Trip Highlights

  • Cultural highlights of Bhutan and an outstanding short trek in Bhutan from Jele Dzong to Tsaluna,
  • Most Populated iconic Hamlet Takstang Monastery Hike – As known as Tiger’s nest monastery
  • Bhutan`s most renowned short trek - the high route from Paro to Thimpu,
  • Breathtaking  Scenery of the Himalaya including Chomolhari (7320m) and Jichu Drake (6900m)and vibrate color of  flora & fauna,
  • Trekking into  the Land of  Thunder Dragon

 

Our Bhutan Druk path trek and tiger monastery tour provides you an extra sheer of culture and uniqueness of beauty in this neighbor country of Asia. Bhutan geographically characterized by rugged terrain and steep mountain valley and recognized by subtropical in the south and sub-alpine zone in the north where exceeding 7000m altitude. Our Druk path trek is primly populated as its finest trek in Bhutan that provides picturesque colors of culture and history including experience of drift water fall, lush rhododendron forest, and landscape views behind the Mt. Gangkar Puensum (7,497m), Bhutan's highest mountain, cross the Dochula pass along the hiking trail. Starting from Paro exploring their landmark of Rinpung Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang temple and Ta Dzong. In the following day, you will hike Bhutan’s legendary but iconic hamlet of tiger monastery would gives you magnificent views of pine hills and surrounded colors of pilgrims. On the way of  our trip ,we also visit Memorial Chhorten, Punakha dzong, Chimi Lhakhang temple and Druk Wangyal Monastery. Our Druk Path Trek and days of culture tour in Bhutan ends where it started, in Paro.

Day 01: Katmandu (1310m/4298ft). Our airport representative will be received you at the airport and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at hotel

Day 02: An Morning at 9am Breakfast and sightseeing in Ancient historical Durbar squaer with Monkey Temple.evening trek/ tour  preparation for Bhutan .overnight at Hotel

Day 03: Transfer in Airport and Fly to Paro-2250m (Bhutan) Approx 1:20 Hour and upon Arrival Our Representative Tour Guide will take sightseeing around Paro. Overnight at Hotel

Day 04: Acclimatization hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery (3,180m)

Day 05: Trek start: Paro to Jele Dzong (3,480m/11,415ft( 4 - 5 hours

Day 06: Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha (3,770m/12,365ft (3 - 4 hours

Day 07: Jangchulakha to Jimilangtsho (3,880m/12,729ft (4 hours

Day 08: Jimilangtsho to Simkota (4,110m/13,480ft( 4 hours

Day 09: Simkota to Thimphu via Phajoding(2,350m/7,710ft( 5 hours: Trek Ends

Day 10: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours

Day 11: Punakha to Paro (2,250m/7,382ft): 130 km, 4 hours, Hike to Chimi Lhakhang

Day 10: Final Departure from Paro to Home country or Kathmandu Return.

This tour Itinerary is considered in such a way that we can modify our schedule as per your requirements in order to make your trip as pleasant as possible and the itinerary in details will provides, once the trip has been confirmed book

Trek Equipment

In order to fully enjoy your trekking and climbing tour in the Himalayas, or any other trek in the Nepal, having the right equipment is essential. The equipment is necessary depends on the type of trekking, teahouse or camping, and on the time of year, weather conditions, terrain, and maximum altitude.  

A properly packed backpack is light and includes multipurpose clothing items. Moreover, please make sure that you bring sufficiently warm clothes, especially during winter (Dec – Feb). Not having the required equipment and clothing will not only significantly decrease the pleasure of trekking, but could in a worst case scenario be life threatening. 

Below is a list of suggested clothing and equipment items to bring:

Clothing

  • Warm jacket – down jacket, if possible.
  • Water and windproof jacket (alternatively bring a poncho or umbrella)
  • Long sleeved synthetic fleece (windproof material, if possible)
  • Thermal underwear
  • Hat, pair of gloves and scarf
  • Comfortable hiking trousers (loose fitting
  • Shorts and trousers, or skirt
  • 2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks 
  • 2 pairs of running socks or liner socks 
  • Proper hiking boots
  • Running shoes and flip-flops
  • 2-3 t-shirts

Additional winter clothing comments

  • The outer jacket should be warm, down jacket is highly recommended during winter season
  • Bring a pair of warm winter trousers, in addition to the hiking trousers
  • Bring at least one windproof layer of clothes, helping to reduce any chill factor influence.
  • Snow gaiters

Equipment

  • Pair of polarizing sun-glasses (to be comfortable and to avoid potential snow-blindness)
  • Backpack 70-75ltr for Carrying porter during the trek with cover
  • Day backpack for self carry 40-45ltr with cover
  • Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries
  • Sleeping bag and silk liner(4 season)
  • 2 x water bottles or camel bag  but avoid cheap ones that can burst inside your backpack
     

