Druk Path Trek | Bhutan Trips - GIO Adventures

Druk Path Trek


Rs.48,000
Product Code: TRDP
Availability: In Stock
Duration: 11 Days
Season: Feb - May, Sep - Dec
Grade: Moderate +
Region: Bhutan
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DAY 01: Bagdogra - Phuentsholing (Drive 175 km / Drive Approx 3.5 - 4 hrs)

GIO guide will meet you at a pre designated point in Siliguri near the Bagdogra airport & NJP railway station. We will start on the drive to Phuentsholing by 2 p.m. The drive today is through the mighty plains of Bengal amidst many tea gardens, small towns and villages until you reach Phuentsholing which is the Indo-Bhutan border, a bustling commercial town. Free to explore the town on your own. Overnight in a hotel

DAY 02: Phuentsholing - Paro (Drive 180 km / 5 - 6 hrs)(Trek / 2 - 3 hrs)

After breakfast and completing some permit formalities, you now ascend into the hills of the magical land of Bhutan. The drive takes you to heights of 2800m in about 4 hrs from sea level, with altitude changes the flora and fauna of the region. You come across the towns of Gedu, Chukha and many small settlements along the route. We will have lunch enroute and reach our destination, Paro around early evening. Paro is a beautiful town set in a majestic valley with the meandering Paro river flowing through it. We check into the hotel and without wasting anytime get down to business. We set out on a walking tour of Paro. Overnight in a hotel

DAY 03: Paro Sightseeing & Hike to Taktsang (Trek / 3 - 4 hrs)

Today is a special day as you hike up to one of the most famous sight & monastery in Bhutan, Taktsang (Tiger Nest) monastery. After an early breakfast we take a short drive to the starting point and from there take a hike to the Taktsang Monastery. Guru Padmasambhava or Guru Rimpoche did his meditation here for 3 months. The hike takes about 3 – 4 hrs depending on the capability of the hikers. This is also a photographer’s delight; the monastery is adorned with prayer flags and the stands in the cave of granite rocks 300m above the valley floor. Tea/Coffee will be served in the viewpoint cafeteria. We finish the trek and on the way back to the hotel visit the Kichu monastery which is one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Genpo who built 108 monasteries around the region with the last being Lhasa in Tibet. We will also visit Drugyal Dzong at the end of the valley to complete our exploration of Paro valley. Overnight in a hotel.

DAY 04: Paro - Jili Dzong (3450m) (Trek / 4 - 5 hrs)

We start our trek from the Paro National Museum along a route that is part of the original mule track that linked Thimphu Valley with Paro Valley and ultimately connected Bhutan to the Indian border. The trek for the day is fairly short but is mostly uphill. During the day you get wonderful views of the Paro valley. In the initial stages you walk through pine and bamboo forest, followed by birch and finally rhododendron. There is a chance of spotting many birds and you will definitely get to see a lot of Himalayan flora. We reach our campsite, just below the Jili Dzong, and setup camp here for the night. Overnight in tents.

DAY 05: Jili Dzong - Jangchulakha (3760m) (Trek / 5 - 6 hrs)

In the morning, we make a visit to the Dzong before we set off on the day’s walk. We spend some time exploring the fortress as we have a short trekking day today. Once we set off on the trek, we have a number of ascents and descents through the day and if the weather is clear we get beautiful views of Bhutan’s second highest peak, Chomolhari (7314m) and many smaller peaks. We are likely encounter yak herders camped in their usual black woven yak hair tents. We reach Jangchulakha, which is a large yak pasture, and we set up camp here for the night. Overnight in tents.

DAY 06: Jangchulakha -Jimilang Tsho - Jana Tsho (3956m) (Trek / 7 - 8 hrs)

We start the day with an ascent and then follow the ridge to a high point. You get brilliant views of the big peaks of the Himalayas and then you cross a small pass to finally emerge above the Jimilang Tsho (lake). Jimilang Tso means ‘Sand Ox Lake’ and is named after a bull that emerged from the lake to graze in the local pastures. The lake is full of trout, and fishing here is allowed with permit. From here we climb up through cliff paths with sheer drops and after a series of ridges, we arrive at the second lake and our campsite for the night, Jana Tsho. Overnight in tents.

