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Upon arrival to Paro international airport, a car, driver and guide will await to meet you and have you escorted to the hotel. Your itinerary is flexible and picks time for daily tours will depend on what you have communicated to the guide. Most of the time pick up location will be your hotel unless it a trekking tour. In case of tight itinerary, your guide will have the time recommended to you.

Booking notes

  • Best time to undertake the Druk-path trek is Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct and Nov.   For more details follow the this link
  • Travel Insurance is highly recommended.

It is one of the most popular trekking routes offering diverse flora and fauna, including a good opportunity to spot Blue Sheep, Takins and the Blue Poppy (Bhutan’s national flower). An extension of Jumolhari trek that diverts in Lingshi, it takes the high route to remote yak herder village of Laya. The route then comes down to Gasa, past the hot springs and into Punakha. This is a challenging route and is a very popular trek that has abundant natural beauty on its path.

  • Physicality: Medium
    Physical rating

    From relaxed (low) to ones where you need to be fit to join in.

    Low

    No surprises here. These tours/activities are those most anyone can do if they are fine with fairly flat walks and getting in and out of transport.

    Medium

    Like to be active, even very active, but not pushed too far. This is the one for you.

    High

    These tours/activities require you to be very fit. Probably not suitable for children.

  • Group size: from 1 to 20 people
  • Pickup location: 

    Upon arrival to Paro international airport, a car, driver and guide will await to meet you and have you escorted to the hotel. Your itinerary is flexible and picks time for daily tours will depend on what you have communicated to the guide. Most of the time pick up location will be your hotel unless it a trekking tour. In case of tight itinerary, your guide will have the time recommended to you.

  • Drop-off location: 

    Throughout the tour you are entitled to a dedicated car, driver and guide. All drop-off location will be your hotel unless it a trekking tour. Upon completion of tour, you will be dropped to Paro international airport for your onward international flight or other location as agreed.

  • Pickup time: (9.00 AM - 9.30 AM)
  • Drop-off time: (5.00 PM - 5.30 PM)

Itinerary

Day 01: Begin trek from Paro to Shana Zampa

(Breakfast ,Lunch & Dinner)

Approximately: distance 17 km, 5 hours trek, 350m ascent (1meters = Approx 3.28ft)

Drive north for about 15 minutes to Drukgyel Dzong (8,500') where our pack ponies are loaded up with all the gear for our trek. We begin by walking along the Paro River following it as it winds past traditional farmhouses with cultivated fields of red rice, chilies, potatoes, and millet. After about five hours of walking we arrive at our first campsite by the river near the village of Shana at 9,413 feet.

 Day 02: Trek to Soi Thangthangkha

(Breakfast ,Lunch & Dinner)

Approximately: distance 22km, 7-8 hours trek, 780m ascent

Today is a longer and much tougher day, so we start early. You are now entering Jigme Dorji National Park. We continue up through the valley of the Paro River which gradually narrows as the trail leads higher, winding up and down through a thick, lush forest of oak, pine and juniper. As we get closer to our camp for the night, we begin to see the snowcapped summit of Chomolhari, a mountain that is sacred to the Bhutanese. We camp at Soi Thangthangkha (3,600m) Overnight in Tents

 Day 03: Trek to Jangothang

(Breakfast ,Lunch & Dinner)

Approximately: distance 19km, 5 -6 trek. 480m ascent

We continue following the Paro River as the valley widens again, opening up to a spectacular area surrounded by high ridges and snowcapped peaks. A few yak-herding families are based in this area, and we may be lucky to purchase some yak cheese from them or have lunch in one of their simple, traditional homes. Today is not a long day but because of altitude gain, the pace is slower. Camp at Jangothang (13,450') below a ruined fortress near the base of Mt. Chomolhari for 2 nights.

 Day 04: Jangothang Halt

(Breakfast ,Lunch & Dinner)

Jangothang is one of the most spectacular camping places in the entire Himalayas. A chain of snow peaks form the eastern side of Paro river which is clear little brook here and there are Yak herders villages, and trout filled lakes are some highlights. You may hike towards the glaciers of Chomolhari, or towards the Tshophu Lakes for magnificent views, fishing or explore the nomad’s houses villages. Of course, you can also opt to stay at camp, take in the views and rest for the challenging day ahead. Overnight in Tents.

