The small kingdom of Bhutan is nestled in the Himalayas between China and India. Bhutan is one of the most sought-out for travel fanatics because of the Bhutanese cultural identity along with the stupendous natural affluence. Moreover, the people in Bhutan are inspired to help preserve their authentic culture in their religious sites and daily life making the country an ideal destination for nature lovers and culture admirers. Druk Path Trek follows the trail maintained and made supreme by such efforts of Bhutanese. The trek is one such trip which entertains its travelers with affluent nature and religious sites offering remarkable destinations for cultural trips and natural exploration.
Travelers will find beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to snow-capped mountains and sites of religious significance from Jele Dzong to Phajoding Monastery. You also have the opportunity to spend time glancing at the ancient wall paintings and carvings in monasteries and Chortens. From the streets of Paro to museums in Thimpu, the Druk Path Trek is a wondrous unraveling of the Himalayan Shangri-La of Bhutan.
Druk path trek
Druk Path Trek is the finest short trek to experience Bhutan through an ancient route that connects Paro and Thimphu. The route allows a close look of Bhutan’s unique culture by visiting local villages and farmhouses. The trek starts from Ta Dzong, a national museum, above Paro. The museum has an intricate collection of festival masks used in various religious dances, many artistic Thangkha, and statues. Travelers make a gradual climb through different forests of pine and orchards overlooking the views of the Paro valley and Mt. Jomolhari (7326m).
In the morning, an excursion to Taktshang Lhakhang, also called the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, ensues. The monastery is considered to be one of the holiest sites for Buddhists around the world. The monastery also has the interesting origin of Guru Rinpoche flying on the back of a Tigress to meditate in the cave where the monastery, today, stands.
Next day, the trek begins with a short climb up through hillsides to Jele Dzong, a small fortress. The fortress is preserved by local artists to keep its traditional delicate designs intact. Near to the Dzong, is a great viewpoint to observe Jichu Drake, the peak resembling the protective deity of Paro? Further, the trek heads to Jimelang Tsho, the campsite for an overnight stay. The path entails crossing forested trails and small settlements of yak herders. In winter, lines of herds graze in the fields along the path to. Crossing high altitude mountain passes and Janetso Tsho Lake on the way, you head to Simkota Tsho. The path gradually descends to Phajoding Gompa, which is a monastery and retreat center for meditation. After visiting the temples and monasteries in Phajoding, it’s time to descend back to Thimphu. If time permits, you can also explore the museums in Thimpu and follow with an excursion to Tashichho Dzong. From Thimpu, the trek heads back to Paro where final celebrations conclude the trek.
This trek is considered of moderate difficulty. It requires light walking, which is suitable for most fitness levels. Usually, the trek explores the altitudes above 3,000 meters so, acclimatizing is key to avoid altitude sickness. The trek has varied features like a rocky trail, winding roads, and muddy paths. The distance between camping locations are also not too long and require 6-7 hours of walking on average.
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Visa and Airlines
Bhutan has direct flight routes to a limited number of countries. Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu is a feasible option and a scenic one as well serving the travelers with views of the mountains in the Great Himalaya Trail.
Bhutan doesn’t permit independent travel so, it is mandatory to have a valid visa, confirmed booked tour and necessary permits before arriving Bhutan. For information regarding visa and receiving them, refer to the information at the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at http://www.mfa.gov.bt/?page_id=220.
Best Season to Travel
The best seasons to travel Bhutan are during spring (March-May) and autumn (September- November). The weather and views are pleasant during these months. Autumn offers clear skies for mesmerizing Himalayan companionship whereas spring welcomes the grandeur of Bhutanese nature. Other seasons too are viable since they see lesser crowds of tourists.
A short visit, but much more to explore! Druk Path Trek offers the real beauty of Bhutan and allows you to take a look into the lives of the ever-smiling Bhutanese. Their Buddhist inclination, cultural inheritance, and devotion to natural majesty are as alluring as it can get. Unravel the ancient route and immerse in the eloquent expressions of nature in the Druk Path Trek.