6 Days Drukpath Trek
The trek is combination of both cultural and trekking. Drukpath trek is 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 the travelers from Paro and Thimphu. The trek also come across high altitude trout filled lake with beautiful campsite. It is a 6 days trekking in Bhutan with 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|
Drukpath Trek Highlights
This 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 struggle. The routes is completely remote and amazing.
Hike the most beautiful Tiger Nest monastery.
Day 01: Arrival in Bhutan 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 left seat to view the Mt. Everest.
After lunch visit Paro Rimpung Dzong, the centre 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:
Second day at Paro is usually kept for acclimatization before you begin your trek in Bhutan. Paro tour will include visit to Duntse monastery and Paro town.
Day 03. Paro, Excursion to Taktsang Monastery:
A hike to Tiger Nest temple is the highlight of Bhutan Trek. The tour willnot be complete if you dont visit this beautiful temple of Bhutan. The temple is the holy grail for all Bhuddhist follower.
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 over night in hotel.
Day 04. Paro – Jele Dzong (Start of Trek):
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 – Jangchulakha:
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:
After breakfast, visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the 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 the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices and finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Over night in Hotel.
Day 11. Thimphu – Punakha – Wangduephodrang:
(72 Kms, 3 hours drive). After breakfast, Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas.
On the way, visit Chime Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley. He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”.
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. Wangduephodrang.
Day 12. Wangduephodrang – Thimphu – Paro:
After breakfast drive to Thimphu & visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour 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.
Drukpath Trek Difficulty
|Max Elevation||4200 m|
|Min Elevation||2400 m|
|Season||March, April, May, June, September, October, November|
|No. of Days||7 Days|
Drukpath 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
Student above 12 years and below 25 years will be USD 1940.00
Drukpath 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
Student above 12 years and below 25 years will be USD 1790.00
The Drukpath Trek Cost Inclusion
- All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
- Accommodation in 3 Star Hotel [Twin Sharing] Single Room Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
- 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 Air fare.
* Insurance Premiums,
* Payments for service provided on a personal basis
* Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”
* 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
While on 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,
* We will provide you with sleeping mats but you have to bring your own sleeping bags(Optional).
Best Time To Trek Drukpath:
Since the trek do 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 two major cities of Paro and Thimphu the ancient trade route. Summer may be little muddy and campsite may get wetter but its worth the trekking due to extravagant scenery.
The best and comfortable time to trek would be Spring (late march to early June) and Autumn(September to October) which is considered the best time in the year when the climate is at its best. The skies are usually clear, offering fabulous unobstructed views of the mountain peaks.
Flights to Bhutan for the Drukpath trekking:
Bhutan Flights operates from many major cities of India (Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdugra and Guwahati),Singapore, Bangkok and Nepal. You can choose any of this destination to fly into Bhutan. Its 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 preparation is enough for the trek.
We always advice 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 daily weather forecast and can be delayed.
Bhutan Visa for Drukpath Trek:
Drukpath trek do not require any special permit for the journey because this trek routes do not fall on any restricted area and 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 the combination of both cultural and trekking. During cultural tour of Bhutan you shall be accommodated in 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 Guide and cook who will serve you with best meals during the trek. They are both well trained and certified by Tourism Council of Bhutan. Guides are also trained in basic firstaid.
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1.WHAT IS THE VISA PROCESS FOR THIS TREK OF BHUTAN?
ANS: Visa for Bhutan trek is easy process. Once you confirm this trek with us we will ask you for passport copy and confirmed flight tickets for 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 DRUKPATH TREK?
Drukpath trek involves 4 to 5 hours 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.
4. HOW CAN I PREPARE MYSELF FOR THIS BHUTAN TREKKING?
You really need to understand the fitness level before taking this trek of Bhutan. For more information please CHECK HERE.
5. CAN I COMBINE THIS TREK WITH ANY FESTIVAL OF BHUTAN?
Yes you can combine this trek of Bhutan with festival. We can advice you the travel date where you can book this trek to coincide with festival of Bhutan. For any festival dates in 2021 please check here.
6. DO I NEED INSURANCE FOR THIS TREK?
Yes insurance is very important just incase of emergency evacuation. Drukpath trek do involve some high altitude hike and strenuous walk and please check with your insurance company that altitude is covered.
7. ARE SPECIAL PERMIT REQUIRED FOR DRUKPATH TREK?
There use to be lots of formalities required before but in last couple of years the system have 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 amount can be decided upon their services.
9.WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE DURING MY TREKKING IN BHUTAN?
You will be sleeping in the tent and meals will be prepared by our trained chef. Check our Bhutan Hotels
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.
Trekking Guide for Drukpath Trek
Mr.Lal Bdr Rai have done this trekking 20 times and have very good knowledge about this Trekking route. He had in-depth knowledge of the place. He has been a trekking Guide for last 10 years
Trekking Cook during Drukpath
Our Cook Kaka is licensed and trained Trekking cook. Though he may not be a very good conversational in English but he is well trained in cooking of all kinds of meals.Trekking path donot have any treehouse or readymade campsite. Kaka is the best and we have been using him for last 12 years for all our trekking in Bhutan.
Trekking Equipment for the Trek:
We use high quality of tents and equipment imported from US for comfort stay.