Druk Path Trek

Druk Path Trek

13 Days / 12 Nights

Trip Overview

The Druk Path Trek is the most popular trek in the country, a classic walk along high, windy ridges, past ruined forts which long ago guarded against Tibetan invasion.

The trail takes you through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200 m. Although the route is sparsely inhabited there are wonderful lakes teeming with fish and the area is famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests which bloom in Spring. This trek also offers hikers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest un scaled peak in the world.

Inspiration

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu (4265 ft / 1300m)

Day 2 Kathmandu

Day 3 Kathmandu/Paro (2200m)

Day 4 Paro - Day hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest)

Day 5 Trek to Jele Dzong

Day 6 Jele dzong to Jangchulakha

Day 7 Jangchulakha to Jigmelangtsho

Day 8 Jigmelangtsho to Phajoding

Day 9 Phajoding to Thimphu (2300m)

Day 10 Thimphu/Punakha

Day 11 Punakha/Paro

Day 12 Fly Paro/Kathmandu

Day 13 International departure

Full Itinerary

Day 1 : Kathmandu (4265 ft / 1300m)

Upon arrival you will be met and assisted by a Ker & Downey representative and transferred to the Gokarna Forest Resort. Gokarna Forest Resort is located inside the serene temperate Gokarna Forest, the former Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal. A winding road climbs through the forest, up to the main complex, comprising a mix of subtly majestic Malla period architecture, Rana period lodges, and sanctuaries harmoniously blending with nature. A quiet peaceful haven set between ancient towering trees with glimpses of the second fairway in the valley below make the perfect getaway for golf, enchanting forest walks, relaxation and rejuvenation at the Spa, as well as time close to nature.
Overnight at the Gokarna Forest Resort (B).

Day 2: Kathmandu

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we'll be met by our guide for our day trip to a few of the Kathmandu valley's most spectacular and important sights and some vibrant, colorful markets.

With a blend of three ancient capitals and their associated palaces, temples and markets of Kathmandu has a lot to offer culturally and historically. However, we're mindful not to overload you so we will ensure the day has a good balance between sightseeing, exploring and relaxation time.
The exact itinerary may change depending on the local conditions but we shall most likely visit:
Pashupatinath, one of the most important temples in South Asia of the Hindu God, Lord Shiva;
One of the three Durbar (Palace) Squares , a complex of palaces and temples which was formally the social, religious and administrative focal point of the ancient city. Boudhnnanath Stupa, a wonderful Buddhist site centered on a huge Stupa topped with the all-seeing eyes. If possible we'll come here in the early evening to soak up the atmosphere of hundreds of Tibetan and Sherpa peoples walking their devotional kora.
Overnight at the Gokarna Forest Resort (B,L).

Day 3 : Kathmandu/Paro (2200m)

Fly into Paro by Druk Air, the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be met by your guide & driven to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Olathang or similar (B,L,D).

Day 4: Paro - Day hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest)

The hike takes about 4/5 hours through pine forests. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint mediated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time.
Visit Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined fortress.
Overnight at Hotel Olathang or similar (B,L,D).

Day 5: Trek to Jele Dzong

You will be driven to Ta-Dzong to begin your trek to Jele Dzong. Today is rather a short trekking day so you can relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Paro vally. The hike is gradually uphill through pine forest.
Camp at 3450 meters. Walking time 4/5 hours (B,L,D).

Day 6: Jele dzong to Jangchulakha

Today the trek begins uphill through rhododendron forest. You may encounter yak herders during the winter season.
Camp at 3770 meters. Walking time 4/5 hours (B,L,D).

Day 7 : Jangchulakha to Jigmelangtsho

The trail follows the ridge and on clear weather you will have perfect view of the mountains. The path descends for some time and camp will be near the lake at 3870 meters. The lake is filled with giant salmon trout. Walking time 4/5 hours (B,L,D).

Day 8 : Jigmelangtsho to Phajoding

The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron shrubs passing two lakes. After passing the second lake ascend gradually. From the top you can enjoy the majestic view of Mt.Gangkar Punsum, 7520 meters, highest mountain in Bhutan. Then gradually straight for one and half hour till the steep descend to Phajoding camp at 3750 meters. At night you can see Thimphu city glittering in a bowl shaped valley. Walking time 6/7 hours (B,L,D).

Day 9: Phajoding to Thimphu (2300m)

Today is the easiest day of trekking. Walk for three hours all the way down hill through pine forest. Once you reach Motithang, you will be picked up & driven to your hotel. If you are not too tired, you can go for a sightseeing.
Overnight at Hotel River View or similar (B,L,D).

Day 10 : Thimphu/Punakha

Thimphu sightseeing - visit the Memorial Chorten, weaving center & Tashicho Dzong.
Afternoon drive 3 hours to Punakha crossing the Dochula pass at 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. Punakha served as an old capital of Bhutan.
Overnight at Hotel Zangthopelri or similar (B,L,D).

Day 11 : Punakha/Paro

Visit the Punakha Dzong. This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. Drive to Paro via visiting the oldest building in Bhutan, the Simtokha Dzong. It now serves as a Buddhist university.
Overnight at Hotel Olathang or similar (B,L,D).

Day 12 : Fly Paro/Kathmandu

Upon arrival, we'll visit Durbar Square. Kathmandu's Durbar Square was where the city's kings were once crowned and legitimized, and from where they ruled (durbar means 'palace'). As such, the square remains the traditional heart of the old town and Kathmandu's most spectacular legacy of traditional architecture. We'll then return to the hotel where the rest of the day is free. Overnight at the Gokarna Forest Resort (B,L).

Day 13: International departure

Transfer to the airport for your international departure.

Prices

Rates

Cost Per Person on Room Sharing Basis Based on -
2pax : US$ 3640 per person
3pax & above : US$ 3370 per person
Single Room Supplement : 600

Price Includes

  • all airport transfers
  • 3nts at Gokarna Forest Resort on bed & breakfast
  • 1 & ½ day guided s/seeing in Kathmandu with lunch, entrance fees
  • airfare Ktm/Paro/Ktm on economy class with all taxes Bhutan visa fee 9nts in
  • Bhutan with all meals, guided s/seeing, transfers.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa fee
  • dinner in Kathmandu
  • meals not specified in the itinerary
  • beverages, tips & expenses of personal nature.

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