This popular 6-day Druk Path Trek leads into the unspoiled natural landscape of high altitude crystal blue lakes teeming with fish, delightful forests of blue pine and rhododendron and stunning views of the high Himalayan peaks including Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unclimbed peak in the world, Mount Chomolhari, and Jitchu Drake. You will also visit some ancient lhakhangs, dzongs and villages.
The Druk Path Trek is a fairly easy hike for reasonably fit walkers. Compared to the Jomolhari Trek the distances between camps and the altitude range (between 2400-4200 m) is comparatively less. The ‘Dragon Trek’ starts from Drukgyal Dzong, 10 minutes' drive from Paro at the end of the road. We meet up with our camping crew, which includes horses to carry our gear. The Druk Path trail winds over a chain of mountain passes and follows the thunderous Pa Chhu River to reach the beautiful alpine lake, Jimiling, whose crystal clear waters are home to gigantic trout.
After crossing the last pass, Phume La the trail descends to Phajoding monastery and into the Thimphu valley to the end of the Druk Path Trek at the roadhead at Motithang. The trek finishes with a tour of Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
Best Time for Druk Path Trek
This trek is usually possible from late February to June and from September to December, though snow sometimes closes the route in late autumn and early spring. Days are normally warm, but nights can be very cold at times and in winter there is often snow. Tt will be a bit colder in February or December and there is a risk of having snow on the ground at this time of year, which can make it difficult for the horses carrying the gear but since it is not the peak season, you will enjoy having the trails to yourself. Just make sure to bring the right clothes and gear i.e down jacket, fleece layers, hats and gloves, warm sleeping bag etc.
Day 1 : Arrival at Paro, 2250m
Day 2 : Paro, 2250m - Jele Dzong, 3480m
Day 3 : Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha, 3780m
Day 4 : Jangchulakha – Jimgelang Tsho, 3880m
Day 5 : Jimgelang Tsho – Simkotra Tsho, 4110m
Day 6 : Simkotra Tsho – Phajoding, 3750m
Day 7 : Phajodhing – Mothitang – Thimphu, 2400m
Day 8 : Thimphu Sightseeing - Paro
Day 9 : Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)
Day 10 : Depart Paro
Tourism in Bhutan
The government of Bhutan imposes a tourist tariff, currently set at $250 a day, as an effort to keep the country from being overrun by tourists. Although tourists are very welcome, limiting the number is important to preserve their unique environment and culture.
The daily tariff is included in the price of your package tour: it is the minimum amount a tourist must spend per day in Bhutan. It covers the cost of visa, 3-star lodging, meals, tax, guide, and travel within the country. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will help you arrange visas. (Although you cant spend less than that rate per person, you can spend more, especially if you opt for luxury accommodation.)
Most tours concentrate on the western midsection probably because the rest of the country lacks necessary infrastructure. Arriving at the international airport in Paro, most tourists visit Thimphu, the capital, and, if possible, the Punakha valley.
At the time of booking you must provide a scanned copy of your passport. We also require your flight details to finalize the visa process, including arrival and departure flight numbers, times and point of origin.
We will send you the scanned copy of your Bhutan group visa prior to your tour. In some cases this may only be issued close to your date of arrival into Bhutan. You must show the copy of your Bhutan Group visa when you check-in for your flight to Bhutan and on arrival at immigration in Paro, Bhutan where you will have your visa stamped into your passport.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 10 Days
Price : US $2800 p/p
Trip Grade : Moderate
Group Size:2 - 12 Persons
Was really impressed with the speed at which they organised a tour for me, and the quality of the tour itself. The director - Ngima - was very responsive and really helpful, meeting me the day before my tour and introducing me to my guide the day of the tour.…Phillippa
Just got back from an awesome trip to Nepal, kindly arranged by Ngima Sherpa from Annapurna Foothills Treks. The organisation of the trip was absolutely flawless, and I can't remember having any problems during my whole month long stay. My Sherpa Dendi (as featured in the new Everest movie),is a…Neil Murphy
My boyfriend and I wanted to trek in Nepal so I found Annapurna Foothills details online - they were amazing from start to finish. Ngima, the Managing Director was really helpful over email in planning the trip and flexible to help us fit in everything we wanted to. Our guide…Meriel Flint