Druk Path Trek

Duration: 10 Days   |   PhotosDownload

Druk Path Trek is a relatively short and moderate trek leading from Paro valley to Thimphu valley, or vice versa, and crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. The route passes through sparsely populated places. One of the interesting features of Druk Path Trek is the presence of beautiful lakes en route teeming with fish. Also, this area is particularly famous for spectacular rhododendron forests that run riot in the month of May. The best time for the Druk path trek is March to May and September to November.

Druk Path Trek is one of the finest short treks in Bhutan. Leading through an ancient trading route, over high mountain passes, it connects the valleys of Paro and Thimpu. The trail passes through spectacular rhododendron forests, alpine yak pastures and beautiful lakes stocked with snowy mountain trouts. 

Outline Itinerary

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Day 1:Arrive Paro (2250m/7382ft)

The flight to Paro crosses the great Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by Alpine Eco Trek’s guide and transfer to the hotel. After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels". Next visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. From there you will be taken to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,314meters. Overnight hotel in Paro.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Paro
  • Maximum Altitude:2250m

After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After having explored the monastery, you will hike down to Paro. Overnight hotel in Thimphu. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Thimphu
  • Maximum Altitude:3180m

After breakfast in your hotel, you will drive to the roundhead at the National Museum from where you will start the trek. The trek trail is rather gradual up till the camp and if the weather is clear the Paro valley can be seen with snow-capped mountains behind including Jumolhari in the distance. Above the camp is Jele La Dzong (3,400m) and Jele Dzong is mostly in ruins and there is a Lhakhang with the statute of Buddha Sakyamuni. Overnight camp. Altitude 3480m. 

  • Accommodation:Tent
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Jele Dzong
  • Maximum Altitude:3480m

Before your trek, you can explore the Jele Dzong which sits at 3570m. Today’s trek begins with an hour and half climb and then ascend gradually up. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons crossing the Jele La (3490m). You may see yak herders around your campsite. There are fascinating views of Jumolhari and other snow capped mountains and you can also hear some Monal peasants during the day. Overnight camp. Altitude 3770m. 

  • Accommodation:Tent
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Jangchulakha
  • Maximum Altitude:3770m

The trail climbs steeply to the Jangchulakha (4180m). On a clear day the views of the mountains and valleys are sensational. Descending from the pass you arrive at your camp beside the Jimilangtsho lakes. These lakes are famous for their giant sized trouts. Also there are great views of 6,989m Jichu Drake, the peak representing the protective deity of Paro and Gangkar Puensum (7497m), Bhutan’s highest mountain. Overnight camp. Altitude 3870m. 

  • Accommodation:Tent
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Jimilangtsho
  • Maximum Altitude:3870m

The trails climbs up from lower end of the lake and makes a traverse along the side of the ridge, then descends to a single stone shelter. Again ascend to a summit at 4050m overlooking Janetsho Lake. Today you may come across some yak herder’s camp and get an idea how these people live. Camp is close to Simkota Lake. Overnight camp. Altitude 4110m. 

  • Accommodation:Tent
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Simkota
  • Maximum Altitude:4110m

Today you begin with gradual climb and if the weather permits, you will enjoy majestic view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, and also the other peaks. The trail slowly descends through junipers trees to a community hall near Phajoding. From Phajoding the trek to Thimphu is downhill all the way, passing through a forested area of mostly blue pine. On arrival, check into hotel in Thimphu. Overnight hotel in Thimphu. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Thimphu
  • Maximum Altitude:2350m

who reigned from 1952-1972), Nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). You will also visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, the traditional paper factory and the majestic Tashichhodzong. After lunch, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive at Punakha after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. Overnight hotel in Punakha. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Punakha
  • Maximum Altitude:2350m

After breakfast, you will visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Then drive to Paro. On the way, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive the blessing from the Lama’s wooden phallus! Continue drive to Paro via Dochu La Pass. Here, you will visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. Stop in Thimphu for lunch. Later in the evening, you can drive to Paro. Overnight hotel in Paro. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Paro
  • Maximum Altitude:2250m

Drive to airport for departure. Today you bid farewell to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, after taking breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport in the morning depending on the flight schedule and your destination. Our representative will bid you farewell.

    Inclusion

    • Airport pick up and transfer to the hotel.
    • Three-night accommodation in Paro on BB basis (3-star category hotel) on twin sharing as mentioned in the itinerary
    • An experienced, helpful and friendly Government license holder trekking Guide.
    • Domestic airport pick up and drop by private car/van/ Minibus / Bus 
    • Required Trekking porter /sherpa (two people will get one trekking sherpa/ porter)
    • Three-time meal during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Bhutan visa fee
    • Bhutan travel permit 
    • Trekking permit as mentioned in the itinerary
    • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
    • Porter and pack animal services for trekking
    • Tents and Kitchen utensils for trekking
    • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties
    • All program as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Overland transportation
    • Insurance for  staff ( Trekking guide,  Driver and porters)
    • Guide and porter fares and taxes.
    • Government Tax and office service charge.
    • Airport drop
    • International flight ticket
    • High risk medical insurance
    • Alcoholic beverage and telephone calls
    • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water
    • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed
    • Purely personal nature expenses
    • Tipping /Tips(Tipping is Expected).
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