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Bhutan is a landlocked country located in South Asia which is located in the eastern Himalayas. It’s neighboring countries are the Tibet Autonomous and the Indian States such as Assam, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, and West Bengal. Bhutan is one of the richest countries in cultural heritages. One of the most popular treks in Bhutan is the Druk Path Trek. This trek is the most popular trek in the country. In this trek, we pass through a beautiful landscape of blue pine forests, lakes, high ridges. At the same time, it offers a great opportunity to visit different villages, lhakangs, and dzongs.

The Druk Path Trek is doable by anyone as it is easy to hike since the distance between the rest camps is short. This trek takes you to the forests having blue pine, fir and dwarf rhododendrons. The altitudes in these regions will be ranging between 2400-4200m. On the next day, hikers will arrive at Jimiling Lake, whose crystal clear waters are habitat to large trouts.

Druk Path Trek also offers travelers magnificent views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world. During this trek, you will meet some locals and plenty of nomadic yak herders. You can see rhododendron forests with full bloom if you trek during the months of April and May. The best time to trek in Druk Path is between March-June, September-November. Treks are possible at offseasons, but the weather may not be nice during these times. 

Itinerary

We arrive at Paro airport and then transfer to the hotel. Paro Cultural Tour starts with a visit to the Paro Dzong. This is an amazing architecture of this 17th-century monument, a premier example of Bhutan’s architecture. It is also known as the Rinpung Dzong meaning ‘fortress on a heap of jewels’. We walk back to Paro Town crossing the beautiful Nyamai zampa. We stay overnight in a hotel in Paro.

Today we begin exploring Paro valley. We take a hike to Taktsang(Tiger’s nest monastery). This will take 4-5 hrs like. Taktsang Goempa is one of Bhutan’s most renowned monuments. The Goempa is built around the cave, which opens once a year to the public. This round trip offers spectacular views of the Taktshang Goempa and the valley below. We head back down the valley and stop at Kyichu Lhakhang. This is one of the oldest and most sacred temples in the Kingdom which is built around the 7th century. We return back to the hotel in Paro for the night.

We drive to the museum Ta-Dzong and at the museum, the trekking staff, the horsemen and the pack will be there to start our trek. We start our trek from the museum and we follow the trail non-stop before dropping down a few meters to camp. We pass through a monastery (Kuenga Lhakhang). We steadily climb up as in no time there will be nice views over the Paro valley and we can see Jele Dzong above. The trek continues following a trail up through the forest. We stay at a campsite just below the pass.

We leave the dzong and walk north about 15 mins. We then walk past a forest and then we go up and around a small peak. We can see part of Paro valley at the back. After a 4 hours trek, we reach the campsite for the day at Jangchu Lhakhang.

On this day, we proceed north. We can see several snowy peaks and grand views of the valley as we walk the trail. We then pass through a small campsite at Labana and several monasteries are seen at the far end of the valley. We ascend slowly on a ridge and on the other side there is a view of Jimilang Tsho and we camp there for the night near the lake.

We take a walk around the lake in the morning and later we start to climb up above the lake and later we can see good views. Along the way, we can see Simkota which will be the campsite.

On this day, we have several minor climbs before we look down at Phajoding monastery and we camp at Phajoding for the night.

Today is also an easy trek down the mountain through dense forests until we reach the road above the Takin Sanctuary. Then we make our way into the capital of Bhutan which is Thimpu. Thimpu is the only town in the world without traffic lights and is made up of just three lines of shops. We stay at the hotel in Thimpu for the night.

On this day, you can explore the beauties of Thimpu. This city offers unique opportunities to explore the Bhutanese culture and traditions in depth. In the morning, we will spend the time visiting the sacred National Memorial Chorten which was built in the memory of the third King. After the museum, we drive to Kuenselphodrang to visit the biggest sitting Buddha statue in the world. Later we also visit the Folk Heritage Museum and visit Bhutan Post known for its world-famous stamps. In the evening we will visit Tashichhoe Dzong. The Dzong is popularly known as Thimpu Dzong. Just below the Dzong, we can see King Jigmi’s palace. For the night, we stay at a hotel in Thimpu.

Today we drive back to Paro, but before doing that we drive 40 minutes on the east-west highway till Dochula pass to have amazing views of the eastern Himalayas of Bhutan and to walk up to Lungchutse monastery. Later, after lunch, we will drive back to Paro and we depart from there.

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