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Druk Path Trek

Duration: 9 days/ 8 nights

 Places Covered-

  1. Paro
  2. Thimphu

 Tour Highlight

 This 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 monasteries, temples, fortress and villages.

This 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 the 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 and June or from mid-August to November.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Paro

During the flight, on a clear day, you can see breathtaking views of the Himalaya Mountains, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Check in in Hotel Tea coffee & lunch in Hotel. Afternoon: Half day Sightseeing of Paro valley, stroll in Paro Town.

Overnight hotel in paro

Day 2. Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery,

Elevation 3180m, distance in total 11km, 5-6 hours, 900m ascent.

After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Bhutan’s most famous monastery, which stands at 3180m gives you acclimatization for the next day’s trek. The 8th century Spiritual Master, Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. Explore the Monastery and hike back to Paro. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 3. Paro- Jili Dzong

Distance 7 Km, 4-5 hours, 1090 M ascent, camp altitude 3,480 m.

The first day can be quite arduous as you have to climb more than 1,000m elevation. You will start from the Ta Dzong (the National Museum) in paro. The trek follows a gravel road past a few farms for about half an hour and then climbs up.

Day 4: Jili Dzong – Jangchulakha

Distance 10 Km, 4-5 hours, 310m ascent, 50 m descent, and the camp altitude is 3,770 m.

You begin with a steep climb for about an hour and a half, then the slope evens a bit and the ascent is more gradual. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and dwarf rhododendron trees. You can also see yak herders.

Day 5: Jangchulakha – Jimgelang Tsho

Distance 11 Km, 4 hours, 230 m descent, 330 m ascent, and the camp altitude is 3,870 m.

The trails follows a ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valleys are simply stunning. The campsite is very close to the Jimgelang Tsho (lake). This lake is known for its giant trout. You may fish for one or two for your dinner.

Day 6: Jimgelang Tsho – Simkotra Tsho

Distance 11 Km, 4 hours, 820 m ascent, 400 m descent, and your camp altitude is 4,110 m.

The trails takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and past Janetso Lake. You may also come across yak herder camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The camp site is close to the Simkotra Laka.

 Day 7: Simkotra Tsho – Phajoding

Distance 10 Km, 3-4 hours, 130 m ascent, 680 m descent, camp altitude 3,750 m.

The day begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Phuensum (highest unclimbed in the world, the highest mountain in Bhutan and several other Himalayan peaks. The camp site is above Phajoding monastery.

Day 8: Phajodhing – Mothithang

Distance 4-5 km, 3 hours, 1,130 m descent.

After passing Phadjoding monastery, the trek to Thimphu (Mothithang) is downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace takes about three hours through pine trees and rhododendron.

The Druk Path finishes at the Bhutan Broadcast Service (BBS) Telecommunication Tower, offering great view of the city of Thimphu.

 Day 9. Thimphu to Paro

In the morning, you will drive to airport for departure (54 Km, 1 hour). Our representative will bid farewell.

Cost Inclusion

  1. All meals – American plan include
  2. English Speaking Guide for the tour
  3. All Entrance Fess of all Places of interest
  4. Internal Transport within Tour Activity: Cultural/Hiking
  5. Accommodations – minimum of 3* hotels or resorts
  6. All Government Taxes

Cost Exclusion

  1. Travel Insurance
  2. Laundry Services
  3. Shopping and Telephone services
  4. Tipping for service providers
  5. Air fare

Tour cancellation & refund policy

Tour Programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

  • 5 days or more prior to arrival date in Bhutan– no charges
  • 45-30 days prior to arrival date in Bhutan – 20% of rate
  • 22– 29 days prior to arrival date in Bhutan – 30% of rate
  • 15-21 days prior to arrival date in Bhutan – 50% of rate
  • Less than 15 days prior to arrival date in Bhutan – No Refund
  • An Administration fee of USD75 will be applicable for all cancelled tours

In the event of cancelled or shortened trips due to unforeseen reasons after arrival in Bhutan, no refund will be made due to the company already having paid for hotels and other logistics.

No refund will be made for missed connections or no show at the airports.