Druk Path Trek (11 DAYS)

Druk Path Trek (11 DAYS)

The 11-day Druk Path Trek passes across stunning landscapes, through blue pine forests, over high ridges, and past pristine lakes. Along the path, we can visit ancient temples, dzongs, and villages.

With the trail winding between 2,400 and 4,200 m, Druk Path Trek is easier than others. The trek offers striking views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unclimbed mountain in the world.

Facts about the Trek

Duration: 10 nights/11 days.

Duration: 5 days

Accommodation: Hotels, resorts & tents

Activity type: Walking, trekking & tour

Difficulty Level: Moderately strenuous.

Group size: Minimum 2 pax

Best Months to do this Trek: March-June, September-2nd Week of December.

Itinerary

  1. Arrive at Paro

Your guide from BCD-Bhutan will greet you on arrival and drive you to the hotel. While in Paro, visit:

  • Ta Dzong (built in 1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower which now houses the National Museum.
  • Paro Rinpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal)

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel

  1. Paro – Excursion to Taktshang Monastery
  • Acclimatization hike to Taktshang, 2 hrs walk uphill if you are healthy and fit.
  • Kyichu Lhakhang built in 659 AD by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel

  1.  Paro to Jele Dzong (Start of Trek)

Time: 4-5 hrs

Distance 7 km

Trial: 1,090 m ascent

Campsite altitude: 3,480 m

The trail starts from Ta Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan, in Paro. The first day can be arduous as we climb more than 1,000 m.

  1. Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha

Time: 4-5 hrs

Distance 10 km

Trail: 310 m ascent, 50 m descent

Campsite altitude: 3,770 m

The trail begins with an hour and half of sharp climb. The rest of the trail is gentle.

  1. Jangchulakha to Jimilangtsho

Time: 4 hrs

Distance 11 km

Trail: 230 m descent, 330 m ascent

Campsite altitude: 3,870 m

The trail is across a ridge. The view of mountains and valleys on a clear day can be mesmerizing. The campsite is by Jimilangtsho known for its gigantic trout.

  1. Jimilangtsho to Simkota Lake

Time: 4 hrs

Distance: 11 km

Trail: 820 m ascent, 400 m descent

Campsite altitude: 4,110 m

The trail winds amidst dwarf rhododendron trees and past Janetsho Lake. We may come across some yak herders’ camps along the way.

  1. Simkota Lake to Phajoding

Time: 3-4 hrs

Distance 10 km

Trail: 130 m ascent, 680 m descent

Campsite altitude: 3,750 m

The trail starts with a gradual climb. On a clear day, we can enjoy the spectacular view of Mt. Gangkar Puensum and several mountain peaks.

  1. Thimphu sightseeing

After breakfast, visit:

  • Takin Preserve: it houses the unique national animal of Bhutan.
  • Sangaygang View Point gives you a bird’s eye view of the city.
  • The Largest and the tallest statue of sitting Buddha: popular among local and international tourists
  • Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls)
  • Folk Heritage Museum http://www.folkheritagemuseum.org.bt/main/main.php

The Royal Textile Museum

The RTA is one of the first institutions in the country practising and imparting internationally accepted methods and techniques of conservation and preservation of the priceless textiles and other artifacts. The conservation centre has not only been responsible for the preservation and conservation of our artifacts but also provided our service to restore many pieces from several dzongs and monasteries in Bhutan. As of now, the conservation centre at the Royal Textile Academy is focused primarily on textiles. However, with our growing collections that include not only textiles but metals, woodworks, paintings, etc. our conservation department will expand to include these artworks and artifacts as well.

Courtesy: The Royal Textile Museum

In the afternoon, visit the National Memorial Choeten built in 1974 in memory of Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.

Overnight stay in a hotel in Thimphu

  1. Thimphu – Punakha

Drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass. On the way, visit Chime Lhakhang known as “the Temple of Fertility”.

After lunch, visit:

  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal
  • The longest suspension bridge in the country

Overnight stay in a hotel

  1. Punakha to Paro

After breakfast, drive to Paro. Stop on the way to see Semtokha Dzong, the oldest dzong in the country. On the way, visit privately-owned Tamchog Lhakhang.

In the afternoon, take time off for shopping. In the evening, drive to Paro.

Overnight stay in a hotel

  1. Paro

Drive to the airport and bid farewell