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Druk Path Trekking

Druk Path Trekking

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Bhutan

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Strenuous

  • Destination

    Destination: Bhutan

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Tented camps

  • Meals

    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Simkotra (4090m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

One of the most well-known treks in Bhutan is the Druk Path Trek, which begins in Paro and ends in Thimphu. This walk allows hikers to see the daily lives of the Bhutanese people while also providing wonderful views of the snow-capped peaks, lush green valleys, pristine forest with a chance to see wildlife, temples, monasteries, and fortresses. 

The trekking route passes through less populated areas of Bhutan and includes camping along the way. The first day of the vacation starts with a flight into Paro, followed by a tour of the city and a visit to Taktsang Monastery, also known as the "Tiger's Nest," which is positioned on a hill. On the third day, the short journey begins that connects Thimphu with Paro by traversing the range of mountains that separates the two valleys. The area is well known for its stunning rhododendron forests, which blossom in May, and the trekking trail rewards you with lovely lakes brimming with fish.

In clear weather in late fall and winter, panoramic vistas of the snow-capped mountains can be seen. The trail finally arrives in the verdant valley of Thimphu as the expedition draws to a close. Bhutan's capital, Thimphu, is a small town that is renowned for not having any traffic lights. Drive back to Paro for the trip home after doing a quick city tour of Thimphu. The Druk Path Trek will leave you with fond recollections.

Druk Path Trekking Highlights:

  • Witness a spectacular view of the Himalayas on the flight to/from Paro. 
  • View remarkable mountain landscapes. 
  • Hike to the Taktsang, the ‘Tiger’s Nest’, the most popular of Bhutan’s monasteries. 
  • Enjoy a beautiful trek from Paro to Thimphu with stunning Himalayan views. 
  • Experience the tiny capital of Thimphu. 15th century Paro Dzong.

Itinerary

Day 01. Arrive, Paro
Day 02. Paro – Jele Dzong
Day 03. Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha
Day 04. Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso
Day 05. Jimilangtso – Simkota
Day 06. Simkota – Phajoding
Day 07. Phajoding – Thimphu – Paro
Day 08: In Park – Hike to Taktsang Monastery (3120m)
Day 09: Paro – Depart

Upon arrival in Paro, you will be greeted by the mesmerizing landscapes of Bhutan. Get settled in your accommodation and take some time to explore the charming town of Paro.

Hotel
Lunch/Dinner included

Embark on your trek as you hike from Paro to Jele Dzong. The trail takes you through lush forests and offers beautiful views of the Paro Valley. Reach Jele Dzong, a historical fortress, and spend the night in camp.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Continue your trek as you ascend through forests of rhododendron and juniper trees. Enjoy the scenic beauty and reach Jangchulakha, where you will set up camp for the night.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Trek through alpine meadows and enjoy panoramic views of snow-capped mountains as you make your way to Jimilangtso Lake. The shimmering lake surrounded by breathtaking scenery provides a serene setting for your overnight camp.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Hike across the ridge with stunning views of the valleys and mountains. Pass by several lakes, including Simkota Lake, as you trek through the picturesque landscapes. Set up camp near Simkota Lake and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Embark on the final leg of your trek as you descend through beautiful forests to Phajoding. The Phajoding Monastery, perched on a hilltop, offers a spiritual and serene ambiance. Spend the night in the camp near the monastery.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Continue your descent to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Explore Thimphu and visit its cultural and historical attractions. In the afternoon, drive back to Paro and enjoy a well-deserved rest.

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Embark on an iconic hike to the Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger’s Nest. The monastery, perched on a cliff, offers breathtaking views and a profound spiritual experience. After exploring the monastery, return to Paro and spend the night.

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

On the final day of your Bhutanese adventure, bid farewell to Paro as you depart for your next destination. Take one last look at the majestic landscapes and carry with you beautiful memories of your trek in the Druk Path.

Breakfast Included

What is included?

  • Airport pick up and drop services by private transportation.
  • Guided sightseeing tour as per the itinerary.
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking.
  • Accommodation in Bhutanese government-approved tourist standard hotels throughout the trip.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • Entrance and monumental fees during sightseeing.
  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.
  • Remuneration to the Bhutanese government-certified English-speaking local tour guide.
  • Bhutanese government’s royalties, and taxes.

What is not included?

  • International airfares.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, bottled water etc.).
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tip for the tour guide or driver. 

FAQ's

1. What is the Druk Path Trek?
The Druk Path Trek is a popular and scenic trekking route in Bhutan that offers an adventurous journey between Paro and Thimphu. This trek takes you through picturesque landscapes, beautiful forests, and pristine lakes, providing an opportunity to experience the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Bhutan.

