Druk Path Trek and Cultural Tour - Bhutan

 
  • Days: 10
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Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 10 Days

Activities: Tour and Trek

Departure From: Butan

Country: Bhutan

Region: Bhutan

Price: USD 2,950

Group size: Min 1-7 Max

 

This is a combined package of an interesting short trek with exploring nature and cultures of Bhutan. This tour leads you through the striking unspoiled & unvisited region where you get the splendid views of the Himalayas with beautifully crafted ancient architecture monasteries, heritage, and museums.

We trek through the lovely rhododendron forests and also will encounter some cordial local people and interact with them. We will be trekking to the maximum altitude of 4200 meters so even the novice trekkers can easily attempt this.

It begins from an airstrip to Paro and sightseeing Paro by visiting some of the Dzong (fortresses) and ancient monasteries like Kichulhankhang. The next day we hike to Taktsang monastery and next, we will be trekking to Jangchulakha and Jimilangtshoand. We will be trekking through lush tropical forests, rhododendron forests, and passing through beautiful lakes and crossing the yak herders. And then we trek to a high hill to the isolated monasteries to get the splendid views of the highest peak of Bhutan - Chomolhari (7315 m), and GankarPunsum (7540 m). GankarPunsum has not been yet scaled by any expedition up-to-date.

From here, we will be crossing through the beautiful forest where we especially get to spot the national flower of Bhutan - Blue Poppy if we happen to tour in spring. We then head to Simkota, Phajoding, Thimpu, and Punakha. At Punakha, will be visiting the second biggest Dzong. Finally, we head to Paro and will be hiking to the Chimilhankhang and visit several monasteries. Plus on the way to this Druk path, you get to explore the unique rich culture of people who still wear their own traditional dress.

This Druk path and cultural tour’s accommodation is camping and the preferable time would be in the spring (March to June) and fall (September to November. While on the trek, we will be spending our night at the campsite and the camping equipment, shower tent, and kitchen utensils are well-arranged by Accent Himalaya. Our staffs are well experienced in cooking and cook you a delicious and nourished/hygienic food. For more information about this Bhutan Druk Path and Cultural Tour, please feel free to contact or email us.

Below we list our detailed itinerary for Bhutan Druk Path and Cultural Tour:

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2250 m & 7382 feet)

During your flight to Bhutan, you will get the picturesque view of the Himalayas plus the sacred peaks of Bhutan named Jichu Drake and Jomolhari. When you reach the airport, our representative from Accent Himalaya will pick us from the airport and take us to the hotel. Today we will be visiting Ringpung Dzong (constructed in 1646). Next, we will visit the Kichu Lhangkhang - oldest temple and then head to visit the Drugyal Dzong. We will spend our night in Paro.

 

  Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Acclimatization hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery (3180 m)

Today after the breakfast - we will be acclimatizing the altitude as well as hiking to the most famous monastery - Taktsang monastery also known as Tiger nest monastery. Legends states that spiritual Guru Rimpoche had flown on the back of the Tigress back & meditated into this cave. We will be having our lunch at the café located halfway up to the mountain. After finishing exploring the monastery, we will retrace back to the valley and head to Paro. We will spend our night at Paro.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 03: Trek begins: Paro to JeleDzong (3480 m & 11415 feet): 10 km, 4 - 5 hours

Today first - we will drive to Jele Dzong and begin our trek hiking for an hour climbing through dense forest to reach Jele Dzong. From this Dzong, one get the amazing view of snowcapped peaks and the Paro valley. This Dzong was constructed in 15 century and nearby there is a Lhankhang - a temple as well as the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni. We will spend our night camp which will be at the altitude of 3480 meters.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: JeleDzong to Jangchulakha (3770 m & 12365 feet): 10 km, 3 - 4 hours

