The Druk Path and Thimpu Festival
Bhutan, Trek & Walk, 12 days - from £2,195 (land only) - from €3,075 (land only) - from $3,540 (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 where we transfer (1 hour) to the capital, Thimpu. We check into the hotel and make an initial visit to the festival ground.
Day 3: After breakfast we go to the festival site at the Tasichoedzong and spend the day here, watching the masked dances and taking in the sights and sounds of this remarkable event. Return to the Hotel.
Day 4: Today we have an excersion eastwards across the Dochu La to visit Punakha Dzong. After the visit, we return to our hotel in Thimpu.
Day 5: We make the return drive to Paro and climb up above the valley to our roadhead at the National Museum housed within an ancient watchtower. After visiting the museum we begin trekking above the Paro Valley, climbing steadily to the Jili La (3490m.). We then descend to a camp close to the Jili Dzong (3450m.). 5 - 6 hours trekking.
Day 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 for lunch. After lunch we drive to Paro and check into our hotel.
Day 10: We have a day in Paro for sightseeing including the 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 after breakfast. 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.