The Druk Path - Bhutan's Classic Short Trek
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services start with the evening meal.
Day 2: We take the spectacular flight along the chain of the Himalaya to Paro. Here, we meet our Bhutanese guide and drive to our nearby hotel in the Paro Valley.
Day 3: Visit Paro Dzong and the National Museum. Then, trek above the Paro Valley to the Jili La (3490m.). We descend to a camp close to the Jili Dzong (3450m.). 5 - 6 hours trekking.
Day 4: We follow the ridge past Jili Dzong with great views of Chomolhari and other western peaks to a camp in the grazing area of Rawana (3780m.). 11km. 5 - 6 hours trekking.
Day 5: Trek through coniferous forest and cross the Jangchu La (3880m.) to reach the lakes of Jimilangtso and then Janetso where we make camp. 15 km. 6 - 7 hours trekking.
Day 6: We make a gradual ascent to a saddle at 4180m. Continuing below rocky peaks we reach a pass at (4120m.) adorned with colourful prayer flags where we have sensational views of the snow-capped Himalyan peaks. From this pass we can see Thimpu far below and we descend to a camp near the Phajoding dzong. 13km. 5 - 6 hours trekking.
Day 7: An easy downhill stroll of only 1 or 2 hours through a forest of blue pine to the roadhead where we meet our vehicle for the short transfer to the Bhutanese capital of Thimpu. After lunch at our hotel, the afternoon is free for sightseeing.
Day 8: Drive eastwards across the Dochu La to visit Punakha Dzong and Wangdi Dzong. Overnight at a hotel in Wangdi.
Day 9: We make the highly scenic drive back across the country via Thimpu to Paro, where we check into our hotel.
Day 10: We spend the day in the lovely Paro valley, and make a visit to the "Tigers Nest" monastery at Taktsang.
Day 11: We take the morning flight to Kathmandu and transfer to the group hotel. We have a guided sightseeing tour of the city in the afternoon.
Day 12: KE Land Only package services end with breakfast at the hotel. Airport transfers are provided.
This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.