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  • Trip Name : Druk Path Trek
  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Trip Duration : 9 Days
  • Activity : Trekking

Druk Path Trek

The nine day trek is the most popular trek in the country as it passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes while at the same time offering the opportunity to visit some ancient lhakhangs, dzongs and villages.

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The Druk Path Trek is also a fairly easy hike to undertake as the distances between rest camps is fairly short. The trail takes you through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200 m. On the third day hikers will arrive at Jimiling Lake, whose crystal clear waters are home to gigantic trout.

This trek also offers hikers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world. The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are between March-June or September-November

 

Day 01 - Arrival at Paro Airport (2,280m). Overnight at a hotel.
Day 02 - Day excursion from Paro to the Taktsang Monastery. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 03 - Trek from Paro to Jele Dzong (3,436m) - Distance: 8 kms - 5 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
Day 04 - Trek to Jangchulakha (3,962m) - Distance: 9 kms - 5 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
Day 05 - Trek to Jimilang Tsho ( 3,880m) - Distance: 10 kms - 6 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
Day 06 - Trek to Simkotra (4,090m) - Distance: 7 kms - 4 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
Day 07 - Trek to Thimphu via Phazoding - Distance: 14 kms - 7 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 08 - Drive from Thimphu to Paro. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 09 - Departure from Paro

Day 01 - Arrival at Paro Airport (2,280m)
Our airport representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer to your hotel on a private tourist vehicle. After lunch, we visit the Paro Dzong and the National Museum. The evening ends with a walk through Paro’s main shopping district. Overnight at a hotel.

 

Day 02 - Day excursion from Paro to the Taktsang Monastery
We take a day excursion to Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest, the most spectacular monastery and probably the most photographed one in Bhutan. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery, hence its name. The excursion to monastery’s view point takes about 5 hours for a round trip. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria, followed by a short walk back. We'll have a leisure evening to take some rest before the trekking starts the following day. Overnight at a hotel.

 

Day 03 - Trek from Paro to Jele Dzong (3,436m) - Distance: 8 kms - 5 hrs
Today is a short trekking day. We start from above the National Museum, gradually ascending up to the camp. If the weather is clear Paro valley and the surrounding mountains can be seen. The campsite is near the old Jele Dzong which, we can visit in the evening. Overnight at tented camps.

 

Day 04 - Trek to Jangchulakha (3,962m) - Distance: 9 kms - 5 hrs
We begin with a 1.5-hour climb and then further ascend gradually through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. There is fine views of snow capped peaks and you may hear some monal pheasants calling during the day. You may see yak herders around your campsite. Overnight at tented camps.

 

Day 05 - Trek to Jimilang Tsho ( 3,880m) - Distance: 10 kms - 6 hrs
The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valley are beautiful. Our camp is close to Lake Jimilangtsho. This lake is known for its giant-sized trout. Overnight at tented camps.

 

Day 06 - Trek to Simkotra (4,090m) - Distance: 7 kms - 4 hrs
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janetsho. Today you may come across some yak herder’s camp. We camp overnight close to Simkotra lake. Overnight at tented camps.

 

Day 07 - Trek to Thimphu via Phazoding - Distance: 14 kms - 7 hrs
After the lake, the trail is a gradual climb and if the weather permits you will have a majestic view of Mt. Gangker Phuensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan, and other mountain peaks. The trail slowly descends through junipers tress and finally descends down to Phajoding monastery from where Thimphu town is visible at the valley floor. The trek from Phajoding to Thimphu is downhill all the way, passing through a forested area mostly blue pine. With a leisurely pace, you can reach Thimphu in about 2 hours. Overnight at a hotel.

 

Day 08 - Drive from Thimphu to Paro
Full day sightseeing of the Thimphu valley. Visit to National Library, Traditional Medicine Institute, Arts & Crafts School, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, National Memorial Chorten, Zilukha Nunnery, Traditional paper factory, Zilukha Nunnery, Takin mini Zoo, Handicrafts Emporium, local shops. Finally a visit to Tashichho dzong. Evening departure to Paro. Overnight at a hotel.

 

Day 09 - Departure from Paro
After breakfast our airport representative will drop you at the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.

Price Details

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Price Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle for airport and hotel pick up/drop off, sightseeing and transfers
  • All domestic flights (if any)
  • Accommodation in teahouses and hotels
  • All meals during trek
  • Entry permit to parks, monuments and cultural landmarks
  • Trekking guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s) their daily wages, food, accommodation and other expenses
  • Comprehensive medical kit
  • In case of emergency, we can send helicopters for evacuation, manage all paperwork, and deal with related insurance companies (provided the client has valid insurance)


Price Excludes

  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Travel insurance covering medical treatment and evacuation by ground and air
  • Nepal entry visa, obtained upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu
  • Rescue and evacuation
  • Extra road transport/flight cost in case member returns earlier
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and if applicable, in Pokhara
  • Items of personal nature like laundry, communication and bar bill
  • Tips for trip staff and driver. (Tipping is appreciated)
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section