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Bhutan Druk Path Trek

Bhutan Druk Path Trek

$5200 $3600
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This five – day moderate trek of Druk Path takes you through some of the most panoramic landscapes where you will be passing through a range of mountains that separate Thimpu and Paro valleys from each other. Also, you will be welcomed by the breathtaking rhododendron forests along with lakes at high altitudes which teem with the fishes. While trekking, you will also get to visit numerous dzongs. The clear and calm weather of late autumn and winter will offer you spectacular views of Himalayas. This trek will further offer you can get an opportunity to explore the sites of Thimpu and Paro and you may get a chance to go on an excursion of one day to the Punakha valley where you can explore the impressive Punakha Dzong. 
12 days
14+ Age
  • Destination
  • Arrival
  • Arrival Time
    Late Night or Mid Night
  • Final Departure
    Late Night or Mid Night
  • Dress Code
    Casual, Warm and Sports Wear

Tour Itinerary : - Bhutan Druk Path Trek



Flying through the panoramic scenery over the giant mountains, flight to the valley city of Paro is among the most incredible mountain flights one can find in the whole world. You will be met by our Bhutan Travel Bureau representative at Paro Airport exit doors and the customary formalities will be processed. Take a sightseeing tour of Paro and explore the Ta Dzong Museum which has a large collection of religious scriptures, artworks & handicrafts which will give you an insight of historical, religious and cultural richness of Bhutan’s past. After this, you will visit Rinpung Dzong where you will find the paintings of Milarepa who is known as a great saint and master of meditation who achieved enlightenment. Dzongs are type of fortresses which were basically used as administrative centers and monasteries. In the evening, you will visit the beautiful Paro Valley.

DAY 02: PARO (Acclimatization hike to Taktsang)

A morning hike to Taktsang Monastery after breakfast. The uphill hike will take around 2 hours with a broad trail of around 1km above Paro Valley (a horse can be arranged for transfer to the viewpoint for those who are not able to hike). Located at a height of around 900 meters above the valley on a cliff, Taktsang Monastery (a sacred Buddhist pilgrim) offers a spectacular view of the surroundings. He meditated here in a cave for three months where a monastery is constructed.
While returning to Paro, you will visit the 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang.
On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. 
Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

DAY 03: DRUK PATH Trek begins-PARO – JELE DZONG (8km, 4-5 hours. 1090m ascent)

It’s a short trekking day starting with Jele Dzong. You will climb up to the camp and if you are lucky to have clear weather, you may see snow-capped mountains of Paro Valley. Jeje Dzong and Jeje La are located above the camp. A Lhakhang is also located here which is Shakyamuni Buddha’s statue.  
Overnight at the campsite. Altitude 3480m

DAY 04: JELE DZONG – JANGCHULAKHA (10km, 3 – 4hours. 310 m ascents, 50m descent)

You will start with a climb of one and a half hours. You will pass through the dense rhododendron forests. You will get to witness spectacular views of Mt Chomolhari along several other mountains covered with snow in case the weather remains calm and clear. While on the way to the campsite, you may also come across yak herders. 
Overnight at the campsite. Altitude 3770m.

DAY 05: JANGCHULAKHA – JIMILANGTSHO (11km, 4 hours. 230 m descents, 330m ascent)

The trail is followed along a ridge and the valley gives a mesmerizing view when the weather is clear. The views of Jichu Drake from a height of 6989m are captivating. The peak represents Paro’s protective deity. 
Overnight at the campsite. Altitude 3870m.

DAY 06: JIMILANGTSHO – SIMKOTA (11km, 4 hours. 820 m ascents, 400m descent)

The trail takes us through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janatsho. 
We may get to see camps of yak herders on the way and a chance to understand the lifestyle of the herdersa. Our overnight camp will be set up near Simkota Lake. If luck stands by your side, you may get to catch a lake trout for dinner. 
Overnight at the campsite.

DAY 07: SIMKOTA – PHAJODING/THIMPHU (10km, 4 hours. 130 m ascents, 680m descent)

We will start with a climb and we may capture views of the highest peak of Bhutan, Mt Gangkar Puensum if the weather permits. Standing at Phume La at 4080m, other mountain peaks can also be viewed. Downhill, the trail starts to descend and takes us through the juniper trees. 
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu

DAY 08: Thimphu sightseeing

We start the day by visiting Kuensel Phodrang where we will see Buddha. On the hilltop at Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park lies Buddha Dordenma, overlooking Thimphu Valley’s Southern entrance. There is a prophecy from the 8th century, which was discovered by the religious treasure discoverer, Terton Pema Lingpa, according to which an aura of peace is emanated which leads to happiness and peace in the world.
After that, you will visit the National Memorial Chorten which is decorated with vibrant paintings, statues and artworks showcasing the Buddhist culture and traditions.
The Third King initiated this temple in order to secure everyone from the negative energy of the modernization and as a monument dedicated to the peace of the entire world. The King died in 1972 and the Royal Queen Mother finished the construction of the temple making it a memorial stupa for him. 
We will continue our journey to Changgangkha Temple built in the 12th century. This is a very famous temple, which looks similar to a fortress, located in the central Thimphu above on right remains busy with sacred activities. A Tibetan Buddhist, Phajo Drukgom Shigpo arrived Tibet from Ralung and selected the location for the temple. The temple is mostly visited by the parents who search for auspicious names. After this, we can visit the Thimphu Weekend Market is remains open from Thursday to Sunday which is among the largest domestic markets for the farmers of Bhutan. On both sides of Wang Chhu, the central market gets crowded with the stalls, towards the north side of Chang Limithan Stadium. Among the most interesting places to explore, village people come to shop food items and vegetables with the residents of Thimphu. After this, head to Tashi Choedzong which is also known as the fortress of the glorious religion. Known as Bearded Lama, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel built it in 1641 and during the rule of Third King of Bhutan, it was built again in the 1960s with traditional structures; one thing to notice is that it was constructed without the help of any nails or plans.


Take a drive to DochuLa Pass at a height of 3,100m. This pass is known for offering stunning views of the Himalayan mountains if the weather remains clear. We then drive around 3 hours to reach Punakha Valley. While driving down, we will come across the routine life of the people living in remote areas of Himalayan regions. There are vast forests of Rhododendron in Dochu-La Pass which reach a height of a normal tree at their food bloom from late April to early May and the mountains of the valley get painted with the colours and smell of the flowers.  
Punakha served as Bhutan’s ancient capital. On reaching here, we will visit the ‘Palace of Great Happiness’, Punakha Dzong built by Zhabdrung (Unifier of Bhutan) in 1637 which is situated on the confluence of two major rivers Mo Chu and Pho Chu also known as Mother and Father Rivers. The Dzong is used as headquarters of Je Khenpo in winter where countless number of monks come from Thimphu in the winter months. The Dzong is an incredible architectural masterpiece built in Bhutanese traditional style with three-story based on four entrance pillars, decorated with silver and gold, crafted from Cypress. The first king of Bhutan was crowned in this fort in 1907.
We will enjoy walking to Chimi Lhakhang after lunch which is the temple of Buddhist monk Drukpa Kuenley (the Divine Madman). Due to his protest and revolt against the orthodox spread in Buddhism culture at his time, he was called Divine Madman. He preached the people that a person isn’t required to be an ordained monk since religion was an inner feeling. Drukpa Kuenley was later celebrated as a fertility symbol and his temple was mostly visited by couples who had no children.


We will start our morning by driving to Yabesa village and will hike across the rice fields to reach Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk commissioned to build this chorten. The chorten is based on the bank of the river and has a good collection of paintings which belong to the Nyingmapa traditions. Before starting our visit to Wangduephodrang Dzong which was built in 1627, we will enjoy our lunch at the riverside. The Dzong is based on the confluence of two rivers. 
We will visit Simtokha Dzong afterward which is the oldest Dzong in Bhutan, built in 1627.
Overnight in the hotel in Paro

DAY 11: Paro (Day Excursion to Haa Valley)

After having breakfast, we will drive to the Haa Valley crossing Chelela Pass for sightseeing including Lhakhang Karpo, Lhakhang Naagpo, etc. If you are interested, you can visit the homestay as well. We will drive back to Paro after lunch. Evening for leisure in Paro town.


Depart to your onward destination. 
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What to Wear

  •   Women:  We recommend women wear long, loose, conservative clothing such as sleeved shirts or trousers. For longer stays, consider purchasing a traditional sari, a kurta (a long shirt), or salwar and kameez (baggy pants). Scarves and shawls are worn throughout the year and can be fashionable as well as functional. Dressing in Indian attire shows cultural appreciation and will help avoid drawing unwanted attention.
  •   Men: Most Indians wear loose cotton shirts, polos, or button-ups with pants or jeans. Shorts and sleeveless shirts are uncommon, even during the hotter months.
  •   Traveling north or to the Himalayas: Bring warmer clothing like sweaters, long-sleeved shirts, or light jackets. Temperatures can dip down to freezing at times.
  •   Shoes: Bring durable shoes or sandals that can get dirty. Sandals, flip-flops, or flats are especially handy because they are easy to slip off when entering temples or homes.
  •   Places of Worship: Women should cover their heads, legs, and shoulders when entering a temple. Men should refrain from wearing shorts or they may not be permitted inside.
  •   Safaris: Early morning safaris can be chilly. We recommend wearing several layers including a sweater or jacket that can be removed as the day warms up. A thin hat or gloves may also help.

Passport and Visa

  •   Passport: Your passport is your most important travel document and must be valid for at least six months before arriving in India. If your passport is falling apart, make sure to replace it before coming.
  •   Visa: A visa is required for any visit to India. Contact your embassy or the Indian consulate to learn how to obtain one. If you are visiting India and a neighboring country, you must apply for a double or multiple entry visas from the Indian Embassy.
  •   Photocopies: Make sure to print and bring copies of your passport and visa with you. Store them separately in a secure place. Email yourself a scanned copy for easy access and be sure to leave a photocopy with someone at home. If your hotel has a safe, leave your passport and carry a photocopy with you. Also, be sure to bring a second form of identification.
  •   Lost or Stolen Passport: If something happens to your passport, immediately report the loss to the local police and get a written statement. Contact the nearest consulate for a replacement.


