is also known as the Lover`s Point.

Day 03: Start of the Druk Path trek
Thimphu to Phajoding: The first day begins from Thimphu. You ascend through blue pine forests to reach Phajoding Gompa, where a monastery and retreat centers for meditation are located. Overnight camp near the Phajoding Monastery and enjoy the scenic view of Thimphu.
Altitude: 3,690m, 12,103ft (2.5 miles or 4 km, 2-3 hrs walk)

Day 04: Phajoding to Semkotha
The day begins with a gradual climb. If weather permits there will be a beautiful view of Mt. Gangkhar Puensum, Bhutan`s highest mountain. You can also see the Black Mountain and Dochu La Pass. You will then camp by the Semkotha Lake.
Altitude: 4,090m or 13,415ft (6 miles or 10 km, 5 hrs walk)

Day 05: Semkotha to Jimilangtso
The path continues past dwarf rhododendron trees, the Janetsho Lake and through yak herders camps. Camp by the Jimilangtso Lake.
Altitude: 3,880m or 12,726ft (4.5 miles, 7 km, 3-4 hrs walk)

Day 06: Jimilangtso to Jele Dzong
Todays trek follows mountain ridges with spectacular views of distant valleys and mountain ranges. The path continues past dwarf rhododendron trees, the Janetsho Lake and through yak herders’ camps. Camp below Jele Dzong.
Altitude: 3,436m or 11,270ft (6 miles or 10 km, 6-7 hrs walk)

Day 07: Jele Dzong to Paro
The trail descends gradually towards Paro valley. A clear day offers a bird`s eye view of Paro valley from Jele Dzong.
Altitude: 2,280m or 7,524ft (5 miles or 8 km, 4-5 hrs walk). This beautiful valley is home to many of the Bhutan’s oldest monasteries and temples. The country’s only airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to Mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley.

Day 08: Paro
Your morning starts from a hike to the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger`s nest). This is Bhutan’s most famous cultural icons perched 800m, 2640ft up a seemingly sheer cliff. Although it was tragically and mysteriously consumed by fire in April 1998 it has now been restored to its former glory. Besides there are other places to visit as well followed by an overnight stay at our designated hotel.

Day 09: Departure from Paro
The final day starts with an early breakfast at the hotel and then drive to the airport to board the flight.

Druk Path Trek Highlights

Bhutan Trekking :
Druk Path Trek

Cost Includes

  • 3 meals a day
  • Accommodation on twin bedroom on sharing basis
  • Guide services for sightseeing
  • Accommodation in tents while trekking
  • Sleeping mattress
  • A chef and helper
  • Ponies or yaks to carry the supplies

Cost Excludes

  • Transportation to and fro from Bhutan
  • Bhutan visa ($ 20 per person)
  • Bhutan tourist tax ($ 10 per person)
  • Gratuities, personal expenses and insurances
  • Sleeping bags
  • Bar bills

Upon Arrival

When you arrive at Tribhuban International Airport, our staff will greet you and transport you to your accomodations. After resting, the next day you will have a sightseeing tour of the city's most influential cultural landmarks. Before departing for your trek, we will review your itinerary, introduce you to your guide and help with the final preparations for your journey.

Accommodations

You will be spending four nights at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast and while Everest Base Camp Trek, we provide the best available lodges/guesthouses on a twin-sharing basis. We provide private bathrooms with hot shower whether possible normally at Phakding, Namche and Lukla.

Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible.

Meals and Drinking Water

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. During the Everest Base Camp Trekking; your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

The general travel information that may help your journey to and through Nepal make comfortable and hassle free.

Visa requirement:

Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)

International flight accessibility to Nepal:

Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal situation in Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal.

Flying From Europe: Best connecting to Kathmandu are Silk Air via Singapore, Etihad from Abu Dhabi, Qatar Airways via Doha, Thai Airways via Bangkok, Dragon Air via Hongkong. Flying From USA: North West or Cathay Pacific to Hongkong and connect with Nepal Airlines (RA) to Kathmandu.

Flying From Australia: Silk Air and Dragon Air connect directly to Kathmandu or fly by Quantas to Bangkok and connect with Thai Airways to Kathmandu.

Airport tax: Airport tax is not applicable for international flight. NRP 200 per person per sector is payable for domestic flight only.

Customs Formalities

All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs of the port of entry. Personal effects are permitted free entry. The duty on articles brought by the visitor varies according to the volume and value of the goods. A tourist may bring in dutiable goods, such as tobacco and liquors, within the prescribed quantity free of duty. Carrying narcotic, arms, ammunition are strictly prohibited. Tourists are required to fill up disembarkation and embarkation cards upon their arrival and departure.

Green Channel

Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying dutiable articles, you have to pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance.

Import

Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty cigarettes (200) or cigars (50), distilled liquor (one 1.15 liter bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring in the following articles free of duty on condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binoculars, movie or video camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable music system.

Export

It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old (sacred images, paintings, manuscripts) that are valued for culture and religious reasons. Visitors are advised not to purchase such items as they are Nepal's cultural heritage and belong here. The Department of Archaeology at Ramshah Path near Singha Durbar has to certify all metal statues, sacred paintings and similar objects before they are allowed to be sent or carried out of the country.

Currency and Foreign Exchange

The unit of the Nepalese Currency is Rupee. 1 Nepal Rupee = 100 paisa. Nepal rupee notes come in Rs. 5, 10, 20, 50, 500, 1000. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the foreign exchange counters at the airport. It is advised to exchange foreign currency only through the banks and authorized forign exchange. Daily foreign rates as determined by Nepal Rastya bank are published on daily newspaper or its official site www.nrb.org.np

Travel Insurance

It is strongly advised to have travel coverage insurance while traveling to Nepal. You should leave a copy of your insurance while you are away on tour.

High Altitude sickness:

Whilst on the trek, one can suffer mild to serious symptoms of high altitude sickness which is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Major initial symptoms of high altitude sickness are Nausea, vomiting Loss of appetite, Insomnia/sleeplessness, Persistent headache, Dizziness, light headedness, confusion, Disorientation, drunken gait, Weakness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs, Slight swelling of hands and face, Breathlessness and Breathing irregularity, Reduced urine output. Symptoms of AMS can appear at altitude above 300 meters. As we ascend in the mountain, air pressure becomes thin and consequently the amount of available oxygen also falls. Adequate acclimatization is always recommended in the mountain. Plenty of daily liquid intake is essential to minimize AMS effect. Our trekking team crews also carry First aid Kit along with them. In case of any difficulty When trekking in the Himalayas, you will be suggested to halt the trek rest at the guesthouse or if the symptoms cause any serious concern, it is necessary to descend to the lower altitude. In case of emergency, you will be immediately airlifted to Kathmandu city for further treatment.

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