The Druk Path Trek is 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 m. This trek also offers hikers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world.
Best season: October – December; March – May
Day 01. Arrive Paro
On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative, and transferred to your Paro hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 02. Paro
After breakfast drive to Satsam chorten and hike to Taktsang. This is the famed site where Guru Rinpochee alighted upon the back of a tigress. Later visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan. In the afternoon visit Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower and now the National Museum. Then walk down the hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong), ‘the fortress of the heap of jewels’.
Day03. Trek starts Drugyel Dzong to Jele Dzong
Distance: 10 km. Trek time: 4-5 hours. Ascent: 1090m. Altitude of camp: 3480m.
This is a short trekking day and the trail is uphill through conifer forests. The view of the Paro Valley from the camp is absolutely breathtaking. Maximum altitude during the hike is at Jele La at 3560m.
Day04. Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha
Distance: 10 km. Trek time: 3-4 hours. Ascent: 310m, descent: 50m. Altitude of camp: 3780m.
Gradual climbs and a few steep climbs take you through thick alpine forests and rhododendron bushes. You will see yaks and yak herders around the camp .
Day05. Jangchulakha to Jimilangtso
Distance: 11 km. Trek time: 4-5 hours. Descent: 230m, ascent: 330m. Altitude of camp: 3880m.
The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day one will be surrounded by beautiful mountains and river valleys. The camp site is near the Lake Jimilangtsho known for their giant sized trouts.
Day06. Jimilangtsho to Simkota
Distance: 11 km. Trek time: 4–5 hours. Ascent: 820m, descent: 400m. Altitude of camp: 4110m.
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron bushes and a lake. You will be able to observe the nomadic life of the yak herders on the way and will camp is beside the Simkota lake.
Day07. Simkota to Phadjoding
Distance: 10 km. Trek time: 3-4 hours. Ascent: 130m, descent: 680m. Altitude of camp: 3750m.
The trek begins with a gradual climb eventually reaching 4210m at Labana La. In clear weather you will be able to see the spectacular view of Mt. Gangkar Phuensum, the highest mountain in the country and her sister mountains. Descend down to the family of Monasteries at phajoding which serves as the View point of the Thimphu valley.
Day 08.Phajoding to Thimphu
Distance:5 km. Trek time: 2-3 hours. Descent: 1130m.
The trail leads downhill till your meeting with the transportation vehicle that will take you to your hotel . Thimphu (2300m) in about 2 hours for hot shower and nice lunch. Evening at leisure
Day 09.Thimphu Sightseeing
After breakfast Thimphu sightseeing includes : visit the National Memorial Chorten, the National Library, the School of Painting or the Folk Heritage Museum. In the afternoon you can take in more of the sights and culture of the capital, or take a drive out of town to Buddha point or drive up to the Radio Tower (offering splendid views of the city from a hilltop festooned with prayer flags) and visit the Takin Reserve showcasing the unique national animal, the Takin. Overnight Thimphu hotel
Day 10. Departure