2. Are there teahouses or camping options along the trekking route?
The Druk Path Trek offers both teahouse and camping options for accommodation. Teahouses are available at certain points along the route, providing basic lodging and meals. Camping is also a common practice during the trek, especially at higher altitudes.

3. How long does the Druk Path Trek last?
The Druk Path Trek usually lasts 6 days. The trekking distance is approximately 48 to 52 kilometers.

4. What are the major highlights of the Druk Path Trek?
The major highlights of the Druk Path Trek include trekking through the magnificent mountains, passing through alpine meadows and rhododendron forests, visiting the sacred Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) in Paro, and enjoying panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks.

5. Is the Druk Path Trek suitable for beginners?
Yes, the Druk Path Trek is considered a moderate-level trek and is suitable for most fit and active individuals. It does involve some uphill and downhill sections, but it is not overly strenuous. Basic trekking experience and a reasonable level of fitness are recommended.

6. What is the best time to go on the Druk Path Trek?
The best time to go on the Druk Path Trek is during the spring (April to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer favorable weather conditions, clear skies, and blooming rhododendron flowers, making the trek more enjoyable.

7. What are the altitude and acclimatization considerations for the trek?
The trek takes you to altitudes ranging from approximately 2,400 meters to 4,200 meters above sea level. Proper acclimatization is essential, and the trek itinerary is designed to allow for gradual altitude gain, helping to minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

8. Can I customize the Druk Path Trek itinerary?
Yes, the Druk Path Trek itinerary can be customized to some extent based on your preferences, interests, and the duration of the trek. However, certain checkpoints and camping spots need to be followed for safety and acclimatization purposes.

Equipment


When packing for a tour of Bhutan, it's important to consider the country's climate, culture, and the diverse range of activities you may participate in. Here's a comprehensive packing list to help you prepare for your Bhutan tour:

Clothing:

  • Weather-Appropriate Clothing:
  • Lightweight, moisture-wicking and breathable clothing for lower elevations
  • Warmer clothing for higher elevations and cooler temperatures
  • Long-sleeve shirts and pants for sun protection
  • Rain jacket or poncho for the monsoon season (June to September)
  • Insulating layers like fleece or down jackets
  • Comfortable walking shoes for cities and towns
  • Hiking boots for trekking or rural walks
  • Sandals or comfortable shoes for casual wear
  • Swimsuit (for hotel pools or hot springs)

Cultural Attire (for visiting temples and monasteries):

  • Modest clothing that covers shoulders and knees
  • Scarf or shawl to drape over shoulders
  • Comfortable slip-on shoes (you'll need to remove your shoes at some religious sites)

Travel Essentials:

  • -Passport and Visa:
  • Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned return date.
  • Obtain the necessary Bhutanese visa, which is typically arranged through a Bhutanese tour operator.

Travel Documents:

  • Flight tickets, tour itineraries, and hotel reservations
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Photocopies of important documents

Money and Security:

  • Bhutanese Ngultrum in cash (as ATMs are limited)
  • Credit/debit cards and backup payment methods
  • Money belt or neck pouch for valuables

Health and Medications:

  • Prescription medications and necessary medical supplies
  • Basic first-aid kit with bandages, antiseptic, pain relievers, and stomach medications
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with high SPF
  • Travel-size toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.)

Travel Accessories:

  • -Daypack:
  • Small backpack for day trips

Electronics:

  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Camera, extra batteries, and memory cards
  • Power adapter for charging devices (Bhutan uses Type D and Type F plugs)
  • Power bank for recharging devices on the go
  • Universal travel adapter

Entertainment and Comfort:

  • Books or e-reader
  • Notebook and pen
  • Travel pillow and earplugs for comfortable rest during long journeys
  • Outdoor Gear (if you plan to trek or do outdoor activities):

Optional Items:

  • Snacks (energy bars, nuts, etc.) for on-the-go

Specific Items for Bhutan:

  • Tour Confirmation:
  • Copies of your tour confirmation and itinerary
  • Air tickets in/out of Bhutan
  • Passport of 6 months validity beyond your return date
  • Visa clearance letter from your travel agent

Gratuity:

  • Small denominations of currency for tipping your tour guides and drivers

Be sure to research the specific regions and activities you plan to undertake in Bhutan to tailor your packing list accordingly. Bhutan's weather can vary significantly depending on the time of year and the region you're visiting, so it's important to check the local forecast before packing. Additionally, respect for Bhutan's culture is essential, so make sure you have appropriate clothing for temple visits and other cultural activities.

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