Druk Path Trek - 11 Days

Following the ancient high-level route between Paro and Thimpu, the Druk Path Trek is an excellent short trek, ideal for those who are in Bhutan only for a short duration.

You will experience the countryside, mountains, alpine meadows, monasteries and glacial lakes. The first day’s walk leads to the ruined Jeli Dzong which sits on a high ridge above the Paro Valley and commands amazing views over Chomolhari.

We climb over the tree-line and cross several passes during the next 4 days of Druk Path Trek. On the way, we camp alongside clear mountain lakes, visit yak herders camps and enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the peaks on the Tibetan border, including Jitchu Drake and Gangkar Puensum. We visit the ever-impressive Paro Valley Taktsang Monastery and visit the Thimpu Tashichho dzong.

Your fully supported, 7-day trek along the Druk Path begins in the Paro Valley and follows a tremendously varied route through virgin forest, open pastures of yaks and along glorious high ridges. As you visit sacred mountain lakes, traditional settlements, and even a haunted monastery, there is much cultural interest along the route. You will be trekking at more than 3,000 m/9,842 ft each day and you will have to pass the 4,210m/13,812 ft Simkota La before your final descent to the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. On the way you can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the snow-covered Himalayan peaks and camp in scenic places every night where you can enjoy the attentive services of your friendly and efficient trek staff.

Druk Path Trek Difficulty

Druk Path Trek is easy to moderate trekking grade.

For beginners, this trek is a doable hike to undertake as the distances between the camps are quite short. The trail leads you through fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendron forests at altitudes from 2400 m to 4200 m. We will reach Jimilangtso Lake on the third day, whose crystal clear waters are home to gigantic trouts.

This trek also offers amazing views of Gangkar Puensum, the world’s highest unclimbed peak. The best time to trek  on the Druk Path is between March to June or September to November, although this route is accessible throughout the year.

Day 1
Day 1- Arrive in Kathmandu (1400meters)

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Day 2- Free in Kathmandu for sightseeing and pre trip briefing.

Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhunath and Buddhists shrine Buddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world.

Day 3
Day 3 – Arrive in Paro (by Druk Air)

You will be met on arrival and transferred to the hotel. After lunch we visit the Paro Dzong and the National Museum, The evening ends with a walk through Paro’s main shopping district. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 4
Day 4 – Day excursion from Paro to the Taktsang Monastery.

We take a day excursion to Taktsang Monastery / Tiger’s Nest, the most spectacular monastery and probably the most photographed one in Bhutan. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called “Tiger’s Nest”. The excursion to monastery’s view point takes about 5 hours for round trip. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria, followed by a short walk back. Evening at leisure. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 5
Day 5 – Paro – Jele Dzong (Trek starts) Distance 8 km approx 4-5 hours

Today is a short trekking day; we begin above the National Museum, gradually ascending up to the camp. If the weather is clear Paro valley and the surrounding mountains can be seen. The campsite is near the old Jele Dzong which, we can visit in the evening. Altitude at Jele Dzong 3,436meter. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 6
Day 6 – Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha Distance 9 km approx 4-5 hours

We begin with a one and half hour climb and then further ascend gradually through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. There is fine views of snow capped peaks and you may hear some monal pheasants calling during the day. You may see yak herders around your campsite. Altitude at Jangchulakha 3,962meter. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 7
Day 7 – Jangchulakha – Jimilang Tsho Distance 10 km approx 6 hours

The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valley are beautiful. Our camp is close to Lake Jimilangtsho. This lake is known for its giant sized trout. Altitude at Jimilangtsho 3,880meter. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 8
Day 8 – Jimilang Tsho – Simkotra Distance 7 km approx 3-4 hours

The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janetsho. Today you may come across some yak herder’s camp. We camp overnight close to Simkotra lake. Altitude at Simkotra 4,090meters. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 9
Day 9 – Simkotra – Phazoding – Thimphu (finish trek) Distance 14 km approx 7 hours

After the lake the trail is a gradual climb and if the weather permits you will have a majestic view of Mt. Gangker Phuensum the highest mountain in Bhutan and other mountain peaks. The trail slowly descends through junipers tress and finally descends down to Phajoding monastery from where Thimphu town is visible at the valley floor. The trek from Phajoding to Thimphu is downhill all the way, passing through a forested area mostly blue pine. With a leisurely pace, you can reach Thimphu in about 2 hours. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 10
Day 10 – Thimphu – Paro

Full day sightseeing of Thimphu valley. Visit to National Library, Traditional Medicine Institute, Arts & Crafts School, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, National Memorial Chorten, Zilukha Nunnery, Traditional paper factory, Zilukha Nunnery, Takin mini Zoo, Handicrafts Emporium, local shops. Finally a visit to Tashichho dzong. Evening departure to Paro. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 11
Day 11 – Fly to home.

After breakfast, our Airport representative will drop you to the Paro International airport.

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers pickup and drop-off.
  • 2-nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu.
  • Standard government approved accommodation (in twin share rooms)
  • Service of licensed English speaking Bhutanese tour guides.
  • All sightseeing tours, Monument / Museum-entrance Fees as per itinerary.
  • All meals fixed breakfast, lunch & dinner with Tea & Coffee hot chocolate for the whole duration of your stay in Bhutan.
  • Country presentation & tour briefing on Day 1 evening with welcome drinks.
  • Cultural afternoon / evening consisting of traditional mask dances & folk dances (with beverages) ~ for the group tour.
  • Mineral water supply for the trek.
  • Government Royalty (which is 35% of $ 250) this goes to the country’s health & education projects.
  • Private transport & driver within Bhutan. (Imported Prado’s, Micro Buses & Toyota Coaster Buses)
  • Toyota 4 X 4 luggage vans & light trucks for group travel
  • All our government taxes.
  • Tourist service charge, vat and office expense.
  • Bhutan Visa fees and Visa processing assistance
  • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (You will be provided water proof two-three man dome tents, sleeping mattress, air pillows, dining tents, kitchen gears, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc.)
  • The required number of trekking staff.
  • All trekking access, route permits logistics & fees.
  • Luggage will be hauled by horses, mules or yaks at higher elevations.

Price Excludes

  • International airfares and Nepal visa
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Tips to guides, restaurants, hotel lobby, porters and trekking staff. (Tipping is expected.)
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Service Includes section.
  • Personal trekking Equipment.
  • Druk Air flights (Please contact us for the Druk air flight booking)

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. This itinerary can be customized according to the duration of your holiday. We have many options for shorter visits based on your interests and budget.

On an adventure trip of this type, weather, political strikes, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

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Trip Facts

  • 11 Days
  • Moderate
  • Min. 2 to Max. 10 People
  • March to May & September to November
  • 4,090m.
  • Kathmandu / Paro
  • 4 to 5 hours

MD & Trip Planner

Chhiring Sherpa

Mobile: +3248 523 11 80