Druk Path Trek
Duration: 6 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.
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