Druk Path Trek
Day 1: After breakfast we drive to Motithang, where our Druk Path begins. Your guides, pack horses, cooks are waiting. All is provided for you, you need only carry a light daypack. Horses are available to ride as well. High altitude tents and warm sleeping bags are provided. Our destination today is Phajoding. The trek to Phajoding is an uphill climb through forested area of blue pine, fir and spruce. Bhutan is the least deforested country in the world, covered with 70% virgin blue pine forest. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about four hours. Phajoding provides an excellent view of Thimphu Valley and is also a retreat center for monks and nuns. You can visit some ancient monasteries and commune with the monks. Overnight halt at campsite Phajoding, altitude 11,000 ft. Bhutanese forklore by campfire as you dine on wholesome food prepared by your cooks. Optional song and drink.
Day 2: Depart Phajoding on our path to Jimilangtso. The hike today is about a five hour hike, with less climbing. The trail continues with gradual climb up to Phajoding Pass, about 12,500 ft. From this pass you can enjoy a spectacular view of the eastern Himalayan mountain ranges including Mt. Gankar Puensum which is the highest mountain in Bhutan at 24,890 ft. After crossing the pass, the trail slowly descends through juniper trees and alpine flowers. You will also come across yak herders with their yaks and have an opportunity to visit the yak herder's camp to enjoy yak milk and yak butter tea. Visit Alpine lake. Halt Jimilangtso.
Day 3: Buckwheat breakfast and we are on our way to Jele Dzong Today we will walk 7-8 hours, with lunch and rest stops. The trail starts with a gradual climb up to a high ridge through dwarf rhododendron and juniper trees. From the ridge, you can enjoy a great view of Paro Valley and Thimphu valley as well. After crossing the ridge it's a gradual down hill trail through cedar, fir, spruce and rhododendron forests. Occasionally you may see some monal pheasants and come across yak herder camps You can also see Mt. Jichu Drake (23,000ft) and other famous peaks such as Jumolhari, Goddess Peak. Camp Jele Dzong.
Day 4: Departing Jele Dzong toward Paro on our final day of our trek. A casual walk for us now requires 3 to 4 hours of downhill trails through rhododendron and pine forests and villages. You will enjoy beautiful views of Paro Valley, Mt. Jumolhari and other high peaks. The trek ends near the national Museum where you will be received by our Bhutanese guides and driven to Hotel Olathang. Relax and enjoy a leisure lunch. Afternoon excursion hike, or ride a pony, to the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 4,000 feet. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava, the saint who converted Bhutan to Buddhism, alighted here upon the back of a tigress. Here we enjoy snacks and tea at the cafeteria viewpoint. Enjoy farewell dinner in quaint Paro Town. Visit locals and shop.
Day 5: Departure from Bhutan