Rainbow Tours & Treks

Rainbow Tours & Treks

Rainbow Tours & Treks is a tours division of Rainbow Pvt. Ltd. It was founded in 1999 by Sonam Wangmo with a handful of staff. Since then, Rainbow Tours & Treks has grown steadily through hard work and skillful management. The company is now staffed with a team of more than 35 highly professional tour managers and guides. .....We take pride in providing unmatched quality of service .....We are Passionately Concerned about Integrity and Quality Service

Druk Path Trek & Cultural tour
  • The Druk Path Trek is the most popular trek in the country as it passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes while at the same time offering the opportunity to visit some ancient temples & dzongs.  This route is also famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests and wonderful high altitude lakes and on the third day trekkers will arrive at Jimlangtsho Lake, whose crystal clear waters are home to gigantic trout. The Druk Path Trek is also a fairly easy hike to undertake as the distances between rest camps is fairly short. The trail takes you through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200 m.  This trek also offers hikers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world. The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are between March to June or September to November. Visitors will also visit the sites of Paro and Thimphu before and after the trek, you may also enjoy a night in Punakha valley to visit the imposing Punakha Dzong and Chimme Lhakhang (Divine Madman's temple). - The minimum daily package for tourists travelling in a group of 3 persons or more is as follows: USD $200 per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August, and December.USD $250 per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November. There are also surcharges applicable for tourist travelling less than 3 persons: 1 pax $ 40 surcharge + the daily tariff per person per night 2 pax $ 30 surcharge + the daily tariff per person per night

Tour Information

Location
Duration
10 Days
Departure
08:00
Price per Participant
2,250.00 USD
Languages
Group size
1 - 20 people
Categories
Transportation
Walking
Car
Includes
1)  Hotel Accommodation (twin sharing) 2)  All meals / tea and snacks / mineral water 3)  English speaking licensed tour guide 4)  Vehicle and driver 5)  Museum fees 6)  All Sightseeing 7)  Government royalty and Taxes 8)  Visa and Tourism Dev. Fund tax 9) Complimentary Cultural Show for 10 pax + 10) Sleeping bags & sleeping tents.
Excludes
1)  Travel insurance 2)  Telephone/fax 3)  Laundry/cold beverages 4)  Tips for guide and driver 5)  Flights
Cancellation
1. Every effort will be made to adhere to the planned itinerary.  However, due to weather conditions and reasons beyond Rainbow Tours and Treks control, changes to the itinerary might occur, for which the company accepts no responsibility. 2.  Cancellation Charges: Tour programmes booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows: Within 01 month  -  100% Within 15 days of tour start date  -  50 % No refund One week or less - no refund 3. Delay of Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines Flights: Local operator shall not be liable to refund tour payment for flight delays up to 48 hours for any reason which is beyond their control. For delays more than 48 hours, clients may choose to either claim refund or extend tour. 4. Insurance: There is no personal insurance of any kind included in the tour price, so travel insurance should be obtained from your place of residence, before commencement of trip.  Rainbow Tours and Treks will not hold liability for any illness, injury or death sustained during a tour/trek.

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Rainbow Tours & Treks

Rainbow Tours & Treks

The Druk Path Trek is the most popular trek in the country as it passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes while at the same time offering the opportunity to visit some ancient temples & dzongs.  This route is also famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests and wonderful high altitude lakes and on the third day trekkers will arrive at Jimlangtsho Lake, whose crystal clear waters are home to gigantic trout.

The Druk Path Trek is also a fairly easy hike to undertake as the distances between rest camps is fairly short. The trail takes you through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200 m. 

This trek also offers hikers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world. The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are between March to June or September to November.

Visitors will also visit the sites of Paro and Thimphu before and after the trek, you may also enjoy a night in Punakha valley to visit the imposing Punakha Dzong and Chimme Lhakhang (Divine Madman's temple).

