Drukpath Trek, Bhutan

10 Day Trip
Per Day Price Level $$$$
Per Day Budget $ 193
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$$$$ $250-500
$$$$ $500-750
$$$$ $750+
  • Discover the beautiful city of Paro.
  • Visit the magical Tiger’s Nest, and explore the ancient ruins of Drugyal and Ta Dzongs.
  • Enjoy a 6-day trek through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200m. 
  • Hike to JigmelangTsho Lake, whose crystal clear waters are home to gigantic trout.
  • Tour the town of Thimphu and visit the famous National Memorial Chorten, the Giant Buddha Sakyamuni and TashichhoDzong.
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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 1 : PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - PARO
    Upon arrival at Paro International airport, you will be met by your guide. In the afternoon, you will have an opportunity to explore the beautiful town of Paro.
     

    Accommodation: Kichu Resort or Similar

    Meals: Lunch And Dinner

    Day 2 : HIKING TO TAKTSANG MONASTERY OR TIGER’S NEST
    After breakfast, we will drive you to the trail head to commence your climb through beautiful pine forests. We will stop for light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria before walking on to the famous, Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest. The primary Lhakhang or main temple was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay. 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, DorjiDrolo from KurtoeSingyeDzong in the east.
     
    If time Permits, we will also visit Ta Dzong (built in 1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the RinpungDzong (which literally means “Heap of Jewels”), the center of civil and religious authority in this valley, built in 1646 by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal.
     

    Accommodation: Kichu Resort or Similar

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 3 : PARO – JILI DZONG (Distance: 7km, 4-5hrs, 1090m ascent, camp altitude 3480m)
    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. 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 DamcheGom.  Once you reach the ridge below JiliDzong 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.
     

    Accommodation: Camping near JeleDzong

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 4 : JELE DZONG – JANGCHULAKHA (Distance: 10km, 4-5hrs, 310m ascent, 50m descent, camp altitude 3770m)
    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.
     

    Accommodation: Camping at Jangchulakha

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 5 : JANGCHULAKHA – JIGMELANG TSHO (Distance: 11km, 4hrs, 230m descent, 330m ascent, camp altitude 3870m)
    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 JigmelangTsho. This lake is known for its giant sized trout, and if you are lucky you may enjoy well-prepared trout for dinner.

    Accommodation: Camping near JigmelangTsho

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 6 : JIGME LANGTSHO – SIMKOTRA TSHO (Distance: 11km, 4hrs, 820m ascent, 400m descent, camp altitude 4110m)
    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.
     

    Accommodation: Camping near SimkotraTsho Lake

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 7 : SIMKOTRA – PHAJODING (Distance: 10km, 3-4hrs, 130m ascent, 680m descent, camp altitude 3750m)
    Today’s trek begins with a gradual climb and if the weather permits you will get a spectacular view of Mt. GangkarPuensum, 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 center is located.
     

    Accommodation: Camping above Phajodhing Monastery 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 8 : PHAJODING – MOTITHANG (THIMPHU) (Distance 4-5km, 3hrs, 1130m descent)
    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.
     

    Accommodation: River View Resort OR Peaceful Resort

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 9 : THIMPHU – SIGHTSEEING
    After breakfast, we will drive you to the Dochula Pass at 3140m for a photo stop and where you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, while you admire the most spectacular views of the Himalayan snow capped mountains and theGasaDzong at a distance (if the weather is clear). 
     
    Lunch will be served at Dochula cafeteria.
     
    After lunch, visit the National Memorial Chorten built in honor of Bhutan’s late King JigmeDorjiWangchuck before visiting the Giant Buddha Sakyamuni statue at Kuenselphodrang, and the mini zoo at Motithang to see the Takin, Bhutan’s national animal. Then visit TashichhoDzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, which includes the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). Evening drive to Paro.
     

    Accommodation: Kichu Resort or similar.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 10 : Paro – PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
    In the morning drive to Airport where your guidewill bid you farewell as you embark on your onward journey.
     

