Druk Path Trek - Black Diamond Expedition
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Druk Path Trek

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  • Duration
    Duration:8 Days
  • Accomodation
    Accommodation: 4 Nights (Standard Hotel)
    3 Nights (Camp)
  • Meals
    Meals :8 Breakfast, 7 Lunches
    7 Dinner
  • Location
    Service: Airport to Airport
  • Trip Grade
    Trip Grade :Moderate
  • Max Altitude
    Max Altitude:


Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan. It starts from Paro Ta Dzong and ends by descending into Motithang area above Thimphu. Druk path trek offers a relatively short journey that separates the two valleys. Although there are very few villages to see, there are beautiful lakes teeming with fish and breathtaking scenery at 4,000 m. During the clear weather, there are magnificent views of the high Himalayan peaks.

Druk Path trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan. The trek offers an opportunity to witness pristine lakes, high ridges and a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests. The trekking trails takes us through ancient lhakhangs, dzongs and villages. Comparatively, the Druk Path Trek is an easy hike as the distance between the rest camps is fairly short. The trail leads you through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at elevations ranging from 2400 m to 4200 m. Druk Path Trek also offers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world.


  • One of the most popular treks in Bhutan
  • Relatively a short journey
  • Beautiful lakes teeming with fish
  • Breathtaking scenery at 4,000 m
  • Magnificent views of the high Himalayan peaks.


Day 1Arrive Paro and sightseeing

During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga (if flying from Kathmandu or Delhi) and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Chomolhari and Mount Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, meet our representative and escorted to Hotel. After lunch visit Rinpung Dzong. This massive fortress is located on a small hill just above the Paro river (Pachu). You have to walk about 15 minutes by crossing an ancient wooden bridge with shingle roofing. The Dzong houses the district administration office and the District Monk body. It was built in 1645 A.D. After then proceed towards Kyichu Lhakhang (Monastery). One of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, was built in 659 A.D by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet as one of the 108 such monasteries he built in across the Himalayas to spread Buddhism. Back to hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2Paro – Jili Dzong

After breakfast drive towards Ta Dzong (National Museum) the trek starting point. If the weather is clear the Paro valley can be seen in the lap of snow-capped mountains including Jumolhari. 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. After reach the ridge below Jili Dzong, again descend about 100m to the campsite. Overnight at camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance:  7km, 4-5 hrs
Max altitude : 3,480m

Day 3Jili Dzong – Jangchulakha

Morning, explore Jili Dzong which sits at 3570m. Today begin with a climb for about an hour and a half and then ascend gradually up. The trail passes through thick alpine forest and rhododendrons crossing Jele La and with the magnificent view of Jumolhari. There is a chance to see yaks and yak herders around campsite. Overnight at camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 10 km, 4-5 hrs
Max altitude : 3,770m

Day 4Jangchulakha – Jimilang Tsho

The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are marvelous. The campsite is close to the Jimilang Tsho Lake. The lake is known for its giant sized trout.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 11 km, 4 hrs
Max altitude : 3,870m

Day 5Jimilang Tsho – Simkotra Tsho

The trail passes through dwarf rhododendron trees and Janetso Lake. We may come across some yak herder’s camps where we will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho Lake.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 11 km, 4 hrs
Max altitude : 4,110m

Day 6Simkotra Tsho – Phajoding

Today the trek makes several short ascents, to summits, traverses broad rocky valleys, some sky burial sites, and crosses the final ridge at Phume la pass (4,100 m). From the pass, on a clear day, the view of Mount “Gangkhar Punsum” – the highest mountain in Bhutan, as well other peaks and the view below of the entire Thimphu valley is spectacular. From this pass, the trek goes downhill to Phajodhing for a night halt. The camp is above Phadjoding.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 10 km, 3-4 hrs
Max altitude : 3,750m

Day 7Phajodhing – Mothitang - Paro

After passing Phadjoding monastery, the trek to Mothitang all the way downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours. Vehicle will be waiting in Mothitang and drive to Thimphu. After lunch in Thimphu, free for leisure. One can do some shopping. Late afternoon move to Paro. Relax and overnight in Paro.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 4-5 km, 3 hrs

Day 8Departure Day / Paro (by Druk Air).

