The Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutanese Himalaya. It is a fairly short yet exhilarating trek that is both challenging and rewarding. The views, like most other treks in Bhutan, are fascinating and exhilarate one’s senses, owing to the incredible beauty and majesty of the Himalayas.
The path called Druk, once kept apart from the visitors to avoid the Tibetan troops by Bhutanese government, now has invited the eyes waiting for the exploration of its unique culture, landscape and sparsely populated area. Druk Path has its own significance for the visitors. The peculiar high ridges that remain windy most of the time of the year, classic mountains with charming and enchanting bush of rhododendron, and historically preserved reminiscence of forts are the sights to watch. The clear and breathtaking views of the Himalayas can be an outlandish experience.
Day 01 : Arrival at Paro (by Druk Air – Transfer to hotel
Fly with Druk Air and land at Paro Airport. The flight offers you the most magnificent and breathtaking views of the Eastern Himalayas, including the towering Mt Everest. On arrival, the group will be accorded a very warm reception by a representative in Bhutan and driven to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 : Paro – hike to Taktsang
Morning drive the winding road to the Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort, which was once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mount Jhomolhari, the sacred summit, reaches skyward beyond the dzong. This can be viewed on a clear day. We stop at Satsam Chorten to hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The horse ride up to the cafeteria will take around one and half hour. At the viewpoint enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigeress in the 8th century. After lunch at the café walk back to the road point where your car will pick you up and then drive to visit Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort, which was once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mount Chomolhari, the sacred summit, reaches skyward beyond the dzong. This can be viewed on a clear day. On the way back visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in 7th century. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 03 : Paro – Jeledzong (start of trek)
After an early breakfast you will be picked up our representatives from hotel and drive you to Paro and drive further up to TaDzong or the National Muesum.
Trek starts: Distance 08 Kms and walking time 4-5 hours. Starting at Ta Dzong, (2300m) and camp at Jele Dzong (3436m, 11,270 ft). 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 04 : Jele Dzong – Tshokam
Trek: Distance 09 Kms and walking time 4-5 hrs.Starting at Jele Dzong (3436mtrs) and camp at Tshokam (3962mtrs; 12,995 ft). 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 visible today. And you will pass by Jangchulakha whereby we use this area as our campsite earler but due to lack of water we have moved our campsite to Tshokam and you may see Yak herders around Jangchulakha and if you are interested you can visit their tents before reaching your camp site.
Day 05 : Tshokam – Jimilangtso
Trek: Distance 10 Kms and walking time 6-7 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 06 : Jimilangtso – Simkota
Trek: 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 Simkota Lake.
Day 07 : Simkota – Phajoding
Trek: 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 08 : Phajoding – Thimphu
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 09 : Thimphu valley sightseeing – Paro
In the morning visit the National Memorial Chorten, built in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk; and also visit National Institute of Traditional Medicine; the Art & Craft School, where children still learn the ancient art of Buddhist painting. Also visit the Folk Heritage Museum, which is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibition of items and artifacts used in rural households, Textile Museum, where the art of traditional weaving is still kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in its color and design. Lunch served at a restaurant in Thimphu. After lunch depart to Paro. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 10 : Paro –fly back to Kathmandu
Drive to Paro airport and fly back to Kathmandu with beautiful memories of Bhutan trip
(The cost varies with the number of trekkers in the group. Please contact us with the number of trekkers for the exact quote)