 Day 05: Trek Jangothang – Lingshi

(Breakfast ,Lunch & Dinner)

Approximately: distance 18km, 6-7 hours trek. 840m ascent and 870m descend.

At this point, if you are having altitude problems, instead of going to Lingzhi, we can retrace our trek route back to Paro.

From the campsite, climb steeply up to approach the open views of Jichu Drake, Jumolhari and the adjoining peaks and head into a glacial valley with many moraines. Trees have been left far below. There are few small gentians, but otherwise it is just grass, tundra and small juniper bushes. You may be able to spot blue sheep on the hill sides and see some fat mountain marmots. As we near the ridge we can see the snowy peak of Tserim Kang (22,268'). After about 4 hours trek from Jangothang, arrive at Nyile La pass (15,970'/4870m). From here the views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, and Tserim Kang are spectacular. Descend along scree slopes to a side valley at 14,596', traverse a hillside then descend on switchbacks to another side valley covered with dwarf rhododendrons and views of Jichu Drakey and Tsherim kang towering to the north. The little fort of Lingshi lies to the north, straddling a ridge with the commanding view of the valley and scattered villages. If you have a spare day, Lingshi is worth stopping to take a rest for the following strenuous day. During the halt here, you can make an excursion to the lake near the base of Mt. Jichu Drakey and en-route you will probably encounter blue sheep and musk deer. Camp at Chashi Thang, near a stone shelter built for the trekkers at an altitude of 4340m

 Day 06: Trek Lingshi – Chebisa

(Breakfast ,Lunch & Dinner)

Approximately: Distance 10km about 5 hours, ascent 280m and 400 descent. Today is one the shortest walking days and you can really take it easy. Hike to the Dzong, descend to visit the Lingshi village and continue to Chebisa. The trail is mostly level with some uphill and downhill crossing the highest point at 4140m. This region is also known for plants with medicinal value and the hillside look like a colorful herb garden. Pass the pleasant settlement of Goyul with clustered houses at an altitude of 3870m and arrive at a spectacular Shangrila like setting of Chebisa. Your campsite is near the village, opposite the river at Alt. 3850m.

 Day 07: Trek Chebisa - Shomuthang

(Breakfast ,Lunch & Dinner)

Approximately: 17 km about 6-7 hours, ascend 890m ascent and 540m descent

From the village you begin by climbing uphill a steep slope. Several large herds of blue sheep live near here. You may also see bearded vultures and griffons. You will see few people herding the yaks. The trail begins to level and traverses to Gobu-la at 4440m (a ridge crossing). After Gobu-la you make few ascents and descend crossing ridges and valleys. The camp site is on a bench above a river which is a tributary of the Nochu at Alt. 4220m.

 Day 08: Trek Shomuthang - Robluthang

(Breakfast ,Lunch & Dinner)

Approximately: 18km about 7 hours, ascent 700m and 760m descent

As the walk is a little strenuous, it is advisable to start a little early. After crossing the Jerela pass (4700m) you come down to Tsharijathang valley where you can normally see herds of Takins, an unusual animal resembling a cross bred between a Goat and bull. En-route you will able to see the Mt. Gangchen Ta (6840m), Kangbum(6526m) and Tsherim Kang and the top of Chomolhari. Your camp site may be in Tsharijathang or a short walk further to Robluthang at Alt 4160

 Day 09: Trek Robluthang - Lemithang

Approximately: 19km about 7 hours trek- 850m ascent and 870m descent

Today is a long and tough day, crossing the Shingela pass, the highest pass on the trek. Follow the stream for a while then climb onto moraine at 4460m. Along the slopes, you will see lots of Blue sheep and probably some Takin. As you near the pass, it gets tougher because of high altitude. After about 5 hours from the campsite, you arrive at Singe la pass at 5005m from where you can see the snow covered Gangchenta (literally meaning, the high mountain of Tiger) that fills the horizon to the north. Descent from the pass follows moraine into another glacial valley. Cross the Kango chu steam and follow the valley to the north through cedar forests interspersed with small meadows to a lovely campsite in a big meadow by the river at Lemithang at 4140m. Gangchenta peak towers over the campsite.

