Druk Path Trek (9 Days)

from $250.00

The Himalayan Kingdom’s beauty is epitomized in its culture, flora, fauna and architecture, amongst others. Druk Path Trekking will pass you through the forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons with great views of the highlands and landscape. It also offers the stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world on a clear weather.

Tour Detail

Trip length: 9 Days 8 Nights
Altitude: 2400-4000 meters.
Level: Moderate – it is hard in some in places en route and good fitness required.
Season: March – June and September – November.

Description:

Druk Path Trek is one of the finest short treks in Bhutan. Leading through an ancient trading route, over high mountain passes, it connects the valleys of Paro and Thimphu. Trail passes through spectacular rhododendron forests, alpine yak pastures and beautiful lakes stocked with snowy mountain trout. The trek begins by walking up through apple orchards and pine forest past ruined Jele Dzong, a fortress which sits on a high grassy ridge with breath-taking views of Mt. Jumolhari to the north. In the next 4 days, the trek is above the tree line crossing several passes, including the Phume La at 4210m. En route, we come across clear mountain lakes, number of yak herder’s camps and splendid views of the Himalayas. Our final descent through pine and juniper forests via Phajoding monasteries lead into Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

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All about the Druk Path Trek (9 Days).

Cost & Special offer

The minimum daily package applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan for tourists travelling in a group of 3 people or more is as follows:

 High Season: March, April, May, September, October & November

  • Single traveler: USD 250 per person + USD 40 per night.
  • 2 person:USD 250 Per person + USD 30 per night.
  • 3 plus person: USD 250 per person
  • US$ 40 per person for visa fee (one-time)

Low Season: January, February, June, July, August & December

  • Single traveler: USD 200 per person + USD 40 per night.
  • 2 person:USD 200 Per person + USD 30 per night.
  • 3 plus person: USD 200 per person
  • USD 40 per person for visa fee (one-time)

Tour Discounts:

There shall be no charge other than visa fee of USD 40 for children below the age of 5 years.

  • No charge for children under 5 years.
  • 50%  discount on minimum daily package rate for children in age group 5-12 years.
  • 25% discount on daily rates to full time students below the age of 25 years with valid identity cards.
  • 50% discount on daily rates to one person in a group of 11 people.
  • 100% discount to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
  • A 50% duration discount on SDF shall be provided after the 8th night and 100% discount on SDF shall be provided after 14th night.
  • 100% discount shall be provided on SDF on first and/or last night for groups with night halt in Phuntsholing, Sarpang and Samdrup Jongkhar on arrival and/or departure.
  • Please Note: The rate may go higher depending upon the nature of services desired beyond specified details above

Delayed Arrivals

There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required. It is highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance prior to travel.

(Note: airfares are subjected to change as per the notice by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines)

No Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) for tourists visiting the Eastern circuit:

This special package is offered to visitors to promote tourist visitation to the six eastern Districts of Bhutan so that tourists can experience and enjoy the various exciting places and activities that are largely unexplored in the Eastern part of the country. So, no SDF will be applicable for the tourists visiting the six eastern districts (Mongar, Samdrup Jongkhar, Lhuntse, Tashi Yangtse, Tashigang and Pemagatshel) with effect from 16th November 2017. Our local tour operators are  aware of this and they will arrange everything accordingly to make your visit to the Eastern part of Bhutan a memorable one.

 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, mineral water) as per your choice.
  • Tea and snacks
  • Entrance fees to Temples and Monuments.
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay.
  • All internal road transport (excluding internal and external flights, which can be offered at additional costs).
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
  • All internal taxes and charges.
  • A sustainable Development fees of USD 65.
  • Note:  Holidays Bhutan can also book your flights end-to-end.

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Air fare.
  • Drinks and beverages.
  • Travel and health Insurance( All medical facilities in Bhutan is free )
  • Laundry, telephone, mobile, fax and Internet bills (Hotels in Bhutan provide free wifi facilities).
  • Tips for guide and driver.
  • Shopping and Entertainment.
  1. Day 1 Arrival Paro

    Considered as one of the most spectacular flights, the flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording grand views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by our Tour Representative and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon sightseeing entails a visit of the Paro Dzong, a fortress that was built in 1646 and now houses government offices and religious institutions. You can wrap up the day’s sightseeing with a tour of Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and the most sacred temples in the country.
    Overnight in Paro.

  2. Day 2 Paro

    oday we will be doing a preparatory acclimatization hike to Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan’s most famous monastery at 3100m. Perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above the valley, legend has it that the 8th century Spiritual Master, Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress and meditated in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. You can spend the evening doing a leisurely stroll in the streets of Paro.
    Overnight at Paro

  3. Day 3 Paro to Jele Dzong

    Although today’s trekking day is short, we keep slow and steady pace as altitude gain is significant. After breakfast, you will drive to the road head at the National Museum above Paro from where you will start your trek. We will walk from the Museum heading up hill through apple orchards, smallholdings of Damchena village and pine forests. Before hitting the campsite, there is an optional visit to Jele Dzong at 3,490m. Perched on a whaleback ridge, this 17th c fortress has been renovated and the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni reinstated in the main temple. On a clear day, the views of Paro town far below and Mt Jomolhari at7,314 m, are breathtaking.
    Overnight camp at 3480 m.

