Druk Path Trek with cultural tour is a trek designed to endeavor the natural and cultural richness of Bhutan all at once. It takes you through pristine mountains to let you admire the beauty of architecturally rich monasteries. It is a short trek that leads you from Paro to Thimpu and vice versa. As you dive into the trip, you will cross the chain of alluring mountains that divides Paro and Thimpu valleys. A lake on the way with giant trout fishes is a major attraction that should not to be missed. The drive through a sparsely populated area exploring the lush landscape and culturally divine monasteries with the backdrop of the snow-capped mountains make for an amazing experience. Visit the Tiger’s Nest Monastery along your journey and have a closer look at the prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and the temple complex located in the cliff-side of the upper Paro valley.
Druk Path Trek with cultural tour is a very popular package among the travel lovers. It is a perfect blend of trekking and an exploration tour. It is a short but challenging trek as it takes us to high altitude regions adorned with wild environments. Staying under the tented camps, cooking your own food and sleeping under the moonlight with glittering snowy peaks is surely a dream that anyone would love to live in.
Join Escape Himalaya to experience the sheer natural glory and cultural richness of Bhutan. The best seasons for your travel is March – May and September – November. Enjoy the magnificence of the great Himalayan ranges as you walk along paths laden with rhododendron blossoms and fir forests. Visit to the temples and Dzongs that hold history of the ancient era will enlighten you about the unique culture and history of Bhutan. The feeling of traveling back into time to explore the treasures of art, crafts and architecture is simply spell bounding! So, don’t wait no longer, come along on this wonderful adventure with us!
You can also choose alternative packages for Bhutan provided by us like the Nepal Bhutan Darjeeling Tour that lets you explore the riches of Darjeeling as well as highlighted destinations of Bhutan in one go. You can also opt for our Glimpse Tour Bhutan for sights and visits to Bhutan’s cultural sites and destinations.
- Day 01: Arrive at Paro
- Day 02: Acclimatization Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
- Day 03: Paro-Jele Dzong (10 k.m.), Duration: 4 - 5 hours
- Day 04: Jele Dzong - Jangchulakha (10 k.m.), Duration: 4 hours (ascent 310m, descent 50m.)
- Day 05: Jangchulakha – Jimilang Tsho - Langrithang (15 k.m.), Duration: 4-5 hours (ascent 330m, descent 310m.)
- Day 06: Langrithang - Tsaluna-Thimphu (11 k.m.), Duration: 4 hours (descent 800m.)
- Day 07: Thimphu – Paro, Depart Paro
- All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
- Assistance in acquiring Bhutan visa and visa fee
- Accommodation at a 3-star category hotel in Paro and Thimpu, approved by the Bhutanese Government
- Single room surcharge when traveling 2 people in a group
- Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and tours
- Tented accommodation during the trek
- Govt. trained guide and necessary no. of porters with their meals, salary and insurance
- Mineral water will be supplied during the tour and boiled water during the trek
- All entry/permit fees during the tour/trekking
- All applicable government taxes and tourist service charges
- Our office expenses and service charge
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary
- International flights
- Accommodation in Kathmandu
- Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee
- Personal shopping, internet/Phone bill, and laundry
- Pony service and porters
- Tips for tour guide and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
Day 01: Arrive at Paro
The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, offering spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and the Jichu Drake Peaks in Bhutan. On arrival, you will be greeted by the guide and be transferred to the hotel. After lunch, we will visit the Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. The Jowo Temple of Kyichu was originally built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsän Gampo. It is considered to be one of the four border taming temples built by the emperor. From there, you will proceed to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan’s second-highest mountain at 23,996 feet. Jumolhari, also known as Chomolhari, is also sometimes called "the bride of Kangchenjunga”. It is a mountain in the Himalayas, straddling the border between Yadong County of Tibet, China and the Thimphu district of Bhutan. Overnight at Hotel, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 02: Acclimatization Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Today, you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery. It is absolutely breathtaking, situated at 10,400 feet and perched on the edge of a steep cliff about 3,000 feet above the Paro Valley. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. The temple is devoted to Padmasambhava (also known as Gu-ru mTshan-brgyad Lhakhang, "the Temple of the Guru with Eight Names") and is an elegant structure built around the cave in 1692 by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye. The monastery has become the cultural icon of Bhutan. Though it looks formidable, the monastery complex has access from several directions, such as the northwest path through the forest, from the south along the path used by devotees, and from the north (access over the rocky plateau, which is called the “Hundred Thousand Fairies” known as Bumda (hBum-brag). A mule track leading to it passes through pine forest that is colorfully festooned with moss and prayer flags. On many days, clouds shroud the monastery and give an eerie feeling of remoteness. Lunch is served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. After having explored the monastery, you will hike down to the valley floor. Overnight at Hotel, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 03: Paro-Jele Dzong (10 k.m.), Duration: 4 - 5 hours
Today is a short trekking day. The day starts with a short climb to Jele Dzong. The trek trail is rather gradual up till the camp, and if the weather is clear- the Paro valley can be seen with snow-capped mountains behind, making for a beautiful scene to gaze upon. Above the camp is the Jele La Dzong (3,400m). The Jele Dzong is mostly in ruins and there is a Lhakhang with the statute of Buddha Shakyamuni. Overnight at Tented Camp, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 04: Jele Dzong - Jangchulakha (10 k.m.), Duration: 4 hours (ascent 310m, descent 50m.)
We will begin the day with an hour and half’s climb and then ascend gradually upwards along the trail. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons and arrives at the Jangchulakha. After walking for some time, you will arrive at the campsite, which offers scenic views of the terrain beneath. You can also see yak herders around your campsite (3600m). Overnight at Tented Camp, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 05: Jangchulakha – Jimilang Tsho - Langrithang (15 k.m.), Duration: 4-5 hours (ascent 330m, descent 310m.)
After a short climb, the trail follows a ridge, which on a clear day- you can have sensational views of Mont Jumolhari and other Himalayan ranges from. After a short descent, you will arrive at the Jimilang Tsho Lake (3700m) where you will be served your lunch. Jimilang rests at an elevation of 3,870 meters (12,700 ft.) at the apex of the Druk Path Trail. Its name means "Sand Ox Lake," named after a legendary bull. Also called Bimelang Tsho, this sacred lake is a meditation site. The lake also contains many trouts. As the phenomena of nature goes, all lakes in Bhutan are believed to be inhabited by spirits. Then the trail descends further down to Langrithang through fir forests. Overnight at Tented Camp, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 06: Langrithang - Tsaluna-Thimphu (11 k.m.), Duration: 4 hours (descent 800m.)
The trail takes you through forests of fir and rhododendrons following the stream and arrives at the Tsaluna Monastery (sacred site of Guru Rinpoche from 8th century). Further down, you will reach the Tsaluna Village, were you can see beautiful farms. After a few hours of leisurely walking, you can ride the car to Thimphu. In the evening, you can stroll through Thimphu town and observe the lifestyle of the people. Overnight hotel in Thimphu. Overnight at Hotel, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 07: Thimphu – Paro, Depart Paro
You will drive to airport for your departure. Our representative will bid you farewell today.