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Druk Path Trek Bhutan

Trek between Thimphu and Paro, Bhutan

6

Days

TREK

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Trip highlights

Cultural sight of Paro valley,Thimphu valley.
Trekking in pristine alpine wilderness.

This wonderfully scenic high-altitude walk accesses remote alpine lakes, yak herders and boasts views of Bhutanese Himalayas.For most part, it follows the traditional mule route between Thimphu and Paro. Because it departs or ends in Paro or Thimphu, it logistics make it a great choice as an add-on to any cultural tour of Bhutan.
Drukpath trek can be done in as short as 3 days and you can trek as long as 5 days.
3 days treks does not does through Jimilangtsho and Phajoding, instead it takes a lower trail from Jele Dzong to Pumola pass.
Ideally the trek is better to start in Paro but it can also be started in Thimphu also.

Outline Itinerary

Drukpath Trek – 6 Days – Option A
This is the recommended route and duration for those who are moderate trekkers and need ample time to explore around.

Day 1: Begin trek from Paro to Jele Dzong
From your hotel in Paro, transfer to the trail head near Ta Dzong museum and begin trekking. About 4-5hr trek uphill ascending 1050m. Camp at 3570m.

Day 2: Trek to Jangchulakha
Visit Jeli Dzong and trek along the ridges with the views of Paro’s side valleys. About 10km/4hr trek and camp at 3760m.

Day 3: Trek to Jimilangtso lake
Trek for about 10km/4hr and camp near the lake at 3870m.

Day 4: Trek to Simkota lake
Climb up gradually up to 4150m and descend to your camp site at 4110m overlooking another lake. About 11km/4hr trek.

Day 5: Trek to Phajoding
Gradually trek up hill and climb to Labanla pass at 4210m, after which the trail makes a long and steep descent past Thujidrag to Phajoding. The campsite is near the hermitages and monasteries at 3750m. About 10km/3-4hrs trek.

Day 6: End with the trek to Thimphu
After visiting the temples and monasteries in Phajoding, walk  downhill for about 5km/3hr to Motithang (2540m). Meet and transfer to your hotel or city center.
Alternative route: This trek may be done in 4 or 5, if you are a strong trekker. The route and sights remain same but you cover more distances. Also, instead of starting the trek in Paro, it can be done in reverse order; starting from Thimphu and ending in Paro


Drukpath Trek – 5 Days  – Option B
This is slightly more strenuous then option A. The duration is shorter by day for the same distance. However this is the most popular option on Drukpath trail.

Day 1: Begin trek from Paro to Jele Dzong
From your hotel in Paro, transfer to the trail head near Ta Dzong museum and begin trekking. About 4-5hr trek uphill ascending 1050m. Camp at 3570m.

Day 2: Trek to Jangchulakha
Visit Jeli Dzong and trek along the ridges with the views of Paro’s side valleys. About 10km/4hr trek and camp at 3760m.

Day 3: Trek to Jimilangtso lake 
Trek for about 10km/4hr and camp near the lake at 3870m.

Day 4: Trek from Jimilangtso to Phajoding
Climb up gradually up too 4150m and descend to Simkota, which takes 4hrs. Then gradually trek up hill and climb to Laban La pass at 4210m, after which the trail makes a long and steep descent past Thujidrag to Phajoding. The campsite is near the hermitages and monasteries at 3750m.  Total about 7-7-8hrs trek, about 21km.

Day 5: End with the trek to Thimphu
After visiting the temples and monasteries in Phajoding, walk all downhill for about 5km/3hr to Motithang (2540m). Meet and transfer to your hotel or city center.
Alternative route: This trek may be done in 4 or 5, if you are a strong trekker. The route and sights remain same but you cover more distances. Also, instead of starting the trek in Paro, it can be done in reverse order; starting from Thimphu and ending in Paro.

 


Drukpath Trek – 4 Days  – Option C
For those who are serious trekker and are short on time, this is definitely the choice. The second and the third day of the trek are both long days of 7-8hours trek, making the trek quite strenuous. The trek is also commonly done.