Miscellaneous

  • Toiletries
  • A small light weight and quick drying towel
  • Bar of soap
  • Sunscreen (SPF +20)
  • Earplugs
  • Insect repellants
  • Personal First aid kid
  • Water purification tablets or a water filter
  • Toilet paper(Available number of tea houses along the trek)
  • Camera, battery etc
  • Binoculars
  • Books/magazines
  • Trekking poles(provide from Company)
  • GPS unit if have
  • Padlocks for guest house rooms and bags
  • Sewing/repair kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Dairy or notebook plus pencil/pen

Extra Optional:

Adapters (Nepal two prong, 220 volt plug; or just an international, universal adaptor)  
Personal snacks (candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu or at every guesthouse)

Step By Step company would not be able to include the cost of the package on website. Sometimes our clients would be confused about the cost of the package. To provide service in a reasonable cost and attempt to satisfy you, we would like to provide some information which directly affects the cost and help us to breakdown the cost. Below is the variable factors that would affect the cost in our website and package:

  • Vary with the size of group
  • Accommodation Style (Package included 3 star level)
  • Your budget
  • Mutual agreement with both parties before trip
  • Adjustment if activities are cancelled by request

 Itinerary

  • Can be modifying with the time and requirement of you
  • Charges would be confirmed by you
  • Activities could be added in or cancel out by your choice
  • Details are publish in full board services
  • Hotels in Kathmandu  can be chosen by you
  •  Assistance at the International airport by Step By Step Treks & Adventures representative on arrival and departure as per provided flight details.
  •  Accommodation on Deluxe Category in Kathmandu 03 Night as per Itinerary with open choices Breakfast
  •  Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey temple sightseeing with Owned Guide and Private tourist Transport
  • Accommodation on Deluxe Category Hotel in Paro & Thimpu , Approved by Bhutanese Government
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and tours in Bhutan
  • Tented accommodation during the trek
  • All entry/permit fees during the tour/trekking in Bhutan
  • All Accommodation with  twin sharing Lodge/Guesthouses during the Bhutan
  • Open choice Full board meals during the trek period (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Tea or coffee)
  • Tibet entry travel permit, Chinese visa and applicable entry fees during the trek/tours in Nepal/Bhutan
  • All Ground Private Transportation service by private Vehicle while Airport/Sightseeing
  • Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) approved Bhutanese  guide including his salary, foods, accommodation, insurance etc
  •  Neat & Clean Twine shared Private room during the trek period
  •  Group medical supplier (First aid kit will be Available)
  •  Travel & Rescue Arrangement for in case
  •  All applicable taxes and service charges
  •  Farewell Dinner
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu /  (costs roughly USD 15 to 20 per person per day) (Except Farewell dinner).
  •  Kathmandu Sightseeing entry fee (Cost USD 5 to 15) per person on each spot.
  •  All kinds of drinks in the mountain (cold /soft/juice drinks and alcoholic)
  •  Personal equipment
  •  International airfare Departure / Arrival from Kathmandu.
  •  Travel and rescue insurance.
  •  Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges)
  •  Tips for Tour Guide and driver (Tipping is expected).
  •  Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section
Please if needed any amendment on the above mentioned section or to know most update & latest pricing . Please Contact Us

Trekking Days are designed so that the walking is enjoyable and safe. The companionship of other trekkers and staff positive attitude creates great company and many memorable events. The day begins early at around 6.30 in morning with a cup of tea. Before breakfast, pack your gears into duffle bag by keeping some essential things in your daypack. After breakfast, we are usually on the trail by 8.00 a m and following a good morning's walk, we stop for lunch. About 1 - 2 hours lunch break that allows for the group meal, enjoy the surroundings, and catch up on your diary or reading. We reach our camp or teahouse by 4 pm as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. Having afternoon tea, side trips, games or other activities (optional) are generally organized. You can opt to relax, read, write diary, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with staff and local people or fellow trekkers. Dinner is normally served around 7.00 p m.

Typically our trekking holidays involve 4 -8 hours hiking per day, including a lunch stop. The trail varies from easy hiking on the lower elevation to the strenuous walking over 5000 meter in Himalayas. A common misconception is that if you are a slow walker you may hold people back - NOT SO. The group members often string out and there will be an hour or two between the first to arrive and the last. You walk at your own pace and stop when you fell like it. There will be always our trekking Sherpa, guides and porters at the front and the rear ensuring no one get lost.

We offer the OPEN AND CHOICE MENU in our teahouse trekking where you can select the food you like on your breakfast, lunch and dinner time. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the hygienic, plentiful and nutritious food. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. Properly boiled water is served for drinking on breakfast and dinner time.

In the case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; you shall be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back in Kathmandu.

Safety is our Top Most Agenda while organizing trips in Himalayas. All our trekking group leaders / guides have undertaken the Wilderness First Aid Medical Course and years of experience have taught them to deal with any adverse situations from diarrhea to Acute Mountain Sickness. We carry Portable Altitude Chamber (hyperbaric bag) along with a comprehensive medical kit. We plan adventure travel trips so that safety and comfort are not compromised.

Trekking in Nepal Himalayas is an adventure holiday thus do not expect shower each day .  Now days, some of the teahouses up to 4000 meters have hot shower facilities depending on the trekking regions. Laundry services are available at limited place on trek.