DAY 07: Jana Tsho - Phajoding (Trek / 6 - 7 hrs)

We begin the walk from here through rhododendrons and then we come to the 3rd lake in this area, Simkotra Tsho. We also cross the highest point/Pass on this trek, Simkotra La or Phume La at 4210m. The path is a mixture now of small passes and mountain trails. You may meet monks on their way from Thimphu to visit the sacred lake of Jimilang Tsho, where they meditate for a few days before returning. Lower down there is a smaller pass with a chorten which looks directly down onto the sprawling Thimphu valley. Depending on clear weather, you would get great views of the big peaks including Gangkhar Puensum (7541m), the highest peak in Bhutan and the highest unscaled peak in the world. From here the path zigzags down to Phajoding. Overnight in tents

DAY 08: Phajoding - Thimphu (2300m) (Trek / 3 - 4 hrs)

The trek to Thimphu is downhill all the way through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours. Once you reach your hotel you can treat yourself to a nice leisurely a hot shower and a delicious meal. You can spend the rest of the evening exploring this beautiful capital city of Thimpu. Overnight in a hotel

DAY 09: Phajoding - Thimphu (2300m) (Trek / 3 - 4 hrs)

Today visit Simtokha Dzong, Kingdom’s oldest Dzong built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Visit the handicrafts emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased memorial Chorten, built in the memory of Third King of Bhutan. After lunch relax for sometime and later explore the small but extremely charming Thimphu city and the curio shops around the city. We also visit Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu’s most impressive building situated at the banks of Wang Chhu. It houses the King’s Throne room and it is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot. Overnight in a hotel

DAY 10: Thimphu - Punakha (1250m) - Thimphu(Drive 80 kms) (one way)

After breakfast you have the option today to drive to Punakha valley and visit the beautiful Punakha Dzong and Chimey Lhakhang/Monastery. The dzong here is surely the most beautiful one in Bhutan. Punakha used to be the capital of Bhutan between 17 – 19th century. This trip takes about 2 to 2.5 hrs one way and goes through the famous Dochula pass from where one gets very good views. The dzong here is a sight to behold and a presents a memorable cultural insight into the unique culture of Bhutan. People not interested in going to Punakha can explore the beautiful outskirts of Thimpu today. There are several wonderful trails all around. Overnight in a hotel

DAY 11: Drive Back To Bagdogra / NJP / Siliguri From Thimphu (Drive / 8 - 9 hrs)

Today we start from Thimpu at around 5 a.m and reach Siliguri by 1 or 2 p.m. we have breakfast enroute. This memorable trip ends at Siliguri

Note:

  • Above prices are applicable for Indians, Bangladeshis and Maldivians Only
  • Trip prices starting for foreigners from : 2300$ on Double Occupancy

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Accommodation
    • Day 1 : Overnight in Hotel (Phuentsholing)
    • Day 2 : Overnight in Hotel (Paro)
    • Day 3 : Overnight in Hotel (Paro)
    • Day 4 : Overnight in Tents (Jili Dzong)
    • Day 5 : Overnight in Tents (Jangchulakha)
    • Day 6 : Overnight in Tents (Jana Tsho)
    • Day 7 : Overnight in Tents (Phajoding)
    • Day 8 : Overnight in Hotel (Thimphu)
    • Day 9 : Overnight in Hotel (Thimphu)
    • Day 10 : Overnight in Hotel (Thimpu)
  • Transport
    • 1. Bagdogra - Phuentsholing 2. Phuentsholing - Paro 3. Thimphu - Punakha - Thimphu 4. Thimphu - Bagdogra / NJP / Siliguri

    Vehicle Used : Tempo Traveller / Innova / Bolero / Tata Sumo / Local Jeeps

  • High quality Camping arrangements

    We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek

    The following equipment is provided on the trek :

