Tour Duration: 10 Days, 9 Nights.
Trek Duration: 6 days
Locations: Thimphu and Paro valley.
Type of Tour: Cultural tour/Adventure/Trekking.
Highlight: visit to the Ta Dzong (National Museum, world’s tallest bronze Buddha statue, Tigers nest hike, Souvenir shopping at Paro and two nights stay in (Capital) Thimphu town. Camping near Jele Dzong. Camping at the beautiful Jigmelang Tsho (lake), spectacular view of Mt. Gangkar Puensum etc
Max. Elevation: 4210m at Labanla pass
Max. Campsite: 3870m at Jimilangtsho or 4110m at Simkota site
Difficulty: Varies from easy to moderate.
Seasons: The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are between March-June and September-November
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 m. On the third day hikers will arrive at Jimiling Lake, whose crystal clear waters are home to gigantic trout. You will also do cultural sightseeing of the unique architectural activities in the western region of Bhutan.
This trek also offers hikers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world. The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are between March-June or September-November.
Day 1: Arrive at Paro.
Upon arrival at Paro International airport, you will be met by your guide from Yelha Bhutan Tours and Travels. In the afternoon, after arriving at Paro you will be taken to the Majestic Paro Dzong and the National Museum at Paro Ta Dzong.
Night stay at a Resort in Paro valley.
Day 2: Hike to the Tigers Nest Monastery.
After breakfast, we will start our journey to the Tigers nest monastery. After an hour of hike we will stop for refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria before walking to the Taktsang monastery or Tiger’s Nest.
This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900m into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo from Kurtoe Singye Dzong in the east.
After lunch, we will visit Drugyal Dzong (a ruined fortress. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Paro.
Day 3: Paro– Hike to Jili Dzong.
The 6-day Druk Path Trek begins today at the National Museum (Ta-Dzong). The first day can be quite arduous as you have to climb more than 1000m elevation. Once you reach the ridge below Jili Dzong you descend about 100m to the camp site below the Dzong. If the weather is clear, the Paro valley and the high snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas can be seen. If the caretaker is there you can visit the Dzong. Overnight camping near Jele Dzong.
Day 4: Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha Hike.
Today’s trek starts with a short and steep climb for about an hour and a half, and then the slope evens out a bit and the ascent is more gradual passing through a thick alpine forest of rhododendron till we reach our overnight camp. You may see herders and their yaks around your campsite.
Camping at Jangchulakha.
Day 5: Jangchulakha-Jigmelang Tsho
After breakfast, we follow a trail along the ridge of the mountains and on a clear day you can get stunning views of the mountains and valleys. Our overnight camp is close to Lake Jigmelang Tsho.
Camping near Jigmelang Tsho.
Day 6: Jigme Langtsho – Simkotra Tsho.
The trail today goes through large areas of dwarf rhododendron trees and past Janetsho Lake. Once again, you may come across some yak herder camps where you will get the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life.
Camping near Simkotra Tsho Lake.
Day 7: Simtoka-Phajoding.
Today’s trek begins with a gradual climb and if the weather permits you will get a spectacular view of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and several other Himalayan peaks. From this pass, the trek takes you gradually downhill towards Phajodhing, where a monastery and meditation retreat centre is located.
Camping above Phajodhing Monastery.
Day 8: Phajoding-Motithang
After passing Phajodhing monastery the trek to Thimphu (Motithang), is downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours.
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Thimphu
Day 9: Thimphu-Sightseeing.
After breakfast, we will drive you to the Dochula Pass at 3140m for a photo stop and for tea, coffee etc and to enjoy the most spectacular view of the Himalayan snow capped mountains.Lunch will be served at Dochula cafeteria.
After lunch, visit the National Memorial, the world’s largest Sakyamuni statue at Kuenselphodrang, the mini zoo at Motithang to see the Takin, Bhutan’s national animal. Then visit Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body followed by shopping for souvenirs and other items in the shops of Thimphu.
Farewell dinner in Thimphu.
Cost Special offer
Tour Cost including Bhutan Visa Fees (Not including Bhutan air fare)
High Season: March, April, May, September, October & November
Single traveler: US$ 3000 per person
2 person: US$ 2820 per person
3 plus person: US$ 2340 per person
Low Season: January, February, June, July, August & December
Single traveler: US$ 2850 per person
2 person: US$ 2,670 per person
3 plus person: US$ 2,190 per person