There is no better way to explore Bhutan and its diversity than to embark on the Druk Path Trek that offers a mixture of majestic mountain scenery and architectural diversity into one. If you are short on time and if you want to cross the chain of the mountains which separates Paro and Thimpu, then the Druk Path Trek is perfect for you. The trek takes us past ruined forts, windy ridges, spectacular mountain scenery and architectural delights, to give a clear picture about what Bhutan is made of.

The Druk Path trek traverses a less trodden route, with wonderful, azure blue lakes teeming with spectacular looking fish. Walk past rhododendron forests showcasing their red colors in full bloom in spring. Take part in the Druk Path trek in late autumn and winter, and the views of the perfect looking Himalaya's will set your hearts ablaze with its beauty.

The Druk Path Trek is an excellent choice for first-time trekkers with good physique. Walk to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery or plan your trip around a major festival to witness the delights of cultural diversity in Bhutan. Try archery, or simply explore the happiest country in the world with your own eyes.

  1. Day Arrival in Paro (2190m)

    Today, we arrive in the beautiful city of Paro via the Druk Air or private airline, which is the only national carrier. After experiencing the beauty of mountain scenery and green landscapes on the flight, it is time to be transferred to the hotel and spend the afternoon relaxing in the premises of the hotel.

  2. Day Hike to Taktsang Monastery

    The uphill hike to Taktsang monastery is totally worthwhile as it is believed to be the spot where saint Padmasambhava came flying on a tigress and meditated in its cave. This is a local pilgrimage site and a serene location visited by many Bhutanese inhabitants.

  3. Day Trek from Paro to Jele Dzong (3100m)

    This day marks the start of the incredible trekking journey. Relax and enjoy the scenery of the Paro Valley as we drive to Ta Dzong. From here it is a gradual uphill walk to Jele Dzong. Approximately 4 to 5 hours of walk.

  4. Day Trek from Jele Dzong to Jangchulakhang (3650m)

    The trek starts off with a gradual uphill walk through rhododendron trees. We pass through yak herding areas to reach Jangchulakhang with fine views of the Chomolhari cheering us on. Approximately 3 to 4 hours of walk.

  5. Day Trek from Jangchulakhang to Jigmelangtsho (3600m)

    Today, we pass through a clear path that offers, even more, close up view of the Himalayan vista of Jichu Drake (6989m). We reach Jigmelangtsho, home to a lake filled with giant salmon trouts. Approximately 5 to 6 hours of walk.

  6. Day Trek from Jigmelangtsho to Phajoding (3500m)

    The trail today too passes through several dwarf rhododendron shrubs and through two lakes to reach Phajoding. Phajoding is home to the majestic views of the perfect, snowy peak of Mt. Gangkar Phunsum, the highest one in Bhutan. Approximately 6 to 7 hours of walk.

  7. Day Trek from Phajoding to Thimpu (2320m)

    This day is the easiest one when it comes to trekking. We descend down the pine forests to reach the capital of Bhutan, Thimpu. The afternoon can be spent in sightseeing around the incredible locations of Thimpu. Approximately 3 hours of walk.

  8. Day Visit Punakha

    Punakha is home to several locations worth visiting. We will be visiting the painting school, handicraft and goldsmith workshop centers, Wangdue Dzong as well as the National Library. The eastern Himalayan ranges appear in their full glory on this drive. Approximately 3 hours of drive.

  9. Day Drive from Thimpu to Paro

    After some sightseeing around Thimpu in the traditional painting school, Takin Preserve, Kuenselphodrang, and Tashicchodzong, it is finally time to return back to Paro on a drive. Approximately 4 to 5 hours of drive.

  10. Day Sightseeing in Paro

    Paro is home to several worthy locations to visit. Today, we explore the ruined fortress of the Drugyeldzong, explore the Ta Dzong in the lower valley, explore the National Museum and walk to RinpungDzong, with the view of the perfect looking Mt. Chomolhari offering a delightful backdrop.

  11. Day Depart transfer

    After witnessing all the aspects that make Bhutan so special, it is finally time to bid goodbye to this less trodden but highly adventurous nation, only with the promise to return back for more.

  • Day Arrival in Paro (2190m)

    Today you arrive in the beautiful city of Paro via the national carrier, the Druk Air or private airline. After being received by the representative and being transferred to the hotel, the remaining time can be utilized in resting around the premises of the hotel, or in sightseeing around the perfect location of Paro.

    • Lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at hotel in Paro
  • Day Hike to Taktsang Monastery

    The Taktsang views, known better as the Tiger Nest Monastery, is one of the most beautiful and the most visited locations in Bhutan. The hike to the monastery is totally worthwhile as the views of the massive structure, handing on the side of a cliff, is surely not a picture to be forgotten.

