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Bhutan Druk Path Trekking

The Druk Path Trekking in Bhutan is one of the most scenic and popular trekking activities. This is the relatively shorter trekking in Bhutan which takes you to the elevation of 4210 m. During the Druk Path trekking, you will amaze to see the many remote lakes, beautiful views of high mountains and variety of rhododendron.

The Druk Path Trekking offers both challenging and rewarding experience with fascinating and exhilarate, owing to the incredible beauty and majesty of the Himalayas. This trek start from the Paro to Jele Dzong at 2591 meters, from where one can see the Paro Valley with snow-capped mountains behind. The trail to Jangchulakha at 2896 meters takes you through thick alpine forests and rhododendron trees. In the clear weather of late autumn and winter there are great views of the Himalayas. The Druk Path trekking goes as high as 13,000 ft past fresh water lakes abundant with fish (trout).

Seasons:  The recommended months for this  trek are March to June and September to November.

Trekking Fact

Destination: Bhutan Druk Path
Trip Duration: 11 Days
Season: Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov
Trip Start/End: Paro/Paro
Start Point: Paro
End Point: Paro
Accommodation: Lodge and Camping
Transportation: Flight/Tayota Jeep
Grade: Moderate

Outline Itinerary For Druk Path Trekking

Day 01: Arrival at Paro.
Day 02: Rest and exploration at Paro.
Day 03: Trek from Paro to Jele Dzong.
Day 04: Trek from Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha.
Day 05: Trek from Jangchulakha to Jimilangtsho.
Day 06: Trek from Jimilangtsho to Simkota.
Day 07: Trek from Simkota to Phajoding.
Day 08: Trek from Phajoding to Thimphu.
Day 09: Trek from Thimphu to Punakha.
Day 10: Trek from Punakha to Paro.
Day 11 : Final departure from Paro.

Day 01: Arrival at Paro.

We have our Druk Air’s flight to the Paro which provides a spectacular views of Himalayan scenery in clear weather. It is a fascinating journey, culminating in an exciting descent past forested hills into the kingdom. After reaching the Paro, we will have short visit to the Paro main street. We also visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temple in the Kingdom, dating back to 7th century. Overnight in Paro hotel.

Day 02: Rest and exploration at Paro.

After breakfast we drive to ruined fortress, the Drukgyal Dzong which is strategically built over the only passage into Paro valley, the Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century from this location. On a clear day, one can see the commanding view of Mount. Later embark on a fascinating excursion to Taktsang Monastery popularly known as Tiger’s Nest. Perched on the side of a cliff 900m above Paro valley floor, it is Bhutan’s most revered temple. The hike to the monastery makes a splendid half-day excursion. Later we visit to Rinpung Dzong (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 03: Trek from Paro to Jele Dzong.

Morning visit Ta Dzong, the National museum, holding fascinating collection of art, relics, religious Thanka paintings, handicrafts, maks, costumes, armour and Bhtuan’s exquisite postage stamps.  We will have short trekking which starts with a short climb up to Jele Dzong. The trek trail ascends gradually up to the camp, and if the weather is clear Paro valley can be seen with snow-capped mountains behind. Above the camp is Jele-la pass (3,400m) and Jele Dzong (mostly in ruins). There is also a Lhakhang containing a statue of Buddha Sakyamuni. Overnight camp.

Day 04: Trek from Jele Dzong to Jangchulakha.

Begin with a one and a half hour climb and then ascend more gradually upwards. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. You will have fine views of Jhomolhari and other snow capped peaks if the weather is right, and you may hear some monal pheasants calling during the day. You may see yak herders around your campsite. Overnight camp.

Day 05: Trek from Jangchulakha to Jimilangtsho.

The trail follows the ridge, and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valley are sensational. You will enjoy a great view of Jichu Drake (6,989m), the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Our camp is close to the Jimilangtsho lakes, which are famous for their giant sized trout. Overnight camp.

Day 06: Trek from Jimilangtsho to Simkota.

The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janetsho. Today you may come across some yak herders’ camps and get an idea of how these people live. Overnight camp close to Simkota Lake, and if you are lucky you can catch a lake trout for your dinner.

