Druk Path Trek (11 Days)

The six day trek combined with 4 days cultural tour in Paro and Thimphu is designed to give our visitors not only wild nature experience but also a glimpse into Bhutan Culture. This trek is the most popular in the country. The trail passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes while at the same time offering the opportunity to visit some ancient monasteries.

The Druk Path Trek is also a fairly easy hike to undertake as the distances between rest camps is fairly short. The trail takes you through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200 m. On the third day hikers will arrive at Jimilangtso Lake, whose crystal clear waters are home to gigantic trout. This trek also offers hikers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum (7550m), the highest unscaled peak in the world.

  • Day 1:   Arrive airport, transfer to hotel Paro, Overnight at 3 stars hotel in Paro.
    Day 2:   Trek Tiger nest monastery, Overnight at 3 stars hotel in Paro.
    Day 3:   TREK, Ta Dzong – Jele Dzong (Elevation 3,436m) campsite.
    Day 4:   Overnight in Tent, Jele Dzong – Tsokam (Elevation 3,962m) campsite.
    Day 5:   Overnight in Tent, Tsokam – Jimilang Tsho (Elevation 2,880m) campsite.
    Day 6:   Overnight in Tent, Jimilang Tsho – Simkotra Tsho (Elevation 4,090m) campsite.
    Day 7:   Overnight in Tent, Simkotra Tsho – Phajoding (Elevation 3,690m) campsite.
    Day 8:   Thimphu, Overnight at 3 stars hotel in Thimphu.
    Day 9:   Thimphu, Overnight at 3 stars hotel in Thimphu.
    Day 10: Paro, Overnight at 3 stars hotel in Paro.
    Day 11:  International Departure to your onward journey.

    1 person US $ 4450
    2 people US $ 7200
    3 or more people US $ 3750 / person

    Season: Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct & Nov

    Tour Cost Includes :

    • Visas for Bhutan, Government Royalty, Taxes.
    • All touring and transfers throughout your journey.
    • Daily 3 meals & bottled water daily.(B/L/D) at restaurants or hotels.
    • Accommodation at 3 star hotels.
    • A licensed English-speaking guide throughout the trip.
    • Entry fees and road permits as per the program.

    Tour Cost Does Not Includes:

    • Flight IN and OUT of Bhutan (can be arranged with us).
    • Travel Insurance.
    • Personal expenses – Drinks & Laundry.
    • Tips for the guide and driver.
    Places Nights Hotels
    Paro 3 nights Janka resorts/Mandala resorts
    Trek 5 nights Tents
    Thimphu 2 nights Bhutan suites/Rochogphel hotel
  • Day 1 : PARO (2,300 meters)
    Arrive – Paro airport and then transfer to the hotel.

    Paro Cultural Tour should always start with a visit to the Paro Dzong. Take in the amazing architecture of this 17th century monument, a premier example of Bhutan’s architecture. Paro Dzong, built in 17th century to defend Paro from the Tibetan invasion, is also known as Rinpung Dzong which means the ‘fortress on a heap of jewels’. This fine example of Bhutanese architecture now serves as a central monastic and administrative seat of the Paro district.
    From the Dzong, a leisurely walk back into Paro town crosses the scenic Nyamai zampa, a unique model of Bhutan’s traditional cantilever bridge.

    Overnight at 3 stars hotel in PARO.

    Day 2 : PARO

    Today’s exploration of Paro valley begins with a hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s nest monastery) 4-5 hrs hike.

    Tiger’s Nest or Taktshang Goempa is one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments. It literally hangs off the face of a cliff 900 meters above the valley floor. The legend states that Guru Rinpoche flew into Paro on a mythical tigress and meditated in a cave.

    The Taktshang Goempa is built around the cave, which is opened to the public once a year. The five hour round trip hike offers spectacular views of the Goempa and the valley below.

    After the visit to the monastery we will hike down and stop half way at the cafeteria for lunch.

    Horses or mules can be arranged on request to help lighten the journey.

    Heading back down the valley we will stop at the auspicious kyichu Lhakhang.

    The 7th century monastery is one of the oldest and most sacred temples in the Kingdom where the seed of Buddhism was won in Bhutan. The Tibetan King, Songsten Gampo ordered the establishment of monasteries in the Himalayan region to subdue evil spirits and to spread Buddhism. Of the 108 monasteries which were to be built, two major ones were built in Bhutan namely the Kyichu Lhakhang and the Jampa Lhakhang in Bumthang.

    Overnight at 3 stars hotel in PARO.

    TREK EGINS
    Day 3 : Ta Dzong – Jele Dzong (Elevation 3,436m)
    Drive to the Museum (Ta-Dzong), and at the museum you will meet your trekking staff, the horsemen and the pack animals. At the start of the trek the staff always takes some time to get organized. Our trek starts from the museum and our trek climbs non-stop for over 1065m before dropping down few meters to camp. The trail winds its way steeply through blue pine forest and around several farmhouses and fenced apple orchards.

    The area is called Tsachhugang. Along the way we pass a monastery (Kuenga Lhakhang). After 1 hour or so of steady climbing there will be nice views over the Paro valley and visible above is the Jele Dzong (jili Dzong). The trail continues steeply up through through the forest. Just before reaching a small pass below the Dzong, the route opens up a bit. Tonight’s small campsite is a little way down from the pass.

    Overnight at campsite.

