Druk Path Trek

  • Duration 11 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trek Style NA
  • Trip Grade NA
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Druk Path trek starts from Paro ascending till a fortress in ruins (3,400 m). After crossing the 3,400m Jele la pass one arrives at Jele Dzong. The next day climbing through the thick alpine forests and rhododendrons to a saddle at 3,590m, one can see the enchanting views of Mount. Chomolhari(7,314m). Our trek then follows the ridge to a saddle at 4,040m, drops a bit and follows the ridge back to Jangchu la pass (4,180m) with views of Mount. Jichu Drake (6,989m), the peak representing the protective deity of Paro valley. The trail then passes through yak fields with rhododendron forests and beautiful Janetsho Lake. We take a short climb along the side of the ridge and then a short, steep descent to camp at 4,040m which is near Simkota Tsho Lake famous for its trout. The following day begins with a gradual climb to a saddle at 4,180m crossing Phume la pass (4,210m) marked by prayer flags where we can view Mount Gangkhar Puensum (7,541m) and other Himalayan peaks. The trail then descends past Thujidrag Goemba, a meditation center hanging on the side of a precipitous rock face, continuing further through juniper trees to the campsite near Phajoding Goemba (3,870m), an important pilgrimage site. Then the trekking trails get concluded and one return back to Kathmandu. If you are looking to hike around Bhutan and get into the incredible nature of this country, this trek is a great choice for you!

Outline Itinerary

  • Day01 Arrive Paro.
  • Day02 Paro (Taktsang Monastery, ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Hike)
  • Day03 Paro (Chele La Hike)
  • Day04 Trek – Paro to Jele Dzong.
  • Day05 Trek – Jele Dzong to Jangchu Lakha.
  • Day06 Trek – Jangchu Lakha to Jimilang Tsho.
  • Day07 Trek – Jimilang Tsho to Labana.
  • Day08 Trek – Labana to Thimphu.
  • Day09 Thimphu.
  • Day10 Thimpu to Paro.
  • Day11 Final Departure.
  • Day01 Arrive Paro.

    Arrive paro, a scenic fly from Delhi or Kathmandu by Bhutan air or Bhutan National carrier Druk air. Bhutan welcome you with clean fresh air after step out from the plane. Rugged Trails sub agent in Bhutan will take care of all airport formalities and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon visit holiest temple in Bhutan, dungtse lhakhang, thangton gyelpo, also known by the name of chagzampa. After a short visit around paro town, you will be taken to your hotel or you can explore on your own. Your guide will be happy to assist you , just let him or her know. Overnight at Paro.

  • Day02 Paro (Taktsang Monastery, ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Hike)

    Drive to the foothill of Taktsang Monastery. There are two options available to enable you to reach Taktsang Monastery (Please note that riding pony downhill is not recommended). Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress. Guru Rinpoche then meditated in a cave for three months and converted the Paro valley to Buddhism. According to Bhutanese tradition, the tigress was a form taken by one of Guru Rinpoche’s consorts for the occasion. Overnight at Paro

  • Day03 Paro (Chele La Hike)

    Chele La Pass which, at 3,988m (12,499ft), is the highest road pass in Bhutan. The drive snakes upwards through blue pine and rhododendron forests for 35 kilometres. On a clear day the view of Bhutan’s second highest peak, Mt Jhomolhari (7,314m or 23,996ft), and down to the Haa Valley is breathtaking. Overnight at Paro.

  • Day04 Trek – Paro to Jele Dzong.

    Duration: 8 km, 4 – 5 hours. Altitude gain: 1090 m.

  • Day05 Trek – Jele Dzong to Jangchu Lakha.

    Duration: 8 km, 7 – 8 hours. Altitude gain: 310 m Altitude loss: 50 m.

  • Day06 Trek – Jangchu Lakha to Jimilang Tsho.

    Duration: 11 km, 6 – 7 hours. Altitude gain: 330 m Altitude loss: 230 m.

  • Day07 Trek – Jimilang Tsho to Labana.

    Duration: 15 km, 6 – 7 hours. Altitude gain: 330 m Altitude loss: 0 m.

  • Day08 Trek – Labana to Thimphu.

    Duration: 12 km, 4 – 5 hours. Altitude gain: 90 m Altitude loss: 1,810 m.

  • Day09 Thimphu.

    Enjoy a day of exploring some of the many sites around Thimphu. These include the Memorial Chorten, built in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who died in 1972.

  • Day10 Thimpu to Paro.

    drive approximately 1 hour to Paro. Overnight in Paro.

  • Day11 Final Departure.

    after breakfast transfer to the airport.

  • Cost Includes:

    • Bhutan Government Tourist Tariff Royalty
    • Visa fees
    • Arrival & departure airfares to Bhutan including taxes
    • Accommodation in superior standard hotels
    • All meals in Bhutan
    • Services of a professional, experienced and English speaking trekking guide/tour leader
    • Cook and camp hand who will take care of camp chores and provide wholesome meals.
    • Services of horsemen who will look after the yaks & ponies that transport luggage and camp gear.
    • Experienced driver
    • All private excursions and transfers in superior air-conditioned vehicle.
    • All excursions, transfers, route permits and monument fees

    Cost Excludes:

    • Expenses such as bar and laundry, cigarettes and other tobacco items,
    • Sleeping bags whilst on treks and other personal expenses.
    • All add-on activities such as wellbeing and spa programs at premium hotels and resorts
    • Telephone calls
    • Items of a personal nature expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks,
    • Tips for tour guide and assistance
    • Flight airfare to bhutan, cost (minimum 380  USD per person) from Kathmandu – Paro – Kathmandu (both way)
    • Valid Travel Insurance with Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
    • Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest, etc

    Trip Note

    • Valid passport (valid for six months from the date of your trip)
    • One other picture ID, such as drivers license (in case of emergency and for use as a substitute of passport or incase of loss of your passport) Photocopy of passport page to carry in wallet
    • Air tickets (Make a copy of flight tickets which may be helpful, in case of loss)
    • Visa Clearance (Make a copy of visa clearance which may be helpful, in case of emergencies)
    • MasterCard, Visa Credit and Debit Cards are accepted in Bhutan. However some cash are highly recommended.
    • Bhutan air tickets are arranged upon request

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