Druk Path Trek 12 Days / 11 Nights
Trip Code: HAT74
Hotels in the ciites and camping during trekking.
March to May and September to November
Best Time For Travel:
Trip Over View
The Druk Path trek is one of the most scenic and popular treks in Bhutan. This trek highlights include the beautiful scenery of Bhutan, spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayan Peaks, monasteries high up in the mountains and visits to the local Dzongs with their distinctive architecture.
The Druk Path trek proceeds through the wild, scenic areas with several remote lakes. Despite being a relatively short trek, it gives one a taste of high altitude trekking. It is moderately strenuous but after initial climb, the route is not as difficult and if needed, there is access down to a road from several spots along the trail.
The trek begins from Paro Ta Dzong and finishes at Motithang near Thimpu. Part of the route follows the original mule track that link Thimpu and Paro valleys. In the past, Bhutanese soldiers completed this trek in a single day from reverse direction (Thimpu to Paro) as a punishment.
Day 01: Arrival at Paro.
Day 02: Paro.
Day 03: Paro Excursion to Taktsang.
Day 04: Druk Path Trek begins today.
Day 05: Jela Dzong to Jangchulakha.
Day 06: Jangchulakha to Jimilangtso.
Day 07: Jimilangtso to Simkota.
Day 08: Simkota to Phajodhing.
Day 09: Phajodhing to Mothithang.
Day 10: Explore the capital town of Thimpu.
Day 11: Return to Paro.
Day 12: Paro-Departure.
Day 01: Arrival at Paro
We meet our guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After lunch, we stroll around the town’s market. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 02: Paro
Today is a full day sightseeing in Paro Valley, includes the Drugyel Dzong, the National Museum, the Ripong Dzong and the local market. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 03: Paro Excursion to Taktsang
Today we start the trek and spend the full day hiking to Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest. This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 3000 ft. above the valley floor. Legend says that Guru Padmasambhava flew here at the back of a tigress to meditate in the cave.
Day 04: Druk Path Trek begins today
We trek to Jele Dzong, a distance of 4.5 miles and camp at an altitude of 2, 576m. In total we make an ascent of 1090m.
Day 05: Jela Dzong to Jangchulakha
Today’s trek covers a distance of 6 miles and 3-4 hours of walking. We camp at 2879m and ascend a total altitude gain of 310m. We begin with about an hour and half and then ascend gradually up. The trail takes us through thick alpine forests and dwarf rhododendron trees. We are likely to see yaks and yak herders around our campsite.
Day 06: Jangchulakha to Jimilangtso
Distance 7 miles, trek 4 hours, camp at an altitude 4040m.
The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are beautiful. The campsite is close to the Jimilangtso Lake. These lakes are known for their giant-sized trout.
Day 07: Jimilangtso to Simkota
Distance 6 miles, trek 4 hours, camp at 3,485m.
The trail takes us through dwarf rhododendron trees and on to Janetso Lake. We may come across some yak herder’s camps where we will have an opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simkota Lake which is famous for trout fishing!
Day 08: Simkota to Phajodhing
Distance 6 miles, trek 4 hours, camp at 2,879m.
The trek begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, we have a spectacular view from Dochula pass of Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan mountain ranges. From this pass, the trek takes us downhill to Phajodhing for a nightstay.
Day 09: Phajodhing to Mothithang
Distance 5 miles, trek 2-3 hrs. The trek to Mothithang is all downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours. We then drive to Thimpu.
Day 10: Explore the capital town of Thimpu
Thimpu is the least visited of all the Himalayan capitals. Today we visit the beautiful and important Tashichho Dzong, the handicrafts emporium for painting and woodcraft schools, the King Jigme Dorje Memorial, the National Library and the Simtokha Dzong – one of the oldest in Bhutan.
Day 11: Return to Paro
In the morning, we return to Paro and spend the afternoon browsing Paro township and buying souvenirs.
Day 12: Paro Departure
Transfer to airport and fly to your next destination.
- Best available of the regular hotel accommodation in Paro and Thimpu.
- All camping gears that includes-2 person sleeping tents with floors and fly sheet, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tents, dinning tables, chairs, pillows and mattresses.
- English speaking Guide.
- Cook and kitchen aides.
- All intercity transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle.
- Pack animals and animal drivers during trekking.
- All necessary supplies.
- 3 meals a day.
- Bhutan visa.
- Entrance fees.
- International airfares.
- Travel Insurance.
- Expenses of personal nature like drinks, tip, telephone, laundry etc.
- Extra expenses due to nature or unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, road blockade, no show etc.