DRUK PATH TREK is one of the well-known and finest moderate trek in Bhutan providing trekkers an impression of Bhutanese culture and environment aspects. The ancient route for trading between Paro and Thimphu now is known as Druk Path Trek. The trial passes through specular forest of pine, rhododendron, fir and hemlock. The trek also offers sight of yaks and herders providing the opportunity for trekkers to intermingle. The beautiful lakes at camp site, the color prayer flags on pass and monks in monastery are the icing on the cake. Trip factsTrek duration: 6days with 5Nights in tent camp Advisable duration of trip: 10 Nights 11days Difficulty: Easy – Moderate Season: Off season. (Dec, Jan, February, June, July, and august) The best time for this trek- spring (March till May) and autumn (September till November) Altitude range of trek: 2200m-4300m
Paro International Airport
2 Hours before departure
.Bhutan Visa Fee
.Tourism development fee
.All Permits – Entry Fee to all sights
.Standard Room in 3 Star Hotels – Upgrade to 4 and 5 Star can be arranged on Additional Cost.
.Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner with Evening Tea
.Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) Licensed Professional Driver
.SUV for FIT and Toyota Van from 3 – 8 Passenger and Toyota Coaster Coach from 8 – 20 Passenger
The flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering amazing scenic view of some of the world’s highest snow peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills and over the silvery Pa Chu (Paro River) twisty down the valley below. Our representative will meet you at the airport and after completion of arrival formalities, you will be transferred to Hotel.
If time permits
Recommended free activity:
Walk along old Paro Street.
Visit stamp shop and Bhutanese traditional music CD shop.
Witness local people playing archery (national sports).
Day 02 : Paro-Paro.
Drive to visit Rinpung Dzong (fortress on heap of jewels). The place delivers a great deal of monks wondering in the courtyard of dzong. The dzong has a long and fascinating history from 1600s. The first National Assembly of Bhutan was held here. After Paro Dzong take a short walk down for 15-20mins till you reach a beautiful traditional cantilevered bridge (photo opportunity as you walk down the way).
visit a traditional farm house where you get the opportunity see interior part of a farm house and also to sit with local family and know about real story translated by your guide or directly from family (depends if someone from family speaks English).As you hear the story, you also get to try local tea (salted cow butter tea) and local alcohol (Ara from fermented rice or wheat).The main goal of this visit is to see traditional house and hear on Bhutanese way of life as farmer.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch drive to Sanga choekhor Buddhist institute located at outstanding view of entire Paro valley below. The institute offers a temple to visit however the high light of visiting this place is to talk and see hundreds of monks studying and leaving there. The goal of this visit to know and understand the life of monks in Bhutan.
Then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan.
Dinner and Overnight in hotel at Paro. (Sit with your guide to prepare for trek next day)
Day 03 : Paro to Jele Dzong
Altitude: higest 3400m (jele la pass)
Distance and time: 9km, 5-6hrs
Start driving from hotel (15-20mins) towards National Museum. Visit National Museum which was originally built as watch tower back in 1600s but it was the vision of 3rd king of Bhutan to convert this watch tower into Museum. Currently the museum displays art and artifact, thangka (Buddhist painting) and a brief history of Bhutan. You will be greeted by trekking crews at National museum. Start your trek from National Museum. The journey starts with a gradual ascent up to Jele Dzong built on mountain top with stunning view around. The trail goes through pine forest with scattered settlement up to jele la pass, (3400m) and if the weather is clear the sight of Paro valley can be grasped with majestic snowcapped mountains behind. A short decent from jele la pass will Take you to the camp site (Above the camp is Jele-la pass (3,400m) and jela la Dzong. Overnight camp.
Free time activity: The camp for today is a great place for seeing high altitude birds
Day 04 : Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha.
Altitude: highest campsite 3700mt.
Distance and time: 10km, 5-6hrs
Begin with gradual climb through sparsely populated vegetation for 2hrs and then ascend more gradually upwards on a ridge offering stunning view on both the side. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. You will have fine views of jhomoihari and other majestic snowcapped peaks if the weather is good, and you may hear and see some alpine birds like Himalayan monal pheasants, blood pheasant and tits.
Picnic lunch on the way.
After lunch your path mostly goes through alpine ridges with few pasture land and might even see yaks and nomads in a walkable distance.(recommended: to visit a yak herder camp site.
Continue your walk through alpine bushes until you come to your camp site. Your camp site for today needs to be shared with a yak herder.
