August 17, 2007

Druk Path Trek : The Shortest Trek in Bhutan

If you are looking for an exciting shortest trek in Bhutan. I would suggested Druk Path Trek which is five days trek is the shortest and most exciting trek in Bhutan, the route leads from Paro to Thimphu or vice Versa crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. Although the route is sparsely inhabited, there are wonderful lakes teeming with fish and the area is famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests, which bloom in May. In the clear weather of late autumn and winter there are great views of the Himalayas and the mountain ranges.

Season : This trek is usually possible from late February to June and from September to December.

Arrival in Paro

You will be arriving in the Paro International Airport, at the Paro airport, you will be met by the travel agents representative and you will be transferred to your Paro hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Paro. Sightseeing in Paro valley (This can be done next day if you are on a longer duration). Drive northwest up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. Though largely destroyed by fire in 1951, its towering walls are still an imposing sight. On a clear day there is a splendid view of Mt. Jumolhari from the approach road to Drukgyel Dzong. Visit one of the typical village houses clustered near the dzong. Then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan. In the afternoon visit Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower and now the National Museum. Then walk down the hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong), ‘the fortress of the heap of jewels’.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Trek Starts:

Day 01: Paro - Jele Dzong

Distance : 8km, 3 hours
The Short trek of the day. The journey starts with a short climb up to Jele Dzong. The trek trail ascends gradually up to the camp, and if the weather is clear Paro valley can be seen with snowcapped mountains behind. Above the camp is Jele-la pass (3,400m) and Jele Dzong (mostly in ruins). There is also a lhakhang containing a statue of Buddha Sakyamuni. Overnight camp.

Day 02 : Jele Dzong - Jangchulakha

Distance : 10km, 3-4 hours
Begin with a one and a half hour climb and then ascend more gradually upwards. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. You will have fine views of Jumolhari and other snow capped peaks if the weather is right, and you may hear some monal pheasants calling during the day. You may see yak herders around your campsite. Overnight camp.

Day 03 : Jangchulakha - Jimllangtsho

Distance : 11km, 4 hours
The trail follows the ridge, and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valley are sensational. You will enjoy a great view of Jichu Drake (6,989m), the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Our camp is close to the Jimilangtsho lakes, which are famous for their giant sized trout. Overnight camp.

Day 04 : JimiLangtsho - Slmkota

Distance : 11km, 4 hours
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janetsho. Today you may come across some yak herders’ camps and get an idea of how these people live. We camp overnight close to Simkota Lake, and if you are lucky you can catch a lake trout for your dinner.

Day 05 : Simkota - Phajoding

Distance : 10km, 4 hours
Today begins with a gradual climb, and if the weather permits you will enjoy majestic views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, and a host of other peaks. The trail slowly descends through juniper trees to a campsite beside a community hail near Phajoding cafeteria. Overnight in cafeteria or camp, depending on weather conditions.

Day 06 : Phajodlng - Thlmphu

Distance : 5km, 3 hours
The trek to Thimphu is downhill all the way, passing through a
forested area of mostly blue pine. Taking a leisurely pace, you
reach Thimphu in about 3 hours. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight
at the hotel in Thimphu.

Drive Back to Paro and fly home

Trekking Equipment you need
1. Sleeping Bag (Not Necessary, but handy)
2. Warm Jackets and Clothing
3. Trekking Boots
4. Water proof Jackets

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