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Duration
    10 days
    Difficulty
    Moderate
    Primary Activities
    Trekking
    No. of travellers
    Min. 3
    Other Activities
    Culture and History
    Children Allowed
    Yes
  • Comfort
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    Super luxury

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    Luxury

    Luxury Hotels meet the standards of most well-known 5-star hotel brands around the world, and include premium accommodations and amenities. In some cases our Luxury category overlaps with the "boutique" hotels, many of which are equally luxurious and accommodating.

    Boutique

    Boutique hotels are typically smaller, or independently owned hotels that offer top-end service and amenities equivalent to luxury providers. Boutique hotels often differentiate themselves from bigger hotel brands through their unique character, location, or history.

    Glamping

    Glamping (short for “glamorous camping”) and lodges denotes outdoor-focused accommodations that combine the best of nature with a designer / comfort angle in mind, so customers can get the best of both worlds.

    Camping

    Camping refers to a wide range of tented accommodation, which will most likely apply to outdoor / adventure trips like trekking, hiking, etc.

    Others

  • Price Details (per person)

    High Season Mar to May $ 1,931 $ 193 per day
    High Season Sep to Nov $ 1,931 $ 193 per day

    * All Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Some savings may be available for larger groups.

Cost Includes
  • Trek Permits
  • Guide
  • Trekking crew (eg. cook and helpers)
  • Ponies for transferring equipment
  • Sleeping tents
  • Toilet tents
  • Dinning tents
 
Cost Excludes
  • Rescue/ evacuation costs
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Riding horses
Day 1 : PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - PARO
Upon arrival at Paro International airport, you will be met by your guide. In the afternoon, you will have an opportunity to explore the beautiful town of Paro.
 
Accommodation: Kichu Resort or Similar
Meals included: Lunch and dinner
Day 2 : HIKING TO TAKTSANG MONASTERY OR TIGER’S NEST
After breakfast, we will drive you to the trail head to commence your climb through beautiful pine forests. We will stop for light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria before walking on to the famous, Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest. The primary Lhakhang or main temple was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay. 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, DorjiDrolo from KurtoeSingyeDzong in the east.
 
If time Permits, we will also visit Ta Dzong (built in 1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the RinpungDzong (which literally means “Heap of Jewels”), the center of civil and religious authority in this valley, built in 1646 by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal.
 
Accommodation: Kichu Resort or Similar
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3 : PARO – JILI DZONG (Distance: 7km, 4-5hrs, 1090m ascent, camp altitude 3480m)
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. 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 DamcheGom.  Once you reach the ridge below JiliDzong 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.
 
Accommodation: Camping near JeleDzong
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4 : JELE DZONG – JANGCHULAKHA (Distance: 10km, 4-5hrs, 310m ascent, 50m descent, camp altitude 3770m)
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.
 
Accommodation: Camping at Jangchulakha
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 5 : JANGCHULAKHA – JIGMELANG TSHO (Distance: 11km, 4hrs, 230m descent, 330m ascent, camp altitude 3870m)
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 JigmelangTsho. This lake is known for its giant sized trout, and if you are lucky you may enjoy well-prepared trout for dinner.
Accommodation: Camping near JigmelangTsho
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 6 : JIGME LANGTSHO – SIMKOTRA TSHO (Distance: 11km, 4hrs, 820m ascent, 400m descent, camp altitude 4110m)
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.
 
Accommodation: Camping near SimkotraTsho Lake
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 7 : SIMKOTRA – PHAJODING (Distance: 10km, 3-4hrs, 130m ascent, 680m descent, camp altitude 3750m)
Today’s trek begins with a gradual climb and if the weather permits you will get a spectacular view of Mt. GangkarPuensum, 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 center is located.
 
Accommodation: Camping above Phajodhing Monastery 
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 8 : PHAJODING – MOTITHANG (THIMPHU) (Distance 4-5km, 3hrs, 1130m descent)
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.
 
