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Embark on a mesmerizing journey to Bhutan from November 2nd to 10th. This challenging adventure, set at a hard level, includes hiking the renowned Druk Path and the iconic Tiger’s Nest, perched at 4,200 meters. Explore the scenic trail from Paro to Thimpu over 8 unforgettable days. The cost for this extraordinary experience is 6,000 AED. Join us for a Bhutanese odyssey that combines the thrill of hiking with the cultural richness of this mystical Himalayan kingdom.

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Embark on a mesmerizing journey to Bhutan from November 2nd to 10th. This challenging adventure, set at a hard level, includes hiking the renowned Druk Path and the iconic Tiger’s Nest, perched at 4,200 meters. Explore the scenic trail from Paro to Thimpu over 8 unforgettable days. Join us for a Bhutanese odyssey that combines the thrill of hiking with the cultural richness of this mystical Himalayan kingdom.

Day 1

2nd November 2024

Arrive in Paro and Tour (2200m)

Upon arrival, you’ll meet your guide and driver and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you’ll visit Rinpung Dzong, the National Museum, and explore nearby farmhouses. Overnight stay at Paro Grand or Tashi Namgay Resorts.

Day 2

3rd November 2024

Taktsang Hike (3125 m)

Transfer to the trailhead and hike to the famous Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. The hike takes around 2 hours to the first viewpoint and another hour to the second viewpoint. Continue to Ugyen Tshemo Zangodo Pelri and the retreat center. Descend through less crowded paths. Overnight in Paro. 

Day 3

4th November 2024

Trek to Jele Dzong and Jangchulakha

From your hotel in Paro, transfer to the trailhead above Ta Dzong museum and start your trek. It takes around 2-3 hours to reach Jele Dzong. After visiting Jele Dzong, continue trekking for about 3 hours to Jangchulakha. Total trekking time is about 4-5 hours, with an elevation gain of 1050 meters. Camp at 3570 meters in Jangchulakha. 

Day 4

5th November 2024

Trek to Jimlangstsho Lake

Embark on a 20 km trek that will take 7-8 hours. Camp near Jimlangstsho Lake at 3870 meters. 

Day 5

6th November 2024

Trek to Phajoding

Gradually climb up to 4150 meters, then descend to Simkota (4 hours). Continue trekking uphill to Laban La pass at 4210 meters, followed by a steep descent past Thujidrag to Phajoding. Camp near hermitages and monasteries at 3700 meters. Total trekking time is about 7-8 hours, covering 21 km. 

Day 6

7th November 2024

Trek to Thimphu

Visit the temples and monasteries in Phajoding, then walk downhill for about 5 km (2-3 hours) to Motithang (2540 meters). Transfer to your hotel or the city center in Thimphu. You may choose to rest and relax. Overnight stay at Hotel Druk or similar.

Day 7

8th November 2024

Trek to Thimphu

Explore Thimphu’s many medieval and contemporary sights and attractions according to your interests. You may also visit children’s homes for your cause. Overnight stay at Hotel Druk or similar

Day 8

9th November 2024

Transfer to the airport for your outbound journey. 

What to Pack

Attire Recommendation

Most of your clothing that you are not actually wearing will be carried by your porter. Although a guide will always accompany you on the trail, you are unlikely to see your porter except at the huts or the camps. Therefore it is important you pack carefully – the smaller day pack you carry yourself. Anything you need during the course of the day should be in your day pack including and, most importantly, something warm and something waterproof. Light clothing is generally sufficient until you reach the 3-4000 metre altitude range – so essential you always have something warm and waterproof right with you. Beyond these altitudes, even if the mornings are glorious, you must always be ready for dramatic changes in the weather, including snow storms.

It is for the final ascent that all your warm clothing is important. The ascents are normally done at night and this is when the coldest temperatures are experienced. You must be prepared for temperatures of minus 25 Celsius/ minus 13 Fahrenheit. As a rule, you should wear 2 pairs of socks, 3 layers on the legs, 4 -5 layers on top. A balaclava or ski-mask is necessary to keep the head warm and you should have a hood to protect your head from wind. Mittens and also sunglasses.

Note: the bag the porter carries for you should not exceed 15kgs. If bags are too heavy items may have to be removed or the climber may choose to hire an additional porter.

What To Pack

Guide to Layering

Prepare your clothing in layers for optimal comfort during your trek. Start with non-cotton underwear for moisture control, and include wicking T-shirts to be changed every two days. For the base layer, select thermal leggings and a long-sleeve top made of non-cotton materials. Warm layers are essential, so bring along a fleece or similar material jacket with a full zipper, and a down jacket to layer over it for added warmth. Don’t forget a waterproof layer to protect against rain and wind, including a waterproof and windproof jacket, a long rain poncho with a hood, waterproof long trousers, and a waterproof day pack cover if you don’t have a poncho.

Jennifer Sault, Challenge Rep

 

Jennifer Sault, Founder & Managing Director of Thrift for Good

This plastic free pescatarian has her Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy and started working with charitable organisations in 2003. Jen is passionate about the environment as well as raising funds for children’s projects and is delighted to be the rallying force behind Thrift For Good. She has completed 4 G4G challenges, including Kilimanjaro & other high altitude treks. Your rep is your on the ground support to ensure you are safe, successful & having fun!

The Loden Foundation is a registered Civil Society Organization (CSO) in Bhutan, dedicated to promoting education, social entrepreneurship, and Bhutanese culture and traditions to foster an enlightened and happy society.

Education Initiatives:

  • Supported over 182 children through its child sponsorship programme.
  • Enabled 58 youth to pursue undergraduate courses within and outside Bhutan.
  • Provided early childhood care and development (ECCD) to 117 children under five at five Loden Early Learning Centres across Bhutan.

Entrepreneurship Initiatives:

  • Since 2008, Loden has trained over 5,000 aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • Funded over 200 businesses in 18 Dzongkhags, with 72 businesses led by women.
  • Empowered students in colleges and technical training institutes through the Loden SEED (Student Empowerment Through Entrepreneurship Development) programme.

The Loden Foundation continues to make a significant impact by supporting education and fostering entrepreneurial spirit among Bhutan’s youth.

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