Bhutan Drukpath Trek
The Druk Path trek in Bhutan is a combination of both cultural and trekking. The trek is considered one of the most beautiful and scenic treks that pass through centuries-old Jele Dzong. The Jele Dzong use to provide food and shelter to travelers from Paro and Thimphu. The trek also comes across high altitude trout-filled lake with a beautiful campsite. It is 6 days trekking in Bhutan with an altitude as high as 3800m.
|Tour Program||Destination||Tour Activity||Hotels/Camps|
|Day 01||Paro||Cultural Sightseeing||Tashi Namgay Resort|
|Day 02||Paro Taktsang Hike||Culture and Hike||Tashi Namgay Resort|
|Day 03||Paro-Jele Dzong (Trek Starts)||Trekking||Camping at Jele Dzong|
|Day 04||Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha||Trekking||Camping at Jangchulakha|
|Day 05||Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso||Trekking||Camping jimilangtsho|
|Day 06||Jimilangtso – Simkota. (4-5hours)||Trekking||Camping at Simkota|
|Day 07||Simkota – Phajoding (4 hours)||Trekking Tour||Camping at Phajoding|
|Day 08||Phajoding – Thimphu||Short Walking Tour||Hotel Phuntshopelri|
|Day 09||Thimphu Sightseeing||Cultural sightseeing||Hotel Phuntsho Pelri|
|Day 10||Thimphu to Punakha||Cultural Sightseeing||Hotel Lobesa|
|Day 11||Punakha-Thimphu-Paro||Cultural sightseeing||Hotel Tashi Namgay|
|Day 12||Paro See off|
Bhutan Drukpath Trek Highlights
Bhutan Druk Path Trek is the most beautiful trek in Bhutan. You get the opportunity to camp near the remote monastery and interact with monks and their daily life struggles. The route is completely remote and amazing.
The routes cross over two Mountain passes of Simkota Tsho 4110m and Phume La Pass 4210m.
Two Mount Jumolhari 7314m, Jichu Drake 6989m and Gangkar Puensum 7570m will be seen during the Trek.
Day 01: Arrival in Paro for Drukpath Trekking
The flight to Bhutan lands at Paro International Airport only airport in Bhutan. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. If you are flying from Kathmandu always take a left seat to view Mt. Everest.
After lunch visit Paro Rimpung Dzong, the center of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. A short distance further is one of the innumerable archery grounds. (Archery is the national sport of Bhutan). If we are lucky, we may catch a match in action. Dinner and overnight in Hotel
Day 02. Paro Tour for altitude familiarization:
The second day at Paro is usually kept for acclimatization before you begin your trek in Bhutan. Paro tour will include a visit to Duntse monastery and Paro town.
Day 03. Trek to Taktsang Monastery
A hike to Tiger Nest Temple is the highlight of Bhutan Trek. The tour will not be complete if you do not visit this beautiful temple of Bhutan. The temple is the holy grail for all Buddhist followers.
Built-in the 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 m into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger. Looking at the monastery flying tigers doesn’t seem so impossible after all.
Visit Kichu Lhakhang built-in 659 by the Tibetan King Srongsen Gampo. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 04. Paro – Start of Bhutan Druk Path Trek-Jele Dzong:
Today is a short trek. The trek begins above the National Museum; we climb till we reach camp. If the weather is clear the Paro valley and the snow-capped mountains can be seen. The campsite is near the old Jele Dzong. If the caretaker is there you can visit the Dzong. Altitude 3,350m; Distance 10 Km; Time 3 – 4 hours.
Day 05. Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha Trek
The trek starts with a short climb and then passes through a thick alpine forest of rhododendron and gradually climbs till we reach camp. You may see yak herders around your campsite. Altitude 3,700m; Distance 12 Km; Time 4 – 5 hours.
Day 06. Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso:
The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day, the views of the mountains and valleys are beautiful. Our camp is close to Lake Jimilangtso. These lakes are known for their giant-sized trout, and if lucky, you may enjoy well-prepared trout for dinner. Altitude 3,800m; Distance 16 Km; Time 6/7 hours.
Day 07. Jimilangtso – Simkota. (4-5hours):
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees past the lake of Janetso. Overnight camp.
Day 08. Simkota – Phajoding (4 hours):
From here we slowly descend down to Phajoding Monastery from where Thimphu town is visible at the valley floor. Overnight camp.
Day 09. Phajoding – Thimphu:
After breakfast, descend down to the Thimphu valley. End of Trek.