Accommodation: River View Resort OR Peaceful Resort
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 9 : THIMPHU – SIGHTSEEING
After breakfast, we will drive you to the Dochula Pass at 3140m for a photo stop and where you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, while you admire the most spectacular views of the Himalayan snow capped mountains and theGasaDzong at a distance (if the weather is clear). 
 
Lunch will be served at Dochula cafeteria.
 
After lunch, visit the National Memorial Chorten built in honor of Bhutan’s late King JigmeDorjiWangchuck before visiting the Giant Buddha Sakyamuni statue at Kuenselphodrang, and the mini zoo at Motithang to see the Takin, Bhutan’s national animal. Then visit TashichhoDzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, which includes the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). Evening drive to Paro.
 
Accommodation: Kichu Resort or similar.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 10 : Paro – PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
In the morning drive to Airport where your guidewill bid you farewell as you embark on your onward journey.
 
Meals included: Breakfast

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Mar to May $ 1,931 $ 193 per day
High Season Sep to Nov $ 1,931 $ 193 per day
Months not available Dec to Feb ,
Months not available Jun to Aug
Cost Includes
  • Trek Permits
  • Guide
  • Trekking crew (eg. cook and helpers)
  • Ponies for transferring equipment
  • Sleeping tents
  • Toilet tents
  • Dinning tents
 
Cost Excludes
  • Rescue/ evacuation costs
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Riding horses
Climate

The southern part of Bhutan is tropical and shares its border with the Indian plains. Eastern parts enjoy a warmer climate than the west. The central valley of Punakha, Wangdue, Mongar, Trashigang and Lhuntsi are semi tropical, with cool winters. Thimphu, Trongsa, Paro and Bumthang have pleasant summers and very cold winters with occasional snowfall blocking the passes leading into central Bhutan. The monsoon usually arrives in mid June till the end of August. From mid September, after the last rains, autumn arrives and is a best time for trekking, which last till end of November.

Visas, Travel Documents and Special Permits

Please note that you are responsible for checking your destination country's visa requirements and then getting the visa accordingly.

 

Further, most countries require travelers to have a passport that is valid from at least 6 months from the day of entry into the country, so please confirm that you satisfy your destination country or countries passport, visa and medical (if any) requirements well in advance of your trip.

Physical Fitness/Skills

Should be moderately fit. 

Immunizations / Medical Requirements

  • A small personal medical kit has to be carried by clients, though we will be providing a larger medical kit to our guide.
  • A signed and dated letter from your physician describing your medical conditions and medications, including generic names, is a good idea. If carrying syringes or needles, be sure to have a physician's letter documenting their medical necessity. If you have a heart condition, bring a copy of your ECG taken just before your trip. 
  • If you take any regular medication, bring twice the quantity, in case of loss or theft. You can't rely on many medications being available in pharmacies in Bhutan.
  • The only vaccine required by international regulations is yellow fever. Proof of vaccination will only be required if you have visited a country in the yellow-fever zone less six days prior to entering Bhutan. If you are travelling to Bhutan from Africa or South America, you should check to see if you require proof of vaccination.
 

Recommended Packing List
  • A quality sleeping bag
  • Waterproof gators
  • Sleeping mat for extra cushioning (eg. thermarest- a self inflating mat pack)
  • A headlamp torch and a normal torch (including spare batteries)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Small day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Sun hat and sun glasses
  • Towel
  • Quality footwear that has been previously worn in, warm clothing & wet weather gear.
  • Antiseptic hand gel 
 
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Performing at top-level efficiency throughout Bhutan for 25 years, these experts are masters of their misty mountain country, from every inch of its staggering forest cover, every specimen of its prolific wildlife, and every facet of its charmingly quaint culture. Led by a master of Himalayan tourism since the late-70s, they have served over 50,000 satisfied customers in their long, silver-jubilee journey. Find out first-hand, through these experts, why Bhutan is one of the happiest countries in the world.

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