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The Druk Path Trek is also a fairly easy hike to undertake as the distances between rest camps are fairly short. The trail takes you through forests of fir, blue pine, and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200 meters above sea level.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Your Druk Path Trekking starts with a Flight to Paro. If you are flying in from Kathmandu or Delhi, the flight over the Himalayas is one of the most spectacular experiences one will ever experience. You will fly past Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, and the entire Himalayan range visible on the left side. On landing, at Paro, you will be met by our representative. After Customs and Immigrations formalities, you will be escorted to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
On the second day of Druk Path Trekking, after breakfast, we drive through the valley straight north to see the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, a victory fortress of the 17th century against the Tibetan army intruder. On the way back stop at the Takshang (tiger’s nest) viewpoint, visit a farmhouse. After lunch visit Ta-Dzong (National Museum) which is considered to be one of the best natural and historical museums and walk downhill for a view of Paro Dzong with its traditional cantilever bridge over the Pa-chu (Paro River).Evening at leisure in the local market and town.
Start of Druk Path Trekking Day 1: Distance 10 kms and walking time 4-5 hours. Starting at Dopshare (2300m) and camp at Jele Dzong(3450m). The trek trail is rather a gradual climb to the camp and if the weather is clear the Paro valley can be seen with the Mt. Jumolhari(7314m) and snowcapped mountains behind the valley.
Druk Path Trekking Day 2: Distance 10 Kms and walking time 3-4 hrs. Starting at Jele Dzong(3450mtrs) and camp at Jangulakha (3780mtrs). The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and rhododendrons trees and most of the walking is up and down on a ridge. Mt. Jumolhari is also visible today. You may see Yak herders around your camp site.
Druk Path Trekking 3: Distance 11 km and walking time 4-5 hrs. Starting at Jangchulakha (3780mtrs) and camp at Jimilangtsho(3880mtrs). The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valley are beautiful, in particular, the Jichu Drake(6989m) Camp is close to the lake of Jimilangtso. These lakes are known for their giant-sized trout.
Druk Path Trekking day 4: Distance 11 km and walking time 4-5 hrs. Starting at Jimilangtsho (3880m) and camp at Simkota (4040m) The trail takes you through dwarf Rhododendrons trees and then you pass by the lake of Janye Tsho. Today you may come across some Yak herder’s camp and you can really have a look as to how these people live.
Camp is close to Simkota Lake.
Druk Path Trekking Day 5: Distance 10 kms and walking time 3-4 hrs. Starting at Simkota (4040m) and camp at Phajoding (3870m). You begin with a gradual climb up to Phume la (4210m) the highest elevation for this trek. If the weather permits you will have beautiful views of Mt. Gangkhar Punsum(7541m) the highest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan peaks. Below, you can see the entire Thimphu valley.
Druk Path Trekking Day 6 – End of Trek: Distance 4-5 Kms and walking time 3 hrs. Starting at Phajoding(3870m) and end of the trek at Thimphu (2300m) The trek to Thimphu is all the way downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. By taking a leisurely pace you can reach Thimphu in about 3 hours for a nice hot shower and lunch. evening at leisure.
Overnight at Hotel.
A full day of Sightseeing of Thimphu valley with a visit to Handicraft emporium, Zilukha Nunnery, National Library, Painting School, and Dechen Phodrang Monastic School. After lunch visit Memorial Chorten which was built in the memory of the late King and if time permits visit Simtokha Dzong – the first Dzong built in Bhutan by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1629. If this day falls on a Saturday or Sunday a visit to the Weekend Market is a must.
Overnight at Hotel.
Morning at leisure or Souvenir Shopping. After lunch drive to Paro.
Overnight at Hotel.
Your Druk Path Trekking terminates today so after breakfast, your representative will help you with the exit formalities and bid you farewell, and wish you a happy journey back home.