13 Nights / 14 Days – Kathmandu to Kathmandu
Druk Path Trek is one of the most famous trekking routes in Land of thunder dragon. The path is linked from Paro to Thimpu (capital city of Bhutan). During the trek, you cross lovely scenes from lush valleys to thick jungles then snow topped mountains. You will find probably the most hallowed Buddhist religious communities and sanctuaries in the Himalaya. This trek is additionally well known for its fabulous rhododendron forests and sublime high elevation lakes overflowing with fish. With this trip, you will get to be known and look about the cultural, art, livelihood and many more aspect of Bhutan.
The most exciting part relating to all of these is the fact that you can enjoy the pleasant scene although you still do not have earlier camping adventure. It is actually an average hike that navigates from a well-known path of gorgeous high altitude beautiful lakes having with species of fish, breathtaking shrines and Dzongs, and wonderful vistas of the Himalayas.
Druk Path Trek – Facts
Trek Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Trek Code: SA-DPK
Duration: 14 Days
Trek Style: Guest House/ Hotel/Camping
Best Time to go: March to May/ September to November
Group Size: Small Group
Start from: Kathmandu
End at: Kathmandu
Druk Path Trek – Outline itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1400 m)
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Drive to Nagarkot (2200m)
Day 03: Enjoying Sunrise View and back to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur
Day 04: Fly to Paro and transfer to Hotel
Day 05: Paro sightseeing and trek to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger Nest)
Day 06: Paro to Jili Dzong (3480m)
Day 07: Jili Dzong to Jangchulakha (3770m)
Day 08: Jangchulakha to Jimgelang Tsho (3870m)
Day 09: Jimgelang Tsho to Simkota (4110m)
Day 10: Simkota to Phajoding (3750m)
Day 11: Phajoding to Thimpu (1130m)
Day 12: Thimpu to Paro
Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 14: Departure
Druk Path Trek – Highlights
- Historical city Kathmandu
- Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Paro
- Little capital of Thimpu
- Stunning Landscape of mountain
- Collection of Buddhist manuscripts, folk heritage museum
- Get through gorgeous scenery from green valleys to thick jungles together with snow-capped mountain ranges.
- Encounter Bhutan’s exceptional tradition closely with farmhouse passes and community exploration.
- Take a hike around the well-known Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floors.
- Hang out by admiring at the historical wall surface artworks as well as artifacts in Dzongs and picturesque temples.
- Explore probably the most divine Buddhist monasteries together with attractions of the Himalaya.
- Make a visit several authentic cultural spots, for instance, middle ages fortresses (Dzongs), marketplaces and galleries.
Druk Path Trek – Detail Itinerary Program
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1400m)
Flying into Nepal is an extraordinary experience on the Himalaya that expand your imagination before your landing into Nepal. After your arrival at the Airport, you will meet our office representative at the air terminal on landing and transferred to your Inn. In the morning of day two, a half-day city site will familiarize you with some highlights area of the Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Drive to Nagarkot
After breakfast, you will go sightseeing inside the Kathmandu. Firstly, Kathmandu Durbar Square, where the structure of buildings is from 12th to 18th century. Secondly, Swoyambhunath Temple which is also popular as a Monkey Temple. Similarly, go to visit Pashupatinath temple, the important sanctuaries of Supreme Hindu god. And finally, drive to Nagarkot to view the sunrise of the next morning from the stunning range of mountains. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Bhaktapur Sightseeing and Back to Kathmandu
After breakfast, drive to Bhaktapur Sightseeing and back to Kathmandu and be ready for the fly to Bhutan.
Day 04: Fly to Paro and transfer to the Hotel
Landing in Paro via Air flight which will offer you awesome perspectives of Mt. Everest, Kanchanjungha, Tsrim group, Jichu Drake and Chomolhari. The minute you venture out of the plane you will see the distinction. Bhutan invites you with cool, clean natural air and transfers to the Hotel. After getting refresh visit the Paro market and Kyichu Lhakhang (the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan built in the 7th century). In the afternoon go to visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower and now become the national museum and explore Paro Dzong (the ruined monastery in the Paro valley).
Day 05: Druk Path Trek – Paro sightseeing and Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger Nest)
After breakfast, drive around 30 mins to the base of the acclaimed Taktsang Monastery (Tiger Nest) situated at an altitude of 3100m. And make the stroll up through the mountains to this mind blowing area. It is said that Guru Rinpoche (Spiritual Master) had flown the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave in the 8th century. After exploration, we trek down to the valley floor and come back to Paro and spend the night.
