Druk Path Trek and Culture of Western Bhutan
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Duration : 10 Days
Maximum Elevation : 2400m - 4200m
This tour combines six easy trekking days with a four-day cultural tour and gives you a beautiful insight and experience of Bhutanese religion, culture, traditions and its unique nature. Before and after the trek you will visit some of the most prominent sights of western Bhutan, and mingle with the friendly people of Bhutan.
The easy 6-day Druk Path trek will lead you through fascinating mountain scenery with a unique flora and fauna. You will camp at almost 4000 m. Before starting the trek there are 2 days for acclimatization in Paro, which is already at an altitude of 2300 m.
After arrival in Paro, your guide will receive you and bring you to your hotel to refresh. After lunch you visit Paro Dzong, known as Rinchen Pung or Rinpung Dzong, which means ‘fortress on a heap of jewels’. It is one of the most impressive and well-known Dzongs in Bhutan. Ta Dzong was built as a watchtower to Paro Dzong. It was renovated in 1968 and converted into the National Museum.
An early start is necessary today to climb to Taktsang Monastery, known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’, which is one of the most famous and venerated places of pilgrimage in the country. It is perched on the side of a steep cliff about 900 metres above the floor of Paro valley. This day tour will get you into trekking mood for the next day.
After Taktsang you will see Drukgyel Dzong. The Dzong was named ‘Druk’ (Bhutan) ‘Gyel’ (victory) to commemorate the victory of Bhutan over Tibetan invaders in 1644. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built Drukgyel Dzong in 1649.
Later in the afternoon visit to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most beautiful monasteries in the country built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo.
Paro to Jele Dzong
Today the trekking starts. Your trekking team and packhorses will await you just near Paro National Museum (2450 m). You will trek to a campsite below Jele Dzong (3436 m) in about five hours.
Campsite below Jele Dzong to Tshokam (3962 m)
Four to five hours of trekking.
Tshokam to Jimilang Tsho (3880 m)
Five to six hours of trekking.
Jimilang Tsho to Simkotra Tsho (4090 m)
Three to four hours of trekking.
Simkotra Tsho to Phajoding (3690 m)
Five hours of trekking.
Phajoding to Thimphu road head (2818 m)
After two to three hours of trekking, you will be received at the road head and transfer to your hotel to freshen up. In the afternoon you can enjoy a walk through town for some souvenir shopping and end the day with a visit and traditional dinner at the Folk Heritage Museum. The museum replicates a traditional farmhouse and is designed and furnished how many Bhutanese still live today.
Today you will explore the capital of Bhutan. You will start the day with a visit to the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, which means the ‘13 traditional arts’ of Bhutan and which is commonly known as the Painting School.We will show you Trashi Chhoe Dzong. This magnificent Dzong, located on the north of the city on the west bank of the Wang Chhu River, housed the original National Assembly and now houses the secretariat, the throne room and offices of His Majesty the King of Bhutan.The National Memorial Chorten was built in 1974 to honour and in memory of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The National Institute of Traditional Medicine, established in 1978, has a day care facility and clinic where traditional doctors diagnose patients and prescribe appropriate medicines or treatments. The traditional herbal medicines, ointments and medicinal teas consist of plants, minerals and animal parts, are manufactured in the production facility and distributed to regional health-care units within the country. The Royal Textile Academy is worth a visit to experience Bhutan’s living national art of weaving. Techniques and styles of the local costumes and textiles made by man and women across Bhutan are on display. The National Library collection ranges from traditional books and manuscripts, modern books about any kind of topic, an old printing press and wooden blocks for printing books and prayer flags to a the largest published book in the world, entitled “Bhutan”. Changangkha Lhakhang is located in Motithang above Thimphu town. It was established in the 12th century and the central statue is Chenresig in an 11-headed, thousand-armed manifestation. Buddha Point at Kuensel Phodrang. The 169 feet bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma (Vajra Throne) is symbolising indestructibility. This is a wonderful place with great views of Thimphu valley next to Buddha Dordenma. For the remaining day you can explore Thimphu town, shop some souvenirs and mingle with the people.
Thimphu to Paro
Drive to Paro and departure to your onward destination.