  • The minimum daily package for tourists travelling in a group of 3 persons or more is as follows:
  • USD $200 per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August, and December.USD $250 per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November.
  • There are also surcharges applicable for tourist travelling less than 3 persons:
  • 1 pax $ 40 surcharge + the daily tariff per person per night
  • 2 pax $ 30 surcharge + the daily tariff per person per night

Day 1: Arrive Paro

Paro Altitude: 2400m. Paro is a town and seat of Paro district in Bhutan. It is also the home to the only international airport in the country.

The flight to Paro is considered one of the most spectacular flight experiences in the world.  While flying in and out of Bhutan, one can see Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makula, and other high peaks such as Jumolhari, Jichu Drakey, and Tsrim Gang. You will be received by representative of Rainbow Tour & Treks.

Visit the following places in Paro:

Kyichu Lhakhang: Kyichu Lhakhang: It is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to 7th century (the other is Jambey Lhakahng in Bumthang). The lhakhang complex is composed of two temples. The first temple was built by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and in 1968, H.M. Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother of Bhutan, built the second temple in original pattern.

National Museum - Ta- Dzong (the watchtower) was built in the 17th century to guard the Paro Rimpong dzong (fortress) below.  It was said that the future first king was kept in this tower as a prisoner for a week. It was the third king who restored the Ta-dzong and converted it into the National Museum.  The visit to the museum will familiarize you with the Bhutanese way of life and will also acquaint you with the natural and cultural history.

Rimpong Dzong - Regal and imposing, dzongs are arguably among the most distinctive and important structures in Bhutan. This dzong is the headquarters of the Paro district, housing the head administrator and staff, as well as a the monastic body with about 200 monks. From the dzong, hike down to the bridge and then take a short drive for an opportunity to explore the town of Paro.

Overnight in Paro 

Day 2: Paro sightseeing

Morning: after breakfast hike to Taktshang, Tiger’s Nest (3-4hrs) 

Bhutan’s most scenic icon or the most important landmark, Taktshang the Tiger’s nest clings to the side of a steep cliff 300 meters above the Paro valley. The place was first visited by Guru Rimpoche, founder of the tantric form of Buddhism in Himalayan countries, in the 8th century.  It was said that he meditated there for about three months.  The original temple was built in the 17th century, but tragically, it was consumed by fire in 1998.  Like a phoenix, the temple was rebuilt to its fullest glory in 2003.  Takshang is considered to be the 10th-holiest site in the Buddhist world. You can visit three different temples inside the main Takshang complex. Riding Ponies provided upon request. 

Drukgyel Dzong : This Dzong, which was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders was destroyed by fire in 1951. On a clear day, this point offers bird eye view of the Mt. Chomolhari (7329m). Explore the village just below the Dzong and get a feel of rural Bhutan

Evening: Relax in the hotel and prepare mentally & physically for Druk Path trek beginning tomorrow.

Overnight in Paro

Day 3: Paro to Jele Dzong (Druk Path trek begins)

Start of Trek Day 1 : Distance 10 Kms and walking time 4-5 hours.

Today is a short trekking day starting at Dop Shari (2300m) and camp at Jele Dzong (3450m). The trek trail is rather gradual climb till the camp and if the weather is clear the Paro valley can be seen with the Mt. Jumolhari(7314m) and snowcapped mountains behind the valley. Above the camp is Jele La (3450m) and Jele Dzong. There is also a Lhakhang containing a statue of Buddha Shakyamuni. 

Overnight: Camp

Day 4: Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha

Trek Day 2: Distance 10 Kms and walking time 3-4 hrs.

Starting at Jele Dzong (3450mtrs) and camp at Jangulakha (3780mtrs). The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and rhododendrons trees and most of the walking is up and down on a ridge. Mt. Jumolhari would also be visible on this day. We may hear some pheasants calling during the day, and we will likely encounter yak herders camped in their usual black woven yak hair tents.

Overnight: Camp

Day 5: Jangchulakha to Jimilangtsho

Trek Day 3 : Distance 11 Kms and walking time 4-5 hrs.

