Bhutan Cultural Tour Druk Path Trek Dates & Rates
dates & prices
Bhutan Cultural Tour & Druk Path Trek (BHT05)
Duration: 12-day Cultural Tour, including 5-day Trek
Prices are in USD per person, twin share. Group size: maximum of 16 people & minimum of 6 people, plus leader per trek. Please contact Aurora Expeditions for more dates on +61 2 9252 1033.
For teams, clubs or other groups of 6 or more we are happy to assist in organising a private departure of one of our amazing treks at a time that suits you best. Please contact us for more information or a group quote on +61 2 9252 1033 or email us.
|Bhutan Cultural Tour & Druk Path Trek (BHT05)||04-Oct-15 to 15-Oct-15|
Please note: The 20 March 2015 departure (BHT03) itinerary may change slightly to incorporate the Paro Festival.
Day 1 Arrive Paro
Arrive in Paro in the afternoon, welcomed by your Bhutanese tour leader who will brief you for the upcoming day’s program. Unwind overnight at the Kychu Resort, Paro. (D)
Day 2 Paro sightseeing
Today is spent exploring Paro, with a walk up to the 16th century cliff temples at Dzong Drakha. After lunch, meander the streets of the small township, or have a peek at the Queen Mother’s Winter Palace. Overnight Kychu Resort, Paro. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Tiger’s Nest Taksang Monastery
Today we take the 4-5 hour return trek to the famous Tiger’s Nest, Taksang Monastery and learn of the temple’s ancient legends. Perched some 600m up from Paro, it boasts spectacular valley views. Overnight at the Kychu Resort, Paro. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Trek day, Paro to Jili Dzong. 4 ½ hours (3,450m)
Starting from the Paro watchtower, one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture, we officially start our five day trek along this original mule track that once connected Bhutan to the Indian border. We use ponies to help us carry our trek bags as we wind slowly and evenly upward, enjoying the views below of Paro Valley. Tonight we camp in a clearing a few hundred feet below Jili Dzong monastery. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Trek day, Jili Dzong to Yak Herders’ Camp. 5 hours (3,770m)
An early visit to the Jili Dzong monastery reveals haunting stories and a large statue of Buddhist teacher and philosopher, Padma Sambhava. We continue our trek along a magical path through many different species of rhododendrons, viewing mountain peaks and possibly crossing paths with the local yak herdsmen. At Tshomphu Monastery witness a floating idol statue before continuing to the next camping site in yak herders camp. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Trek day, Yak herders camp to Jana Tsho 7 hours (3,956m)
Today, we climb and traverse a mountain ridge, before arriving high above Jimi Langtsho Lake, renowned for its plentiful trout supply. Take in the splendid views before zig-zagging down to the lake, hemmed thick with rhododendron and rocky bluffs. Our guide will unlock the mysteries of a large Chorten (religious obelisk) built on the side of the lake before we commence our ascent to the picture-perfect camp location of Lake Jana Tsho. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Trek day, Jana Tsho to Phadjoding 5-6 hours (3,690m)
Rhododendrons colourfully adorn the wide path which leads to the valley basin, as our guides regale local spirit stories of ‘Dungkar Tsho’ Lakes. As we cross these mountain tracks, we may meet monks on their way to visit the sacred lake of Jimi Langtsho. Now in glorious high mountain country, we cross the highest pass, the Simkota La (also known as Phume La), as well as passing a mountain once used for sky burials. We take in the many sights as we follow the weaving path down to Phadjoding, where we set up camp, rest, freshen up and visit the town’s gorgeous temples. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Trek day, Phadjoding to Thimphu. 2-3 hours (2,350m)
We rise early to take the wellworn path that leads to Thimphu, witnessing clear views of the Eastern Himalayas including Gangkar Punsum, the highest mountain in Bhutan. It only takes two to three hours of pleasant walking to reach the vehicles that will transfer us to our hotel. This afternoon explore Thimphu at your leisure or your guide will be happy to take you to visit a couple of the principal sights, including the late king’s Memorial Chorten, the Takin Reserve (home to Bhutan’s national animal) and the Textile museum. Overnight River View Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Thimphu sightseeing
Take in the full delights of Thimphu today with the opportunity to pick up some local souvenirs. Overnight River View Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Wangdi Kychu Resort via Punakha
Today we take Dochu La Pass to Punakha Dzong, the stunning religious and administrative centre of the region. One of Bhutan’s most historic buildings, it houses the remains of the original ruler of Bhutan, Nawang Namgyal. En route, we also aim to visit Drukpa Kunley’s temple, built in the centre of the Punakha Valley. Tonight we overnight at the To Wangdi Kychu Resort. (B, L, D)
Day 11 Paro
We complete our scenic drive back to Paro today, overnighting at the Kychu Resort, Paro. (B, L, D)
Day 12 Paro
Today, our tour of Bhutan comes to an end. Bid farewell to our fellow trekkers and continue on with your own arrangements. (B)
|12-day Cultural Tour, including 5-day Trek||04-Oct-15 to 15-Oct-15||Trekking|
How to Prepare
To ensure you have an enjoyable and safe trekking expedition we have developed some important pre-departure information to help you prepare. Our reservation staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Before you depart for your expedition we will send you a detailed pack including your itinerary, travel documents and any other essential information relevant to your voyage.
