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Druk Path Trekking

From US$ 1,907 per person
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highlights
  • Cross a chain of mountains that separates two valleys
  • Revel in beautiful valleys, dense forests and snow capped mountains
  • Experience Bhutan's unique culture and village excursions
  • Observe ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples
Bhutan is well-known for some of the best and most exciting trekking trails in the Himalayan region. Many tourists visit Bhutan to explore the untouched beauty of the mountains – best experienced on foot. The Druk Path trek is one of the finest short trekking routes in Bhutan. Connecting the valleys of Paro and Thimpu, the trail leads over high passes on an ancient trading route, passing through spectacular rhododendron forests, alpine yak pastures and beautiful lakes stocked with snowy mountain trout.

The trek begins via apple orchards and pine forests past a ruined Jele Dzong (fortress), which sits on a high grassy ridge overlooking breathtaking views of Mount Jumolhari to the north. In the next four days, we climb above the tree line and cross several passes including the Phume La (4210m). En route, we come across amazing clear mountain lakes, a number of yak herder’s camps and the splendid view of the Himalayas. At the end of the trail, descend through the pine and juniper forests via Phadjoding monasteries and head to the capital of Bhutan.
3 Star Hotel
The flight into Paro (2280m/7524ft) on Druk air is spectacular. In the clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the verdant green of the Paro valley. The first gift from Bhutan is cool, clean fresh air as we step from the plane. After clearing customs and visa control, we are met by our guide and then drive a short distance to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure with a walk through the main street of Paro.

Dinner and overnight at Paro.
3 hours 3 Star Hotel
After breakfast, we drive the winding road to the Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort, which once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mount Chomolhari can be seen on a clear day from Drukgyal village.

Visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse of a local family for a close up view of everyday Bhutanese life. We then drive to Shari to hike up (or horse ride) to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The horse ride up or hike to the cafeteria will take around one and half hour. At the view point enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigers in the 8th century. After lunch at the café, we walk back to the road point. On our way back to the hotel we visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temple in Bhutan built in 7th century.

Leisure time, then dinner and stay overnight at hotel in Paro.
4-5 hours Camping
After an early breakfast, you will be picked up by our representatives from the hotel and driven to Paro and Ta Dzong or the National Museum.

Distance: 08km
Walking time: 4-5 hours
Starting at: Ta Dzong (2300m)
Accommodation: Camp at Jele Dzong (3436m, 11,270 ft)

The trek trail is a 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.
4-5 hours Camping
Distance: 09km
Walking time: 4-5 hrs
Starting at: Jele Dzong (3436mtrs)
Accommodation: Camp at Tshokam (3962mtrs; 12,995 ft)

The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and rhododendron trees. Most of the walking is up and down on a ridge. Mt. Jhumolhari is also visible. Pass by Jangchulakha, where we used to have a campsite but due to lack of water, we have moved our campsite to Ashoka. You may see Yak herders around Jangchulakha, and if you are interested you can visit their tents before reaching your campsite.
6-7 hours Camping
Distance:
Walking time: 6-7 hrs
Starting at: Jangchulakha (3780m)
Accommodation: Camp at Jimilangtsho (3880m)

The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valley are beautiful, in particular, the Jichu Drake (6989m) camp close to the Lake of Jimilangtso. These lakes are known for their giant-sized trout.
4-5 hours Camping
Distance: 11 Km
Walking time: 4-5 hrs
Starting at: Jimilangtsho (3880m)
Accommodation: Camp at Simkota (4040m)

The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and then you pass by the lake of Janye Tsho. Today you may come across Yak herder’s camps and you can really have a look as to how these people live. The camp is close to Simkota Lake.
3-4 hours Camping
Distance: 10 Km
Walking time: 3-4 hrs
Starting at: Simkota (4040m)
Accommodation: Camp at Phajoding (3870m)

You begin with a gradual climb up to 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.
3 hours 3 Star Hotel
Distance: 4-5 Km
Walking time: 3 hrs
Starting at: Phajoding (3870m)
Accommodation: End of trek at Thimphu (2300m), stay in hotel

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.

Leisure time and overnight at hotel Druk.
1 hours 3 Star Hotel
In the morning, visit the Institute of Traditional Medicine, where old healing arts such as acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practiced. 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. See the 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.

In the afternoon, visit the weekly outdoor market, where locals buy fruits and vegetables, rice, grains, chillis and other fresh foods. The crowded stalls offer many colorful local items such as yak tail dusters, butter tea cups, turquoise from Nepal and Tibet and musical instruments.

Other highlights include a visit to the Bhutanese Handmade Paper Factory, Zilukha Nunnery, Motithang Mini Zoo, and Sangaygang viewpoint. In the evening drive to Paro for overnight stay.
30 minutes 3 Star Hotel
In the morning, your Bhutanese escort will bid you farewell at Paro airport. Good-bye and happy journey back home or onwards!
what’s included
  • Airport transfers
  • A minimum of 3 star base twin sharing accommodation (4/5-star may require additional costs) and tented camp where necessary
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and tea/coffee with snacks
  • Mineral water during the tour and at meals
  • Services of a government licensed and experienced English speaking Bhutanese tour guide
  • Tours / sightseeing specified in the itinerary
  • Temple, monastery and museum entrance fees
  • Medical facilities (consulting doctors and medicine)
  • Trekking Guide and trekking cook along with supporting staff
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • Pack ponies as and when required for trekking
  • Bhutan visa fee of US $ 40 per person
  • Tourism Development Fund of US$ 10 per person
what’s excluded
  • International flight (to/from Paro)
  • Domestic flight within Bhutan
  • Your travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses, including laundry, telephone, bar and beverage bills
  • Tips for guide and driver
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 10 days
Tour Type Private Tour  
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language Bhutanese & english
Maximum altitude 4040 meters
Trek difficulty Medium
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Paro, Bhutan
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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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Single supplementary charges of $ 30 per person per night.

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