 Day 10: Trek Lemithang – Laya

(Breakfast ,Lunch & Dinner)

Approximately: 10km about 4 -5 hours trek, 60m ascent and 340m descent

Walk though the cedar forest crossing river, small streams and make a descent to the valley and then climb again and walk through the heavily wooded area. After about 4 hours trek you arrive near Laya. There are two trails just before Laya. One leads to upper Laya and you will be able to see the village and fields from the top. The lower path leads to directly near the village. The campsite is near the community primary school at 3840m.Ganchenta and Masangang (7165m) dominate the skyline. There is also the first shop since Paro. In the afternoon wander around Laya village. Tonight you may be watching dances and singing by the local women.

 Day 11: Halt in Laya

(Breakfast ,Lunch & Dinner)

The extra day in Laya is to get some rest and to explore and meet the locals. Laya is a large isolated community of roughly 1000 people who have their own language, customs and distinct dress. The women keep their hair long, (unusual in Bhutan where most woman have close-cropped hair) and wear conical bamboo hats with spike at the top. They dress in black Yak wool jacket and skirt with colored stripes. Their jewellery include array of silver teaspoons at the back. The village - spread out over the hillside close to the Tibetan border at an altitude of 3700m, is one of the highest villages in Bhutan.

 Day 12: Laya – Koena

(Breakfast ,Lunch & Dinner)

Approximately: 19km about 6-7 hours, 260 ascent and 1070m descent

From the village the trail drops near the river, where there is an army camp. The trail winds up and down along the river valley avoiding natural obstacles and affording breath-taking views of the crashing river, feeder streams and water falls. In many parts, the trail is very muddy crossing a ridge at 3390m. The trail descends and then a serious climb upto Kohi Lapcha at 3300m. Koina campsite at 3050m is a ddy bog near the stream but you to have to manage for a night because there are no good camping spots in the area.

 Day 13: Trek Koena - Gasa

(Breakfast ,Lunch & Dinner)

Approximately: 14km about 6-7 hours trek, 900m ascentand 1710m descent

From the campsite, make a gradual climb and descend though the forest of fir and arrive at Babela pass at 3900m marked by stone cairn and few prayer flags. From there, it is mostly descent through fir and then though bamboo forests as Gasa Dzong begins to appear on the other side. After descending and ascending from the valley, you arrive at Gasa village at 2770m. You will probably be camping in the field near the town.

 Day 14: Trek Gasa - Gasa Tsachu (hot spring)

(Breakfast ,Lunch & Dinner)

After breakfast tour Gasa village. Gasa is a recently created administrative district headquarters that oversee the affairs of villages north till Laya and south till Tashithang (trek end point). The motorable road has almost reached the Gasa Hot Springs. You may visit the impressive Gasa Dzong and wander the little shops. Trek downhill for about 2 hours to the Gasa hot springs. After lunch spend the rest of the day at hot springs. The hot springs are on the bank of stream near the campsite. There are several pools with varying water temperature. You can soak and go from warm to scalding water temperature. Our crew will prepare special soups and provide alcohol/beer for this spa evening. Overnight camp at an altitude of 2240m.

 Day 15: Trek Gasa Tsachu - Geon Damji – Punakha

(Breakfast ,Lunch & Dinner)

Approximately: 16 km about 4-5 hours trek. 470m ascent/280 Desent.

After a short climb, the trail winds through the rolling hills and passes through pine and oak forests, villages and wheat fields. If you look back, you will also see the beautiful of the Gasa Dzong glued to the valley wall which seemingly floats in space. You are met by Innerbhutan transport at Damji and driven to your hotel near Punakha which will take little less than 2 hours. From Damji, drive down from the high agricultural benches above the Mochu river into a lush semi-tropical gorge filled with banana trees, creepers and various tropical vegetation. You will also see monkeys and few other animals occasionally. Overnight Hotel.

Trekking itineraries can be incorporated with cultural tours to provide our potential clients a taste of tradition combined with a tryst with pristine nature in remote areas and experiences with people of the mountains.        

Cancellation Policy

Tours booked and subsequently canceled shall be subject to the following scale of charges depending on when the notification of cancellation is received:

  1. If notification of a tour cancellation is received 45 days before your travel date, 100% of the daily tariff will be refunded. Except for airline tickets.
  2. If notification of a tour cancellation is received 30 days from the date of travel to Bhutan, 60% of the daily tourist tariff will be refunded.
  3. If notification of a trip cancellation is received 15 days prior to arrival: 50 % of the daily Bhutan tour rate will be refunded.
  4. If notification of a trip cancellation is received on and after 15 days prior to arrival: 100% Retention charges will apply:

Children policy

Children are welcomed; however we do not recommended adventure activities such as trek and other adventure activities for children below ten years of age. Such activities may be undertaken provided the parents are comfortable with it. Additionally, please also be reminded that no facilities or very limited facilities may be available for children.

Participant Guidelines

Trekking

Anyone who enjoys outdoor life and is physically fit can participate in treks. If you have a heart condition, please check with your doctor to ensure that it is OK to undertake high altitude treks. Allow yourself some days in Bhutan to acclimatize before you undertake any trek. Altitude sickness can be a serious problem at the altitudes in Bhutan. If you feel sick, dizzy or have a worsening headache, stop and drink as much water as possible. If the symptoms persist, return to the base. Guides are trained to look out for altitude sickness and other ailments that can affect trekkers.

Festivals

Festivals are not pageants or entertainment. They are not held as tourist attractions. They are genuine manifestations of a religious tradition from thousands of years. Obtrusive, disrespectful and discourteous behavior should be refrained from. The dance ground is not a place to eat, drink or smoke, talk or laugh loudly at inappropriate times, flash cameras or intrude on the dance space. Common courtesy should rule one’s actions when photographing the dancers or onlookers.

DOs and DON'Ts

  • Refrain from passing negative comments on religion, royal family and chief abbot
  • Locals are very sensitive, you don’t want to sound rude
  • Always ask for permission if you are photographing a person
  • Dress modestly. Singlet and miniskirts are not well accepted norms
  • Enter temples and monasteries only if you have permission. Allow your guide to lead you
  • Remove your shoes before entering the temple
  • Leave your camera at a safe place, if photography is prohibited

Other Disclosures

This below is an exhaustive list of what you may need, however it varies with the type of trek undertaken. Please reconfirm.

  • Trekking or running shoes
  • Socks (polypropylene)
  • Down or fiber-filled jacket
  • Jumper or piled jacket
  • Hiking shorts
  • Waterproof jackets, poncho or umbrella
  • Hiking pants
  • Thermal Underwear
  • Sun hat
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle
  • Torch, batteries and bulbs
  • Mountain trekking boots
  • Insulated pants
  • Nylon windbreaker
  • Nylon Wind pants
  • Long underwear
  • Woolen hat
  • Gloves
  • Long gaiters
  • Toilet articles
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Small knife
  • Sun block / Sun block for lips
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Laundry soap

Photographic Equipments

  • Digital cameras
  • Additional Batteries
  • Additional memory cards.
  • Cables

Medicine

  • Motion Sickness
  • Head Ache
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Anti-histamine cream
  • Vitamin C
  • Food Positioning
  • Insect repellent
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Contact lenses and solution
  • Your prescribed drug, if any.

Currency

  • US Dollar or Euro – Various domination

Photo

  • 4-6 pieces of passport size photographs

Others

  • Mini torch lights
  • Back pack
  • Sun Block
  • Moisturizers
  • Sunglasses
  • Spare glasses
  • Washing kit
  • Shaving kit
  • Small sewing kit
  • Safety pins
  • Lip salve