Today we will be trekking for 2 hours and ascend steeply of 310 meters and descend to 50 meters. After that - our path passes via dense rhododendron and alpine forests and then reach Jangchulakha. We will be hiking for a while to reach our campsite and from the campsite, one get the magnificence view of Landscapes. We will be spending our night in camp.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Jangchulakha to Jimilangtsho (3880 m & 12729 feet): 11 km, 4 hours

Today we will be descending down 230 meters and then ascend to 330 meters and reach Jimilangtscho. After that, we will be walking through a ridge which leads us to the pass and reaching the pass - one gets the mind blowing views of several mountains and the valley of Bhutan. After that, we will descend from the pass and reach our campsite close to Jimilangtscho Lake. From the camp - one will be rewarded with wonderful Jichu Drake peak and Gangkar puensum which is the highest peak. We will spending our night at camp at the altitude of 3870 meters.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Jimilangtsho to Simkota (4110 m & 13480 feet): 11 km, 4 hours

Today we will be ascending and pass the ridge. Next, we descend down gradually and again climb the top up to 4050 meters & will be rewarded with stunning views of Janetscho lake. On the trail, we might come across Yak herders and after a few walk - we will reach our campsite close to Simikota Lake - at the altitude of 4110 meters. We will spend our night in camp.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: Simkota to Phajoding to Thimphu (2350 m & 7710 feet): 14 km, 5 hours: Trek Ends

Today we will start with the steady ascend as well as enjoying the views of the highest peak of Bhutan - Mount Gangkar Puensum including with other several peaks. After that, we will descend down via juniper trees and reach Phajodhing. We will continue our trek from Phajodhing and head towards Thimpu trekking and passing through dense forests. When we reach Thimpu, we will head to the hotel and check-in. We will spend our night in Thimpu.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08: Thimphu to Punakha (1250 m & 4100 feet): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours

Today after breakfast - we will enjoy driving to Punakha and stop at Dochu La Pass at 3100 meters. If the weather is clear, we will get amazing views of the Himalayas. And from here - we drive downhill via hemlock, rhododendron and fir forests. After that, we will be passing via rice fields alongside the river bank and reach Punakha. Then we will have our lunch and visit the Punakha Dzong (constructed in 1637-38 ) which is the second largest and oldest Dzong of Bhutan. We will spend our night in Punakha.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 09: Punakha to Paro (2250 m & 7382 feet): 130 km, 4 hours, Hike to ChimiLhakhang

Today after breakfast - we will drive to Paro and on the way, we will be stopping at Metshina village and walk for at least 20 minutes via rice fields and reach Chimi Lhankhang - temple. Continuing our drive and crossing the Dochu La Pass, we stop to visit the Druk Wangyal monastery and then only stop for a lunch in Thimpu. We then continue our drive to Paro. We will be reaching Paro in evening hours. We will spend our night in Paro.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Final departure

Today your journey of Druk Path trek with three days cultural tour of Bhutan comes to an end. After breakfast, we will be heading to the airport early morning as the Druk air departs only in morning due to uncertain harsh weather condition. Our representative will be dropping you at the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule.

  Breakfast

Includes and Excludes

 

What's Included

  • Bhutanese visa fee
  • All airport pickup and drop
  • All meals, tea, and snacks
  • Government approved A and B category hotels and standard lodge on twin- shared basis
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced guide and local staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums as per the itinerary
  • All required government taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • All airfares
  • Personal items (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
  • Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
  • Tips for staff (guide and driver)
  • Travel insurance

Trip Note

 

Accommodation in Bhutan

Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide comfortable accommodation. Bhutanese hotels are approved and classified by the Government of Bhutan as grade A, B, and C which is equivalent to 3 or 4 - star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time booking, Grade ‘A' hotels will be provided in cities like Thimpu, Paro and so. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement can be served on request with an additional charge.

Meals and Drinks in Bhutan

All the meals and breakfast required for you are included as in our package. A variety of meals are available in most hotels - the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common Continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan such as pork, beef, chicken, and fish. Also for the best is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend for seasonal and fresh food. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same hotel where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. But if you wish to drink bottled water, they are also available. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package.

