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Druk Path Trek - Trip Overview
Drunken path trek is the best for the one who has a very packed up schedule. During the trek, you will need to cross the chain of the mountains that usually separates two districts that is Thimphu & Paro. You will be amazed to know that there is a classic walk along the high and windy ridge. Moreover, you also need to cross some of the past ruined fort, which previously used to guard against the unwanted Tibetan invasion. Even though the route is sparsely inhabited but there are some beautiful lakes that are packed with fish all the times. Apart from all this, the area is also famous for the remarkable rhododendron forests, which usually bloom in the spring season. If you are really interested to see some spectacular view of Himalayas then you must visit this area during the winter or autumn time.
After your arrival at the Paro International airport, you will be welcomed in the Bhutanese traditional by one of our representatives. And then after completing all the legal formalities, you will be transferred to your hotel. After getting to the hotel the tour guide will help you to check in, after which he will explain to you about the tour program. Once, you get refreshed and if you have enough time then you can explore the nearby place so that you can know about the day to day life of the Bhutanese people.
The ruined fortress of the Drugyel Dzong attracts people due to the strategic location of the fort. You will be astonished to know that this was the only fort which uses to defend Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion that use to be from North during the 17th century. If you are lucky enough that the weather remains clean then you can see Mount Chomolhari which has a magnificent altitude of 7320m and the most astonishing thing is that it can be seen towering over dzong.
The hike to the Taktsang monastery is uphill and takes around 2 to 3 hrs all the way through the villages and the pine forests. It is firmly believed that a great saint name as Padmasambhava came during the 7th century on a flying tigress and then he meditated in the cave for almost 3 months. By the end of the 17th century a monastery was built at that same place and then it became as a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese. Moreover, every Bhutanese try to visit this place at least once a year.
The trek to Jele Dzong is a short trekking day and so you can relax and really enjoy a lot. The Paro valley has the magnificent scenic beauty which you can enjoy during the hike which is uphill through the pine forest. The best thing about your camp at that place is that it will be around 3100m from the mean sea level. The entire walking time of the trek is just 4 to 5 hours.
You will have to start your trek from Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha. This trek will go uphill through the huge rhododendron trees. If you are visiting this place during the winter season then you can have the chance to encounter the Yak herders. The walking time for this trek is around 4 hours. After which you will have to take your dinner at the camp itself which is at the height of 3650 meters.
A trek from Jangchulakha to Jigmelangtsho begins. You will be amazed to see that the trail follows the ridge. And if you have a clear weather then you can see the nice view of the mountains. The camp at that point will be near to the lake. The best thing about this place is you can see a lake at around 3600 meters. Moreover, you will find that the lake is also filled with some giant salmon trout. You need to spend your night at that place in a camp.
On the next day, you will start your trek for Phajoding. The trail will take you through the dwarf rhododendron shrubs only after passing two lakes. After you pass the second lake it will ascend gradually. If you reach on the top, then you can enjoy the royal view of Mount Gangkar Punsum which has an altitude of 7520 meters. This mountain is also the highest mountain in Bhutan. During the night time, you can see that the Thimphu city glitters into a bowl shaped valley.
One of the easiest days for trekking on this tour is the trek to Motithang. You will have to trek for almost three hours and that also downhill through the pine forest. As soon as you reach Motithang, you will have to drive to Thimphu along with your guide.
In the morning you can visit the Painting school, the Royal goldsmith, the national library and the handicraft centers. In the afternoon you need to drive for 3 hours to the Wangduephodrang crossing that is the Dochu La Pass. The drive from the pass is almost like downhill dropping to the warmer valleys of lobesa.
Visit Punakha Dzong, which once served as the old capital of Bhutan. It is so nice to see that the fortress is built between the two rivers.
On this day after having your lunch, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight till the destination.
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