DRUK PATH TREK (07 DAYS)
Duration: 7 days, Max. Elevation: 4,220m
Seasons: March to June & Sept to Nov
Start: National Museum in Paro
Finish: Mothitang (Timphu)
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.
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: PARO – JILI DZONG
[Distance 7 km],[ 4-5 hours], [1,020 m ascent], [20m descent],[camp altitude 3,480 m]. The first day can be quite arduous 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.
DAY 2: JILI DZONG – JANGCHULAKHA
[Distance 10 km][, 4-5 hours], [305 m ascent], [80 m descent],[ camp altitude 3,760 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. We continue our up hill walk to reach a yak herders’ pasture at Jangchulakha (3,780m) with outstanding views of the Himalayan range. We camp in a yak pasture near the hillside for the night.
DAY 3: JANGCHULAKHA – JIMGELANG TSHO
]Distance 11 km],[ 4 hours],[ 330 m descent], [360 m ascent],[ camp altitude 3,860 m]. The trail follows a ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are simply stunning.Near the camp, you can have great views of Jichu Drake(6986), the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Overnight camp close to Jimilangtsho Lake. This lake is known for its giant sized trout.
DAY 4: JIMGELANG TSHO – SIMKOTRA TSHO
[Distance 11 km],[ 4 hours], [720 m ascent],[ 200 m descent], [camp altitude 4,110 m]. The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and past Janetso Lake. You may come across some yak herder camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho.
DAY 5: SIMKOTRA TSHO – PHAJODING
[Distance 10 km], [3-4 hours],[ 130 m ascent],[ 680 m descent], [camp altitude 3,750 m]. 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.
DAY 6: PHAJODHING – MOTHITANG
[Distance 4-5 km], [3 hours], [1,430 m descent].You will then descend to another small lake and then climb to the Phume La pass (4,220m) which is adorned with beautiful prayer flags and after passing Phadjoding monastery(3,790m), 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.
Private guided tour
Visas for Bhutan
Daily 3 meals
3 star accommodation
A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
An experienced driver
A tour vehicle
Entry fess & road permits
Taxes & surcharges
Set of traditional costume (to be return at the end of your stay)
Flight into Bhutan via Drukair (can be arranged with us)
Flight on other airline to catch Drukair Flight
Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants
Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
Expenditure of personal nature
Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
Tips for the guide and driver
Trek chef assistant and horses
- Down parka
- Warm fleece jacket
- Comfortable trekking boot (we like lowa)
- Lightweight shoes
- Rain gears
- 4 pair trekking socks
- 2 long sleeve capilene shirts
- 2 capilene bottoms (mid & heavy weight)
- 2 trekking shirts (non-cotton is best!)
- Trekking pants (zip off shorts are nice)
- 1 pair shorts
- 1 bandana
- Warm gloves
- Flip flop (or similar camp shoes)
- Warm hat
- Sun hat
- 2 pair sunglasses
- Small daypack
- Waterproof duffel for gear
- Warm sleeping bag (negative 8-10 degree celcius)
- Trekking poles
- Mud guard
- Headlamp and a normal torch
- Camera and extra batteries
- 2-liter water bottle (if camelback, bring also a nalgene)
- Insulated drinking mug
- Small towel
- Rain gears
- Various size plastic bags to keep gear dry and separate
- Anti bacterial hand gel for disinfecting hands
- Medical kit that includes – aspirin, motion sickness tablets,
cough drops, diamox, bites/burn cream and small bandage.
- Lightweight toilet articles (shampoo, soap-travel size)
- Sunscreen, lip screen and insect repellent
- Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine)
- High calorie snacks and energy bars
- Prescription medications
- Some books to read at camp
Breakfast: Toasts, eggs, fruit juice, tea and coffee, some additional proteins such as sausages and hams. Oatmeal, drinking chocolates, baked means, peanut butter are also served.
Lunch: Rice, nodules, vegetables, meat, fruits, boiled egg or potatoes, juices, hot tea and coffee.
Dinner: Rice, chicken, fish, pork or beef, soup, tea and coffee. Local dishes such as momos, noodle thukpa, and emadatse (chilly-cheese) is served.
Water: Boiled water is supplied on trek.