Trip Highlights:

Trip Highlights: Trekking/cultural tours
Trip duration: 12 Days/11 Nights
On trek duration: 6 nights
Highest Camp: 4,110m
Standard: Easy to medium
Best Seasons: March to June & September to November
Start: National Museum in Paro
Finish: Motithang (Thimphu)

Summary: 

Druk Trek Path is normally a three-day trek between Paro valley and the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. One of the most popular short treks in Bhutan, the Druk Path Trek offers an amazing experience through nature with scenic views of beautiful lakes on the way. What makes the trek easy is the fact that walking distance between the camps is shorter although the trek reaches the highest altitude of 4,000 meters. The trek also provides the opportunity to visit the Phajoding monastery, perched on the mountain slope overlooking the valley of Thimphu.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Paro: 

After you touchdown at the Paro International Airport, your local tour executive will welcome and escort you to the hotel. Thereafter, you will be taken for a tour to the historic ruins of Drukgyel Dzong followed by the visit to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the country.  After lunch, your guide will take you to Rinpung dzong and the Ta Dzong, the National Museum. We call it a day after dinner. 

Day 2: Tiger nest hike (for acclimatization)

You will be taken for a hike to Taktshang or Tiger’s nest, an uphill walk of about three hours. This hike is basically done to accustom trekkers to the mountain altitude of the Himalaya. The Tiger nest, precariously perched on a cliff, will also offer a spectacular view of the Paro valley besides visiting the inner sanctum of one of the most religious sites of the country.

Day 3: Paro/Jele Dzong:

Distance: seven km
Ascent: 1,090m
Time: four to five hours
Camp altitude: 3,480m
The trek starts from Ta Dzong (National Museum). For the first half an hour, you will walk through a coarse road across farms. After that you will climb a steep ridge, covered with blue pine and fir forests before you reach Damche Gom. After you reach the ridge below Jele Dzong, you will make a descent of about 100 meters to the campsite. The first day is the toughest as you will have to climb a steep elevation of over 1,000 meters. 

Day 4: Jele Dzong /Jangchulakha:

Distance 10 km
Time: four to five hours
Ascent: 310m
Descent: 50m
Camp altitude 3,770m
You continue the trek climbing uphill for about an hour and half. The ascent is gradual after that. The trek cuts through thick alpine cover and stunted rhododendron vegetation. There may be yaks and yak herders around your campsite.

Day 5: Jangchulakha/Jimilangtsho:

Distance: 11 km
Time: four hours
Descent: 230m
Ascent: 330m
Camp altitude: 3,870ms
The trekking will involve almost the same amount of uphill and downhill walk. The trail follows the ridge. On a bright day, this will offer you the scenic view of the mountains and the valley far away. The campsite will be located close to the Jimilang Tsho Lake, known for huge trouts. 

Day 6: Jimilangtsho/Simkota

Distance: 11 km
Time: four hours
Ascent: 820m,
Descent: 400 m
Camp altitude: 4,110m
The trail will you take through the highest altitude during the trek. Mostly you will come across rhododendron trees and Janetso Lake along the trail. There are chances that you may come across yak herder’s camps that will offer you a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite, near Simkotra Tsho Lake, at 4,110 meter is the highest on the trail. 

Day 7: Simkota/Phajodhing

Distance: 10 km
Time: three to four hours
Ascent: 130m
Descent: 680m
Camp altitude: 3,750m
You will climb a gradual slope before you reach the pass. After that it is a downhill walk to Phajodhing monastery. You will halt for the night above the monastery. On the way, if the sky is clear, you will be able to see the majestic Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and other peaks as well. 

Day 8: Phajoding/Thimphu

Distance: four to five km
Time: three hours
Descent: 1,130 m
The downhill trek from Phadjoding monastery to Motithang In Thimphu will take just about three hours. The trail runs through blue pine forest. It also offers the bird eye view of the scenic valley of Thimphu. 

Day 9: Thimphu sightseeing 

After a good night’s rest, the following day you will taken for a morning visit to the folk heritage museum, painting school, and national library at Kawang Jangsa at the outskirt of the capital and the memorial chhorten in the heart of the city. You will visit the historic Changangkha monastery, Takin zoo at Motithang, and Sangaygang view point after lunch. And towards evening, you will visit the Tashichhodzong, the seat of the Monarchy and the central monastic body.

Day 10: Thimphu/Punakha

You will be driven to the valley of Punakha early in the morning. On the way, there will be a stopover at Dochula Pass, from where you will be able to catch the breath-taking mountain ranges on a clear day.  After a downhill drive passing through dense vegetation, farms and fields, you will reach Lobesa. From here you will hike to the Mecca of fertility, a temple perched on a hill. After lunch, you will be taken for sightseeing tour to Punakha Dzong or Pungthang Dewa Chenpoi Phodrang (palace of great happiness) followed by a hike to Kabesa village.

Day 11: Punakha/Paro: 

The journey back to paro will begin early in the morning. At Dochula pass, you will have the sun rise tea. This will also offer you the opportunity to take photographs of the scenic landscape. In Thimphu, you will be taken around the town for souvenir shopping and after lunch, we will move to Paro.

Day 12: Exit

You will be taken to the airport and bid farewell by the tour guide.