Druk Path Trek

9 Nights/ 10 Days
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Total Duration: 9 Nights – 10 Days  of Bhutan Trekking Tour.     Trek Days : 6 Days – 5 Nights.

The six day trek is the most popular trek in the country as it passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes while at the same time offering the opportunity to visit some ancient lhakhangs, dzongs and villages.

The Druk Path Trek is also a fairly easy hike to undertake as the distances between rest camps is fairly short. The trail takes you through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200 meters. On the third day hikers will arrive at Jimiling Lake, whose crystal clear waters are home to gigantic trout.

This trek also offers hikers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unclimbed peak in the world. The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are between March to June or September to November

Day 1: Arrival in Paro Airport

Our representative from Bhutan Everest Tours & Treks will be there at the airport to receive you and transfer you to the hotel. Visit the nearby Ta Dzong, and Rinpung Dzong.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro Ta Dzong  – Jili Dzong – Trek Day 1.

After breakfast, your transportation will drop you off at Paro Ta Dzong.

The first day can be quite arduous as you have to climb more than 1,000 m elevation. You start from the Ta Dzong (National Museum) in Paro. The trek follows a gravel road past a few farms for about 30 minutes and then climbs up a steep ridge before leading through blue pine and fir forests to Damche Gom. Once you reach the ridge below Jili Dzong you descend about 100m to the campsite at an altitude of 3,480 m. The total trek is estimated to take a maximum of 4 to 5 hrs.

Lunch will be served on the way. Dinner and overnight halt in campsite.


Day 3: Jili Dzong – Jangchulakha – Trek Day 2.

After breakfast,

begin with a steep climb for about an hour and a half, then the slope evens a bit and the ascent is more gradual. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and dwarf rhododendron tress. You may see herders and their yaks around your campsite. We camp at an altitude of 3,770 m.

Lunch will be served on the way. Dinner and overnight halt in campsite.

Day 4: Jangchulakha – Jigmelang Tsho – Trek Day 3.

After breakfast,

begin your trek following a ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are simply stunning. The campsite is close to the Jimgelang Lake at an altitude of 3,870 m. This lake is known for its giant sized trout.

Lunch will be served on the way. Dinner and overnight halt in campsite.

Day 5: Jimeglang Tsho – Simkotra Tsho – Trek Day 4.

After breakfast,

commence your 4thday trek following the trails that takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and past Janetso Lake. You may come across some yak herder camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho Lake at an altitude of 4,110 m.

Lunch will be served on the way. Dinner and overnight halt in camp.

Day 6 : Simkotra Tsho  – Phajoding -Trek Day 5.

After breakfast,

begin your day with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum and several other Himalayan peaks. From this pass, the trek takes you downhill towards Phajoding where you will halt for the night. The camp is located just above Phajoding Monastery at an altitude of 3,750 m. Next morning you will wake up with the greetings of sunrise overlooking the Thimphu valley and the clouds forming a blanket over the valley.

Lunch will be served on the way. Dinner and overnight halt in Phajoding campsite.

Day 7 : Phajoding  to Motithang – Trek Day 6.

After breakfast, visit

The Phajoding monastery and start a steady descend downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine towards Motithang for about 1130 m. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hrs.

The Druk Path finishes at the Bhutan Broadcast Service (BBS) Telecommunication Tower, offering great view of the city of Thimphu.

Your guide will take you to your respective hotels where you can rejuvenate and refresh yourselves to embark on yet another adventurous journey tomorrow.

Sixth day into the trek and to relieve yourself from the tiring week you can enjoy some of the finest hospitalities that the capital city has to offer you.

Dinner and Overnight stay in hotel in Thimphu.

Day 8: Thimphu sight seeing

After breakfast, visit National Memorial Chorten, built in 1974 to honor the third Druk GyalpoJigme Dorji Wangchuck, Kuensel Phodrang, where the largest statue of Sitting Buddha is located. It offers a stunning panoramic view of the whole of the Thimphu city.Visit Changgangkha Lhakhang, and the Takin preservation Center in Motithang.

Afer lunch and visit Tashichho Dzong (the administrative headquarters of Bhutan).  Visit handicrafts emporium located in the heart of the city.

Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Thimphu.


Day 9: Thimphu – Punakha Sightseeing – Thimphu.

After breakfast, drive towards Punakha. On the way to Punakha, halt in Dochula pass for photography and visit Royal Botanical Park at LamPelri. Upon crossing Lobesa, visit Chimi Lhakhang. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. Punakha was Bhutan’s capital until 1955, and Punakha Dzong still serves as the winter residence of the central monk body. Bhutan’s first King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned here in 1907. The fortress has withstood several damages from fire, earthquake and flood over the centuries.

Evening drive back to Thimphu

Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Thimphu

Day 10: After breakfast, drive to Paro airport for your onward flight.


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Include in this package

  1. Government Royalty(SDF): USD 100 per Person per Night.
  2. 2% Government Tax per Person per Night.
  3. All Meals.
  4. Daily Mineral Water.
  5. English Language Speaking Guide.
  6. Comfortable and Luxurious Imported Cars for Internal Transportation with Skilled Driver.
  7. Entrance fees for Museums.
  8. The Government set package rates are valid for accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  9. A minimum of 3 star accommodation (4 & 5 star may require an additional premium).

Not include in this package

  1. Airfare international & Domestic.
  2. Travel Insurance.
  3. Personal shopping.
  4. Alcohol.
  5. Laundry.
  6. Tips for Guide & Driver.