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Druk Path Trek with Paro Festival

Country: Bhutan Region: Druk Path

Druk Path Trek with Paro Festival

£2225

12
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Overview

  • The most popular short trek in Bhutan during the festival season
  • Complete the breath-taking Land of the Thunder Dragon trial
  • Be witness of the famous Paro Festival
  • Climb to the fabulous “Tiger Nest” Monastery

The Druk Path Leisure Trek in Bhutan allows you to experience all that this area has to offer, and is something that the whole family can enjoy. This trek does not involve any difficulties and is completed at a leisurely pace with plenty of breaks. This makes it the perfect trek even for children over 10 years old and older people. You will get the chance to really appreciate the landscape that makes this region unique, as well as taking in some of the history and culture of the area.

One of the best times to take this trek is during festival season. This will give you a real insight into the culture and traditions that are so import to the people of Bhutan. It will also add to your own experience as you are able to get involved with the events that are taking place. The festival is full of color and music, and is something that you will remember being a part of for many years to come. There are activities for all age groups at the festival so it is something that the whole family will enjoy taking part in.

All of your meals are included as part of the trek and you will have the chance to try some traditional Bhutanese food in the sections of the trek that will take you through small villages. There will be plenty of opportunities to stop for refreshment along the trek, as we understand that it can be a concern when you have children that they will get too hungry or thirsty

Itinerary

DAY

1

Arrive Kathmandu

Upon your arrival a representative from FrozenGround will be waiting outside the airport to take you to the hotel. Depending on time of arrival, plans will be made for a briefing meeting once you have settled in.

Accommodation: Hotel

DAY

2

Arrive Paro, explore the city

After breakfast fly to Bhutan. Our representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer to the hotel.  After lunch drive to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jumolhari. Drive back to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the holiest and oldest monasteries in Bhutan. Later visit a traditional Bhutanese Farm House.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY

3

Attend Paro Festival programmes

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY

4

Trek to Jele Dzong

After breakfast drive to the trek starting point at Taa Dzong. The trail today is uphill and goes through Yak pastures. You will find a ruined fortress Jele Dzong and a Monastery close to the campsite; you can visit if the care the care taker is around. On a clear weather, the view of Paro valley and Mt. Jumolhari is spectacular. Altitude at campsite is 2600 m. Trekking distance is approximately 7 km.

Accommodation: Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk:  3-4 hours

DAY

5

Trek to Jangchulankha

The trail today takes you through thick alpine forest and rhododendron at an altitude of 3590 m. You will also come across Yak herders around the campsite at Jangchulakha. From the campsite you will have very good view of Mt. Jumolhari and other snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Trekking distance is approximately 10 km.

Accommodation: Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk: 4-5 hours

DAY

6

Trek to Jimilangtsho

You will continue to trek through thick alpine forests and a monastery on the site of cave to reach Jimilangtsho at an altitude of 3900 m. Camp site is nearby a lake, which is famous for its giant sized trout. On a clear weather, you will have very good view of Mt. Jichu Drake, alt. 6989 m. Distance is 11 km.

Accommodation: Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk: 5-6 hours

DAY

7

Trek to Simkota

Your journey today begins with a climbing-up to an altitude of 4180 m. Crossing small lakes and further climb to Phume La Pass at an altitude of 4210 m, where you will be greeted by plenty of prayer flags. In a fine weather you will have spectacular view of Mt. Gangkhar Puensum (highest mountain of Bhutan) and the Himalayan range. Distance is 11 km.

Accommodation: Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk: 5-6 hours

DAY

8

Trek to Phajodhing and transfer to Motithang

You will further climb uphill through the alpine forest to reach Phajoding which takes approximately 4-5 hours. On a clear weather, the view of Thimphu Valley is spectacular from here. After lunch you will continue to trek down through the pine forest for another 2-3 hours to Motithang; you will be greeted by our representative and drive to the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk: 6-7 hours

DAY

9

Thimphu sightseeing

Full day sightseeing in Thimphu: Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Monastery, Zilukha Nunnery, National Library, Folk Heritage Museum, Zorig Chosum (Painting School), Post & Telegraph Office, Takkin (national animal) Preservation Center, Sangyegang view point, Buddha’s Point, Handicrafts Emporium, Bhutanese handmade paper factory.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY

10

Paro sightseeing, hike to Takshang Monastery

We visit the spectacular Takshang Monastery; Takshang’ literally means Tiger’s Nest. Lunch at Takshang Cafeteria. Later visit Rimpong Dzong. It is the venue for the famous Paro Tsechu festival held annually in the spring. Continue to walk down through the traditional cantilever wooden bridge to Paro town Visit Kyichu Lhakhang one of the holiest and oldest monasteries in Bhutan. Finally, Taa Dzong, formerly a watch tower but now houses the National Museum.

