Bhutan, famously known as the ‘Dragon Kingdom’, is the last remaining Vajrayana Buddhist Kingdom in the world. Moreover, Bhutan is also recognized by UNESCO as one of the most bio-diverse centers in the world, Therefore, in order to fully enjoy the Bhutanese grandeur, the Bhutan Tour with 4 days druk path Trek includes both touring and trekking activities. This 7-day trip begins with sightseeing of Rinpung Dzong (fortress) and Kichu Lhakhang in Paro Valley followed by a hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery. From Paro, we trek to Jele Dzong, Jangchulakha, Jimilangtsho, Langrithang and Tsaluna. From Tsaluna, we go back to Thimphu where we visit famous landmarks including the magnificent Tashichho Dzong and King’s Memorial Chhorten.
Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m / 7,382ft):
As our flight nears Bhutan we can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. At the airport, we will be greeted by a representative from Pariwar Holidays who will take us to our hotel. Today, we will visit Rinpung Dzong which was built in 1646 and now houses the district Monastic Body and government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag. We will also visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country and Drugyal Dzong, built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. Overnight in Paro.
Day 02: Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour, Hike to Taktsang Monastery
After breakfast, we hike for around 4 -5 hours to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3,180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley floor and leave for Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 03: Paro to Jele Dzong: 10 km, 4 - 5 hours
First we are going to drive to the point where we start our trek to Jele Dzong (3400m). From there, we hike for a short while (around an hour) to the Dzong. The trail ascends gently through a forest before reaching our campsite. Above the camp on top of the hill is Jele Dzong. From here, the Paro valley can be seen with snow-capped mountains as its back drop. Built in the 15th century, Jele Dzong is mostly in ruins but there is a Lhakhang (Buddhist Temple) with the statute of Buddha Sakyamuni. Overnight camp at 3,300m.
Day 04: Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha: 10 km, 4 hours,
Today we embark on about 2 hours of trekking. We begin with a gradual ascent (310m) then descend (50m). The trail passes through thick alpine and rhododendron forests and reaches Jangchulakha. We still walk for some time and arrive at the campsite, which offers scenic views of the amazing landscape below. You can also see yak herders around our campsite at the height of 3,600m.
Day 05: Jangchulakha to Langrithang: 15 km, 4 - 5 hours
Today we ascend 330m and descend 310m. The trail begins with a short climb and follows a ridge. From the top on a clear day, we get amazing views of the beautiful Mt. Jumolhari and other Himalayan ranges. After a short descent, we arrive at Jimilangtsho Lake (3,700m) and take lunch. Then, the trail descends further down towards Langrithang through fir forests. Overnight camp at 3,500m.
Day 06: Langrithang to Tsaluna to Thimpu: 11 km, 4 hours
On our hike today, we descent 800m. The trail passes through fir and rhododendron forests and follows a stream before reaching the Tsaluna Monastery, a sacred site of Guru Rinpoche from 8th century. Further down the trail is the Tsaluna Village with beautiful farms. Then we drive to Thimpu. While there, we visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972) and the majestic Tashichho Dzong. In the evening, we enjoy strolling in the streets of Thimphu and observe the local lifestyle. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 07: Final Departure:
Today we bid farewell to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. After early breakfast, we leave Thimpu for Paro airport. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, after taking breakfast, we will be taken to the airport in the morning for final departure.
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