The Druk Path Trek is the perfect moderate trek through magnificent mountain country, Bhutan. It’s a short 5-day trek crossing the chain of mountains which separates two districts, Paro & Thimphu or vice versa. You will trek on Bhutan’s Druk Path trail from Paro to Thimphu.
Druk Path Trek | Trip Facts
- Altitude: Rises from 2800m to 4800m above sea level
- Starting point: Paro
- Ending point: Thimphu
- Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
- Accommodations: Camping Tents
- Best Seasons: Mar, Apr, May, Oct, and Nov
- Good Season: June
When it comes to Bhutan trekking, Druk Path Trek is one of the short, easy and famous treks. The trekking route passes over beautiful high mountains and connects the valleys of Paro and Thimpu. It passes through spectacular rhododendron forests, alpine yak pastures and beautiful lakes stocked with the snowy mountain. Our journey begins as we walk up via apple orchards and pine forest past ruined Jele Dzong. Jele (or Jili) Dzong is a high and isolated monastery that holds great historical importance.
Jele Dzong stands on a high grassy ridge with breath-taking views of Mount Jumolhari (7315m) to the north which is the main attraction of this trek. There is also an option for Jumolhari trek which takes you to the base camp and further.
Essential Trekking Gears for the trek
- Trekking Boots (broken in)
- 3/4 season jacket and trousers (Waterproof)
- T-Shirts – Synthetic T-shirt (highly recommended)
- Thermal Underwear/layers
- Down jacket
- Camp Footwear (ie. sneakers or booties)
- Several pairs of good quality socks
- Tracksuit or fleece pants for evenings.
- Sleeveless fleece and extra layers for winter departures
- Warm Hat and sun Hat
- Scarf/neck warmer
- Gloves and Mitts – waterproof and warm.
- Warm mid-layers (fleece/microfibre)
- Trousers – Lightweight, loose-fitting, trekking trousers.
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Head Torch (spare batteries)
- Sunscreen and Lip Balm
- Towel (Lightweight recommended)
- Hand sanitizer gel
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Day 1: Arrive Paro – Bhutan
Welcome to Bhutan, on arrival our guide will be there to welcome you and transfer you to the Hotel. After having your breakfast and lunch,visit the Rinpung Dzong, which is the administrative center of the valley. Then we will head toward Dzong through road head crossing a traditional wooden bridge. In the evening, you can stroll in Paro town. Overnight at Hotel
Day 2: Paro to Jele Dzong past Damchena village
After having breakfast, we will start to drive and reach the National Museum above Paro from where we will start our trek. We will walk from the Museum heading up hill through apple orchards, smallholdings of Damchena village and pine forests.Visit Jele Dzong perched on a whale back ridge. There is a Lhakhang with outstanding statute of Buddha Sakyamuni. On a clear day, the views of Paro town far below and of mount Jomolhari are breathtaking.
Overnight at Camp
Day 3: Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha
After the morning breakfast, we will walk through the trail of thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. We may see yak herders in the area. There are fascinating views of Jhomolhari and other snow capped mountains and you can also hear some monal peasants during the day. We continue our uphill walk to reach a yak herders’ pasture at Jangchulakha with outstanding views of the Himalayan range. We camp in a yak pasture near the hillside. Overnight at Camp
Day 4: Jangchulakha to Jimilangtsho Lake
During the travel we get to see juniper trees and dwarf rhododendrons. The views of the mountain valleys of Thimphu and Paro are sensational. Then, we arrive at Jimilangtsho Lake. The lake is famous for their giant sized trouts. Near the camp, experience Great views of Jichu Drake, the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Overnight camp close to Jimilangtsho Lake. Overnight at Camp
Day 5:Jimilangtsho via Janestsho Lake to Simkota
We will go through dwarf rhododendron trees and bypasses the lake of Janetsho. We may come across some yak herder’s camp and get an idea how these people live. Simkotatsho Lake can be seen below after crossing one final spur. We continue our trek until we reach the yak pasture where we camp for tonight. Overnight at Camp
Day 6: Simkota via Phajoding to Thimphu city
Today we will begin with a gradual climb to a small saddle at 4,150m from where you enjoy majestic view of Mount Gangkar Puensum and other himalayan peaks on clear weather. We will then go to another small lake and then climb to the Phume La pass which is adorned with beautiful prayer flags. From here, we will enjoy great view of Thimphu city. Walk way down hill to Thimphu through a forests of blue pine and juniper until we arrive the roadhead of Sangaygang on the outskirts of Thimphu valley. Overnight at Hotel
Day 7: Thimphu city to Paro and Departure
On early in the morning we will leave the Capital city of the Bhutan and drive to the Paro. Our guide will take you there and have farewell. You will be returning to your home land with lots of memories with you that you have experience in the land of Thunder Dragon.
- Airport Transfers
- All meals including tea & snacks
- Complementary bottled water in the car
- Twin sharing accommodation during the tour at Hotels/Camps
- Necessary arrangements for the Trekking
- Necessary porters for the trek
- Private Transportation with driver
- Experience Tour guide during the tour
- Bhutan Visa Fee
- All Entrance Fees, Permits and Sightseeing
- Government Tax
- Airfare to Bhutan
- Drinks & Beverages, Laundry, Internet, Phone and other personal nature bills
- Tips for guide and driver