The Druk Path Trek and Paro Festival
Bhutan, Trek & Walk, 12 days - from £2,295 (land only) - from €3,215 (land only) - from $3,700 (land only)
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. Depending on flight times we may be able to go down to the festival site to see some of the masked dances.
Day 3: Today we vist the Paro Festival and have a full day at this remarkable event. As much a spectacle as the dancers and ceremonies are the thoufsands of Bhutanese who come here dressed in their finest. Afterwards we spend a second night at our Paro hotel.
Day 4: A pre-dawn awakening will reap the reward of the spectacle of the raising of the Thanka at the festival site. After breakfast we drive up to the ancient Paro watchtower now home to the Paro museum. here we start our trek, which today takes up high 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: Today, we take an excursion eastwards across the Dochu La, to visit the impressive dzong at Punakha. Return to overnight at Thimpu.
Day 10: We drive back to Paro and have the afternoon free to explore, including the option to hike up to Taktsang Monastery. Overnight in Paro.
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.