Druk Path Trek with Three Days Cultural Tour in Bhutan

Duration: 10 Days

Druk Path Trek is one of the most beautiful and popular short-distance treks in Bhutan. This 10-day-long journey runs through an ancient trading route scaling high mountain passes connecting the picturesque valley of Paro and Thimpu.  Druk Path Trekking takes us through colorful rhododendron forests, beautiful lakes, and alpine yak pastures. This popular trek sees over 1200 trekkers each year. The monasteries, alpine landscape views, the trek’s marathon-like nature, and short duration attract trekkers from all over the world. 

Bhutanese soldiers raced this course in a single day as a punishment in the past. So, the trek also has a historical significance. We arrive at Paro airport (2,235 m) the first day and take an acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest the next day.  Our trek begins on Day 3 with a climb up through pine forests and apple orchards which open up to ruins of Jele Dzong sitting on a high grassy ridge. The ridge gives us breathtaking views of Mt. Jomolhari. 

The following 4 days bring even more excitement- we trek above the tree line, cross high mountain passes like Phume La ( 4,210 m), tranquil mountain lakes and views of mountains like Mt. Jomolhari, Gangkar Punsum, and Jitchu Drake running along the Bhutan-Tibet border. Over the course of the last three days of our Druk Path Trek, we make descents through pine and juniper forests and phadjoding monasteries bring us to Thimpu, Bhutan’s capital.  Druk Path Trek is best enjoyed from September to December and late February to May. Days are mostly nice and warm but the nights can be very cold with high chances of snow at higher altitudes.

 Adventure Club Trek also organizes various other tours and treks in Bhutan. For an even shorter Bhutan trip, consider our Glimpses of Bhutan Tour- 4 Days, Journey to Druk Yul Tour- 5 Days and 6 Nights 7 Days Bhutan Tour among others.  Laya Gasa Trekking-20 Days and Chomolhari Trekking-12 Days are two of the most beautiful long-distance trekking options in Bhutan.

Trip Highlights:

  • Trekking the classic route connecting Paro to Thimpu
  • Sightseeing in Paro-hike up to Tiger’s Nest
  • Rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, yak pastures, clear lakes and mountains along the way
  • Crossing high mountain passes like Dochula Pass(3,100m) and
  • Jangchu La Pass(4,180m
  • We visit important fortresses like the Jele Dzong, Punakha Dzong, Drugyel Dzong, and Rinpung Dzong among others.
  • We also visit a number of monasteries including  Phajoding Monastery and Thuijidrag Monastery.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)
  • Day 02: Acclimatization hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery (3,180m)
  • Day 03: Trek begins: Paro to Jele Dzong (3,480m/11,415ft): 10 km, 4 - 5 hours
  • Day 04: Jele Dzong to Jangchu Lakha (3,770m/12,365ft): 10 km, 3 - 4 hours
  • Day 05: Jangchu Lakha to Jimilang Tsho (3,880m/12,729ft): 11 km, 4 hours
  • Day 06: Jimilang Tsho to Simkota (4,110m/13,480ft): 11 km, 4 hours
  • Day 07: Simkota to Phajoding to Thimphu (2,350m/7,710ft): 14 km, 5 hours: Trek Ends
  • Day 08: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours
  • Day 09: Punakha to Paro (2,250m/7,382ft): 130 km, 4 hours, Hike to Chimi Lhakhang
  • Day 10: Final Departure

Cost Includes

  • Bhutanese visa fee
  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
  • Government approved A and B category hotels in the cities and camping(tents) during trekking on twin- shared basis
  • All meals, tea and snacks
  • Airfare for International flights to and from Bhutan
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museumsFull board camping
  • Tents and Kitchen utensils for trekking
  • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties

Cost Excludes

  • Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
  • Personal camping gears (sleeping bag, torch etc)
  • Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
  • Tips for staff/guide
  • Travel Insurance

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Pre-Trip Meeting 

Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.

  • Trip Duration 10 Days
  • Destination Bhutan
  • Trip Difficulty Easy
  • Trip Style Tented Camp
  • Accomodation Standard hotels and camps
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