Drukpath Trek in West Bhutan
From 3120 $ per person
3490 $ $ per person
Located at the foot of the Himalayas, Bhutan remains one of the most mysterious countries on the planet. Few people have been lucky enough to follow the enchanting highways and byeways of this Buddhist fortress in the Himalayas.
This tour is designed for those who wish to explore the cultural wealth of Bhutan but also enjoy its scenery. It will give you a chance to see the picturesque Paro valley with its myriad villages and monasteries, of which Dzong is amongst the most impressive in the whole country. You then embark on an easy six day hike between the Paro and Thimphu valleys. You are plunged into an unspoilt and stunningly beautiful natural environment, while also having a chance to visit the most fascinating dzongs in Bhutan.
Day 1: Arrive in Delhi
Airport pickup and transfer to hotel near the airport. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2: Delhi - Paro (2 300 m) [1 ½ hour flight]
Early morning flight from Delhi to Paro. Welcome at the airport. Transfer and overnight in hotel.
Day 3: Paro (2 300 m)
Visit Paro, the country’s second largest town : the National Museum, the Rinpung Dzong, or « Fortress on a heap of jewels », which contains remarkable paintings illustrating the legendary cyles of Buddhism. Overnight in hotel.
Day 4: Paro - Ha (2800 m) [2 hour drive]
Visit Taksang monastery, known as the Tiger’s Nest, perched on a cliff at over 3000 m and one of the most venerated places of pilgrimage in the Himalayan world. We also see Ta Dzong, the former watch tower, now converted into a national museum. Drive on to Ha, situated in the Ha Chu valley. Visit Ha Dzong, with its backdrop of magnificent wooded hills. We make contact with the « yak men ». Overnight in camp.
Day 5: Ha - Kali La (3 100 m) [4 - 5 hour walk]
TREK The trek begins slowly through pines, cedars and rhododendrons. We meet numerous yaks in the Ha valley. These are considered to be the best in the kingdom. Overnight in camp.
Day 6: Kali La - Ngoba (3 550 m) [5 - 6 hour walk]
TREK Long climb through dense forest. Camp in the high mountain pastures of Ngoba.
Day 7: Ngoba - Kiychu - Jele Dzong (2 500 m) [5- 6 hour walk]
TREK Fairly steep climb followed by gentle descent through pine trees, cedars and rhododendrons to the ruins of Jele dzong. Overnight in camp.
Day 8: Jele Dzong - Jangchulhakha (2 900 m) [5 - 6 hour walk]
TREK Gentle climb to a small valley where the Jangchulhakha campsite is located.
Day 9: Jangchulhakha - Jimilang Tso (3 300 m) [2 hour walk]
TREK Climb to the top of the crest, through rhododendrons and juniper trees. See the Paro valley and, far off in the distance, Jomolhari (7320 m) and Jichu Drake (6794 m). Climb down to Lake Jimilang Tso. Overnight in camp.
Day 10: Jimilang Tso - Semtoka (3 800 m) [2 hour walk]
TREK We reach Lake Jane Tso and meet nomads camping with their herds of yaks. We then climb through a forest of rhododendrons to reach Semtoka campsite.
Day 11: Semtoka - Phajoding (3 100 m) - Thimphu (1 300 m) [3 - 4 hour walk]
TREK Climb up through a glen to a small pass (3 900 m), from where we have a beautiful panorama of the Himalayas. Climb down to the Phajoding monastery, which we visit, and then on to Motithang. End of trek. Drive to Thimphu. Overnight in hotel.
Day 12: Thimphu - Paro [3 - 4 hours drive]
Morning tour of Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan . We see the art school and the area round the Memorial Chorten with its fabulous paintings and sculpture. Overnight in hotel.
Day 13: Paro - Delhi [1 ½ hour flight]
Transfer to Paro airport for flight to Delhi. Airport pickup and transfer to hotel in central Delhi. Overnight in hotel.
Day 14: Delhi - international airport Visit New Delhi (Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort, Jama Masjid) and go shopping. In the afternoon we keep on a single room in the hotel to leave our things and have a shower before the late evening transfer to the airport.