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Druk Path Trek Bhutan – Excellent short trek combining local culture & nature

The Druk Path Trek Bhutan is an excellent short trek, ideal for those who are in Bhutan for a short period of time. You will experience the countryside, mountains, alpine meadows, glacial lakes and monasteries.

Highlights of the Druk Path Trek:

  • Taktsang Monastery/ Tiger’s Nest
  • Views of Mt. Gangker Phuensum
  • Lake Jimilangtsho
  • Trek to Simkotra (4,090 m)
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Druk Path Trek Bhutan Itinerary – Example

The following itinerary outlines a possible itinerary for your Druk Path Trek in Bhutan.

Day 1 – Arrival in Paro

Our Bhutanese tour guide will meet you at Paro airport and transfer you to the Hotel. Free evening walk with your guide.

Overnight in Hotel.

Includes: Airport-Pick Up, Accommodation and Guide

Day 2 – Day Trip from Paro to the Taktsang Monastery

We take a day excursion to Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest, the most spectacular monastery and probably the most photographed one in Bhutan. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery, hence its name.

The excursion to monastery’s view point takes about 5 hours for a round trip. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria, followed by a short walk back. We’ll have a leisure evening to take some rest before the trekking starts the following day.

Overnight at a hotel.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation, Guide and Transport

Day 3 – Trek from Paro to Jele Dzong (3,436m) – 8 kms – 5 hrs

Today is a short trekking day. We start from above the National Museum, gradually ascending up to the camp. If the weather is clear Paro valley and the surrounding mountains can be seen. The campsite is near the old Jele Dzong which, we can visit in the evening.

Overnight at tented camps.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation and Guide

Day 4 – Trek to Jangchulakha (3,962m) – 9 kms – 5 hrs

We begin with a 1.5-hour climb and then further ascend gradually through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons.

You can enjoy wonderful views of snow capped peaks and you may hear some monal pheasants calling during the day. You may also see yak herders around your campsite.

Overnight at tented camps.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation and Guide

Day 5 – Trek to Jimilang Tsho ( 3,880m) – 10 kms – 6 hrs

The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valley are beautiful. Our camp is close to Lake Jimilangtsho. This lake is known for its giant-sized trout.

Overnight at tented camps.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner, Accommodation and Guide

Day 6 – Trek to Simkotra (4,090m) – 7 kms – 4 hrs

The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janetsho. Today you may come across some yak herder’s camp. We camp overnight close to Simkotra lake.

Overnight at tented camps.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation and Guide

Day 7 – Trek to Thimphu via Phazoding – 14 kms – 7 hrs

After the lake, the trail is a gradual climb and if the weather permits you will have a majestic view of Mt. Gangker Phuensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan, and other mountain peaks.

The trail slowly descends through junipers tress and finally descends down to Phajoding monastery from where Thimphu town is visible at the valley floor.

The trek from Phajoding to Thimphu is downhill all the way, passing through a forested area mostly blue pine. With a leisurely pace, you can reach Thimphu in about 2 hours.

Overnight at a hotel.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Accommodation and Guide

Day 8 – Drive from Thimphu to Paro

Full day sightseeing of the Thimphu valley. Visit to National Library, Traditional Medicine Institute, Arts & Crafts School, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, National Memorial Chorten, Zilukha Nunnery, Traditional paper factory, Zilukha Nunnery, Takin mini Zoo, Handicrafts Emporium, local shops.

Finally a visit to Tashichho dzong. Evening departure to Paro.

Overnight at a hotel.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Accommodation Guide and Transport

Day 9 – Departure

Our representative will drop you at the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.

Includes: Meals – Breakfast, Airport-Drop

Custom Druk Path Trek Bhutan

Customised treks which differ from this itinerary are always organisable. It’s always possible to extend the trek for example if you would like to spend more time in Paro and/or Thimphu.

Don’t hesitate to contact us in order to discuss your preferences, wants and needs.

We are flexible and your personal preferences (and those of your group’s members) matter most to us when organising your Druk Path Trek in Bhutan.

Druk Path Trek Bhutan Trek Cost

Included costs

Our Druk Path Trek Bhutan Package covers the following costs:

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport
  • Standard government-approved accommodation (in twin sharing rooms) for the duration of the tour
  • Full-board meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea & snacks – for the duration of your stay
  • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc.)
  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour
  • Licensed English-speaking Bhutanese tour guides
  • Private transportation and a designated driver within Bhutan
  • Luggage will be hauled by horses, mules or yaks at higher elevations, if required
  • Monument and museums entrance fees at all sightseeing locations detailed in the itinerary
  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance
  • Government royalty (35% of $200), which goes to the country’s health and education projects
  • All route access and monument entry permits and fees
  • All government taxes, official expenses and tourist service charges

Excluded costs

The following costs are excluded and not covered by our Druk Path Trek Bhutan Package:

  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip, see the travel insurance page)
  • Expenses of personal nature, such as laundry
  • Alcoholic and cold drinks
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Tips for tour guides, porters, driver, hotel lobby and in restaurants. (Tipping is expected)
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the Included costs section

Druk Path Trek Bhutan – Trip Facts

Druk Path Trek Bhutan Difficulty

How hard is the Druk Path Trek in Bhutan? This trek has a moderate difficulty level.

Druk Path Trek Bhutan Altitude

The Druk Path Trek in Bhutan reaches a maximum altitude of approximately 4,090 m.

Druk Path Trek Bhutan Best Time of Year

The best season to enjoy a Druk Path Trek in Bhutan is from March – May and from September – November.

Minimum Required Group Size

The minimum group size is 1 person.

Highlights of the Druk Path Trek

  • Taktsang Monastery/ Tiger’s Nest
  • Views of Mt. Gangker Phuensum
  • Lake Jimilangtsho
  • Sightseeing around Thimphu
  • Trek to Simkotra (4,090m)

Video 1 – Visiting Tiger’s Nest Monastery

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Video 3 – Drone Footage of Druk Path Trek in Bhutan

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Druk Path Trek Bhutan – Image Gallery

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