Accommodation:  Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY

11

Departure to Kathmandu, explore the city

Fly back to Kathmandu. Afternoon we start exploring the city including the 2,000 years old Buddhist shrine of Swyambhunath known as “Monkey Temple” because there’s a ton of monkeys around there; the colourful Durbar Square; Patan city – which is the most iconic place in the Buddhist history.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY

12

Fly back home, taking with you the memory of a lifetime

Meals: Breakfast

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Tour Facts

Trip Cost Includes

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in standard hotel in Bhutan
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu flight with taxes
  • All meals and mineral water in Bhutan
  • Airport transfers and land transportation by private vehicle
  • English speaking guide
  • Entry fees for sightseeing
  • Government royalty and all applicable taxes
  • Visa fee in Bhutan
  • On trek full service with support crew, tents with mat on twin sharing basis, pack animal with the crew to carry your personal equipment

Trip Cost Doesn't Include

  • International flight ticket
  • Riding horse during trek
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry, telephone or anything of personal nature
  • Visa fee in Nepal
  • Travel insurance
  • Emergency evacuation cost
  • Tips for trekking crew, guide and driver
  • Sleeping bag on trek

Meals

We provide full board in Bhutan, breakfast in Kathmandu

Meals available are most palatable to the taste of western tourists; a varieties of Continental, Indian, Chinese, and local cuisine are available. Set meals for travellers tend to be on the bland side, because local food is heavily seasoned with red chillies and can be quite hot.

On trek cooking crew provide high carbohydrate meals. The breakfast consists of porridge/cereals, fresh fruits, sausages/bacon, toast, butter and jam, eggs, juice and tea/coffee. Lunch is normally hot meal which is a choice of vegetable cutlet/sandwich/boiled potato, chicken roast/beef roast, boiled eggs, noodle, choice of fresh fruits, soft drink. We provide 3 course meals for dinner, starting with soup and finishing with sweet with tea/coffee.

In cities we have our meals at restaurant or hotel chosen by tour leader.

There are usually Continental, Indian, Chinese and Bhutanese dishes. The food in hotels is often the best in town, but in main towns now there are few restaurants increasingly becoming popular. Both vegetarian and non- vegetarian dishes are available all over the places. Most popular being pork, beef, chicken, fish and local seasonal vegetables.

Even though the locals drink water straight from the tap, we suggest visitors to drink only bottled water. On trek, we provide boiled and filtered water.

Accommodation

7 nights in hotel / 4 nights in tent

One of the most essential components of a great holiday is accommodation. At FrozenGround, we make it a top priority to use quality and character accommodation whenever it is possible. Accommodation can vary by destination and the types of holidays.

Hotel

We are accommodating in 3 & 4-star category hotels.  Standard of all accommodations that we use for our guests are approved for tourist stay by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. All hotels and lodges are built in traditional architectural style and are offered with traditional Bhutanese food with a mix of western cuisines.

Tent

This trip includes accommodation in tent, for which we will provide the necessary equipment’s, such as two-person tents; however, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag. You also will not have to cook on any of our tours.

Single supplement

Our holidays are operated on a twin-share basis. That means that cost is based on either sharing the accommodation with other member of the group of same sex or people who book together. However single supplement and private trip are available. Please note that some remote area single supplement not possible. Please contact us for further details.

Date and Price

Available Tour Dates

Flexible departure! Have you got any dates in your mind? Click here to contact us.

General Info

Equipment/Gears

The following is fairly exhaustive list of what you should pack for the trip: trekking trousers, waterproof and windproof over trousers/rain pants, thermal base layer shirts, casual shirt and/or T-shirts, fleece jacket, waterproof and windproof jacket, warm jacket (down), sunhat, warm hat, sunglasses, warm gloves or mittens, head torch with spare batteries, sun protector, toiletries, antibacterial hand wash, small towel, shampoo.

For trekkers comfortable high altitude tents of good quality standards are provided with foam mats. You should bring your sleeping bags which should be 4-seasons down bags as the temperature will decrease especially at 4,000 m camp sites.

Trekking pole is not essential, but can be useful on the challenging ascent and descent. Good pair of boots are one of the most important on the gear list. You need to make sure that your boots are braked in before trek.

