The Druk Path
The Druk Path Trek is a short and moderate trekking adventure in Bhutan walking through Paro valley to Thimpu valley and witnessing the excellent Himalayan ranges in between. Witnessing the cultures, traditions and festivities, we make our way through rural areas of Bhutan. Visiting beautiful lakes along our trails of this Druk Path Trek with stunning views of Himalayas can be considered as the major highlight of Druk Path Trek. We also get a wonderful opportunity to walk through beautiful rhododendron forests during the spring season of April and May. Join Druk Path Trek with Buddha eye treks for professional travel services. Contact us now for further enquiries and details about this trip.
Day 1: Arrive at Paro
Day 2: Trek from Paro to Jele Dzong
Day 3: Trek from Jele Dzong to Jangchulaka
Day 4: Trek from Jangchulakjha to Jimilang Tsho
Day 5: Trek from Jimilang Tsho to Simkota Tsho
Day 6: Trek from Simkota Tsho to Phajoding
Day 7: Trek frin Phajoding to Thimpu and drive to Paro
Day 8: Fly from Paro to your onward destination
Day 1: Arrive Paro:
The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by the guide and transferred to the hotel. After lunch, visit Rinpung Dzong meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels”. It has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the courtyard of the Rinpung Dzong are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore. You will walk downhill till the road point crossing the wooden bridge. Your vehicle will be waiting here to take you to Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. In the evening, you can stroll through Paro town. Walking through the market and meeting with the people will be an enjoyable experience. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 2: Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery :
After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Bhutan’s most famous monastery, which stands at 3100m gives you acclimatization for the next day’s trek. The 8th century Spiritual Master, Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. Explore the Monastery hike back to Paro. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 3: Paro-Jele Dzong Trek begins:
Distance 10Km, Time 4-5 hours, Ascent 913m, Descent 80m, Camp Elev 3480m
After breakfast in your hotel, you will drive to the road head at the National Museum (2487m) from where you will start the trek. The trek trail is rather gradual up till the camp and if the weather is clear the Paro valley can be seen with snow-capped mountains behind including Jumolhari in the distance. Above the camp is Jele La Dzong (3,490m) and Jele Dzong is mostly in ruins and there is a Lhakhang with the statute of Buddha Sakyamuni. Overnight camp. Altitude 3480m.
Day 4: Jele Dzong-Jangchulakha:
Distance 10Km, Time 3-4 hours, Ascent 290m, Camp Elev 3770m
Before your trek, you can explore the Jele Dzong. Today’s trek begins with an hour and half climb and then ascend gradually up. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons crossing the Jele La (3490m). You may see yak herders around your campsite. There are fascinating views of Jumolhari and other snow capped mountains and you can also hear some Monal peasants during the day. Overnight camp. Altitude 3770m.
Day 5: Jangchulakha-Jimilangtsho:
Distance 11Km, Time 4 hours, Ascent 410m, Descent 310m, Camp Elev 3870m
The trail climbs steeply to the Jangchulakha (3770). On a clear day the views of the mountains and valleys are sensational. Descending from the pass you arrive at your camp beside the Jimilangtsho lakes. These lakes are famous for their giant sized trouts. Also there are great views of 6,989m Jichu Drake, the peak representing the protective deity of Paro and Gangkar Puensum (7497m), Bhutan’s highest mountain. Overnight camp. Altitude 3870m.
Day 6: Jimilangtsho-Simkotra Tsho:
Distance 11Km, Time 4 hours, Ascent 240m, Camp Elev 4110m
The trails climbs up from lower end of the lake and makes a traverse along the side of the ridge, then descends to a single stone shelter. Again ascend to a summit at 4050m overlooking Janetsho Lake. Today you may come across some yak herder’s camp and get an idea how these people live. Camp is close to Simkotra Lake. Overnight camp. Altitude 4110m.
Day 7: Simkotra Tsho–Phajoding-Thimphu Trek ends:
Distance 14Km, Time 5 hours, Ascent 90m, Descent 400m
Today you begin 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 trees to a community hall near Phajoding (3800m). From Phajoding the trek to Thimphu is downhill all the way, passing through a forested area of mostly blue pine. On arrival, check into hotel in Thimphu. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day 8: Thimphu-Paro depart :
After breakfast, you will drive to airport for departure. Our representative will bid farewell.