Druk Path Trek
The Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan which starts from Paro and ends in Thimphu. This trek is relatively short and scenic with some great views of mountains and lakes on the trail which can be enjoyed even by young and older people. It is also a good trek to look at rhododendrons, other high altitude plants and historical sites, the Phajoding monastery.
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- Trek starts at the National Museum in Paro and ends at Mothitang (Thimphu).
- Maximum elevation: 13,770 ft.
- Highest Camp: 13,448 ft.
- Best Seasons: March to June and September to November.
The flight to Paro will provide a great opportunity to witness spectacular views of Mt. Everest (of Nepal) and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the revered Mt. Jhomolhari and Mt Jichu Drake of Bhutan.
On arrival at Paro International Airport, our representative will receive and escort you to yourr Hotel. Depending on the flight arrival timing sightseeing will be organised such as visit to the Ta Dzong, built in 17th century as a watch tower for Paro Dzong. This Dzong was later converted into the National Museum in 1967, and is filled with antique Thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and armour. Also visit the Rinpung Dzong (fortress), built in the 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. It is now used as an administrative centre and home of the monastic community. Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest monastery of the Kingdom is another place of interest. Free evening to stroll in the Paro town. Overnight in Paro.
Hike to Paro Taktshang for acclimatization before the trekking
Drive north of the valley and embark on a hike to Taktsang Monastery (popularly known as Tiger’s Nest), one of the holiest and the most beautiful sites of Bhutan, for acclimatization, before venturing the Jhomolhari trek. Taktshang, the tiger’s lair, acquired its name from the legend of its foundation, when in the 8th Century Guru Rinpoche, widely revered as the second Buddha, arrived from Tibet flying across the mountains on the back of a tigress and meditated there for three months. The hike to the Monastery is a gradual climb which will take about 4-5 hours from the car park. After the hike in the late afternoon, drive to Drukgyal Dzong (the victory fortress) which is now in ruins. It is about 10 miles away from Paro town. On a clear day one can get a breath-taking view of Mt. Jhomolhari while you drive to the Drukgyal Dzong. Overnight in Paro.
Paro / Jela Dzong
Beginning of the Trek from Paro to Jela Dzong (distance 6.2 miles, five to six hours, 13,448 ft ascent, camp altitude 11,460 ft).
The start of the Druk Path Trek is at the historic Ta Dzong, the National Museum. The first day is long, as you have to climb more than 3,280 ft elevation. The trek follows a gravel road past a few farms for about 30 minutes and then climbs up a steep ridge before leading through blue pine and fir forests to Damche Gom. Once you reach the ridge below Jela Dzong, a temple built as a war fortress in the olden days overlooking the paro valley, you descend about 328 ft to the campsite.
Jela Dzong / Jangchulakha
Jela Dzong to Jangchulakha (distance 6.2 miles, four to five hours, 980 ft ascent, 160 ft descent, camp altitude 12,140 ft).
Begin with a climb for about an hour and a half and then ascend gradually. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and dwarf rhododendron tress. You may see yaks and yak herders around your campsite.
Jangchulakha / Jimilang Tsho
Jangchulakha / Jimilang Tsho (distance 7 miles, six to seven hours, 665 ft descent, 1,080 ft ascent, camp altitude 12,770 ft).
The trail starts off with a gradual climb, overlooking the rolling valleys below. Rhododendrons and other high altitude shrubs decorate the rocky trail which climbs up and down. On a clear day the Jhomolhari can be seen and the beautiful valleys. The campsite is close to the Jimilang Tsho Lake. The lake is known for its giant sized trout.
Jimilang Tsho / Simkotra Tsho
Jimilang Tsho / Simkotra Tsho (distance 7 miles, six to seven hours, 2665 ft ascent, 1300 ft descent, camp altitude 13480 ft).
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron and junipers while passing through Janeytso Lake. You may come across some yak herder’s camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The view of the far ridge across the valley which you trekked will fill you with a sense of personal satisfaction and renew you with extra confidence in yourself. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho Lake.
Simkotra Tsho / Phajoding
Simkotra Tsho / Phajoding (distance 6 miles, three to four hours, 427 ft ascent, 2170 ft descent, camp altitude 12,300 ft).
Today the trek begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan peaks. After crossing the highest pass on this trek at 13,500 ft the trek takes you downhill to Phajodhing for a night halt. The camp is above Phadjoding.
Phajodhing / Mothitang (End of Trek)
Phajodhing / Mothitang (distance 3 miles, two to three hours, 3708 ft descent).
After passing Phadjoding monastery, the trek to Thimphu (Mothitang) is all the way downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours and our transport will meet at the road end at Sangaygang. During the drive to hotel on the way you can visit the mini zoo to see the unique Takins (the national animal of Bhutan).
Today you will be sightseeing in Thimphu. isit the Memorial Stupa of 3rd King built in 1974, Changangkha Lhakhang, Jungshi Paper factory where they make traditional Bhutanese paper, the National Library that houses the world’s largest book, ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, visit the Folk heritage Museum which is one of a kind that portrays the lifestyle of a genteel family in the Thimphu valley in the olden days. In the afternoon visit the Choki Traditional Art School (CTAS), the only charitable art school in the Kingdom which gives opportunity to the economically disadvantaged students from different parts of Bhutan. Students of Choki Traditional Art School graduate with traditional arts and crafts skills which they can put to use to earn good living back in their home village. A presentation by the principal will be organized followed by a campus tour and visit to the classrooms where the guest can interact with the students. Later visit the Tashichho Dzong in the evening. Overnight at Hotel.
Thimphu / Paro – Departure
Drive to Paro International Airport accompanied by our representative – this is approximately a one hour drive.
- Meet and greet on arrival at Airport.
- Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner).
- Entrance fees where applicable.
- Tours as indicated in the itinerary.
- Professional English-speaking guide/driver guide.
- Travel Protection is offered on all packages at an additional cost.