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  • Enjoy the most popular and stunning nature trek of Bhutan.
  • Visit Taktshang (Tiger Nest) Monastery, one of the greatest site in the country.
  • See what makes Bhutan the happiest country on the planet.
Visitors were not allowed on the Druk route for a long time to keep them away from the Tibetan troops, but after a period of peace, this stunning trek has finally opened up for visitors, its unique culture, landscapes and beauty primed for exploration.

The Druk Path has great cultural significance, its high ridges offering windy conditions for most parts of the year, classic mountains full of charming rhododendrons, and historically preserved villages offering a peek into an ancient way of life. The clear and breathtaking views of the Himalayas can also be a mesmerizing experience.

The Druk (Dragon) Path trek is ideal for those interested in seeing Bhutan's rich culture and its stunning Himalayan vistas without committing to one of the more strenuous treks. This trek provides significant contact with the landscape and culture of this magical kingdom and is designed to maximize exposure to the countryside and provide views of Bhutan's most spectacular mountain scenery.
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4.0 - Very Good Based on 1 review
A fine hike in beautiful hills
Peter On
4 - Very Good
“The Tigers nest was a super start to this holiday and must not be missed. There followed a tour of the Pato valley. The a fine fine hike with four nights in tents from Paro to Thimphu. Well organised with a guide who was great for Bhutanese culture and who had very good English. Good food and we were looked after well. Scenery is not as spectacular as in Nepal but it is a beautiful area. We reached 4200 m and it snowed on s one night but we were warm enough. After the trek we spent time being driven to various wonderful cultural sites and over a pass into a further valley. The Dzongs and temples were superb. A memorable trip.”
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Fly into Paro. If you are flying in from Kathmandu or Delhi, the flight over the Himalayas is one of the most spectacular experiences one will ever experience. You will fly past Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the entire Himalayan range visible on the left side. On landing at Paro, you will be met by our representative. After Customs and Immigrations formalities, you will be escorted to the hotel.
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  • Lunch & Dinner
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After breakfast, drive through the valley straight north to see the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, a victory fortress of the 17th century against the Tibetan army intruders. On the way back stop at the Takshang (tiger's nest) view point.

The path of enlightenment is lonely and narrow for monks at Taktshang Monastery, who take turns meditating alone in a cliffside retreat for three years, three months, three weeks, and three days. Taktshang, the Tiger's Den, is where the great Guru Rimpoche, who first brought Buddhism to Bhutan, is said to have arrived on a flying tiger in the eighth century. We also visit a farm house.

After lunch, visit Ta-Dzong (National Museum) which is considered to be the one of the best natural and historical museum and walk down hill for a view of Paro Dzong with its traditional cantilever bridge over the Pa-chu (Paro River). The evening is free to spend as you wish.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4 - 5 hours Camping
Start of Trek Day 1: Distance 10 Kms.

Start the at Dopshare (2300 meters) and camp at Jele Dzong (3450 meters). The trek trail is a rather gradual climb and if the weather is clear, the Paro valley can be seen with the Mt. Jumolhari (7314 meters) and snow-capped mountains behind the valley.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3 - 4 hours Camping
Trek Day 2: Distance 10 Kms

Start at Jele Dzong (3450 meters) and camp at Jangu Lakhang (3780 meters). 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 would also be visible on this day. We will likely encounter yak herders camped in their usual black woven yak hair tents.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4 - 5 hours Camping
Trek Day 3: Distance 11 Kms and walking time 4-5 hrs.

Start at Jangchu Lakhang (3780 meters) and camp at Jimilangtsho (3880 meters). The trail follows the ridge and on clear day, the views of the mountains (particularly those of Jichu Drake (6989 meters)) and valleys are beautiful. Camp is close to the Jimilangtso Lake. These waters in this region are known for their giant sized trout.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4 - 5 hours Camping
Trek Day 4: Distance 11 Kms

Start at Jimilangtsho (3880 meters) and camp at Simikota (4040 meters). The trail takes you through dwarf Rhododendrons trees and then you pass by the lake of Janye Tsho. Camp close to the Simkota Lake.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4 hours Camping
Trek Day 5: Distance 10 Kms

Start at Simkota (4040 meters) and camp at Phajoding (3870 meters). You begin with a gradual climb up to Phume La (4210 meters), the highest elevation for this trek. If the weather permits, you will have beautiful views of Mt. Gangkhar Punsum (7541 meters), the highest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan peaks. Below this mind-blowing vista, you can see the entire Thimphu valley.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3 - hours 3 Star Hotel
Trek Day 6 - End of Trek: Distance 4-5 Kms

Start at Phajoding (3870 meters) and end at Thimphu (2300meters). The trek to Thimphu is all the way down hill through a forested area of mostly Blue pine. We walk at a leisurely pace so that you can reach Thimphu in about 3 hours. Drive to Punakha.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3 Star Hotel
Day begin with visiting the Punakha Dzong, the second oldest in the Bhutan. Also visit the Chimmi Lhakhang before driving to Thimphu
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  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3 Star Hotel
A full day of Sightseeing of Thimphu valley awaits you with visits to the Handicraft Emporium, Zilukha Nunnery, National Library, Painting School and Dechen Phodrang Monastic School.

After lunch, visit the Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of the late King and if time permits explore Simtokha Dzong, the first Dzong built in Bhutan by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1629.

If this day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, a visit to the Weekend Market is a must- do.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Bid farewell and head back home.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • Airport transfers.
  • Sightseeing and monasteries entrance fees as per the itinerary.
  • Government recognised and licensed Bhutan English speaking guide.
  • All necessary travel permits.
  • Bhutan Visa and TDF.
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  • Meal on full board plan (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • Supportung staff and donkey while trekking.
  • All ground transportation by private vehicle.
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Flight to/from KTM
  • Flight to/from DEL
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  • Your international flight.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Personal nature of expenses - bar and beverage bills.
  • Tip to guide, driver etc.
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A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationRecommended Gear Lists: 01.) Good wind/rain jacket 02.) Warm fleece jacket or jersey 03.) Good boots, either light-weight trekking boots or light full leather boots 04.) Good -20 Sleeping bag (which can be rented or buy in Kathmandu) 05.) A comfortable day pack, preferably with a waistband. 06.) Fleece jacket or pullover 07.) Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) 08.) Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket 09) Down vest and/or jacket (optional) 10.) Lightweight gloves 11.) Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer 12.) Sun hat or scarf 13) Light balaclava or warm fleece hat 14.) Sunglasses with UV protection 15.) T-shirts 16.) Underwear 17.) Hiking shorts 18.) Lightweight cotton long pants 19.) Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms 20.) Fleece or wool pants 21.) Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants 22.) Thin, lightweight inner socks 23.) Thick, warm wool hiking socks 24.) Hiking boots with spare laces 25.) Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Other necessary equipment: 1.) Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries 2.) Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag 3.) Basic First Aid Kit (We also provide comprehensive first aid medical kit and Oxymeter) 4.) Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag 5.) Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 6.) Water bottles (2 bottles recommended) 7.) Toiletries 8.) Small wash towel
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