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This is for 12 days trek. It is one of the most popular and scenic treks in Bhutan. Though it is a short trek, it goes to higher altitudes and elevation while trekking.
Day 1: Arrival Paro
Pick up from Paro International Airport (2280m) and check into hotel. If time permits, a quick visit to Paro downtown in the afternoon.
Day 2: Paro Sightseeing
After the breakfast, visit to National Museum which is housed in Ta-Dzong. This was built in 1656 and used to serve as the watch tower of Paro Dzong in the past. Then visit Paro Dzong, which is also called the Rinchen Phug Dzong, meaning fortress on a heap of jewels. Built in 1644, Paro Dzong is one of the most impressive and well-known Dzongs in Bhutan. After the lunch in the town, proceed towards Drukgyel Dzong, which is 14 Km from Paro down-town. This is also known as the Fortress of Victory – Drukgyel Dzong which was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1649 to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders. Check into the hotel. The dinner in hotel will be served.
Day 3: Takshang Sightseeing
After the breakfast, drive for about 8 Km north of Paro town to visit Bhutan’s most well known monastery – Taktshang or Tiger’s Lair, perched on a the rock cliff of 900 meters above the valley floor. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche the great Buddhist saint, who brought Buddhism into Bhutan in the 8th century flew to Taktshang on a tigress and mediated for 3 months, 3 weeks,3 days and 3 hours. The trek to the monastery and back takes about four hours. Lunch will be served in the cafeteria on the way back monastery. Afternoon – prepare for the Druk Path Trek for trekkers or for cultural group – drive one hour drive of 70 Km to Thimphu.
Day 4: National Museum at Paro to Jili Dzong
Distance is about 10 Km, that takes 5 hours. After an initial steep climb, the trail passes through farms and blue pine woods before reaching the huge stone house at Damchena (2880m), the camp for the night halt.
Day 5: Jili Dzong to Jangchhu Lakha
The distance is about 10 Km and the time taken will be 4 hours. On a clear day, you can see Paro valley below and the mountains peaks nearby from Jili Dzong. The route to Jangchhu-Lakha is a long walk along a ridge through forests with Rhododendrons in blooms in if it is March, April and May. Jangchu-Lakha is a meadow (pasture) area at 3760m. Camp at Tshokam overnight.
Day 6: Jangchu Lakha to Jimilang Tsho
The distance is 11 Km. The time taken will be 4 hours. The route descends from Tshokam (camping spot in Jangchu-Lakha) through the forest to the foot of a valley and crosses the upper part of the Bemang Rong Chhu (3540m). After several ups and downs through the forest and rocks, you reach Jimilang Tsho at 3870m. Jimilang Tsho means “Sand Ox Lake” in English translation.
Day 7: Jimilang Tsho to Simkotra
The distance is 11 Km, time is 4 hours. The walk to Simkotra has several ups and downs before reaching Janye Tsho (4050m). From the Tsho, the trail goes up to a yak herder’s camp to a ridge and down to Simkotra Tsho (4110m).
Day 8: Semkotra Tsho to Phajoding
Distance is 11 Km, time is 4 hours. The view of Dochu La and Jhomolhari can be seen on this route. The camping site is at 4110m, near a stone hut beside an almost dry lake at Labana. From here, the route leads to a crest at 4120m, then drops and crosses a final ridge at Phume-La (4080m). From this point, the Thimphu valley down below is very visible. After walking through juniper and rhododendron bushes, the route leads to a camp site above Phajoding at 3750m. Many Lhakhangs (temples) and meditation centers are scattered across the hillside. The camp site is nearby the Phajoding Goemba.
Day 9: Phajoding to Motithang (Thimphu)
Distance – 5 Km, time – 3 hours. The last part of the this trek route is downhill through forests and ends at a point above the Motithang Youth Center at 2520m.
Day 10: Thimphu Sightseeing
Sightseeing in Thimphu (2320m) includes visits to: National Library which was established in 1967 and has many ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan scripts); Painting School or the National Institute for Zorig Chusum (13 traditional arts and crafts school for trades like painting, woodcarving, embroidery and statue making, sculpture etc.); National Memorial Chorten, built in 1974 in memory of the third King of Bhutan; Semtokha Dzong which is about 5 Km south of Thimphu. Semtokha Dzong was built in 1629 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Today, it houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies; Tashichhodzong, the seat of the Government of Bhutan and King’s office. It houses the Secretariat, the Throne Room, His Majesty’s Secretariat, the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs and the Ministry of Finance. If the sight seeing falls on the weekend, you can visit Thimphu’s open vegetable market, where farmers from all over bhutan, gather to sell their produce.
Day 11: Thimphu to Dochula
Lunch in Thimphu. The journey starts after the breakfast to Dochula (3140m) about 23 Km from Thimphu. On a clear day, it offers spectacular views of the Bhutan Himalayan ranges with snow peaks. After tea/coffee in the Dochula cafeteria, return to Thimphu for lunch and continue to Paro. Overnight halt in Paro.
Day 12: Departure
After an early breakfast, our representative will see you off at the Paro International Airport.
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