Starting at Jangchulakha (3780mtrs) and camp at Jimilangtsho (3880mtrs). The trail follows the ridge to a saddle at 4,040m, then drops a bit and follows the ridge back to Jangchu la pass (4,180m). Camp is near Jimilangtsho (Sand Ox Lake) known for its giant size trout. Also there are good views of Mount. Jichu Drake (6,989m), the peak representing the protective deity of Paro valley.

Overnight: Camp

Day 6: Jimilangtsho to Simkota

Trek Day 4 : Distance 11 Kms and walking time 4-5 hrs. The trail takes us through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janeetsho. Today we may come across some yak herder’s camps and get an idea of how these people live. We camp overnight close to Simkota Lake. If you are lucky you can catch a lake trout for your dinner. Overnight: Camp

Day 7: Simikota to Thimpu via Phajoding

Trek day 5: Distance 14 km, duration 7 hours. The trail is good with several minor climbs before we finally look down to Phajoding monastery and Thimphu valley. We descent down to Phajoding monastery and the trek from Phajoding to Thimphu is a easy trek down the mountain through dense forests till we reach the road above the Takin Sanctuary from where our driver will take us to our hotel in Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. Thimphu has a population of about 98,500. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights.

Late afternoon visit Thipmu Dzong - the main Secretariat Building. This massive structure houses part of the Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot.

Evening short walking around Thimpu Town and shopping around.

Overnight in Thimphu

Day 8: Thimphu to Punakha

Thimphu – Punakha (77km/2 hrs)

Punakha Altitude:  1300m/4265ft. Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan during the time of Zhabdrun Ngawang Namkgyal, the founder of Bhutan. Today it is the administrative and religious center of the district and the winter home of Bhutan’s Central Monk Body.

Start your morning by enjoying and taking pictures of the Dochula Pass (3150m/10,000ft) with its panoramic views of the Himalayas.  The pass is decorated with 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten, which were built to celebrate the stability and progress, brought to Bhutan by His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King. Dochula is home to 16 species of Bhutanese Rhododendrons. It also harbors different species of Primula, Lauraceae such as Litsea, Cinnamomum, Neolitsea etc., oaks, Viburnum, Magnolia, Daphne, and many other. On clear days, we can see in the distant, the beautiful eastern Himalayan mountain ranges bordering in the north.

Visit the following places:

Chimmi Lhakhang Hike: take a 2 hour hike round trip through the rice field to Chimmi Lhakhang, the 15th-century monastery built by Lam Ngawang Chogyal on the spot where his cousin Lam Drukpa Kuenley (popularly known as “the Divine Madman”) subdued a powerful demon.  This monastery is also referred to as the “Abode of Fertility” and believed that any couple who gets blessing from this temple is blessed with a child in the next year or so.

Time: 2 hours round trip hike

Difficulty: Easy-moderate

Punakha’s Dzong: The name means Palace of Great Bliss. This dzong stands magnificently on the spit of land where two rivers (Pho chu and Mo chu) meet. Punakha Dzong has special significance in Bhutanese history as the place where Bhutan's first King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned in 1907.  It is also the winter residence for the Je Khenpo (spiritual leader) and the entire central monk body.

Punakha suspension bridge: this is an exciting bridge for photography enthusiasts.

Overnight in Punakha

Day 9: Punakha to Paro via Thimphu

Punakha to Paro via Thimphu (202km/4hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu and visit the following places:

Memorial Chorten: Memorial Chorten. This stupa was built in 1974 to honor the 3rd King of Bhutan, Jigme  Dorji Wangchuck. This religious structure is circumambulated only in a clockwise direction (reciting prayers and whirling the large red prayer wheels).

- Buddha Point – This massive statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within the Buddha Dordenma statue, 100,000 8 inch tall and 25,000 12 inch tall statues respectively. Each of these thousands of Buddhas has also been cast in bronze and gilded. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall. The Buddha Dordenma is located atop a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and overlooks the Thimphu Valley. The statue fulfills an ancient prophecy dating back to the 8th century A.D that was discovered by Terton Pema Lingpa (Religious Treasure Discoverer) and is said to emanate an aura of peace and happiness to the entire world. 

Overnight in Paro

Day 10: Departure

Transfer to Paro airport for departure. 

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