Day 10. Thimphu Sightseeing:
Thimphu is the only capital city in the world where there is no traffic light. You can see policemen with white gloves controlling the hundreds of cars in the city. In Thimphu visit the library and see ancient Buddhist manuscripts followed by Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls).
After lunch, we drive to see the tallest Buddha Statue overlooking Thimphu city. There is also a short hike starting from the road point to the Statue which takes 45 minutes. In the evening you will be left to stroll the city. You can visit the famous music cafe for relaxation. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 11. Thimphu – Punakha Tour
The drive from Thimphu to Punakha takes 3 hours via Dochula pass. Dochula pass is the place where you can view 360degree of the Himalayas including Kanchenjunga during clear weather.
On the way, you come across the temple of Devine madman famous for the fertility of a woman without a child.
Visit Punakha Dzong the largest in the country. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952.
Day 12. Punakha to Thimphu – Paro:
After breakfast drive to Thimphu & visit the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built-in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. After lunch drive to Paro. Dinner & Overnight in Hotel.
Day 13. Departure: Early morning, drive to the airport, and farewell.
Related Bhutan Trekking
Bhutan Druk Path Trek Difficulty
|Max Elevation||4200 m|
|Min Elevation||2400 m|
|Season||March, April, May, June, September, October, November|
|No. of Days||7 Days|
Bhutan Druk Path Trek is not so difficult and it is moderate with just 4 to 5 hours of leisure walk per day. For veteran trekkers, they complete the trek in 3 days.
Bhutan Druk Path Trek Cost
The cost of Druk Path Trek depends on the number of people in Groups and the month of travel they choose to trek. There is a Group discount and seasonal discount. Below is the detailed cost Druk path Trek.
Druk path Trek Cost for Peak Season
1 Pax group USD 2940 per person
2 Pax Group USD 2840.00 per person
3 to 16 Pax group USD 2440.00
Child below 12 years accompanied by parents or adult will be USD 1290.00
The student above 12 years and below 25 years will be USD 1940.00
Druk path Trek Cost for Lean Season
1 Pax group USD 2440 per person
2 Pax Group USD 2340.00 per person
3 to 16 Pax group USD 2040.00
Child below 12 years accompanied by parents or adult will be USD 1040.00
The student above 12 years and below 25 years will be USD 1790.00
The Druk path Trek Cost Inclusion during Cultural Tour
- All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
- Accommodation in 3 Star Hotel [Twin Sharing]
- All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
- Royalty & Govt. Taxes
- Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments only.
- One-time Visa Fee.
- Airport tax
- Experienced Guide with Basic medical training for mountains trek
- Cultural Sightseeing after Trek
The Trek Cost Does Not Include:
- Druk Airfare.
- Insurance Premiums,
- Payments for service provided on a personal basis
- Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”
- The cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest, etc.
- Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water, incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips, or any other services
During the Trek, the cost covers
- * 3 meals a day,
- * Service of cook & Helper,
- * Guide, Sleeping Tent,
- * Mess Tent, Kitchen Tent & Toilet Tent,
- * Ponies to carry supplies,
- * Royalty.
- * We will provide you with sleeping mats but you have to bring your own sleeping bags(Optional).
Best month To Trek Druk path
Since the trek does not involve high altitude crossing and risky routes the trekking can be done starting from February to June and September to December. The routes are open and connect to two major cities of Paro and Thimphu the ancient trade route. Summer may be a little muddy and the campsite may get wetter but it’s worth the trekking because of the extravagant scenery it offers during the trek.
The best and comfortable season to trek would be in Spring (late March to early June) and in Autumn(September to October) which is considered the best time of the year when the weather is at its best. The skies are usually clear, offering fabulous unobstructed views of the mountain peaks.
Flights to Bhutan for the Druk Path trekking
Bhutan Flights operates from many major cities of India (Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, and Guwahati), Singapore, Bangkok, and Nepal. You can choose any of these destinations to fly into Bhutan. It’s better to book your flight tickets at least 6 months ahead of your travel date if you are traveling Bhutan in peak season and if you plan to trek during lean season 1-month of preparation is enough for the trek.
We always advise clients to keep at least 24 hours time between your connecting flights, this is to avoid missing your flights since Bhutan flights operation depends on the daily weather forecast and can be delayed.
Bhutan Visa for Drukpath Trek
Druk path trek does not require any special permit for the journey because these trek routes do not fall on any restricted area and a normal Bhutan visa will be fine to begin the trek. Many trekking in Bhutan like Laya Gasa Trek, Snowman trek requires Special permit apart from Bhutan Visa.