Yes.  There are dozens of trekking shops in the Thamel area of Kathmandu.  Our trekking guide / staff will be happy to assist you on this matter if needed.

Definitely!  Our airport representatives will come at the airport to welcome and transfer you to your hotel. Do check the Step By Step Treks clip board on your arrival in Kathmandu airport outside the arrival terminal hall.  Make sure you have provided your flight details to us in advance.

We book clean and comfortable teahouse which we know very well. Our standard trips are based on twin bedded sharing accommodation. We can book private room for you if you like, at an additional cost as per your requirements.

Our Company, being a professionally managed trekking company base in Nepal, we have a policy of employing competent Local Trekking Group Leaders and Guides, who care the fragile environment, knows Nepal better and have empathy to porters and staff. They are fluent in English and have undergone extensive Trek leader and Guide courses, wilderness first aid, mountaineering, eco-trekking training etc to ensure that they are fully competent in all aspects of trekking, climbing, nature and conservation, first aid to high altitude medicine. All of them have years long trip leading experience and high dedication on rendering the qualitative services. Many of them have work experienced on international adventure travel companies.

We are aware on the protection of fragile environments while organizing trekking and climbing trips. We discourage in buying the plastic bottle mineral water as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these.  We do provide properly boiled drinking water on all Everest region trips where our staff properly boiled drinking water on Kerosene for you. We recommend that you collect the safe drinking water from local station or teahouse in Annapurna region.

To book your place on any our trips, please fill up the online booking form at our website www.stepbystepadvt.com and send it to us along with the trip deposit amount of US$ 30%.. Deposit can be paid by bank / wire transfer or any easy option that makes you confortable. On receipt of your booking details, we will send you Trip Confirmation once we get your Advance Booking Paid.for more details of the please visit the link Booking condition 

Fitness is perhaps the key factor in the trek. Most people of average fitness for their age could complete the adventure trekking in Himalayas. On all holidays, physical preparation is useful and a flexible, open-minded approach is essential. You can take your time, set your own pace and enjoy the most fascinating surroundings. Most first-time trekkers are concerned that they won't keep up. They soon discover that a steady and moderate pace will have them in destination well before they would have expected. Trekking is not walking competition, but walking holidays in own pace. However, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it, and you will have enough energy for extra activities. The best preparation for trekking is cycling, swimming, jogging, squash, tennis and long walks involving up and down hill.

We are committed on the welfare of our staff from Trek Leaders / Guides to Sherpas, Cooks and Porters. We ensure good wages, salary, provident fund, proper insurance to the equipment and clothing needed for all staff including porters. They are our kind and kin as well as the backbone of adventure industry in Nepal.

No, you can't get in Nepal. It is a condition of joining any of our trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.

Travel insurance is mandatory and obtaining for the days you are trekking is your responsibility. We suggest World Nomads as it covers Helicopter and medical evacuation up to 6000m. Some standard policies only cover up to 4000 meters for evacuation so please confirm with your insurance company if you purchase it from another company.For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. You need to send us your copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.

In the case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; you shall be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back in Kathmandu/Pokhara

Our Compnay  trip itineraries have been professionally designed to minimize the effects of High altitude sickness. Extensive medical kits are carried on all our trips. In addition, Portable Altitude Chamber (a life saving device) is being carried as a safety backup on high altitude treks and climbing expeditions. All our trekking group leaders / guides are well trained in Wilderness First Aid Course who are competent to diagnosis it and to act accordingly on the very spot.

Available almost each teahouse at a cost of usually about 2-3 US$ per hour for re- charging batteries. We use the voltages 220-240 volts to power their appliances and two points plugs are recommended to bring.

If you want to take your phone with you, there is a good chance that it will work in most major cities.althought,nowadays,everywhere WIFI can access even most of trekking part.Annapurna region/Everest are common access point for WIFI network.but depending network sometime get worse as nothing better.also can get the local mobile sim card in Kathmandu.

It is notoriously difficult to predict the weather condition in Himalayas. Off course days are warm and nights are cold. There can be a snow or rain storms at any time. Between 1000 and 3500 meter the temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to 5 deg C low. At higher altitude, the temperature ranges from 20 deg C to -10 deg C. During winter it is around 10 deg colder. Good polarizing sunglasses (not trendy fashion one) for high altitude and large brimmed hat are really helpful. Expect the unexpected.

Tipping is an accepted part of trekking although it is completely personal matter. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. Budgeting up to 10 % of the trek cost as tipping could be a guideline.

Its sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we can not offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

Our treks are all-inclusive. We cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible.. Travelers generally bring a small amount of pocket money to cover bottled water, snacks, or tea beyond your included meals, souvenirs, tips, or donations to monasteries along the route (if you are inclined to give one). Trekkers find that around $20 a day is reasonable for these extras.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal/Bhutan

Trip Grade : Moderate 

Max Elevation : 4110m

Best Time : Sep/March/November/April/May

Activities : Trekking and Culture Tour

Trip Mode : Lodge/Resort

Total Duration : 10 Days

Group Size : 02 – 14 People

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