Print
Trek Name Druk Path Trek
Activities Trekking and Hiking
Season March – May & August – December.
Expedition Type Trekking
Duration 09 Days

Druk path trek is a beautiful easy – moderate trek connecting Thimphu and Paro Valleys through alpine woods with lush open meadows, gradually ascending above tree line with lots of rhododendron bush and plenty of highland floras. You have camps next to old monastery and some by beautiful lakes. The views of snow capped mountain from several points are wonderful. Basically, this trek is more of a leisure trek with easy short days and gentle terrains following age old trails of yak. After the initial climb the route is not too hard and, if needed, there is access to descend down to lower altitudes from several points.


TOUR OUTLINE



DAY 1: ARRIVR PARO (2280m) & Enjoy beautiful Paro valley.
DAY 2: PARO ACCLIMATIZATION HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST
DAY 3: PARO – JELA DZONG (3400m): APPROX 4 to 5 hrs WALK
DAY 4: JELA DZONG – JANGCHULAKHA (3600m): 4 – 5 HR WALK
DAY 5: JANGCHULAKHA – JIMILANGTSHO (4000m) APPROX 4HR WALK
DAY 6: JIMILANGTSHO – SIMKOTA (3800m): APPROX 4HR WALK
DAY 7: SIMKOTA – PHOJODHING – THIMPHU: APPROX 6HR WALK
DAY 8: THIMPHU (2320m)
DAY 9: PARO DEPARTURE


DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Paro and enjoy the beautiful valley.
Flight into Paro with Druk Air, crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari 7314m and Jichu Drake 6794m peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by our representative from Lonely Bhutan Tours and drive to hotel.

You will visit the auspicious Kyichu Lhakhang, a scared monument pinning down the left foot of a treacherous ogress, which is built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo.

This Monastery is one of the 108 monasteries built across the Himalayan region by the Tibetan King to subdue the Demoness that lay across the Himalayan region. The rest of the monasteries lie in other neighboring countries; Drugyel Dzong the imposing fortress which was the strategic vantage point for numerous defeat of invading Tibetan armies and here in clear weather can view the spectacular view of mount Jomolhar 7314m. Evening freely stroll in town and visit shops. Overnight stay at hotel, Paro.

DAY 2: PARO ACCLIMATIZATION HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST
Today’s day will begin your day to take on a stunning hike on foot to visit the Taktshang Gompa or Tiger’s Nest viewpoint.

Your hike to Taktshang from the road point will take through the well maintained path which is quite uphill and it takes around 3-4 hours at an average walking speed. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees adorned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You will stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria.

This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger Dorji Drolo, said to be his consort.

In the afternoon you will drive to the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. The third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck housed it into the National museum in the 1960s. The seven floor museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks, and walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town. Evening freely stroll in town and visit shops. Overnight stay at hotel, Paro.

DAY 3: PARO – JELA DZONG (3400 m: APPROX 4 To 5 hours.
After breakfast, we drive till the gate leading to Ta dzong. Our trek begins here along a farm road that meanders through the village of Jishigang and then Damchena. Damchena is the home of the operators of Lonely Bhutan Tours and Travels. In the midst of a pine forest, you will see a small village with 5 houses. The biggest one is where our mother lives. The other smaller houses belong to our sisters who have moved out of the bigger house. If you like, our guide (usually Chenda or Nidu himself) will take you into one of the houses where you will have a short break of tea, coffee, home-made beer or a stronger stuff called ara.  After passing Damchena, we walk through thick fir forest. This is also the ancient highway between Paro and Thimphu, that’s why you will notice that the trail is quite broad most of the time. We camp somewhere below or nearby Jele Dzong. The forests and meadows of Jele La are a scenic beauty, partly shaped by yak and cattle herders who used them as pastoral rangeland since times immemorial. In summer, cattle herders roam the rangelands and when they migrate in autumn to the warm subtropical rangelands of southern Bhutan, the yak herders descend from the alpine rangelands to graze the meadows in winter.

(We can custom-make a package so that we can halt for 1 day here to visit a cattle herder’s camp to experience a day in the life of a cattle herder as he/she rounds up cows from the forests, milks them, put cows and calves on different pastures, collects tree fodder from nearby forests, does evening milking, cooks, makes butter and cheese without any modern implements, feeds calves with their own mouth and so on. Because some of the herder families on this rangeland are our own, arranging this otherwise difficult rendezvous is no problem for us. If you read About us you will know why.

DAY 4: JELA DZONG – JANGCHULAKHA (3600m): 5 to 6 hours WALK
Today’s trail begins with 1 ½ hour climb and then ascends gradually. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and rhododendron.

You will have the fine view of Jomolhari and other snow capped peaks and you may hear some monal pheasants calling during the day. Overnight stay in camp, you may see yak herders around your campsite.

DAY 5: JANGCHULAKHA – JIMILANGTSHO (4000m) APPROX 4HR WALK
The trial follows about 4200m ridge and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valleys are sensational besides the great views of 6989m Jichu Drake, the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Overnight stay in camp.

DAY 6: JIMILANGTSHO – SIMKOTA (3800m): APPROX 4HR WALK
You will pass by the glacial lake of Jimilangtsho. These lakes are famous for their giant sized trouts. Then our trail takes us through dwarf rhododendron tress and bypasses the lake of Janetsho.

Today you may come across some yak herder’s camp and get an idea how these people live. Camp is close to Simkota Lake. Overnight stay in Camp.

DAY 7: SIMKOTA – PHOJODHING – THIMPHU: APPROX 6HR WALK
Today you start with gradual climb and if the weather permits, you will enjoy majestic view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, and also the other peaks. The trail slowly descends through junipers tress to a community hall near Phojodhing. Walk way down hill to Thimphu through a forested area of mostly blue pine. On arrival, check into hotel in Thimphu. Overnight stay at hotel, Thimphu.

DAY 8: THIMPHU (2320m)
Today’s exploration of Thimphu begins will take with visit to National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan; the Kingdom’s rich culture at the National Library; Folk Heritage Museum which will provide an insight into traditional Bhutanese farm house and rural past through exhibits and documentation of rural life.

After lunch visit Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress likes temple which lies perched on a ridge above Thimphu; Taken Preserve to see the rare national animal of Bhutan. This animal is chosen as the national animal of Bhutan for its uniqueness and its association with the country’s religious history and mythology. A further drive towards the BBS tower will provide a bird’s eye view of the capital; visit nunnery temple and followed by a visit to Tashichho Dzong or “the fortress of the glorious religion” which is Bhutan’s administration and religious centre and houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan, other Government offices. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Overnight stay at hotel, Thimphu.

DAY 9: PARO DEPARTURE
Morning depart for Paro International Airport for your onward journey.


ACCOMMODATION


Camping