Druk Path Trek

This Druk Path Trek provides travelers a very good opportunity to have in depth understanding of the traditional lifestyles of friendly Bhutanese people by visiting villages, temples, monasteries, and gigantic fortresses. It gives you a chance to meet people, enjoy the pristine forest with rare glimpse of wildlife and observe the ancient old traditions of arts and crafts. You will get to explore the less frequented areas of Bhutan.

Our journey starts from Paro Valley. We spent one and half day sightseeing around the Paro valley and a full day excursion to the Tigers Nest. This Tigers Nest, the incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. We then start our short, five-day trek, which leads from Paro to Thimphu, or vice versa, crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. Although, there are very few settlements on this route, you will come across breath taking wonderful lakes teeming with fish and the area is famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests, which bloom in May. In the clear weather of late autumn and winter, you can enjoy spectacular views across to the Himalayas. We then finally arrive into the lush valley of Thimphu, the capital city. After touring through this tiny city with no traffic lights, you will return to Paro to fly back home with beautiful memories of this hidden Shangrila.

Note: The trekking tour program does not include the total duration. Please select the trek of your choice and contact us. We will send you the program and duration. You can also combine the trek with the cultural tours. The trek which is less than five nights is the cultural trek that is done with the cultural tours.

Sample itinerary given below, for details contact


Duration: 6 days

Maximum Elevation: 4200m

Highest Camp: 4110m

Standard: Easy to medium

Best Seasons: March-June & September-November

Start: National Museum in Paro

Finish: Mothitang, Thimphu

Summary

The Druk Path Trek is the trekker delight, trekked by many and one of the most preferred treks in Bhutan. This trek is short and scenic with some great views and beautiful lakes en route. It takes you to altitudes above 4000m and is not too strenuous as walking distances between the camps are not too long. Besides lakes, Phadjoding monastery is one of the highlights of this trek.

Day 1: Paro - Jela Dzong

(Distance: 7km, Duration: 4-5 hours, Ascent: 1090m, Camp altitude: 3480m)

It is a long day as you have to climb more than 1000m elevation. You start from the Ta Dzong (National Museum) in Paro. The trek follows a gravel road past a few farms for about 30 minutes and then climbs up a steep ridge before leading through blue pine and fir forests to Damche Gom. Once you reach the ridge below Jela Dzong you descend about 100m to the campsite below the Dzong.

Day 2: Jela Dzong - Jangchulakha

(Distance 10km, Duration: 4-5 hours, Ascent: 310m, Descent: 50m, Camp altitude: 3770m)

You begin with a climb for about an hour and a half and then ascend gradually up. The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and dwarf rhododendron tress. You may see yaks and yak herders around your campsite.

Day 3: Jangchulakha - Jimilang Tsho

(Distance: 11km, duration: 4 hours, descent: 230m, ascent: 330m, camp altitude: 3870m)

The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are beautiful. The campsite is close to the Jimilang Tsho (Lake). The lake is known for its giant sized trout.

Day 4: Jimilang Tsho - Simkotra Tsho

(Distance: 11km, duration: 4 hours, ascent: 820m, descent: 400m, camp altitude: 4110m).

The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and Janetso Lake. You may come across some yak herder€™s camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad life. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho (Lake).

Day 5: Simkotra Tsho - Phajoding

(Distance: 10km, Duration: 4 hours, Ascent: 130m, Descent: 680m, Camp altitude: 3750m).

The trek begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan peaks. From this pass, the trek takes you downhill to Phajodhing for a night halt. The camp is above Phadjoding.

Day 6: Phajodhing - Mothitang

(Distance: 4-5km, Duration: 3 hours, Descent: 1130m)

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

NOTE: ALL rate inclusive and include are same as the all tours packages