Bhutan Tour with Druk Path Trek

 
  • Days: 7
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Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 7 Days

Activities: Tour And Trek

Departure From: Paro

Country: Nepal

Region: Bhutan

Price: USD 2,350

Group size: Min 1-12 Min

This tour and trekking are the best and easy as you will be covering both adventures like exploring the cultural heritage and experiencing trekking to this Himalayan kingdom. This trekking is relatively easy and popular as a 7 days short tour which leads you to the prehistoric trading track through stunning mountainous views linking the valley of Paro and Thimpu.

On the trails, you will pass through impressive rhododendron, blue pine, fir forests. If you happen to trek in the spring season, you get to observe various flora of the dense forest, come over the alpine yak herders and striking lakes filled with trout.

Our trek to Druk begins with touring Paro visiting the Ringpung Dzongs, Kichu Lhakhang, Drugyal Dzongs.

Next, we hike for around 4-5 hours to reach Taktsang monastery- the most popular one located on the high cliff (3180 m). We next drive to major locations and start trekking to Jele Dzong. From the top of Jele Dzongs, you get the view of entire Paro valley surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Continuing our trekking and passing a high alpine forest, we reach Jangchulakha.

Heading our way to the campsites - we will spot yak herders on the way. From here, we continue our trekking further and as ascending and descending high hills, we reach the top - where we get the remarkable views of Mount Jomolhari and other Himalayan peaks. We then descend down through the fir forests to reach Langrithang. The next day, we will be descending steeply passing through diverse forests. On the way, we visit the sacred site - Tsaluna monastery and pass through lovely farm villages. We complete our trek here and then drive to Thimpu. In Thimpu, we will be visiting the memorial chorten, the Tashi Dzongs and wander around Thimpu the remaining day. The subsequent day, we fly back to our destination.

This tour is the perfect blend of exploring Bhutan and adventurous trekking. Though it is quite short but is challenging as you be trekking to the high hills through dense forest. The best season for this trek with exploring Bhutan can be done during the months of March to May and September to November. For more information or any other inquiry relation to this tour and trek, please feel free to contact or email us.

Below we list the detailed itinerary for Bhutan Tour with Druk Path:

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m / 7,382ft

Your flight near Bhutan you will be enjoying stunning view of Himalayas plus the sacred peak of Bhutan named Mt chomolhari and the Jichu drake peak. Reaching at airport our representative from the Accent Himalaya will pick you up and take you to the hotel. After taking some rest and freshening up we will then start our tour where we will visit the Ringpung Dzong after that we will be visiting Kichu Lhankhang- oldest temple of Bhutan and then we will visit Drugyal Dzong. We will spend our night in Paro.

  Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Hike to Taktsang Monastery

We will hike to Taktsang monastery also known as Tiger nest monastery- one of the popular and most known monastery of Bhutan situated at high cliff at 3180 meter. A spiritual Buddhism master known Guru Rimpoche had flown on the back of the tigress back to head into a cave to meditate which this cave now stands as Taktsang monastery. We will have lunch at the restaurant which is situated midway up t the mountain. After having lunch and finish exploring the monastery we will hike down to the valley. We will spend our night in Paro.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 03: Paro to JeleDzong (Trek begins): 10 km, 4 - 5 hours

Today we will drive to Jele Dzong which is at the altitude of 3400 meter and from here we will began our trek where we will first start hiking for an hour to reach at Jele Dzong. We will gently ascend via dense forests and then we will reach at our camp. Jele Dzong is above our campsite and from the Dzong one gets the picturesque view of snowcapped peaks and the incredible Paro valley. We will explore Jele Dzong and nearby by Dzong there is a Lhnkhang –temple and the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni. We will spend our night in camp at the altitude of 3300 meter.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: JeleDzong to Jangchulakha: 10 km, 4 hours

Today we will trekking for 2 hours and then ascend 310 meter and descend 50 meter. We will then pass via lush thick rhododendron and alpine forests and then we will reach at Jangchulakha. We will be walking for awhile and ten we will reach at campsite and from the campsite one get amazing landscapes view. We will be spending our nigh in camp at the altitude of 3600 meter.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Jangchulakha to Langrithang: 15 km, 4 - 5 hours

Today we will be ascending 330 meter and descending 310 meter. The path commence from a short ascend following the ridge. From the top of the ridge we will get the breathtaking view of mount Jumolhari and other Himalayan peaks. Then we will descend and reaches at Jimilangtsho Lake which is at the altitude of 3700 meter and here we will have our lunch. After that we will descends for awhile and then head to Langrithang via dense fir forests. We will be spending our night at the altitude of 3500meter.  

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Trek to Tsaluna (Trekvends) and drive to Thimphu: 11 km, 4 hours

Today we will descend 800 meter as our path passes thick rhododendron and fir forests following the river and after that we will reach at Tsaluna monastery. This monastery is said to the holy shrine of the 8th century Buddhism spiritual master Guru Rimpoche. Further trekking downwards we will arrive at lovely village named Tsaluna and exploring this village we will drive to Thimpu. Reaching Thimphu we will visit some of the landmarks of Thimpu like Memorial chorten constructed in the memory of the late third king who ruled from 1952- 1772. Next will be the royal Tashicho Dzong. Later in evening we will be stroll around the Thimpu streets markets. We will spend our night in Thimpu.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: Final Departure

Today your Bhutan tour with four days Druk path trek finally comes to an end as we will head to the airport in morning after the breakfast. The druk air usually departs in morning as the reason behind flying in morning is to avoid an unfavorable weather condition. Our representative from the Accent Himalaya 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
  • Items of a personal nature (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 Tour with Druk Path 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 7 days for Bhutan Tour with Druk Path 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 Tour with Druk Path (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 Nepal 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 Tour with Druk Path 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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