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Activities
  • 5 day trek
  • Day Walks, talks, readings, walking exercises
Accommodation
  • 6 nights 4* accommodation
  • 4 nights camping
Meals
  • 10 Dinners
  • 10 Lunches
  • 10 Breakfasts

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Trip Code: JLB

Trekking along the Druk Path Trip highlights


  • Travel in the company of Himalayan expert, author and curator, Jono Lineen to experience and reflect on the power of walking
  • Absorb the sweeping views of the sacred Jomolhari Peak (7326m)
  • Trek along the ancient Druk Path in the company of an expert guide and crew
  • Short talks, readings and walking exercises facilitated by Jono
  • Fanastic day walks in and around Paro and Thimphu
  • Experience the beauty of Bhutan's rhododendron forests, lush alpine meadows and tranquil high altitude lakes
  • Climb high above the Paro Valley to Taktsang 'Tiger's Nest' Monastery
  • Discover the monasteries and market places of the capital, Thimphu
  • Receive a signed copy of 'Perfect Motion: How Walking Makes Us Wiser', by Jono Lineen

Join Himalayan expert Jono Lineen on an incredible trip to the Kingdom of Bhutan, visiting cultural sites in Thimphu and Paro that reflect the deep cultural heritage of this remarkable Buddhist Kingdom and walking the five day Druk Path trek. In the company of Jono and local guides we follow trails that lead high above the Paro and Thimphu valleys to gain unrivalled views of the Himalayan peaks that define the borderlands of Bhutan and Tibet. There is ample opportunity to delight in the pristine forests of conifer, oak and rhododendrons as well as encountering yak herders as they establish their summer encampments.

Jono has been visiting and trekking in the Himalayas for almost 30 years. He is a curator at the National Museum of Australia and has a deep knowledge of Himalayan art and Buddhist culture. Jono has written three books featuring the mountain range; River Trilogy, Into the Heart of the Himalayas and his most recent work Perfect Motion. In Perfect Motion Jono investigates the power of walking, how it makes us more creative, helps us to learn, strengthens our resilience and provides us with a way of making sense of life. During the trip Jono will be present a series of short talks, readings and walking exercises that will help participants more fully understand and integrate the concepts investigated in the book.

Staying in well appointed accommodation in Paro and Thimphu and undertaking a fully serviced camping trek, this trip is not to be missed.


On arrival in Paro you will clear Bhutan customs and immigration before being welcomed by your Bhutan group leader and transferred to your hotel. At our hotel our Bhutan guide will brief you on your stay in Bhutan and you'll have a chance to freshen up before embarking on your first acclimatization hike to the less visited Zuri Temple, perched on the hilltop overlooking the vast Paro Valley. Later in the afternoon visit the Paro Dzong which is the monastic and administrative centre for South-West Bhutan. We also visit the original fort - the Ta Dzong that now houses the National Museum of Bhutan with excellent displays of all facets of the countries rich cultural history. Old costumes and battle dress, together with priceless jewellery and specimens of the kingdom’s unique flora and fauna are included within the museum. We'll enjoy a welcome dinner this evening. Overnight Himalayan Keys Forest Resort, Paro

Meals:  L,D

Our day in Paro includes a hike to Taktsang Monastery. The two to three hour ascent provides an excellent opportunity to acclimatise and to get the feel for your boots before commencing your trek. Taktsang Monastery - the site of the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery which is one of the divine resting places of Guru Ringpoche. After visiting Taktsang monastery, an unforgettable experience, we return to our hotel and prepare for our trek tomorrow. Overnight Himalayan Keys Forest Resort, Paro

Meals:  B,L,D

After a short drive to the Ta Dzong we commence our trek along a well defined trail through a series of small settlements where Tibetan refugees have established their homes since 1959 and then ascend through a forest of blue pine and silver birch for a further two hours. Just above the treeline we reach an alpine glade and the Jilli La (3580m) and gain fine views back down the Paro Valley. It’s a short distance onto camp in a beautiful sheltered clearing to the east of the pass (3490m). In the afternoon we visit the nearby Jilli Dzong, an impressive fort-cum-monastery with panoramic views. Distance approx 5.5km/Ascent 637m Overnight camping

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we hike for 4-5 hours, through beautiful, coniferous forests. The trail meanders over mountain ridges and descends to rushing streams. Fantastic views of Paro are again a feature of the days trekking. Our camp site for the night is a broad meadow named Rabana. Distance approx 10.5km/Ascent 719m/Descent 184m)

Meals:  B,L,D

Another spectacular day as we continue north along an alpine ridge. En route we cross a series of small passes in the vicinity of 4050m each marked by a stone memorial and an abundance of prayer flags. From the passes there are spectacular views of the peaks that form the border with Tibet. From our lunch spot we will glimpse our campsite on the shores of the Jimilang Tsho and in the afternoon we descend to the lake, first across alpine meadows and then through rhododendron and conifer forest. Overnight camping. Distance 11.5km/Ascent 852m/Descent 342m

