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Following the classic Druk Path between Paro and Thimpu, we will trek through blue pine forests and along high ridges, camping by pristine mountain lakes.
With the snow-capped eastern Himalayas forming our backdrop, we’ll be rewarded with incredible vistas across magnificent landscapes.
Access to much of the country is restricted, though any trekker making the effort to explore this isolated, sacred region will receive a warm welcome.
Day 1: UK - Nepal
Depart London for Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer the Thamel area.
Day 3: Kathmandu – Paro (Trek approx. 4-5 hours)
A short flight takes us over the Himalayas to Paro. An acclimatisation hike takes us to the sacred Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, perched dramatically on a cliff’s edge.
Day 4: Paro – Jela Dzong (Trek approx. 6-7 hours)
We start our trek from the historic Ta Dzong, a striking round watch-tower which is now the National Museum, enjoying picturesque views over verdant Paro Valley. We camp at Jela Dzong, an old fortress-temple.
Day 5: Jela Dzong – Jangchulakha (Trek approx. 4-5 hours)
We ascend through alpine pastures and fir forests, following the ridgeline. We’ll catch our first glimpse of the revered Mt Chomolhari, the sacred second-highest mountain in Bhutan.
Day 6: Jangchulakha – Jimilang Tsho (Trek approx. 6-7 hours)
We climb further along a rocky trail, crossing several passes as we tackle the undulating ridgeline. Spectacular views across the valley to snow-capped mountains accompany us as we head to Jimilang Tsho, a pristine lake teeming with giant trout.
Day 7: Jimilang Tsho – Labana La (Trek approx. 7-8 hours)
We continue along the ridge, gaining height as we pass more crystal-clear lakes and yak herder camps which give us an insight into this nomadic way of life. The views back along the valley will reward us with immense satisfaction as we see how far we have come.
Day 8: Labana La – Thimpu (Trek approx. 6-7 hours)
Another morning, another steep climb! A strenuous hike takes us over Pumo La Pass. Look out to the snow-capped peak of Gangkar Puensum, Bhutan’s highest mountain and the highest unscaled massif in the world. As we descend, we pass the fascinating temple of Phajoding.
Day 9: Thimpu - Paro
Enjoy the cultural delights of Thimpu, Bhutan’s capital. An evening meal celebrates our big achievements!
Day 10: Fly Bhutan – Kathmandu
A short, scenic flight takes us to Kathmandu. We will enjoy an excursion during the day before returning to the airport for flight home
Day 11: Arrive UK
All transport from London to Paro return
Accommodation and camping equipment
All meals (enquire for detailed itinerary for exceptions)
Local guides and drivers
Local support and back-up equipment
Permits required for Bhutan
Entry to any other sites included in itinerary