    Day 4 : Jele Dzong – Tsokam (Elevation 3,962m)
    Leaving the dzong we walk north for about 10 mins on the ridge with a beautiful before disappearing into the forests which looks rather bleak as a result of damage by bark beetles. We then go up and around a small peak and looking back we see part of Paro valley and to the south, the Dagala range is possible. After a 4 hr trek we reach our campsite for the day at Tsokam.

    Overnight at campsite.

    Day 5 : Tsokam – Jimilang Tsho (Elevation 2,880m)
    The ridge walk followed by trekkers is about 2 hrs longer than then the pack animals’ route and its more spectacular and on a fine day there are several views of snowy peaks on the north and a grand view down into the valleys. Once again we proceed north most of the day and looking east is our tonight’s campsite and tomorrow’s route is visible. We then pass through a small campsite at Labana and further along out trek several monasteries are visible at the far end of the valley. We keep climbing slowly on the ridge and on the opposite side there is a view of Jimilang Tsho and we camp for the night near the lake.
    Overnight at campsite.

    Day 6 : Jimilang Tsho – Simkotra Tsho (Elevation 4,090m)
    We walk around the lake to its far (western end) and we start to climb up above the lake through the bushes and later good views opens up. On our way, many beautiful lakes are visible and we pass through a wide stone path between rhododendron bushes. We then climb up a ridge and soon we can see Simkotra Tsho which will be our campsite tonight.
    Overnight at campsite.

    Day 7 : Simkotra Tsho – Phajoding (Elevation 3,690m)
    The trail is good with several minor climbs before we finally look down to Phajoding monastery and Thimphu valley. We descent down to Phajoding monastery and we camp at Phajoding for the night because camping at Phajoding is definitely worthwhile.
    Overnight at campsite.

    Day 8 : Phajoding – Thimphu (Elevation 2,320m)
    Today is a easy trek down the mountain through dense forests till we reach the road above the Takin Sanctuary from where our driver will take us to our hotel in Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. Thimphu has a population of about 100,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights.
    Overnight at 3 stars hotel in THIMPHU.

    Day 9 : THIMPHU.
    Thimphu being the capital of Bhutan, offers unique opportunities to explore the Bhutanese culture, lifestyle and traditions in depth.

    We invite you to see the sights of the Kingdom’s capital with us. Below we have listed some of the experiences that we enjoy the most!

    This morning will spend our time circumambulating the sacred National memorial chorten.

    This is a Tibetan-style chorten built in 1974 in memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk who passed away in 1972. It is one of the most visible religious structures in town and for many people it is the focus of daily worship. Remember to walk around the Chorten at least once to gain merit and good luck.

    From the chorten we will drive to Kuenselphodrang to visit the biggest sitting Buddha statue in the world. The buddha measures 52 meters. From there we have beautiful view of the Thimphu valley. Lunch at down town Thimphu.

    After lunch we will quickly stop at the National Post office for stamps. Bhutan is famous for producing unique and innovative stamps. After selling peculiar CD-stamps Bhutan’s Post office now offers personalized stamps; we invite you to surprise your family and friends with your custom made stamp made with one of your favorite holiday photographs!

    We will take in more of kingdom’s rich culture at the Folk Heritage Museum. The museum is a restored three story traditional rammed mud and timber house inaugurated as a museum by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk in 2001. It showcases the traditional artifacts used now and in the past which helps connect people to the Bhutanese rural life.

    We will continue our visit to Changangkha Lhakhang. The monastery is the old fortress-like lhakhang perched on a ridge above the city with great views of Thimphu town. The 12th century temple, which still remains one of the main centers of worship for the locals, is the home to the statue of the 11-headed Avalokitesvara, the God of Compassion. The monastery is frequently visited by families as it is believed that if you bring a sick child to the temple, it will not take long before it recovers. Many go to pray for their child’s protection.

    Towards evening we will visit Tashichhoe Dzong and have glimpse king Jigme’s Palace. The Dzong (fortress) is popularly known as Thimphu Dzong. It is the seat of the government and the centre of all religious affairs of the Kingdom. It houses the office and the throne room of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck. Just below the dzong we can have a glimpse of King Jigmi’s palace.

    Overnight at 3 stars hotel in THIMPHU.

    Day 10 : PARO (2300 m)
    THIMPHU – DOCHULA – PARO (2.5 hrs drive)

    Today before driving back to Paro we will drive 40 minutes on east west highway till Dochula pass (3,050 mtrs) to have great view of the extended eastern himalayas of Bhutan and to hike up to Lungchutse monastery (3.600 mtrs).
    This Dochula to lungchutse loop hike is one of the most rejuvenating and picturesque hikes in the Thimphu area. Not only is the hike itself beautiful, but the 360° view from Lungchutse monastery is one of the best you will get of the Himalayan mountain range. You will start your hike from the large chorten in the middle of Dochula, the pass between Thimphu and Punakha at 3050 meters above sea level.

    From here the trail slowly climbs a ridge through a forest of hemlock, birch and rhododendrons until reaching an open meadow. Again, you will enter into forest of moss-covered rhododendrons, gigantic hemlocks, junipers, and bamboo undergrowth. A small trail leads you the last 50 meters past a row of fluttering prayer flags up to Lungchutse temple. On clear days, the view from the temple is fantastic!
    Lunch at the Dochula pass restaurant.

    After lunch we will drive back Paro sidestepping Thimphu. Once you reach Paro a leisurely walk in the town and a visit to the Champaca cafe for a freshly brewed coffee is a great finish to this day of cultural immersion and your journey to this ancient kingdom of BHUTAN.

    Overnight at 3 stars hotel in PARO.

    Day 11 : INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE