Druk Path Trek

(6 Trekking days/ Total 10 days)

Druk Path Trek is one of the easiest and finest short treks in Bhutan, which follows the ancient trading route between Paro and Thimphu. Passing over high Himalayan mountain passes, the trail winds through spectacular rhododendron forests, alpine yak pastures and beautiful lakes stocked with snowy mountain trouts.

Day 1

Arrive Paro.

On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be warmly received by your tour guide and driver from Druk Tersar Tours & Travels, who will then escort to your hotel in Paro.

Explore Paro town and local sights.

Overnight in Paro.

Day 2

This hike to Taktshang monastery, in addition to visiting one of Bhutan’s most sacred places with a spectacular view, will also help in  acclimatizing you to the altitude and prepare you physically for the upcoming treks.

After breakfast, drive to the base of the Tiger’s Nest, locally known as Taktshang (tiger’s nest). Taktshang, located 2900-3000 meters above sea level, was built in the 8th century by Guru Rinpoche who, according to legend, flew on a flaming tigress from the eastern part of Bhutan and landed where the Taktshang monastery currently stands. It is believed that he meditated in a cave for three months and spread Buddhism in Paro. 

Halfway through the trek, halt for a 15 minute’s tea/coffee break at the Taktshang cafeteria and another 30-minute walk to the monastery. After visiting the monastery, walk back to the cafeteria for lunch.

Dru-gyal Dzong

After lunch, walk down to the base where the driver will be waiting and then drive north of Paro to visit the Dru-gyal Dzong (Fortress of Victory, “Dzong” means fortress). If the sky is clear you can see the Mt. Chomolhari (7300mts).

Ta-Dzong (National Museum) and Paro Dzong

After Dru-gyel Dzong, drive back to Paro town and visit the Ta-Dzong, which served as a watchtower for the Paro Rinpung Dzong in the olden days but it was converted to the National Museum in 1968. After the National Museum, you will visit the Paro Dzong, which was built in 1645 on a hilltop located near the Pachu (Paro river). The Dzong has the finest example of traditional Bhutanese architecture and is now used as the District Administration Office and houses the district monk body.  

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Day 3 

Trek Day 1: Paro to Jele Dzong (10KM / 4-5 HOURS / CAMP ALT 3480M)

After breakfast, you will drive to the National Museum (2487m) above Paro from where you will start your trek. We will walk from the Museum heading up hill through apple orchards near Damchena village. Although today’s trekking day is short with fairly gentle ascent, we keep slow and steady pace as altitude gain is significant. 

Visit Jele Dzong (3,490m), perched on a whaleback ridge. Jele Dzong is mostly in ruins and there is a Temple with the statute of Buddha Sakyamuni. 

On a clear day, the views of Paro town far below and of mount Chomolhari (7,314m) are breathtaking. 

Porters and cooks will advance ahead and prepare lunch/dinner and campsite.

Overnight camp at 3480m.

Day 4

Trek Day 2: Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha (10 KM / 4 HOURS / ALT 3780M)

After breakfast, we begin with gradual ascent through thick alpine forests and rhododendron trees. In winter, yaks graze in the pastures along the path and around the campsite. There are fascinating views of Mt.Jumolhari and surrounding snow-capped mountains. You may also hear some Monal peasants during the day. We continue our up-hill walk to reach a yak herders’ pasture at Jangchulakha (3,780m) with outstanding views of the Himalayan range. We camp in a yak pasture near the hillside.

Porters and cooks will advance ahead and prepare lunch/dinner and campsite.

Day 5

Trek Day 3: Jangchulakha to Jimilangtso (11 KM / 4-5 HOURS / CAMP ALT 3880M)

The trek starts off with a climb. It follows the ridge and at times through juniper trees and dwarf rhododendrons. On a clear day the Jumolhari can be seen and the mountain valley views of Thimphu and Paro are sensational. After making an ascent and then a steep descent, we arrive at Jimilangtsho Lake (3,880m). The lake is famous for their giant sized trouts. Near the camp, you can have great views of 6,989m Jichu Drakey, the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. 

Porters and cooks will advance ahead and prepare lunch/dinner and campsite.

Overnight camp at 3,880m

Day 6

Trek Day 4: Jumolangtso to Semkotha (11 KM / 4 HOURS / ALT 4110M)

The trail will take us through dwarf rhododendrons and junipers. You may come across some yak herder’s camp and get an idea how they live. We will also pass the lakes of Janatso and Simkotha. 

Simkotatsho Lake (4,110m) can be seen below after crossing one final spur. We continue our trek until we reach the yak pasture where we camp for tonight.

Porters and cooks will advance ahead and prepare lunch/dinner and campsite.

Overnight camp at 3500m.

Day 7

Trek Day 5: Semkotha to Phajoding (14 KM | 7 HOURS / 3800m)

The day begins with a gradual climb. You will enjoy the majestic view of Mount Gangkar Puensum and other himalayan peaks on a clear weather. You will then descend to another small lake and then climb to the Phume La pass (4,210m) which is adorned with beautiful prayer flags. The path gradually descends to Phajoding Gompa, where a monastery and retreat centres for meditation are located. 

Porters and cooks will advance ahead and prepare lunch/dinner and campsite.

Overnight camp at 3536 m

Day 8

Trek Day 6: Phajoding to Thimphu (10km / 4 HOURS / 2300m)

The final day’s trail to Thimphu descends steeply through blue pine forests (4 hours) until you arrive the road head of Sangaygang on the outskirts of Thimphu valley.

Lunch and dinner at the hotel. Rest and recuperation for guests. You may also choose to walk around and explore the capital city.

Day 9

Thimphu to Paro (65 Km/ 1 Hr.)

Takin zoo

After breakfast, we drive up to the “Thimphu mini zoo”. Fenced between 8 acres of land, this area provides a sanctuary for an animal with a head like goat and a body similar to a cow.  This strange animal, called the “Takin”, is believed to be a creation of the Divine Mad Monk (Lam Drukpa Kuenlay of Chimi Lhakhang) in the 16th century. The Takin is the National Animal of Bhutan.

Zorig-chu-sum (Arts and crafts School)

We then visit the Zorig-Chu-sum (thirteen different traditional arts) Center, where young Bhutanese learn to master various Bhutanese arts and crafts like painting, sculpture, wood work, silversmith and so on. We can watch the artisans while they create beautiful traditional art.

Lunch at the hotel

Drive to Paro

Kichu Lhakhang

Upon arrival in Paro, visit one of the oldest and holiest monasteries in Bhutan called Kichu Lhagkhang. Built by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet in 659 A.D., it is one of 108 such temples built to spread Buddhism in this region. 

Evening, walk and explore Paro Town.

Day 10

Depart from Paro International Airport