The 'Dragon's trail', a lovely trek from Paro to Thimphu & a must do for trekking lovers visiting Bhutan
(10 nights 11 days)
- Day 1: Delhi - Paro The flight
into Paro is nothing less then breathtaking, with magni cent views of the Everest, KanchenJunga
and other Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Chomolhari and Jichu
Drakey in Bhutan are awesome. On
arrival in Paro our representative receives you and checks you into the hotel. After lunch we will see the rich
history of Bhutan
exhibited in the 17th century National Museum. The Paro Dzong, a massive fortress built in
the 17th century now houses the monastic body. A tour of this beautiful Dzong
will introduce us to the
unique aspects of the Bhutanese Buddhism. A lovely stroll downhill from the Dzong over an old cantilever
bridge wraps up an eventful rst day in
this magical kingdom.
- Day 2: Paro Taktsang or the
tiger's nest temple is the most revered temple of the Buddhists. This magical temple clings
to a vertical granite cli 800m above the valley. Legend has it that in the
8th century, Guru Rimpochey, a
tantric master ew here on the back of a tigress and meditated in a cave around which the temple is built. A
hike to this temple will take
up most of our morning. In the afternoon, we will host a special Buddhist prayer
ceremony at the beautiful 1200-year-old Kyichu Lhakhang Temple, to bring us good luck
for the rest of
- Day 3: Paro - Jela Dzong (3000M) -
10 kms/6 hrs The start of the Drukpath trek is at the historic Ta Dzong, the National Museum. We follow a dirt road until it
gives way to our trail in the pine
forests. The trail is uphill all the way till Jela Dzong, a temple built as a war
fortress in the olden days, overlooking the Paro valley below.
- Day 4: Jela Dzong to Jangchublakha
(3200M) - 10 kms/4 hrs Today's trail looks like the setting of Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park. With ancient rs wrapped in Spanish
moss, a dinosaur or a
Bhutanese Yeti might actually surprise you around the bend. You may see yak herders
around the campsite.
- Day 5: Jangchublakha to
Jimilangtsho (3300M) - 13 kms/6 hrs The trek today starts o with a climb, overlooking the rolling valleys below. Rhododendrons and other high
decorate the rocky trail, which climbs up and down. On a clear day the Chomolhari can be
seen. Our camp is set ob the bank of lake of Jimilangtsho.
- Day 6: Jimilangtsho to Labana
(3500M) - 15 kms/7 hrs The trail will take us through dwarf rhododendrons and junipers. We will also pass the lakes of Janatso and
Simkotha. The view of the far
ridge across the valley, which you trekked, will ll you with a sense of personal
satisfaction and renew you with extra con dence in yourself. Tonight is going to be the
coldest of all
- Day 7: Labana to Thimphu (2400M) -
12 kms/6 hrs Pass to cross: Pumo La, 4200m
An hours' climb from the camp will take us over the highest pass on this trek at 4100m. On a clear day we
can see the
Gangkhar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan. Descending from the pass over rocky steps, we
will be greeted by the sight of Thimphu far below in the valley. From this
point on, it's all downhill. We will
be passing through the temple and meditation center complex of Phajoding. Our transport will meet us just
as we start emerging from
the forest. Drive to hotel and check in.
- Day 8: Thimphu Explore
Thimphu. Visit the National Memorial Chorten (monument), the Textile Museum, Folk Heritage
Museum, Takin zoo, the National Library, the Government Handicrafts and the
- Day 9: Thimphu to Punakha (1250M)
- 80 kms/2.5 hrs Drive to Punakha (2 ½ hours) over the Dochu La at 3000m. If we are lucky with the weather, we can see the
entire Bhutanese Himalayas from this pass,
east of Chomolhari to Gangkhar Puensum.
Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until the 1950s. Today, the central monk body moves to Punakha in the
winter when it gets too
cold in Thimphu. With a climate almost tropical in the summer, the valley is blessed
with an abundance of fruits and rice. After lunch we will visit the magni cent
Punakha Dzong, which
without doubt showcases the nest example of Bhutanese arts and crafts. After the Dzong, we will go on a
short drive in the lush upper Punakha valley
and hike for 45 minutes to the beautiful chorten temple of
Khamsum Yuley on a hill.
- Day 10: Punakha to Paro - 115 kms/4
hrs Drive to Thimphu for lunch and some last minute shopping. Drive to Paro in the afternoon.
- Day 11: Paro - Delhi/Kolkata Early morning return flight from Paro International Airport.