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Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan. This Druk Path trek is one of the shortest, moderate grade trek (6 day trek), which leads from Paro to Thimphu or vice versa, crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. Although the route is sparsely inhabited, there are wonderful lakes teeming with fish and the area is famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests, which bloom in May. In the clear weather of late autumn and winter there are great views of the Himalayas. One of the interesting features of this trek is the presence of beautiful lakes enroots teeming with fish. Also this area is particularly famous for spectacular rhododendron forests which run riot in the month of May.
Day 01: Arrival in ...
Day 1: Paro – Jili Dzong ( 7 km / 4-5 hrs )
The first day is a long day as you have to climb more than 1,000m elevation. You start from the Ta Dzong (National Museum) in Paro. The trek starts with a gravel road which 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 100m to the campsite below Jili Dzong.
Day 2: Jili Dzong – Jangchulakha ( 10 km / 4-5 hrs / 50 m descent)
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 (11 km / 4 hrs / 230 m descent)
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 (11 km / 4 hrs / 400m descent)
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 (10 km / 3-4 hrs / 680m descent)
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 (5 km / 3 hrs / 1130m descent)
After passing Phadjoding monastery, the trek to Thimphu (Mothitang) is all the way downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours.
Area: Bhutan Trekking
Activities: Trekking and sightseeing
Trip Starts / EndsTa DzongParo
Duration of the trip: 6 Days
Group size: 1 - 12 packs
Best season: October - December and March - May
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