(B: BREAKFAST, L: LUNCH, D: DINNER)
|Day 1||Paro Arrival||Khangkhu Resort||L, D|
|Day 2||Paro||Khangkhu Resort||B, L, D|
|Day 3||Druk Path Trek
Paro – Jangchulakha
|Tent||B, L, D|
|Day 4||Jangchulakha – Jimilangtsho||Tent||B, L, D|
|Day 5||Jimilangtsho – Tshaluna||Tent||B, L, D|
|Day 6||Tshaluna – Thimphu||Tashi Yoedling||B, L, D|
The beautiful valley of Paro (alt. 2200m/7218ft) encapsulates within itself a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. It is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries, National Museum and country’s only airport, Mount. Chomolhari (7,314m) reigns in white glory at the northern end of the valley and its glacial waters plunge through deep gorges to form Pa Chhu (Paro River). Paro is also one of the most fertile valleys in the Kingdom producing a bulk of the locally famous red rice from its terraced fields.
After landing at Paro, you will be greeted by representative of Indotrek, then transfer to hotel.
Visit following Places: National Museum: A watch tower, which it served as during the 17th century to guard the region from the Tibetan invasion. It was converted to the National Museum in 1968, Kichu Lhakhang (Temple): It is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan. It was built in 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, Archery Practice: Archery is the Bhutan’s national game and the distance of the target is around 150 meters. Therefore you would not want to miss how the Bhutanese play and hit the target with an arrow by the sharpest shooter. We will let you try the archery with our team.
Today you will hike to Bhutan’s most scenic icon or the most important landmark, Taktshang the Tiger’s nest clings to the side of a steep cliff 300 meters above the Paro valley. The place was first visited by Guru Rimpoche, founder of the tantric form of Buddhism in Himalayan countries, in the 8th century. It was said that he meditated there for about three months. The original temple was built in the 17th century, but tragically, it was consumed by fire in 1998. Like a phoenix, the temple was rebuilt to its fullest glory in 2003. Takshang is considered to be the 10th holiest site in the Buddhist world.
DRUK PATH TREK:
Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan. It is a short and scenic trek with some great views and beautiful lakes en route. Although it leads up to altitudes above 4,000m it is not too strenuous as walking distances between the camps are not too long. The trek traverses through Juniper forests populated with alpine flowers. You’ll come across a few houses on this trail and get a sneak-peak into the life of the nomads. Rhododendrons are in full bloom in May and you may also come across
migrating nomads in fall and winter. This trek can be done in all seasons, but the best times are from September – May.
The six day trek which has been modified and made into a 4 days trek is the most popular trek in the country as it passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes while at the same time offering the opportunity to visit some ancient lhakhangs, dzongs and villages.
Drive from the hotel to the national museum from where your hike will start. It’s a gradual easy hike upwards. We come across gravel roads thru farms/blue pines & fir forests and later will come across dwarf rhododendrons.
Trekking distance: 17 km / 6 -7 hours
1400m ascent – 150m descent
Camp alt.: 3,770m
Today the trek will take you from Jangchulakha to Jimilangtsho. On a clear day the view of ridges, valleys and mountains are simply stunning. The camp site is nearby lake and the lake is known for its giant size trouts.
Trekking distance: 11 km / 5 hours
330m ascent – 230m descent
Camp alt.: 3,870m
Today the trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron and pine trees. The end of the trail is followed by a small river until the camp site.
Trekking distance: 13km / 6 hours
200m ascent – 650m descent
Camp alt.: 3000m
Thimphu is a bustling town on the banks of the Thimphu Chhu and set gloriously in the hills of the Thimphu valley. It is home to the Bhutanese Royal Family, the Royal Government to several foreign missions and development projects. Bhutan’s only golf course, a nine-hole circuit is also located in Thimphu. Thimphu is the only capital city in the world that has no MacDonald, star bucks, bill boards and traffic lights.
Today morning visit, Memorial Chorten: Chorten are memorial structures designed to evoke the same perfect symmetry and elegance of the Buddha himself, and it is traditionally good luck to pass them on the left. Kuenschholing View Point (Largest sitting Buddha): A 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, Tashichho Dzong (Fortress): The names means – Means Fortress of Glorious Religion. It was built in 1641 and was reconstructed into present structure in the year 1962-1969. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body, Weekend Market: Held every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the people crowd the stalls every day, dressed in full colour and gathered to meet and to barter, much like the street markets in London.
You representative/guide will drive you to the airport and bid you farewell for your onward journey.