Day 07: Trek from Simkota to Phajoding.

Today begins with a gradual climb, and if the weather permits you will enjoy majestic views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain Bhutan and a host of other peaks. The trail slowly descends through juniper trees to a campsite at Phajoding. Overnight camp.

Day 08: Trek from Phajoding to Thimphu.

After visiting Phajoding monastery built in 15th century by Shagcha Rinchen who introduced Drukpa Kagyu School in Bhutan in the 13th century, trek downhill to Thimphu passing through a forested area of mostly blue pine. Taking a leisurely pace, you reach Thimphu in about 3 hours. Evening visit Trashichhoedzong, “fortress of the glorious religion”. This is  the center of government and religion, site of monarch’s throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 09: Trek from Thimphu to Punakha.

Morning visit National Library, holding a vast collection of Buddhist text and manuscripts, some dating several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion. Then visit National Institute of Zorig Chusum or the School of Arts & Crafts, imparting training to young students in 13 traditional crafts of Bhutan. Then drive to National Textile Museum showcasing a range of beautiful Bhutanese textiles. Later visit to Folk Heritage Museum is interesting and provides a fascinating insight into the traditional Bhutanese farm house and rural past through exhibits and documentation of rural life. Then visit National Memorial Chorten, a sacred shrine built in 1974 in memory of the ‘Father of modern Bhutan’, third Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. After lunch, drive on to Punakha across Dochula pass (3080m) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 10: Trek from Punakha to Paro.

Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and still it continues to be the winter residence of central monk body.
Visit Punakha Dzong, Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored. Then drive to Wangduephodrang visiting its majestic Dzong, founded by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1638. It is located on top of a high ridge overlooking a river junction. The Dzong stands majestically on a spur and commands an impressive view over both north-south and east-west roads. After lunch, drive to Paro en route visiting Sitmokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong in the country which now houses the School for Buddhist studies. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 11 : Final departure from Paro.

Morning transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination.

Fixed Departure Coming Soon. We have every week departure for Druk Path Trekking. Please contact us to book your date of Departure or Join other groups.

Package cost includes following services:

  • KTM International Airport Arrival & Departure Transfer by Private Comfortable Car/van/ Hiace.
  • Welcome breakfast or lunch or dinner and Farewell dinner.
  • Accommodations Twin Sharing Basis in Kathmandu and Pokhara at 2 to 4 Star hotel.
  • Tea house lodge where available during trekking otherwise tented camp (twin sharing). Most of the tea houses are basic standard.
  • Round trip Land or Air Transportation as per the destination and itinerary. Approx. 7-8 hours drive.
  • English Speaking experienced Trekking Guide (Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder), one extra assistant trek leader for above 8 pax group. 1 porter for 2 person basis (Carry max. 25 Kgs per porter) during the trek.
  • All official document process charges including Trek Permit, TIMS card & any required permits or Official Documentation for trekking.
  • Insurance, Transportation, Wages, Equipments and all meals & Lodges of Porters and Guides during the trek
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu City on 2nd day (Swayambu nath, Buddha nath Stupa, Kumari temple/durbar square & Pasupati nath Temple by tour guide and car/driver (6-7 hrs tour).
    Note: Entrance fees are not included with this package.
  • Entrance fees of all sightseeing Monuments/temples/stupas during sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag, Osho World Adventure trekking kit bag/duffel bag, First Aid Kid Box( for Normal Treatment only), T-shirt and Trekking maps.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue Evacuation Coordination Service (This is only in case of Emergency condition of guests, however all guests are responsible to pay helicopter Evacuation Charge- US$ 2500 per/Hour if necessary. So all our valued guests are kindly advised to make sure that they have necessary travel Insurance which should cover heli Evacuation expenses in case needed)
  • One day free Yoga & Meditation Course or One day volunteering service School.
  • Government taxes & Other Applicable Fees

Complementary from Company (to our Valued Guests)

  • Trip Certificate ( for memory of Bhutan trip)
  • Porter Carrying kid Bag- Trekking bag for Porter

Package cost excludes following services:

