Bhutan Druk Path Trek & Cultural Tour (10D9N)

 

Depart Singapore:

27 October 2016 (Thursday)

 

Depart Paro:

05 November 2016 (Saturday)

 

Trip Type:

This is a trekking trip Trekking

 

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‘The Last Shangri la’ Bhutan, opened its doors to the outside world in the year 1974. We have described the itinerary “Bhutan” as a trip to heaven on earth. What makes Bhutan a ‘Heaven on Earth’ is the fact that Bhutan is the first country in the world to measure its development index by the happiness of the people. In other words, in terms of Gross National Happiness, rather than Gross Domestic Product.

The tiny Buddhist kingdom nestled high in the Himalayas. Its isolation from the world has cultivated a culture rich in traditions, religion and a benevolent monarchy. The dramatic landscapes from snow-capped peaks and deeply forested slopes to raging, boulder strewn rivers, sit largely undisturbed as the endeared environmental initiatives and religious beliefs leave the Kingdom pristine and a jewel of nature.

Discover Bhutan with one of the finest treks, the Druk Path, leading from Paro to Thimphu and following the traditional high route between these towns. We make camp beside clear mountain lakes, visit a number of yak herder’s encampments and have splendid views of the peaks on the Bhutan/Tibet border.

Discover Bhutan as you venture deep into the mysterious country and unveil her secrets.

 

Itinerary 

Day 1 (27 Oct): Arrive at Paro (by Druk Air) – Paro Sightseeing

  • Pick up from Paro airport by representative and drive to hotel for check-in.
  • After check-in and freshen up, go for lunch.
  • Drukgyal DzongAfter lunch, visit Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort which has once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions.
  • Thereafter, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to the 7th century. Kyichu Lhakhang is composed of twin temples, the first temple was built by Buddhist Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and in 1968, by Ashi Kesang Choden, the Queen Mother of Bhutan, built the second temple in same style.
  • Lastly, stop by Rinpung Dzong (also known as Paro Dzong), is the administrative seat of the district of Paro. Built in 1644, Rinpung Dzong means “the fortress of the heap of jewels”.
  • If there is still time, take a walk at Paro town before dinner.
  • Dinner and check in to hotel to rest for the night.

Meals provided: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: “A” Grade Hotel (comparable to 3-4 stars), Paro

 

Day 2 (28 Oct): Paro – Ta Dzong – Jele Dzong (3,436m) (Trek Day 1) Ta Dzong

  • After early breakfast, pick up from hotel and drive up to Ta Dzong (National Muesum), an old watchtower. It is then converted into a National Museum. Make a quick visit to Ta Dzong before the trek.
  • Trek Day 1: Distance 8km, walking time 4-5 hours.
  • Start off from Ta Dzong (2,300m / 7545ft).
  • Rather gradual trek trail climb till the camp. On a clear day, Paro valley can be seen with Mt. Jumolhari (7,314m / 23,996ft) and snowcapped mountains behind the valley.
  • To Jele DzongCamp below Jele Dzong (3,436m / 11,270ft) tonight.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tent, Jele Dzong

 

 

 

Day 3 (29 Oct): Jele Dzong – Tshokam (3,962m) (Trek Day 2)

  • Tshokam CampsiteTrek Day 2: Distance 9km, walking time 4-5 hours.
  • Trek through thick alpine forest and rhododendrons trees; most of the walking is up and down on a ridge.
  • Pass by Jangchulakha and may see Yak herders around. If you are interested, you may visit their tents before reaching camp site.
  • Camp at Tshokam (3,962m).

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tent, Tshokam

 

Day 4 (30 Oct): Tshokam – Jimilang Tsho (3,880m) (Trek Day 3)

  • Jimilang TshoTrek Day 3: Distance 10km, walking time 6-7 hours.
  • In the morning after breakfast, begin our day 3 trek. Today’s trek will be longer and harder than previous two days.
  • Trail continues to follow the ridge. On clear day, views of the mountains and valley are beautiful, in particular the Jichu Drake (6,989m).
  • Camp is close to the lake of Jimilang Tsho – known for their giant sized trouts.
  • Jimilang Tsho is an isolated lake meaning “Sand Ox Lake” named after the story of a bull that appeared from the lake and joined the cattle of a local that uses the area as a grazing ground during summer.
  • Camp at Jimilang Tsho (3,880m).

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tent, Jimilang Tsho

 

Day 5 (31 Oct): Jimilang Tsho – Simkotra Tsho (4,040m) (Trek Day 4)

  • Simkotra TshoTrek Day 4: Distance 11km, walking time 4-5 hours.
  • Trail takes you through dwarf Rhododendrons trees and then passes by the lake of Janye Tsho.
  • You may come across some Yak herder’s camp and you can really have a look as to how these people live.
  • Ascend and descend several times before we reach Simkotra Tsho.
  • Camp at Simkotra Tsho (4,040m).

