Druk Path Trek - 9 Days

Druk Path Trek is short and scenic and affords a stunning view of the Paro Valley, including Mt. Gangker Phuensum, the highest mountain of Bhutan. This mountain looks awesome. Druk Trek Path also takes you to Jimilangtsho and Simkotra lakes, which abound with trout fish. By this lake, your guide sets up a camp for you.

Druk Path Trek begins with the interesting places of Bhutan, such as National Museum, National Library, National Memorial Chorten, and the Paro Valley. You also visit Traditional Medicine Institute, Arts & Crafts School, and Takin Mini Zoo

Some of the famous dzongs that you visit during this trek are Jele and Tashichho. Druk Trek Path also includes the beautiful and remote places of Bhutan. In this trek, you also walk on a steep uphill and through a dense alpine forest, which abounds with rhododendron, firs, and cidar trees, and which is a home to monal pheasants and yak herders. The trekking trail is rugged and takes you to Taktsang monastery, which is the treasure of Bhutan. It also takes you to the ridges and viewpoint from where you see a spectacular view of the mountains and valley.

Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest is the most spectacular monastery of Bhutan and is also the most photographed monastery of Bhutan. This monastery is also the symbol of Bhutan, and Guru Rinpoche arrived in this monastery on a flying tigress from Tibet many years ago to meditate. The monastery has 4 temples and is situated on the cliff of the Paro Valley.

Day 1

Arrival at Paro Airport (2280 m). Stay overnight in a Hotel.

Day 2

Day excursion from Paro to Taktsang Monastery. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 3

Trek from Paro to Jele Dzong (3436 m) - 5 hrs. Stay overnight in a tented camp.

Day 4

Trek to Jangchulakha (3962 m) - 5 hrs. Stay overnight in a tented camp.

Day 5

Trek to Jimilang Tsho ( 3880 m) - 6 hrs. Stay overnight in a tented camp.

Day 6

Trek to Simkotra (4090 m) - 4 hrs. Stay overnight in a tented camp.

Day 7

Trek to Thimphu via Phazoding - 7 hrs. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 8

Drive from Thimphu to Paro. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 9

Departure from Paro

Trip Highlights

  • Taktsang Monastery/ Tiger's Nest
  • View of Mt. Gangker Phuensum
  • Lake Jimilangtsho
  • Sightseeing Around Thimphu
  • Trek to Simkotra (4,090m)
  • Phume La Pass and Jele La Pass
  • Camping Nearby Lake Jimilangtsho
  • Day 1Arrival at Paro Airport (2280 m)

    Fly to Paro from either Bangkok or New Delhi or Kathmandu or Dhaka. Of all these, there is a daily flight from Bangkok to Paro. Our airport representative will welcome you at Paro Airport and he/she will take you to hotel by a tourist vehicle. Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 2Excursion from Paro to the Taktsang Monastery

    Today’s sightseeing includes Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest, the most spectacular monastery and probably the most photographed monastery of Bhutan. The monastery is also the symbol of Bhutan. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery, hence the monastery is called Tiger’s Nest. You will take 5 hours to visit monastery and its viewpoint.Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 3Trek from Paro to Jele Dzong (3436 m) – 5 hrs

    Today, you will do a short trek. This trek starts from a National Museum and a trail leads up to the camp. If the weather is clear, you will see Paro valley as well as surrounding mountains. Tonight, you will stay in a tented camp near the old Jele Dzong, which you would visit in the evening.Stay overnight in a tented camp (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 4Trek to Jangchulakha (3962 m) – 5 hrs

    Today, you will keep ascending till you reach dense alpine forest, which also contains rhododendron trees. There is a fine view of snow-capped peaks, and you may hear the sound made by monal pheasants during the daytime. You may also see yak herders near your campsite.Stay overnight in a tented camp (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 5Trek to Jimilang Tsho (3880 m) – 6 hrs

    The trekking trail follows the ridge and offers a clear view of the mountains and valley. Our camp is close to Lake Jimilangtsho. This lake is known for its giant-sized trout.Stay overnight in a tented camp (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 6Trek to Simkotra (4090 m) – 4 hrs

    The trail takes you to dwarf rhododendron trees and lake Janetsho. Today, you may come across some yak herder’s camp. You will have your campsite close to Simkotra Lake. Stay overnight in a tented camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 7Trek to Thimphu via Phazoding – 7 hrs

