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9 Days Druk Path Trekking with Best Bhutan Highlights Request

Most Classic Bhutan Trekking Route

Located at the southern ridges of the mighty Himalaya Range and with forest coverage over 70%, Bhutan, the happiest country in the world, is an ideal destination to enjoy a real trek. Among all Bhutan treks, the Druk Path Trek is the most popular and classic. It is also the perfect route for beginners and those who prefer a leisure and scenic trekking. Following an ancient trading route, you will trek along the beautiful mountain trails crossing the small mountain range between Paro and Thimphu, rewarded with stunning mountainous landscape willed with ancient Buddhist temples, rural villages, blue pine forests, dwarf rhododendrons, crystal pure lakes and magnificent Himalayan mountains views.

As a short and leisure trek, the Druk Path Trek can easily be added to most of the other Tibet tours, including itineraries to Tiger’s Nest, Thimphu, Punakha, Bumthang, etc., just as this 9 Days Bhutan Highlights Tour does. Available months: March ~ May / September ~ November.

All our Bhutan trekking tours are all-inclusive packages with a powerful support team to help with carrying baggage and gears, cooking fresh meals, guiding, etc. so that you are able to focus 100% on enjoying the fun of trekking.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Enjoy an acclimatization trek to the icon of Bhutan - the Tiger's Nest (3100 m);
  • Admire magnificent Himalaya mountains, encounter with mysterious lake, experience romantic living during the Druk Path Trek;
  • Visit the most brilliant Dzongs in Bhutan, including Punakha Dzong, Paro Dzong, etc;
  • Get touched by the hospitality of the friendly Bhutanese people.

Tour Brief Information

  • Tour price: Request

    1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

    2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

    3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2021.

    4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.95. The final quotation will be adjusted accoring to the latest real-time exchange rate.

  • Tour code: TD-BTT-09
  • Tour type: Private Customizable Tour Package
  • Destination: Paro / Druk Path / Thimphu / Punakha / Paro
  • Duration: 9 Days and 8 Nights
  • Departure: Flexible
  • Travel Theme: CultureTrekkingPhotographyMountainArchitecture
  • Best Time: SpringAutumn
  • Physical Level
  • Tour Pace
    Comfortable
  • Max Altitude
    4,210 m

Itinerary Details - Day by Day

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Day 1 Paro Arrival & Driving to Thimphu / About 1.5 hours’ Driving (L, D)

Today's Highlights: Bhutan National Museum, Rinpung Dzong

Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon! Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your local travel guide and driver, and then be escorted to Paro Town (2200m). A guided Paro tour will be enjoyed after checking in your hotel.

You will firstly visit Bhutan National Museum where you are going to learn a crash course in Bhutanese rich culture and history. There are many impressive collections displayed in its five galleries, including traditional thangkas, festival masks, religious statues, interesting carvings, etc. Your next attraction is Rinpung Dzong, also known as Paro Dzong, which is reputed as the finest example of Bhutanese dzong. After appreciating these charming architectures in Rinpung Dzong, you could take a leisure walk through cantilever bridge and to Paro Town and witness national game archery, which is played almost every day on the ground.

After Paro sightseeing, you will attend a pre-trek briefing with your trekking guide at your hotel.

Arrival Ideas: 1) you are able to take an international flight from Kathmandu (1 hour), Kolkata (1 hour), New Delhi (2.5 hours), Guwahati (55 minutes), Siliguri (30 minutes), Bangkok (3 hours), Singapore (5 hours) and some other cities in India in peak seasons; 2) so far, all the flights to Paro depart and arrive in the morning.

  • Seeing Rimpung Dzong from National Museum Seeing Rimpung Dzong from National Museum
  • Bhutan National Museum in Paro Bhutan National Museum in Paro

Day 2 Acclimatization Trek to Tiger’s Nest (B, L, D)

Trekking distance: 6.5 km / 5-7 hours

Start the day with short drive to Paro’s upper valley. If the day is clear, you’ll have an unforgettable view of the “Goddess” – Mt.Chomolhari (23,640 feet).

