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Druk Path Trek

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Difficulty Level
  • Moderate Moderate

    Grade *** (Demanding)

    Reasonable
    The degree is characterizing with rough trail, steep up and down, acquaintance to altitude, which is between 1000m to 4150m. It requires the good health conditions and level of fitness.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

Trip Duration

9 Days.

Trip Review's

Trip Budget

USD 2150

Druk Path Trek

Druk Path treks is an ideal trek for them who have limited days including the Paro and Thimpu. The trek enables to visit countryside, mountains, high-altitude meadows, monasteries and also glacial lake.

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Overview

Druk Path trek is an ideal trek for them who have limited days including Paro and Thimpu. The trek enables to visit the countryside, mountains, high-altitude meadows, monasteries and also the glacial lake. Walking to ruined Jeli Dzong is the lien in the high ridge above the Paro Valley from where you can see Mt. Chomolhari.

The trekking routes involve several passes and camping over the hill. The stunning views of mountains lakes and yak herders campsites and the Tibetan Himalaya; Jitchu Drake, Gangkar Puensum etc. make the trip much enjoyable. In addition, the Taktsang Monastery is always impressive in Paro. During the trek, we visit the several dzongs in different places; Taschichho Dzong at Thimpu in ones.

  • Start From: Paro.
  • Finish At: Paro.
  • Countries: Bhutan
  • Destination: Simkotra
  • Max. Altitude:4090 Meters.
  • Physical rating:
  • Trip Code: ATAH-BDT
  • Group size: Minimum One
  • Daily walking Hour: Approximately 5-6.
  • Activities : Tours & Trekking.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01
    Arrival at Paro Airport (2,280m)

    You will be welcomed at the airport by our airport representative and transfer to the hotel. After lunch, you will visit Paro Dzong and National Museum and in the evening walking around local streets.


    Overnight at a hotel
  • Day 02
    Day excursion from Paro to the Taktsang Monastery

    Today you will hike up to the Taktsang Monastery a dramatic Tiger Nest built in 1600; incredible monastery grips to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900m. According to the history, a Guru called Padma Sambhava landed here on the back of flying tiger to meditate. He had meditated there for three months and established Buddhism.


    Overnight at a hotel
  • Day 03
    Trek from Paro to Jele Dzong (3,436m) - Distance: 8 kms - 5 hrs

    Today is the shortest trekking of trip; you just trek to above National Museum and gradually ascending up to an old Jele Dzong.


    Overnight at Tented Camp
  • Day 04
    Trek to Jangchulakha (3,962m) - Distance: 9 kms - 5 hrs

    Todays trail is through the thick alpine and rhododendron forest, from where you can see fine views of snowcapped Himalaya, and along the trail, you can some pheasants, birds, and animals.


    Overnight at Tented Camp
  • Day 04
    Trek to Jimilang Tsho (3,880m) - Distance: 10 kms - 6 hrs

    The trail follows the ridge and team will set up the camp nearby Lake Jimilangtsho.


    Overnight at Tented Camp
  • Day 05
    Trek to Simkotra (4,090m) - Distance: 7 kms - 4 hrs

    Trail goes through the continuous rhododendron forest by crossing Janetsho, campsite of yak herders, and finally set up camp nearby Simkotra Lake.


    Overnight at Tented Camp
  • Day 06
    Trek to Thimphu via Phazoding - Distance: 14 kms - 7 hrs

    Today you off to Thimpu, in beginning the trail is gradually climb and descend to Phajoding monastery. Along the route, and from the top you will see the majestic mountain views including Ganker Phuenum- the highest peak of Bhutan. The trail to Thimpu is all the way to downhill through the blue pine forest.


    Overnight at a hotel
  • Day 07
    Drive from Thimphu to Paro

    Today you will have city tour around the Thimpu and drive to Paro. During the tour you will visit National Library, Traditional Medicine Institute, Arts & Crafts School, Textile, and Folk Heritage Museum, National Memorial Chorten, Zilukha Nunnery, Traditional paper factory, Zilukha Nunnery, Takin mini Zoo, Handicrafts Emporium, local shops and evening drive to Paro.


    Overnight at a hotel
  • Day 08
    Transfer to international airport for your final departure.

    After breakfast, our airport representative will pick you up and drop off to the international airport.


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Trip Includes

  1. Pick up and drop off from airport to hotel and hotel to airport in private vehicle
  2. Welcome drinks country presentation and briefing about the tour.
  3. Government Approved accommodation in Twin Sharing Basis.
  4. All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and, Tea & Snacks).
  5. Drinking water (Mineral water)
  6. Licensed English-speaking Bhutanese tour guides.
  7. Private transportation and luggage van or light truck for group transportation. And for high altitude horse, mules or yaks will carry if require.
  8. Entrance fees of Monument and museums during the sightseeing
  9. Cultural Folk dance with traditional mask (Only for group tours)
  10. Bhutan visa fees
  11. Government royalty (35% of $200), which goes to the countrys health and education projects.
  12. All route access and monument entry permits and fees.
  13. All government taxes, official expenses and tourist service charges.

