Druk Path Trek

Druk Path Trek

Start Point

Paro

End Point

Paro

Duration

11N/12D

Grade

Easy

Max Altitude

3834 meter

Meals

B+L+D

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

No. of Person

Min. 02 Pax

Highlights

  • 1. Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest):
    • The trek usually begins with a visit to the iconic Paro Taktsang monastery, perched on a cliffside.
    • This spiritual site sets the tone for the trek and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding valley.

    2. Jele Dzong:

    • The trek commences from the Jele Dzong area.
    • Jele Dzong is a small fortress that offers panoramic views of Paro Valley and the Himalayan ranges.

    3. Scenic Mountain Passes:

    • The trek takes you over several mountain passes, including Jangchulakha Pass and Jimilangtsho Pass.
    • Enjoy stunning vistas of snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and pristine lakes along the way.

    4. Pristine Alpine Lakes:

    • The trail passes by picturesque lakes such as Jimilangtsho, Janetsho, and Simkotra.
    • These lakes are surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and are ideal spots for relaxation and photography.

    5. Unique Flora and Fauna:

    • Experience diverse ecosystems as you trek through rhododendron forests, dwarf bamboo shrubs, and alpine meadows.
    • Spot various species of birds and maybe even some wildlife.

    6. Phajoding Monastery:

    • Reach Phajoding Monastery, a sacred site and meditation center, offering panoramic views of Thimphu Valley.

    7. Thimphu Exploration:

    • The trek ends in Thimphu, where you can explore the capital city’s cultural attractions, including temples, museums, and markets.

    8. Cultural Interaction:

    • Encounter local villagers and yak herders, providing opportunities for cultural exchange and insights into their way of life.

    9. Mountain Scenery:

    • Throughout the trek, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the Bhutanese Himalayas, including peaks like Gangkar Puensum and Jichu Drake.

    10. Historical Sites: – Pass by ruins of ancient dzongs and forts that add an element of history and mystique to the trek.

    11. Camping Experience: – Stay in comfortable camping setups in scenic locations, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural surroundings.

The Druk Path trek is a challenging but rewarding trek that takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in Bhutan. The trek starts in the Paro Valley and follows a high-altitude trail through forests, yak pastures, and mountain ridges. Along the way, you will visit sacred lakes, traditional villages, and even a haunted monastery. The highest point on the trek is the Simkota La pass, which is at an altitude of 4,210 meters.

The Druk Path trek is a great way to experience the natural beauty of Bhutan and learn about the country’s culture and history. The trek is also a physically demanding challenge, so it is important to be in good shape before attempting it.

The best time to go on the Druk Path trek is during the spring (March to May) or fall (September to November). The weather is mild during these seasons and there are fewer tourists.

The cost of the Druk Path trek will vary depending on the level of accommodation you choose. A basic package will cost around $2,000 per person, while a more luxurious package can cost up to $5,000 per person.

Detail Itinerary

During the journey, the traveler will experience from the left side of the plane a spectacular view of Mt. Everest, and other famous Himalayan Mountains including the sacred Mt. Jhomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport you will be received by your Bhutanese friend from Bhutan Bigfoot Trekking. Lunch at the Hotel. Discuss the Tour Programme with the Tour Guide. Evening walk around the town. Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Morning visit Drugyal Dzong (a ruined fortress), 16 kilometers away from Paro town. Although it has been in ruin but this Dzong has its great historical importance for the people of Bhutan. It was a place where the Bhutanese finally defeated the Tibetan invasion and drove them back. On a clear day one can view the sacred Mt. Jhomolhari (Mountain of Goddess). Its altitude is 7,329m.Visit Kyichu Lhakhang (Lhakhang means temple). Which was built in 659 AD by the King Songtsen Gompo of Tibet as one of the 108 such monasteries he built in various places to spread Buddhism. It is located between Paro Town and Drugyal Dzong. It is one of the holiest place in the country, as it marks the advent of Buddhism in the country.

After Lunch visit National Museum which used to be a watch tower for Paro Rimpong Dzong (Fortress). It was converted into Museum in 1968. Visit Paro Rimpong Dzong, the Dzong was built in 1646 AD, and walk down to town one the way you can see the traditional wood bridge of ancient style. Visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse and sightseeing trip to the Paro town. Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Drive to Haa valley, Visit the small town in Haa which was recently open for tourism. It is located to the extreme western part of the kingdom and drive back from Chellela Pass where you can see beautiful snow capped mountains ranges and rhododendron flowers in bloom. A picnic lunch at Chellela passes. On the way back hike upto Chellela Nunnery.

Overnight: Hotel in Paro.

Drive up to Satsam Chorten (10 km from Paro town) and from there walk up to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest “. The Monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff drop of nearly 4000 ft. and overlooks the Paro valley and the river. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan meditated on this spot where the Monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. Picnic lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria. The round hike takes about 4 Hr. Overnight: Hotel in Paro.

(Trek Starts) Altitude 3,350m; Distance 10 Km; Time 3 – 4 hours.

Today is a short trek. The trek begins above the National Museum; we climb till we reach camp. If the weather is clear the Paro valley and the snow-capped mountains can be seen. The campsite is near the old Jele Dzong. If the caretaker is there you can visit the Dzong.

Over night: Camping

Altitude 3,700m; Distance 12 Km; Time 4 – 5 hours.

The trek starts with a short climb and then passes through a thick alpine forest of rhododendron and gradually climbs till we reach camp.The Yaks on winter graze in the pastures around the path, you may see yak herders around your campsite.

Over night: Camping

Altitude – 3,706 m. Distance – 11 km.

The trail follows the ridge of the mountains and on a clear day, one can get the spectacular views of the mountains and valleys are beautiful. Our camp is close to Lake Jimilangtso. These lakes are known for their giant sized trout, and if lucky, you may enjoy well-prepared trout for dinner. Altitude 3,800m; Distance 16 Km; Time 6/7 hours.

Over night: Camping

Altitude – 3,834 m. Distance – 11 km.

The trail goes through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janetsho. One may come across some yak herders’ camps and one can see to how they live. Camp is close to Simkotha Lake. Over night: Camping

The trek begins with a gradual climb and if the weather permits one will get a beautiful view of Mount Gangkhar Punsum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan mountains from Doupchula Pass. The path gradually descends till Phajoding, where the monastery and the retreat centers for meditation are located. Altitude – 3,536 m. Distance – 10 km. Overnight: Camping

Alt. 2,454 m. Distance – 7 – 8 km. The trail to Thimphu goes down hill through the blue pine forests. It takes about 3 – 4hours to reach Thimphu. Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu.

After breakfast visit the Memorial Chorten (a great stupa) built in memory of the Third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972,this stupa was built in 1974. Visit the mini Zoo where the national animals were kept and drive to Sangeygang where you can have a spectacular view of Thimphu valley. Visit nunnery in Zulikha the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. Visit the Wood Craft and Painting school where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive through the instructions of painting and curving. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased. Visit the National Library where ancient Buddhist manuscripts are preserved. Lunch in hotel in Thimphu.

Afternoon visit Simtokha Dzong, this is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 AD. It houses the largest monastic schools in the country. In the evening drive to Paro. Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks. Overnight in Hotel in Paro

Early morning drive to Paro International Airport and your Bhutanese friends from Bhutan Bigfoot Trekking will accompany you to bid farewell as you embark on your onward journey to back home.

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