Druk Path Trek

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– Druk Path Trek –

Trek Duration: 6 days
Altitude: 2400 – 4200 mts
Best Season: March to May and September to November

The six day trek is the most popular trek in the country as it passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes while at the same time offering the opportunity to visit some ancient lhakhangs, dzongs and villages.

The Druk Path Trek is also a fairly easy hike to undertake as the distances between rest camps is fairly short. The trail takes you through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200 m. On the third day hikers will arrive at Jimiling Lake, whose crystal clear waters are home to gigantic trout.

This trek also offers hikers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world. The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are between March-June or September-November.

The 6 Day Druk Path Trek:

Day 1: Taa Dzong, Paro – Jili Dzong, Paro (campsite)
Distance 7 km, 4-5 hours, 1,090 m ascent, camp altitude 3,480 m.

The first day can be quite arduous as you have to climb more than 1,000m elevation. You start from the Ta Dzong (National Museum) in Paro. The trek follows a gravel road past a few farms for about 30 minutes and then climbs up a steep ridge before leading through blue pine and fir forests to Damche Gom. Once you reach the ridge below Jili Dzong you descend about 100m to the campsite below the Dzong.

Day 2: Jili Dzong – Jangchulakha, Paro
Distance 10 km, 4-5 hours, 310 m ascent, 50 m descent, camp altitude 3,770 m.

You begin with a steep climb for about an hour and a half, then the slope evens a bit and the ascent is more gradual. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and dwarf rhododendron tress. You may see herders and their yaks around your campsite.

Day 3: Jangchulakha – Jimgelang Tsho, Thimphu
Distance 11 km, 4 hours, 230 m descent, 330 m ascent, camp altitude 3,870 m.

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 Jimgelang Tsho Lake. This lake is known for its giant sized trout.

Day 4: Jimgelang Tsho – Simkotra Tsho, Thimphu
Distance 11 km, 4 hours, 820 m ascent, 400 m descent, camp altitude 4,110 m.

The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and past Janetso Lake. You may come across some yak herder camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho Lake.

Day 5: Simkotra Tsho – Phajoding, Thimphu
Distance 10 km, 3-4 hours, 130 m ascent, 680 m descent, camp altitude 3,750 m.

The day begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and several other Himalayan peaks. From this pass, the trek takes you downhill towards Phajodhing where you will halt for the night. The camp is located just above Phadjoding Monastery.

Day 6: Phajoding – Motithang, Thimphu (Yay! end of trek)
Distance 4-5 km, 3 hours, 1,130 m descent.

After passing Phadjoding monastery, the trek to Thimphu (Mothitang) is downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours.

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What to pack?

Technical clothing

  • Down parka
  • Warm fleece jacket
  • Comfortable trekking boot (we like lowa)
  • Lightweight shoes
  • Rain gears
  • 4 pair trekking socks
  • 2 long sleeve capilene shirts
  • 2 capilene bottoms (mid & heavy weight)
  • 2 trekking shirts (non-cotton is best!)
  • Trekking pants (zip off shorts are nice)
  • 1 pair shorts
  • 1 bandana
  • Warm gloves
  • Flip flop (or similar camp shoes)
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • 2 pair sunglasses

Equipment

  • Small daypack
  • Waterproof duffel for gear
  • Warm sleeping bag (negative 8-10 degree celcius)
  • Trekking poles
  • Mud guard
  • Headlamp and a normal torch
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Earplugs
  • 2-liter water bottle (if camelback, bring also a nalgene)
  • Insulated drinking mug
  • Small towel
  • Rain gears
  • Various size plastic bags to keep gear dry and separate

Others

  • Anti bacterial hand gel for disinfecting hands
  • Medical kit that includes – aspirin, motion sickness tablets,
    cough drops, diamox, bites/burn cream and small bandage.
  • Lightweight toilet articles (shampoo, soap-travel size)
  • Sunscreen, lip screen and insect repellent
  • Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine)
  • High calorie snacks and energy bars
  • Prescription medications
  • Some books to read at camp

The following equipment are provided:

  • Sleeping tent
  • Dinning tent
  • Kitchen tent
  • Toilet tent
  • Shower tent
  • Toilet seats
  • Rubber mats
  • Inflatable air mats
  • Carpets
  • Hot water rubber bags
  • Table and chairs
  • Sleeping bag liners
  • Pillows
  • Duffle bags
  • Gamow bag or PAC