Bhutan is one of the most enchanting places to visit in the world. It is a remote, mountain kingdom nestled in the eastern Himalayas. There are wonderful, snowcapped peaks along with beautiful green valleys with traditional farms and villages. The best way to see Bhutan is to include a trek in your visit. The 10 Day Tour with Druk Path Trek will give you the best there is to see in Bhutan as you explore high mountain lakes along with the capital city of Thimphu with all of its culture as well as monasteries and temples.
There will even be time to visit the Temple of Fertility, a fascinating place built by the Divine Madman of Bhutan. There will be ancient fortresses to explore (called Dzongs) as well as magical alpine meadows.
Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition is pleased to be able to offer this incredible tour of Bhutan which incorporates a four day trek deep into the majestic eastern Himalayas. This tour gives the best of all worlds as you enter the land of The Thunder Dragon.
DAY 1 – Arrival at Paro International Airport
DAY 2 – Take a day walk to the Tiger's Nest.
DAY 3 – Day 1 of Trek.
DAY 4 – Day 2 of Trek.
DAY 5 – Day 3 of Trek
DAY 6 – Last Day of Trek, arrival in Thimphu
DAY 7 – Thimphu Sightseeing
DAY 8 – Travel to Punakha
DAY 9 – Return to Paro
DAY 10 – Final Departure
DAY 1 – Arrival in Paro (elev. 2280 m): You will arrive in Paro at the country's only international airport. Paro is situated in a beautiful, lush green, well watered valley. We check into our hotel before we begin our day tour of Paro. We will visit the spectacular Paro Rinpung Dzong which is one of finest examples of Bhutanese architecture in the country. We will visit the National Museum to give you some background to understanding the rich history and culture of this Himalayan nation.
DAY 2 – Walk to The Tiger's Nest (elev. 3180 m): Situated 900 meters above the Paro Valley floor is one of the most sacred as well as spectacular sights in Bhutan: Taktshang Monastery. It is better known across the world as The Tiger's Nest because it is said the great guru Rinpoche flew to this place on the back of a tigress in order to meditate in the caves here. He then established the famed monastery here, which literally clings to the side of the cliff in one of the most picturesque settings imaginable. This trek up to the monastery will get you prepared for the next four days of trekking in the beautiful Himalayas of Bhutan. We will spend the night at our Paro hotel.
DAY 3 – Trek to Jangchulakha via Jili Dzong (elev. 3760 m): Today is the first day of our four day trek, taking us on a long climb. We pass villages and Buddhist Mani Walls along the way as we walk through fragrant forests of blue pine and fir. We will pass the first campsite at Jili Dzong in favor of the second one at Jangchulakha, which is a pastureland that is a great grazing grounds for herds of yaks. Here we will camp for the night. Trekking time is 7 hours.
DAY 4 – Trek to Jimilang Tsho (elev. 3870 m): Jimilang Tsho is an isolated mountain lake at a very high altitude that is the focus of today's trek. Our climb is more gradual today as we trek at first through juniper forests before the trail breaks onto the ridge for some expansive views of the mountains. From here, we will be able to see a wonderful view of Mt. Jomolhari. Finally, the trail makes a steep ascent past large boulders to Jimilang Tsho. We will camp on the far side of the lake, enjoying dinner while watching the peaceful waters with the great Himalayas looming overhead. Trekking time is 4 hours.
DAY 5 – Trek to Semkhotha (elev. 3834 m): Bhutan's highest mountain of Mt. Gangkhar Puensum comes into view today with its incredible snowcapped peak piercing the cobalt blue skies of Bhutan. We are climbing upwards to a great view point from the ridge at 4010 meters. We will climb up to another spectacular mountain lake of Janye Tsho (elev. 4050 m) and then up to the highest point of our trek at 4150 meters. The journey today is around 4 hours, and we come to another beautiful Himalayan lake of Semkotha Tsho. It is here we will spend another pleasant night, eating dinner with one incredible view for the backdrop.
DAY 6 – Trek to Thimphu: We will have more views of Mt. Gangkhar Puensum before we begin to descend to Bhutan's capital city of Thimphu. We pass the monastery of Phajoding Gompa which is popular as a meditation retreat center. At Doupchu La Pass, we will have great views of the mountains. We descend, coming to the road where we will end our trek as our driver picks us up to take us to Thimphu. We will be taken to your hotel for the night.
DAY 7 – Thimphu Sightseeing: Thimphu is a combination of modern and culture. The hotels here are very modern and enjoyable, yet on the streets you will find yourself being quickly immersed in the local culture of Bhutan. We will be visiting the weekly market where an amazing assortment of items is sold. There is the revered Memorial Chhorten along with the national library and the School of Traditional Arts. On top of the hill is Changangkha Temple where devotees will walk to and circumnavigate around it as well as turn prayer wheels in keeping with the Buddhist faith. You will have a chance to learn more about the culture in the Folk Heritage Museum as well as enjoy scenic overlooks of the city, the valley and the mountains. It will be a full day before returning to your hotel for dinner and to spend the night at your hotel.
DAY 8 – Travel to Punakha (elev. 1250 m): It is a three hour trip by private vehicle to the old capital city of Punakha. We climb up Dochu La Pass at 3050 meters, and then we drop down to the Punakha Valley which is at 1250 meters. We will visit The Palace of Great Happiness (Punakha Dzong) which was built in 1637. It was built at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Po Chu Rivers. We will take an hour walk across the terraced fields to the Temple of Fertility (Chimi Lhakhang) that dates back to the 15th century. This temple was established by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who is affectionately known as The Divine Madman. Couples seeking to have children will come here to pray. We will spend the night in Punakha.
DAY 9 – Return to Paro: We return today in a beautiful drive from Punakha to Paro. It is a four hour drive through wonderful valleys and over mountain passes until we reach Paro. Here you can do some last minute shopping at the weekly market, visit a local farm for tea and hospitality or simply enjoy a hot stone bath. We will spend our final night at our hotel in Paro.
DAY 10 – Final Departure: All good things must come to an end and your visit to Bhutan is no exception. In the early morning, your guide will accompany you to the airport to catch your flight as he wishes you Tashi Delek (Goodbye and good luck). This has been a wonderful time and we at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition are pleased to be able to offer many different and wonderful adventures into the Himalayas. Be sure to talk with your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about these other wonderful places to visit.
Your safety is of paramount importance while traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling to remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not be forced to make last minute changes due to Weather conditions, health conditions of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc. The team leader will do everything possible to ensure that the trip runs according to plan. Be prepared for any last minute changes. The Himalayas are a big and wild place.
All hotels in Bhutan are approved and categorized by the government as Grade A, Grade B and Grade C Hotels. If you compare these government approved hotels, they are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels elsewhere. A Grade Hotels will be provided in Paro and Thimphu based on availability at the time of booking your trip. We provide you the best hotel in Thimphu. Our accommodations during the trek will be camping (tents). All accommodations are on a twin-sharing basis. If you need single supplement, you will be charged an additional fee.
Different varieties of meals are available at most hotels such as popular Indian, Chinese, and Continental foods. In most parts of Bhutan, non-vegetarian dishes are available such as beef, pork chicken and fish. We recommend you to ask the hotel and restaurant to offer what is fresh and seasonal. Our company however will send you wide assortment of foods during the actual trekking days. According to our plan, we provide three meals a day: breakfast, hot picnic lunch on the way and dinner at the campsite with evening tea and snacks. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking Expedition has well-trained cooks and can whip up delicious meals at any attitude. We request you to let our company know prior to the trip if any special dietary needs are required.