Knowing the Druk Path Trek

Druk Path Trek is one of the most satisfying ways of exploring the wonderland of Bhutan in a short period of time. The trek goes through high mountain passes that connect two main towns of Bhutan, Paro, and Thimpu, and it provides the trekker with the opportunity to soak in the natural and cultural beauty of the Land of the Thunder Dragon. The quiet trails and pristine landscape encountered throughout the Druk Path Trek is bound to leave the trekker spell-bound and fall in love with the small yet beautiful country.

Druk Path Trek is a short trek of 8 days that takes you from the crowded city of Kathmandu to the beautiful valley of Paro. The trails lead you through the quiet parts of Bhutan with a pristine landscape that accompanies you throughout. You first visit the ruins of Jele Dzong, which can give you some idea of how Buddhism is practiced in Bhutan. Then, the trek walks mostly through yak pasturelands and yak herders’ settlements to reach Jangchulakha and the stunning Jimilang Tsho.

Walking past several small yet beautiful lakes and crossing Phume La Pass (4200m), you arrive in Phajoding Monastery, one of the most prominent monasteries of the region that now struggles to thrive. The stunning peaks of snow-capped mountains like Gangkhar Puensum (7570m), Jomolhari (7326m), and Jitchu Drake (6662m) can a witness during the trek. The trek also allows us to stroll around the markets of the beautiful cities of Paro and Thimpu. Druk Path Trek is an unforgettable journey that helps us gain serenity.

Amble Himalaya Treks has been a prominent name in multi-country trek and tour packages provided in Nepal. We provide you with a local guide who has ample knowledge about the trails and the local people. With us, you need not worry about permits and safety issues. Together, we can create beautiful memories to make you smile.

Trip Fact

Geography Mountain/ Hill/ Village Level of Difficulty  Moderate
Duration of Trek 08 Days Max Altitude 2334m
Religions Buddhism/Tibetan Ethnic People Bhutanese
Accommodation Hotel/ Guesthouse/ Lodge Transportation Flight/ Tourist Bus/ Private Vehicle
Country Bhutan Group Size (4-10)

Outline Itinerary


Day 01: Flight from Kathmandu to Bhutan, Paro airport and Trek start for 4-5 hours/1000 m from Paro to Jele Dzong
Day 02: Trek from Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha-4-5 hrs, (3770 m)
Day 03: Trek 4-5 hours from Jangchulakha to Jimilang Tsho (3870m)
Day 04: Trek 4-5 hours from Jimilang Tsho to Simkota Tsho (4110m)
Day 05: Trek 3-4 hours from Simkota Tsho to Phajoding (3750 m)
Day 06: Trek 3-hours from Phajoding to Motithang (1130m)
Day 07: Drive back to Paro Airport and back to Kathmandu
Day 08: Rest/Departure

Included on the Cost:

Domestic and international flights transfer.
3 Star hotel accommodation at Kathmandu on double/twin room sharing with Breakfast.
Guided tour of the city with all entry fees as per Itinerary.
Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu flight.
Accommodation in trekking at best available Teahouse/Lodge.
Daily breakfast.
Lunch and dinner on the trip (on deluxe tour only).
Amble Himalaya Treks provides duffel bag and Sleeping bag to use during the trek.
Experience professional trek guide, accredited by the Nepal government.
Trekking permits and local taxes for the Everest region.
Porters required to carry all personal gear; 1 porter per 2 trekkers (on deluxe tour only).
Group first Aid Kit.
Emergency Travel Evacuation assistance.
Insurance for all our staff.
Trekking map for each trekker.
Amble Himalaya souvenirs on departure.
Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Departure Date
Our team representative will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before your scheduled flight.

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Day 01: Flight from Kathmandu to Bhutan, Paro airport and Trek start for 4-5 hours/1000 m from Paro to Jele Dzong


Enjoying the view of the Himalayas throughout our flight, we arrive at Paro International Airport, where our local guide is waiting for us. We first drive to National Museum (2487m) situated above the city if Paro, and from there on we take slow and steady steps towards Jele Dzong. It is very important to maintain the as the altitude gain is significant. Walking up through apple orchards and pine forests, we reach Damchena village before reaching Jele Dzong. We visit Jele Dzong and offer our prayers to the large Sakyamuni statue there. An amazing view of Paro valley and Mt Jomolhari (7326m) can be seen from the Dzong, on a clear day. Overnight in Jele Dzong.
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Day 02: Trek from Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha-4-5 hrs, (3770 m)


We first ascend and then descend on a ridgeline that brings us to the alpine forest and yak herders’ area. Relishing the songs of birds and the view of Mt Jomolhari (7326m), we continue our trek through the yak pastureland. It is a good opportunity to learn about the life of the yak herders. Upon reaching Jangchulakha, we set up our camp on a pasture near a small hill.
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Day 03: Trek 4-5 hours from Jangchulakha to Jimilang Tsho (3870m)


Leaving Jangchulakha, we walk through the forest of juniper and rhododendron with an exceptional view of Paro and Thimpu valleys accompanied by the beautiful peak of Mt Jomolhari (7326m). We cross several passes and follow a trail along a ridge to climb up and then make a steep descent to reach the turquoise Jimilang Tsho. The lake sitting between bare rocks amid the large pastureland and with a backdrop of Jitchu Drake (6662m), looks mesmerizing in full plight. We will camp nearby the lake for the night.
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Day 04: Trek 4-5 hours from Jimilang Tsho to Simkota Tsho (4110m)


