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Trip Type:
Hotel / Lodge

Grade:
Moderate

Altitude:
2,800 m

Transportation:
Private Car / Van

Group Size:
1+

Best Season:
Spring / Autumn
  • Overview
  • Detailed Itinerary

Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan. It is a short and scenic trek with some great views and beautiful lakes en route. Although it leads up to altitudes above 4,000m it is not too strenuous as walking distances between the camps are not too long. Besides the lakes, it is the Phadjoding monastery that is one of the highlights of this trek.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Paro

Day 02: Paro sightseeing

Day 03: Paro - Jili dzong

Day 04: Jili Dzong – Jangchulakha

Day 05: Jangchulakha – Jimilang Tsho

Day 06: Jimilang Tsho – Simkotra Tsho

Day 07: Simkotra Tsho – Phajoding

Day 08: Phajodhing – Mothitang

Day 09: Thimphu sightseeing

Day 10: Thimphu – Paro Airport

Day 01: Arrive Paro

Arrive Paro by Druk Air. During this flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Kanchen Junga and other Himalayan peaks, including sacred Chomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro our representative will receive you. Drive through Paro valley is enchanting. After lunch you will be taken to the Ta-dzong (museum). Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Paro sightseeing

Drive the winding road Northwest up the Pa Chu to Drukgyal dzong, the ruined fort, which once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mt. Chomolhari, the sacred summit, reaches skyward beyond the dzong. This can be viewed on a clear day. On the way back visit of typical Bhutanese farmhouse.

Excursion to Taktsang. Spend whole day hiking to Taktsang, the Tiger's Nest. This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 3,00 mtrs. above the valley. Legend says that Guru Padmasambhava flew here on the back of a tigress for the purpose of his journey. When the Guru finished his meditation, he instructed that the monastery to be built. Overnight in hotel.

Day 03: Paro - Jili dzong

Distance seven km, four to five hours, 1,090m ascent, camp altitude 3,480m. The first day is a long day 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 Jili Dzong.

Day 04: Jili Dzong – Jangchulakha

Distance 10 km, four to five hours, 310m ascent, 50m descent, camp altitude 3,770m. You begin with a climb for about an hour and a half and then ascend gradually up. The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and dwarf rhododendron tress. You may see yaks and yak herders around your campsite.

Day 05: Jangchulakha – Jimilang Tsho

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

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

Day 06: Jimilang Tsho – Simkotra Tsho

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

The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and Janetso Lake. You may come across some yak herder’s camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho Lake.

Day 07: Simkotra Tsho – Phajoding

Distance 10 km, three to four hours, 130m ascent, 680m descent, camp altitude 3,750m.

The trek 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 other Himalayan peaks. From this pass, the trek takes you downhill to Phajodhing for a nights halt. The camp is above Phadjoding.

Day 08: Phajodhing – Mothitang

Distance four to five km, three hours, 1,130 m descent.

After passing Phadjoding monastery, the trek to Thimphu (Mothitang) is all the way downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours.

Day 09: Thimphu sightseeing

Full day of sightseeing and shopping in Thimphu. Stroll around town; visit the Handicrafts Emporium. Visit the workshop where all the handicrafts are produced. Afternoon: visit Tashichhodzong and Memorial Chorten. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Thimphu – Paro Airport

Drive to Paro Airport for onward flight.