Afterward, it’s a short drive to Taktsang trail ahead. Take a challenging but necessary 2~3 hours’ trek to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous monastery in Bhutan, also known as “Tiger Nest Monastery, because Guru Rinpoche reportedly flew to the site on the back of a flying tiger late in the 7th century. Between blue pines and a blue sky, the monastery perches miraculously on a cliff nearly 2,700 feet above Paro’s valley floor. Break along the way for tea and snacks in small tea house, and the view of both Taktsang Monastery and Paro Valley is magnificent.

Hike down the mountain, then drive back to Paro for accommodation.

Tips: 1) it takes about 2 ~ 3 hours to trek from the parking lot to Taktsang Monastery, and you could ride a horse for the first hour; 2) photography is strictly forbidden in the monastery, but you can take a nice shot on your road to Taktsang Monastery; 3) travelers have to deposit all belongings (cameras, phones or other electronic equipment and bags) at the entrance.

  • Cliffside Tiger's Nest Monastery Cliffside Tiger's Nest Monastery

Day 3 Trekking from Paro to Jangchulakha or Rabana (B, L, D)

Trekking distance: 13 km / 5-7 hours

Elevation: From 2250 metres to 3770 metres

Start today’s trek with an up-hill but not steep climb from Paro’s Natonal Museum (2470m) to Jele Dzong (3540m). En route you will walk through farms, archery fields and some forest before reaching Jeli Pass (3540m). Jele Dzong is located near Jele Pass. Take a strop here to enjoy the clear and matchless view of the Paro Valley and snow-capped mountains behind clearly if weather is clearly.

After lunch, continue to hike along prayer flags, and climb up again through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons to higher ridges. You can hear the monal pheasants calling and nomadic yaks herding along the route. From the higher ridges, you are rewarded with dramatic views of Paro Valley and Bemang Rong Valley. If weather permits, you will have chance to see the Black Mountains and Mt. Chomolhari. You will finally reach Jangchulakha, the campsite of today.

  • Druk Path trekking support team Overlooking Paro Valley
  • Druk Path trekking support team Druk Path trekking support team
  • Trekking over Jele Pass Trekking over Jele Pass

Day 4 Trekking from Jangchulakha to Lake Jimgelang Tsho (B, L, D)

Trekking distance: 20 km / 6-7 hours

Elevation: From 3770 metres to 3870 metres

Today’s trek is full of short ascents and descents. Leaving Jangchulakha, you will take the horse road ascending diagonally to a viewingpoit with prayer flags (3960m). Keep walking 30mins from the viewpoint to a meadow, then pass through rhododendrons, climb up the top of the Langye Ja La Pass (4070m) to enjoy an impressive panoramic view. Keep trekking to another higher pass (4150m) then drop down from the pass to the bank of Jimgelang Tsho (3885m), a plateau lake famous for giant sized trouts. During the descend, you can enjoy a great view of Jichu Drake (6989m), which is believed to be the protective deity of Paro. Camp at the side of Jimgelang Tsho.

  • Breakfasts, lunches and suppers are provided during the trek Breakfasts, lunches and suppers are provided during the trek
  • Passing through blue pine tree forest Passing through blue pine tree forest
  • Camping site Camping site

Day 5 Trekking from Lake Jimgelang Tsho to Simkota (B, L, D)

Trekking distance: 14 km / 4-6 hours

Elevation: 3870 metres to 4110 metres

Leaving the campsite, take the trail from the lower end of Jimgelang Tsho rising through yellow rhododendrons forest to two ridges over 4000m. Overlook Janye Thso m, a beautiful lying at 3956m, from the second ridge. Descend from the pass to a yak herder’s camp near the lake where may spend some time seeing how the herders live. After the final climb from the herder’s camp, you will reach today’s campsite by the lake of Simkota Tsho.

