The Druk Path is a popular trek as it is short and relatively easy. It is an ancient route that begins from Paro and ends in Thimphu or the other way round. The trails on this trek go as high as 3800m above sea level and take us through alpine and rhododendron forests and fields of wild flowers. The view of the mountains is spectacular along the way and we see many old monasteries and beautiful lakes and spend the nights in our tents sometimes at Yak herder’s camps. The memories you take back are priceless and will last a lifetime. The duration is of the trip is 10 days but it can be reduced to 9 days.
Day 01 Arrive at Paro
You will be received by a representative of Far East Himalaya Tours and Travels at the airport from where you will be driven to your hotel. In the afternoon after a visit to the Rinpung Dzong (fortress/monastery) the rest of the day may be spent at leisure with a stroll through the town. End the day with a welcome dinner back at the hotel.
Day 02 Paro (Sightseeing)
Drive to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong in the morning to take in the view of the valley and other sights along the way such as the famous Tiger’s Den Monastery perched precariously upon a cliff and other temples and monasteries. In the afternoon visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang (temple) and the National Museum which is housed in an ancient watch tower then stroll through a typical Bhutanese village and visit a farmhouse to experience the life of the local farmer with butter tea and local snacks. Return to the hotel for the night.
Day 03 Paro – Jele Dzong:
Distance – 7 Kms. (Alt. 3350m).
The trek begins today from Paro. Today’s trek is short with the trail ascending gradually to the camp. On a clear day, Paro valley can be viewed from the trail with the snowcapped Mt. Jumolhari in the distant background.
Day 04 Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha:
Distance – 10 Kms. (Alt. 3500m).
We climb initially for about an hour and half as the trail winds through thick alpine rhododendron forests. You often see Yak herders near the camp site beside the river.
Day 05 Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso:
Distance 11 Kms. (Alt. 3700m).
Today the trail follows the ridge. The trek is highlighted with beautiful views of the mountains and the valley floor. The camp is near Lake Jimilangtso for the night.
Day 06 Jimilangtso – Simkota:
Distance – 11 Kms. (Alt. 3850m).
On the sixth day, the trail takes us through dwarf rhododendron forests and past Lake Janetso. You might catch sight of Yak herder camps along the way. For the night, the camp site is near Simkota Lake.
Day 07 Simkota – Phajoding:
Distance – 10 Kms. (Alt. 3400m).
The trek continues along a gradual climb and on a clear day Mt. Gangkhar Punsum can be seen. The trail then gradually descends to Phajoding where we camp for the night.
Day 08 Phajoding – Thimphu:
Distance – 8 Kms.
We finally trek down to Thimphu through Blue pine forests. It is a leisurely walk down to the hotel.
Day 09 Thimphu
Thimphu valley sightseeing includes a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, the Nunnery at Zilukha, the Folk Heritage museum and the Textile Museum. Later in the evening drive back to Paro or remain in Thimphu. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 Paro – Airport Morning drive to Paro international airport for your onward journey home