Trip Exclude

  1. International airfare and airport departure taxes. (Please contact us for the Druk Air flight booking).
  2. Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges worth a minimum of USD 50,000 per person).
  3. Expenses of personal nature, such as laundry.
  4. Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  5. Personal trekking and/or climbing equipment.
  6. Tips for tour guides, porters, driver, and hotel lobby and in restaurants. (Tipping is expected.
  7. Other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.

Altitude Sickness Info

Acute Mountain Sickness may happen when the travellers rapidly up to the height of 3000m. Our itineraries are designed with rest days. Once when you arrived in high altitude, your acclimatization line will rise your body to start adjust. The commonly happened in altitude are shortness of breath, light headache, whereas the mountain sickness is quite different which involves the severe headache, vomiting etc.

The trained and expert guides will everyday advise you about your health conditions, requirements and altitude sickness while you are trekking, hiking and climbing. That’s why you should not be worry about the sickness. Also we would like to recommend you to meet your doctor, advisor before you start your travel.

Given some information helps you to get rid from the Acute Mountain Sickness.

There are three stages of altitude sickness and symptoms.
Normal AMS Symptoms

The given altitude symptoms may every trekkers will have experience but no worries these are common.

  1. Need more sleep than normal sleep time
  2. Occasional loss of hunger.
  3. Vivid, wild dreams especially at around 2500-3800 meters in altitude.
  4. Periodic breathing.
  5. Runny nose.
  6. Increasing urination while moving to/at higher altitudes (a good sign).
  7. Dizziness.

Minor symptoms
The trekkers when they entry on high Himalayan Valleys get mild AMS that your having symptoms. The symptoms to be altitude sickness at least you have given one indication.

  1. Hard to breath.
  2. Dizziness.
  3. Runny nose.
  4. Loss of hunger.
  5. Weakness.
  6. Nausea.
  7. Mild headache

What to do when Minor Symptoms does not stop?

  1. If the symptoms developing while walking, then stop and take relax, drink water. Drink frequently.
  2. If symptoms do not stop and developing continuously then stop take rest and drink water and take Diamox of 125 -250mg. Drink more water.
  3. If symptoms growing in the evening, take 125-250mg Diamox and drink plenty of fluids again.
  4. If symptoms partially go away but are still annoying it is safe to take another 250mg Diamox 6-8 hours later.
  5. If the symptoms continue getting worse then you have to descending for a few hours which is more merits than staying at the same altitude.

Serious AMS Symptoms
The given conditions are quite danger so descend immediately.

  1. Severe headache.
  2. Persistent vomiting and dizziness.
  3. Ataxia (loss of co-ordination, an inability to walk in a straight line, making the sufferer look drunk).
  4. Losing consciousness (inability to stay awake or understand instructions.
  5. Hallucinations.
  6. Liquid sounds in the lungs.
  7. Very persistent, sometimes watery, cough.
  8. Difficulty breathing.
  9. Rapid breathing or feeling breathless at rest.
  10. Coughing clear fluid, pink phlegm or blood (a very bad sign).
  11. Severe lethargy/fatigue.
  12. Marked blueness of face and lips.
  13. High resting heartbeat (over 130 beats per minute).
  14. Mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.

Dangerous cases of AMS

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

The brain swelling with the fluid is HACE. It involves disorientation, lethargy and nausea. Before attacking the HACE, patient will have the symptoms of fever, ataxia, photophobia, and rapid heartbeat. Unconsciousness and coma from HACE can be lead to death within 12-20hrs from the onsets of symptoms. In the initial phase of ataxia begin treatment with medication, oxygen and dexamethasone.

Normally, 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose, then 4mg every six hours, Diamox every 12 hours and 2-4 liters /minute oxygen. The patient must have to be descended.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

The condition, that buildup the fluid in the air sacs of lungs is HAPE. HAPE symptoms start progressively within 2-4 days in high altitude. Shortness of breath at rest, cough, weakness and chest tightness and at least two of; fast heart beat rate, wheezing heard in lungs, bluish appearance of the skin are the symptoms of HAPE. Descent to the lower altitude is needed if patient does not get better with oxygen. The Gamow Bag may be use to the lower altitude if a person is in the backcountry unable to descend immediately because of weather.

