The Druk Path trek is one of the more popular treks in Bhutan as it is short, moderate and suitable for anyone in good physical health and who enjoys hiking through picturesque landscapes of blue pine forests, high hills, lakes and stunning views of distant high peaks.

In April and May the trail becomes even more stunning when the rhododendrons are in full bloom. September to November is also a good time to take this trail, as the weather is awesome will plenty of blue sky and sun shine. The trek starts from Paro and heads towards Thimphu along the Paro valley. It goes along ridges that offer spectacular views of the Himalayas including Mount Gangkar Puensum, Bhutan’s highest peak.

The trek will reach an altitude of 4,210m.

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Departure Dates Twin Share Single Supplement Booking Remarks
24th March 2016 US$2608 US$2743 Open Arrive earlier to attend Paro festival 19 -23 March
15th Oct 2016 US$2608 US$2743 Open Arrive earlier to attend Thimphu festival 11 -13 Oct

 
 

Druk Path Trek detail itinerary

DAY 1~ ARRIVAL AT PARO

On arrival Bhutan Bokar Tours will greet you and drive you to hotel. Visit the auspicious Kyichu Lhakhang built in 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo and the ruins of Drugyel Dzong, an imposing fortress that defended Tibetan invasions from the north. From here you can view mountain Jomolhari (7,300m) on a clear day. Evening, freely stroll around Paro town.

DAY 2~ PARO

Hike to Taktshang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest, perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro valley. In the eighth century the great Indian saint, Guru Padmasambhava, is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is a two-hour hill uphill at moderate pace.

Visit Ta-Dzong (watch tower), now the national museum, and Paro Rinpung Dzong. Evening, explore Paro town.

DAY 3~ TREK BEGINS FROM PARO – JILI DZONG 10KM, 4-5 HOURS

The trek begins with an hour and half climb and then a gradual ascent. The trail takes you through thick pine forests and rhododendrons up to Jili Dzong from where Paro valley can be seen with the snow-capped mountains behind. Overnight in tented camp at 3,480m.

DAY 4~ JELE DZONG-JANGCHULAKHA 11KM / 3-4 HOURS

The trail goes through thick alpine and rhododendrons. Most of the walking is up and down on a ridge. Mount Jomolhari is visible if skies are clear. You may see yak herders around your campsite at 3,770m.

DAY 5~ JANGCHULAKHA – JIMILANGTSHO, 12KM / 4-5 HOURS

The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valleys are beautiful particularly that of the 6,989m Jichu Drake, the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Overnight in camp at 3,870m.

DAY 6~ JIMILANGTSHO – SIMKOTA, 11KM / 4-5 HOURS

You will pass by the glacial lake of Jimilangtsho. These lakes are famous for their giant sized trouts. The trail goes through dwarf rhododendron trees and bypasses the lake of Janetsho. You could come across some yak herder’s camps. Overnight camp is close to Simikot Lake at 4110m.

DAY 7~ SIMKOTA – PHOJODHING – THIMPHU, 15KM/6HOURS

Start the day with a gradual climb and if the weather permits enjoy majestic views of Mount Gangkar Puensum and other peaks. The trail slowly descends through junipers trees to a community hall near Phojodhing. Walk down hill to Thimphu through a forested area of mostly blue pine. On arrival, check into hotel in Thimphu.

DAY 8~ EXPLORE THIMPHU

Visit National Memorial Chorten built in 1974 in memory of the third king of Bhutan and dedicated to world peace and prosperity, Drive to Takin preserve and see the Takin, Bhutan’s national animal, visit nunnery, school of thirteen traditional arts and crafts and national library. After lunch visit Changangkha Temple built in 12 century, drive to Buddha point to see the 138.6 foot tall statue of Buddha sakyamuni seated on a 62 foot tall throne and in the evening visit Tashichoedzong, the seat of government, first built in 1641.

DAY 9~ PARO DEPARTURE

Morning depart for Paro International Airport for your onward journey.