Your Bhutan Visa for the trek will be pre-arranged and your actual stamp on your passport will be done at Paro International airport.
Accommodation and Camping in Drukpath trek:
The trek is a combination of both cultural and trekking. During a cultural tour of Bhutan, you shall be accommodated in a good 3-star hotel carefully selected by our company based on clients’ feedback and while on trek we shall provide you with best-camping tents for sleeping, Toilet tent, kitchen tent, chairs and table for meals. We make sure that you are comfortable on the journey.
Guides and Trekking Cook
Most of the trekking in Bhutan do not have any tree house or accommodation on the trekking path. All our trekking are privately organized and we give good experienced Guides and cook who will serve you with the best meals during the trek. They are both well trained and certified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. Guides are also trained in basic first aid.
For any Information on Bhutan Trekking and what to carry during this trek.
1.WHAT IS THE VISA PROCESS FOR THIS TREK OF BHUTAN?
ANS: Visa for Bhutan trek is easy to process. Once you confirm this trek with us we will ask you for a passport copy and confirmed flight tickets for the Bhutan process and send you our bank details for tour payment. The Bhutan visa just takes 3 working days to get approval.
2. HOW DIFFICULT IS DRUK PATH TREK?
Druk path trek involves 4 to 5 hours of walking daily and you need to be fit to take this trek. The trek is for 4 days.
3. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TREK IN BHUTAN?
The best time to trek in Bhutan starts from March to May and October to December. For Drukpath Trekking you can trek till June and January.
4. HOW CAN I PREPARE MYSELF FOR THIS BHUTAN DRUK PATH TREKKING?
The trekking is not so tough and involves 3 to 4 hours of a daily walk. The toughest climb is on the second day of trekking which involves 400m ascent to 300m descent to a beautiful trout-filled lake. Daily 2 to 3 hours of the walk at home is the best way to prepare for the trek. Check our page on how to plan for Bhutan trekking at Bhutan Druk Path Trekking Fitness.
5. CAN I COMBINE THIS TREK WITH ANY FESTIVAL OF BHUTAN?
Yes, you can combine this trek of Bhutan with the festival. We can advise you of the travel date where you can book this trek to coincide with the festival of Bhutan. Check Bhutan festival dates for 2021.
6. DO I NEED INSURANCE FOR THIS TREK?
Yes, insurance is very important just in case of an emergency evacuation. Druk path trek does involve some high altitude hikes and strenuous walks and please check with your insurance company that altitude is covered.
7. ARE SPECIAL PERMIT REQUIRED FOR DRUK PATH TREK?
There use to be lots of formalities required before but in the last couple of years the system has eased up and now you only need Visa for trekking.
8. DO I NEED TO TIP THE TREKKING TEAM?
Tips are always appreciated and most of the time they expect tipping from the clients and the amount can be decided upon by their services.
9.WHAT ARE ACCOMMODATION LIKE DURING MY TREKKING IN BHUTAN?
In Bhutan, all treks are customized and you will not join any groups. There is no accommodation along the trek route and all camping is in the wild forest. Camping in Bhutan is along the grazing area of nomads’ land with the Yak grazing alongside and nearby beautiful lakes. Treks are fully catered as Bhutanese do not work as a porter and horses and Yaks carry the essential goods for trekkers including lighting at night.
10. WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST?
The cost includes all your meals, Porter and pony cost, Trekking Guide, Trekking cook, transportation, sleeping tent, airport pick, and drop. Tips for trekking staff are not included in the cost and it would be a good gesture to tip them at the end of the trip depending upon the services.
Trekking Guide for Drukpath Trek
Mr.Lal Bdr Rai has done this trekking 20 times and has very good knowledge about this Trekking route. He had in-depth knowledge of the place. He has been a trekking Guide for the last 10 years
Trekking Cook during Druk path
We always have a small team consisting of Cooks, Assistant Cook, Guide, and few assistants who run all our trekking in Bhutan. All our staff are well trained and certified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. Our cooks are well trained in preparing all kinds of meals. Kaka is the best and we have been using him for the last 12 years for all our trekking in Bhutan.
Trekking Equipment for the Trek:
We use high-quality tents and equipment imported from the US for comfort stay. The camping equipment includes a dining tent, Toilet tent, Sleeping tent, and relaxing chairs for guests to relax in the mountains.