    From the lake, you make a gradual climb and see the majestic view of Mt. Gangker Phuensum, the highest mountain of Bhutan. Also, you will see other mountain peaks. The trail slowly descends through junipers tress and Phajoding monastery, from where; you will see Thimphu at the valley floor. The trek from Phajoding to Thimphu is downhill and passes through a forested area of blue pine trees. By ascending and descending and by walking through the forest, you will reach Thimpu. Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 8Drive from Thimphu to Paro

    Sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes the National Library, Traditional Medicine Institute, Arts & Crafts School, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, National Memorial Chorten, Zilukha Nunnery, Traditional paper factory, Zilukha Nunnery, Takin mini Zoo, Handicrafts Emporium, local shops. Finally, you will visit Tashichho dzong, which houses most of the Government office and King’s Throne room. In the evening, you will head off Paro. Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 8Departure from Paro (by Druk Air)

    After breakfast, your Airport Representative will drop you at Paro International Airport for departure(Breakfast Included)

  • IMPORTANT NOTE

    During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond Ace Holidays can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially changed. If changes are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative for you. Taking this into consideration, as well as the best interests of the whole group, including a change, Ace Holidays will do everything to minimize the effects, but it cannot be responsible for the results, arising from changes or delays.

Arrival and Departure

Upon arrival in Paro Airport, you will see our guide, who holds holds the signboard of your name, and who will accompany you from the airport to the hotel. Similarly, on the departure day, our guide accompanies you from the hotel to the airport.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation includes shared rooms of Two - Star Hotel of Paro and Thimpu on bed and breakfast. In trek, accommodation includes tented camps. During the trek, Ace Holidays provides you breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You should bring your own sleeping bag, but you can rent one, as well.

. The Group Size

Minimum group size for this trip is 2 people and the maximum is 14 people, the average number is normally 8 people. Ace Holidays provides 1 lead guide, 1 assistant guide (if the group size is 6 or more), it assigns 1 porter for 2 trekkers.

Acclimatization

All Ace Holidays' itineraries are planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast can lead you to AMS. The higher the altitude, the less the oxygen. For example, at an altitude of 5000 m, there is 50% less oxygen. Therefore, your body needs to adapt to an environment, which has less oxygen. So, for a safe trek, it is essential for you to acclimatize. Sensible planning is, therefore, required to minimize the risk of AMS. Ace Holidays advises all its trekkers, who have heart, lungs or blood pressure problems to consult with their doctors before they begin their treks. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are the symptoms of AMS. Check out our “High Altitude Sickness Page (link)”. Ace Holidays' itineraries have been designed to prevent AMS as much as possible. But it is important to remember that some trekkers are more vulnerable to AMS than other trekkers.

Guides and Staffs Arrangements

Skilled, experienced, and helpful trek leaders make your trip smooth. Ace Holidays carefully select these leaders on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills, and personal attitudes. With an objective to serve local communities, Ace Holidays only employs local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local regions. The trek, tour, and expedition leaders of Ace Holidays have undergone the following training:

-Intensive Wilderness First Aid
-Trekking Guide Training
-Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
-English Language
-Conservation and Biodiversity
-Rock climbing, Ice climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

Best Seasons

March to May and September to November.

Change in the Itinerary

Your safety is of paramount concern when you travel with Ace Holidays. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is concerned with your safety. Since this adventure entails you to travel in remote mountainous region, Ace Holidays cannot guarantee that you will not deviate from it because weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs, according to your plan, but please be prepared to become flexible.

Giving to the Local Community

Ace Holidays works closely with local community and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal, a non-political and non-profit social organization. Ace Holidays also supports the remote villages of Gorkha and other parts of Nepal through donation, sponsorship programs and various projects.

Donation

Ace Holidays donates a percentage of its business profit on a yearly basis, and it also supports the ongoing maintenance cost of the local schools and community-based schools of the Gorkha District.

Sponsorship

One of the major activities of the Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted in full collaboration with Ace Holidays.

Partnership for Volunteering Program

The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace Holidays and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize the teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capitals for education, health and community development in the villages of Gorkha district, western Nepal. For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website www.sambhavnepal.org

Equipment and Packing List

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interests and choices. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters and personal belongings, such as money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by you. So, you are briefed to pack items in two different bags before the trek.

