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Druk Path Trek & Tiger Nest Hike

The Druk Path Trek is a 4-day trek that begins at Dopshari, Paro and ends at Thimphu or vice versa.

Druk Path Trek Itinerary

It begins above Ta Dzong and on the first day, you climb 3,280ft/1000m to your campsite just below Jela Dzong (11,480ft/3,500m). The dzong dates back to the fifteenth century and the large Lhakhang has an impressive 4-meter tall statue of Sakyamuni Buddha.

On a clear day, there are stunning views of Jomolhari and other peaks from here. Your next day’s walk takes you to Jangchu Lakha where you camp at 22,300ft/3,750m.

The following day’s walk also promises a good view of Jomolhari and Jichu Drakye, ending up on the shores of a scintillating lake - Jimilang Tsho (Sand Ox Lake) at 12,694ft/3,870m. You then walk past Janye Tsho at the camp above Simkotra Tsho at the end of the day. This is your highest camping point at an altitude of 13,448ft/4,100m. The last two days of your trek are spent descending into Thimphu valley and visiting the Phajoding monastery and Thujidrag gompa.

Druk Path Trek Difficulty

Druk Path Trek is the best way to see the natural wonders that lie between the two important cities- Paro and Thimphu. The hills, mountains, and cliffs- take in the magnificent scenery of the uninhabited mountains. Through the forests discovering secluded monasteries and crystalline lakes high above the clouds; you can grab the real nature’s spirit while on this trek. The  difficulty level is medium.

In this tour, apart from the Druk Path trek in Bhutan, you will also be visiting the famous Tiger’s nest located at an elevation of 10,000 feet above ground level . You will also be visiting few cultural sites in the given tour itinerary.

Package Details :

Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days .

Destination Covered : Thimphu - Druk Path Trek - Paro. .

Day 01: Explore Paro valley

Druk Path Trek Map

Fly to Paro. After visa formalities at the Paro airport, your guide will meet you and drive you into town for lunch. 

After lunch you can visit the following historical places:

  • Paro Rinpung Dzong is literally translated as the Fortress on the heap of jewels. It is the administrative seat of Paro District and the annual Paro festival is held here.
  • Ta Dzong: It was built as a watchtower. It was converted into a national museum in 1968. You can witness the finest specimen of Bhutanese art, masterpieces of bronze statues and paintings.
  • In the evening you all can visit Namgay Artisanal Brewery and try out different flavors of beer manufactured there or you can stroll in Paro town.

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Day 02: Druk Path Trek Begins/ Paro to Jele Dzong

  • 4 Nights & 5 Days

The first day of the trek is a gradual climb from Dopshari, Paro at 2,300 meters above sea level till 3,450 meters at Jele Dzong. Camp the night at Jele Dzong and if the weather favors you can see Paro valley with Mt. Jumolhari (7,314 meters) and snow-capped mountains behind the valley.

Distance: 8 Kms

Walking Time: 5 Hours

Overnight: Camp at Jele Dzong (3,450 Meters).

Day 03: Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha

The trek begins with a slow rise and then descends past the dense alpine and rhododendrons forests. You may come across nomads rearing their hefty mammals, yaks. The beautiful view of Mt Jomolhari is an evident sight to catch. After trekking uphill you will reach a yak herder’s pasture where you will be camping at Jangchulakha (3,780 meters) with magnificent views of the Himalayan range 

Distance: 9 Kms

Walking Time: 5 Hours

Overnight: Campsite at Jangchulakha (3,780 Meters)

Day 04: Jangchulakha to Jimilangtsho Lake

The trail goes along a ridge and through various vegetation types, including dwarf rhododendrons and juniper trees. The views of both Thimphu and Paro from the mountains are spectacular. After a steep descent, we reach the lake at Jimilangtsho (3,880 meters above sea level). The lake is known for its large trout and is located near the camp. The overnight camp is close to the lake.

Distance: 10 Kms

Walking Time: 6 Hours

Overnight: Campsite at Jimilangtsho Lake (3,880 Meters)

Day 05: Jimilangtsho Lake to Simkotra

The trail is a journey that treads across dwarf rhododendron trees and detours skirts the lake of Janetsho. The trek eventually leads to a camp of the local yak herders where you can discover the nomadic life in the mountains of Bhutan. The trail offers magnificent views of the Himalayas as it winds through deep valleys until the Simkota Tsho Lake (4,110 m) can be seen from below. After crossing one final spur, the trail continues to reach the pasture where we will stay for the night.

Distance: 11 Kms

Walking Time: 6 Hours

Overnight: Campsite at Simkota Tsho Lake (4,110 Meters)

Day 06: Simkotra via Phajoding to Thimphu city

The trail is good but there are a few minor climbs to small passes before you finally look down to Phajoding Monastery and Thimphu city. Monks frequently pass from here on their way to meditate at the sacred lake Jimilang Tsho. After almost 2 -3 hours of trek, we will reach the highest pass which stands at an altitude of 4,420 meters. There is a good view over the last part of the trek: a steep descent to the Phajoding monastery. From here the trail starts with the steep descending slowly through thick forest for another 2-3 hours until we reach the motor road. Bid farewell to the trekking team and then drive to the hotel in Thimphu passing the Royal Takin preserve where the National Animal of Bhutan can be seen.

Distance: 14-15 Kms

Walking Time: 7-8 Hours

Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu 


Drukpath Trek Ends...

Day 07: Thimphu - Paro (Paro Taktsang Hike/ 4-6 Hours)

Early in the morning drive to Kuenselphodrang where the world's tallest Buddha Statue (169 feet) sits overlooking the Thimphu Valley. Enjoy the spectacular view of Thimphu city.

Hike to Taktsang Monastery: The Taktsang, popularly known as the “Tiger’s Nest” is perched on the cliff edge at a height of 900 m above the Paro valley. It is considered the signature spot for tourists visiting Bhutan. Capture the awe-inspiring view of the monastery.

Later we will try out a traditional hot stone bath which could be relaxing after a day's hike. Try farmhouse dinner and play a hands-on game of archery.

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Day 08: Departure

After a good breakfast at the hotel, our team will drop you at the airport and bid you farewell.

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I love forest, hiking, off beaten path and there I was in Bhutan doing a Druk Path Trek with a brief cultural tour. The trek starts from Paro and ends at Thimphu. Everything was very well arranged by Bhutan Inbound Tour. They exceeded my expectation in all the ways. My trekking cum cultural guide Mr. Tsundu was amazing and very knowledgeable. He was well versed with flora and fauna, and Bhutan had in its all diversity and in abundance. The whole trek journey was like pilgrim progress; the giant Mountains, wild Flowers, endangered Birds, the lakes, monks. . . . . So after the completion of the trek followed the short cultural tour. Saw the Giant statue of Buddha, planted the happiness tree(a beautiful concept), had a conversation with the monk at Dechenphodrang monastery , visited Tashichodzong, the finest example of Bhutan Architecture & ofcourse the nourishing hike to Tiger’s Nest All in all had a wonderful & peaceful vacation.