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Druk Path Trek


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 : 10 Days (05 Days of Trekking)

Max. Altitude : 3880 m

Commences At : Bagdogra

Ends At : Bagdogra

  • Arrival in bagdogra and drive to Pheuntsholing for an overnight stay.
  • Drive from Phuentsholing to Paro & visa formalities.
  • Taktsang Monastery / Hike to Tigers Nest
  • Trek to Janchulakha
  • Trek to Jimilangtsho
  • Trek to Labana
  • Trek from Labana to Thimpu
  • Drive to Punakha Valley
  • Drive from Punakha to Phuentsholing & continue to Bagdogra
  • Departure


Our representative will receive you at the Bagdogra airport in your respective group and transfer you to Pheuntsholing where you will be spending the night in a standard hotel. This drive will take us around 4-5 hours approximately.
In the morning, our team will assist you to complete the On arrival visa formality and processing at the Phuentsholing check post. After completing the procedure and procuring visa's for everyone, we will drive to Paro. This drive will take us around 5 - 5.5 hours. Once we reach Paro you can check-in to your room and spend the day resting or strolling around the town.
In the morning, our team will take you to the trail-head for a hike to the iconic Takstang (tiger’s nest) monastery. This hike is expected to take 2 - 3 hours to get to the top. After visiting the monastery and having lunch en-route, it takes up most of our day. In the evening, you can continue to cover any missed-out sights in Paro valley. We spend another night at our hotel in the valley.
Today, we will cover a distance of almost 18 km and can expect a walking time of 6-7 hours. Starting at Paro Demchena, we cross the famous Jele Dzong at around 3450 M. The trail takes us through thick alpine forest and rhododendrons trees and most of the walking is up and down on a ridge. The route is a rather gradual climb till the camp and if the weather is clear, Paro valley can be seen with Mt. Jumolhari (7314m). We will able to witness mesmerizing views of snowcapped mountains behind the valley. Around late afternoon, we reach our campsite at Jangchulakha (3780mtrs).
We will be covering a distance of almost 12 kilometers today and the expected walking time will be around 4-5 hours. Starting at Jangchulakha at 3780m we will be gaining some altitude during the day and then walk through a gradual decline for our campsite, situated at an altitude of 3880 meters. The trail follows the ridge and on clear day the views of the mountains and valley are beautiful, in particular the Jichu Drake (6989m). Our camp site for today is close to the beautiful lake of Jimilangtso. These lakes are known for their giant sized trouts.
Today we will be covering a distance of 15 Kilometers, which will take us a walking time of around 5-6 hours. Starting at Jimilangtsho (3880m) we make our journey to our beautiful campsite at Labana (4130m). Today the trail takes us through dwarf Rhododendrons trees and we also pass by the lake of Janye Tsho. We will also come across some Yak herder’s camp and have an opportunity to exchange with these locals and find out more about how they live with families in the region. After spending few minutes with the herders and resting a little, we make our way to cross the Simkota Lake to reach our campsite at Labana. This route is a blend of uphill and declines and mostly rocky, so we make sure we are careful with ourselves.
We have an early breakfast today at our campsite and begin with a gradual climb up to Labana pass (4210m), which is also the highest elevation of our trek. From our camp site, if weather permits we will be able see the same view of Mt. Gangkhar Punsum (7541m) the highest mountain in Bhutan & Mt. Kanchenjunga third highest peak in the world, while we admire the view of the Thimphu valley below. After trekking for another 4-5 kilometers we will reach the Phajoding village. This village has various Monasteries that we can pay a visit to. Post the visit to the monastery we continue down to Thimphu, which is majorly a downhill trail through a forested area of mostly Blue pine. Even if we take a leisurely pace we can reach Thimphu in about 3/3.5 hours and then go for a nice hot shower and lunch in the town.
Today, post an early breakfast we leave for Punakha valley. The day calls in for a dramatic drive over the high mountain pass of Dochu La pass and on to the way to Punakha. The en-route sights include one of Bhutan’s first fortress monasteries, the 17th century Simtokha Dzong, the ancient wall paintings at the Hongtsho Goemba monastery and the newly built “Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chortens”, a unique cluster of 108 Namgyal Khangzang Chortens that spiral up to a main monument Chorten. This is a tribute and monument to the selfless service and visionary leadership of His Majesty the King. We reach Punkha in the afternoon, post which, you will have the day to do some sigh seeing in the valley. There is a famous Punakha Dzong which is a must visit. The valley is also home to some beautiful rice terraces, local markets and some great restaurants to enjoy authentic Bhutanese cuisine.
Today again, we take an early start as we have a long driving day ahead of us! We start from Punakha and make our way towards Phuentsholing. This drive will roughly take us about 5.5 to 6 hours. We will stop on the way and some 2 short breaks for tea/snack centers and use of public washrooms etc. After reaching Phuentsholing we would have covered a little more than 50% of our drive. Our drive from Phuentsholing to Bagdogra will take us another 4/4.5 hours. On reaching Bagdogra, you will have two options - either to take a hotel and spend a night in the city, or to directly go to the airport for your departure, depending on your flight schedule.
In case you have decided to spend a hotel night in Bagdogra on Day 9, today will be your day of departure. Our team will drop you at the airport, in your respective group.

Package Details


  • Bhutan trekking permits.
  • Airport pickup and drop. All ground transportation.
  • On arrival visa proceesing fee for Indian Passport holders.
  • 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 etc.
  • Mules to carry luggage.
  • Basic Medical Kit
  • Support Staffs – Trekking Guide, Cook and assistants, Horseman.


  • Flights in and out of Bhutan.
  • Lunch and Dinner during Hotel stay.
  • Hotel night in Bagdogra on return.
  • Personal trekking gears, clothing items, trekking accessories.
  • Monument entry fees
  • Tips to staff
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical evacuation expenses 
  • Individual pickup/drop
  • Single occupancy tent/hotel
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.


  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


  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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