DrukTrek Day 1

It’s a beautiful day.  We started from just above Paro Museum, heading up and up all day for about 8 km (almost 5 miles).  On the way we see farmhouses, an archery contest and walked through rhodendron forests and pine forests.

The Druk Trek is the traditional path between Paro and Thimphu.  Even the kings went this way before the highway was built.  Our horseman could do the trek in 2 days.  The army trains soldier by having them do it 1 day.  There are many “shortcuts” ( steeper paths).  The tourist way is 4 nights, 5 days.  Here is near the start, looking back down into the Paro valley.

Here is our guide, Norbu, caught unawares.

Our horses, cook, and horseman pass us early on, and make sure our campsite is set up before our arrival.

We are served tea and lunch on the way up.  We share our tea with a fellow traveller at Long Chorten.

We arrive  at our campsite below Jele Dzong (3400 meters) about 3:00 pm.  Our campsite is the one with the yellow tents.  Other groups are camping  in the area.   The views are fabulous.

It starts to get cold pretty quickly.  We change into our long underwear and huddle in the dining tent drinking  hot tea until dinner.

They put their all into our needs.  Even the salad is a work of art.

Early to bed and very happy to have -20 degree C sleeping bags !!!!

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