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Bhutan
Druk Path Trek

Overview

Trekking in Bhutan is an enduring, timeless and true wilderness experience. The Druk Path Trek is a short four-day trek that is a great introduction to trekking in Bhutan. The trek starts from Paro, where the airport is located and ends at Thimphu the capital of Bhutan. For the most part, it follows the traditional mule route between Thimphu and Paro, walking along the ridges. On its way, it crosses stunning countryside passing blue pine forests, dwarf rhododendrons, high ridges and crystal clear lakes.

As this is a short trek the trip includes the very best of the other things to do in Bhutan, including hiking to the Tiger's Nest Monastery and a full tour of Thimphu.

The best times to hike the Druk Path are between March-June and September-November.

Quick Facts

Best Time : March-June and September-November.

Duration : 09 Days (05 Days of Trekking)

Max. Altitude : 4210 m

Commences At : Paro

Ends At : Thimphu

  • Arrival in Paro. Hotel check-in, Visit Paro Dzong, National Museum, Explore town.
  • Paro – Hike to Tiger Nest Temple, Visit Kyichu Lhakhang
  • Paro. Rest and preparation for the trek
  • Trek to Jele Dzong.
  • Trek to Jangchulakha.
  • Trek to Jimilangtsho
  • Trek to Simkota
  • Trek to Pajoding-Thimphu
  • In Thimphu. Sightseeing

Contact

Our representative will receive you at the airport and transfer you to your stay in Paro. Post Lunch, we will tour the serene Paro valley. Most probably we will be able to cover a visit of the Ta Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan. Then visit Rinphung Dzong (fortress monastery), which currently houses the district office, local court and the regional monastic body. Later take a short walk from the Dzong towards charming Paro town through a wooden cantilever bridge. You may get to have a peek at the ongoing archery session along the way. Overnight at hotel in Paro.
In the morning, we will transfer you to the trail-head for a hike to the iconic Takstang (tiger’s nest) monastery, which is expected to take 2-3hrs to get to the top. After visiting the monastery and having lunch en-route, it takes up most of our day. In the evening, cover any missed-out sights in Paro valley. Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Today morning we will visit other attractions such as the Kyichu Temple complex and Dungtse Lhakhang temple. If you wish you can try archery which our guide will arrange for you. In the afternoon we will have a briefing for the next day’s trek. You have the evening to yourself. Overnight hotel in Paro.
From your hotel in Paro, transfer to the trail head near Ta Dzong museum and begin trekking. The trail continues steeply up through the forest. Just before reaching a small pass below the Dzong, the route opens up a bit. If the weather is clear the Paro valley can be seen, with snow- capped mountains rising behind. There is also a lhakhang containing a statue of Buddha Sakyamuni. Camp at 3570m near Jele Dzong. Overnight at camp.
Today we will visit the Jele Dzong and trek along the ridges with the views of Paro’s valleys. The trail takes us through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. Weather permitting, we will have beautiful views of the Black Mountains and Chomolhari, and other snow-capped peaks. Monal pheasants can be heard calling during the day and we may see the nomadic yak herders moving along the trails. Overnight at camp.
The trail continues to follow the ridge and on a clear day there are surreal views of snowy peaks on the north and a grand view down into the valleys. There will be a lot of ascent and descent today as we climb up the main ridge again before dropping down to cross over to the other side of the valley as we make our way towards Thimphu. We will enjoy a great view of Jichu Drake (6,989m), the peak representing the protective deity of Paro, before settling for the day at our camp, close to the second glacial lake of Jimgelang Tsho, famous for its giant trout. If we are lucky we may get to see herds of yaks cooling off. Overnight at camp.
Today, we climb up gradually up to 4150 m and descend to our campsite at 4110 m overlooking another lake. You may get a chance to visit Yak herders camp along the way. On our way, many beautiful lakes are visible and we pass through a wide stone path between rhododendron bushes. Overnight stay at camp.
Post breakfast, we gradually trek up to the hill and climb to Labanla pass at 4210m, after which the trail makes a long and steep descent past Thujidrag to Phajoding. After visiting the temples and monasteries in Phajoding, we continue our trek to Thimphu valley. Overnight stay at Hotel in Thimphu.
We spend our day visiting some heritage sites in Thimphu including the visit to Memorial chorten, Takin Sanctuary, School of art and craft, Weekend market, Tashi chodzong, Zilukha Nunnery, Tallest Buddha statue, Handmade paper factory. Overnight stay at Hotel in Thimphu.