    According to a myth, Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to this place, to meditate in the cave for 3 months. This monastery is considered to be a pilgrimage spot for many Bhutanese, who believe that visiting this place is absolutely essential. The monastic complex contains the Lhakhang monastery which is said to have been created back on 1692. After returning from the monastery, the remaining of the day can be spent in sightseeing around missed locations in Paro.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at hotel in Paro
  • Day Trek from Paro to Jele Dzong (3100m)

    This day marks the beginning of the spectacular trekking journey. This day is a short trekking day. The day starts off with a short climb to the Jele Dzong. The trekking trail ascends gradually. The passage to the top rewards us with virwes of the perfect mountain scenery behind us and the clean Paro valley glistening down below. We pass through forests of pine to reach camp. The camp is set to a renovated Jele dzong. We listen to the stories about the dzong and spend our night under the open stars in a camp. Shortly above the dzong is the Jele-la-pass which offers even better views of the mountain vista. A Lhakhang, with a statue of Buddha Sakyamuni, is situated close by and can be visited too. Approximately 4 to 5 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at tented camp
  • Day Trek from Jele Dzong to Jangchulakhang (3650m)

    This is another easy day as the walk uphill is a gradual one. The trail takes us past rhododendron forests. On spring, the rhododendrons are in full bloom, causing the entire area to have a reddish glow. We cross through yak grazing areas and might even come across yaks and yak herders in the winter season.  Fine views of Chomolhari will cheer us along the path and other now capped peaks begin to take formation as we move upward gradually. Monal pheasants calling during your passage through their residing areas are a phoenomen that will make you feel close to nature on this day. We camp in Jangchulakhang today. Approximately 3 to 4 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at tented camp
  • Day Trek from Jangchulakhang to Jigmelangtsho (3600m)

    This trekking day offers sensational views of the Himalayan vista at a distance. The trail follows the path through a ridge. On a short day, the picturesque views of the snow mountain peaks are surely worth capturing trekking a canvas. The most prominent view if that of the Jichu Drake standing tall at the altitude of 6989m. Forests peak represents the protective deity of Paro.

    After witnessing the view of the perfect picks from the top, the trail descends a little to reach a lake in Jigmelangtsho. The lake is known best for its abundance of great salmon trout. The camp will be set near the lake. Approximately 5 to 6 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at tented camp
  • Day Trek from Jigmelangtsho to Phajoding (3500m)

    Today, the forests of rhododendron are dwarf and look like shrubs. We pass two lakes on our way to Phajoding today. The trail is a smooth one unless we cross the two lakes. After this point, the trail ascends gradually. On the top, majestic views of the perfect, snowy and flaky tops of the Mt. Gangkar Punsum (7520m) cheers us on. This mountain is the highest one in Bhutan.

    After witnessing the close-up views of Gangkar Mountain, we continue our walk. The path now is a gradual and straight one after which a steep descend through juniper trees to Phajoding camp. Phajoding camp offers the glistening views of the bowl-shaped valley of Thimpu. We stay overnight in a camp. Approximately 6 to 7 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at tented camp
  • Day Trek from Phajoding to Thimpu (2320m)

    This is the easiest and one of the most exciting days of the trekking journey as we reach the capital of Bhutan, Thimpu today. The trek down to Thimpu is a downhill walk through forests made of pine. A leisurely pace will bring you down to Thimpu in about 3 hours.

    In the afternoon, there are several mind-boggling locations in Thimpu to visit. Thimpu is home to the School of Traditional Painting of Arts and Crafts. Students here undergo a six-year course to learn the 13 traditional arts and crafts in Bhutan. Visiting this site is surely set to make your minds wonder about the exquisite art created by the students here.

    Another worthy location to visit is the Takin Preserve, which is home to the national animal of this country, Takin. Takin is found only in Bhutan and is a rare member of the goat family. Takin live on grass and bamboo and are exceptional looking creatures worth visiting. Another location to visit is the Kuensel phodrang. It houses the largest Buddha statue in Bhutan. It is situated on a hillock, which overlooks down to the Thimpu valley.

    Tashiccho dzong, also known as “the fortress of the glorious religion" is the center of the government and religion site.  This fortress was built of 1641 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and was made without nails or architectural plans. Approximately 3 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at hotel in Thimpu
  • Day Visit Punakha

    Today, we will visit the city of Punakha by embarking on a drive from Thimpu. We reach Punakha through the Dochula Pass (3088m). Punakha panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks are vividly visible from the Dochula Pass. This pass also showcases the 108 Stupas built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck at a distance. While in Dochula Pass, a major attraction worth visiting is the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang temple.

    On the way to Punakha, we also drop off at the Lobesa Village to explore the Devine Madman’s Monastery, known locally as the Chhimi Lhakhang, this temple is known best for its fertility shrine, where it is believed that prayers related to fertility become true.

