The Druk Path is one of Bhutan’s classic treks and follows an ancient, high-level trade route from Paro to Thimpu in a country visited by only a lucky few. Trek through splendid rhododendron forests, past yak herder settlements, across several passes and camp beside clear, blue, mountain lakes with spectacular views of the peaks which border Tibet. Experience Bhutan’s fascinating culture and on specific departures, its colourful festivals with masked dances and general joviality. Note that different departures follow different itineraries – see ‘is this trip for you’ for more details
Arrival in Paro (Bhutan), upon arrival meet assist & transfer hotel for some rest and refreshment. Later in the afternoon proceed for a sightseeing tour of Drukyal Dzong en-route weather permitting you can witness the beautiful view of Mt. Jhomolari. After sightseeing return back to hotel for dinner.
The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time.
Today is rather a short trekking day so you can relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Paro valley. The hike is gradually uphill through pine forest. Camp will be next to a Dzong which was renovated recently. There is very interesting stories about the Dzong which Guide can tell to members during the dinner time.
There are two trails; we take a higher one, which offers better views. You cross Langye Ja La (Ox Hump Pass) where if you climb 50m further to the top you get striking 360 degree views. Descend to the shore of Jimilang Tsho and the camp is at the far end of the lake.
Begin the day with a gradual climb to a Saddle at 4,180m crossing Phume la pass (4,210 m) marked by prayer flags. Weather permitting, there are enchanting views of tallest Mountain of Bhtuan called Mt. Gangkhar Puensum (7,541m) and other Himalayan peaks here. The trail then descends past Thujidrag Goemba, a meditation center hanging on the side of a precipitous rock face continuing further through juniper trees to Phajoding (3,870m), an important pilgrimage site.
After lunch continue steep descent down
Through forest area mostly blue pine and Juniper. Upon completion of the trek at a road head, meet waiting vehicle and drive by road to Thimphu Town. After spending some time drive to Paro in the evening for room check and rest.