9 Days Druk Path Trek From Paro To Thimphu

Multi-day & Extended Tours, Paro International Airport to Paro International Airport. After breakfast at the hotel in the morning of Day 8, check-out from the hotel and you will be transferred to Paro International Airport for your onward journey.

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Best times to embark on this exhilarating trek are from March to June and September to November.  Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan as it passes through stunning landscapes, high Himalayan ridges and pristine lakes at altitudes ranging from 2400m to 4200m with rich flora and fauna. Trekking in Autumn and Spring offers an opportunity to interact with yak herders around one of the campsites and understand their high altitude semi-nomadic lifestyles. Although graded Moderate to Difficult, Druk Path Trek is fairly an easy hike to undertake as distances between rest camps are shorter. This trek offers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world.Day 2 of the trip is spent acclimatizing by hiking up to the famous iconic landmark in Bhutan, Taktsang Monastery at 3120m and visit some places of interests or shopping if you wish in the afternoon of Day 8 in Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.
Day 1 - Arrive Paro International Airport - Sightseeing in Paro: Paro Altitude: 2,195 meters. You'll be received at Paro Int'l Airport. Transfer to hotel and after lunch, visit National Museum of Bhutan and 17th century Paro Dzong and get your first insight into fine Bhutanese architecture. L, D Day 2 -  Hike to Paro Taktsang to Acclimatize:Total hiking time 4-5hrs,Taktsang Altitude 3,120m/10,235ft. Hiking to the famous 17th century Paro Takstang perched on the 800m rock cliff is a perfect way to get acclimatized before we start our exciting 6-day trek. Later in the afternoon visit 7th century Kyichu temple. B, L, D Day 3 - Trekking starts from Paro / Jili Dzong:Distance 7km, Time 4-5hrs, Ascent 1,090m, Camp Altitude3,480m/11,415ft. Start trekking from Ta Dzong (National Museum) in Paro. Altitude gain on the first day is more than 1,000m. The campsite is just below Jili Dzong. B, L, D  Day 4 - Jili Dzong / Jangchulakha:Distance 10km, Time 4-5hrs, Ascent 310m, Descent 50m, Camp Altitude 3,770m/12,370ft. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and dwarf rhododendron trees. You may see herder and their yaks around your campsite offering you an opportunity to interact and experience a glimpse of their semi-nomadic lifestyle. B, L, D Day 5 - Jangchulakha / Jimilang Tso: Distance 11km, Time 4hrs, Ascent 330m, Descent 230m, Camp Altitude 3,870m/12,695ft. The trail follows a ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are simply stunning. The campsite is close to the Jimilang Tsho Lake full of giant trouts. B, L, DDay 6 - Jimilang Tso / Simkotra: Distance 11km, Time 4hrs, Ascent 820m, Descent 400m, Camp Altitude 4,110m/13,485ft. You may come across some yak herder camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. Camp close to Simkotra Tsho Lake. B, L, D Day 7 - Simkotra / Phajodhing: Distance 10km, Time 3-4hrs, Ascent 130m, Descent 680m, Camp Altitude 3,750m/12,305ft. You'll have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and several other Himalayan peaks. The camp is located just above Phadjodhing Monastery on the ridge above Thimphu valley. B, L, D Day 8 - Phajoding / Thimphu:Distance 4-5km, Time 3hrs, Descent 1,130m, Thimphu Altitude 2,334m/7655ft. We descend to Thimphu valley. Check-in to hotel and enjoy sumptuous lunch. Leisure time in the town. B, L, DDay 9 - Departure from Paro: After breakfast, drive to Paro and transfer you to Paro Int'l Airport for your onward journey. B

What’s included

  • Visa Fee
  • Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) the Royal Government of Bhutan
  • Surcharge of U$40 per night for a single person traveller
  • Surcharge of US$30 per night per person for a couple/two person travellers
  • All meals - B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner (B L D)
  • 3 Nights accommodation at a 3 Star hotel on a twin sharing basis (double occupancy)
  • 5 Nights accommodation in a camping tent at high altitude wilderness
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Dedicated land transport with driver for the entire duration of your trip within Bhutan
  • Porter & Pony charges for trekking
  • English speaking Licensed Tour Guide. Guides speaking other languages can be arranged at additional fee.
  • All internal taxes
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water

What’s not included

  • Airfares - We can arrange tickets to and from Bhutan (we do not charge commission!). You just have to take care of the connecting flights.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry services, telephone call charges
  • Supplemental charges of US$30 per night if you opt for a single room occupancy
  • Premium accommodation in a 4-Star hotel and above
  • Cultural shows that require advance arrangement
  • Tips to Guides and Drivers
  • Any other personal expenses