Brief Event Description
|Event Organiser||Active Holiday Company|
|Pickup Point||Paro, Bhutan|
|Pickup Time||08 : 00 A.M|
|Things to Carry||1. Important Travel Documents :
Passport with photocopies.
Visas with photocopies.
Travel insurance with photocopies. Please ensure your insurers name, 24 hr emergency contact telephone number and policy number are highlighted.
All flight tickets for the trip with photocopies.
Active Holiday Company Trip Confirmation Certificate.
Photocopies of important documents to be kept separately.
Copy of the itinerary of your trip.
Spare passport photos.
Credit / Debit Card, Travellers Cheques with serial numbers kept at a separate place.
Youth/Student identification / Senior Citizen card for discounts.
International driving license if you have one.
Vaccination Certificates if needed.
Money belt that can be secured safely.
Money – small denominations of local currency if you can get some before the trip.
2. Personal Effects :
First aid kit comprising any personal medication, aspirin / paracetamol, band-aids, head-ache balm, rehydration salts of your choice, anti-allergy pills, anti-diarrhea pills, anti-nausea pills, small scissors, nail file, sun-block (50 SPF), lip balm, after sun moisturizer, insect repellent and antihistamine/insect bite cream, female hygiene products.
Toothbrush, tooth-paste, deodorant, bio-degradable soap, shampoo, washing detergent.
Water purifying / iodine tablets.
Prescription Diamox / alternate for altitude sickness.
Prescription glasses / contact lenses and solution.
Antibacterial gel and wet-wipes.
Wide brim hat, sunglasses with UV protection.
Minimum 2 liters water bottle so you don’t have to buy plastic bottles, cloth shopping bag.
Book to read, journal, pen, travel pillow, cards / travel games.
Eye mask, ear plugs, army knife (this must always be in your checked in luggage when you are taking a flight).
Adapter, alarm clock, phone with charger, i-pod / MP3 with charger and spare ear-phones, camera and film if your camera needs it.
Travel pillow, torch with reusable batteries, head-lamp.
Plastic bag to separate wet and dry / clean & soiled clothes.
Arrive in Paro
Arrive at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Today, visit the Dumsey Lhakhang and Paro Rinpung Dzongs and the National museum. But much depends on the arrival time. Dumsey Lhakhang, an unsual chorten like temple built in 1433 by Thangthang Gyalpo, the famous engineer who built the Iron Bridge, houses some of the finest paintings in Bhutan. The temple built with the purpose to subdue the demons, is firmly chained from the ground. It is essential to carry a torch while visiting this temple representing Hell, Earth and Heaven. Rinpung Dzong is one of the most impressive Dzongs in Bhutan. Built in 1644, the original name is Rinchen Pung Dzong which was shortened and means the fortress on a heap of jewels. Some of the scenes from the film Little Buddha were shot here.
Today is for acclimatization, and its best done moving around. Spend your day at leisure, explore the markets, visit them little cafes and soak in the beautiful views from this little town.
Paro - Jele Dzong; Trek (Approx. 10 km)
Before the start of the trek, you can visit the National museum or Ta Dzong - meaning the watch tower. The first day is fairly short but it’s all uphill, gaining more than 1000 metres. Most groups starts from the trailhead outside Paro’s National museum at 2470 metres. After 40 minutes, pass Kuenga Choeling Lhakhang (a Gelugpa School chapel showcasing photos of the Dalai Lama) at 2650 metres. A further hour’s climb takes you to the stone houses and apple orchards of Damchena (2880 metres) and finally to the campsite in a clearing known as Damche Gom, just below Jele Dzong (2985 metres).
Jele Dzong – Rabana; Hike/Walk (Approx. 10 km)
Today’s walk is a short and enjoyable ridge walk, full of short ascents and descents; so there’s plenty of time for a morning visit to Jele Dzong. You might be lucky to see or hear monad pheasants during the day. The trail crosses to the east side of the ridge offering views down to Gimena village (look for its large goemba). Climb again and traverse around the west side of a cone-shaped hill to a saddle (3750 metres) and two clearings, the latter located below prayer flags. Five minutes ahead is Jangchhu Lakha, a yak pasture at 3760 metres. From here a lower trail continues 10 minutes to an often boggy camping spot at Tshokam (3770 metres). A better option is to take the higher trail for 25 minutes to the yak herders’ camp of Rabana (3890 metres), surrounded by mauve rhododendron forests.
