5 Days Bhutan Trek.

(Druk Path Trek)

This is a very popular 5 days Bhutan Trek and goes to High Altitude and is moderately strenuous hiking in Bhutan. The 5 days Bhutan trek route passes through some beautiful High Altitude Lakes. You can come across diverse Flora as you pass through the ridge of the Mountain and you can see the beautiful view of the Himalayas around. This 5 days Bhutan trekking route starts from Paro near the National Museum and ends in Motithang, Thimphu. The highest point is 4110 m.

5 Days Bhutan Trek Overview:

Trek duration: 05 days.

Total duration: 10 nights / 11 days.

Starting point: Damchena, Paro.

End Point: Thimphu.

Difficulty level: Moderate.

Highest Point: 4110 m.

Itinerary for 5 Days Bhutan Trek:

Paro-dzong

Rimpung Dzong.

Day 01. Arrive Paro (2280 m):

Meet and greet at the airport and rive to the Hotel.

After lunch, we visit:

  • Ta Dzong built in 1656 and renovated in 1968, an ancient watchtower which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan.
  • Paro Rinpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels)” built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, visit to a Bhutanese Farm house.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Paro sightseeing – hike to the Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery:

Taktsang-(Tiger's-Nest)

Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest).

After breakfast, hike to the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery.

After Lunch, visit to:

  • Drukgyal Dzong built in 1649 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and is under renovation now.

On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King, Srongsen Gampo.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Day 03. Paro – Jele Dzong (Start of Trek):

A short trek which starts above the national museum at Damchena. If the weather is clear the Paro valley and the snow-capped mountains can be seen.  The campsite is near the Jele Dzong.  If the caretaker is there you can visit the Dzong.

Camp Altitude: 3560 m; Distance 10 Km; Walking Time 4 – 5 hours. (1090 m ascent).

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Jele Dzong.

Day 04. 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.

Camp Altitude: 3770 m; Distance 10 Km; walking time: 3 – 4 hours. (Ascent 310 m, Descent 50 m).

Day 05. Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso:

The trail follows the ridge and you can enjoy the views of mountains and valleys. We camp close to Lake Jimilangtso.

Camp Altitude: 3870 m; Distance 11 Kms; Walking time 4 hours, (330 m Ascent, 230 m Descent).

Day 06. Jimilangtso – Simkota (4-5 hours):

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Jimilangtso Lake.

We walk through dwarf rhododendron trees and cross the Janetso Lake.

Dinner and overnight camp.

Camp Altitude: 4110 m, 11 kms, walking time: 4 hours, (820 m Ascent, 400 m Descent).

Day 07. Simkota – Phajoding – Thimphu (2320 m):

Today we slowly descend down to Phajoding Monastery and you can see the Thimphu town and the valley below. Packed lunch will be served.

Altitude (End of Trek: 2520 m), Distance: 15 kms, walking time: 6 – 7 hours, (130 m ascent, 1820 m descent).

Day 08. Thimphu Sightseeing:

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National Memorial Chorten.

In the morning, visit to:

  • The National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
  • Largest and Tallest Statue of Sitting Buddha (51.5m).
  • Visit to Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.
  • The Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas.

After Lunch, visit to:

  • In the evening, visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan.

Day 09. Thimphu – Punakha (Altitude 1310 m, Distance 76 Km, 2 ½ hours drive):

After breakfast, drive to Punakha.

  • We stop for a while at Dochula pass to view the beautiful Higher Himalayas.
  • Visit the Royal Botanical Garden at Lamperi (If you are traveling from mid April – June).
  • Visit Chimi Lhakhang also called “The Temple of Fertility” built in 1499 by Lama Drukpa Kuenley also popularly known as “The Divine Madman”.
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Punakha Dzong

After lunch, visit to:

  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Male River and Female River.

In the evening, hike to the beautiful Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 10. Punakha sightseeing – Thimphu via Wangdiphodrang:

After breakfast, walk the longest suspension bridge across Pho Chu River (160 m).

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Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

Then drive to Thimphu via Wangdiphodrang.

  • View Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This Dzong is under renovation as it was destroyed by accidental fire in 2012.

Lunch at the Dochu La cafeteria. Afternoon, we hike Lungchutse trail – 3 hours.

  • This is one of the most rejuvenating and picturesque hikes in the Thimphu region. It can be done as a loop starting from Dochu La pass and finishing at Hongtsho village with Lungchutse goemba and Trashigang goemba visit. At Lungchutse, one can enjoy 360° view of the Himalayan mountain range.

You vehicle will pick you up at Hongtsho village.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town or witness Archery match.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 11. Thimphu – Paro (Departure):

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.