  • Ace Holidays gives you a duffel bag and a cap if you are flying from Kathmandu to Paro.
  • Head

    • Sun hat or scarf
    • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Lower Body

    • Under Garments
    • Hiking shorts
    • Lightweight cotton long pants
    • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
    • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
    • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
    • Feet

    • Thin, lightweight inner socks
    • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
    • Hiking boots with spare laces
    • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
    • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
    • Upper Body

    • T-shirts
    • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
    • Fleece jacket or pullover
    • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
    • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
    • Down vest and/or jacket *
    • Hands

    • Lightweight gloves
    • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
    • Accessories

    • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
    • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
    • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
    • Basic First Aid Kit
    • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
    • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
    • Trekking Poles
    • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
    • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
    • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
    • Toiletaries

    • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
    • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
    • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
    • Deodorants
    • Nail clippers
    • Face and body moisturizer
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Small mirror
    • Hygeine

    • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
    • Tissue /toilet roll
    • Anti bacterial hands wash
    • Extras/Luxuries

    • Binoculars
    • Reading book
    • Trail Map/Guide book
    • Journal & Pen
    • iPod
    • Pencils and small notebooks
    • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
    • Swimming customs (for Kathmandu)
    • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket Rental

      You can rent a good sleeping bag and a down jacket from Ace Holidays. The price is USD 25 per person for each of these. Total cost is USD 50 per person for both sleeping bag and down jacket for the entire trip.
    • First Aid Kit

      Please note your guide will carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, you are recommended to bring your personal first aid kit bag.
    • Additional Information

      Have more questions, and if you wish to discuss any aspects of this trip or your suitability, please visit our FAQs or contact us.

    Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made of Lycra can often be offensive to the locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable to wear then please wear it as a base layer, and please also pack something to wear on top of it.

    Ace Holidays has stated the price per person below. Group Discounts of 5 % to 15% is available for booking of 4 or more than 4 people. A group booking of 12 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with an availability of a free trip to 1 person. You can also customize a trip, according to your requirements.

    Small Group Journey - The departure dates currently available to join our fixed group departure

    No Fixed Departure Dates are available for this Package.

    Private Journey - Customize the Suitable Date for You

    Ace Holidays understands that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at their own Schedule. Considering this, Ace Holidays organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.

    Private Journey

    Tailor Made Journey - Itinerary Personalized According to Your Specifications

    You can also use this trek as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, you could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks of Nepal. You can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi River of Nepal. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from the specialists of Ace Holidays, please fill in our tailor-made form.

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    Cost Includes
    • Pick up from the airport and drop off at the hotel and vice - versa by a private vehicle.
    • Guided city tour in Paro in a private tourist vehicle.
    • Twin sharing rooms in a Two - Star hotel with breakfast in Thimpu and Paro.
    • Full-board meals only during the trek - breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Tented accommodation and equipment during the trek. (Ace Holidays provides fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc.)
    • Drinking water during the trek
    • Country presentation and tour Briefing on the evening of Day 1 with welcome drinks.
    • Licensed English-speaking Bhutanese tour guides.
    • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and camping equipment during the trek.
    • Private transportation and a designated driver within Bhutan. Toyota 4 WD luggage vans and light trucks for group travel. Luggage will be hauled by horses, mules or yaks at higher elevations.
    • Monument and museums entrance fees
    • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.
    • Government royalty (35% of $200), which goes to the country's health and education projects.
    • All trekking, route and monument access permits and fees.
    • All government taxes, official expenses and tourist service charges.
    • Cost Does Not Include

    • Travel insurance, which covers emergency rescue and evacuation. (See Secure Insurance Page)
    • International airfare and airport departure tax (See Track Bhutan Flights Page).
    • Tips for trek guides, tour guides, and porter
     

    Trip Highlights

    • Taktsang Monastery/ Tiger's Nest
    • View of Mt. Gangker Phuensum
    • Lake Jimilangtsho
    • Sightseeing Around Thimphu
    • Trek to Simkotra (4,090m)
    • Phume La Pass and Jele La Pass
    • Camping Nearby Lake Jimilangtsho

    How fit do I have to be and is this trek for me?

    This trek is suitable for the average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs, such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized. To prepare for a strenuous trek you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline, you will enjoy the trek to the fullest.

    Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

    Yes, the airport representative of Ace Holidays will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying a signboard with your name on it at outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a tourist vehicle.

    What sort of accommodation can I expect in Paro, Thimpu and in trek?

    Two star hotel accommodation (in twin sharing rooms). In trekking routes, we provide the best possible camping service complete with comfortable two-person tents with good mattress.

    What sort of food can I expect?

    Most of the restaurants serve Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines with plenty to choose from. If you have any special dietary requirements please advise us in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

    What mode of transportation do you use?

