This Historic Drukpath Trek follows the ancient trade route which connected Western Bhutan until the development was introduced in the country in 1960s.
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This Historic Drukpath Trek follows the ancient trade route which connected Western Bhutan until the development was introduced in the country in 1960`s. The British officials stationed in Sikkim and Late Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and his team has trekked through this route to get into Bhutan. This mild trek allows the travelers to enjoy the daily lives of rural Bhutanese people and also enjoy the pristine forest with rare glimpse of wildlife.
Arrive Paro International Airport and pick up by our team members and take you to hotel. Later you will visit Taa Dzong (National Museum), Rinpung Dzong which was built in 17th Century by Great Zhabdrung Ngwang Namgyel and has served as a key strategic place to defend the external forces. Towards evening you can take a stroll in the town. Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Acclamatization and visit to Taktshang monasteryYour Plan
Visit Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, built on a steep cliff is one of the most iconic place where Guru Rinpochhe is believed to have flown here on the back of a tigress to spread Buddhism in 746 A.D. The round trip takes about 4 hour hike. Later visit Drugyel Dzong (Castle of the Victorious Drukpa) and Kyichu Monastery (one of the oldest Moastery built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo). Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Paro to Jili Dzong
After breakfast we will drive about 15 minutes until reaching the begining of trek head. Then our trail starts with a gradual ascend where we will be seeing the stunning view of mountains and the valleys. Overnight at Tented camps in Jili Dzong.
Jili Dzong to Jangchup Lakha
The trek starts with short ascend and descend trough alpine meadow and thick alpine forest. The highest point is a saddle at 3,590m where we will just follow the beautiful ridge line. En route we are likely to see or hear some monal pheasants, and on clear weather one can have a breathtaking view of the mount Jhomolhari, Mount Tsherim Gang and Jichu Drakey. Overnight at Tented camps in Jangchup Lakha - a yak pasture.
Jangchup Lakha to Jimi Langtsho
The day starts with a steep climb through the forest of junipers, then gradual ascend and descend through dwarf rhododendrons thickets. The highest point of the trek is around 4170 m at Jangchu La. The halt will be made at Jimilangtsho Lake situated at 3870 m. The name bears the significance of emergence of bull from the sand, hence the Sand Bull Lake, The bull is believed to have joined the cattle of a family that uses the area as a summer grazing ground. Overnight at Tented camps in Jimilangtsho.
Jimilangtsho to Simtokha Tsho
The trek start with a short descends through dwarf rhododendrons thickets until we arrive at another lake known as Jahnye Tsho. Then a gradul climb follows through the dwarf rhododendrons till we reach for our night halt. The feature of the trek is trekkers can clearly revisit by having a clear view of the trekking route that has been taken so far. Overnight at Tented camps in Simkota.
Simtokha to Thimphu
The trek begins begins with a short ascend until we reach the highest point at Phume Laa pass located approximately at 4200 m, where on clear day one we can have views of mountains. From here on, its all descend taking us to Thujidrag temple, a retreat center and Phajoding Monastry located at 3850 m. We can also have a clear view of Thimphu valley underneath. After travelling a down hill trek of about 2 hours we reach to road point, where vehicle will take us to hotel in Thimphu for overnight halt.
Thimphu to Paro
In morning visit Folk Heritage Museum, 13 Traditional School of Arts and Crafts (Painting School), Buddha Point (the tallest Buddha in Bhutan), Tashi Chodzong ( the present day Head Quarters of the King and also summer residence of the Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body). Afternoon will move to Paro. Overnight at hotel in Paro.
After breakfast, our team will drop you to the airport for your onward journey.
- Twin share/double in Bhutanese 3-star hotel accommodation (4/5 star entails extra charge).
- All meals, tea, snacks and bottled water.
- A licensed professional tour guide.
- All internal transport (excluding internal flights).
- Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
- All entrance fees and visa fees (USD40/-).
- A Sustainable Development Fee (SDF of USD 65 per person per night included within the costs except for Eastern Bhutan).
- On the day of departure, the local agents shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on usage basis.
