Bhutan Druk Path Trek

Tour Summary

The popular Bhutan Druk Path Trek 12 Days – 5night 6days is best done through out the year but Spring is more magnificent because of the Flowering season where you can see hundreds of different kinds of Rhododendrons and Primulas to name few.

We organize Bhutan Druk Path Trek 12 Days towards end of June and its not easy as we might across rain and hot sun but the mission is to see the rare of the rarest Poppy that grows above tree line and on the rocky cliffs and all the stress and tiredness would easily fade away once you see the Blue Poppy, The National Flower of Bhutan.

You will come across the Nomadic group of settlers who spend their entire life looking after their Yaks and practice migration from season to season. Two of the five camps are by stunning lakes. You will see lakes on this trek along with many snow-capped mountains. I

f the Bhutan Druk Path Trek 12 Days trip duration is not up to your desire and wish to either shorten or make it longer then we are at your service and feel free to let us know. We had great feedback from our past guests and also very high number of repeated guests who does the beautiful trek again and again. In order for us to organize this trip we need more then 2 person in a group.

You can catch Drukair, Royal Bhutan Airlines, National Flag Carrier flight from Bangkok, Kathmandu, New Delhi, Kolkata, Dhaka & Singapore.

 

Tour Facts

Druk Path Trek 12 Days

Duration: 11 Night 12 Days

Cultural: 6night 7days

Trekking: 5night 6days

Difficulty Level: Easy – Medium – Challenging

Attractions:  Experiencing rich historic cultural sightseeing and exclusive trekking, surrounding yourself with number of lakes by your campsite. Its not a easy trek but worth all challenges.

Season: Spring – Autumn.


OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day Day to Day Trip Schedule
Day 1 Arrive Paro Hotel
Day 2 Paro Hotel
Day 3 Hike to Taktsang “Tiger’s Nest” Hotel
Day 4 Trek to Jele Dzong Camp
Day 5 Trek to Jangchulakha Camp
Day 6 Trek to Jimilangtsho Camp
Day 7 Trek to Simkota Camp
Day 8 Trek to Phajoding Camp
Day 9 Thimphu Hotel
Day 10 Thimphu Sightseeing Hotel
Day 11 Day Excursion to Punakha Hotel
Day 12 Depart Bhutan

Travel during Off Season: Jun-Jul-Aug

Couple or Two Person Traveler – Free Independent Traveler (FIT) : US$ 2350 per person
Group of 3 & More : US$ 2020 per person

Travel during Peak Season: Mar-Apr-May-Sept-Oct-Nov

Couple or Two Person – Free Independent Traveller (FIT): US $ 2845 per person
Group of 3 or More: US$ 2515

The Above Price includes following services;

  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits – Museum Fees
  • Standard Room in 3 Star Hotels – Upgrade to 4 & 5 Star can be arranged on Additional Cost.
  • Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner with Evening Tea
  • Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) Licensed Professional Driver
  • SUV for FIT & Toyota Van from 3 – 8 Pax & Toyota Coaster Coach from 8 – 20 Pax
  • Decade old TCB Licensed Tour Guide
  • All Sightseeing with Walks and Hikes
  • Bottled Mineral Water
  • All Trek Goods with Trek Team

Not included:

  • Round Trip Air Tickets
  • International Travel Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Entertainment Cost – Pub & Nightclubs
  • Tips for Tour Guide, Driver and Trek Staffs
  • Donations to Monasteries and Temples
  • Payment Wiring Fee of USD 50

Day – 1 Arrive Paro International Airport by Druk Air
During the journey to Paro, one will experience breath taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jhomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by representatives of Bhutan Majestic Travel who will escort you to the Hotel


Day – 2 Paro – Paro
Drive to Drugyel Dzong (a ruined fortress – 16 Kms away from the Paro Town). Although now in ruins, this Dzong is of historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the Tibetans and drove them back. From here too the peak of Chomolhari “Mountain of the Goddess”, alt. 7329 m (24,029ft.) can be viewed on a clear day. On the way back, you visit a typical Bhutanese farm house. After lunch, at the hotel, take a leisurely walk to stretch your legs in preparation for the excursion to Taktsang view point.


Day – 3 Paro – Paro
Spend a full day hiking to Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest. This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 4000 ft. above the valley floor. Legend says that Guru Padma Sambhava flew here on the back of a tigress – hence the name – to meditate. The tigress was actually his favorite consort, Yeshe Tsogyel, whom he transformed to a flying tigress for the purpose of this journey. The Guru finished his meditation; he instructed that a monastery be built. The hike to Taktsang Monastery takes about 4 hours. Picnic Lunch at the Taktsang Cafeteria


Day – 4 Paro – Jele Dzong Distance – approximately 7 Kms. Alt. 2576m
This is a short trekking day. The trek trail is rather gradual till the camp and if the weather is clear, the Paro Valley can be seen with the snowcapped mountains behind the valley. Druk Path Trek 12 Days


Day – 5 Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha Distance – 10 Kms. Alt. 2879m
You begin with about an hour and half climb and then ascend gradually up. The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and dwarf rhododendron tress. You may seek yaks and yak herders around your camp site. Druk Path Trek 12 Days


Day – 6 Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso Distance – 11 Kms

The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are beautiful. The campsite is close to the Lake Jimilangtso. These lakes are known for their giant sized trout and if lucky you may enjoy a well-prepared lake trout for dinner. Druk Path Trek 12 Days


Day – 7 Jimilangtso – Simkota Distance – 11 Km Alt – 3,485 m
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and lake of Janetso. You may come across some yak herders camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomads life. The campsite is close to Simkota lake. Druk Path Trek 12 Days


Day – 8 Simkota – Phajoding Distance – 10 Km, Altitude – 2,879m
The trek begins with a gradual climb . If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount “Gangkhar Punsum”, the highest mountain in Bhutan as well other Himalayan mountain ranges from Dochula pass. From this pass, the trek takes you down hill to Phajoding for a nights halt. Druk Path Trek 12 Days


Day – 9 Phajoding – Thimphu Distance – 8Km, Altitude – 2,439m
The trek to Thimphu is all the way down hill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours. Back to hotel for a hot shower and delicious lunch. Druk Path Trek 12 Days


Day – 10 Thimphu – Thimphu
Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building where the office of the government ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room, and the office and living quarters of the monk body and its Chief Abbot are housed. Visit the handicrafts emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased. Visit the painting and wood craft schools where the traditional art and painting are kept alive. Visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit Simtokha Dzong (6Km from Thimphu), the oldest Dzong in Bhutan, built in 1629 Ad.


Day – 11 Thimphu – Excursion to Punakha/Wangdi
 A days trip to Punakha and Wangdue Valley. Punakha is the former capital of Bhutan (77Km) from Thimphu and Wangdue is 16 Km away from Punakha. The Punakha Dzong houses the winter residence of the monastic body and its Chief Abbot. The massive fortress is situated between two rivers known as “Phochu Mochu” (Male Female River) the drive takes about three hours one way. Evening: Drive back to Thimphu for the night.


Day – 12 Thimphu – Paro International Airport See off by your guide.