  • International Airfare to and from your country
  • Visa fee: Nepal entry visa and Bhutan Visa fee
  • Travel & Health Insurance- Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (Most recommended)
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara – keep $ 5 to 10 for per meal in Tourist Restaurant.
  • Any kind of meal including breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Extra accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early return from trekking than schedule itinerary.
  • Any Alcoholic Drinks, Cold Drinks, Boiled & Mineral Water, Beverages, deserts Etc in Trek
  • Tips for Guide & Porter after complete programmed.
  • Hot Shower, Battery Charges( Available in Trek with Extra cost or Free in some lodges)
  • Unforeseen Cost such as Flight Cancellation or Delayed, Sick in Trek, and Helicopter rescue in Trek. Cost due to bad weather etc which is out of our control.
  • Personal expenses such as the phone calls, laundry service, internet, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower, etc.
  • Any Other Cost, which is not mentioned in Cost Includes Items as Above

Note:

Extra single room Supplementary charge is applicable if Guest does not have partner to share room together or in the case if no one want to Share room together or He/she prefer to have single room.

If you would like to accommodate yourself at your own preferable Luxury or Budget hotels in Kathmandu city, please kindly write us hotel name, so we can update accordingly.

Typical Day on Trek

After packing bags and hearty breakfast, we set out for a walk. We stop for a lunch after 3-4 hours walking. The afternoon walk is relatively short and therefore we arrive at our destination on time. Upon our arrival at destination, tea is served. We spend remaining afternoon in exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or by enjoying a guide book.. Sometimes we will be free after the lunch. You can enjoy your evening by playing cards and relieving the days tiredness before you to bed.

Luggage While Trekking

Your main luggage will be carried either by the porters or at the back of animals like Yak. You will have to carry just a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jackets etc along with a small load that gives you the full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal ’s domestic airlines is 15 Kgs, excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors

Group Size

We have a small group of like minded people who always work for making your trip memorable and insightful, by creating an opportunity to interact with local people about their culture and life style. Our group generally consists of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, no minimum and maximum apply. You are free to choose any type of trips at your convenient time frame for any numbers of people if you want to travel independently with friends, families and colleagues.

How we meet in Kathmandu

You need to forward your international flight details to us in advance for your greeting at the airport. As you complete the custom formalities and come out of the terminal building, you will be noticing our representative waiting to welcome you with holding garland and our company signpost. Please look at your Printed Name and Our Company Signboard Osho World Adventure Pvt. Ltd. and follow them. Meet our representative and then you will be transferred to hotel. You will be served free welcome drinks, tea or coffee or juice at the time of check in.

Rescue / Evacuations

In case of serious sickness or casualty, you will be transferred to the nearest hospital and you will be liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. Therefore, please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.

Responsible Travel & Tourism

Wonderful environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of Nepal and Bhutan . As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats, we do not have camp fires and use kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood.

We also discourage you to use wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now provide solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.

Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strew with litter. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy.

Trip Extensions

We can help you to extend your trip if you are interested to trek more both within and other neighboring countries. You can try rafting or you may go for Jungle safari in Nepal or you can enjoy Nepal cultural tour. You can also go for trek in Tibet , India and Bhutan . After the trek ends in Pokhara, you are strongly advised to spend few more days in exploring sights and sounds of the this beautiful city.

All staffs and porters are equipped with adequate clothing and equipments.

Booking Procedure

Each person must deposit 20% of the total trip cost 30 days prior to the trek starts. We will confirm your booking by email after receiving the deposit. There are two ways for the deposits : cash/ credit cards

You can send us US dollar/ Euros other currencies, in the bank account of Osho World Adventure Pvt. Ltd. We expect you to make a full payment before you check in hotel in Kathmandu.

You can make a final payment either in cash or by traveler’s cheque after your arrival in Kathmandu .You do not entertain payment by credit card as it incurs additional 4% service charge. And it has not been included the cost trip. If you wish to pay by credit card, please click the link given below.

