The six day trek is the most popular trek in the country as it 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 lhakhangs, dzongs and villages.
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 Jimiling Lake, whose crystal clear waters are home to gigantic trout.
This trek also offers hikers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world. The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are between March-June or September-November.
Day 01 - BKK/CCU/DEL/KTM - PBH
The flight to Bhutan gives you the enchanting views of great Himalayas and slowly descends to Paro valley with sights of typical buildings and farmland. After the Immigration & custom formalities you will be transferred to hotel. Then visit vistit Paro Rimpung Dzong (fortress) of 17th century, Ta Dzong (Watch Tower) which is now a national museum and Nyami Zampa. If time permit, visit the places of interests or walk around the Paro town. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 02 - PARO - SIGHTSEEING
Today you can visit Chelila pass Alt 3875m which is the highest motor able pass in Bhutan. You can spend time enjoying the view of the Himalayan mountain range. Then visit Kila Anem Gompa (Nunnery). (Optional: you can hike from chelela to Kila nunnery). After lunch Dungtsi Lhakhang of 15th century, Kichu Lhakhang of 7th century, DrugyelDzong (victorious fortress) of 17th century and walk around the paro town. Overnight hotels.
Day 03 - PARO - TAKSANG (Tigers Nest)
Morning early, start the hike to famous Taktsang Gompa (tiger nest monastery) of 8thcentury built on the cliff of a rock 3000ft above the Paro valley. The walk is 3 hours uphill to the monastery and 1 hour to explore the monastery.2 hours to the transport from the monastery, then transfer you to hotels.If time prevails you could walk around the Paro town, Overnight in hotels.
Day 04 - PARO (DAMCHUNA) – JELE DZONG
Morning drive above Ta dzong till Damchuna from where you will start your Druk Path Trek. After meeting the trekking crew begin the hike gradually up hill with winding trails into the dense forest of pine, spruce, everygreen oaks, fir, hemlock, rodhodendron, poplars etc to Jele Dzong on the ridge Alt. 11500 ft. The hike is about 3 to 4 hours. If you reach early to the camp you can visit the Jele Dzong.
Day 05 - JELE DZONG – JANGCHU LHAKHA(Tso Kam):
The hike is with gradual ascent at first on the ridge with view of Paro valley and its surrounding mountains tops in white and slowly entering the deep dense highland vegetation of fir, junipers, rhododendrons etc. with gradual down and uphill to the Jangchu lakha Alt.11800 ft. The hike is 5-6 hours and overnight in tented camp.
Day 06 - JANGCHU LHAKHA – JIMILANGTSO
The trail will go through the dwarf rhododendrons and Junipers approximately of 12000 ft., with gradual ups and down sometime on the slopes and on the ridges , with view of valleys, stream and small lakes. The hike will be 7-8 hours, campsite at the bank of Jimilangtso lake at Alt. 12000 ft. Overnight in the tented camp.
Day 07 - JIMILANGTSO - SIMKOTRA
The hike will be first along the bank of the lake and cross the stream with gradually up through the dwarf rhododendrons and junipers, passing the yak pastures and lakes with slightly ups and down, hiking on the same level of 12300 ft. The hike is 5-6 hours to reach near the Simkotra lake surrounded by dwarf rhododendrons and junipers. Overnight in the tented camp.
Day 08 - SIMKOTRA - PHAJODING
The trail at first will take up hill for an hour and slowly descend with slightly up and down till you reach the view point with prayer flags and small chorten from where you could enjoy the Himalayan mountains views and at the same time you could spot the campsite below near the monasteries which will take another hour to the campsite. The hike is of 4 to 5 hours, Alt. 1180 ft. If you reach your campsite early, you can visit the Phajoding Monastery. Overnight in the tented camp.