After breakfast free till departure. Transfer to the airport for onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast


  • Necessary airport, hotel and airport transfers
  • Bhutan Visa Fee
  • Hotel Accommodation on twin sharing basis in city and camping during trekking
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
  • Kathmandu-Bhutan-Kathmandu airfare
  • Airport tax
  • Entrance fees and permit
  • Overland transport in comfortable private vehicle
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Trekking and Tour arrangement (fully organized trek with tents, thermal pads, blow pillow, hot-water bag, pack animals to carry luggage and additional riding pony for emergency, basic medical kit, support staff, trekking guide, cook and assistants, horseman)
  • Drinking water
  • Government royalty, tax and fees
  • Service Charge


  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc
  • Personal trekking gears such as the sleeping bag, clothing, shoes etc.
  • Excess baggage
  • Tips to guides and drivers


In Paro and Thimphu, you will be accommodated in standard three-star hotels or similar categories of accommodation, and during the trek, camping arrangements will be made. The hotels in Bhutan are government-categorized as grades A, B, and C; government-approved hotels are equivalent to 3-star establishments elsewhere. Most hotels offer rooms on a twin-sharing basis, each with an attached bathroom and hot shower facilities. Single supplement rooms are available at an additional charge. We always book the best possible accommodations for your Druk Path Trek experience.


Regarding meals, all three-course meals—breakfast, lunch, and dinner—will be provided throughout your trip. A variety of cuisines, including Indian, Bhutanese, Nepalese, Chinese, and Continental, are available during the trek. Both non-vegetarian and vegetarian options are offered while you are in Bhutan. Travelers may also have inquiries about food items in local restaurants or hotels.

When to Travel?

As for the best time to embark on the Druk Path Trek, it’s during Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May). These seasons offer relatively stable weather conditions with clear skies and pleasant temperatures. The trail treats you to awe-inspiring vistas of the Bhutanese Himalayas such as Julmolhari and Chomolhari, including renowned peaks like Mount Gangkar Puensum.

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Ruby Bennett

Group Traveller

Our group embarked on an unforgettable trekking adventure through the stunning landscapes of Bhutan, and the experience exceeded all expectations. From the moment we landed at Paro International Airport, greeted by the breathtaking views of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga during our flight, to the warm welcome by our knowledgeable guide, every moment was filled with excitement and awe. Our cultural exploration began with visits to iconic landmarks like Rinpung Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang, offering us a glimpse into Bhutan’s rich heritage and spirituality. As we set off on our trek from Ta Dzong, the pristine alpine forests and tranquil lakes of Jili Dzong, Jangchulakha, Jimilang Tsho, and beyond unfolded before us, each step revealing a new facet of Bhutan’s natural beauty. The majestic mountain vistas, from towering peaks to serene valleys, left us speechless at every turn. Our guide’s expertise and camaraderie enhanced our journey, while the bonds formed among our group added an extra layer of joy to the experience. As we concluded our trek in Paro, we left with hearts full of gratitude and memories to last a lifetime. Bhutan had cast its spell on us, and we were forever grateful for the opportunity to explore its wonders together.

April 29, 2023

Charlie King

Group Traveller

My adventure in Bhutan commenced at Paro International Airport, where I was greeted by spectacular views of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga during the flight. Upon arrival, our guide welcomed me warmly and led me on a cultural exploration, visiting iconic landmarks like Rinpung Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang. Embarking on a trek from Ta Dzong, I traversed through scenic alpine forests to reach enchanting destinations such as Jili Dzong, Jangchulakha, and the serene Jimilang Tsho Lake. Continuing to Simkotra Tsho and Phajodhing, I was awestruck by the majestic

April 26, 2023
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