    Ace Holidays uses comfortable and reliable Japanese Toyota SUVs, micro-buses and coaches to transport our guests. All our drivers are licensed by the Road surface transport authority (RSTA). Our vehicles are also certified and inspected by the RSTA frequently to comply with the safety standards. During trekking, we use horse, donkeys or yaks.

    What is the best season for this trekking?

    The best time for this trekking is from March to May, and from September to November.

    What is the weather and temperature during trekking?

    Nights are generally colder (-2°C to -15°C) than the daytime (5°C to 20°C). It is also important to make sure that you stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! depending on season the temperature could range from -15°C to 30°C

    I m a Vegeterain, is that a Problem ?

    No problem at all.

    Are there any volunteer projects that we could do after the trek?

    Ace Holidays is one of the prime supporters of the social organization called Sambhav Nepal Foundation. There are several on-going projects in a village called Arupokhari in Gorkha, which you are more than welcome to visit.

    Is there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups?

    We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.

    What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek?

    Yes, we provide you shower facilities during your trek. We erect a shower tent and provide you with Buckets of hot water.

    Do i need to obtain VISA for Bhutan?

    Ace Holidays handles the visa procedures for you. The Govt. will sanction the VISA only after the receipt of full payment in advance. The visa fee is included with our tour price. Actual Bhutan VISA will be stamped in your passport on arrival at Paro airport. Without visa clearance number, tourists cannot board the flight or enter the country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwards a copy of this visa clearance to the concerned Druk Air stations and other entry points; we also fax a copy of the visa clearance document to our clients. While the actual visa is stamped on arrival, the initial visa clearance is also required at the time of issuing Druk Air Tickets. All you need is to carry 2 copies of original passport-sized photographs, which are required on arrival in the country. Please e-mail us the clear color copy of the passport for the visa procedures.

    Do you book our international flights and Druk air flights?

    No, you need to book your International flights by yourself. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book from us. Please find more information in the International Flight page. Druk air is the only one airline to entre and exit Bhutan. Druk air flight cost is not included in the trip price. Druk air flights cost are different as per the flights sectors that you are taking. Druk air offer flights from following location. We recommend you to book your flight to Bangkok as it offers every day flight to Paro and from Paro, as well. Please let us know which route is more convenient to you, the cost of the flights are as below. Please contact us for the recent Druk air flight rate. Bangkok - Paro - Bangkok = US$890 New Delhi - Paro- New Delhi = US$875 Calcutta - Paro- Calcutta = US$510 Kathmandu - Paro- Kathmandu = US$520 Bangkok - Paro - Kathmandu = US$ 860 Bangkok - Paro - New Delhi = US$ 875

    Can I charge my digital camera or other equipments on my trip?

    These facilities will not be available on this trekking, but you can definitely in Paro and Thimpu. Remember to bring travel adapter (multiple one)

    Are there any photography restrictions?

    Please ask for permission before taking the photo of a person. Photography of monasteries, shrine rooms of Dzongs and religious institutions is generally not permitted. Carry plenty of films and batteries. Photo shops in Bhutan do not sell equipment or accessories.

    Can I use credit cards in the places visited in trekking?

    There are just few ATM's in Bhutan. During the trek, you cannot use credit card.

    Are there any communication facilities during the trek?

    Most hotels have communication services for international calls with fax, but along the camping route

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

    This is a difficult thing to gauge. Ace Holidays has seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide.

    Are the staffs of Ace Holidays insured?

    Yes. Ace Holidays trek guides, tour guides, cooks, drivers, and porters are insured completely. They have health insurance, altitude mountain sickness insurance, life insurance, accident insurance, and casulty insurance.

    What essential documents do I need to bring with me on trek?

    Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you: • Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy. • Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy • Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately • Flight tickets • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts

    What immunizations will I need?

    Vaccaination is not complusory, but it is better if you vaccinate against diphtheria, hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. We would like to know your blood group because it is important in case of emergency. Please tell us if you are suffering from any disease.

    Are there any weight restrictions on Druk air flights?

    Druk Air allows only up to 20 kgs of luggage per person, after which the excess baggage charge is USD 5 per kg.

    Can I add extra days to my trek?

    No, because we can’t change your Druk air flight once it is booked.

    How much additional money do I need per day?

    It depends on your spending habits. Generally, all the foods, accommodation, and hot drinks are included in the price. You can allocate USD 15 to USD 20 for chocolates and a few drinks during the trip.

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