If you still have any queries regarding this trip, please don’t hesitate to contact our office staff. We will respond to you within 24 hours. You can book a trip by e-mailing us at info@oshoadventure.com

While on trekking, you will not get the same level of comfort as you would at your home. This is majesty of trekking and to be more adventurous.  But there are some requisites that trekker should consider before making any trekking trip. The trekkers should be equipped with all necessary elements and supplies.

You can find good quality trekking gear in Nepal; however they are not purely original. Below is the list of all trekking gear that you need while trekking in lower or higher altitudes. Please make sure you will have enough trekking gear from following list.

Please note that you main bag is either carried by porter or yak which you might not have access during day. Hence it is recommended to carry separate bag by yourself with all necessary stuff like water bottle, Personal first aid kit, sun cream, sweater or down jacket, rain parka and lunch box.

For All TreksFor Treks Going Above 4000 m
FootwearFootwear
  • trekking or running shoes
  • camp shoes or thongs
  • socks – polypropylene
  • A pair of Track shoes to wear in the camp site
  • one pair of sandals to wear in the cities and camp
  • mountain trekking boots
  • socks, wool, to wear with boots
  • socks, light cotton, for under wool socks
  • down booties (optional)
  • one pair shoes when boots are wet
ClothingClothing
  • down or fiber – filled jacket
  • jumper or pile jacket
  • hiking shorts (for men) or skirt
  • waterproof jacket, poncho or umbrella
  • hiking pants
  • T-shirts or blouses
  • underwear
  • sun hat
  • swimwear (optional)
  • insulated pants
  • nylon windbreaker
  • nylon wind pants
  • long underwear
  • woolen hat (or balaclava)
  • gloves
  • gaiters
  • A tracksuits – useful for in the camp and tent
  • Two cotton T-Shirts
Other EquipmentMiscellaneous Items
  • rucksack
  • sleeping bag
  • water bottle
  • torch (flashlight), batteries & bulbs
  • Duffle bags or kit bag to carry gear while trekking
  • goggles or sunglasses
  • sunblock for lips
  • Optional Equipment
  • Photography Equipment
  • camera & lenses
  • lens cleaning equipment
  • film (about 20 rolls)If you don’t have digital camera
Miscellaneous ItemsToys & Navigation Aids
  • toilet articles
  • toilet paper & cigarette lighter
  • small knife
  • sunblock (SPF 15-Plus)
  • towel
  • laundry soap
  • medical & first-aid kit
  • pre-moistened towelettes
  • sewing kit
  • bandanna
  • GPS unit
  • altimeter
  • thermometer compass
  • Miscellaneous Items
  • binoculars
  • books to read while waiting for planes & buses
  • if you have a porter, you will need a duffel bag with a padlock, some stuff sacks and lots of plastic bags.
  • A small duffel bag or suitcase to leave your city clothes in is also useful.

What are the best seasons for trekking?

The best seasons to trek in Himalayas of Bhutan between Autumn and Spring. You can also have trekking in other season but you could expect difficult weather situation.

Do I need an experience for Trekking in Bhutan?

Normally trekking in Bhutan is suitable for those who can walk 4-5 hours in day with light weight rucksack. And for adventurous trekking, you must have experience of moderate trekking. And physical fitness is must necessary for trekking.

Do you have airport pick facilities?

Yes! We have free airport pick up and drop facilities with every booked package with us. You just need to inform us time and date of arrival during the booking.

What type accommodation can I expect in Trekking in Bhutan?

There are three types of accommodation in Bhutan depending upon the destination. Lodge or tea house accommodations with basic standard in popular places. During the trek we have camping style accommodations with expert cooks.

What kind of food can I expect during the trekking?

Basic standard but delicious food will be available during the trek. Mostly vegetarian style foods can be expected where lodges or tea houses are available. In camping style trekking, our expert and professional cook will help you.

Note: You must have your breakfast, lunch or dinner where you spend overnight.

Who will be our guides during the trek?

You guide will be English talking local Nepali. We can also provide specific language talking guide for you such as Russian, Spanish, Chinese, French or Italian. All guides are well trained and government authorized which includes Sherpas, Gurung, Magar, Rai and Brahmin.

What equipment do you provide? What should I bring myself?