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tent, Simkotra Tsho

 

Day 6 (01 Nov): Simkotra Tsho – Phajoding (3,870m) (Trek Day 5)

  • To PhajodingTrek Day 5: Distance 10km, walking time 3-4 hours.
  • Long climb from Simkotra to Phajoding today.
  • Begin with gradual climb to Phume la (4,210m), the highest elevation for this trek.
  • Start descending after Phume la. You will also come across a trail that leads to sky burial site that is used rarely.
  • Continue to descent until a point where you can see the entire Thimphu valley. On a clear weather one can enjoy the views of Dochula, Jhomolhari, and Gangkhar Puensum (7,541m), the highest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan peaks.
  • Phajoding MonasteryCross the rhododendron forest before finally reaching Phajoding – a retreat center for meditation.
  • You can visit Phajoding Monastery for their evening chanting session if you can make it in time.
  • Camp at Phajoding (3,870m).

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tent, Phajoding

 

Day 7 (02 Nov): Phajoding – Thimphu (Last Day Trek)

  • Thimphu townTrek Day 6 (end of trek): Distance 4-5km, walking time 3 hours.
  • Starting at Phajoding (3,870m) and end of trek at Thimphu (2,300m).
  • The trek to Thimphu is all the way downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. By taking leisurely pace you can reach Thimphu in about 3 hours for a nice hot shower and lunch.
  • Lunch is served at a restaurant in Thimphu.
  • Evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: “A” Grade Hotel (comparable to 3-4 stars), Thimphu

 

Day 8 (03 Nov): Thimphu Valley Sightseeing – Paro

  • National Memorial ChortenIn the morning, visit National Memorial Chorten, built in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.
  • Visit National Institute of Traditional Medicine, where old healing arts such as acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practiced.
  • Visit the Art & Craft School, where children still learn the ancient art of Buddhist painting and handicrafts.
  • Visit the Folk Heritage Museum, dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibition of items and artifacts used in rural households.
  • Art & Craft SchoolVisit Textile Museum, where the art of traditional weaving is still kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in its color and design.
  • After lunch, depart to Paro.
  • Dinner and overnight at hotel in Paro.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: “A” Grade Hotel (comparable to 3-4 stars), Paro

 

Day 9 (04 Nov): Paro Sightseeing – Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)

  • Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)After early breakfast and check-out of hotel, drive to starting point of the hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The hike up to Taktsang Monastery and back will take around 4-5 hours. * one-way horse ride up to certain point is available at approximately USD6-8 (payable by client upon request to guide to arrange for the horse).
  • Trek for  1.5 hours up to Taktsang cafeteria where you can take a breather and have a cup of tea/coffee with biscuits. From this cafeteria, enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century.
  • Continue your way after your short rest to Taktsang Monastery. It will take approximately another 1-1.5 hours where the last stretch before reaching the monastery is a flight of stairs (estimate 700-800 steps).
  • Hot Stone BathTake some time to tour the monastery before making your return way down. You will have lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria.
  • After lunch, walk back to the road point where your car will pick you up.
  • Drive to Bhutanese farm house of a local family where you can get to experience Bhutanese life.
  • Enjoy an hour of comfortable hot stone bath to wash away all of your fatigue.
  • Delicious Bhutanese dinner at farm house and overnight.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Local Farm House, Paro

 

Day 10 (05 Nov): Depart Paro

  • Drive to the airport very early around 5am where your Bhutanese escort will bid you farewell at Paro airport.

Meals provided: Breakfast (packed if possible)

 

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price from

Adult Twin (Price Per Pax)

SGD 3,729.00

Adult Single (Price Per Pax)

SGD 4,189.00

(Price differs according to the number of pax. For solo traveller or bigger group size, contact us for pricing.)

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details)

Package Inclusions

  • 8 nights’ accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room (“A” Grade Hotels which are comparable to 3-4 star category) and Tent Camp
  • 1 night accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room at local homestay
  • Transport within Bhutan (4×4 Toyota Prado or Land Cruiser)
  • All meals as mentioned in above itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Mineral Water)
  • Services of experienced and English-speaking guide
  • Cultural programs when and where available
  • All necessary permits for entering Dzongs, Monasteries, Monuments and restricted areas
  • Tourism Development Fund – US$10 per person
  • Visa fee – US$40 per person
  • Free medical facilities if required (consulting doctors and medicine)

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore - Paro – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, shopping, cigarettes, telephone calls and etc.)
  • Additional meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Horse ride to Taktsang Monastery (Day 9)
  • Imported drinks
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, political situation, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for driver/guide
  • Optional tours

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

27 October 2016

Singapore to Paro:

Druk Air (KB 501) 0600hrs – 1015hrs

 

05 November 2015

Paro to Singapore:

Druk Air (KB 500) 0720hrs – 1535hrs

 

Estimated price of return air tickets (inclusive of airport taxes and 20kg baggage, excluding miscellaneous): SGD 1,180.30

 

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