Druk Path Trek Bhutan
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Druk Path Trek Bhutan

Trek between Thimphu and Paro, Bhutan

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Druk Path trek Bhutan is a popular route in the Kingdom of Bhutan, tracing a portion of the ancient Trans Bhutan trail that connects Paro and Thimphu.

The Druk Path trek reveals breathtaking vistas along a ridgeline, showcasing sweeping views of valleys and snow-capped peaks. This wonderfully scenic high-altitude walk not only offers dramatic landscapes but also grants access to remote alpine lakes and encounters with yak herders. As you traverse, the trail treats you to mesmerizing views of the Bhutanese Himalayas, completing an experience that captures the essence of Bhutan’s rugged magnificence.
Given that the Druk Path trek commences or concludes in Paro or Thimphu, its logistical convenience makes it a favored option to complement any tour of Bhutan.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Paro and tour in the valley
Day 2 & 3: Drive east across Dochula to Punakha and spend one and half day there.
Day 4: In capital Thimphu
Day 5: Begin Trek to Phajoding
Day 6: Trek from Phajoding to Simkotra Tsho
Day 7: Trek from Simkotra to Jimilangtso and camp at Janchu Lakha
Day 8: Trek to Jili Dzong, Jaydika and end trek above Paro
Day 9: In Paro (Hike to Takstang)
Day 10: Departure

Options: The trek can be made easier by adding an extra night on the trail or shortened by removing one night, which would slightly increase the challenge level of the journey.

Overview

trekking Trip Type
activity Activities Included
Trekking Culture Tours
accommodations Accommodation Hotels are tourist standard and can be compared as 3 -4* locally. However option to upgrade is available.
meals Meal Full Board
seasons Best Seasons The trek can be done almost through out the year but it is good from late Feb till end of May & from late Sept. till the end of November. Best time is in March, April, October till Mid November.
best Best Months March, April, October, November

best Good Months February, September

best Lean Months January, June, July, August, December

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Trip Highlights

    • Highlights of western Bhutan, along with a 4 days trek between Thimphu and Paro.
    • Visit and walk in subtropical Punakha and Wangdue valley with amazing landscape of fields sloping up the sides of the hills
    • Cross Dochula pass with spectacular Panorama of most of Bhutan peaks
    • Visit the capital of Bhutan with many cultural sights to see
    • Trek in 3 nights/4 days along the ridges from Thimphu to Paro
    •  Hike to the iconic Takstang (tigers nest) monastery

     

Cost Information

Cost varies by travel date and number of travelers. Contact for details.

Included

    • Accommodations in hotels as listed during the tour and in tents during the trek
    • All meals
    • All transfers
    • Sightseeing with entrance fees.
    • English Speaking Wind Horse Local Guide
    • Bhutan visa including visa fees.
    • Tourists Fees SDF (Sustainable Dev. Fees)
    • During the trek: Fully organized trek with all meals, and beverages. All trekking gears including Tents, Thermal mats, Blow pillow, Hot-water bag for warmth during night. Portable Altitude chambers Bag for emergencies. Pack animals to carry luggage and additional riding pony for emergency, Basic Medical Kit. Trekking staffs include first aid trained Guide, Cook, assistants and horseman.
      Sleeping bags can be borrowed ! (cleaning charges will apply)
      Borrow for free; trekking poles, water bottle, rain poncho, duffel bag

Not included

    • Flights in and out of Bhutan purchased separately. Check our website for Druk Air fares.
    • Travel/Medical and evacuation Insurance – purchased separately
    • Personal trekking gears such Day pack, clothing, shoes etc.
    • Tips and gratuities (optional)

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FAQs

  • How long is the Druk Path trek?

    The Druk Path trek typically takes about 4 to 5 days to complete, covering a distance of around 40-50 kilometers.

  • What is the difficulty level of Drukpath trek?

    Drukpath trek is considered to be of moderate difficulty. The terrain includes some steep ascents and descents, as well as walking at higher altitudes. However, the option to add or remove a night can adjust the challenge level.

  • When is the best time to do the Druk Path trek?

    From mid March onwards till mid May in Spring and late Sept till the end of November is considered the best time to do Drukpath trek.
    The trek can be done for most part of the year, except when it is snowed in from Jan till Feb.

  • Do I need prior trekking experience?

    While prior trekking experience can be beneficial, it is not necessary. Druk Path trek is suitable for individuals with a moderate level of fitness. It’s essential to be prepared for varying terrain and altitudes.

  • Are there accommodation and facilities on the trail?

    No, there are  no lodges on this trail. We bring tents and supplies with us along with cook and assistants.

  • Is altitude sickness a concern on this trek?

    While the maximum altitude reached is not extremely high, altitude sickness can still be a concern. All our trekking trips are planned meticulously to ensure ample acclimatization before the actual trek. It’s worth noting that instances of altitude sickness on this trek are rare. Additionally, we are always within a day’s reach, or even shorter, of the nearest hospital equipped to handle emergencies.

Overview

trekking Trip Type
activity Activities Included
Trekking Culture Tours
accommodations Accommodation Hotels are tourist standard and can be compared as 3 -4* locally. However option to upgrade is available.
meals Meals Full Board
group_size Max Group Size Private departures
seasons Best Seasons The trek can be done almost through out the year but it is good from late Feb till end of May & from late Sept. till the end of November. Best time is in March, April, October till Mid November.
best Best Months March, April, October, November

best Good Months February, September

best Lean Months January, June, July, August, December

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