Druk Path Trek

gangkarpensumBecause of its proximity to the airport, easier elevation, and shorter duration, Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular trekking trails. Shorter than many other routes, this six-day trek provides everything you aspire for. This trail passes through blue pine forests, several lakes, mountain passes, ancient temples, dzongs and villages.
Altitude along this trail ranges from 2,400 to 4,200 metres. This trek also offers a spectacular view of Mt. Gangkar Punsum, the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. The best time for Druk Path Trek is between March and June or September and November.
Day 1
Paro to Jili Dzong

Time: 4-5 hrs
Distance 7 km
Trial: 1,090 m ascent
Campsite altitude: 3,480 m
We start from the National Museum of Bhutan in Paro. Today, we will cover just seven km because the trail is strenuous as we need to climb more than 1,000 metres.
Day 2
Jili Dzong to Jangchulakha

Time: 4-5 hrs
Distance: 10 km
Trail: 310 m ascent, 50 m descent
Campsite altitude: 3,770 m
Today we will trek more than the first day. After 90 minutes of sharp ascent, we will come across a gentle trail.
Day 3
Jangchulakha to Jimgelang Lake
Time: 4 hrs
Distance: 11 km
Trail: 230 m descent, 330 m ascent
Campsite altitude: 3,870 m
Today we will walk across a ridge. When the sky is clear, the view of valleys below is mesmerising. We will camp at Jimgelang Lake which is known for its gigantic trout.
Day 4
Jimgelang Tsho to Simkotra Lake

Time: 4 hrs
Distance: 11 km
Trail: 820 m ascent, 400 m descent
Campsite altitude: 4,110 m
Today, we pass through dwarf rhododendrons and Janetsho Lake. We may pass through yak herders’ camps.
Day 5
Simkotra Lake to Phajoding

Time: 3-4 hrs
Distance: 10 km
Trail: 130 m ascent, 680 m descent
Campsite altitude: 3,750 m
Today, if we are lucky, we will have a view of Mt. Gangkar Punsum and other mountain peaks. The trail begins with a gradual climb.
Day 6
Phajoding to Motithang

Time: 3 hrs
Distance: 4-5 km
Trail: 1,130 m descent
Today, we have luxury of time. We will walk past Phajoding Monastery and descend towards Thimphu valley. The view of Thimphu, the capital city, from Phajoding is, astounding.
Druk Path Ends
The trek route ends at Bhutan Broadcasting tower, on a small hill, above Thimphu city.