DRUK PATH TREK

This is a short five-day scenic trek with great views, which leads from Paro to Thimphu or vice versa, crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. The route is sparsely inhabited by nomadic yak herders. Also, there are wonderful lakes en route teeming with fish and the area is famous for its […]

Trip Facts

Trip Duration - 11 Days
Tour Duration - 8 Days
Trekking Mode - Camping Trek
Trip Level - Moderate
Min. Group Size - 2

This is a short five-day scenic trek with great views, which leads from Paro to Thimphu or vice versa, crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. The route is sparsely inhabited by nomadic yak herders. Also, there are wonderful lakes en route teeming with fish and the area is famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests, which bloom in April & May. In the clear weather of late autumn and winter, there are great views of the Himalayas.

Short itinerary for Druk Path Trek

Day 01: Arrive at Paro and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing as paro.
Day 03: Paro – Jele Dzong, 8km, 3 hours walk  ( Trek Begins ).
Day 04: Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha (10km, 3-4 hours walk).
Day 05: Jangchulakha – Jimilangtsho (11km, 4 hours walk).
Day 06: Jimilangtsho – Simkota (11km, 4 hours walk).
Day 07: Simkota – Phajoding (10km, 4 hours walk).
Day 08: Phajoding – Thimphu (5km, 3 hours walk ).
Day 09: Thimphu – Punakha (75 km, 3 hours drive).
Day 10: Punakha – Paro (125 km, approx 4 hours drive).
Day 11: Final Depart from Paro.

Seasons:  The recommended months for this trek are March to June and September to November.

Thimphu – Punakha
Simkota – Phajoding

Detail Itinenary

Day 01
Day 01: Arrive at Paro
In clear weather, Druk Air’s flight to Bhutan provides a spectacular view of Himalayan scenery. Whether flying along with the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkatta, it is a fascinating journey, culminating in an exciting descent past forested hills into the kingdom. Afternoon takes an exploratory walk around Paro main street. Also visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temple in the Kingdom, dating back to the 7th century. Over Night at the hotel in Paro.
Day 02
Day 02: Sightseeing at Paro
After breakfast drive to the ruined fortress, the Drukgyal Dzong. Strategically built over the only passage into Paro valley, the Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century from this location. On a clear day, one can see the commanding view of Mount. Chomolhari from the village below the Dzong. Later embark on a fascinating excursion to Taktsang Monastery popularly known as Tiger’s Nest. Perched on the side of a cliff 900m above Paro valley floor, it is Bhutan’s most revered temple. The hike to the monastery makes a splendid half-day excursion. Evening visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along with the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 03
Day 03: Paro – Jele Dzong, 8km, 3 hours walk ( Trek Begins )
Morning visit Ta Dzong, the National museum, holding fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, handicrafts, maks, costumes, armour and Bhtuan’s exquisite postage stamps. The visit will provide an insight into the rich and unique cultural heritage and tradition of Bhutan. Then begin the trek. Today is a short trekking day. The journey starts with a short climb up to Jele Dzong. The trek trail ascends gradually up to the camp, and if the weather is clear Paro valley can be seen with snow-capped mountains behind. Above the camp is Jele-la pass (3,400m) and Jele Dzong (mostly in ruins). There is also a Lhakhang containing a statue of Buddha Sakyamuni. Overnight camp.
Day 04
Day 04: Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha (10km, 3-4 hours walk)
Begin with a one and a half hour climb and then ascend more gradually upwards. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. You will have fine views of Jhomolhari and other snow capped peaks if the weather is right, and you may hear some monal pheasants calling during the day. You may see yak herders around your campsite. Overnight camp.
Day 05
Day 05: Jangchulakha – Jimilangtsho (11km, 4 hours walk)
The trail follows the ridge, and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valley are sensational. You will enjoy a great view of Jichu Drake (6,989m), the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Our camp is close to the Jimilangtsho lakes, which are famous for their giant sized trout. Overnight camp.
Day 06
Day 06: Jimilangtsho – Simkota (11km, 4 hours walk)
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janetsho. Today you may come across some yak herders’ camps and get an idea of how these people live. Overnight camp close to Simkota Lake, and if you are lucky you can catch a lake trout for your dinner.
Day 07
Day 07: Simkota – Phajoding (10km, 4 hours walk)
Today begins with a gradual climb, and if the weather permits you will enjoy majestic views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain Bhutan and a host of other peaks. The trail slowly descends through juniper trees to a campsite at Phajoding. Overnight camp.
Day 08
Day 08: Phajoding – Thimphu (5km, 3 hours walk )
After visiting Phajoding monastery built in 15th century by Shagcha Rinchen who introduced Drukpa Kagyu School in Bhutan in the 13th century, trek downhill to Thimphu passing through a forested area of mostly blue pine. Taking a leisurely pace, you reach Thimphu in about 3 hours. Evening visit Trashichhoedzong, “fortress of the glorious religion”. This is the center of government and religion, site of monarch’s throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 09
Day 09: Thimphu – Punakha (75 km, 3 hours drive)
Morning visit National Library, holding a vast collection of Buddhist text and manuscripts, some dating several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion. Then visit National Institute of Zorig Chusum or the School of Arts & Crafts, imparting training to young students in 13 traditional crafts of Bhutan. Then drive to National Textile Museum showcasing a range of beautiful Bhutanese textiles. Later visit to Folk Heritage Museum is interesting and provides a fascinating insight into the traditional Bhutanese farm house and rural past through exhibits and documentation of rural life. Then visit National Memorial Chorten, a sacred shrine built in 1974 in memory of the ‘Father of modern Bhutan’, third Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. After lunch, drive on to Punakha across Dochula pass (3080m) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 10
Day 10: Punakha – Paro (125 km, approx 4 hours drive)
Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and still it continues to be the winter residence of central monk body. Visit Punakha Dzong, Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored. Then drive to Wangduephodrang visiting its majestic Dzong, founded by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1638. It is located on top of a high ridge overlooking a river junction. The Dzong stands majestically on a spur and commands an impressive view over both north-south and east-west roads. After lunch, drive to Paro en route visiting Sitmokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong in the country which now houses the School for Buddhist studies. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 11
Day 11: Depart Paro
Breakfast in the hotel, then Bhutan Gate Travel guide will drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Tashi Delek!-Thank you

Service includes on trip cost:

  • US$ 40 per person (Single entry visa fee).
  • Accommodation in 3-star hotel.
  • Daily US$ 65 Per pax / Night Government royalty and all the tax
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner).
  • Full-time English speaking guide
  • Private transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Museums and parks fees indicated in the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water in the car.
  • Gov surcharge USD 40 per person/night for the single traveler.

Trekking Facilities Includes:

  • First Aid Box (Medicine)
  • Sleeping tent (2man tent) with carpeted floor, Air Mattress, Pillow and room light.
  • Dining tent with dining set, Table, Chair and dining light.
  • Kitchen tent with a kitchen set and light.
  • Hot water bag with cover.
  • Toilet tent with toilet pot.
  • Shower tent with shower bag and mat.
  • Trekking  staff

Service does not include on trip cost:

  • Any alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages and any other personal expenses.
  • Tips to guide, driver, trekking staff, hotel service, etc.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Single room supplement charge.
  • Luxury hotels/resorts are available on supplement cost.
  • Airfare.

Gear List

Visit Himalaya Treks has always been keen on safety on the journey. We have prepared Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Bhutan. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG. You must bring the following items:
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Thermal shirts/underwear
  • Nightwear thermals
  • Fleece/sweatpants
  •  Day-wear shirt/rain pants
  •  Trekking pants
  • Wind pants
  • Warm hat/balaclava
  • Neck gaiter
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Torch / Flashlight
  • Quick drier Towel
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen 35++
  • Water purification
  • A set of Earplugs
  • Trekking Poles
  • Hiking Boots
  • Socks
  • First aid kit
  • Antiseptics
  • Camera and video camera
Medical
  • Betadine / Dettol.
  • Hand-plaster
  • Bandage
  •  Eye drop.
  • Eardrop
  •  Sinex.
  • Gauge
  • Cotton
  • Move / Spray
  • Digene
  • Diamox
  •  D-Cold
  • Vicks
  • Paracetamol
  • Medicine for diarrhea
  • Medicine for a toothache
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