Druk Path Trekking
Druk Path Trekking – A fabulous Scenic Trek in Bhutan with Sensational Views of Himalayas
Druk path trekking is a classic scenic trek with splendid views of the high Himalayas in Bhutan. The trek is fairly easy hiking with short camps although the trek reaches altitude of 4200m. The trek can be started from either side Paro or Thimpu and ended to another. Druk path trekking leads through the chain of mountains which divides the gorgeous Paro and Thimpu Valleys of the kingdom of Thunder Dragon. Druk Path trekking carves its way through impressive dense rhododendron forest, un spoilt landscapes with lush valleys, high altitude mountain lakes and ridges offering spectacular views of Himalayas from the mountain ridges. The forest blazed with rhododendron flowers in April and May make spectacular scenery.
Druk path trekking route is sparsely inhabited by nomadic yak herders. The trek takes you to the farm houses and explores the unique villages to get the first hand experience of the life of Bhutanese. Number of temples and dzongs to visit in Druk path trekking route gives the glimpses of Bhutanese culture.
Druk Path Trekking Route Highlights
Before starting Druk path trekking, we explore the historical sites in Paro. We visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples in the Kingdom, Drukgyal Dzong, Taktsang Monastery popularly known as Tiger’s Nest perched on the side of a cliff, Rinpung Dzong, ( fortress of the heap of jewels) and Ta Dzong, the national museum. We commence trekking passing through thick alpine and rhododendron forests with tantalizing glimpses of Mt. Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and other snow capped peaks. We hike through dwarf rhododendron trees and the lake of Janetsho and Simkota Lake. We may come across some yak herders’ camps and observe their living. We climb to the ridge and enjoy majestic views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and a host of other peaks. We hike downhill, visit Phajoding Monastery and end Druk path trekking in Thimpu.
We visit the cultural and historical sites in Thimpu, Trashichhoe Dzong, “fortress of the glorious religion” and the site of monarch’s throne, National Library. We visit Punakha and driving through Dochula Pass (3080m.) with great views ( if weather is clear ) of Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan (7,497m.). Punakha is the old capital of Bhutan. We visit Punkha Dzong, Sitmokha Dzong and drive to Paro to end the trip of Druk path trekking.
Trekking: Druk path Trekking
Duration: 11 Days
Activities: Trekking and Tour
Difficulty Level: Moderately Easy
Best Season: March, April, may/September, October, November, DecemberEnquire This Trip
Day 01: Arrive at Paro
Arrival at Paro Airport. Take an exploratory walk around Paro main street and slso visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples in the Kingdom, dating back to 7th century.
Day 02: Paro Sightseeing.
Drive to ruined fortress, the Drukgyal Dzong, strategically built over the only passage into Paro valley and offers the magnificent view of Mount. Chomolhari from the village below the Dzong. Visit Taktsang Monastery popularly known as Tiger’s Nest. Perched on the side of a cliff 900m above Paro valley floor, Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels)
Day 03: Paro – Jele Dzong, 8km, 3 hours walk
Visit Ta Dzong, the National museum, holding fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangka paintings, handicrafts, masks, costumes, armours and Bhtuan’s exquisite postage stamps. Commence the trek, today a short day walk with gradual climb to Jele Dzong. The trail ascends gradually up to the camp.
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 through thick alpine and rhododendron forests with tantalizing glimpses of Chomolhari and other snow capped peaks Observe the yak herders around the campsite.
Day 05: Jangchulakha – Jimilangtsho, 11km, 4 hours walk
The trail follows the ridge and the views of the mountains and valley are sensational on clear day. Enjoy a great view of Jichu Drake (6,989m), the peak representing the protective deity of Paro.
Day 06: Jimilangtsho – Simkota, 11km, 4 hours walk
The trail passes through dwarf rhododendron trees and the lake of Janetsho. May come across some yak herders’ camps and get an idea of how these people live. Camp close to Simkota Lake, and if lucky catch a lake trout for the dinner.
Day 07: Simkota – Phajoding, 10km, 4 hours walk
Begin with a gradual climb and 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.
Day 08: Phajoding – Thimphu, 5km, 3 hours walk
Visit Phajoding monastery built in 15th century and further trek downhill past through a forested area of mostly blue pine to Thimpu. Commence sightseeing tour in Thimpu and visit Trashichhoe Dzong, “fortress of the glorious religion”. This is the center of government and religion, site of monarch’s throne.
Day 09 : Thimphu – Punakha, 75 km, 3 hours drive
Visit National Library, which holds a vast collection of Buddhist text and manuscripts, some dating several hundred years, National Institute of Zorig Chusum or the School of Arts & Crafts, National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum which provides a fascinating insight into the traditional Bhutanese farm house and rural life, National Memorial Chorten. Drive on to Punakha across Dochula pass (3080m.) with great views ( if weather is clear ) of Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan (7,497m.)
Day 10: Punakha – Paro, 125 km, approx 4 hours drive
Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and still it continues to be the winter residence of central monk body. Visit Punakha Dzong, built strategically to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region. Drive to Wangduephodrang visiting its majestic Dzong, which stands majestically on a spur and commands an impressive view over both north-south and east-west roads. Drive to Paro en route visiting Sitmokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong in the country which now houses the School for Buddhist studies.
Day 11: Airport Transfer
Airport transfer for international departure.
Cost will be provided on request
- Airport arrival and Departure.
- Accommodation on twin sharing on full board ( breakfast, lunch and dinner included )
- All land transportation
- Royalty and government taxes
- Visa fee
- Entrance fees for museum and monuments
- English speaking local guide
- Guided sightseeing tour as per the itinerary
Cost does not include:
- Druk Airfares
- Travelling insurance
- Payments for service provided on a personal basis
- Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”
- Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, camera Charges, bottle water, incidentals, portage, bellboy charges tips or any other services
While on trek, the cost includes:
- Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) Nu.1000
- Camping trek arrangement on full board ( cook, kitchen helper, food, fuel, kitchen and camping equipment
- Ponies to carry luggage and supplies
- Trekking royalty fees