Druk Path Trek

12 Days

Druk path trek is one another most popular trekking package among the trekkers visiting in Bhutan. This is merely two week long trekking that involves both the hiking and trekking alongside of cultural heritage sites, dazzling scenes of the high Himalayas from the forefront of mountain lake and explore the beautiful village in order to explore the local dish, lifestyles, culture and have intimate relation with it. The local culture, the wonderful landscapes, the unique arts and artifacts, the sincere hospitality and eye catching sceneries of the mountain, monasteries creates you a kind of fond and unique memories in your lifetime. Moreover, the amazing pictures and remarkable memories you gather here are worth sharing with your kith and kin.
Right after you land at Paro international airport, you will have short sightseeing all around the mysterious corners especially at Drungyal Dzong and then you will have excursion around the Taktsang, popular for magical monastery, whereby Guru Padmasambhava believed to have meditated and then you will have drive to Jele Dzong, the trekking starting point. From Jele Dzong, you continue trekking to Janchulakha, through thick alpine forest and dwarf rhododendron flower and yak pasture and then you will reach at Jimilangtso, from where you will have amazing view of mountains including the Jimilangtso lake and continue hiking to Simkota, where you will have an opportunity to explore the mountain lake, similarly you will gradually ascend up to Phajoding, from where you will have dazzling view of Mt. Gangkhar Punsum, the highest peaks in Bhutan, as well as other peaks mountain ranges and finally you will pass through Dochula pass, the highest point of your trekking, subsequently you will descend down to Phajoding and finally get back to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan and have sightseeing all around, as well as in Punakha and Wangdi and finally drive back to Paro and depart to your stipulated destination.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrive Paro:
  • Day 02: Paro
  • Day 03: Excursion to Taktsang Monastery:
  • Day 04: Paro Jele Dzong (Start of Trek):
  • Day 05: Jele Dzong Jangchulakha:
  • Day 06: Jangchulakha Jimilangtso:
  • Day 07: Jimilangtso Simkota. (4 5hours):
  • Day 08: Simkota Phajoding – Thimphu (4 5hours):
  • Day 09: Thimphu Sightseeing:
  • Day 10: Thimphu – Punakha (72 Kms, 3 hours drive).
  • Day 11: Punakha – Thimphu – Paro:
  • Day 12: Departure:

Cost Includes

  • Hotel in Thimpu on F/B on twin sharing basis
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Man Power: Guide, Cook, Sherpa, Kitchen boys, helper, porters
  • Food during the trek 3 meals a day
  • 2 men tent, mattress, all camping gear except sleeping bag, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, table & chairs
  • Hotel-airport-hotel transfers
  • Flight: Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu as per itinerary
  • Necessary visa fee and trek permit  

Cost Excludes

  • Personal equipments
  • High risk medical insurance
  • International air ticket, airport tax
  • Alcoholic beverages & telephone calls
  • Visa fees, emergency rescue evacuations if needed

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 :Arrive Paro: The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. Your Bhutanese escort from Bhutan Yak adventure Travel will greet you on arrival, and then drive you the short distance to the hotel.
  • Day 02 :Paro Your journey into the Thunder Dragon kingdom will truly begin with a drive in the morning to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. After lunch, visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. A short distance further is one of the innumerable archery grounds. (Archery is the national sport of Bhutan). If we are lucky, we may catch a match in action. The evening ends with a walk through Paro´s main shopping district.
  • Day 03 :Excursion to Taktsang Monastery: A very special day, with an excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger´s Nest) monastery After breakfast a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, from there a 2 hour horse ride till the viewpoint point of the monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684by the Penlop of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria. After Lunch, we go back to the Hotel, check out and drive to Thimphu. Over night in Hotel.
  • Day 04 :Paro Jele Dzong (Start of Trek): Today is a short trek. The trek begins above the National Museum; we climb till we reach camp. If the weather is clear the Paro valley and the snow capped mountains can be seen. The campsite is near the old Jele Dzong. If the caretaker is there you can visit the Dzong. Altitude 3,350m; Distance 10 Km; Time 3 4 hours.
  • Day 05 :Jele Dzong Jangchulakha: The trek starts with a short climb and then passes through a thick alpine forest of rhododendron and gradually climbs till we reach camp. You may see yak herders around your campsite. Altitude 3,700m; Distance 12 Km; Time 4 5 hours.
  • Day 06 :Jangchulakha Jimilangtso: The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valleys are beautiful. Our camp is close to Lake Jimilangtso. These lakes are known for their giant sized trout, and if lucky, you may enjoy well prepared trout for dinner. Altitude 3,800m; Distance 16 Km; Time 6/7 hours.
  • Day 07 :Jimilangtso Simkota. (4 5hours): The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees past the lake of Janetso. Overnight camp.
  • Day 08 :Simkota Phajoding – Thimphu (4 5hours): From here we slowly descend down to Phajoding Monastery from where Thimphu town is visible at the valley floor. Overnight camp.
  • Day 09 :Thimphu Sightseeing: The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). After lunch we drive to the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices, and to Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal silver smiths and Bhutanese paper factory at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). We finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Over night in Hotel.
  • Day 10 :Thimphu – Punakha (72 Kms, 3 hours drive). After breakfast, Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. Lunch at Punakha. After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male river) and Mo Chu (Female river). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, “…a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”. There was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in front of the statue, while Palep was sleeping, the Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952. In the evening, visit Chime Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley. He subdued the demons with his “ Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”. Overnight in Hotel.
  • Day 11 :Punakha – Thimphu – Paro: After breakfast, drive to Paro via Thimphu. Lunch at Thimphu. Afternoon, free for shopping. In the evening, drive to Paro. Over night in Hotel.
  • Day 12 :Departure: Early morning, drive to the airport and farewell.

Key Information

  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Destination Bhutan
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