Druk Path Trekking tour


This trip type is Trekking Tour for 10 Day(s) 9 Night(s) duration. 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. Travellers can also see the elegant 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.

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.  The trek is rated by the Tourism Council of Bhutan as “medium”, mainly because of the higher elevations that you will reach during the trek. With a maximum elevation of around 4,235 meters, which is at the top of Labana La Pass, which is a long and hard climb. Most of the days of trekking are relatively leisurely, with only 3-5 hours of trekking each day, and only covering shorter distances than most Bhutan treks on a daily basis.

  • If you are arrival is early, we can cover visits to other sights such as the Kichu Temple complex and Dungtse Lhakhang temple
  • the highest peak Gangkar Puensum can be seen
  • Our Guide can offer you an option to hike to Lungcuzekha monastery
  • A full day of activities could include hikes, walks, visits to villages and sights
  • You might occasionally see or hear monal pheasants
  • visiting some of the many attractions in around Thimphu
  • Overnight in comfortable hotel
  • Hike to Takstang (tiger’s nest) monastery


Day 1

Arrive in Paro

Depending on your arrival time, we will tour serene Paro valley. Most probably we will be able to cover visit of Ta Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan housed in a Watch-tower. Then visit Rinphung Dzong (fortress monastery), which currently houses the district office, local court and the regional monastic body. Later take a short around the charming town. If you are arrival is early, we can cover visits to other sights such as the Kichu Temple complex and Dungtse Lhakhang temple. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 2

Paro to Punakha

Drive down south following Pachu river and then north, upstream following the Wangchu river towards capital Thimphu. After Thimphu, the road climbs up to Dochula pass (3100m) with spectacular panorama of the peaks along Bhutan-Tibet border (weather permitting). Most of Bhutan peaks’ including the highest peak Gangkar Puensum can be seen. Take a short break for tea, visit the Chortens or even a temple atop the ridge and enjoy the views.

Our Guide can offer you an option to hike to Lungcuzekha monastery, which is around 2hrs further uphill with great views and through rich forests filled with Rhododendron trees. The return is along the same path and takes little less.

From Dochula, the road drops down to subtropics (approx 1400m) in just over 1hr from Dochula pass. This evening or afternoon, we plan on visiting Chimi Lhakhang temple or others as per available time and your interests. Overnight hotel in Punakha or Wangdue.

Day 3

In Punakha

A full day of activities could include hikes, walks, visits to villages and sights that can be arranged as per interests. We could visit impressive Punakha Dzong located at the confluence of the two rivers. Hike up to Khamsum Chorten, which typically takes about 45 minutes uphill through the terraced rice fields. Depending on your interests, we could visit few other temples, nunnery etc and drive to Talo and Nobgang villages. There are some nice walks and could also hike for an hour or so downhill to Punakha, through fields, villages etc. Overnight hotel in Punakha or Wangdue.

Day 4

Punakha – Thimphu

After breakfast, drive to the capital Thimphu. With the better road conditions, it should just take over 2 hrs. Spend the rest of the day, visiting some of the many attractions in around Thimphu. We will not miss the visit of Tashicho Dzong, the main seat of the Government, the giant Buddha statue on Kueunselphodrang ridge, the memorial Chorten, the Centennial Farmers market (which is vibrant on weekends). You will also have a little time of you own to walk the main streets in Thimphu. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 5

Begin Trek to Phajoding

The trek begins from Motithang (above Wind Horse Office and from next to Takin Preserve) at about 2500m. It is approximately around 5-6 km of steep hike uphill and could take 3hrs or more. The path goes through the forest of mostly blue pine, rhododendrons and as you reach Phajoding, the trees turn mostly to shrubs. Phajoding is a large monastic complex with 10 or so temples, and residences for the monks on extended retreats. You can visit some of these temples. The campsite is located at about 3700m. Overnight in tents.

Day 6

Trek from Phajoding to Simkotra Tsho

The trek is much tougher today as we gain altitude. From Phajoding a steep hike uphill for about 45 mins brings you to the ridge-top (4090m). However instead of going directly, you can climb for about 300m from the campsite to Thujedrak Goempa (3950m), a remote meditation center that clings to a side of a precipitous cliff. After the ridge top, your walk is gradual uphill along the ridge with great views of Dochula, Chomolhari and other peaks. Cross Labanla pass (4235m) and make a long descend through switchback trails to campsite near Simkotra Tso Lake (4100m). Approx. 11km/4-5hr trek. Overnight in tents

Day 7

Trek from Simkotra to Janchu Lakha

From Simkotra, we will follow the main trail at first but instead of going to Jimilangtso, we will you use a direct route to Jangch Lakha. This part is expected to take 6-7hrs. Those who are good hiker, can also go to Jimilangtso and then come to Jangchulakha, a yak pasture located at 3750m. Overnight in tents.

Day 8

Trek to Jili Dzong, Jaydika and finish in Paro

Today’s hike is an enjoyable as you walk along the sides of ridge, through meadows and forests, to arrive in Jili Dzong after about 4hrs. You might occasionally see or hear monal pheasants. Jili Dzong (monastery) is located on a promontory at 3540m with views of Paro and Tsaluna valley. The temple inside contains a large impressive statue of Buddha. Then begin a long descent through the dense forests of golden moss to a few settlements with apple orchards and finally arrive at road point after 2-3hrs downhill from Jili Dzong. Meet the vehicle,and transfer to the hotel in Paro valley. Overnight in comfortable hotel.

Day 9

In Paro (Takstang)

In the morning, transfer to the trail head for a hike to the iconic Takstang (tiger’s nest) monastery, which is expected to take 2-3hrs for the uphill part. After visiting the monastery and having lunch enroute, it takes up most of our day. In the evening cover any missed-out sights in Paro valley. Overnight in a comfortable hotel.

Day 10


Departure transfer to the airport in time for your flight.

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