Day 1: Begin trek from Paro to Jele Dzong 
From your hotel in Paro, transfer to the trail head near Ta Dzong museum and begin trekking. About 4-5hr trek uphill ascending 1050m. Camp at 3570m.

Day 2: Trek to Jimilangtso lake
Trek for about 20km/7-8hr trek and camp near the lake at 3870m.

Day 3: Trek from Jimilangtso to Phajoding
Climb up gradually up too 4150m and descend to Simkota, which takes 4hrs. Then gradually trek up hill and climb to Laban La pass at 4210m, after which the trail makes a long and steep descent past Thujidrag to Phajoding. The campsite is near the hermitages and monasteries at 3750m.  Total about 7-7-8hrs trek, about 21km.

Day 4: End with the trek in Thimphu
After visiting the temples and monasteries in Phajoding, walk downhill for about 5km/3hr to Motithang (2540m). Meet and transfer to your hotel or city center.


Drukpath Tsaluna Trek –  3 days – Option D
This is the easier alternative of Druk Path trek, skipping Phajoding and Jimilangtsho area. As most of the areas are lower then regular Drukpath route, the trek can be done for longer season.

Day 1: Thimphu – Trek beyond Pumela Pass
(Approx. 5hrs.). Start your trek above Thimphu valley through pine forest, following old mule track used in the olden days between Thimphu and Paro. It’s a gradual climb about three hours to the Pumela Pass (3000m) then descend to the cow herder’s camp for about an hour and a half. You will have a picnic lunch below the Pass. Overnight Camp.

Day 2: Trek Jay-dikha 
(Approx. 5 to 6 hrs.) In the morning you descend to Tsaluna village through coniferous and bamboo shrubs forest for two hours. When you pass through the village, you will see self-sufficient farmers, who produce all their basic necessities in their small farm. Later, you will gradually climb up to Jay-dikha village through cold broad-leaved forest for about three hours. Overnight Camp.

Day 3– Trek Jili Dzong – Trek ends at Ta Dzong
(Approx. 5 to 6 hrs.) About two hours gradual climb through spruce, hemlock, fir and giant rhododendron forest to Jili la pass (3300m). On a clear day at the Pass, you could see a panoramic view of the Himalayan range bordering Tibet along Mt. Jomolhari (7314m), Jichu Drake & Tserim Gang. You will also have a spectacular view of Paro valley. Later, descend to Paro by trekking for three hours. At the end of the trek, if time permits, you may visit the National Museum. Check into Hotel Gangtey Palace or Similar.


All of the above trek can be done in the reverse order and you would need to plan addition time for touring part (Minimum 4 days.

  • Group Size Private departures

  • MealsFull Board

  • Trip AccommodationHotels are tourist standard and can be compared as 3 -4* locally.

  • Trip Type Easy to Moderately trek

  • Trip Seasons From late Feb till end of May & Sept. till Nov. Best time is in March, April and in October for autumn colors.

  • Best MonthsJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Prices & Dates

Cost Information

Cost is based on the number of participants, duration and time of the year. Please ask based on your requirements!

Trip Dates:

Private Journeys for independent travel with your own dates.

Included

  • Bhutan royalties, Visa fees.
  • Fully organized trek with Tents, Thermal Pads, Blow pillow, Hot-water bag, Pack animals to carry luggage and additional riding pony for emergency, Basic Medical Kit
  • Support Staffs – Trekking Guide, Cook and assistants, Horseman
  • All camp meals, snacks and refreshment.

Not included

  • Flights in and out of Bhutan.
  • Personal trekking gears such as sleeping bag, clothing, shoes etc.

Accommodations


Hotels in Thimphu

Hotels in Paro

Hotels in Trek

  • Trek Camp

    During the trek: Fully organized trek with all meals, bars and beverages. All trekking gears including Tents, Thermal mats, Blow pillow, Hot-water bag for warmth during night. Pressured Altitude Bag for emergencies (only available in Bhutan with Win...

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Trip Guide/Leader


  • Namgay

    Namgay

  • Pema Namgay

    Pema Namgay

  • Yonten Phuntsho

    Yonten Phuntsho

  • Yeshi Penjor

    Yeshi Penjor

Reviews / Testimonials

  • James Pickering
    La Garde Freinet, France
    Jan 1970
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    5 " James Pickering " Druk Path Trek Dear Chencho We are now at the airport after a fantastic time in Bhutan. Thank you for all your organisation and your very kind invitation to dinner and the hot stone bath. It was an honour to visit you and Tashi in your home for our best meal in

    Druk Path Trek Druk Path Trek Dear Chencho We are now at the airport after a fantastic time in Bhutan. Thank you for all your

  • Hung K Y Rachael
    Kuala lumpur, Malaysia
    Sep 2018
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    5 " Hung K Y Rachael " Dear Bas, Thanks for the email, been catching up with work since we got back! We would like to say that overall it was very well organised, and certainly all correspondence was swiftly managed by yourself and your colleagues. We would like to thank you for your flexibility in payment and also we

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  • Lorraine Allen
    1420 Sunset Boulevard
    Jan 1970
    Mr. Kinga was there for us with bright Wind Horse sashes and a smile as big as the country. ( Mr. Kinga was there for us with bright Wind Horse sashes and a smile as big as the country.)
    5 " Lorraine Allen " Concise Druk Path Trek  During our short stay in Bhutan, the people of this amazing country opened their hearts to us and instilled in us a love for their country.  When we arrived in Paro, Mr. Kinga was there for us with bright Wind Horse sashes and a smile as big

    Mr. Kinga was there for us with bright Wind Horse sashes and a smile as big as the country. Concise Druk Path Trek  During our short stay in Bhutan, the people of this amazing country opened their hearts to us

  • Alexander G
    Encino, California, USA
    Jan 1970
    You did a phenomenal job organizing the whole trip and everything ran incredibly smoothly. ( You did a phenomenal job organizing the whole trip and everything ran incredibly smoothly.)
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  • Roger & Lyne P
    Longueuil,Canada
    Jan 1970
    Our guided tour to Bhutan was a great experience overall. ( Our guided tour to Bhutan was a great experience overall.)
    5 " Roger & Lyne P " Bhutan Tour with Druk Path Trek for Lyne & Roger TID: 746 (Feb 25 - March 03, 2014) Dear Anand, Many thanks for your e-mail and request for feedback. Our guided tour to Bhutan was a great experience overall. The quality of the guide, driver and trek assistants was outstanding and the

    Our guided tour to Bhutan was a great experience overall. Bhutan Tour with Druk Path Trek for Lyne & Roger TID: 746 (Feb 25 - March 03, 2014) Dear Anand, Many thanks

  • Ram Kumar S
    Arlington, MA, USA
    Jan 1970
    We had a great trip to Bhutan. The service was good and the entire trip went smoothly. ( We had a great trip to Bhutan. The service was good and the entire trip went smoothly.)
    5 " Ram Kumar S " TID-601 Druk Path Trek for Ramkumar & Dr. Maxie (Oct. 29-Nov 7, 2012) Hi Jambay and Ugyen. Hope all is well. We had a great trip to Bhutan. The service was good and the entire trip went smoothly. Thanks to you and your staff for organizing it. I finally posted pictures from the

    We had a great trip to Bhutan. The service was good and the entire trip went smoothly. TID-601 Druk Path Trek for Ramkumar & Dr. Maxie (Oct. 29-Nov 7, 2012) Hi Jambay and Ugyen. Hope all is well.

