DRUK PATH TREK
Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular trek in Bhutan, a 5 days trek with max elevation of 4235m above the sea level. You will hike through high mountain passes, alpine forest, monasteries and herder’s camp, accessing both Paro and Thimphu valley. The trek starts from above Ta Dzong(now national museum of Bhutan) after 20 minutes drive through farm road through the forest of blue pine, oak, rhododendrons and hills adorned with prayer flags. You will be greeted by amazing views of mount Jumolhari(7314m) and other Himalayan snowcapped peaks. You will pass several glacier lakes on the way for few days and your trek ends from Phajoding, Thimphu.
Day 1: Arrive Paro, 2280m
Your flight to Bhutan provides the most fascinating view of Himalayan snowcapped sceneries. As the aircraft enters the Paro valley you will see the Paro Dzong overlooking Paro Chu with Ta Dzong above it. Your guide will receive you at Paro Airport and escort you to hotel. Later in the evening, you can visit Paro town. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 2: Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
5Km | 4-5 hours | 900m Ascent
After breakfast, hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Bhutan’s most famous monastery, which stands at 3100m gives you acclimatization for the next day’s trek. According to the legend, it is believed that Guru Rimpoche, the 8th century Spiritual Master, flew to this location on the back of a tigress to meditate. Explore the Monastery and hike back to Paro. On the way, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 3: Ta Dzong to Jele Dzong (Trek starts)
10Km | 4-5 hours | 913 Ascent | 80 Descent | Camp altitude 3480m
After breakfast in your hotel, you will drive to the trekking start point above Ta Dzong (2487m), where you will meet your trekking staffs and horses. The trek follows a gravel farm road passing few farms for about 30 minutes and then climbs up a steep ridge before leading through blue pine and fir forests to Damche Gom with chorten Dangrim (horizontally carved stupa). Continue your walk uphill and once you reach the ridge marked by a cairn below Jele Dzong, you descend about 80m to the campsite below the Dzong.
Day 4: Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha
10Km | 3-4 hours | 290 Ascent | Camp altitude 3770m
Today’s trek begins with an half hour of climb crossing the pass Jele La (3490m) and then ascends gradually up to the Jele Dzong. You may see yak herders around your campsite. There are fascinating views of Jumolhari and other snow capped mountains around and also splendid Paro valley down to the valley floor. On the way make a visit to Jele Dzong, it was once the residence of Lama Ngawang Chhogyel (1465 – 1540), the cousin brother of Lama Drukpa Kuenley (Divine Madman). . The trail takes you over the ridge adorned with beautiful prayer flags and through thick alpine forests of hemlock, spruce and rhododendrons.
Day 5: Jangchulakha to Jimilangtsho
11Km | 4 hours | 410m Ascent | 310 Descent | Camp altitude 3870m
The trail climbs to Raguna campsite and then to the pass with several ups and down . On a clear day the views of the mountains and valleys are simply stunning, including the great views of Jomolhari (7314m), Bhutan’s 2nd highest mountain, 6,989m Jichu Drake, the peaks representing the protective deity of Paro and Gangkar Puensum (7564m), Bhutan’s highest mountain. Descending from the pass, you arrive your campsite besides the lake Jimilangtsho, which are famous for their giant sized trouts which were introduced in the 1970s. (Jimilangtsho means “Sand Ox Lake” and it was named for a bull that emerged from the lake and joined the cattle of a family that uses the area as a summer grazing ground. Overnight camp. Altitude 3870m.
It is possible to cut the trek short by descending from tsho kam to the Tsaluna pilgrimage site through Narithang.The trial crosses the stream water several times through the forest of blue pine and rhododendrons.
Day 6: Jimilangtsho to Simkotra Tsho
11Km | 4 hours | 240m Ascent | Camp altitude 4110m
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 where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho Lake.
Day 7: Simkotra Tsho to Phajoding to Thimphu (Trek ends)
14Km | 5 hours | 90m Ascent | 400m Descent
The day begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, and other peaks. From this pass, the trek takes you downhill towards Phajodhing. From here, the trek is downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine till you reach the road above the Takin Sanctuary. The driver will be waiting here to take you to hotel. Enjoy a nice shower and stroll freely in Thimphu town in the evening. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day 8: Thimphu to Paro and Depart
This morning, you will drive to Paro airport for your flight back home.
- Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
- Best Season: March, April, May, June and Sept, Oct and Nov.
- Maximum Elevation: 4235m
- Highest camp Elevation: 4100m
- Highest Ascent of the trek: 1003m
- Average walking distance: 11 km | 6.83 miles
- Average walking time: 5 hours
- Attraction: Trail passes through spectacular rhododendron forests, alpine yak pastures and beautiful lakes stocked with snowy mountain trouts.
- Small Day bag
- Trekking boot
- Camp shoes
- At least 3 pairs of trekking socks
- Rain gears
- Trekking pants
- Warm gloves
- Warm hat and Sun hat
- A pair of shorts
- Long sleeve shirts
- 2 non-cotton Trekking shirts
- Warm down jacket
- Thermal water bottle/ Water bag
- Normal torch and Headlamp
- Small towel
- Camera with extra batteries
- Trekking poles
- Mud guard
- Backup phone charger
- Warm sleeping bag(negative 8-10 degree Celsius)
- Medical Kits
Diamox, Motion sickness tablets, aspirin, Small bandage, Cough drops, Anti-bacterial hand gel, Sunscreen, Lip balm, Insect repellent, Water purification tablets(iodine or chlorine).
- Energy Bars and snacks.
- Medical Prescriptions.
-Some books to read at campsites
All meals, tea and snacks, complementary bottled water in car, hotels, transport, guide, government levy, visa fee, entrance fees, permits and sightseeing. On trek includes – sleeping tents, dinning tents, toilet and shower tents, toilet seats, mats, duffle bags, cooking utensils, all meals, guide, trek chef, assistants and horses.
Flight tickets, insurance, tips, drinks and beverages, sleeping bag on trek, laundry, internet, phone and other bills of personal nature.
Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.
Bhutanese type 3 star hotels (possibility of upgradation) during city tour. Tented campsite accommodation on trek.