Day 06: Druk Path Trek – Paro to Jili dzong (3480m)
After having early breakfast, you need to climb challenging more than 1,000m height. You begin from the Ta Dzong where there is National Museum in Paro. The trek takes after a rock street past a couple ranches for around 30 minutes and after that ascensions up an abrupt ridge before moving through fir timberlands and blue pine to Damche Gom. When you achieve the ridge beneath Jili Dzong you dive around 100m to the campground underneath the Dzong.
Day 07: Druk Path Trek – Jili Dzong to Jangchulakha (3770m)
Today, you will start Bhutan trek with a sheer hike for 1 and a half hours. Then the incline levels a bit and the climb is more continuous. The trail takes you through thick snowcapped backwoods and smaller rhododendron trees. You may surprise while you see yak herders around your campground in Jangchulakha.
Day 08: Druk Path Trek – Jangchulakha to Jimgelang Tsho (3870m)
After the breakfast, the track takes after a ridge and on a sunny morning. The perspective of the valley and mountains peaks are basically staggering. The camping area is near to the Jimgelang Tsho Lake, which is famous for its monster estimated trout.
Day 09: Druk Path Trek – Jimgelang Tsho to Simkota (4110m)
Today after having a morning meal, you again will take way through diminutive rhododendron trees and former Janetso Lake. Afterward, you will lane over some yak herder camps where you will have the chance to get a look at a traveler’s life. Subsequently, you will approach to the camp near to Simkotra Tsho Lake where you spend your night.
Day 10: Druk Path Trek – Simkota to Phajoding (3750m)
Today, your days starts with a continuous ascension. In the event that if the weather gets clear, you will have a tremendous perspective of Mount Gangkar Puensum. The top crest mountain in Bhutan and a few other Himalayan crests. Afterward, the journey takes you downward in the direction of Phajoding where you will stop for the night. But, your camp is found simply above Phajoding cloister (Monastery).
Day 11: Druk Path Trek – Phajoding to Thimpu (1130m)
After having an early morning meal, you will be passing from Phajoding monastery. And the stroll downward with relaxed pace through a forested part of blue pine and you will reach Thimpu and O/N at Hotel.
Day 12: Thimpu to Paro
After the morning mealtime, sightseeing tour in Thimphu starting with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (erected in the memory of the third king of Bhutan) portraying in the Buddhist poise where artistic creations and statues shine. You also visit different highlights incorporate the twelfth Century Changangkha Temple. Other, Drubthob Monastery housing, the Zilukha cloister, the School of Arts and Crafts, the Folk Heritage Museum and Nursing pen for Takin. As well as the national animal of Bhutan and Tashichho Dzong and leave for Paro.
Day 13: Fly Back to Kathmandu
The early morning flight back to Kathmandu leaves the rest of the day free for shopping and sightseeing.
Day 14: Departure
Departure at any time or you can extend your trip. For more info, contact us.
In Druk Path Trek – What is covered in the trip cost?
- All airport transfers
- Accommodation in the finest Hotel in the cities-twin share and Camping for the Trekking
- Breakfast in Kathmandu
- Local tour guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu as per Itinerary
- All meals in Bhutan (Only Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
- International flights to and from Bhutan will be booked according to listed itinerary
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- English speaking Interpreter/Guide for Bhutan trek
- Porters for the Trekking
- Tents and Kitchen utensils for the trekking
- All entry permits and entrance fees for monuments and museums according to itinerary in Bhutan
- Ground Transport as per itinerary
In Druk Path Trek – What is not covered in the cost?
- Meals in Kathmandu (Except Breakfast)
- Entrance fees for the sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
- International flights and departure taxes
- Airfare for International flights to and from Bhutan
- Visa and passport fees
- Travel insurance
- Emergency Evacuation
- Cost arise due to individual nature like shopping, tipping or tips, and so forth.
- Expenditure due to unforeseen circumstances like Emergency Fund.
- Expenses like the budget for drinks, cigarettes, laundry, the internet etc.
- Tips and gratuities
- Expenses raised by the cancellation, landslide, climate etc. which is outside the control of Stunning Adventure (P) Ltd.