- International flights, stopover accommodation or domestic.
- Items of a personal nature, phone calls, laundry, hard drinks, etc.
- Tipping for guide & driver.
- Wire transfer fee for transferring tour payment from your bank to Bhutan.
- Travel Insurance.
Notes on price
- The price quoted is for twin/double share in 3 star hotel and for single room supplement it is USD 25/night
- The price quoted is for minimum of 3 pax and above. If the pax is 2 and below surcharges is applicable as; for 2 pax = USD30/day/person and for 1 pax =USD40/day
- There are various discounts for children, students and depending upon the number of days ((refer to FAQs No.6).
- There are group discounts as well if you come in a group (refer to FAQs No.6).
Bhutan (Druk - a dragon Kingdom) with approximate size of Switzerland is a Buddhist Kingdom located between China and India, and is known for its peace loving people. It has been increasingly seen as tourist hotspots due its Dzongs (fortress), snow capped mountains, valleys, rivers, good forest cover and many historical and natural heritage sites that were preserved as Bhutan remained in self imposed isolation until 1960s.
Our Government regulation mandates that all tourists have to arrange the visit through the registered tour operator of Bhutan. All International tourists visiting to Bhutan (except Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian who need to obtain permit at entry port) must obtain a visa clearance. Visas are processed online by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator, upon receiving full tour costs.
According to the suitability of season there are two seasons with different rates to visit Bhutan. The rate is inclusive of Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) of $65 per person per day, accommodation, food, English speaking guide services and land transportation within Bhutan.
i. Peak or high season months are March, April, May, September, October and November = USD250/person/day
ii. Low season months are December, January, February, June, July and August = USD200/person/day
There are two ways
1. You can use your Master and Visa Card to directly send the tour costs. Online card payment will charge you 3.5% on the total payment, (2% will charge by the Card Company, 1% by your bank, 0.5% by the bank in Bhutan).
2. You can directly wire the money using the banks in your corresponding countries (the list will be provided based on your country). After remitting the payment to Bhutan in our account, we have to request our bank in Bhutan to transfer it to the Tourism Council of Bhutan Account. The transfer fee vary according to the bank which you have to bear it.
- SDF is Sustainable Development Fee and amounts to USD65/day/person that is deducted from the daily rate (say USD 250/- during peak and USD 200/- during low season). SDF is paid directly to government and are used for providing free health care, education and infrastructure development.
- The daily rate is the amount inclusive of SDF.
Yes, there are discount as listed below; Individual and Group discount.
- Children between 0-5 years old, no charge
- Children between 6-12 years old, no SDF charge and 50% discount on daily remaining rate
- Full time student under 25 years old with valid student card gets 25% discount on daily rate
- 50% discount on SDF after the 8th nights
- 100% discount on SDF after 14th nights
- 50% discount on daily rate is given to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people.
- 100% discount on daily rate is given to one member in a group exceeding 16 people.
Surcharge apply if the group size is 2 pax and below
- Single (individual) – US$ 40 per night
– Group of 2 person – US$ 30/person/night
Surcharges are determined by Government and is directly deducted from the tour costs.
Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum and has same value as the Indian currency of Rupee. As such Indian currency note is also used widely in Bhutan. But the international tourists must make payment in the dollar.
ATMs are located through out the country and you can easily withdraw the amount in Bhutanese currency.
Bhutan has been gaining popularity as a peace loving nation and is everyone’s dream to visit Bhutan. The slogan of Tourism Council of Bhutan is "Bhutan-a happiness is a place?"
No, there won't be any language barrier as lmost all the Bhutanese can speak English. Moreover English is used as a medium of learning and is also used for communication purpose.
No, there are SDF (Sustainable Development Fee of USD65/day/person) waiver if you visit Eastern parts of Bhutan comprising of Samdrupjongkhar, Trashigang, Pemagatshel, Trashiyangtse, Mongar and Lhuntse). That waiver is until December 2020 only.
We will be glad to provide answers on any front to enable you to enjoy your visit to Bhutan,