Druk Path Trek

Highlights

    Trip Facts

  • Spring & Autumn
  • 2+
  • Easy
  • Thimpu
  • Thimpu
  • Trek/Toour
  • 3 meals a day
  • Hotel/Tent
  • 4210m

What is the Tiger’s Nest Monastery?

The Tiger’s Nest Monastery is a sacred Buddhist site located near Paro, Bhutan. It was constructed in 1692, around the cave where Guru Rinpoche first meditated, the event that introduced Buddhism into Bhutan. There is a legend that Guru Rinpoche was carried from Tibet to this location on the back of a tigress, thus giving it the name “Tiger’s Nest.”

Now, this monastery consists of four temples with residential accommodations for the monks. Despite the daily visits by tourists, Paro Takstang still functions as a monastery today.

Getting Here

The Tiger’s Nest Monastery is located 10 miles north of Paro (20 minutes by car), making Paro the perfect home base when making this visit. Since most people can only visit Bhutan on an organized tour, your transportation will be arranged for you.

The visit to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery takes a full day. On average, it takes between four and five hours to do the round trip hike, plus one more hour to tour the monastery. Many people also have lunch in the cafeteria not far from the monastery. Plan on leaving Paro around 8 am and arriving back at your hotel around 3 pm.

Itenerary

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Day Destination
  • 1 Arrival in Paro

    You will be received by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

    Overnight: Paro| Altitude: 2250m

  • 2 Taktsang(Tiger Nest)

    Morning drive to the base for the hike (3 hrs uphill) to Tiger’s Nest, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro valley.

    On the way back, if you have the energy and time visit KichuLakhang.

    KichuLhakhang

    It is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan which marks the beginning of Buddhism in the country. This temple is believed to build in 659 by Tibetan king SongtsenGampo, to pin down the left foot of a giant ogress who was thwarting the establishment of the Buddhism into Himalayan region.

    Overnight: Paro| Altitude: 2250m

  • 3 Begin trek Paro to JeleDzong and continue further to Jangchulakha

    From your hotel in Paro, transfer to the trail head above Ta Dzong. We will try to drive as far up as possible along the dirt road and begin trekking.

    About 4-5hr trek uphill ascending 1050m.

    Camp at 3570m.

  • 4 Trek to Jimilangtso lake 

    Trek for about 20km/7-8hr trek and camp near the lake at 3870m.

  • 5 Trek from Jimilangtso to Phajoding

    Climb up gradually up too 4150m and descend to Simkota, which takes 4hrs. Then gradually trek up hill and climb to Laban La pass at 4210m, after which the trail makes a long and steep descent past Thujidrag to Phajoding. The campsite is near the hermitages and monasteries at 3750m. Total about 7-8hrs trek, about 21km.

  • 6 End with the trek in Thimphu

    After visiting the temples and monasteries in Phajoding, walk downhill for about 5km/3hr to Motithang (2540m). Meet and transfer to your hotel or city center.

    “Please note that some of the sights/itinerary may change due to season, weather, and special events. We maintain rights to alter the itinerary since tours are made in advance and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve your overall travel experience in Bhutan.”

  • 7 Departure

    Your guide will bid you farewell at the airport.

Packages Cost

Full Board Package Person Price
Food & Accommodation for Guide. USD 200
Airport Package Person Price
Food & Accommodation for Guide. USD 200
Transport Package Person Price
Food & Accommodation for Guide. USD 200
By Air Person Price
Food & Accommodation for Guide. USD 200
Hotel Person Price
Food & Accommodation for Guide. USD 200

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