  • Druk Path trekking landscape Druk Path trekking landscape
  • Camping site Trekking over mountain ridges
  • Camping by the side of Simkota Tsho Camping by the side of Simkota Tsho

Day 6 Trekking from Simkota to Thimpu (B, L, D)

Trekking distance: 14 km / 6-7 hours

Elevation: 4210 metres to 2350 metres

Today you will trek from Simkota to Thimpu in the morning and explore Thimpu city in the afternoon. Begin with a gradule climb up to the Phume La Pass which is the highest poit of our drek at 4210m. Overlooking from the pass, you can see the majestic Mt. Gangkar Puensum (7570m), Bhutan’s highest peak and world’s highest unclimbed peak. Descending the pass, the trail meander through juniper forest to Phajoding Monastery (3950m), built in 13th century by Togden Pajo who was a Tibetan Yoga master from Tibet. It serves as an important meditation center for Buddhist. The final part of the trek is a downhill all the way from the monastery to Thimphu city, passing through a blue pine forests.

Check in your hotel in Thimphu and take a rest. The rest time of today is to enjoy a guided walk around the town. Feel free to tell your interests to your guide who will organize Thimphu exploration accordingly.

  • Overlooking Thimpu City, the capital of Bhutan Overlooking Thimpu City, the capital of Bhutan
  • Trekking guide with trekkers Trekking guide with trekkers

Day 7 Travel from Thimphu to Punakha (B, L, D)

Today's Highlight: Wangdu Phodrang Dzong

This morning you will start the day by visiting the National Memorial Chorten (shrine), a monument dedicated to the past 3rd king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. More than a memorial stupa, it is also one important religious center for Bhutanese daily worship. Then go to visit National Institute for Zorig Chusum, a school where students are taught to make Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts, like painting, woodcarving, embroidery, statue-making and so on. Next, go to Bhutan Post Office Headquarters, an informative and indulging museum with excellent exhibition of the evolution of Post & Telegraph in Bhutan as well as good details on historical and symbolic interpretation behind stamps. Afterward, drive to Buddha View Point where a massive bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma sits. The statue is placed on a lotus and below it is a meditation hall housed with 125,000 small statues of Buddha. This Buddha dominates over the valley of Thimphu, and you can hardly tell whether the view from Buddha Dordenma or the view of Buddha Dordenma is more spectacular.

Leaving Thimphu, drive through a forest of pine and hemlock, up to cross over the Dochu La Pass (Alt: 10142ft/ 3,050 m). From the place, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the majestic Himalaya Mountains. Keep driving along the winding road to the fertile valley of Punakha (Alt: 4430ft/ 1,350 meters).

Accommodate in Punakha Town.

Tip: there are many other interesting museums where you can probe into Bhutan's culture, history and local people's daily life, including Simply Bhutan Museum, National Textile Museum, National Library and Archives of Bhutan, etc. Feel free to tell your travel consultant if you are interested in visiting any one of them.

Start today’s journey in the early morning with a visit to Wangdu Phodrang Dzong, where you can get a commanding view of the below valleys. In fact, Wangdu Phodrang Dzong enjoys an important status in the history as well, and it was the second capital city in the early days. Since Wangdu Phodrang is situated on the ridge, you can walk down to the bridge and have a short hiking to the village of Rinchangang. After the wonderful sightseeing, you will drive to Paro via Dochula Pass again.

Accommodate in Paro.

  • Wangdu Phodrang Dzong Wangdu Phodrang Dzong resembles a sleeping elephant

Day 8 Travel from from Punakha to Paro (B, L, D)

Today's Highlights: Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang

After breakfast, you will go to visit Punakha Dzong, situated between Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu (male and female rivers) and featuring in three docheys (one more than other dzongs). It is praised by many people as the most beautiful one in Bhutan’s 21 dzongs, especially in spring when the lilac jacaranda trees in blossom. Next, move to Wangdu Phodrang Dzong, where you can get a commanding view of the below valleys. In fact, Wangdu Phodrang Dzong enjoys an important status in the history as well, and it was the second capital city in the early days. Since Wangdu Phodrang is situated on the ridge, you can walk down to the bridge and have a short hiking to the village of Rinchangang. After the wonderful sightseeing, drive to the Chimi Lhakhang, a mysterious temple built in 1499 by the legendary “Divine Madman” - lama Drukpa Kunley. There is a tradition that the childless women can visit this temple to receive a wang (blessing) from the saint, then they will have a child.

