Day 1: Arrive Paro
The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. Your Bhutanese escort from AkuDrukpa Tours will greet you on arrival, and then drive you the short distance to the hotel. After tea, visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an
ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum . Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. In the evening, drive in the evening to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan , the Dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an
unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. Dinner and over night in Hotel.
Day 2. Paro – Jele Dzong (Start of Trek)
Today is a short trek. The trek begins above the National Museum ; we climb till we reach camp. If the weather is clear the Paro valley and the snow-capped mountains can be seen. The campsite is near the old Jele Dzong. If the caretaker is there you can visit the Dzong. Altitude 3,350m; Distance 10 Km; Time 3 – 4 hours.
Day 3. Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha
The trek starts with a short climb and then passes through a thick alpine forest of rhododendron and gradually climbs till we reach camp. You may see yak herders around your campsite. Altitude 3,700m; Distance 12 Km; Time 4 – 5 hours.
Day 4. Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso
The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valleys are beautiful. Our camp is close to Lake Jimilangtso . These lakes are known for their giant sized trout, and if lucky, you may enjoy well-prepared trout for dinner. Altitude 3,800m; Distance 16 Km; Time 6/7 hours.
Day 5. Jimilangtso – Simkota. (4-5hours)
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees past the lake of Janetso . Overnight camp.
Day 6. Simkota – Phajoding
From here we slowly descend down to Phajoding Monastery from where Thimphu town is visible at the valley floor. Overnight camp.
Day 7. Phajoding – Thimphu
It is the short trek to Thimphu valley through dense forest. Lunch at Thimphu . After lunch drive to Paro. Dinner and Overnight in Hotel at Paro.
Day 8: Departure
Departure: Early morning, drive to the airport and see off.
Enchanted Lakes of Paro
Trekking is the only way to see the pristine lakes between Paro and Thimphu. Local legend has it that the spiritual energy in these lakes is so strong, it prevents them from icing during winter. These places are very holy so please be extra respectful!