The Druk Path Trek

- 10 Days Route Map
Trip Cost: $ 3280
  • Trip Length : 10 Days
  • Activities : Sightseeing
  • Difficulty : Leisurely
  • Max Elevation : 4,040m/13,254ft at Simkota
  • Meal : Full board in Bhutan & [email protected]
  • Accommodation : Hotel to hotel
  • Transportation : Flight and Private vehicle
  • Best Month : March to June & Sep to Dec
  • Group Size : 2+

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"Softest trek in Bhutan that caters most of the cultural, historical, natural and floral and faunal highlights of this beautiful landlocked kingdom."

An easy trek in Bhutan, Druk Path Trek is also the most popular trek in the Land of Thunder Dragon. Though the entire trek runs for six days, we have added two more days of tour with the trek so that the visitors can get the best of Bhutan. Druk Path Trek traverses through the beautiful landscapes that comprises tempting vegetation of blue pines, elevated ridges and crystal clear lakes. Besides the trek also  come across some of Bhutan's most important and ancient fortresses, Lhadhaks and highland culturally authentic villages. 

Since the trek is considered a fairly easy adventure, each trekking day during Druk Path Trek has few hours of walk. Most of the trail during the trek winds through the forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200 m. Moreover, Jimling Lake and wonderful trouts in the lake are also the highlights of Druk Path Trek with Access Nepal. 

Regarding the Himalayan views the trek caters strikingly beautiful views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world. We recommend trekkers to schedule any week during  March-June or September-November if you wish to enjoy Druk Path Trek to the fullest.

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 03:

Arrive Paro & transfer to the hotel

2250m/ 7321ft

Day 04:

Explore Paro

2250m/ 7321ft

Day 05:

Trek begins from Paro - Jele dzong

3480m/11417ft

Day 06:

Trek to Jangchulakha

3870m/12696ft

Day 07:

Trek to Jimilangtsho lake

3880m/12729ft

Day 08:

Trek to Simkota

4110m/13484ft

Day 09:

Trek to Phajoding

3650m/11975ft

Day 10:

Trek to Thimphu (trek ends) and back to hotel

2350m / 7710ft

Day 11:

Thimphu S/s and drive to Paro

2250m/ 7321ft

Day 12:

Departure back to Kathmandu

1350m/4428ft

What is Included

• Airport pick up and transfer to hotel
• 09 Nights/ 10 Days Full Board Tour to Bhutan with full of of Meals, B.L.D. &  Gov. Approved Accommodation
• Bhutan Visa Fee and Bhutan Travel Permit
• English Speaking Tour Guide in Bhutan Tour, his entire expenses
• All required Gov and Local Taxes during trek in Bhutan


What is Not Included


• Entire cold beverage & bar bills in Bhutan trip
• Expenses of personal nature
• Travel Insurance
• Cost of Laundry, phone calls etc
• Tips

Day 01: Arrive Paro & transfer to the hotel (2250m/ 7321ft)

On your arrival at Paro will be received by representatives and will be transferred to hotel. Afternoon visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. This dzong was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts antique thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Below the museum is the Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The dzong is now used as an administration centre and school for monks. A short walk below the dzong takes you across a traditional cantilevered to one of the innumerable archery grounds. (Archery is the national sport of Bhutan). Evening, leisure walk through Paro is the main shopping district. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

 
 
Day 02: Explore Paro (2250m/ 7321ft)

After the breakfast, today we are going on a hike. A five hour hike to and fro to a cliff hanging monastery is probably the biggest highlight of Short Cultural Tour of Bhutan. Taktsang Monastery also knwon as Tiger's Nest because of the myth that states the visit of Guru Rinpoche on a Tiger back nestles on a cliff that hangs 90m above Paro. We hike up to the monastery, explore aorund and hike back down to Paro for the lunch.  The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. Built in the 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 m into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger. Looking at the monastery flying tigers doesn't seem so impossible after all. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria, followed by a short walk to Ramthangkha and then drive to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in 7th century. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Trek from Paro - Jili Dzong 3480m 4-5 hrs trek

The trek begins today after the breakfast in our hotel in Paro. The first day of the Druk Path Trek can be difficult because we gain the elevation rapidly. The trek starts from Ta Dzong (National Museum). Initially, the trek chases the graveled trail for almost thrirty minutes that has farms on bothe sides. Suddenly the challenging part of the trek unfolds as we trek along the vertically steep trail followed by a walk along the pines and firs forest to Damche Gom. At the end of the day's trek you arrive to the ridge top below Jili Dzong and the final 100m ascent brings you to the campsite at 3480m. Overnight in a camp at Jili Dzong. 

