Druk Path Trek

Druk Path Trek
Activity
Trekking/Cultural Tours
Destination
Bhutan
  • Trip Grade
    Easy 
  • Max Altitude
    3700m
  • Group Size
    Min. 2 Pax 
  • Meals
    B.L.D 
  • Accommodation
    Hotel/Camp 
  • Best Time
    March to May and Sept to Dec 
Top Seller
All Inclusive Price: $2,540USD

Trip Overview

Druk Path Trek takes you on a thrilling trekking adventure across one of Bhutan’s most famous trekking trails. The trail cuts through isolated monasteries, pristine forests, exposed ridges, mountain lakes, and green pastures. You will be camping at picturesque sites that offer panoramic views of Bhutan’s highest mountains – Gangkhar Puensum, Jomolhari, Kula Kangri, and Jichu Drake.

The Druk Path foot trail was once the lifeline of Bhutanese living in Thimphu and Paro. Before roads were built, this was the only route connecting the two important cities.  Now, this scenic trail is used by tourists, yak, and sheep herders.

Your trip begins with a memorable flight across the high Himalayan mountains. The landing at Paro International Airport, the only international airport in Bhutan, is bound to leave you breathless as the plane taxis down a narrow runway set in the middle of the mountains. Your Bhutanese guide will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.

You spend the first two days in Paro exploring the city and taking an acclimatization hike. The hike to Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest is an unforgettable experience. After a grueling ascent through a beautiful pine forest, you arrive at the Taktsang Monastery. Perched on the side of a rocky cliff this magnificent monastery is said to be the meditation retreat of Guru Rimpoche or Padmasambhava.

Your trek begins on the third day of your trip. To reach the trailhead you drive past Ta Dzong and National Museum and take a steep ascent on a rough jeep track. You start walking from the point where the road ends. The kitchen crew and a mule train will be waiting at the trailhead to carry the heavy loads.

The first day’s trek ends at Jele Dzong, a small traditional fortress sitting on top of a hill. Sweeping views of Paro Valley and Mount Jomolhari will keep you inspired. The trail meanders past traditional farms, apple orchards, and forests of blue pine and fir. Breathe in the pure air and soak up the natural ambiance.

From the second day onwards you will be following a trail devoid of human habitation. The raw nature and magnificent views of the mountains are sure to melt away any stress you feel. Over the next two days, you will walk through an up and down trail to Jangchulakha, Jimilangtsho, Langrithang, and Tsaluna. En route, cross rhododendron and cedar forests, summer camps of yak herders, and glacial lakes. It gets colder in the higher reaches, so one should be dressed in appropriate clothes.

From Langrithang you descend to Tasluna and then walk down to the highway of Thimphu. After spending a night in Thimphu, you will be driven to Paro International Airport to catch your flight to your next destination.

The best seasons for the Druk Path Trek are spring and autumn. The weather remains pleasant during this time. As there is less precipitation and fog, the sky remains clear and you can enjoy clear views of the mountains. You need to have some hiking and trekking experience to do this trek. You also need to be physically fit and possess a high level of endurance, as this trek involves walking at elevations above 3500 meters.

This is a fully organized camping trek. An experienced trekking guide and kitchen crew will be trekking with you. They will provide nutritious meals and set up camp for the trekking group.

Druk Path Trek is one of the easiest and shortest Himalayan treks in Bhutan. If you want to experience the gorgeous Bhutanese mountains and forests on foot then this is the trip for you.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Paro

Day 02: Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Day 03: Paro-Jele Dzong (10 km, 4-5 hours, ascent 1090m.) Trek starts

Day 04: Jele Dzong-Jangchulakha (10 km, 4 hours, ascent 310m, descent 50m.)

Day 05: Jangchulakha-Jimilangtsho-Langrithang (15 km, 4-5 hours, ascent 330m, descent 310m.)

Day 06: Langrithang-Tsaluna-Thimphu (11 km, 4 hours, descent 800m.) Trek ends

Day 07: Thimphu-Paro Depart Paro

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Assistance in acquiring Bhutan visa and visa fee
  • Accommodation at a 3-star category hotel in Paro and Thimpu, approved by Bhutanese Government
  • Single room surcharge when travelling 2 people in a group
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and tours
  • Tented accommodation during the trek,
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no. of porters with their meals, salary and insurance
  • Mineral water will be supplied during the tour and boiled water during the trek
  • All applicable government taxes and tourist service charges
  • Our office expenses and service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary”
  • International flights
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee
  • Personal shopping, internet/Phone bill, and laundry
  • Pony service and porters
  • Entrance fees at the temple and monuments during the tours
  • Tips for tour guide and driver

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Reviews

Rachel and MeganUSA

We had an unbelievable adventure completing the Mardi Himal Trek in January 2023. Our guide Rajendra (Raj), and porter Rajesh  were professional, fun, energetic, and knowledgeable about not only the trek we were on but about many others in the area.

Tamar NitzanUSA

I'm so happy I went with Nepal Hiking Team. From the moment I arrived at the hotel, I knew I made the right choice. The hotel was in a great area. Bars, restaurants, clubs, shops were all within a 10 minute or less walk from the hotel.

I was doing

LachlanAustralia

I completed the 14 day Annapurna Circuit early December 2022, thank you so much to Surya and Rabin, who both went out of their way to make this trip, that I'd been planning so long,and  memorable. They were always checking in with me during the hike

Rick BelliveauPortland Oregon USA

Namaste! I highly recommend Nepal Hiking Team for your trekking adventure in the beautiful Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. This was my first trip to Nepal and additionally my first ever muli-day trek. Annapurna Base Camp Trek became a dream of mine about

JulesSydney, Australia

Posted on Nov 22 | Trip Advisor Review

We completed the 15-day Manaslu Circuit trek with Nepal Hiking Team in late November 2022.

The scenery of the Manaslu region is stunning and far more beautiful than we had imagined. The weather was excellent!