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Druk Path Trek in Bhutan - 14 Days

Druk Path Trek in Bhutan

Bhutan · Private Tour · 14 Days
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In this tour you will do the six-day Druk Path Trek, the most popular trek in Bhutan. The trek takes you through a spectacular natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes. You will pass along some ancient lhakhangs, dzongs (fortresses) and villages and camp besides yak herders. You will end your trip with a visit to the charming valley of Phobjikha, the winter roosting grounds for the endangered black-necked cranes.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Paro
Day 2 - Paro
Day 3 - Druk Path Trek
Day 4 - Jili Dzong → Jangchulakha
Day 5 - Jangchulakha → Jimgelang Tsho
Day 6 - Jimgelang Tsho → Simkotra Tsho
Day 7 - Simkotra Tsho → Phajoding
Day 8 - Phajoding → Mothithang
Day 9 - Thimphu
Day 10 - Thimphu → Phobjikha Valley
Day 11 - Phobjikha Valley → Wangdue Phodrang
Day 12 - Wangdue Phodrang → Paro
Day 13 - Paro
Day 14 - Paro

What is included

  • 7 nights at 3 star hotel (twin share/double basis), 6 nights in camping
  • 13 breakfast, 13 lunches, 13 dinners
  • Visas fees
  • Farmhouse visit and a meal
  • Internal Taxes
  • Trekking equipment

What is NOT included

  • At nominal additional price we can also arrange other facilities like traditional stone bath, horse riding for short treks, demonstrations of Bhutanese arts and crafts
  • Travel & Medical Insurances
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day
1
Paro

Arrive at Paro by Druk Air. Your guide will meet you at the airport. After refreshment, visit the magnificent Ta Dzong - an ancient watchtower which is now the National Museum of Bhutan. Walk down the winding footpath to visit the beautiful Paro Rinpung Dzong (fortress).

In the afternoon, drive to Thimphu, the capital city. On the way, stopover along the highway to make a detour to visit the charming Tamchhog Lhakhang, situated across the river. Take a short walk across the legendary chain-link bridge to hike up to the monastery.

Enjoy Bhutanese cuisine for dinner at a popular restaurant.

Overnight at Thimphu.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
2
Paro

After breakfast, visit the lovely Kyichhu Lhakhang (monastery - built 659 A D) en route to see the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong.

After lunch, you can take a walk in the town and explore the local handicraft shops and visit the weaving centre to see the weavers at work. Or we can arrange for you to visit a farmhouse to see rural Bhutanese life up-close.

Overnight in Paro.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
3
Druk Path Trek

Distance 7 km, 4-5 hours, 1,090 m ascent, camp altitude 3,480 m.

The first day can be quite arduous as you have to climb more than 1,000m 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 below the Dzong.

Overnight in Camping.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
4
Jili Dzong → Jangchulakha

Distance 10 km, 4-5 hours, 310 m ascent, 50 m descent, camp altitude 3,770 m.

You 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.

Overnight in Camping.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
5
Jangchulakha → Jimgelang Tsho

Distance 11 km, 4 hours, 230 m descent, 330 m ascent, camp altitude 3,870 m.

The trail follows a ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are simply stunning. The campsite is close to the Jimgelang Tsho Lake. This lake is known for its giant sized trout.

Overnight in Camping.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
6
Jimgelang Tsho → Simkotra Tsho

Distance 11 km, 4 hours, 820 m ascent, 400 m descent, camp altitude 4,110 m.

The trail 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.

Overnight in Camping.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
7
Simkotra Tsho → Phajoding

Distance 10 km, 3-4 hours, 130 m ascent, 680 m descent, camp altitude 3,750 m.

The day begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan 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. You will see Thimphu city far below in the valley.

Overnight in Camping.

© Juliette's
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
8
Phajoding → Mothithang

Distance 4-5 km, 3 hours, 1,130 m descent.

After passing Phajoding monastery, the trek to Thimphu (Mothithang) is downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours. Your vehicle will be waiting for you at the road head.