  • Jonathan G.
    Queenscliff, Australia
    Jan 1970
    We were very happy with all the hotels and all the restaurants we visited. The provision of equipment and food on the trek was superb. ( We were very happy with all the hotels and all the restaurants we visited. The provision of equipment and food on the trek was superb.)
    5 " Jonathan G. " TID 524 Jon & Nick Bhutan Tour with Druk Path Trek (Sept. 23 – Oct. 06, 2012) Dear Jambay, Kuzuzangbo la! Now we are safely back in Sydney I just wanted to write and let you know how happy we were with our trip to Bhutan. We had some wonderful experiences and have

    We were very happy with all the hotels and all the restaurants we visited. The provision of equipment and food on the trek was superb. TID 524 Jon & Nick Bhutan Tour with Druk Path Trek (Sept. 23 – Oct. 06, 2012) Dear Jambay, Kuzuzangbo la! Now we

  • Cindy
    Minnetonka, MN
    Mar 2011
    It’s been the experience of a lifetime given both trips and the friendships forged I think will endure. ( It’s been the experience of a lifetime given both trips and the friendships forged I think will endure.)
    5 " Cindy " Druk Path Trek March 2011 I so thoroughly enjoyed your West to East traverse cultural tour in October 2010 that I fell in love with Bhutan! Out of the 50 or so countries I have visited Bhutan is the most unique and untouched by Western society. I have lately returned from

    It’s been the experience of a lifetime given both trips and the friendships forged I think will endure. Druk Path Trek March 2011 I so thoroughly enjoyed your West to East traverse cultural tour in October 2010 that I

  • Moh Sim Y
    London, UK
    Jan 1970
    We had an amazing time and feel very privileged to have visited your beautiful and mystical country. ( We had an amazing time and feel very privileged to have visited your beautiful and mystical country.)
    5 " Moh Sim Y " Tsaluna Trek Bhutan( Reverse & concise version of Druk Path Trek) with group of 5 from UK and Malayasia Nov 20-28, 2009. Dear Ugen, Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for organising a journey of a lifetime! We had an amazing time and feel very privileged to have visited your

    We had an amazing time and feel very privileged to have visited your beautiful and mystical country. Tsaluna Trek Bhutan( Reverse & concise version of Druk Path Trek) with group of 5 from UK and Malayasia Nov

  • Graham D
    Cape Town, South Africa
    Jan 1970
    Its difficulty to express just how wonderful our trip was and how beautiful your country and the people of Bhutan are ( Its difficulty to express just how wonderful our trip was and how beautiful your country and the people of Bhutan are)
    5 " Graham D " TID-606: Druk Path Trek (March 25-April 04, 2013.Hi Jambay,Urgen and Widhorse team, Firstly, my apologies for the late reply. It’s all been pretty hectic since I returned. I was also in India for 5 days doing some business so only returned on Wednesday last week. You guys were fantastic and of course

    Its difficulty to express just how wonderful our trip was and how beautiful your country and the people of Bhutan are TID-606: Druk Path Trek (March 25-April 04, 2013.Hi Jambay,Urgen and Widhorse team, Firstly, my apologies for the late reply. It’s all

  • Christine F
    Dover Heights, NSW, Australia
    Apr 2009
    We have just returned from an excellent holiday with Windhorse in Bhutan and would like to thank you for the great experience. ( We have just returned from an excellent holiday with Windhorse in Bhutan and would like to thank you for the great experience.)
    5 " Christine F " Dear Windhorse Directors, We have just returned from an excellent holiday with Windhorse in Bhutan and would like to thank you for the great experience. We had 5 days "Cultural tour " as a group of 6 people, followed by 5 days on the Druk Path Trek (just George and

    We have just returned from an excellent holiday with Windhorse in Bhutan and would like to thank you for the great experience. Dear Windhorse Directors, We have just returned from an excellent holiday with Windhorse in Bhutan and would like to thank

  • Fiona Harrison
    Australia (Currently residing in Bangkok, Thailand)
    Jan 1970
    Bhutan is a fascinating country and very beautiful…. why not go and find out yourselves? ( Bhutan is a fascinating country and very beautiful…. why not go and find out yourselves?)
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    Bhutan is a fascinating country and very beautiful…. why not go and find out yourselves? To potential travelers in Bhutan, I would highly recommend the services of Windhorse Tours. They are a highly professional, organised