    • 3/4 season imported alpine tents
    • Fresh and clean Sleeping bags of very good quality
    • Comfortable camping mattresses
    • Mess Tent
    • Camping stools & tables
    • There will be 2 toilet tents [separate for gents and ladies] having portable toilet seats
    • First Aid / Medical kit
  • Professional guide(s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
  • Meals :
    • Day 1: Dinner
    • Day 2: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Day 3: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Day 6: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Day 7: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Day 8: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Day 9: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Day 10: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Day 11: Breakfast

    Note : While your stay in Phuentsholing, Paro & Thimphu, breakfast & dinner are part of the package while lunch is not included in the package. While on trek, all meals will be provided by us from Day 4 to Day 8.

  • Porter / Mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
  • Forest entry charges, permits & Camping fee (if Any)

TRIP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Accommodation in any other location not mention above
  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Service Tax

PLEASE NOTE

  • If due to bad weather, sickness, natural calamity or any other personal reasons, the itinerary is changed on ground the extra charges arising due to it will be borne by the guests. same will be applicable if a guest decide to change the itinerary due to personal reason. Also if days are cut short on the trek/trips for any of the above reasons GIO Adventures will not be liable to make hotel arrangements at the base or any other location for the guests
  • Guest will be required to fill up an indemnity form before embarking on the trek/trip
  • We request you to kindly disclose/share information if suffering from any major ailment. We request you to submit your health Certificate.
  • On our fixed group departures please note that we will follow a fixed schedule & standardised services. In case of individual requirements other than what is offered as part of the package, we might not be able to entertain them so please be aware of this fact
  • In case of trips/treks with a backup day, where this backup day is not utilised for whatever reasons GIO will not be liable to make hotel or any other arrangements
  • In case a departure cancelled due to bad weather conditions guest will receive full refund. GIO Adventures

OTHER OPTIONAL CHARGES

  • Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs) per person for the complete trek. If you want us to arrange for portage of your personal luggage you can book the same by selecting the option of Personal Luggage Charges
  • Personal trekking gear
    You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL/PURCHASE

EQUIPMENT RENT*
Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood) 250

Down jacket (for additional warmth)

300
Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover 75
Warm Gloves 50
Waterproof Trekking boots 300
Balaclava 50
Rucksack (60 ltrs) 150
Waterproof gaiters 50
Warm high-length woollen socks 50
Poncho/Raincoat 50
Trekking poles 60

*Cost in INR per day

*Taxes extra

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.
  • Cancellation Policy
  • In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:
    • We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing.
    • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)
  • Cancellation charges will be as follows
    • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <15 Days: No refund
  • Please Note
    • Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.
    • In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you.

* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true

Transport Options (Arrival Departure from Bagdogra)

For travel to Bagdogra & back one can choose between air and rail. For air travel, Bagdogra is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Indigo, Air India, Jet Airways and other commercial airlines. Train travel is also recommended with a number of options available with the closest railway station being New Jalpaiguri. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in.

Weather Details

The climate in Bhutan varies widely depending on the elevation. In the southern border areas it is tropical; at the other extreme, in the high Himalayan regions, there is perpetual snow. Temperatures in the far south range from 15°C in winter (December to February) to 30°C in summer (June to August). In Paro the range is from -5°C in January to 30°C in July, with 800mm of rain. In the high mountain regions the average temperature is 0°C in winter and may reach 10°C in summer, with an average of 350mm of rain. Rain occurs primarily during the southwest monsoon season from June to September.

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

List of Essentials

Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.

  • Jeans / Trekking Pants - 2
  • Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
  • Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  • Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  • Woollen cap
  • Woollen gloves
  • Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  • Scarf/muffler (optional)
  • Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
  • Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Small light weight towel
  • Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
  • Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  • Sun glasses
  • Walking stick / Trekking pole
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  • Personal toiletries
  • Books, if you like reading
  • Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  • Carry rain cover for your bags
  • Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  • Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE

Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek

Note : In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.

