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DRUK PATH TREK

Itinerary

At your arrival at Paro International airport, your local tour guide will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure or you can choose to explore the enchanting Paro valley by visiting some of the important historical and spiritual sites in Paro. We suggest you to visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong, National Museum, the ruined Drukgyel Dzong and finally the historical Kyichu Lhakhang.

After your morning breakfast in the hotel, drive to Ta Dzong (National Museum) that lies above Paro Rinpung Dzong, where you will begin your trek. The trek takes you through following several farmhouses and apple orchard and gradually enters through pristine forest of blue pines and fir forest. From a long stand Chorten the trail begins to climb uphill until you finally reach the ridge below Jela Dzong. A short descent of 100m takes you to your campsite below the dzong.

Today your trail begins with a steep climb until you reach the Jela Dzong. Make a short visit to the dzong and then continue your trail through the ridge offering spectacular view of the valley below. The trail takes you through rich alpine forest of fir, juniper and dwarf rhododendron trees. You may also see herder and their yaks around your campsites. En-route you will encounter several wildflowers including Acanthocalyx nepalesis, Lomatogonium brachyantherum, Aster himalaicus, Taraxacum officinale, Taraxacum platycarpum, Taraxacum mitalii, Strobilanthes wallichii, Iris clarkei, Euphorbia griffithii, Primula griffithii, Primula denticulate, Primula smithiana, Oxygraphis endlicher, Saussurea obvallata etc.

Today your trail takes you through the ridge and on a clear day, you will have a spectacular view of the mountain range. From the ridge you will then gradually descent downhill towards your campsite close to Jigme Langtsho Lake, where you will encounter several variety of Blue Poppy including Meconopsis paniculata, Meconopsis grandis, Meconopsis bella and Meconopsis sherriffii. The surrounding slope also offers several other varieties of flowers like Gentiana phyllocalyx, Gentiana veitchiorum, Sussurea sughoo, Lomatogonium brachyantherum and other different rhododendron species including Rhododendron wallichii, Rododendron setoum, Rhododendron aeruginosum, Rhododendron lepidotum etc.

Today your trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. En-route you will encounter several wildflowers including Gentiana phyllocalyx, Meconopsis bella, Meconopsis sherriffii, Meconopsis grandis, Gentiana veitchiorum, Lomatogonium brachyantherum. The trail takes you past Janatsho Lake and at some point, you will come across several yaks and yak herders offering a glimpses of nomadic yak herders daily way of life. The campsite is close to Simkotatsho Lake. The surrounding campsite is filled with several dwarf rhododendrons including Rhododendron wallichii, Rhododendron setosum, Rhododendron acruginosum etc.

Today after your breakfast the trail, gradually ascents through a rocky slope and at some stretch if the weather is clear you will have a spectacular view of Mt. Gangkar Punsum (highest peak in Bhutan) and other surrounding peaks. From the pass, the panoramic view of the surrounding Phajoding goembas and Thmphu valley can be seen.  Phajoding consist with several temples and you can make a visit to those temples and later the trail leads you all the way downhill till the road where you will be met by your car and transfer to your hotel. The downhill walk is through a rich forested area of blue pine and rhododendron.

In the seventeenth century, when Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel unified the country and started the dual system of government, Thimphu was made the summer capital of the central government of the monastic body, and the successive Druk Desi. In Thimphu visit National Memorial Chorten built in 1974 in memory of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk by his mother. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang one of the oldest temple in Thimphu, dating back to the fifteen century. The National Institute of Zorig Chusum offers a six-year course on Bhutan’s traditional crafts for those who are artistically inclined. In the evening visit Trashichhoe Dzong “The Fortress of Auspicious Religion”. The Dzong can be visited only after 5 pm on week days and on Saturday/Sunday.

After your early morning breakfast in the hotel, drive to Paro and hike to the famous Taktsang Goemba. It is quite an uphill task and takes around 3-4 hours walk. It is the most spectacular goemba in all of Bhutan. According to the legend, Guru Rinpoche visited the site in 8th century flying from the east of the country on the back of a tigress (a form that one of his consorts is believed to have taken). He meditated for three months in the cave donning his terrifying form of Dorji Droloe subjugating the evil spirit. Following him many permanent religious leader visited the site notably Milerepa, Labdoenma and Thongtong Gyelpo. Today, Taktsang Goemba is more a holy place in the country.

After your leisurely breakfast in the hotel drive to Paro airport and depart to your onward destination. Here you bid adieu to your helpful Bhutanese tourist guide and driver and proceed to your onward destination.

01 Rate inclusive of all three meals both local and continental healthy cuisine 
02 Rate inclusive of all accommodation [three star hotels with double/twin sharing basis] 
03 Rate inclusive of air-conditioned tourist standard transportation 
04 Rate inclusive of local tour English-speaking licensed guide on all your sightseeing tours 
05 Rate inclusive of extensive choices of flexible comprehensive tour itineraries 
06 Rate inclusive of Bhutan Government Royalty fees of $ 65 per person per nights 
07 Rate inclusive of all entry fees, museum fees and historical attraction fees 
08 Rate inclusive of all applicable taxes – BST 10%, Service Charge 10% 
09 Rate inclusive of one time visa fee of USD 40 
10 Rate inclusive of airport arrival and departure transfer in Bhutan 
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Bhutan Government uphold a strategy of “High Value-Low Impact” tourism policy, which serves as the purpose of creating an image of exclusive and high-yield destination among travelers.  Therefore, Baeyul Excursions has initiated its tourism policy – to maintain its environment, ecological friendly, preservation of social-cultural and economically viable, prevent from overrun mass tourism and while at the same time to ensure visitors get the most out of their trips. The minimum cost outlined by Baeyul Excursions offers the charm of the isolated Himalayan kingdom, which was founded on the principle of sustainability.

GROUP SIZE YOUR BHUTAN TRIP COST 
Single Individual 
USD 2,240/-
Group of 02 Members 
USD 2,160/-
Group of 03 Members and Above 
USD 1,920/-

One Time Bank Transfer Charges

USD 45/-

01 Rate does not include incoming & outgoing Bhutan airfares and airport taxes 
02 Rate does not include drinks and alcohols and non- alcoholic beverage 
03 Rate does not include guides speaking language other than English 
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05 Rate does not include extra expenses or loss due to nature and un-foreseen events beyond the control of our management 
06 Rate does not include any service outside Bhutan 
07 Rate does not include one time bank transfer charge of USD 45 
08 Rate does not include tipping to guide, driver etc. 
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