Druk Path Trek

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The five day Druk Path trek is one of Bhutan’s most famous, highlighting the great diversity that the Bhutanese landscape has to offer. It passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes while at the same time offering the opportunity to visit some ancient dzongs and villages.

Our carefully planned 10 night journey introduces you to Bhutan’s stunning natural environment, ancient Buddhist temples, well preserved unique traditions and friendly & hospitable local people. Combine the trek with visiting the best of Bhutan’s sights. Experience this mystical land of the Thunder Dragon, where monasteries are part of the mainstream and traditional culture, architecture and Buddhism thrive.  

 

US$3,025*

10 NIGHT TOUR WITH 4 NIGHT TREK
DEPARTS: paro, bhutan

Maximum elevation: 4,235m
Level of difficulty: Medium
Availability: March - May & September - November

Minimum group size: 2 people

Scheduled trip:

10th - 20th October 2018

Custom dates are also available on request

* Price based on twin share accommodation. Single room supplement available subject to availability.  

Find out approximate trip price in your own currency here

TRIP EXCLUSIONS

  • International airfare to Bhutan. (This can be arranged for you.  Please contact us for details).
  • Stopover hotel if needed
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.  Click here for an insurance quote.
  • Additional activities e.g. massage, hot stone bath and some spa activities
  • Alcoholic or soft drinks
  • Laundry
  • Tips for trekking porters

Trip Inclusions

  • Transport by private mini bus
  • All meals, mineral water, tea and coffee
  • 6 nights comfortable hotel accommodation
  • 4 nights fully serviced camping trek
  • Bhutan visa, Bhutan government tourism royalties and local taxes
  • English speaking Bhutanese guide
  • All entrance fees at monasteries and museums

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1

Arrive in Paro, Bhutan:   You will be met at the airport by your guide and travel to your hotel just outside Paro. Visit Paro Dzong, the National Museum and the famous Nyamai Zam Bridge.                                                                                                     Overnight: Paro.

DAY 2

Paro: Tiger's Nest excursion.                                                                                     Overnight: Paro.

DAY 3

Trek from Paro to Jili Dzong:   The first day is not a long walk, but you climb more than 1000m. You pass stone houses, apple orchards, a mani (carved stone) wall and forests of golden moss. The campsite is surrounded by rhododendron forests.                 Walking time: 4-5 hrs                                                                                                                 Altitude: 3,840 m                                                                                                                       Overnight: Camp 

DAY 4 

Trek from Jili Dzong to Jangchulakha:  . Visit Jili Dzong in the morning before setting off on the days short ridge walk. There are great views of Paro and the Bemang Rong Valley and if the weather is clear - Jhomolhari and other snow-capped peaks.          Walking time: 4-5 hrs                                                                                                       Altitude: 3,770 m                                                                                                                           Overnight: Camp 

DAY 5 

Trek from Jangchulakha to Jimgelang Tsho:  There are two trails, the higher one offers better views. You cross Langye Ja La (Ox Hump Pass) where if you climb 50m further to the top you get striking 360 degree views. Descend to the shore of Jimilang Tsho and the camp is at the far end of the lake.                                                           Walking time: 4 hrs                                                                                                         Altitude: 3,870 m                                                                                                                           Overnight: Camp 

DAY 6

Trek from Jimgelang Tsho to Simkotra Tsho:  Walk through rhododendron trees, traverse ridges, pass a yak herders camp, overlook Janye Tsho and Simkotra Tsho then descend to stone ruins and the campsite.                                                                             Walking time: 4 hrs                                                                                                         Altitude: 4,110 m                                                                                                             Overnight: Camp 

DAY 7

Trek from Simkotra Tsho to Thimpu via Phajoding:   The day begins with a long climb with views to Jhomolhari, but the most stunning view is of Mount Gangkhar Puensum – the highest mountain in Bhutan. From the pass you head downhill towards Phajoding. The trek to Thimpu is downhill through a forest of mostly blue pine. There is a junction in the trail, with the left path descending via Chhokhortse Goemba to the Bhutan Broadcast Service Telecommunication Tower. From here you transfer to your hotel.                                                                                                                                   Walking time: 6 hours                                                                                                               Overnight: Thimpu

DAY 8

Thimpu: Visit the memorial chorten, Buddha Point, School of Traditional Arts and Crafts and Takin Reserve.                                                                                                     Overnight: Thimpu.

DAY 9

Punakha:  Cross the Dochula Pass to Punakha, visit the historic Dzong and the Temple of Fertility.                                                                                                                                       Driving time: 3 hrs                                                                                                                   Overnight: Wangdue Phodrang (near Punakha)

DAY 10

Paro:  Return to Paro and do any final shopping, sightseeing and perhaps a game of archery at the hotel.                                                                                                           Driving time: 4 hrs                                                                                                                         Overnight: Paro

DAY 11

Depart Paro.