What you Carry

While you are trekking you only have to carry a backpack with water, snacks, extra socks, waterproof light jacket and your camera. After you have packed for your trek, you can leave the rest of your belongings with our representative. This must be maximum 15 kg which will be moved by yak or horse.

What to Wear

Due to wide range of temperature and climatic conditions, it is advisable to bring appropriate clothing. For protection against cold, layered clothing is better than a few thick ones. Warm clothing is recommended; and except for summer months, down jackets and woollen sweaters and socks, raincoat are suggested. In summer, heavy cottons and lightweight woollens will be acceptable.

While visiting temples and other religious institutions shoulders must be covered. Longer length skirts are more appropriate for women and slacks are more appropriate for men. Shoes must be removed when entering temples.

First Aid

A medical kit will accompany each group. You should also bring your own personal first aid kit, which should include the following: broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, Diamox (altitude), diarrhoea treatment (Imodium) painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralyte).

Vaccinations

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements to enter Nepal or Bhutan. However, you may at your own concern, wish to take immunisation against certain preventable diseases which are the following: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Malaria.

Altitude

Most of our trips to Himalaya go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed for good acclimatization as we are following the “climb high, sleep low” rule. It is important that you familiarise yourself with the signs and symptoms of altitude sickness and that you report any illness to your guide immediately. However, you don’t need to scare of travelling to high altitudes if you are following the simple rules and procedure of preventing altitude sickness.

If you would like to find out more about the effects of altitude and the best preventative measures, then please visit:

http://www .altitude.org/altitude_sickness.php

Visa

You will need visas for Bhutan and Nepal. Make sure your passport valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry into these counties.

Nepal

You can get a tourist visa upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu. You must fill in an application form and provide two passport photographs at the customs. Nepal entry Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days) must be paid in cash at the custom.

Bhutan

FrozenGround will arrange your visa which has to be processed through our registered Bhutanese agent before travelling to Bhutan. A copy of visa clearance letter will be issued and forwarded to you through email; you will be able to board the flight to Bhutan with this clearance letter from your respective airport. The actual visa is stamped on arrival in Bhutan. You must carry the visa approval letter with you and you will be required to show this when checking in for your DRUK flight into Paro. Your passport must have at least 2 unused pages for visa stamp. We recommend taking 4 passport photos with you.

Weather

Bhutan is a rather small land mass to have such a varied climate, as well as four distinctly separate seasons, and that is generally due to its wide geographical variations. Bhutan’s entire southern region is tropical. In the west, the valleys of Wangduephodrang and Punakha have more of a semi-tropical climate and the winters tend to be cooler. The valleys of Lhuntse, Trashigang and Mongar in the east also share that same semi-tropical weather pattern. However, in Bumthang, Paro, Trongsa, and Thimpu, the climate is substantially harsher. They get torrential summer rain and heavy snowfall during the winters there. Winter in Bhutan starts around mid-November and can hang around until around mid-March. During that time, the weather is quite dry with temperatures during the day of about 16 to 18 degrees C and night-time temperatures way below zero. By mid-June, the monsoons generally arrive, bringing downpours mostly during the afternoon and evening. By the end of September, autumn starts, bringing pleasant weather for just about everybody until mid-November. This is an excellent time for trekking the deeper Himalayas.

Tour Leaders

All our tours are escorted by well trained, knowledgeable and English spoken guides who are certified by Tourism Council of Royal Government of Bhutan.

Vehicle and Safety

Comfortable surface transport is available in Bhutan, making journey in this mountainous terrain really pleasant. Latest model Japanese Toyota Cars, Land Cruisers, Hiace Buses and Coaster Buses are offered to our tourists depending upon the group size. Our experienced, courteous drivers are well trained and licensed by Department of Tourism and the Department of Motor Vehicles in safety and driving on mountainous terrain. Tourists are at ease riding in Bhutan Mountains. The transport and guide accompany the tourist right from arrival until departure.

Preparing Yourself Physically 

Being properly physically prepared for trekking and its serious physical challenges is very important. First, assessing your own individual physical condition and training accordingly is a significant must. Basically, handling a rigorous trek will be much easier the more fit you are at the onset. For a training program that is well-rounded, be sure to include aerobic cross-fit training, hiking (at high altitudes if possible) and strength training.

Preparing Yourself Mentally

Making the hardest portions of your trek achievable could simply come down to mental stamina. Many trekkers tend to make the mistake of overlooking their mental preparation. Keeping a positive mind-set and never ignoring your body’s signals are significant considerations on your trek.

Additional Nights and Extensions