Package Details

TRIP COST INCLUDES

  • Bhutan route permits.
  • Airport pickup and drop. All ground transportation.
  • Accommodation in Standard Hotels on Twin sharing basis (with breakfast)
  • Accommodation in tents on twin sharing basis (with all meals during trek)
  • Trekking equipment such as Personal Tents, Kitchen and Dining tent, Mattresses,
  • Thermal Pads, Blow pillow, Hot-water bag.
  • Mules to carry luggage and additional riding pony for emergency
  • Basic Medical Kit
  • Support Staffs – Trekking Guide, Cook and assistants, Horseman

TRIP COST EXCLUDES

  • Flights in and out of Bhutan.
  • Lunch and Dinner during Hotel stay.
  • Personal trekking gears such as sleeping bag, clothing items, trekking accessories.
  • Monument entry fees
  • Tips to staff
  • Travel insurance
Extreme temperature variations, high altitude, snow glare & proximity to sun are certain factors which necessitate the need to for proper mountaineering equipment. In order to enjoy your experience in the mountains, we have recommended that you carry the following with you.

Apparels

  1. Trekking Boots / Shoes (preferably up to ankle length & water resistant)
  2. Multiple pairs of cotton and woolen socks (at least 5-6 pairs of each)
  3. Track Pants for comfortable trekking, Denims to be avoided. (At least 3-4)
  4. Thermal inners and sweater / warm sweat shirt (1 each)
  5. Cotton T-shirts (5 to 6 minimum)
  6. Water proof jacket/windcheater
  7. Warm thermal jacket
  8. 01 Peak Cap + at least 01 Woolen Cap
  9. 02 pair of warm gloves (Liners and outer)
  10. One pair floaters

Accessories

  1. Air bag / Duffel bag / Rucksack (No Suitcases during the trek)
  2. Day Back Pack + Drinking Water Bottle 1 Litre
  3. Torch + Batteries
  4. Sleeping Bag
  5. Knee / Ankle / Wrist Guards (if required)
  6. Nail Cutter / Pocket / Pen Knife
  7. Cold cream
  8. Hand sanitizer
  9. Chap-stick / Vaseline
  10. Personal toiletries (Tooth Paste / Toilet Paper / Wet Wipes or Baby Wipes etc.)
  11. Medical kit (With basic medicines for headache, upset stomach, sour throat, water purification tablets/drops, band aids, painkillers & Moov/ Iodex, Vics Vaporub, D-Cold etc.)
  12. Any personal medication (Individual specific)
  13. High energy snacks like Dry fruits, Bars of chocolate, Tang, glucose etc.
  14. Good quality Sun shades.
  15. Sun block (SPF40+)
We recommend the following schedule to the participants
  1. WEEK ONE/TWO: The participants should be develop the habit of being able to get up in the morning and run / brisk walk  for a minimum of 3-4 Km at least 4-5 days a week. This would represent at least 20-25 minutes of cardio exercise. Though difficult at first, keep at it. You can stop and take breaks as well.  During the day, you should get into the habit of avoiding elevators and taking the steps. You should be able to climb at least 4/5 flights of steps daily. (Avoid going down steps too fast as this could result in some knee injuries). If you Don’t enjoy running and are into some other sport like cycling or swimming, spend about 45 mins cycling or about 600 – 800 mts of swimming for at least 4 days a week.
  2. WEEK THREE/FOUR: Assuming you have successfully survived week one and are consistent with your exercise, you can take up the pace a notch. Increase your distance to 5/6 kms per day and 5 times a week, you can additionally go to a gym. Avoid heavy weight training. Focus more on a core workout. These are your muscle groups that run along the length of your body and helps maintain your posture and sustains you during your long hours of working.
  3. WEEK FIVE/SIX: In addition to the week two exercise, one additional feature you should add in Week three is walking for half an hour during the evenings with a backpack on carrying 3-4 kgs. This could be 2lts of water, some snacks, a jacket etc. This will help strengthen your back and shoulders thus preparing you for the long hours of trekking. If you don’t want to just simply walk, also try increasing your time on climbing flight of steps. As compared to week one, you should aim to be able to climb 10-12 flight of stairs comfortably.
  4. WEEK SEVEN/EIGHT: Sustenance. Keep up the tempo, sustain the workout. Try avoiding doing anything very rigorous but be consistent with morning and evening walks/runs and climbing flight of stairs.
  5. WEEK NINE: Sustain the workout. Increase only if you feel comfortable. Start doing an additional 10-15 mins of climbing stairs in the morning/evening with a daypack of 2-3 Kg; about 30-35 floors once a day should help increase the stamina and endurance considerably.

Please remember, consistency is the Key here. Do not do anything to exert yourself or something that will increase chances of Injury. Running / brisk walking 4-5 kms for 5 days in a week is far better than running a 20 km on one day of the week and injuring your Knee/Ligaments in the process. If you can be consistent with above mentioned schedule, The Druk Path Trek, though physically challenging, will become a pleasant and enjoyable experience for you. Feel free to call us or mail us in case you want more details on how to prepare for this trek!

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