After lunch, visit some of the landmarks in the city – like the National Library.

Take a drive to Kuensel Phodrang to view Buddha Dordenma, one of the biggest and tallest Buddha statues in the world. On the way, stop by at the beautiful Memorial Chorten (stupa).

Overnight in Thimphu.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
9
Thimphu

Today, you will continue exploring the capital city. Make your way across the town to visit the Zorig Chusum Institute which literally translates as the thirteen (chusum) arts and crafts (zorig) of Bhutan. You will meet the talented artists and students at work. Spend time learning about Bhutanese arts and crafts at the Institute.

Just a street away is The National Institute for Traditional Medicine. You will then visit the lovely Folk Heritage Museum, a living example of the old world charm where you can experience the rural Bhutanese life of the past century. You can enjoy your lunch at the restaurant at the Museum which serves authentic Bhutanese food.

After lunch, make your way to the Jungshi Paper Factory which produces traditional handmade paper made from the daphne plant. Make your way to visit the National Textile Museum, where you will find Bhutanese textiles and fabrics on display and see weavers at the handlooms.

In the evening, visit the Takin Nature Preserve and see the unique animals grazing on the mountainside. Takin, with a head of a goat and hooves of a cow, is unique to the Himalayas and is the national animal of Bhutan.

Overnight in Thimphu.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
10
Thimphu → Phobjikha Valley

After breakfast, leave for Phobjikha. Stopover at Dochhu La (3,050m) to enjoy the view of the spectacular Himalayan ranges in the horizon and the beautiful 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens (stupa). Descend down to the warmer climes of the Punakha valley. Visit the magnificent 17th Century Punakha Dzong where the Royal Wedding took place in 2011.

Continue your journey to Phobjikha. On the way, you will pass the Wangduephodrang Dzong, which is under renovation after it was destroyed by a devastating fire in 2012.

Overnight in Phobjikha.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
11
Phobjikha Valley → Wangdue Phodrang

Welcome to the beautiful valley of Phobjikha, one of the three winter roosting grounds in the country for the endangered black-necked cranes, who fly in every winter from Tibet to escape the bitter cold. Visit the Royal Society for Protection of Nature to learn more about the cranes. Check also the beautiful 17th Century Gangtey Monastery and the surrounding village and meet the locals. The wide valley provides plenty of trails in the wilderness for easy hikes.

In the evening, return to Wangduephodrang for the night.

Overnight in Wangduephodrang.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
12
Wangdue Phodrang → Paro

After breakfast, take a short walk across the fields to visit the famous Chimi Lhakhang which sits snugly on a hilltop amidst paddy fields. In Lobesa. The monastery is also known as the ‘Temple of Fertility’ dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who is also known as the Divine Madman. Continue your journey to Paro.

En route, stop over to view the early 15th century built Tamchhog Lhakhang, situated across the river. Take a short walk across the legendary chain-link bridge to hike up to the monastery.

Overnight in Paro.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
13
Paro

Today, you will trek up the mountain to view the magnificent Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) that clings dramatically on a huge rock cliff, 900 m above the valley. The 2- 3 hours easy hike (each way) takes you along winding footpaths and through pine forests with spectacular views of the wide valley below.

Enjoy lunch at the wayside Cafeteria with the spectacular view of the Monastery in the background.

In the evening, you can take a stroll in the town and check out some local handicraft and souvenir shops.

Overnight in Paro.

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Paro → Tiger's Nest 2.5h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
14
Paro

Leave for the airport in the morning. Your guide will see you off at the Paro International Airport.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Price for standard experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing Basis
3-6 pax
Double Sharing Basis
1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016$3872$3440

Photos

Tsho Lake
© akunamatata
Gangtey Monastery
© stull17
Textile
© yosoynuts
Dochula Pass Chortens
Tiger's Nest
Trekking Camp
© Karma
Punakha Dzong
Punakha Valley

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