Our treks often venture into more remote country and cross mountain passes, with some also reaching high altitudes. Read more on our trek grading.
Fitness is an important aspect of any trekking holiday, especially in high altitude. The fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. It is also essential for resisting colds and illness during your trip.
The trek is suitable for anyone who loves hill walking and leads a healthy, active lifestyle. If you exercise regularly, we recommend as a minimum to train four to six months prior to the trip, walking for at least 3km, three times a week. If you are not normally active, you may need to increase your training to include 45 minutes of aerobic type exercise, three to six times a week. Ensure you train using your trekking gear, such as shoes and a backpack filled with 2-3 kilos.
As level ground is rare in the mountains, we also recommend to include some uphill training with a mixture of slopes and stairs into your training program. Remember to take the stairs wherever possible; not only does this build strength in your legs and buttocks, it is also one of the quickest ways to increase your fitness and expand your lung capacity.
You will be walking through undulating country for extended periods of time, albeit at an easy, comfortable pace. The distances are not great, however due to the amount of inclines and walking in high altitude, most people find that they are not able to maintain their normal pace. Our shortest walk is about three hours, whilst our last day is a full eight-hour day (including breaks).
The path itself is mostly a rocky, uneven surface, so good balance and stability is a must. Walking poles are provided for support only, you must be able to walk on uneven surfaces without them if required. We climb and descend an average of 300-400 metres each day, which can cause some pressure on knees, hips and joints. If you have any concerns please call our sales team to access your abilities on +61 2 9252 1033.
For treks going above 3,500 m we are very careful with acclimatisation to altitude, and our trekking schedules have been carefully designed to minimise the effects. We ascend slowly and ensure an adequate number of rest days to enable safe acclimatisation. It is still possible for mountain sickness to occur, so a close watch is kept on each group member by the leader, who is trained in recognising early symptoms of acute mountain sickness.
Medication such as Diamox is available to relieve the symptoms of altitude sickness. Please ask your doctor for advice before travelling. If you wish to find out more about acute mountain sickness visit http://www.himalayanrescue.org for more information.
Is your passport valid?
Your passport will be required to have validity that will extend to six months after the date of your return.
All nationalities require a visa for Nepal . It is your responsibility to obtain your own visa. Please visit these websites for more information on your Nepal Visa: http://www.nepalconsulate.org.au
Your Bhutan visa is included in your trip cost and will be organised by Aurora Expeditions.
For travellers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, a visa is currently not required for visiting Argentina and Chile for tourism purposes.
**Please keep in mind visa and passport requirements for countries you will pass through to reach your trek destination.**
All passengers are required to provide travel insurance details including policy number and emergency contact number to Aurora Expeditions prior to departure. We strongly recommend insurance coverage that includes emergency medical evacuation from remote areas.
Emergency contact details
So that you can be contacted in the case of an emergency, remember to provide your family or friends with a copy of your travel documents as well as Aurora Expeditions’ contact numbers.
Remember to pack any valuables or essential items such as medication in your hand luggage to avoid issues in the case of lost baggage.
How to Book
If you are interested in an Aurora Expeditions voyage, please contact our sales team to check availability.
Either email an expert here or call our experienced consultants direct on + 61 2 9252 1033 or 1800 637 688 (Freecall within Australia).
Complete a booking form
Once availability is confirmed, please download, print and complete the booking form. Please return it to us, along with your deposit to secure your berth. Please ensure you read the Terms and Conditions of contract before sending us your signed booking form.
Terms & Conditions
Click here to view the terms and conditions.
Preparation for your voyage
On receipt of the booking form, we will contact you to confirm your booking and our reservations staff will send you a comprehensive pre-departure kit. This kit will contain all necessary pre-departure information including visa information, insurance information, a medical and personal details form, comprehensive gear list and information tailored to your voyage.
Aurora Expeditions - Your Personal Travel Agent
Aurora Expeditions is a licensed travel agent. Our experienced reservations consultants all have specialised expertise on the destinations we travel to. Each voyage has a dedicated travel expert solely working on developing dynamic itineraries for our passengers. Contact our reservations team and allow us to create a personal itinerary to compliment your voyage, including airfares, accommodation, travel insurance and pre and post voyage travel options.
We look forward to assisting you with your journey of a lifetime.