Prevention of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

1. Plenty of acclimatization above 3500 meters.
2. Do not take sleeping pill, no alcohol and smoking
3. Drink more water (Boiled, mineral/ clean or treated) or any fluids – at least 4 litters per day.
4. Climb up high altitude and sleep at low altitude.
5. Never do trek/ travel without guide and porters
6. Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local, and guidebook.
7. Must have to decent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.

First Aid Kit
First aid kit is a basic list of common medicines.
1. Bandage for sprains
2. Plasters/Band-Aids
3. Iodine or water filter (optional)
4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters
5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts
6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
7. Aspirin/Paracetamol - general painkiller
8. Oral rehydration salts
9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (Norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)
10.Anti-diarrhoea medication (antibiotic)
11. Diarrhoea stopper (Imodium - optional)
12.Antibiotic for Guardia or similar microbe or bacteria
13.Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness)
14.Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)
15.Gel hand cleaner.

Equipment List

This is a section where you get the general idea equipment that you need in Druk Path Trek. The important and serious part of equipment selection depends on the trekking season, trekking days, and maximum altitude.

Trekkers personal goods such as money purse, cameras, cell phones and the cosmetic items that you need in day time, while you are hiking. Porter carries others your heavy equipment.
Initial

  1. Day Pack
  2. Duffel Bag
  3. Down jacket and sleeping bag
  4. Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  5. Baseball cap can protect your ear and neck from the sunlights.
  6. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears
  7. Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety
  8. UV protection glacier glasses with side shields and a hard-sided storage case. In high altitude automatically the atmosphere is thinner than low altitude so, the sunlights are quite strong in mountain, which affect our eyes. For those people who are wearing the prescription glasses, please requesting you to speaks with your doctor about the prescription glacier glasses.
  9. Headlamp: Headlamp is a one of the basic for you during the trek because treks are in mountain where not plenty of electricity is. Make sure to bring extra lithium batteries.

Hand

  1. A pair of liner synthetic/ woolen gloves for the mild days.
  2. A pair of heavy woolen gloves for morning and evening time.
  3. A pair shell gloves or mitts Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Core Body

  1. Two cotton t-shirts.
  2. A synthetic t-shirt.
  3. Two long sleeve polyesters, light colored shirts for sunny days. V-neck zipper provides additional venting options which are good for changing temperatures.
  4. A soft shell jacket, water resistant, with insulation, underarm ventilation zippers. Full front zipper is preferable for ventilation.
  5. A medium to heavy weight expedition down parka w/hood.
  6. For women two synthetic sports bras, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Three pairs nylon-hiking shorts, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton
  3. Two pair lightweight long underwear
  4. A pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferabl
  5. Two pair trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees.
  6. A pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best
  7. A pair cotton pants
  8. Especially for the women a full length skirt.

Feet

  1. At least four pair of liner socks, synthetic.
  2. Three pair heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks
  3. A pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail and also on lodges at the time of dinner.
  4. A pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Make sure the size and should have to be avoidable for blister.
  5. A pair light trekking shoes or sneakers to wear in and about camps or lodge
  6. Sandals are optional for the trek.

Medicine and First Aid

  1. Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  3. Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  4. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness

 

Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics.
Miscellaneous, but Important

  1. Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
  2. Airline ticket(s)
  3. Visa (if required and acquired in advance)
  4. Immunization record
  5. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money and passport
  6. Two water bottles one liter wide-mouth Nalgene and one insulator
  7. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  8. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its effectiveness over time
  9. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc

Optional

  1. A pair of adjustable trekking poles, this is great for downhill trek, and even it is listed in optional.
  2. Favorite snack foods, two pounds for maximum limits.
  3. Books and other devices for relax during the trek and rest time.
  4. For your records, camera, a DSLR, Go-Pro Cameras.
  5. Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
  6. A urination bottle for men and a pee funnel for woman, as you might want to void that chilly late night trip
  7. A small stainless steel thermos

The above list guides for you to buy the goods. There are so many options for you, they different brand and version, so it would be better to buy as per your experience. Most of the things are easily available in Kathmandu as well in cheap price.

Please Note:
The tight fighting clothing such as made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals. So if you find these items comfortable please kindly wear top of them.

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Trip Map

Trip Highlights

  • Taktsang Monastery/ Tigers Nest
  • Views of Mt. Gangker Phuensum
  • Lake Jimilangtsho
  • Sightseeing around Thimphu
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I have never thought of myself as a hiker or a trekker, but somehow, the idea of trekking through the Himalayas and venturing through Nepals and the worlds highest mountain seems exhilarating and almost out of reach. I did the trek to Mount Everest Base Camp in October 2013, and it was and still is one of the best experience in my life. We had Gyanu as our guide for the entire trip and not only has he been patient with a beginner trekker like myself, he explained and shared with us his cult Linda Nguyen
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