Druk Path Trek – Important Information
Accommodation in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu is on a twin share basis including breakfast. However, it also depends on clients’ interest. Because there are different types of hotels are available with different quality in terms of service and standard. But in the context of Bhutan, you won’t have the option to choose low grade and cheap hotels. Simply excellent lodging and fooding are covered within your excursion price.
Based on the size of the group, roadways vehicles like Cars, Coaster, Hiace, Vans, Minibuses etc are provided in Kathmandu valley. Because of the mountainous country, the roadway in Bhutan is narrow and twisting. Somewhat similar with other parts of Nepal. Moreover, the speed limit in Bhutan is 30km per hrs. for small vehicles. Similarly, in the land of thunder dragon, small jeep and cars are used for tiny group and big buses and coasters are used for the big group.
Simply just morning meal is presented in Kathmandu. But, all daily meals (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) are included in Bhutan. According to the styles of Druk Path trek such as camping or general, foods are offered to rely upon the availability of hotels/ food land and where you stay. Bhutan won’t let you feel regret in this minor matter.
After your airport arrival, professional guides are ready to welcome you at the gate of the air- terminal. Every guide in Bhutan are certified and also regulated by the authority of Bhutan Tourism. And they possess a great command of English plus they are proficient in historic, culture, tradition and religious background of their country.
It is important to bring along a range of traveler’s checks and cash in well-known currencies akin to US dollar, Euro, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar and so on. Make sure you have a mix of large and small money such as cash and coins. In general, meals are included in the price of your Druk path trek in Bhutan. But if you like to have extra activities such as shopping, drinking, smoking etc. you need to allocate extra money for it.
Many key foreign currencies can be changed into Nepalese Rupee (NRP) at Kathmandu international airport and at a commercial bank and foreign currency exchange counter within the city area. Credit Card cash advance transaction and ATM withdrawal are in Nepalese currency only.
In Bhutan, the main forex can be changed for Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN) on arrival at Paro int. airport and at other large hotels and banks in capital Thimpu. Furthermore, many large hotels and handicraft shopping mall can accept Credit Card as well, but service charge may apply. It is possible for you to exchange unnecessary BTN into US Dollar on departure by showing original exchange receipt. Remember that, Credit Card Cash Advance and ATM withdrawal are not common in Bhutan.
Tipping is a private matter and is not contained in the Druk Path Trek fee. It is your choice if you would like to reward the hard work of any individuals who has attempted to make your vacation the best they can. Our advice is following: 5 USD per day for a group of 8 + and 7 USD per day for the small group. Normally that are shared between guide and drivers.
It is vital to have a complete travel insurance ahead of your trekking adventure. If possible try to cover the loss of Luggage, cancellation, personal effects. But never forget to cover emergency evacuation and repatriation, medical related expenses, personal accident and liability in your travel insurance.
Nepal and Bhutan have not specified any health requirements to enter into their territory. Even though, it is highly recommending to take a consult with your doctor. You should be up to date on immunizations before Druk Path Trek. Altitude sickness is common at high altitude in Nepal and Bhutan. So take an advice from a medical person about your current health status and probable illness while traveling in this countries. Never hide your hidden illness to them. Please remember that some medicine can cause side effects at Higher altitude, such as anti-malarial medication and so on.
There are many beautiful but isolated place in Bhutan and Nepal. Hospital is not accessible everywhere as you may expect. So it is highly suggested to carry necessary medication and a first-aid kit with you.
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) are common at high altitude. Especially in mountainous countries like Nepal and Bhutan. Breathlessness, nausea, headache are initial symptoms of this disease. Drinking adequate liquid items are necessary to keep balance your body with higher elevation. Though your guide is well trained regarding this issue, you shouldn’t hesitate to consult and share your condition with them. Never try to medicate yourself. Ignoring it may arise serious threat issue to anybody, even veteran mountaineers may get affected. The highest altitude in this Druk Path Trek is 4110 m.
Two times in a week, on Monday and Thursday. Druk Air serves the flight between Paro and Kathmandu.
Think you must carry for your Druk Path Trek
- First-Aid kit
- Torch or head Lamp
- Warm clothes
- Comfy shoes
- Swiss army knife
- Small Umbrella
- Thermal Underwear
- Toilet paper
- Lip Guard
- Sun lotion
- Comfortable clothes
- Trekking Sticks
- Money belt
Day times are OK in summer period but remain cold at night at some places.