Free time activity: A great opportunity to intermingle with yak herders
Day 05 : Jangchulakha to Jimilangtsho
Altitudes: Highest 4100m
Distance and time: 11km, 4-5hrs
The trail for today also follows the ridge, and on a clear day the views of the majestic mountains and valley are unbelievable. The trail mostly goes through a rugged terrain with narrow space. The elevation gain today is not much comparing to past days. (400m).You will enjoy a great view of Jichu Drake (6,989m), the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Your camp for today is close to the Jimilangtsho lakes, which are famous for their giant sized trout.
Overnight in tent campsite
Free time activity: explore around the lake
Day 06 : JimiLangtsho to Simkota (11-12km, 4-5hrs)
Altitudes: Highest 4700m, camp site 4100m
Distance and time: 11-12km, 4-5hrs
The trek for today would be little demanding as the elevation gain is about 900mtrs yet the most beautiful stretch of Druk path trek. The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron, alpine bushes and trees and passes by the lake of Janetsho. This place delivers an amazing view of Himalaya. Today you may come across some yak herder’s camps and get an idea of how these people adopt in high altitude. You will be camping overnight close to Simkota Lake (4100m)
Free time activity: go to Simkota Lake to catch fish for you dinner
Day 07 : Simkota to Phajoding (10-11kms, 4-5hrs)
Altitude: Highest 4300mtrs, camp site 3700mtrs
Distance and time: 10-11km, 4-5hrs
Today your trek begins with a short gradual climb. Once you reach at the pass, if the weather allows, you will enjoy majestic views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, (Highest mountain of Bhutan, 7514m) and a host of other peaks. Walk on a flat trail in an open space until you see a land mark on a ridge will prayer flags. From this pass you get to see a part of Thimphu valley below. From the pass the trail slowly descends through juniper trees to a campsite located beside a community monastery known as Phajoding.
Overnight in tent camp.
Free time activity: Visit Phajoding monastery with old structured houses. You will even see ruins of traditional Bhutanese houses built around the community monastery. Take to opportunity to mingle with locals in that community.
Farewell to trekking crews
Day 08 : Phajodlng toThimphu
Altitude 3700mto 2300m at Thimphu.
Distance and time: 5km, 3-4hrs
The trek towards Thimphu is downhill all the way, passing through a forested area of mostly blue pine and rhododendron bushes. Taking a leisurely pace, you will reach at Thimphu in about 3 to 4hrs. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Free time activity:
Shower in hotel (recommended)
Take a walk in town
Visit ambient coffee (walking distance from hotel)
Visit DSB book shop (walking distance from hotel)
Witness local folks playing archery (national sports)
Day 09 : ExcursIon to Punakha,Wangduephodrang (2 and half hours’ drive 1 way)
Recommended to start early 7:30
After early breakfast, full day excursion to the Punakha and Wangdue valleys. Drive to Punakha with a stop at Dochula pass (3,050m) and enjoy the most enchanting view of the 108 stupas against the setting of the majestic snowcapped Himalayans including the highest mountain of Bhutan.
Later visit the most impressive Dzong in Bhutan, Punakha Dzong, a 17th century fortress which is beautifully erect between pho chu (male river) and Mo chu (female river).This Dzong is considered as winter residence of the central monastic body. Before 1955, Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan. This place will propose you a great opportunity to take pictures of monks and also to intermingle with monks. In the evening drive back to Thimphu.
After lunch visit Rinchengang, a village clustered village (20mins hike uphill from nearest road).This is one and only village in western Bhutan existing since 17th century (The oldest village.)The old traditional structure and basic facilities available in this village will take you hundreds of years back. This village also offers friendly people and kids (your opportunity to interact, photo, see and experience life of farmers in rural area. Drive back to Thimphu (expect late arrival at Thimphu)
Day 10 : Thimphu to Tiger nest, Paro (1 ½ hours’ drive)
Recommendation: Early checkout from hotel (6-6:30 am)
After early checkout from hotel, start driving to Paro for a wonderful trek to Tiger-nest. The hike takes about 5-6 hours excursion to Taktsang Monastery (tiger nest), the most famous of all Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan. He meditated in the cave and emerged in eight incarnated forms and thus, the site became holy. Subsequently, the place came to be known as the “Tiger’s Nest”. (Your guide will decide on lunch place depending on time
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Evening at leisure in Paro town
Day 11 : Paro to Onward destination
After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.