We leave Jimilang Tsho to again walk through rhododendron forests and large pasturelands with grazing yaks that lead us to Janye Tsho. With the continuous view of the mountains, we ascend and descend through hills to reach Simkota Tsho. The deep blue lake looks stunning with the reflection of the mountains and hills falling upon its surface. We will camp near the lake along with the yak herders who will keep us company for the night.
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Day 05: Trek 3-4 hours from Simkota Tsho to Phajoding (3750 m)


From Simkota Tsho, we begin trekking with a gradual climb. We can get an amazing view of Gangkhar Puensum (7570m), the highest mountain in Bhutan which is also famous as the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. Passing through yak herders’ settlements and a small lake, we reach Phume La Pass (4200m) which is decorated with prayer flags. Crossing the pass, we descend towards Phajoding Monastery which used to be the most celebrated monastery in Bhutan but is now enlisted as one of the endangered cultural monuments. We camp above the monastery to stay the night.
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Day 06: Trek 3-hours from Phajoding to Motithang (1130m)


Today, we trek downhill from Phajoding Monastery to reach Motithang, alternatively known as Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. We walk leisurely amid blue pine and juniper forest with the view of Thimphu Valley until we reach the valley itself. Upon reaching, we can explore the markets of the city. Overnight in Thimphu.
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Day 07: Drive back to Paro Airport and back to Kathmandu


After breakfast, we drive through the scenic landscapes of Bhutan as we head to Paro from Thimphu. We board the flight back to Kathmandu and enjoy our scenic flight until we land at Tribhuvan International Airport. We will be picked up by the company representative who will drop you at the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
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Day 08: Rest/Departure


Our team representative will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before your scheduled flight.

Included:

Domestic and international flights transfer.
3 Star hotel accommodation at Kathmandu on double/twin room sharing with Breakfast.
Guided tour of the city with all entry fees as per Itinerary.
Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu flight.
Accommodation in trekking at best available Teahouse/Lodge.
Daily breakfast.
Lunch and dinner on the trip (on deluxe tour only).
Amble Himalaya Treks provides duffel bag and Sleeping bag to use during the trek.
Experience professional trek guide, accredited by the Nepal government.
Trekking permits and local taxes for the Everest region.
Porters required to carry all personal gear; 1 porter per 2 trekkers (on deluxe tour only).
Group first Aid Kit.
Emergency Travel Evacuation assistance.
Insurance for all our staff.
Trekking map for each trekker.
Amble Himalaya souvenirs on departure.
Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Excluded

Lunch and dinner on the trip (on budget and guide service).
Personal travel and medical evacuation insurance.
Nepal entry visa fee US$60 for one month, US$ 30 for 15 days.
Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water.
Tips for tour guide & drivers which is expected.
International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges.
Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest, etc.

The Trekking Group

For Druk Path Trek we will have 2-10 people on each group and there will be one tour Guide on the tour package. On budget tour package and Guide service includes tour guide only.

Accommodations

Amble Himalaya uses Woodapple Hotel and Spa or similar hotels in Kathmandu for your accommodation. During the tour we will be using the A and B grade hotels in cities and best available hotels during the trek. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 340.

Meals

Depending in your chosen package, Deluxe Tour package includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner where you can enjoy authentic Nepalese food in Nepal and the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) in Bhutan. Budget tour package only include Breakfast and Guide Service package includes no meals. Breakfast and dinner will be served at same lodge you will stay and hot lunch will be served along the way. Farewell dinner will be provided to all packages at Kathmandu on your return from Trek.

Our team representative will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before your scheduled flight.


You can visit Bhutan any time of the year. However, in autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons to visit Bhutan. During these times of the year, you can find clear warm weather with many important festivals of the country.

You must have a Bhutanese Visa to enter Bhutan. For visa application, you must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after you leave Bhutan. For further information follow the link http://www.mfa.gov.bt/?page_id=220

Yes, we will provide the following documents.
Visa confirmation letter: Your visa for Bhutan will be organized by us prior to the start of your trip. For this, you must send us a color copy of your passport and two passport size color photographs.
Itinerary: You must take a copy of your tour itinerary with you.

You can enter Bhutan by two ways:
By air: You can enter Bhutan only through a Tour Company. We will arrange your visa for your trip to Bhutan. You can book online tickets available for Druk Air for your trip to Bhutan. Please check http://www.drukair.com.bt/ for the status of your tickets.
By land: You can use two overland points to enter/exit Bhutan. You can enter Phuntsholing in southwest Bhutan from the Indian state of West Bengal. From Phuntsholing, you have to take a 6-hour drive to Thimphu. You can also enter Bhutan from Samdrup Jongkhar in the southeast which is 110 km from Guwahati, India.

Of course. We will arrange you a private tour as per your demands. We value the wish of our customer and will try to fulfill all of your demands.

Of course. You can customize your tour and schedule as per your convenience. We will try to assist you to plan your itinerary based on your interest, limited time, and your suitability. We will manage your itinerary as per your demand.

Well, you will get to select your arrival and departure dates if you book your tour in advance. Similarly, if you’re planning for holiday trips, you must reserve your hotels several months before to find the best selection. So, it’s more advantage if you book in advance.

Sure, you’ll be absolutely safe while traveling to Bhutan. The crime rate in Bhutan is very low.

Bhutanese government has classified hotels as grade A, B, and C. These hotels can be equated as 3-4 star hotels around the world. You can find the best hotels in Western Bhutan (Thimpu, Paro, Wangdue, and Punakha). The quality of hotels decreases as you head to eastern and central regions. You’ll have good access to electrical heating systems in every hotel in western Bhutan. However, you will find wood-stoves for heating at the hotels in the central and eastern part of Bhutan.
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