We provide sleeping bags, down jackets for the Lodge to Lodge trek (Teahouse) and tents, mattresses, kitchen equipment (all of the highest quality) during the Camping Treks. However, trekking shoes, personal equipment and climbing equipment is up to you. See our equipment list or email us for a specific list.

How much extra money do I need per day?

You need to allocate 10$-15$ per day for Lunch or Dinner during stay at Kathmandu or Pokhara. During trekking depending upon a destination, you need 20$-40$ per day for Lunch and Dinner. It also depends on your spending habits.

Are your staffs fully equipped? What about their insurance?

Yes! Our staffs such as guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters are fully equipped. We are connected with each other and believe in team work.  We protect and advocates for the rights of all our staffs and they are fully insured.

Can I add extra days to my trip?

Sure!!! You can add another extra days during the trekking. We can arrange to extend the trekking days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, and accommodation along trekking.

What does grading (Easy, Moderate, Adventurous, Challenging) means?

“Grading” is a term used for rating treks based on difficulty. We have four grade of trekking in Bhutan i.e. Easy, Moderate, Adventurous and Challenging- the challenge in terms of both technicality and geography increases as we move higher in that order.

Easy Treks

No previous trek experience and any physical preparation are required to attempt this trek. An interest in walking will be enough to take up such treks. Such treks usually vary from 2 days hike to 5 days trekking and can reach up to an altitude of 3000 m.

Moderate Treks

Moderate Treks need at least 6-7 hours of daily walking every day which crosses 4000 m above high altitude passes, and long and exhausting walks through often rough trails, rocks and boulders.

Adventurous Treks

Adventurous treks required previous trekking experience and technical knowledge. Besides this 6-7 hours walking through rough trails and crossing high passes as high as 5000 m.

Challenging Treks

These are long days trekking with long hours challenging walks passing through high altitude above 5000 m, difficult terrains and glacier and snow walking. No doubt you need to be mentally and physically fit and in excellent health condition.

What is altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness which generally occurs when people ascend too quickly in altitudes of over 3000 m. Altitude sickness is the major problem when you are trekking. And it is really necessary for you to study the causes, symptoms and treatment of the attitude sickness before trekking and climbing. Average of three peoples per year dies due to the Altitude sickness.

While trekking and climbing it is necessary adjust your schedule for trekking in above 3.000 meters. It is better if you climb no more than 400 meters per day when you are climbing above 3000 meters. If you fail to allow time for adaptation, you may develop the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You can easily care it with a day’s rest or if ignored can lead to death. So before trekking, especially in higher altitude, basic awareness of AMS is necessary for safe trek.

What happens if there’s an emergency?

Generally, you are not likely to face any emergency but if the situation goes serious, then you can send word to the nearby village with radio service for a helicopter evacuation. It can cost you up to $1500-$2500 (even more depending upon the situation) for a helicopter evacuation and it requires a guarantee of payment before the helicopter takes off. If you register with your embassy, then this process can be done in great speed. However, if the case is not so serious, then you can find some health posts or air field for check-up. So, we recommend you to have necessary travel insurance which can cover all those expenses.

Is there an emergency contact number?

Yes. You can dial on 9751000991 anytime from anywhere. If you are using international number you need to put our country code 00977 or if you are dialing from local number in Kathmandu, doesn’t need to put any code.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

This is very difficult thing to determine. We have seen everything from 10USD to 500 USD per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small way to show your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of personal involvement with your guide.

How can I book my trip in advance?

If you are traveling in high tourist season i.e. between October to November and March to April, you have to book the tour six to ten months before. Because of the limitation of the infrastructure in tourism industry, you are asked to book the trip in advance.

What is the mode of payment?

We accept major credit cards such as VISA, Master and American Express. You can use any of above credit card to pay us. You can also pay us either by Western Union Money Transfer or PayPal or Direct Bank Transfer.

I want to extend my trip any recommendation?

Yes! Just let us know your interest; we can customize package according to your need. You can have other activities such as raftingexpeditionbird watching tours, jungle safari and many other adventurous activities in Nepal.

Note: If you have more questions in your mind, just drop us e-mail or contact us. We will shortly reply you with all information that you need.

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