Druk Path Trekking is the moderately strenuous 6-day trek takes you across the mountains separating the Paro and Thimphu valleys. You can go from Paro to Thimphu or reverse. The trail will take you through blue-pine forests, thick alpine forests, and dwarf rhododendrons. The highest point of the trek is Phume La (pass) at 4,210m. From there you can see Gangkhar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan.
On this trek you can also get amazing views of Jumolhari Mountain and other Himalayan peaks. You will camp near Phajoding Monastery one night and can explore the area. You will also have opportunities to fish in some of Bhutan's most beautiful lakes. There is a good chance you will see yaks and yak herders on this trek.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu Nepal, check into hotel rest day.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, world heritage sights of Kathmandu, Nepal
Day 03: Kathmandu to Paro Fly into Paro. If you are flying in from Kathmandu or Delhi, the flight over the Himalayas is one of the most spectacular experiences one will ever experience. You will fly past Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the entire Himalayan range visible on the left side. On landing at Paro you will be met by our representative. After Customs and Immigrations formalities, you will be escorted to the hotel.
Day 04: Paro – Jili Dzong The first day is a long day 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 a steep ridge before leading through blue pine and fir forests to Damche Gom. Once you reach the ridge below Jili Dzong you descend about 100m to the campsite below Jili Dzong.
Day 05: Jili Dzong – Jangchulakha The day You begin with a climb for about an hour and a half and then ascend gradually up. The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and dwarf rhododendron tress. You may see yaks and yak herders around your campsite.
Day 06: Jangchulakha – Jimilang Tsho The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are beautiful. The campsite is close to the Jimilang Tsho Lake. The lake is known for its giant sized trout.
Day 07: Jimilang Tsho – Simkotra Tsho The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and Janetso Lake. You may come across some yak herder’s camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho Lake.
Day 08: Simkotra Tsho – Phajoding The trail 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 other Himalayan peaks. From this pass, the trek takes you downhill to Phajodhing for a nights halt. The camp is above Phadjoding
Day 09: Phojoding - Thimphu The trail to Thimphu is all the way down hill through a forested area of mostly Blue pine. By taking leisurely pace you can reach Thimphu in about 3 hours for a nice hot shower and lunch. evening at leisure.
Day 10: Thimphu Sightseeing A full day of Sightseeing of Thimphu valley with a visit to Handicraft emporium, Zilukha Nunnery, National Library, Painting School and Dechen Phodrang Monastic School. After lunch visit Memorial Chorten which was built in the memory of the late King and if time permits visit Simtokha Dzong - the first Dzong built in Bhutan by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1629. If this day falls on a Saturday or Sunday a visit to the Weekend Market is a must.
Day 11: Thimphu - Paro Morning at leisure or Souvenir Shopping, after lunch drive to Paro, Overnight at Hotel
Day 12: Departure from Paro to Kathmandu / overnighjt at Kathmandu
3 or 4 stars hotel with twin sharing basis in Thimpu on F/B on twin sharing basis
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Sightseeing as per itinerary with English speaking guide
3 meals a day All meals during the tour
Entrance fees, visa and permit
Overland transportation by Jeep within Bhutan
Complete camping, cooking gears & camping staffs.
Pony/porters for transporting luggage’s during camping
Cost does not include:
International Air fare
Personal travel health insurance,
Nepal re-entry visa fee
Expense of personal nature such as laundry, insurance,Drinks, tips etc.
Emergency evacuation in case of landslides extra charge for porters and transportation.
Note: If the above departures dates are not matched for you may request own your suitable date!
04 to 06 people in a group, there will be 10% discount in total cost.
07 to 09 people in a group, there will be 15% discount in total cost.
10 to 19 people in a group, there will be 15% discount in total cost and 1 group leader free of cost.
20 & above people in a group, there will be special discount in total cost and + + member free of cost.
Winter Special Offer: If you travel in winter time (Dec / Jan / Feb), there will be 10% discount in total cost.
Summer Special Offer: If you travel in summer time (June / July / August), there will be 10% discount in total cost.
Early Booking Special Offer: If you Book a Trip before 6 months from the trip departure, there will be 10% discount in total cost.
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The difficulty with trekking here is the weather. Unlike Nepal Himalayas and Ladakh, the windows for good high-altitude trekking in Bhutan are short: about 3 weeks in April and 3-4 weeks in October. Although the official season extends longer, you have the best chances of clear weather and little snow in the second half of April or the first three weeks of October. There are several low-altitude "winter treks" however, which can be walked in other seasons.
Although most of the treks themselves are not difficult, the high altitude and difficulty of reaching rescue services means that especially the treks through the High Himalayas are not for the faint-of-heart. However, if you have saved up some money, and are in good shape, you will have one of the best experiences imaginable.
On your trek, you will be provided: a two-person sleeping tent, a toilet tent, a dining tent, a kitchen tent, sleeping pads, cooking staff, pack animals (horses) for carrying luggage and supplies, and a trekking guide. You will need to bring a duffel bag for your clothing and other items because the pack animals cannot carry hard-back suitcases.
You will be accompanied by your guide. There will be about a total of 5-6 people on your trek (guide, cook, cook's helper, 2-3 horse men and horses). You can carry a small backpack, and the horses will carry your heavier luggage. Your trekking staff will put up the tents in the evening and take down the tents in the morning for you every day on your trek. You do not need to do anything except relax and enjoy your trek.
While trekking, you are sent with extensive assortment of supplies and you can depend entirely on camp meals. You will not have to bring in any food items except if you wish you can carry some chocolate bars, or trail mix for snacks and few packets of seasoning but it is not really necessary. On trek, you are provided with 3 meals a day- breakfast, hot lunch served on the way, and dinner at the campsites with evening tea and snacks. There are no fresh foods available on trek; all the supplies are taken from the starting point of the trek. For the first few days, you will be served fresh foods and meats and on longer treks, after a week or so you will be served tinned foods. Our trekking cooks can cook any kinds of food and if you have any special dietary needs, on prior notice they will take care of it. Most of the trekkers say that trekking foods are better than in some of the restaurants and hotels.
Baggage Limit on Treks in Bhutan
We strictly maintain baggage limit on treks in Bhutan. Each trekker is limited to a maximum of 15kg because a horse/yak carries 30kg and the load of two trekkers should make a load of a horse/yak. You are required to bring a duffle to put in your trekking stuff and a medium sized card suit case for your city clothes which is to be left behind with hotels or office.
The Department of Tourism of Bhutan presently has eleven trekking routes, ranging in length from 3 to 23 days. Details for all treks are described in Bhutan: a trekker's guide, by Bart Jordans. On this site I have only posted descriptions of a couple of the most popular treks.