Druk Path Trek

 

 

 

Duration: Six days, Max. Elevation: 4,200 m

Highest Camp: 4,110m

Standard: Easy to medium

Best Seasons: March to June & September to November

Start: National Museum in Paro

Finish: Mothitang (Thimphu)

Druk Path Trek is one of the finest short treks in Bhutan. Leading through an ancient trading route, over high mountain passes, it connects the valleys of Paro and Thimphu. Trail passes through spectacular rhododendron forests, alpine yak pastures and beautiful lakes stocked with snowy mountain trout’s.

The trek begins by walking up through apple orchards and pine forest past ruined Jele Dzong (fortress), which sits on a high grassy ridge with breath-taking views of Mount Jumolhari to the north. In the next 4 days, we climb above the tree line and cross several passes, including the Phume La (4210m.). En route, we come across clear mountain lakes, number of yak herder’s camps and have splendid views of Himalaya along the Bhutan – Tibet border including Mount Jumolhari, Jitchu Drake and Gangkar Punsum. Our final descent through pine and juniper forests via Phadjoding monasteries would lead into Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

Day 1: Paro – Jili Dzong (Distance seven km, four to five hours, 1,090 m ascent, camp altitude 3,480 m). The first day is a long day as you have to climb more than 1,000 m eleva­tion. You start from the Ta Dzong (National Museum) in Paro. The trek follows a gravel road past a few farms for about 30 minutes and then climbs up a steep ridge before leading through blue pine and fir forests to Damche Gom. Once you reach the ridge below Jili Dzong you descend about 100 m to the campsite below Jili Dzong.

Day 2: Jili Dzong – Jangchulakha (Distance 10 km, four to five hours, 310 m ascent, 50 m descent, camp altitude 3,770 m). You begin with a climb for about an hour and a half and then ascend gradually up. The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and dwarf rho­dodendron tress. You may see yaks and yak herders around your campsite.

Day 3: Jangchulakha – Jimilang Tsho (Distance 11 km, four hours, 230 m descent, 330 m ascent, camp altitude – 3,870 m). The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are beautiful. The campsite is close to the Jimilang Tsho Lake. The lake is known for its giant sized trout.

Day 4: Jimilang Tsho – Simkotra Tsho (Distance 11 km, four hours, 820 m ascent, 400 m descent, camp altitude 4,110m). The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and Janetso Lake. You may come across some yak herder’s camps where you will have the op­portunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho Lake.

Day 5: Simkotra Tsho – Phajoding (Distance 10 km, three to four hours, 130 m ascent, 680 m descent, camp altitude 3,750 m). The trek begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan peaks. From this pass, the trek takes you downhill to Phajo­dhing for a nights halt. The camp is above Phadjoding.

Day 6: Phajodhing – Mothitang (Distance fur to five km, three hours, 1,130 m descent). After passing Phadjoding monastery, the trek to Thimphu (Mothitang) is all the way down ­hill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours.

 

 

 

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