Druk Path Trek

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  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Maximum Altitude:
  • Difficulty Level : Moderate
  • Arrival City : Paro, Bhutan
  • Departure City : Paro, Bhutan
  • Meals: 10 Breakfast, 10 Lunch , 10 Dinner
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotels

Druk Path Trek is a cultural trek in Bhutan

Trip Highlights

  • Drugyal Dzong and Tiger’s Nest Monastery
  • Different monasteries in Paro, Thimpu and Punakha

Trip Cost Includes

  • Bhutan Visa arrangement service
  • Government royalty and all the taxes
  • Accommodations in 3 Star hotels 
  • English speaking local Bhutanese trekking guide
  • Daily Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • English speaking Bhutanese guide
  • Private transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Monuments Entry fee 

Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Flights 
  • Tips, drinks and personal expenses 

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Paro

On arrival at Paro airport you will be received by our representative and escorted to your pre booked hotel after immigration formalities After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong (fortress of the heap of jewels). Visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country and from there you will be taken to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan’s second-highest mountain at 7,314meters.

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest

After breakfast, hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery stands now. Lunch will be served in a restaurant located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. You will hike down to Paro for overnight stay

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Drive from Paro to National Museum and trek to Jele Dzong

10KM / 4-5 HOURS / 1115M ASCENT 40M DESCENT
After breakfast, you will drive to the road head at the National Museum from where you will start the trek. The trek trail is rather gradual up till the camp and if the weather is clear the Paro valley can be seen with snow-capped mountains behind including Jumolhari in the distance. Above the camp is Jele La Dzong (3400m) and Jele Dzong is mostly in ruins and there is a Lhakhang with the statute of Buddha Sakyamuni.

Overnight: Tented Camp at an altitude 3480m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Trek from Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha

11KM / 3-4 HOURS / 425M ASCENT 50M DESCENT
Before your trek, you can explore the Jele Dzong which sits at 3570m. Today’s trek begins with an hour and half climb and then ascend gradually up. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons crossing the Jele La (3490m). You may see yak herders around your campsite. There are fascinating views of Jumolhari and other snow- capped mountains.

Overnight: Tented Camp at an altitude 3770m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Trek from Jangchulakha to Jimilangtsho

12KM / 4-5 HOURS / 375M ASCENT 370M DESCENT
The trail climbs steeply to the Jangchulakha (4180m). On a clear day the views of the mountains and valleys are sensational. Descending from the pass you arrive at your camp beside the Jimilangtsho lakes. These lakes are famous for their giant sized trouts. Also there are great views of 6989m Jichu Drake, the peak representing the protective deity of Paro and Gangkar Puensum (7497m), Bhutan’s highest mountain.

Overnight: Tented Camp at an altitude 3870m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Trek from Jimilangtsho to Simkota

11KM / 4-5 HOURS / 820M ASCENT 400M DESCENT
The trails climbs up from lower end of the lake and makes a traverse along the side of the ridge, then descends to a single stone shelter. Again ascend to a summit at 4050m overlooking Janetsho Lake. Camp is close to Simkota Lake.

Overnight: Tented Camp at an altitude 4110m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Trek from Simkota to Phajodhing

10KM / 3-4 HOURS / 130M ASCENT 680M DESCENT
Today you begin with gradual climb and if the weather permits, you will enjoy majestic view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, and also the other peaks. The trail slowly descends through junipers trees to a community hall near Phajodhing. From Phajodhing the trek to Thimphu is downhill all the way, passing through a forested area of mostly blue pine.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Trek from Phajodhing to Thimphu

5KM / 3 HOURS / 1130M DESCENT
The trek to Thimphu is all the way down hill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. Taking a leisurely pace you reach Thimphu in about 3 hours. Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel in Thimpu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Drive from Thimphu to Punakha

After breakfast you will visit the King’s Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). You will also visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, the traditional paper factory and the majestic Tashichho Dzong. After lunch, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive at Punakha after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River.

Overnight: Hotel in Punakha

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Drive from Punakha to ParoD

After breakfast, you will visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Then drive to Paro. On the way, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive the blessing from the Lama’s wooden phallus! Continue drive to Paro via Dochu La Pass. Here, you will visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. We stop for lunch in Thimpu and drive to Paro later in the evening.

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Departure flight home

Today you will be transferred to airport few hours before your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

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Accommodation during Druk Path Trek

In Bhutan, Bhutanese Government has categorized the hotels to grades A ,B and C.   3 Star Hotels will be provided during the trip. Single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional and depend upon availability.  

Food during Druk Path Trek

In Bhutan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners are provided.  In Bhutan you will find different food varieties both in vegetarian and non vegetarian options. You can easily find Indian, Chinese, Bhutanese, Tibetan, Nepalese and continental food in any restaurants around the cities of Bhutan.

Best Months for Druk Path Trek

The spring time from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for Druk path Trek

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time for Druk Path Trek?

March April May and Sept Oct Nov are the best time for Druk Path Trek

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