The Thunder Dragon Trek (YTT52)

Country Visited: Bhutan
Days Grading Style Activities Price from
8
Guided
  • Trekking
  • Local & Cultural
  • Camping
₹ 49679 Basic
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Experience

Druk Path Trek is one of the finest short treks in Bhutan. Being the most prevalent in the country, it passes through stunning natural landscape of blue pine forests & dwarf rhododendron forests, high ranges and impeccable lakes while at the same time providing excellent prospects to visit some ancient lhakhangs, dzongs and villages. This relatively short, moderate grade trek leads from Paro valley to Thimphu valley crossing the chain of mountains that separate the two valleys. The route passes through sparsely populated places. One of the fascinating features of this trek is the presence of beautiful lakes enroute teeming with fish.
Minimum Age: 15 Years

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS TRIP 
Bhutan's classic short trek - the high route from Paro to Thimpu
High ridges and tranquil lakeside camps
Breathtaking views of the Himalaya including Jhomolhari and Jichu Drakye
Trekking through pristine landscapes in the Land of the Thunder Dragon

 

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Paro Open or Close

Arrive at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Today is for acclimatization, and its best done moving around. Spend your day at leisure, explore the markets, visit them little cafes and soak in the beautiful views from this little town.
Meals: None.

Day 2
Paro Open or Close

Today, visit the Dumsey Lhakhang and Paro Rinpung Dzongs and the National museum. Dumsey Lhakhang, an unusual chorten like temple built in 1433 by Thangthang Gyalpo, the famous engineer who built the Iron Bridge, houses some of the finest paintings in Bhutan. The temple built with the purpose to subdue the demons, is firmly chained from the ground. It is essential to carry a torch while visiting this temple representing Hell, Earth and Heaven. Rinpung Dzong is one of the most impressive Dzongs in Bhutan. Built in 1644, the original name is Rinchen Pung Dzong which was shortened and means the fortress on a heap of jewels. Some of the scenes from the film Little Buddha were shot here.
Meals: None.

Day 3
Paro - Jele Dzong; Trek (Approx. 10 km) Open or Close

Before the start of the trek, you can visit the National museum or Ta Dzong - meaning the watch tower. The first day is fairly short but it’s all uphill, gaining more than 1000 metres. Most groups start from the trailhead outside Paro’s National museum at 2470 metres. After 40 minutes, pass Kuenga Choeling Lhakhang (a Gelugpa School chapel showcasing photos of the Dalai Lama) at 2650 metres. A further hour’s climb takes you to the stone houses and apple orchards of Damchena (2880 metres) and finally to the campsite in a clearing known as Damche Gom, just below Jele Dzong (2985 metres).
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 4
Jele Dzong – Rabana; Hike/Walk (Approx. 10 km) Open or Close

Today’s walk is a short and enjoyable ridge walk, full of short ascents and descents; so there’s plenty of time for a morning visit to Jele Dzong. You might be lucky to see or hear monad pheasants during the day. The trail crosses to the east side of the ridge offering views down to Gimena village (look for its large goemba). Climb again and traverse around the west side of a cone-shaped hill to a saddle (3750 metres) and two clearings, the latter located below prayer flags. Five minutes ahead is Jangchhu Lakha, a yak pasture at 3760 metres. From here a lower trail continues 10 minutes to an often boggy camping spot at Tshokam (3770 metres). A better option is to take the higher trail for 25 minutes to the yak herders’ camp of Rabana (3890 metres), surrounded by mauve rhododendron forests.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 5
Jimilang Tsho - Simkotra Tsho; Trek (Approx. 11 km) Open or Close

Today, the trail climbs from the lower end of the lake through yellow rhododendrons to a ridge at 4010 metres, traverses the ridge, then descends to a single stone shelter. Following the ridge, you arrive at some prayer flags at 4050 metres overlooking Janye Tsho. Descend to a yak herder’s camp near the lake at 3880 metres before climbing again; veering eventually to the right to a ridge at 4150 metres offering views overlooking Simkotra Tsho. Descend to some stone ruins and your camp at 4100 metres. Horse drivers often push to continue over the next ridge to a better camp and grazing land at Labana; however your campsite for the night is at Simkotra Tsho
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 6
Rabana - Jimilang Tsho; Hike/Walk (Approx. 11 km) Open or Close