After lunch, drive about 3.5 hours back to Paro. Have a good night in Paro Town.

  • Grandiose Architectures in Punakha Dzong Amazing Architectures in Punakha Dzong
  • Chimi Lhakhang - Temple of Fertility Chimi Lhakhang - Temple of Fertility

Day 9 Paro Departure (B)

Paro Airport Dropped Off

Your journey in Bhutan comes to an end today! After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel to the airport in time for the scheduled flight to your next destination. Before that, you can take a rest at the hotel or go for a walk nearby.

Tips: Please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charge, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel.

Price & Service Guide

The quotation for this trip is Request per person

1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2021.

4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.95. The final quotation will be adjusted accoring to the latest real-time exchange rate.

What's included in this price?

  • Bhutan visa fees.
  • Private professional trekking tour guide.
  • Transfers as listed by a private vehicle, including airport pick up, drop off, transfers between destinations;
  • 3-star standard accommodation with attached bathroom on twin sharing basis in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha. 3 nights' camping during Druk Path Trek.
  • Meals noted in the itinerary as "B, L, D".
  • Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
  • Quality trekking gears including sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat.
  • All group camping equipment.
  • Service Charge (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
  • Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance.

What's excluded in this price?

  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary (all lunches and dinners).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Single room supplement.
  • Additional tour service and/or activities.
  • International flights to/from Bhutan.

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When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.

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  • How to Plan a Bhutan Tour 
    Usually, it takes about 5~15 days. Since most travelers will arrive at Paro International Airport by flights, you are suggested to start your tour from Paro. After visiting the landmarks in Paro, drive to Thimphu for accommodation. Spend one or two days in Thimphu and explore the local cultural sites, and then transfer to Punakha to enjoy the beautiful Punakha Dzong. If your time is limited, drive back to Paro and trek to Taktsang Monastery before leaving. If you have more time, extend your tour to central Bhutan. Moreover, it is a good idea to take an overland tour to Nepal and Tibet.
  • How to Apply Bhutan Visa 
    Traveling to Bhutan, you have to prepare a Bhutan visa. It can only be applied by an authorized travel agency like Tibet Discovery. You just need to send us a clear scanned photocopy of your valid passport, and we will apply the visa for you. If your visa application is approved, a visa clearance letter will be processed. Then, we will send the photocopy of the visa to you by Email, and then you are able to board the plane with the photocopy. When you arrive in Bhutan, you’ll get the original visa.
  • How to Get to Bhutan 
    Bhutan is connected with Nepal, India, Thailand, Singapore and Bangladesh directly by international flights, so you could get to these countries and make a transfer to Bhutan. Among these countries, Nepal is the mostly-chosen gateway country to Bhutan in that Kathmandu offers most frequent flights. India is a good choice as well, because more cities (including Kolkata, New Delhi, Guwahati, Siliguri, Mumbai and Bangalore) provide nonstop flights to Paro. It is also available to have an overland driving from India to Bhutan.
  • Best Time to Visit Bhutan 
    Bhutan has a mixed climate of cold alpine climate, temperate climate and subtropical climate from north to south. The major tourist destinations located in lower area are suitable to travel all the year around. However, the best time for whole Bhutan is spring (March to June) and autumn (September to October) when the weather is most mild and pleasant. In the spring, your eyes will feast on lots of colored flowers. When the autumn comes, you are going to get a good possibility to enjoy the amazing Himalayan views.
  • Where to Accommodate in Bhutan 
    Since Bhutan is a great travel destination among the world, it is developed with different hotels to supply the needs of different international tourists. The accommodation in Bhutan ranges from 5-star luxury hotels to budget hostels. Most luxury hotels center on Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, and provide fully-equipped facilities and amazing service. In addition, the splendid view of Himalaya can be seen from some rooms. Some areas in central and eastern Bhutan just offer simple and basic accommodation. If you have trekking tour, you can only accommodate in lodge or guesthouses.

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