Bhutan Cultural Tour with Drukpath Trek 9 Night 10 Days
Bhutan often revered as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” or ‘DrukYul’, is still regarded as one of the last “Shangri-La’s” in the Himalayan region…
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Bhutan often revered as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” or ‘DrukYul’, is still regarded as one of the last “Shangri-La’s” in the Himalayan region because of its remoteness, its spectacular mountain terrain, varied flora and fauna and its unique ancient Buddhist monasteries.
This country of rolling hills and towering crags certainly exudes charm. The mountains are magnificent, the forest are dense, the people are delightful, the air is pure, the architecture inspiring, the religion exciting and the art superb. Like timeless images from the past, the traveller encounters the full glory of this ancient land through its strategic fortresses known as Dzongs, numerous ancient temples, monasteries and stupas which dot the countryside, prayer flags which flutter along the high ridges, wild animals which abound in dense forests, foamy white waterfalls which are the ethereal showers, and the warm smile of its friendly people.
The tiny kingdom of Bhutan shares with Nepal the world’s greatest concentration of mountains and living heritage of Buddhism. With its beautiful and largely unspoiled Himalayan setting, its rich flora and fauna and its vibrant Buddhist culture, Bhutan has become an increasingly popular destination for travelers. In addition to generating hard-currency revenue, tourism is also providing impetus for the development of services sector and hence balanced and holistic development of entire region. In an effort to safeguard its rich natural and cultural environment, the country has consciously adopted a controlled tourism and development policy
Day 01: Arrival at Paro International Airport
Day 2: Druk Path Trek Begins. Trek from Ta Dzong to Jele Dzong (3450 m) 3-4 hours
Day 3: Trek Starts from Jele Dzong to Jangchuk Lakhang (3780 m) 4-5 hours
Day 4: Trek Starts from Jangchuk Lakhang to Jimi Langtsho (3880 m) 5-6 hours
Day 5: Trek Starts from Jimi Langtsho to Phajoding (3870 m) 5-6 hours
Day 6: Trek from Phajoding to Thimphu (2350 m) 3 hours
Day 7: Drive from Thimphu to Punakha
Day 8: Drive from Punakha to Paro
Day 9: Visit Paro
Day 10: Departure from Paro
Arrival at Paro International AirportAfter arriving & visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will be welcomed by our tour representative who will be your tour guide during your entire trip in Bhutan. Take some rest from early morning flight, refreshment and lunch.Afternoon, you will visit The Paro Dzong is probably Bhutan's best known and most iconic Dzong.. The Rinpung Dzong's names translate to the “Fortress on a heap of Jewels ". The fortress was constructed in 1644 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal on the foundations of an ancient monastery. In the evening, you will visit the local market of Paro and overnight in a hotel in Paro. Includes: Transportation, Dinner, Accommodation
Druk Path Trek Begins. Trek from Ta Dzong to Jele Dzong (3450 m) 3-4 hoursWe will start early so that you can escape the heat and reduce the uphill challenge by not having to do it when it is warm and sunny. The area has a relatively less density of trees. The trail commences above the Ta Dzong (Museum). Since it is a 3-4 hour trek, it starts on an up-hill route and passes through temperate forests and vast farmhouses. By lunch time, the trail enters the thick coniferous belts. Here, watch out for wild animals & birds. As evening sets in, you will reach the Jelela Pass that is 2600 m from here. Just a hundred meters downhill is the campsite with large meadows – an area, where yak herder’s camp regularly with their assorted flock of yaks. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek Starts from Jele Dzong to Jangchuk Lakhang (3780 m) 4-5 hoursOn the fourth day, you will head to the Jangchuk Lhakha camp. It is a 4-5 hours trek and the campsite is located at an altitude of 3780 meters. You gain about 300 meters in elevation. The trail starts 200 meters on the hill toward Jeli Dzong which was the rest house of Bhutan’s 2nd king and is now a monastic institute. It passes through up and down paths and offers lovely views of the Paro valley on your left as you walk along the ridges. Here you’ll encounter dense temperate forests and lush alpine meadows. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek Starts from Jangchuk Lakhang to Jimi Langtsho (3880 m) 5-6 hoursThe fifth day of the trek takes you to Jimi Langtso Lake, which is located at a height of 3880 meters. This is the highest camp site on your trip. The trek will last approximately 6-7 hours and starts with about 500 meters uphill through coniferous forests and gleaming hillsides dotted with rhododendron flowers. You will also see other exotic species of flora and fauna that is exclusive to this part of the world. After all, trekking in Bhutan has its own rewards. This trail offers you some of the most scenic views. Alongside the trail, don’t miss the wild onions growing on the trail. After the first pass, it’s mostly up and down through rugged landscape with amazing natural views. You have to exercise caution if you are traveling on a pony. Just before you cross the last pass, you have to cross a ridge. On clear days, you can see Mt. Kanchenjunga and Bhutan’s Chomolhari, Jichu Drakey & Tsrim gang to your northwest. After crossing the last pass, you will see the lake on your left. You will Move down-hill now to reach the campsite. Trekking in Bhutan may require some fortitude but the proximity to nature you will experience every moment makes it worth the effort for thousands of Bhutan travel enthusiasts like you each year. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek Starts from Jimi Langtsho to Phajoding (3870 m) 5-6 hoursWe will commence the trek early to be able to reach Phajoding in a timely fashion. You’ll go uphill on this trek. The trek is about 6-7 hours duration and the campsite at Phajoding is at an altitude of 3870 meters. You will encounter countless passes on the trail of which some are as high as 4000 meters above sea level. You will also come across the famous yak herder’s camp full of yaks grazing all around the nearby lake. You may also catch the carven of Blue Sheep. You will next arrive at Lake Janetso and Lake Semkotatsol famous for year round trout fishing. Take in not one but many spectacular views of the mountains during your Bhutan trek and expedition. Once you reach the Phajoding Pass, you can look onto the Thimphu capital valley in its entirety during your downward journey. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Trek from Phajoding to Thimphu (2350 m) 3 hoursOn the last day of your most memorable and unforgettable trek in Bhutan; we will depart early in the morning so that we reach Thimphu in good time. You also have the option of departing late after visiting the old temples and other monuments in the area. The sunrise view overlooking the Thimphu valley in Phajoding is spectacular. You can watch the pheasants fluttering if you take a short stroll around the hillside. The walk down-hill passes through mixed temperate forests and takes about two hours to complete. Later check into the hotel in Thimphu and after lunch visit The Tashichho Dzong, a Buddhist monastery cum fortress at the northern edge of Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan. The original Thimphu Dzong (the Dho-Ngyen Dzong) is said to have been constructed in 1216 by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa. The National Memorial, built by Bhutan's third king, H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who is also known as the "father of modern Bhutan." The National Memorial Chorten was gifted to the nation on 28 July, 1974. After that, we will visit the Motithang Mini Zoo where you can see the National animal Takin research centre where these odd animals graze peacefully in a small protected park. After that, visit the National Post Office, where you can spend only USD 3, to have your own photo for a set of stamps. Visit another place from where you can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley is from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). It is again a short drive from the town. You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley. Overnight in a hotel in Thimphu. Includes: Transportation, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Drive from Thimphu to PunakhaPost early breakfast, you will drive towards Punakha via Dochula Pass. We will stop over for tea at Dochula (3,100 m), where on a sunny day; you can get stunning views of the Himalayan ranges. The Chimi Lhakang or the Chimel Lhakang is a Bhuddhist monastery located in the Punakha District of Bhutan. The monastery stands on a small hill close to the village of Lobesa and was constructed in 1499 by Ngawang Choegyel, the 14th Drukpaheirarch. The Punakha Dzong or the Pungtang Dechen Phortang Dzong is located at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and the Po Chhu River, combine to form the Puna Tsang Chu which in turn is a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra River. The Dzong was constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal Wangchuck in 1638. Later in the evening you will visit local market.Overnight in a hotel in Punakha. Includes: Transportation, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation Day 8: Drive from Punakha to Paro After early breakfast, we will drive to Paro and after lunch we will visit Drukgyel Dzong, 14 km from Paro, built in 1647 or 1649 at a strategic location to control the routes to Tibet. Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel built Druk Gyal Dzong, just north of Taktshang, to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans in 1644 and the unification of Bhutan. The name ‘Druk Gyal’ means ‘Fortress of the Victorious Drukpa’. In 1951, the dzong was destroyed by the fire and is closed to all visitors since then. Attempts have been made to renovate the buildings in the dzong since then. Jhomolhari Mountain, the abode and embodiment of the Mountain Goddess Tsheringma who watches over the land, forms the backdrop of Drukgyel dzong. Shabdrung arrive in Bhutan in 1616 but the Tibetan ruler was not content with his biggest enemy leaving Tibet and living in Bhutan and was determined to destroy him. Overnight in a hotel in Paro. Includes: Transportation, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Visit ParoAfter early morning breakfast, we will take you for a morning hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Hanging precariously and magically from a rather steep cliff, the Taktshang monastery is a monument of genuine pride for the Bhutanese nation. It defies architectural principles to the core and amazes tourists from around the world. It is a sight to behold. Later after the hike, we will visit; The Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. The temple was built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th Century AD. Overnight in a hotel in Paro. Includes: Transportation, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation
Departure from ParoIn the morning after early breakfast we will see you off at the Paro Airport for your onward destinations. Includes: Transportation, Breakfast
– Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at local restaurant.
– Bottled water during the tour.
– Private transport within Bhutan as per the itinerary.
– Both way flight tickets.
– Accommodation under twin sharing with breakfast.
– Experienced English Speaking Tour Guide licensed by Tourism Council
05. Permits and official arrangement
– Museum, monuments entrance fee, sightseeing
– All our government taxes, VAT and official expenses.
– All Visa Fees .
01. Travel Insurance
02. Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, extra tea/coffee, hot water, device charging fee, snacks, tips, etc.
03. Horse charge for Tiger’s Nest hike
04. Bhutanese traditional hot stone bath.
05. Personal trekking equipment except stated above.
06. Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond Apex Himalaya control.
07. Horse charge for Tiger’s Nest hike
08. Bhutanese traditional hot stone bath.
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