Our Trekking Code

We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of ‘Leave No Trace’ & ‘Tread Light’ policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the ‘GIO trekking Manual’. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.

Acclimatisation & high altitude sickness

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.

Selecting the right trek & training for it

Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details..

Trek grading system

We have broadly classified our treks as below:

Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers

Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding

Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.

Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.

Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.

Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.

Disclaimer

Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

11 Days | Feb - Jun & Sep - Dec | Moderate + | Max Alt: Phume La (4210m)


Sketch Itinerary

Day 01: Bagdogra - Phuentsholing (Drive 175 km / Drive Approx 3.5 - 4 hrs)
Day 02: Phuentsholing - Paro (Drive 180 km / 5 - 6 hrs)(Trek / 2 - 3 hrs)
Day 03: Paro Sightseeing & Hike to Taktsang (Trek / 3 - 4 hrs)
Day 04: Paro - Jili Dzong (3450m) (Trek / 4 - 5 hrs)
Day 05: Jili Dzong - Jangchulakha (3760m) (Trek / 5 - 6 hrs)
Day 06: Jangchulakha -Jimilang Tsho - Jana Tsho (3956m) (Trek / 7 - 8 hrs)
Day 07: Jana Tsho - Phajoding (Trek / 6 - 7 hrs)
Day 08: Phajoding - Thimphu (2300m) (Trek / 3 - 4 hrs)
Day 09: Thimphu Sightseeing
Day 10: Thimphu - Punakha (1250m) - Thimphu(Drive 80 kms) (one way)
Day 11: Drive Back To Bagdogra / NJP / Siliguri From Thimphu (Drive / 8 - 9 hrs)

Description

Bhutan is undoubtedly the most exotic region in the entire Himalayas. What sets it aside from the other Himalayan regions, other than its stunning landscapes, is the presence of an extremely rich culture & the beautiful & ever welcoming people that inhabit this land. The experience Bhutan presents is magical, very different from anything else and one which lingers on for a long period. Everything here has a past and an interesting story around it. So for people who love mountains and the stories that have existed within these mountains for centuries, this is a perfect destination

One visit to Bhutan and the word Lush Green would have a completely different meaning for you. Just six hundred thousand people within its boundaries and a culture which loves conservation has ensured that the forests and foliage is absolutely untouched and pristine. The land is blessed with several high valleys characterized by vast flat undulating meadows which play host to quaint villages. The wide valleys here are something very rare in other regions of the Himalayas

The Druk Path is Bhutans classic and most popular trek and rightly so. This six day trek is of moderate difficulty and follows the ancient highland route between Paro and the capital of Bhutan, Thimpu. The trek passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes and all this with a rich and intoxicating flavour of cultural experiences. While on the trek there are several opportunities to visit some ancient lhakhangs (monasteries), dzongs (fortress) and villages. Views of the snow capped Himalayan giants along the trail is an added bonus on the trek

The trekking section of the trip starts with an acclimatisation hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tigers Nest) for a splendid view of the Paro valley. Once on the main trekking trail you walk through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200 m. It starts with a trek to the ruined Jili Dzong, which is on an elevated ridge above the Paro Valley. It commands breath-taking views of the Chomolhari (7314m), also known as the Bride of Kangchenjunga. During the succeeding days of trekking, you will climb above the tree line and cross several passes, including the Phume La (4210m). Enroute, you will camp beside clear mountain lakes (on the third day hikers will pass Jimilang Tsho, whose crystal clear waters are home to gigantic trout), visit encampments of yak herders and enjoy magnificent vistas of the peaks on the border with Tibet, including Chomolhari and Gangkhar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world, at an elevation of 7541m

Bhutan is easily accessible from India. You can fly directly from New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta & Bagdogra and join the group at Paro OR you could fly in or take a train to reach Siliguri (Bagdogra airport & NJP railway station are very close by) and from here drive to Paro as mentioned in the itinerary

DETAILS
Duration 11 Days
Region Bhutan

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