- Itinerary Detail
Bhutan also known as the Land of Thunder Dragon is a small country placed in the middle of Tibet in the north and India in the three sides. Bhutan is primarily a Buddhist country where Hinduism is the second largest religion followed by Nepali speaking Bhutanese. This 8 days trek which goes gradually uphill offers mesmerizing and unspoilt cultural and natural opulence. Walking through the rugged landscape and Steep Mountain valleys from subtropical plains through temperate zone to Sub alpine Himalayas Bhutan has it all to give every trekker the heavenly experience.
Druk path trek is one of the finest and most appreciated short treks starting from Paro to Thimpu and following the traditional high routes between these towns. The trek goes through the Rhododendron and Pine forests, open ridge tops, high altitude glacial lakes, Yak pastures and isolated hilltop monasteries offering the views of Chomolhari(7314m) and Gankar Punsum(7541m) along with many others. Beside these, this exhilarating as we well as rewarding treks takes us above the tree line and cross several passes including Phume La (4210m). As we arrive to Thimpu all we do is sightseeing which includes excursion to many important and history carrying dzongs. The best time for trekking here is from March to May and September to November.
Druk Path Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Fly to Paro and Sightseeing (2250m)
Enjoy one of the spectacular flights over the mountains to Paro. In the flight we will be seeing the vista of Mt Everest, Kanchan Junga, and Makalu along with other peaks in Bhutan which includes Chomolhari, Jichu Drakeay and Tsrim Khang. As you land in Paro our local representative will receive you and get transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon we will be visiting Ta Dzong which dates back to 17th century and was converted into National Museum in 1968 which is further adorned with antique Thanka, textiles, weapons and Armor. After this we will drive to Rinpung Dzong which too dates back to 17th century and was built to defend Tibetan invaders. Now this is used as a administration center and school for monks. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Trek to Jili Dzong(7km);4-5day
We will begin the trek from Ta Dzong( National museum) with a gradual ascent through the dense forest of Rhododendron to Damche Gom. In the whole path we will see the fine view of Jhomolhari along with other snow capped peaks. We will go downhill and arrive to ridge below the Jili Dzong where we will set our camp for overnight stay at the altitude of 3450m.
Day 3: Trek to Jangchulakha(10km); 4-5hours
The trek start with a gradual ascent through the dense forest of Rhododendron. On the way you will be greeted by the fine views of Jhomolhari and you too may hear the singing of some monal pheasants. With a continous walk for few hours we will ultimately arrive to our camping site in Jangchulakha at the altitude of 3,770m. we may see some Yak with their herders around the campsite.
Day 4: Trek to Jimilang Tsho(11km); 4-5hours
Following the ridge and witnessing the great views of mountain and valleys we will continue our trek. We too will see the magnificent view of Jichu Drake (6,989m) which the peak representing the protective deity of Paro valley. Continuing the walk we will arrive to our campsite at the altitude of 3,870m which is situated close of Jimilang Tsho Lake which provide habitat to giant sized trout.
Day 5: Trek to Simikotra Tsho(11km); 4hours
From Jimilang Tsho the trail goes through the dense forest of Rhododendron and passes the lake of Janetsho. Today on the way we will encounter with Yak herders with their herds grazing in the alpine meadow and also get an idea of Bhutanese nomadic lifestyle. We will set our camp near to Simkotra lake at an altitude of 4,110m.
Day 6: Trek to Phajoding(10km); 3-4hours
The trek starts with a gradual uphill climb upto Phume La(3,750m)which is the highest elevation of the entire trek. On the clear day we can view the regal Mt Gangkar Puensum which is the highest peak of Bhutan along with many other. From here the trail gradually goes downhill through the juniper trees to Phajoding where we will set our camp for overnight stay at the altitude of 3,750m. From our campsite we can see the entire view of Thimpu valley.
Day 7: Trek to Thimpu(5km); 3hours
From Phajoding trek to Thimpu goes downhill through the dense forest of blue Pine. Walking three hours in a relaxing way takes us to Thimpu in afternoon. In the evening you can roam around the streets of Thimpu.
Day 8: Thimpu sightseeing and drive to Paro
We will start early in the morning with a visit to Zelukha Nunnery which is the only nunnery in Thimpu and Paro region, National Library which has a wide collection of ancient manuscript and religion art facts, Memorial chorten of Late King, Institute of Art and Paintings and walk around Thimpu city for buying souvenirs from Bhutan. After having lunch we will drive to Paro and in the route we will visit Simtokha Dzong which was built by Shabdrung who unified the Kingdom. Stay overnight at hotel in Paro.
Day 9: Farewell
Our representative will drive to Paro International Airport to bid you good bye.