Druk Path Trek

FROM £ 3290

A classic Bhutan trekking trip. This route follows the Druk Path Trail, the original mountain crossing between Paro and Thimpu. Also included in this classic trek is ridge top walking, high mountain lakes, and visits to high mountain monasteries. In clear weather, good views of snow covered Himalayan peaks can be seen.

The Druk Path Trek runs through rhododendron and pine forests, past high lakes and yak pastures. This trek also offers magnificant views of Chomolhari (7314m), and Gankar Punsum (7541m), Bhutan’s highest peaks.

Additionally, we have time to savour the culture and traditions of this ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ taking some classic and some more esoteric sights including a hike up to the cliffhanging Taktsang Monastery and a visit to Punakha Dzong, the ancient capital of Bhutan.

It is the client’s responsibility to obtain their visas before the intended date of departure.
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Route Map

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  • Arrival

    Arrive in Delhi

    • Fly to Bagdogra

      This morning we get transferred to domestic airport to board flight to Bagdogra. Located in the plains of Bengal and foothills of Himalayas, from here we drive to our hotel in Chalsa. Chalsa is a small village located in the Doars Forest in Jalpadhara National Park.

      • Thimpu

        A short drive will take us to Phuntsholing in Bhutan as we cross the international border at Jaigaon. We take a short stop to complete immigration formalities and then continue our drive to the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu. The landscapes change completely as we leave the plains and enter the mountainous terrain of Bhutan. There will be chance to stop for lunch and visit the crafts school and the old library among the other things.

        • Punakha (1250m)

          In the morning we make a visit to a nunnery and the Taschichio Dzong. Mid mornings drive (3 hours) over Dochu La (3050m) reveals a magnificent Himalayan panorama in clear weather. From here we continue on to Punakha Dzong, the ancient capital of Bhutan and one of the most impressive sights in the country.

          • Trongsa (2230m)

            This morning we make a hike to the Chimi lakang temple located on a small hillock also referred to as fertility temple as per the local beliefs, the place is also the home of deity, Lam Drukpa Kuenley. Drive to back to visit Punakha Dzong, one of the most impressive Dzong in its architecture. We spend time at the Dzong. Post lunch we head to Trongsa as we drive through the tropical vegetation to Nobling and Pele la 3300m.

            • Dzongs of Trongsa

              A visit to the Dzongs of Trongsa includes the Gangtey Goempa, which overlooks the large green expanse of Phobjikha valley, a glacial valley on the western slopes of the black mountain range. The valley is an important wildlife centre in Bhutan and is the roosting ground of the endangered blacked necked cranes that fly there from the Tibtean plateau during the winter grounds. After visiting the Dzongs we continue driving to Thimphu

              • Phajoding (3870m)

                Today we start our trek near Thimphu, as we walk uphill to Phajoding. The trek to is all the way up hill through a forested area mostly constituting of Blue pines. We maintain a leisurely pace on this day. Distance 4-5kms/Duration 3-4 hrs.

                • Simkota

                  We begin with a gradual climb up to Phume la (4210m) the highest point on this trek. If the weather permits we will have beautiful views of Mt. Gangkhar Punsum (7541m) the highest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan peaks. Distance 10 kms/Duration 3-4 hrs.

                  • Jimilangthso (3880m)

                    The trail takes us through dwarf Rhododendrons trees as we pass by the lake Janye Tsho. Today we may come across some Yak herders camp and can have a look in to their routine lives. Distance 6 kms/Duration 4-5 hrs.

                    • Jangchilakha (3780m)

                      Today’s trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valley are beautiful, in particular the Jichu Drake (6989m). Distance 11kms/Duration 4-5 hrs.

                      • Jele Dzong (3450m) and Paro

                        This morning we may see some yak herders near the camp site. The trek takes us through thick alpine forest and rhododendrons trees, most of the walking is up and down on a ridge. Weather permitting, we will be rewarded with good views of Mt. Jumolhari and Paro Valley below us. From Jele Dzong, we continue walking towards Paro on a gradual trail and then downhill up to Dopshari (2300m) Distance 14 kms/Duration 5-6 hrs. Camp

                        • Paro

                          Towering above the Paro Valley at 2900m on precarious rock ledges lies Taktsang Monastery: the Tiger’s Lair. A 2-3 hour hike through shady forest will bring us to within a stone’s throw and acts as great acclimatisation for the trek. We may be allowed to have a look inside the monastery.

                          • Depart Paro, drive to Agra

                            Hope for final Himalayan views from the plane. On Arrival in Delhi we drive to Agra and stay overnight there.

                            • Taj Mahal

                              This morning we will visit the famous Taj Mahal and spend some time there. Later we visit the Agra Fort and head back to Delhi for the final overnight on this trip.

                              • Departure

                                Depart Delhi

                                What is included in the price?

                                • Accommodation (8 Nights Hotel, 5 Nights Camping)
                                • Meals (All meals in Bhutan. Delhi, Chalsa, Agra Hotel B - Breakfast)
                                • Guide (English speaking local Leader)
                                • Transfers (All transfers and Sightseeing as per the itinerary)
                                • Internal Flights (Delhi-Bagdogra and Paro - Delhi flights)

                                What is not included in the price?

                                • Indian Visa Charges
                                • Insurances
                                • Tips for the local staff
                                • Bhutan Visa

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