Bhutan is a small nation nestled in the Himalayas. It offers some of the most unique destination for outdoor activities. Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular trekkings in Bhutan. A shorter trek compared to the lengthy treks of Nepal, Druk Path trek takes you around the ancient pilgrimage route of Bhutan.

It is considered a fairly easy trek and can be undertaken by anyone with age and minimal fitness. Most of the trail advances through the forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at the altitude of 2,400 – 4,200 meters. The Jimling Lake and Paro tour are are the highlights of this trip.

You may get to see the strikingly beautiful view of the Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world. Besides the trekking, you may come across some of Bhutan’s most important and ancient fortresses, monasteries and authentic villages.

Is This Trip for me?
Trip Difficulty: Easy

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Not too challenging for amateurs. Max. altitude remains around 3000 m and the hike requires around 3-4 hours a day.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport. Star Standard meals at Kathmandu and Bhutan!


Day 1 Arrive in Paro / Transfer to Hotel
Day 2 Explore Paro
Day 3 Trek begins from Paro –Jele Dzong 3,480 (11,417 ft)
Day 4 Trek to Jangchulakha) 3,870 m (12,696 ft)
Day 5 Trek to Jimilangtsho Lake 3,880 m (12,729 ft)
Day 6 Trek to Simkota 4,110 m (13,848 ft)
Day 7 Trek to Phajoding 3,650 m (11,975 ft)
Day 8 Trek to Thimpu 2,350 m (7,710 ft)
Day 9 Thimpu s/s and Drive to Paro
Day 10 Depart from Paro

Includes
  • Entire land transportation during the tour.
  • Flight from Kathmandu – Paro – Kathmandu
  • Bhutan Permit/Visa
  • Entire Meals ( B, L, D)
  • Certified, Experienced & Language versed Tour Guide
  • Tourist Standard Hotels in Bhutan
  • Heritage Sites/National park Entrance Permits
  • All the Gov. and Local taxes as per applicable
Excludes
  • Nepal re-entry Visa fee
  • Evacuation Charges( In case Of Emergency)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bar bills/Refreshments
  • Guide/Porter Tipping

Testimonials

I would like to thank Gautam and Caravan Outdoors for the most amazing holiday. I traveled with two other people and can honestly say we all feel that this was a holiday of a life time. We went to Tibet and Bhutan. Thank you so much to Caravan Outdoors and especially Gautam, Nava and Ram. Friends for ever! ~Jeanette Simptome (Australia)

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Additional information

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Responsible Tourism

Being a responsible tourism stakeholder, we strive to offer our utmost help to the under-privileged and impoverished community. We work along with the Pioneer Foundation, a non-profit entity based in Kathmandu.

Currently, we help raise fund and donate it to help build schools and shelters at the Earthquake stricken regions of Central Nepal province. You can join the cause help donate or volunteer to teach at the primary level schools. Visit Community Center for more information.

  1. Fly to Paro
    You will land at the only airport in Bhutan, Paro International Airport. The limited runway and petite structure makes it a fun ride. Paro retains its bucolic nature in spite of the existence of modern developments in the region. On arrival, your visa is processed at the airport. From here, you’ll drive towards the capital city, Thimphu, in an hour long journey.

    You can spend the evening roaming around the city and admiring its tidiness. Thimpu is a colorful place. Beautiful residences, markets, town square and monasteries dominate the local landscape.

  2. Explore Paro
    After breakfast, you will drive towards the Ramthanka base for a hike to view one of Bhutan’s most revered pilgrimage sites of the Buddhist world, the Taktshang Lhakhang, popularly known as the “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery. The trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched precariously on a sheer rock face 3000 ft above the valley floor.

    Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche, father of Bhutan’s stream of Mahayana Buddhism arrived in the Paro valley more than a millennium ago on a back of a tigress. He meditated for 3 months in a cave which was converted into this monastery.

    During your return from the monastery, you can stop at the Cafeteria for lunch. En route, we can drive through the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. The Dzong was built in 1649 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan and Mongolian invaders.

  3. Trek from Paro – Jele Dzong
    The first day of the Druk Path Trek can be difficult mainly because you gain the elevation rapidly. It starts from Ta Dzong (National Museum) and passes through graveled road and farm lands. You may trek along the vertically steep trail followed by a walk along the pines and firs forest to Damche Gom.
    The final stop will be made at Jele Dzong.
  4. Trek to Jangchulakhato
    The trek begins with the steep climb for about an hour and a half. The remaining part of the trek penetrates the trail through dense alpine forest and rhododendrons to the campsite. You will gain the elevation of 260 meters today. While settling up the camp, you may get to see lots of yaks and herders.
  5. Trek to Jimgelang Tsho (Lake)
    Today, you will chase the trail along the ridge. If the weather permits, you may get to the highest unclimbed peak in the world, Gangkar Pensuem. After a short hike, which only covers 11 km, you will arrive at the campsite at the banks Jingmelang Lake.
  6. Trek to Simkotra Tsho
    You will cover nearly 11 km today. The easy trail makes the day relatively shorter. The day ends at Simkotra Tsho.
  7. Trek to Phajoding
    After breakfast, the trek begins with a small ascent. While going up, you could catch the wonderful views of spectacular Himalayan peaks, including the Mt Gangkar Puensum. The trek descends towards the Phajodhing where you can settle down and build the camp. The campsite nestles just above Phadjoding Monastery.
  8. Trek to Thimphu (trek ends) and Transfer to Hotel
    The last day of the trek begins from the Phadjoding monastery. As you trek down to Thimphu the trail descends towards the forest comprising mostly of blue pines. 3 hours of hike will bring you to the Bhutan Broadcast Service (BBS) Telecommunication Tower that offers the wonderful view of Thimphu.
  9. Sightseeing tour of Thimpu and Drive to Paro
    In Thimpu, you will visit the Trashichhoedzong, The medieval time fortress/monastery is also the Bhutanese government’s integral building holding many government offices and King’s throne.

    Trashichhoedzong is also the summer home of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot in Bhutan. The cultural tour of Thimpu continues to the National Library which holds the wide array of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. Explore Arts and Crafts School to witness the fantastic ongoing workshops of Thanka Paintings and encounter the living traditions of Bhutan at Textile and Folk Heritage Museums.

    After the lunch, the tour of Thimpu takes you to the Handicrafts Emporium followed by a visit to Stupa of Memorial Chorten (monument built in the memory of Father of Modern Bhutan- the third king of Bhutan). Later, you will drive back to Paro.

  10. Depart Paro
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Trip Length 10 days
Trek Length 6 days
Activities Trekking
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Meal Full board on Trek
Accommodation Standard BB Hotel, Campings
Transportation Private Vehicle & Trans-Himalaya Flight
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