3.0 TREKKING (for 2012/2013)

3.1 Druk Path Trek (8 days itinerary with 5 days trekking)
Region : West 
Trek category : Light to Moderate
Highest point reached : 4,280m
Trek Style : In tents on trek
Start : Paro Museum (Paro)
Finish : Above Takin enclosure (Thimphu)
Tourist Profile : Healthy/fit but below 60 years of age with trekking experiences in the past
Departures:
Nov. 2012 : 02-09; 12-19.
Mar 2013 : 18-25; 20-27; 24-31.
April 2013 : 01-08; 10-17; 12-19; 15-22; 17-24; 22-29.
May 2013 : 01-08; 03-10; 05-12; 08-15; 10-17; 19-26.
Jun. 2013 : 02-09; 05-12; 07-14.
Sept. 2013 : 18-25; 20-27; 23-30.
Oct. 2013 : 02-09; 04-11; 06-13; 09-16; 14-21; 16-23; 20-27.

This is a short four to five days trek depending on how clients want. The Druk Path trek leads from Paro to Thimphu, following a traditional high route crossing a chain of mountains that separates the two valleys and is still used by local yak herders. Although the route is sparsely inhabited, there are wonderful lakes teeming with fish and the area is famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests that bloom from mid march till mid August.

Day 1: Bangkok/ Delhi to Paro
Day 2: Acclimatization/Excursion to Taktsang, Paro
Day 3: Trek Paro to Bjela Dzong (10kms, 4-5 hours)
Day 4: Trek Bjela Dzong to Jangchu lakha/Tshokam (11kms - 5-6 hours)
Day 5: Trek Tshokam to Jimilangtsho (10kms, 5-6 hours)
Day 6: Trek Jimilangtsho to Phajoding Gompa (20kms, 7-9 hours)
Day 7: Trek Phajoding Gompa to Thimphu (8kms, 3-4 hours)
Day 8: Departure


3.2 Jhomolhari Trek (13 days itinerary with 9 days trek)
Region: : West (Paro and Thimphu)
Level of trek : Medium
Highest point reached : 4,930 m
Trek Style : In tents on trek
Trek begins : Drukgyel Dzong in Paro
Trek ends : Dodena, Thimphu
Tourist Profile : Healthy/fit but below 56 years of age with trekking experiences in the past
Departures 
Oct. 2012: 02-14; 04-16; 06-18; 09-20; 11-23; 14-25.
Apr. 2013: 17-29; 19-01 (May); 21-03 (May); 24-06 (May).
May 2013: 01-13; 03-15; 05-17; 08-20; 10-22; 15-27; 17-29.
Jun. 2013: 02-14; 05-17.
Sept.2013: 18-30; 22-04 (Oct.); 25 Sept. – 7 Oct.).

This is the most popular medium level trek in Bhutan due to its easy access, beautiful terrain and spectacular views of the majestic snowcapped mountains and beautifully located camp sites only very few countries can boast of. Jhomolhari which means the deity of mountain goddess is believed to be the abode of the goddess Jhomo, also one of the most beautiful and impressive mountains in the entire Himalayan region. Located at the northwestern border with Tibet, the trek to the base camp of this dome shaped mountain provides an opportunity to experience the panoramic views of some of the world’s highest peaks. Further, you also see abundant wildlife: blue sheep, takin, Himalayan marmot and also elusive snow leopard and a variety of birds. You can also visit and interact with friendly nomadic people and visit some of their houses.

Brief itinerary:
Day 01: Drukair to Paro from Delhi/Bangkok/Kathmandu/Kolkatta
Day 02: Excursion to Paro Taktsang for acclimatization and spiritual protection
Day 03: Trek Drukgyel to Shana (15kms, 6 hours)
Day 04: Trek Shana to Thangthangka (22kms, 8 hours)
Day 05: Trek Thangthangka to Jangothang (17kms, 5-6 hours)
Day 06: Halt at Jangothang base camp
Day 07: Trek Jangthang to Lingzhi (18kms, 6-7 hours)
Day 08: Trek Lingzhi to Shodu (22 kms, 8-9 hours)
Day 09: Trek Shodu to Barshong (16 kms, 5-6 hours)
Day 10: Trek Barshong to Dolam Kencho (15 kms, 5-6 hours)
Day 11: Trek Dolam Kencho to Thimphu (18kms, 7- 8 hours)
Day 12: Drive Thimphu to Paro ( 56kms, 1 ½ hours )
Day 13: Drukair to Delhi/Bangkok/Kathmandu/or Kolkatta