Druk Path Trek
The five-day Druk Path trek is one of Bhutan’s most famous. It highlights the great diversity of the Bhutanese landscape. It passes through a gorgeous landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes. There’s also the opportunity to visit ancient dzongs and villages.
Our carefully planned 10-night journey introduces you to Bhutan’s stunning natural environment, ancient Buddhist temples, well preserved traditions, and friendly and hospitable local people.
Combine the Druk Path 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.
10 NIGHT TOUR WITH 4 NIGHT TREK
DEPARTS: paro, bhutan
Maximum elevation: 4,235 m
Level of difficulty: Medium
Availability: March - May & September - November
Minimum group size: 2 people
* Price based on twin share accommodation. Single room supplement available subject to availability.
Find out approximate trip price in your own currency here
Transport by private mini bus
All meals, mineral water, tea and coffee
6 nights accommodation in handpicked hotels
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
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.
Paro: Tiger's Nest excursion.
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
Trek from Jili Dzong to Jangchulakha: Visit Jili Dzong in the morning before setting off on the day’s 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
Trek from Jangchulakha to Jimgelang Tsho: There are two trails; the higher one offers better views. You cross Langye Ja La (Ox Hump Pass); 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
Trek from Jimgelang Tsho to Simkotra Tsho: Walk through rhododendron forests, 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
Trek from Simkotra Tsho to Thimpu via Phajoding: The day begins with a long climb with views to Jomolhari along the way, 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
Thimpu: Visit the memorial chorten, Buddha Point, School of Traditional Arts and Crafts and Takin Reserve. Overnight: Thimpu.
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)
Paro: Return to Paro and do any final shopping, sightseeing and perhaps enjoy a game of archery at the hotel.
Driving time: 4 hrs Overnight: Paro