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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 Four Days Druk Path Trek would be an ideal choice. The 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. We end our Bhutan Tour with Four Days Druk Path Trek by going 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|
|Day 02 Hike to Taktsang Monastery||3,180m/10,434ft||4-5 hrs|
|Day 03 Paro to Jele Dzong (Trek begins)||3,480m/11,418ft||4-5 hrs|
|Day 04 Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha||3,770m/12,369ft||4 hrs|
|Day 05 Jangchulakha to Langrithang||3,880m/12,730ft||4-5 hrs|
|Day 06 Trek to Tsaluna (Trek ends) and drive to Thimphu||2,320m/7,612ft||4 hrs|
|Day 07 Final Departure||-|
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 Himalayan Glacier 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.
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. Overnight in Paro.
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.
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.
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.
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 Thimphu. 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.
Today we bid farewell to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. After early breakfast, we leave Thimphu 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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It was the first time for my husband and l to visit Bhutan and we chose the Bhutan Tour with Four Days Druk Path Trek as it offerred a wonderful mix of culture insight and trekking. Everything was organised smoothly by Himalayan Glacier and over several months leading up to our adventure we developed a lovely friendship with our travel planner Leena. We were very grateful for Leena's professionalism and care. Arriving in Bhutan we were greeted by our guide Phurba and his driver, Tenzing. We really enjoyed each others company and felt very well looked after, and had an amazing expereince learning about the cultural aspects of Bhutan. My husband expereinced illness on the first night of our trek, which initially we were very disappointed as we decided not to continue the trek, however in some ways it was a blessing in disguise as it provided us the opportunity to experience an amazing mask dance peformance at a monastry in Paro. The experience was very intimate and being so close to the performance allowed us to be totally immersed. We also loved visiting the local archery competition, the saturday markets and a walk through the forest overlooking Thimpu city.The team at Himalayan Glacier looked after our every need and we very much admired the beautiful spirit and humble nature of everyone.Show more
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