Best Time to Travel

Best Seasons to visit Bhutan are in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-October). The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms although Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring. Bhutan can also be visited during summer and winter if one wishes to avoid the crowd. However, summers are wet and winters are pretty cold which might not suit everyone.

Luggage or Backpack for tour

You will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently on the trip. The clothes and gears that you don't need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.

Druk Air has a 44 pound (20 kg) weight limit for checked luggage and another 11 - pound weight limit for carry-on luggage on their flights. Your carry-on bags are restricted to one piece, and the size should not exceed 17" x 13" x 8". You have to remember following things before packing:

Official Papers

  • Passport with minimum validity of 6 months
  • Copy of the first page of your passport
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa approval for Bhutan (should be brought with you)

Packing List for Cultural or City Tours

  • 2 pairs of lightweight long pants
  • 2 pairs of dress pants/dresses for evening
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 4 short-sleeved shirts/blouses
  • 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting Dzongs, temples and monasteries).
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sleepers
  • Warm jackets (if the trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
  • 1 sweater or lightweight jacket
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes

 

Personal toiletries

  • Insect repellent
  • Spare nylon duffel bag for purchase
  • Sunscreen rated 20 SPF or higher
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses, prescription glasses
  • 1 visor/sun hat
  • Daypack/Hip pack for day trips
  • Prescription medications
  • Essential drugs such as for diarrhea, headache pills, pills for cold and cough
  • Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands)

Packing List for Trek

Please be advised that there are no trekking stores in Bhutan. Therefore, sleeping bag and daypack items should be brought with you prior as these are two obligatory items for trekking. Accent Himalaya does provide trekking equipment such as tents, stoves, fuels, sleeping pads, cooking and eating utensils, and first aid kit.

Daypack

  • Duffel bag for storing gear(s) (if not weatherproof, bring eg. plastic bags) 
  • Warm sleeping bag (- 8 to100 C) 
  • First aid kit (blister kit with specifically 2nd skin, aspirin, cough drops,)
  • Headlamp 
  • Camera and extra batteries 
  • 2-liter water bottles (if you bring a camelback, also  bring a Nalgene) 
  • Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine to carry in daypack) 
  • Insulated drinking mug 
  • Lightweight toiletries (travel size shampoo, soap is best for trekking) 
  • Sunscreen and lip screen 
  • Small towel

Suggested clothing list

  • Down Parka 
  • Gore-Tex shell and pants 
  • Warm fleece jacket 
  • Comfy trekking boots (we prefer- lowa) 
  • Lightweight shoes 
  • 4 pairs of trekking socks 
  • 2 long sleeve Capilene shirts 
  • 2 Capilene bottoms (mid and heavyweight) 
  • 2 trekking shirts (non-cotton is best) 
  • Trekking pants (zip off shorts are better) 
  • 1 pair of shorts 
  • 1 bandana 
  • 1 pair of winter gloves (i.e.: ski) 
  • 1 pair of lightweight gloves (i.e.: fleece)
  • Flip flops
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • 2 pairs of sunglasses

Miscellaneous Items

  • Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands) 
  • 10 or more energy bars (we do provide 3 meals per day on the trek!) 
  • Prescription medications 
  • Over the counter drugs for diarrhea, headaches and cold

Personal Expenses on Trek

Your personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places), tips to the guide and porters. Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we suggest you give tip and allocate 10-15 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.

Our Greetings at Airport

We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm Bhutan Druk Path and Cultural Tour with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it

Our normal Itinerary includes 10 days for Bhutan Druk Path and Cultural Tour which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.

Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it's necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are in Bhutan Druk Path and Cultural Tour (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Please ensure that you've insured yourself before doing the trip and visit Travel insurance page for more info about it.

Booking and Payment

You are required to make 20% (nonrefundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Bhutan Druk Path and Cultural Tour along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment. We also accept transactions via Pay Pal.

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