  4. Day 4 Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha

    The trek begins with a gradual ascent and then a descent below the ridgeline through the trail of thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. There are fascinating views of Mt. Jhomolhari and other snowcapped mountains as you continue the uphill walk to reach a yak herder’s pasture at Jangchulakha at3,780 m. Today’s camp is in a yak pasture grounds near the hillside.
    Overnight camp at 3,780 m.

  5. Day 5 Jangchulakha to Jimilangtsho Lake

    The trail follows the ridge at times through juniper trees and dwarf rhododendrons. From the ridge, the views of the mountain valleys of Thimphu and Paro are sensational. After making an ascent and then a steep descent, we arrive at Jimilangtsho Lake at3, 880 m, which is famous for their giant sized trout. As you approach the camp, you can have great views of Mt. Jichu Drake, the peak representing the protective deity of Paro.
    Overnight camp at 3,880 m.

  6. Day 6 Jimilangtsho via Janetsho Lake to Simkota

    The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and bypasses the lake of Janetsho. From here, the trail winds and undulates with magnificent view of the Himalaya across deep valleys. Simkotatsho Lake at 4,110 m can be seen below, after crossing one final spur. We continue our trek until we reach the yak pasture where we camp for tonight.
    Overnight camp at 4,110 m.

  7. Day 7 Simkota via Phajoding to Thimphu city

    Today you will begin with a gradual climb to a small saddle at 4,150m from where you enjoy majestic view of Mount Gangkar Puensum and other himalayan peaks on clear weather. You will then descend to another small lake and then climb to the Phume La pass (4,210m) which is adorned with beautiful prayer flags. From here, you will enjoy great view of Thimphu city far below. The trail slowly descends through junipers trees to a community hall near Phajoding (3,870m). Walk way downhiill to Thimphu through a forest of blue pine and juniper until you arrive the road head of Sangaygang on the outskirts of Thimphu valley.
    Overnight at Thimphu

  8. Day 8 Thimphu-Paro

    Sightseeing in Thimphu encompass the visit of the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the third king; the National Library, a repository of ancient manuscripts; and the Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building which houses the office of the King. After sightseeing and lunch in Thimphu, it is a drive of about 2 hours to reach Paro. Upon arrival at Paro, proceed to visit the Paro Dzong, the Taa Dzong, and the Kichu temple.
    Overnight at Paro.

  9. Day 9 Departure

    Your guide will pre check your flight timing and accordingly escort to to the airport and help you with your travel formalities, for the place of your destination.

Accommodation

we hope to provide the ultimate best value for all our guests. We choose some of the finest hotels, offer free upgrades to make our visitors feel the most welcomed and well-taken care of while traveling in Bhutan. We take pride in providing first class accommodations for our travelers.

A wide variety of accommodations are available ranging from luxurious 5-star hotels to cozy little hotels, homestays in traditional Bhutanese homes to camping under the stars. Visitors can be assured of comfort, ambiance and hospitality.

The types of accommodations can be divided into:

  • Government Categorized 3 Star Hotels and Resorts.
  • Luxurious 4 Star Hotels & 5 Star International Hotel Chains.
  • Village Homestay.
  • Camping.

Government Categorized 3 Star Hotels & Resorts

Hotels in Bhutan are rated according to a National 5 Star rating System. All Tour Operators are required to provide their guests with Government Categorized Hotels and Resorts, a minimum of 3 Star accommodations so you can be assured of your comfort. Most hotels provide their guests with Basic Necessities, Room Service, Free Wi-fi, Television and some of them also have Fitness Centers and Spas.

Luxurious 4 Star Hotels & 5 Star International Hotel Chains

The luxury packages are based on 4 star luxury hotels and 5 star International Hotels Chain (Aman Kora, COMO Uma, Zhiwaling, Le Meridien and Taj Tashi) with extra charges in addition to the Mandatory Daily Tariff of USD $250/person/night.

Village Homestay

Visitors also have the option of spending a night in a traditional Bhutanese Farm House with a Bhutanese family. Agriculture is still one of the major sources of livelihood among the Bhutanese people and a farm-stay will give you an excellent glimpse into the day-to-day life of a typical Bhutanese family. You’ll be able to observe age old Bhutanese farming traditions as the family goes about its daily tasks. You’ll enjoy delicious home-cooked meals and the unparalleled hospitality of a Bhutanese host.

Camping

There’s nothing like camping in some of the most breath taking landscapes of Bhutan. Visitors embarking on long treks will be provided with tents and whatever other camping equipment is deemed necessary. Regardless of where you stay, visitors can be assured of their comfort and traditional Bhutanese hospitality.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, mineral water) as per your choice.
  •  Tea and snacks
  • Entrance fees to Temples and Monuments.
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay.
  • All internal road transport (excluding internal and external flights, which can be offered at additional costs).
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
  • All internal taxes and charges.
  • A sustainable Development fees of USD 65.
  • Note:  Holidays Bhutan can also book your flights end-to-end.
Whats not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price
  • Air fare.
  • Drinks and beverages.
  • Travel and health Insurance( All medical facilities in Bhutan is free )
  • Laundry, telephone, mobile, fax and Internet bills (Hotels in Bhutan provide free wifi facilities).
  • Tips for guide and driver.
  • Shopping and Entertainment.