DRUK PATH TREK

The six day trek is the most popular trek in the country as 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 lhakhang, Dzong and villages. The Druk Path Trek is also a fairly easy hike to undertake as the distances between rest camps is fairly short. The trail takes you through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200 m. On the third day hikers will arrive at Jimiling Lake, whose crystal clear waters are home to gigantic trout. This trek also offers hikers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world. The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are between March-June and September-November.

Highlights

*Admire the apple orchards and the pine forest

*Breath- taking views of mount Jumolhari

*Witness the beautiful mountain lakes, yak herder’s camp

* adore the mighty Jichu Drake and Gangkar Puensum.

The trek begins by walking up through apple orchards and pine forest past ruined Jele Dzong (fortress), which sits on a high grassy ridge with breath-taking views of Mount Jumolhari to the north. In the next 4 days, we climb above the tree line and cross several passes, including the Phume La (4210m.). En route, we come across clear mountain lakes, number of yak herder’s camps and have splendid views of Himalaya along the Bhutan – Tibet border including Mount Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and Gangkar Puensum. Our final descent through pine and juniper forests via Phadjoding monastery would lead into Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

 

DAY 1 PARO – JILI DZONG

The first day can be quite arduous as you have to climb more than 1,000m elevation. You start from the Ta Dzong (National Museum) in Paro. The trek follows a gravel road past a few farms for about 30 minutes and then climbs up a steep ridge before leading through blue pine and fir forests to Damche Gom. Once you reach the ridge below Jili Dzong you descend about 100m to the campsite below the Dzong.

 

DAY 2 JILI DZONG – JANGCHULAKHA

You begin with a steep climb for about an hour and a half, then the slope evens a bit and the ascent is more gradual. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and dwarf rhododendron tress. You may see herders and their yaks around your campsite.

 

DAY 3 JANGCHULAKHA – JIMELANG TSHO

The trail follows a ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are simply stunning. The campsite is close to the Jimgelang Tsho Lake. This lake is known for its giant sized trout.

 

DAY 4 JIMELANG – SIMKOTRA TSHO

The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and past Janetso Lake. You may come across some yak herder camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho Lake.

 

DAY 5 SIMKOTRA TSHO – PHAJODING

The day begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and several other Himalayan peaks. From this pass, the trek takes you downhill towards Phajodhing where you will halt for the night. The camp is located just above Phadjoding Monastery.

 

DAY 6 PHAJODING – MOTHITHANG

After passing Phadjoding monastery, the trek to Thimphu (Motithang) is downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours. On the arrival you check into your hotel.

 

DAY 6 MOTHITHANG – PARO 

After early breakfast drive back to Paro. Then start the day by hiking Taktsang “Tiger’s nest”. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge at a height of 9000m above Paro valley and Picnic lunch at Taktsang cafeteria. Later After that, go to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Then stroll around Paro town for shopping and checkout amazing handicraft.

 

DAY 7 DEPARTURE GROM PARO AIRPORT

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport.

  • Accommodation: A minimum of 3 star accommodations.
  • Guide: Experienced English-speaking guide and driver throughout tour.
  • Meal: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Transport: modern air conditioned car throughout tour.
  • 2% government tax per person per night.
  • Entrance fees for museums
  • Flight: airfare international and domestic
  • Insurance: travel insurance is not included.
  • Additional services: tipping, laundry, other meals, snacks and drinks, personal shopping.
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