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.
Duration : 06 Nights / 07 Days .
Destination Covered : Thimphu - Druk Path Trek - Paro. .
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:
Overnight: Hotel in Paro
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: 10 Kms
Walking Time: 4-5 Hours
Overnight: Camp at Jele Dzong (3,450 Meters).
The trek starts with a short climb and then passes through a thick alpine forest of rhododendron and gradually climbs till we reach the camp where you may see yak herders around your campsite.
After 3 hours is a possible campsite (Dorjo Lakha or Jangchu Lakha at 3,770m). After another one-hour climb is the better campsite. Tshokam is reached, just after a small saddle.
Distance: 9 Kms
Walking Time: 6-7 Hours
Overnight: Campsite at Tshokam (3,692 Meters)
The trek that we are following will be a gradual descend till we reach Pangrithang which will take us a little more than an hour, we will reach by the river then there is some steep climbing through bushes for two hours, after some time a good view will open up and we will reach Jane Tsho (Lake 3,956m). It is usually occupied by yak herders. Again, we climb a gentle slope for an hour and after another two hours of trek, we will reach our campsite.
Distance: 9.5 Kms.
Walking time: 6-7 hours
Overnight: Campsite at Simkotra. (4,040 Meters)
The trail is good but there are 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 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 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.
You may reach Thimphu towards the evening- if not tired you can take a stroll in Thimphu town and visit an authentic craft bazaar where you can buy Bhutanese souvenirs.
Distance: 14 Kms
Walking Time: 6-7 hours
Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu (2,340M)
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.
Circumambulate the National Memorial Chorten before heading towards Paro.
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
Our team will drop you to 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.