THE HIGH ROUTE FROM PARO TO THIMPHU
- Bhutan’s classic short trek
- Sightseeing in the Paro Valley
- High ridges & lakeside campsites
- Breathtaking Himalayan views
- Visit the spectacular Punakha Dzong
Following the ancient high-level route between Paro and Thimphu, the Druk Path is simply an excellent short trekking experience in Bhutan. The first day’s walk leads to the ruined Jeli Dzong which sits on a high ridge above the Paro Valley and commands breathtaking views across to Chomolhari. During the succeeding 4 days of trekking, we climb above the tree-line and cross several passes, including the Phume La (13,810 feet). En route, we camp beside clear mountain lakes, visit yak herders’ encampments and enjoy splendid panoramas of the peaks on the border with Tibet, including Jitchu Drake and Gangkar Puensum. Also included is the chance to hike to Taktsang Monastery (the Tiger’s Nest) in the Paro Valley, visit Thimphu’s impressive Tasichoedzong and take an excursion to the stunning Punakha Dzong, Bhutan’s traditional winter capital. Offering moderate trekking within a pristine landscape, this trip provides a taste of the unique and fascinating culture of Bhutan.
Bhutan is situated in a hidden corner of the eastern Himalaya, sandwiched between China (Tibet) to the north, Sikkim to the west, and the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal to the south and Arunachal Pradesh to the east. The country within these borders forms a giant staircase, from a narrow strip of land in the south, at an altitude of 1,000 feet, up to some of the highest of Himalayan peaks in the north, rising to over 20,000 feet. A sparsely populated country, Bhutan is often compared to Switzerland because of its small size, jealously guarded isolation and stunning mountain scenery. More than 90% of the population are hill farmers who live in small villages spread over some 18,000 square miles of rugged mountain country. Buddhist teachings and philosophy are influential throughout the kingdom, as they have been since the 7th century and a deep and traditional reverence for nature has led to Bhutan imposing some of the strictest standards of environmental preservation in the world. More than 65% of the land is still under forest cover and some of the rarest of Himalayan wildlife, such as the blue sheep, takin and golden langur, are quite common. It is often said that even the most experienced trekker will find Bhutan to be a revelation. In this country known as Druk Yul, ‘‘the Land of the Thunder Dragon,” the fortunate visitor will find a rare combination of harmony and accord, among incredible natural beauty. The air is clean and unpolluted, the mountains are magnificent and the architecture is inspiring.
Entry into Bhutan (Paro Airport) is by Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines. While it is possible to arrange flights into Bhutan from several Asian airports, we have arranged our Bhutan itineraries using the daily flights that now exist between Paro, Bhutan and Bangkok, Thailand.
The Druk Path Trek (Camping Trek) is part of our Himalayan Classic Trek Series. In addition to our listed group dates, we are also able to arrange this trek beginning on any date during the months of late March through May and mid-September to early November for a group of 1 to 12 people.
Day 1. Welcome to the Bhutan! Fly from Bangkok to Paro, Bhutan
Day 2. Sightseeing in the Paro Valley
Day 3. Visit Paro Dzong and trek across the Jili La Pass
Day 4. Trek to Rawana
Day 5. Jangchu La to Jimilangtso Lake
Day 6. Simkotra & Phajoding Gompa
Day 7. Trek to Thimphu
Day 8. Visit Punakha Dzong
Day 9. Return to Paro
Day 10. Fly to Bangkok