~Phajoding Monastery was once regarded as the richest monastery of Bhutan, which got destroyed due to ignorance of the administration. Phajoding was listed among the five most endangered cultural monuments by the World Monuments Fund in 2010. Visit this monastery to experience the traditional customs and practices of Buddhism, which homes many scared Buddhist artifacts. It is known for its vast number of temples, meditation retreats and monk quarters, all signifying the fine Bhutanese architectural style. This complex dates back to 13th century when Todgen Pajo, the founder of the monastery and a yogi from Tibet was looking for a place to meditate peacefully. Most of the buildings in the complex date back to the period of 1748, which were constructed by the efforts of Shakya Rinchen, the ninth Je Khenpo. From the top of this monastery you can get mesmerized with the stunning views of the Thimphu Valley.
It was at this site where Phajo underwent a one month meditation and at the end of this meditation he had a vision of Chenrezig; the Buddha of compassion. In order to ascertain whether his teachings would spread across the whole of Bhutan it is said that he placed his walking stick into the cliff face where he meditated and if his teachings were to spread, water would emerge from the rock face, which it subsequently did. This sacred water known as ‘drub chu’ is still flowing from the cliff face and is famous throughout the whole of Bhutan for curing people with speech impediments~
DAY 09- PHAJPDING - THIMPHU
Today is the last day of your trek which is about 4-5 hours hike all the way down through the dense forest of firs, spruce, oaks, pine, and bamboos vegetation to Motithang where the transport will meet you to transfer you to hotel. Afternoon at leisure. If you want, you can visit the largest Buddha statue from where you can have great view of Thimphu city in the evening. Overnight in hotel in Thimphu.
Day 10 – THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING
Whole day sightseeing of Thimphu valley with the visit to Memorial chorten of the late 3rd king (1972), Changgangkha Lhakhang of 13th century, National heritage museum, Arts and craft Institute, Semtokha Dzong which is one of the oldest Dzong (fortress) in Bhutan. Zilukha nunnery and in the evening visit Tashichho Dzong the main Secretariat building of Bhutan and watch the evening flag ceremony, the National Flag down ceremony performed by the Royal Bhutan Police. Explore inside the Tashicho Dzong. Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 11 - THIMPHU – PUNAKHA - THIMPHU
After an early breakfast make excursion to Punakha valley for 2 ½ hrs drive with short stop to Dochula pass ( Alt. 3150 m). If the weather is clear, one can enjoy 360 degree of beautiful panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range especially on clear winter days. The beauty of the pass is enhanced by 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens built by eldest Queen Mother Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk to commemorate the expulsion of Assamese guerrillas in 2003. And at Punakha visit beautiful Dzong and hike to Chimi Lahakahng of 15 century, this temple was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenly, who is known as Devine Mad Man. He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as the “Temple of Fertility”. It is believed that the childless women can be conceived after they are blessed from the temple. After lunch you walk around Khuru town and drive back to Thimphu. Overnight Hotel
Day 12 - THIMPHU - PARO/DELHI
Today, journey back home and you will be transferred to Paro Air-port for the flight to BKK/DEL/CCU/DAC/KTM. The drive from Thimphu to Paro is an hour and reporting time for the flight is two hours before the departure time. Your guide and driver will see you to the airport and bid farewell.
- Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty & Visa fees.
- All private excursions and transfers in superior air-conditioned vehicle.
- Local English speaking guide/tour leader.
- Experienced driver.
- Accommodation in carefully selected, highest standard government approved hotels & guesthouses.
- All meals in Bhutan.
- All entrance fees and permits.
- Extensive sightseeing as indicated in itinerary and entrance fees as applicable
- In trek - accommodation high quality wind and water proof A-shaped 2 men sleeping tent with comfortable mattress, pillows, hot water bag, dinning tent, sleeping tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent.
- Pack ponies, trekking staff: Cook & helpers and well trained and licesed trekking guide.
- All personal expenses such as bars, beverages, laundry, telephone and tips.
- Medical / Travel Insurance.
- Sleeping bags (you can hire one but let us know before)
Accommodation in carefully selected, highest standard government approved hotels & guesthouses.
In trek - accommodation in high quality wind and water proof A-shaped 2 men sleeping tent with comfortable mattress & pillows.