DRUK PATH TREK

This popular trek offers beautiful views as you cross the chain of mountains that separate the Paro and Thimphu valleys

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From To Base Fee Final Price Note
01/01/2021 31/10/2022 1610 € 1720 € Per person "starting from" in low season

DRUK PATH TREK
9 DAYS - 8 NIGHTS

The Druk Path Trek is a moderate, four days trek. This popular trek offers beautiful views as you cross the chain of mountains that separate the Paro and Thimphu valleys. This route is also famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests and wonderful high altitude lakes teeming with fish. In the clear weather of late autumn and winter there are great views of the Himalayas. As well as being able to visit the sites of Paro and Thimphu before and after the trek, you may also enjoy a day excursion to the Punakha valley to visit the imposing Punakha Dzong.

Season: This trek is usually possible from late February to June and from September to December

Day 1: Arrive Bhutan
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. Our representative will meet you at Paro airport. After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the National Museum, Ta Dzong. This museum houses many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical and cultural past. Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. Dzongs are large monasteries and district administrative centers, which were once strategic forts. Afterwards walk to the beautiful cantilever wooden bridge still in use.

Overnight in Paro

Day 2: Paro-Hike To Taksang
After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 3 hours uphill takes you high above the Paro valley. The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 meters above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The great Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for lunch.

In the afternoon drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, an historic monument built by the Zhabdrung to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop. On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Kyichu is built in a manner similar to the Jokhang in Lhasa, Tibet.

Overnight in Paro

Day 3: Start Druk Path Trek –Jili Dzong –Jangchulkakha
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

Day 4: Jangchulakha to Jimilang Tsho
Distance 11 km, 4-5 hours, 330 m ascent, 230 m descent
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.

Day 5: Jimilang Tsho to Labana
Distance 11 km, 4-5 hours, 330 m ascent, 230 m descent.
Camp altitude 3,870 m

The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and past Jana tso Lake. You may come across some yak herder camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life.

Day 6: Labana- Phajoding- Motithang
Distance 12 km, 4.5-5.5 hours, 130 m ascent, 680 m descent

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

Evening Program:

  • 3:00 PM- Drive to Buddha Point
  • 4:00 PM -Visit Memorial Chorten
  • 5:00 PM Explore Thimphu at your own

Overnight in Thimphu

Day 7: Thimphu

After breakfast

  • Visit Painting School
  • Visit Folk Heritage Museum
  • The National Library

After Lunch

  • Visit Bhutan Post Office
  • Visit Centenary Farmers Market
  • Visit Craft Bazar
  • Visit Tashi Chho dzong
  • Visit Changlimithang Archery Ground

Overnight in Thimphu

Day 8: Thimphu- Paro

After breakfast visit Dochula, Dochula Pass is one of Bhutan’s most popular sites, perched at an altitude of 3150m and located along the road from the country’s current capital of Thimphu to its former capital Punakha. On a clear day one can enjoy the spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains. The 108 small stupas built over a small hill is also a beautiful sight.

After lunch,drive back to Paro.On the way visit Tachog Lhakhang and the iron bridge.It was built by Thangthong Gyelpo, The Iron Bridge Builder Saint.

In the evening, explore Paro market on your own.

Overnight in Paro

Day 9: Depart Paro
Drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Our representative will then bid you farewell.

Price per person in double room in Low Season: starting from 1610 euro
Price per person in double room in High Season: stating from 1895 euro


LOW SEASON: January, February, June; July, August, December
HIGH SEASON: March, April, May, September, October, November

The price includes:

  • accommodation in accomodation in facilities as scheduled for 8 nights
  • meals as scheduled
  • English speaking guide for the whole tour
  • car / minivan available for the whole tour
  • support
  • Bhutanese entry fee
  • visa

The price does not include

  • Flights 
  • drinks, meals not mentioned
  • tips (around USD 10 per day)
  • currency adjustment
  • everything not expressly specified in "the price includes"