There are two trails to Jimilang Tsho. Most groups take the high trial because it offers better views, including (in good weather) a view of Jhomolhari and Jichu Drakye, the peak representing the productive deity of Paro. The lower trail descends from Tshokham into the upper Bemang Rong and then climbs via the yak pasture of Langrithang. Far below in the Do Chhu valley, you can see the yellow roof of Chumpu Ney, a pilgrimage spot famous for its statue of Dorji Phagmo. A steep 30-minute descent leads you to the shore of Jimilang Tsho). Jimilang Tsho means ‘Sand Ox Lake’ and was named for a bull that emerged from the lake and joined the cattle of a family that uses the area as a summer grazing ground. The lake is also known for its giant trout that was introduced in the 1970s.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 7
Simkotra Tsho -– Thimpu; Trek Open or Close

It’s a long climb past three false summits, before the trail descends to Labana camping place at 4110 metres, beside an almost-dry lake. There’s a longish climb to a group of cairns atop Labana at 4235 metres. The hill above the trail marks a seldom-used sky burial site. The trail descends gently to crest a minor pass at 4210 metres. There are views of Dochu La and Jhomolhari along this stretch. From here the trail descends to a final 4090 metres pass marked by a chorten. Below sprawls the entire Thimphu valley. Meditation centers and lhakhangs are scattered across the hillside. A descent on a maze of eroded trails through juniper and rhododendrons leads to a campsite beside the main Jampa Lhakhang at 3640 metres. The evening is free to explore Thimphu town on your own.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 8
Thimphu – Paro, Departure Open or Close

Transfer back to Paro airport for your onward journey.
Meals: Breakfast.

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Dates & Prices

 

Trip Starts on

Trip Ends on

Twin

Single Supplement

23rd Sept, 2016

30th Sep, 2016

INR 49,679

INR 10,665

 
  • Prices are per person on twin sharing basis and valid for Indian travellers.
  • Trip requires minimum 06 people to operate.
  • Travel Insurance covering medial and evacuation expenses is mandatory for all travellers.
  • Service tax of 4.50% for Indian nationals and credit card charges extra
  • Bhutan has a policy of differential pricing based on the nationality of the travellers. Non-Indians may contact us for the pricing. 

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • 7 Nights accommodation: 2 Nights at Hotel Gangtey palace or similar in Paro, 1 Night at Hotel Jhomolhari or similar in Thimphu and 4 Nights accommodation in the camp

  • 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners. 
  • Arrival and Departure Airport Transfers.
  • All land transportation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Services of an English-speaking Local Guide.
  • Sightseeing with admission fees as detailed in the itinerary.

Exclusions

  • Airfare, Visa, Insurance, Excess Baggage, Porterage.
  • Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages, meals not specified in the itinerary.
  • Single room and hotel upgrade supplement.
  • Entrance fees to attractions not specified in the itinerary.
  • Tips for hotel or restaurant staff, local guides and tour crew.
  • Personal expenditure (Laundry, telephone bill, minibar, shopping)
  • Extra Nights at the beginning or the end of the trip.
  • Any compulsory dinner or peak season surcharge.
  • Service Tax of 4.50% applicable for Indian tours and Indian Residents.
  • Optional Tours.

FAQs

Nationals from India, Bangladesh and Maldives can obtain visa on arrival.
 
Please note that most hotel check in timings are post 2 pm in the afternoon and checkout timing is 10 am.
Should you want to secure your room upon arrival earlier than this, we recommend that you take an extra
night or check on early check-in or late check-out charges with us.

Terms & Conditions

Detailed Registration Form is required to confirm services. Full payment is needed for travel documents to be sent.  Cancellation and amendment fees apply. Group travel is subject to minimum participants. All bookings are subject to availability at the time of booking. Active Holiday Company and supplier terms and conditions apply, as applicable. It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with our conditions as these are deemed accepted by you when you book a tour with us. Please read our detailed conditions here.

Accommodation

  • Paro         : Hotel Gangtey palace or similar
  • Thimphu : Hotel Jhomolhari or similar

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