Day 04: Trek from Jili Dzong to Jangchulakhato 3770m 4-5 hrs trek

Today the trek begins with the  steep climb for about an hour and a half. After almost ninety minutes of steep uphill walk, the slopes become gentler. The remaining part of the trek penetrates the trail through dense alpine woods of dwarf rhododendrons to the campsite. Today we gain the elevation of 260m. Settling the camps in the campsite we get to see lots of yaks and their herders.

 

Day 05: Trek from Jangchulakha to Jimgelang Tsho(Lake) 3870m 4 hrs trek

The trek today even shorter. We chase the trail along the ridge. While trekking if the bright sunny day stays with us we get to view the striking views of Himalayan Peaks that include the highest unmeasured peak of Bhutan, Gangkar Pensuem. After the easy day walk that covers 11km we arrive at the campsite, which banks Jingmelang Lake, famous for sizable trouts fish. 

Day 06: Trek from Jingmelang Tsho to Simkotra Tsho 4040m 3-4 hrs trek

Yet another short trekking day. Though we cover the distance 11km, the easy trail makes the day's trek relatively shorter and soft. Initially, the trail  through dwarf rhododendron trees bring us to Janetso Lake. Beyond the lake we trek along the comfortable trail comprising few yak herder camps- an opportunity to capture the perfect nomadic life in Bhutan. Soon we arrive to Simkotra Tsho where we settle down for the night.

 

Day 07: Trek from Simkotra to Phajoding 3750m 3-4 hrs trek

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

After the breakfast as usual, we begin the trek. The trek today slides up gently. While ascending up we could catch the wonderful views of spectacular Himalayan peaks including Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled mountain in Bhutan and several other Himalayas before we reach the pass. Beyond the pass, the Druk Path Trek slides down towards Phajodhing where we settle our camps for the overnight stay. The campsite nestles just above Phadjoding Monastery.

 

Day 08: Trek to Thimphu (trek ends) and back to hotel (2350m / 7710ft)

The last day of the trek begins to cross pass Phadjoding monastery. As we trek down to Thimphu the trail slides downhill through a woods comprising mostly blue pines. Three hours of leisurely walk brings us to Bhutan Broadcast Service (BBS) Telecommunication Tower that caters the wonderful view of Thimphu. Our trek ends and we drive back to our hotel in the city.

Day 09: Sightseeing tour of Thimpu and drive to Paro

Today the real cultural tour of Bhutan begins and the best way to begin from is Bhutanese capital, Thimpu. In Thimpu, we visit Trashichhoedzong, the beautiful medieval time fortress/monastery, which is now the Bhutanese government's integral building holding many governement offices and King's throne. Trashichhoedzong is also the summer home of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot in Bhutan. The cultural tour of Thimpu continues to the National Library which holds the wide array of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. Explore Arts and Crafts School to witness the fantastic ongoing workshops of Thanka Paintings and encounter the living traditions of Bhutan at Textile and Folk Heritage Museums before the lunch.

Post lunch, the sightseeing tour of Thimpu, takes you to the Handicrafts Emporium followed by a visit to Stupa of Memorial Chorten (monument built in the memory of Father of Modern Bhutan- the third king of Bhutan). After a thorough exploration of Bhutanese capital ,we drive back to Paro, which is wonderful 75 minutes drive. Overnight in a hotel at Paro.

Day 10: Depart Paro

Our representative will drive you to Paro International Airport on time so that you board a plane to your onward destination on time. Have a safe flight home and travel with Access Nepal.

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