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11-Day Druk Trek

11-Day Druk Trek

11 days

11-Day Druk Trek
from $3495 USD

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The Druk Trek is our most popular trek in Bhutan. You will hike through magnificent scenery and have the opportunity to meet local yak herders. With 4 days of easy trekking, a minimum of 11 days with trek and cultural tours is recommended.

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Day 1: Arrive and overnight in Paro

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Upon arrival at the airport and after immigration procedures your Bhutanese escort will greet you and guide you to your hotel in Paro. You can spend the rest of the evening exploring Paro, immersing yourself in the Bhutanese way of life.

Meals included: Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Tenzinling Resort

Day 2: Full day in Paro, hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery

/images/itineraries/Bhutan/bhutan (11).jpg Visit Ta Dzong, the national museum housed in an ancient watchtower, which has superb antiquities on display. You can see a fine collection of thankas, paintings, textiles and artifacts. The museum is located on a headland that overlooks the Paro Valley in all its glory. Hike to Taktsang viewpoint, a superb vantage point that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding granite cliffs and valley. On a clear day the white dome of the sacred Chomolhari (Mountain of Goddess) can be seen. The Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger's Nest monastery, clings to a sheer cliff. Severely damaged in a fire in 1998, the monastery is currently being restored.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Tenzinling Resort

Day 3: Druk Trek

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This is a short trekking day: We begin with a gradual trek to the camp and if the weather is clear, the Paro Valley can be seen against the backdrop of snowcapped mountains.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping

Day 4: Druk Trek

/images/itineraries/Bhutan/bhutan (16).jpg The trail follows the ridge and with clear conditions the views of the mountains and valley are beautiful. The campsite is close to Lake Jimilangtso. These lakes are known for their giant sized trouts and if lucky you may enjoy a well-prepared lake trout for dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping

Day 5: Druk Trek

/images/itineraries/Bhutan/bhutan (14).jpg The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and the lake of Janetso. You may come across some yak herder camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of nomadic life. The campsite is close to Simkota lake where you can try some trout fishing.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping

Day 6: Druk Trek

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The trek to Thimphu is all downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pines, taking about three hours. Back in Thimphu you can stroll around Thimphu Town for shopping and enjoy your evening.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping

Day 7: Tour of Thimphu

/images/itineraries/Bhutan/bhutan (1).jpg Sightseeing in Thimphu includes a visit to the National Library which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts, the School of Thanka Paintings, and the traditional Medicine Institute where centuries old healing arts are still practiced. Then visit the Handicrafts Emporium to see the exquisite artistry of traditional crafts and textile then take a stroll through the streets for a little shopping. After lunch, visit the memorial Chorten to His Late Majesty (King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk), who reigned from 1952-1972. Later take a 15 minute drive to Dechenchohhling to witness the gold and silversmiths at work. Finally, visit the Tashichho Dzong (fortress of the Glorious Region) built in 1641 and reconstructed in 1961 using traditional methods without the use of any nails, plans, or paper.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Peaceful Resort (Thimphu)

Day 8: Drive to Punakha for tours

/images/itineraries/Bhutan/bhutan (19).jpg Punakha Dzong is Bhutan's second oldest and is arguably the country's most attractive. As the capital of Bhutan until 1955, Punakha is located at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Po Chhu rivers. The Punakha dzong is one of the most beautiful landmarks in the Himalayan kingdom. Construction of the dzong began in 1637 and was completed the following year. It is more properly called the Pungthang Dechen Phodrang or the Palace of Great Happiness.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Dragon Nest Resort

Day 9: Tour Punakha, Drive to Paro

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Visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong, built in 1638 and located on the headland 13km from Punakha. Drive back to Paro where you can spend the rest of the evening walking around Paro Town. Explore the area and you may decide to do some shopping to remember your adventure.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Tenzinling Resort

Day 10: Sightseeing Tour of Paro

/images/itineraries/Bhutan/bhutan (18).jpg Drive to Drugyal Dzong, a ruined fortress 16 km from Paro town. Tour Drukgyal Dzong with massive ruins that offer insight into the unique construction of Bhutan's famous dzongs. This Dzong is also of great historical importance as it was a critical point when the Bhutanese repelled Tibetan invaders. This gave the fortress it's name, translating to "victorious Bhutanese". Here you will have a magnificent panorama of Mount Chomolhari.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Tenzinling Resort

Day 11: Departure

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Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

11-Day Druk Trek

Prices are Per Person and Valid for Trips through December 31, 2018

# People in Group: 2 3+
Mid-Range Lodging: $4195 $3495

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Qualified local guide speaking fluent English
  • All lodging in 3-star hotels
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea/coffee)
  • All entrance fees
  • All transportation in minivans
  • Driver
  • Bhutan visa and Tourism Development Fund (TDF) fee
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • International and domestic flights
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Tips for restaurant service
  • Donations at monasteries
  • Personal expenses (Internet, drinks, shopping, etc.)

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