Druk Path Trek

Trekking duration: 5 days

Druk path trek is a very popular 5 days Bhutan Trekking route and goes to high altitudes and is moderately strenuous. The Druk path trek route passes through some beautiful high altitude lakes. You can come across diverse flora as you pass through the ridge of the Mountain and you can see the beautiful view of the Himalayas around. It starts from Paro near the National Museum and ends in Motithang, Thimphu. The highest point is 4110 Meters.

Detailed Itinerary for Druk Path Trek:

Ta DzongDay 01. Arrive Paro (2280m):

Your guide from Yak Holidays will receive you at the airport and then drive to the hotel.

After lunch, we visit:

  • Visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography. Dinner and over night in Hotel.

Day 02. Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest):

After breakfast, hike to the Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery

  • After breakfast, a short drive to Satsam Chorten and start the hike. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. The primary temple was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684 by the Penlop of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.

After Lunch, visit to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire.

On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo.

  • Srongsen Gampo was a Tibetan king who married a Chinese princess, Wenchen in 641. In 659, He decided to build 108 Temples in a single day to pin the Ogress to the earth forever and, at the same time, convert the Tibetan people to Buddhism. Six of these Temples lie in Bhutan, most prominent of them are Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang and Kichu Lhakhang in Paro. Kichu Lhakhang is said to hold the left foot of the Ogress and Jambay Lhakhang pins the left knee.

Dinner and over night in Hotel.

Jele DzongDay 03. Paro – Jele Dzong (Start of Druk Path 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.

Camp Altitude: 3560m; Distance 10 Km; Walking Time 4 – 5 hours. (1090 meters ascent).

Day 04. 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.

Camp Altitude: 3770m; Distance 10 Km; walking time: 3 – 4 hours. (Ascent 310 meters, descent 50 meters),

Day 05. 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.

Camp Altitude: 3870m; Distance 11 Kms; Walking time 4 hours, (330 meters ascent, 230 meters descent).

Day 06. Jimilangtso – Simkota. (4-5hours):

The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees past the lake of Janetso. Dinner and overnight camp.

Camp Altitude: 4110 meters, 11 kms, walking time: 4 hours, (820 meters ascent, 400 meters descent).

Day 07. Simkota – Phajoding – Thimphu (2320m – 4 – 5 hours) – End of Druk Path Trek:

From here we slowly descend down to Phajoding Monastery from where Thimphu town is visible at the valley floor.

After lunch, rest in the hotel.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Altitude (End of Druk Path Trek: 2520 meters), Distance: 15 kms, walking time: 6 – 7 hours, (130 meters ascent, 1820 descent).

Day 08. Thimphu Sightseeing:

After breakfast, visit to:

  • Visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of our 3rdKing, late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (The Father of Modern Bhutan). The paintings and statues give a rare insight into Bhutanese culture.
  • Tallest Statue of sitting Buddha (51.5 meters) at Kuenselphodrang, Changangkha Lhakhang, Takin Preserve center, Sangaygang view point, and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

Lunch at Simple Bhutan Museum restaurant, where you can enjoy typical Bhutanese dishes, Ara (Local wine), witness Folk dances, visit to the Folk Museum and many more.

  • Visit to the Painting School, school of 13 Arts and crafts.
  • In the evening, Visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan).
  • And free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Punakha-Dzong-in-PunakhaDay 09. Thimphu – Punakha (Altitude 1310 m, 76 Km, 3 hrs drive):

After breakfast, drive to Punakha. On the way,

  • Visit to the Dochula pass with its 108 stupas and the beautifully arranged Himalayan mountain ranges in the background.
  • Chimi Lhakhang built in 1499 by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as “The Divine Madman”. The Temple is also called “the Temple of Fertility”. Lama Drukpa Kuenley (1455 – 1529) was one of the Bhutan’s Favourite Saints who was born in Tibet, trained at Ralung Monastery and was a contemporary and a disciple of Pema Lingpa. He Travelled throughout Bhutan and Tibet as a “Neljorpa” (Yogi) using songs, humour and outrageous behavior to dramatise his teachings of Salvation through sex.

After lunch, we visit:

  • The Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Punakha is the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck convened the First National Assembly here in 1952. Punakha was also an ancient capital of Bhutan until the rule of the second king of Bhutan.

In the evening, we hike to:

Hike to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

  • We drive to Yabesa village and hike to through rice fields and up to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Choling Chorten, built by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck. Perched high on a hill on the bank of the river, the Chorten houses paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 10. Punakha –Wangdiphodrang – Thimphu: (Altitude 2280 m, Distance 90 km, Drive Time 4 hours).

After breakfast, walk the longest Suspension bridge in Bhutan (160 meters).

  • The Punakha Suspension Bridge is considered the longest of its kind in Bhutan. It is located in the Punakha district and it connects the two sides of the Po Chhu river. You will get a great view of the river, valley, temple, and a good boost of adrenaline as well. In the early years, the bridge was made for the Lamas of Punakha Dzong (temple) who crossed the river very often to visit nearby villages. Today it serves both for locals and tourists who want to visit the temple.

Drive to Thimphu via Wangdiphodrang.

  • View the Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This Dzong was razed by fire in 2012 and is under construction now. The Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong; four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered auspicious sign, representing the spread of religion to the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers.

Lunch at Dochula cafeteria.

After lunch, visit to the Postal Museum where you can make personalized stamps.

Then witness the Archery match at Changlimithang stadium.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 11. Thimphu – Paro (Departure):

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.