    After witnessing the beauty of the Lobesa village, we will reach the PunakhaDzong located on the island of the male river (Pho-Chu) and the female river (Mo-Chu). The dzong had been damaged bu catastrophic fires and an earthquake in the past but has been restored to its former glory. The highest standards of intricate woodwork can be viewed in this architecturally rich location.  We will also visit the massive Kuenray. Keunrayis the Coronation Hall of Bhutanese Kings. After witnessing the spectacles of Punkaha, we return back to Thimpu, content and happy.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at hotel in Thimpu
  • Day Drive from Thimpu to Paro

    After some sightseeing around Thimpu in the locations we missed out earlier, it is finally time to return back to Paro on a drive. The drive is a beautiful one as we cross mountains scenery and through green grasslands. Approximately 4 to 5 hours of drive.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at hotel in Paro
  • Day Sightseeing in Paro

    Paro is home to several sightseeing locations, which can be visited depending upon the time available.

    To explore the lifestyle of a farmer, it is a good idea to visit the Farm House in the Paro valley. Another special location worth visiting is the Paro Rinpung Dzong. A dzong is basically a fortress. The dzong was built in the year 1645 to ward off the Tibetan invaders. The dzong currently works as a school for monks as well as an administrative center. From here, one can walk down the Rimpung Bridge, which is the oldest bridge in Bhutan.

    Another important location is the Kyichu Temple, which was built by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo, along with 108 other temples in the 7th century. According to myths, a giant demon lay across the whole area of Tibet visit and the 108 temples were created toward her off.  The ruined fortress of the Drugyeldzong is a strategic location worth visiting too.

    Another sightseeing location is the Ta-Dzong which was housed in the National museum on the 1960’s. There are seven floors in the museum, each signifying separate aspects of Bhutanese culture and history. Local handicraft shops, displaying exquisitely carved handicraft, is another added attraction in Paro. All the sightseeing locations are made even more cheerful by the backdrop of the beautiful Mount Chomolhari (7320m) shining down at us.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at hotel in Paro
  • Day Depart transfer

    After witnessing all the aspects that make Bhutan so phenomenon, it is finally time to bid goodbye to this less trodden but highly adventurous nation. The Bhutan trek has finally come to an end and it is time to leave the country via the Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines only with the promise to return back for more.

    • Breakfast included

Trip Info

  • Accommodation & meals

    • Four or Five star hotel accommodations on room sharing basis during the trip. 
    • 4 nights in full organise camping.       
    • Full board basis during the trip (Lunch will be served outside hotel during sightseeing in a local tourist restaurant.)

     

  • What's included

    • Sightseeing with an English speaking guide as per the program
    • Entrance fee
    • Bhutan visa fee.
    • First Aid Kit.
    • All Govt. taxes including service charges.

     

  • What's not included

    • Emergency evacuation fee
    • International airfare
    • Personal Insurance
    • Personal expenses (Alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc)
    • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation

    All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle.

  • Visa & documentation

    A visa is required to visit Bhutan, and Makalu Travels will organize it. The cost of the necessary visa for Bhutan is US$ 40 and entrance Fee and TDF (Tourism Development Fund) $10. To apply for a visa, you will need a clear copy of your passport. Passport is essential when applying for a visa in Bhutan before your arrival. You should make sure that the copy of the passport is received by us no later than six weeks before departure. The passport copy can be scanned or sent by post. The passport’s copy needs to be very clear and should be in color. Passport should be valid for more than six months while doing a tour. 

    If you are in need of a new passport for the trip, then this should be applied for immediately too. You can send us a copy or scanned document of the new passport. It is mandatory that the information you give us is 100% correct. The copy of the passport that you send us should be the actual one that you will use when traveling to Bhutan. Visa regulations, however, can change without notice. We hence recommend you to check the current regulations before moving forward with the visa procedures.

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in Nepal.

     

    Clothing

    • Heavy down jackets  (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Lightweight down jackets
    • Hiking boots (well broken in)
    • Woolen socks (a few pairs of different thickness)
    • Slippers
    • Walking sneakers
    • Lightweight trekking pants/trousers
    • Lightweight thermal legging
    • Trekking shorts
    • T-shirts (long sleeve & short sleeve)
    • Under garments
    • Waterproof jacket and trouser/raincoat
    • Sun hat
    • Woolen/fleece hat 
    • Scarf
    • Warm gloves
    • Sweaters
    • Ear warmer

     

    Trekking Gears & Accessories

    • Backpack 
    • Hiking poles
    • Sleeping bag (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Sleep liner
    • Sunglasses
    • Water bottles 
    • Head lamp with extra batteries
    • Camera and extra batteries and lenses
    • Waist bag
    • Daypack and cover
    • Dry packs (essential for keeping your valuables dry)
    • Water purification (pump, tablets or steripen)
    • Maps (can be brought in Kathmandu)
    • Reading materials

     

    Personal supplies

    • Sun screen
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toiletries
    • Wet wipes & tissues
    • Feminine hygeine products
    • Anti-itching cream/powder
    • Medications (don't forget to carry adequate supply of your prescription medicines)
    • Deodrants 
    • Moisturizers 
    • Energy bars

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