Druk Path Trek
Druk Path Trek is the most popular trek in the country which passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes while at the same time offers the opportunity to visit some ancient lhakhangs, dzongs and villages. The trekking trail goes through less frequented areas in Bhutan and camping throughout the trek. The trek begins from Paro and terminates at Thimphu. The trail passes through less settlement area and rewards with wonderful lakes teeming with fish and beautiful rhododendron forests. The trails also offer the majestic views of the snow-capped mountains in a clear weather. The 10 days Druk Path Trek is one of the most scenic and popular treks in Bhutan and is considered moderately strenuous.
Trip Name: Druk Path Trek
Trip Duration: 10 Days
Max. Altitude: 4,040m/13,2547ft (Simkotra)
Best Season: March to May and September to November
Meal: Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Accommodation: Government approved 3 stars and Above
Transportation: Private car, van or bus (Depends on group size)
Trip Type: Private Tour
Min Group: 2 pax
• Witness spectacular view of the Himalayas on the flight to/from Paro.
• View remarkable mountain landscapes.
• Visit the Taktsang, the ‘Tiger’s Nest’, the most popular of Bhutan’s monasteries.
• Embark on moderate trek from Paro to Thimphu.
• Experience the tiny capital of Thimphu. 15th century Paro Dzong.
Day 01: Arrival in Paro (2,250m)
Your Druk Path Trekking starts with a Flight to Paro. If you are flying in from Kathmandu or Delhi, the flight over the Himalayas is one of the most spectacular experiences one will ever experience. You will fly past Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the entire Himalayan range visible on the left side. On landing at Paro you will be met by our representative. After Customs and Immigrations formalities, you will be escorted to the hotel. Over night at hotel
Day 02: Paro – Jele Dzong (3,450m)
Start of Druk Path Trekking Day 1 : Distance 10 Kms and walking time 4-5 hours. Starting at Dopshare (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.
Day 03: Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha (3,780m)
Druk Path Trekking 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 is also visable today.You may see Yak herders around your camp site.
Day 04: Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso (3,880m)
Druk Path Trekking 3 : Distance 11 Kms and walking time 4-5 hrs.Starting at Jangchulakha (3780mtrs) and camp at Jimilangtsho(3880mtrs). The trail follows the ridge and on clear day the views of the mountains and valley are beautiful, in particular the Jichu Drake(6989m) Camp is close to lake of Jimilangtso. These lakes are known for their giant sized trout’s.
Day 05: Jimilangtso – Simkotra (4,040m)
Druk Path Trekking : Distance 11 Kms and walking time 4-5 hrs.Starting at Jimilangtsho (3880m) and camp at Simkota (4040m) The trail takes you through dwarf Rhododendrons trees and then you pass by the lake of Janye Tsho. Today you may come across some Yak herder’s camp and you can really have a look as to how these people live. Camp is close to Simkotra Lake.
Day 06: Simkota – Phajoding (3,750m)
Druk Path Trekking Day 5 : Distance 10 Kms and walking time 3-4 hrs. Starting at Simkota (4040m) and camp at Phajoding (3870m). You begin with a gradual climb upto Phume la (4210m) the highest elevation for this trek. If the weather permits you will have beautiful views of Mt. Gangkhar Punsum(7541m) the highest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan peaks. Below , you can see the entire Thimphu valley.
Day 07: Phojoding – Thimphu
Druk Path Trekking Day 6 – End of Trek : Distance 4-5 Kms and walking time 3 hrs. Starting at Phajoding(3870m) and end of trek at Thimphu (2300m) The trek to Thimphu is all the way down hill through a forested area of mostly Blue pine. By taking leisurely pace you can reach Thimphu in about 3 hours for a nice hot shower and lunch. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08: Thimphu Sightseeing – Paro
After breakfast, visit the National Memorial Chorten with it’s golden spines shinning in the sun, its tinkling bells built in honor of third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Institute of Traditional Medicine, where old healing arts such as acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practiced. Also visit the Folk Heritage Museum, dedicated to the Bhutanese rural past with it’s exhibition of items & artifacts used in rural households, the Textile Museum, where the art of traditional weaving is still kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles rich in its colour and design. The Buddha point one of the biggest statue and Motithang Mini-Zoo (home of the bizarre Takin, the national animal). The Weekly Outdoor Market (Friday, Saturday & Sunday), where fruits & vegetables, rice, grains, chilies and other fresh foods are sold. The crowded stalls offer many colorful local items such as yak tail dusters, butter tea cups, turquoise from Nepal and Tibet and musical instrument. Later on drive back to Paro. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
Day 09: Paro – Hike to Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ (3,120m)
After breakfast, drive towards Drukgyal Dzong. The ruins of Drukgyal Dzong, is 18 km from Paro town on the north side of the valley. It was from here that the Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century. Mt. Jhomolhari can be spotted in a clear day from Drukgyal village. Afterwards, drive towards Ramthangkha for hike up to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). It’s one & half hour hike to the cafeteria. Stunning view of the monastery where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century can be seen from the view point. Walk back the road point and visit Kyichu Lhakhang one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
Day 10: Departure
After breakfast, drive towards the international terminal, board the flight and bid farewell to remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom.
• Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
• 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
• Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
• Route Permit
• Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
• A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
• All land transportation by private vehicle
• Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
• Sightseeing as per itinerary
• Monuments entrance fees where applicable
• Drinking water
• All internal taxes and charges
• A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
• Airfare & Travel Insurance
• Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
• Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.