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is the longest hike on our trek. From the Jimilang Tsho camp the trail ascends through rhododendron forest before traversing a series of grazing meadows. It takes around three hours to arrive at the secluded lake of Janye Tsho (3950 metres) where we take a break. Thereafter the trail features short ascents and descents before we reach the campsite above Simkota Tsho (4050 metres). The peaks around the high lake are sacred and used for traditional ‘sky burials’. Encounters with yak herders are common in this alpine area. Distance 15km/Ascent 270m/Descent 450m

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we scale the Phumela pass (4210m). In clear weather we are rewarded with a splendid Himalayan panorama including Gangkar Puensum, Bhutan's highest peak. We also have a bird’s eye view of Thimphu now directly below us. We continue our descent to Phajoding Goemba (3650m) and take time to visit the monastery. Phajoding takes its name from the saint Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, who meditated there in the 13th century and is considered one of the most sacred meditation sites in Bhutan. The monastery itself is an open complex that comprises many holy buildings and relics and a State monastic school that currently houses just over 80 monks. In the afternoon we descend into the Thimphu Valley through more pine and rhododendron forest before arriving in Thimphu where we check into the hotel for a well-deserved shower and rest. Overnight Druk Hotel, Thimphu

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we have some more relaxing walks to Tango and Cheri Gompas at the head of the Thimphu Valley. Both are close together so we'll hike to Tango in the morning, have a picnic lunch by the Tango Rong Chu (river) and then walk to Cheri in the afternoon. Tango monastery was founded by the ‘divine madman’ Lama Drukpa Kunley. Cheri is Bhutan’s original monastery founded in 1620 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, a Tibetan saint who came to Bhutan and unified the country introducing the concept of Dual system of rule. The Desi was the political ruler and the Je Khenpo the Spiritual ruler which is still practised to this date. Overnight Druk Hotel, Thimphu

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we drive to Dochu Pass (approx 1 hr drive) and then undertake a walk to Lungchutse Gompa for fabulous views of the Bhutan Himalayas to the north. Dochu Pass is adorned with 108 stupas, thousands of prayer flags and features panoramic views of the eastern Himalayas. After some leisure time around the pass and a cup of tea we walk to Lungchutse Lhakhang (3,566m). The trail follows the ridge through hemlock, birch and rhododendron forests until reaching Lungchutse Lhakang. We visit the temple, appreciate more incredible views and then continue to Tashigang Gompa where our car will pick us up and head back to Thimphu. In the late afternoon, visit the national stadium to see if we can witness an archery match in session. Bhutanese are keen archers and the national contest amongst teams may last for days to determine a winner. Overnight Druk Hotel, Thimphu

Meals:  B,L,D

Sightseeing trip to the Trashi Chho Dzong. The main Dzong (castle) of Thimphu which still houses many government officials. The Dzong was the site of the present King’s coronation in 2008. Visit National Textile Museum, Bhutan’s best museum for understanding the many textile styles across the country. Visit National Institute for Zorig Chusum (National Handicraft Museum)which provides instruction in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts (painting (furniture, thangkas), woodcarving (masks, statues bowls), embroidery (hangings, boots, clothes), statue making). Farewell dinner and overnight Thimphu.

Meals:  B,L,D

Morning transfer to Paro Airport for your onward flight.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 10 dinners
  • airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 11
  • English speaking local guide
  • 4 star accommodation in Paro and Thimphu
  • a signed copy of Jono's book, 'Perfect Motion'
  • the use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
  • all group camping equipment
  • private vehicle transport
  • permits and entry fees and local guide in the National Park
  • all park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • animals to carry 20kgs personal equipment
  • sightseeing and site entry fees as listed
  • pre-departure Information Guide, with all you need to know for your trek
  • souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • Bhutan Government visa and sustainability fees
  • trip escorted by 'Perfect Motion' author, Jono Lineen

  • Aerated and alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Tips
  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • Travel Insurance

About Your Leader

Jono Lineen

Dr Jono Lineen is a curator at the National Museum of Australia where he developed the country’s largest interactive social history project ‘Defining Moments in Australian History’ and popular exhibitions such as ‘Lag Meta Aus: Home in the Torres Strait’ and ‘Home Front: Australia in World War One’. Jono has written three books focused on the Himalayas: ‘River Trilogy’, which looks at the Ganges, ‘Into the Heart of the Himalayas’, which recounts a 2700-kilometre solo trek he made from Pakistan to Nepal and the bestseller ‘Perfect Motion’ which investigates the relationship between walking, creativity and human evolution.


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