Following the ancient high-level route between Paro and Thimpu, the Druk Path is a simply excellent short trek which goes past several remote lakes. The first day’s walk leads to the ruined Jeli Dzong which sits on a high ridge above the Paro valley and commands breathtaking views across to Chomolhari. During the succeeding 4 days of trekking, we climb above the tree-line and cross several passes, including the Phume La (4210m).
En route, we camp beside clear mountain lakes, visit yak herders’ encampments and enjoy splendid panoramas of the peaks on the border with Tibet, including Jitchu Drake and Gangkar Puensum. Also included is the chance to hike to Taktsang Monastery in the Paro Valley. This popular trip provides a taste of the unique and fascinating culture of Bhutan. Although it is a short trek, it still goes to a high altitude making it moderately strenuous.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||TIA Kathmandu|
|HIGHEST ALTITUDE||5545 m|
Arrive at Paro International airport, one of our team representatives will be at the airport to welcome you and drive you to your hotel. You will drive through the beautiful Bhutanese landscape until you reach the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
After having a delicious breakfast, you will take a short drive to the base of a hill from where you will hike for 3 hours until you reach the most important historical and cultural site, Taktshang Monastery. The trail will offer you lovely view of pine forest and waving colorful prayer flags, and you will also see many of the trees decorated with Spanish moss. Your guide will walk you through the temples providing you the historical and cultural details of each monument. Later, you will drive back to the hotel in Pro for the overnight stay.
Today you will drive to the National Museum (2,487 m) situated above Paro, and from here, you will begin your trek to Jele Dzong. The trail will present you with blue pine and fir forests, apple orchards, and small holdings of Damchena village. After reaching the ruins of Jele Dzong, you will descend 100m to reach campsite and stay overnight at camp.
Today you will begin your trek smoothly ascending and then descending below the ridgeline to walk through the rhododendron trees in the dense alpine forests and past yaks and yak herders in the meadows that follow. The trail will also give you the stunning views of snow-capped mountains including Jhomolhari (7326m) and Jichu Drake (6794m). Climbing uphill through the quite trail, you will reach Jangchu Lakha where you will camp near the yak herders’ temporary settlement on a pastureland near the hillside.
After breakfast, you will begin your trek Jimilang Tsho. The trail climbs on a ridge through little rhododendron and juniper trees. You will be able to see outstanding views of valleys of Thimphu and Paro as you climb. After making an ascent and steep descent, you will arrive at Jimilang Tsho where you will camp for the night. You will have a beautiful view of Jomolhari (7326m), Jichu Drake (6794m), and other snowy peaks as you rest at the beautiful lake Jimilang.
Today you will cross dwarf rhododendron forest and the lake of Jane Tsho. You will get a chance to understand the way of everyday life of yak herders. Further, the trail will give you the heart-warming views of the Himalayas across deep valleys. After crossing one last spur, you will witness Simkota Tsho (4110m), and you will camp on a wide pastureland near the lake. Enjoy the chilly yet beautiful climate of Simkota.
If the weather is clear, you will be able to witness stunning views of Mt. Gangkhar Puensum (7541m) along with other Himalayan peaks. Today you will ascent and descent on a winding trail. You will begin your trek gradually climbing and then descend to a small lake from where you will walk further down to Thimphu crossing juniper and pine forests. After a long walk, you will reach the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.
After having a delicious breakfast, you will drive back to Paro via Pumo La Pass (3712m) and Jele La Pass (3540m). You will witness locals and their daily life on the way back. You will drive through the beautiful pine and rhododendron forests with a view of Paro city. After reaching Paro, you can rest or explore nearby areas. Overnight in Paro.
Today you will fly back to your home country. You will be taken to Paro International Airport 3 hours prior to your flight back home.