Rabana - Jimilang Tsho; Hike/Walk (Approx. 11 km)
There are two trails to Jimilang Tsho. Most groups take the high trial because it offers better views, including (in good weather) a view of Jhomolhari and Jichu Drakye, the peak representing the productive deity of Paro. The lower trail descends from Tshokham into the upper Bemang Rong and then climbs via the yak pasture of Langrithang. Far below in the Do Chhu valley you can see the yellow roof of Chumpu Ney, a pilgrimage spot famous for its statue of Dorji Phagmo. A steep 30-minute descent leads you to the shore of Jimilang Tsho). Jimilang Tsho means ‘Sand Ox Lake’ and was named for a bull that emerged from the lake and joined the cattle of a family that uses the area as a summer grazing ground. The lake is also known for its giant trout that was introduced in the 1970s.
Jimilang Tsho - Simkotra Tsho; Trek (Approx. 11 km)
Today, the trail climbs from the lower end of the lake through yellow rhododendrons to a ridge at 4010 metres, traverses the ridge, then descends to a single stone shelter. Following the ridge, you arrive at some prayer flags at 4050 metres overlooking Janye Tsho. Descend to a yak herder’s camp near the lake at 3880 metres before climbing again; veering eventually to the right to a ridge at 4150 metres offering views overlooking Simkotra Tsho. Descend to some stone ruins and your camp at 4100 metres. Horse drivers often push to continue over the next ridge to a better camp and grazing land at Labana; however your campsite for the night is at Simkotra Tsho
Simkotra Tsho -– Thimpu; Trek
It’s a long climb past three false summits, before the trail descends to Labana camping place at 4110 metres, beside an almost-dry lake. There’s a longish climb to a group of cairns atop Labana at 4235 metres. The hill above the trail marks a seldom-used sky burial site. The trail descends gently to crest a minor pass at 4210 metres. There are views of Dochu La and Jhomolhari along this stretch. From here the trail descends to a final 4090 metres pass marked by a chorten. Below sprawls the entire Thimphu valley. Meditation centers and lhakhangs are scattered across the hillside. A descent on a maze of eroded trails through juniper and rhododendrons leads to a campsite beside the main Jampa Lhakhang at 3640 metres. The evening is free to explore Thimphu town on your own.
Thimphu – Paro, Departure
Transfer back to Paro airport for your onward journey.
1. 3 Nights accommodation at the hotel as per the itinerary.
2. 4 Nights accommodation in the camp as per the itinerary.
3. 6 Breakfasts.
4. Arrival and Departure Airport Transfers.
5. All land transportation as detailed in the itinerary.
6. Services of an English-speaking Local Guide.
7. Sightseeing with admission fees as detailed in the itinerary.
1. Airfare, Visa, Insurance, Excess Baggage, Porterage.
2. Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages, meals not specified in the itinerary.
3. Single room and hotel upgrade supplement.
4. Entrance fees to attractions not specified in the itinerary.
5. Tips for hotel or restaurant staff, local guides and tour crew.
6. Personal expenditure (Laundry, telephone bill, minibar, shopping)
7. Extra Nights at the beginning or the end of the trip.
8. Any compulsory dinner or peak season surcharge.
9. Service Tax of 3.50% applicable for Indian tours and Indian Residents.
10. Optional Tours.
|Instructions & Guidelines||NA|
Druk Path was an important trading link between Paro and Thimphu, crossing the chain of remote mountains that separates the two valleys. This is a relatively short, moderate grade trek leading from Paro valley to Thimphu valley, or vice versa, and crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. The route passes through sparsely populated places. One of the interesting features of this trek is the presence of beautiful lakes enroute teeming with fish. This scenic trek across the mountains separating Paro and Thimphu passes through blue-pine forests, alpine lakes, and dwarf rhododendron forests. The best time for this trek is March – May and September – November.