  •   Malaria and Dengue: All year long in areas below 2000 meters of altitude, there is a chance of contracting mosquito-borne malaria and dengue. You can prevent potential mosquito bites by wearing long clothes and frequently applying mosquito repellent. Make sure to consult with your doctor before coming.
  •   Travel Insurance: If you fall ill, treatment or transportation home can be extremely expensive. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
  •   Vaccinations: No vaccinations are required. However, if you are staying longer than 30 days, we recommend you receive the following shots: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, polio, diphtheria, rabies, measles, mumps, rubella, Japanese encephalitis, typhoid, yellow fever, and meningococcal.
  •   High Altitude Sickness: When visiting high altitude areas, be sure to ascend slowly and take enough time to acclimatize. You should be physically fit before venturing on any strenuous climbs.


  •   Currency: The national currency is the Indian rupee. Check the latest exchange rates before you arrive so you have a better idea of how much you are spending.
  •   Credit Cards: Credit cards are widely accepted in India, but keep in mind they’ll be of no use in remote areas. It’s helpful to carry a mix of cash and traveler’s checks.
  •   Bills: Be sure to always have smaller denominations of rupees (1s, 5s, 10s, 100s, etc.) as stores and rickshaw drivers will not always have exact change.

Eating & Drinking

  •   Eating: Try to consume cooked foods during your stay. Avoid street food, raw vegetables, and unpeeled fruit. Food in India can be incredibly spicy. So, be cautious when ordering hot curries.
  •   Drinking-Water: Drink only sealed bottled or filtered water. Avoid putting ice in your drinks as the water may be from the faucet.
  •   Alcohol: The legal drinking age is 25. It is uncommon and sometimes prohibited to drink alcohol in India, especially in sacred places.


  •   Haggling: Bargaining is commonplace in this part of the world and should be taken with humor and an open mind. Remember, you have no obligation to purchase something you have been haggling on. If you are uncomfortable with the price, politely decline and walk away.
  •   Respect: Locals work long, hard hours for only a few coins. So,  please make sure you always pay a fair price. The work of an Indian craftsman is just as valuable as the work of any other person.
  •   Touts: Some locals and public drivers may try to lead you into shops to receive a commission for your purchases. Should you not wish to visit a particular shop, firmly and politely state your disinterest and walk away.
  •   Responsibility: Epiconic Travel will not be held liable for any shopping purchases or shipping costs.


  •   Voltage: 240 V
  •   Frequency: 50 Hz
  •   Plug Types: C/D/M
  •   Socket Types: C/D/M


We recommend the following:
  •   Airport Assistance: 300 INR per transfer
  •   Restaurants: 5-10% of the total bill
  •   Baggage Handlers: 20 INR per piece of luggage
  •   Guide/Escort: 400-500 INR per day
  •   Drivers: 250-300 INR per day
If traveling in a group, please confer with your tour leader before tipping.  


  •   Show Respect: Taking pictures of day-to-day life is possible in most places. However, we request that you respect the privacy of those who do not wish to be photographed. Please ask when possible to avoid any uncomfortable situations. Furthermore, please respect the rules of religious institutions and check before taking photos in temples, mosques, and other places of worship.
  •   Being Photographed: Strangers may request to have their picture taken with you even if you have never met before. While this may seem strange, remember that as a foreigner, you are just as exotic to them as they are to you. If you feel uncomfortable having your picture taken, politely decline and walk away.
  •   Meet the People: Take time to get to know a person before snapping their photos. Most likely, this will make them more willing to have their photo taken.
  •   Security: Note that photography is strictly prohibited in and around airports, military installations, and other sensitive areas. Please check for notices before taking photos.
  •   Photograph Scams: Some people may approach you and ask to have their picture taken. While this may seem like an excellent photo opportunity, don't oblige them unless you are willing to pay the fee they request afterward. Be especially wary of snake charmers and people in costume who earn a living this way. It's best to avoid these situations by politely declining and moving away.
  •   Photograph Journeys: Contact Epiconic Travel to learn more about our special photography journeys.


  •   Beggars: You will encounter a large number of beggars around temples and tourist areas. It may seem distressing, but in India, they form an integral part of the alms-giving process, which has roots in religious practices.
  •   Keep in Mind: Beggars who congregate around hotels and monuments do so because they can earn more than the average daily wage by targeting sympathetic foreign visitors.
  •   How to Give: Epiconic Travel recommends you do not give money to beggars, especially children. Giving money or small gifts encourages begging and future harassment of other travelers. If you wish to help alleviate their suffering, please let us know and we will put you in touch with a registered charity.


  •   Spiritual Offerings: Sometimes locals who look like holy men will try to put a Bindi (red dot) on your forehead or tie yarn around your wrist before requesting payment. If you don't wish to pay for this service, politely decline any attempt to do so and remove yourself from the situation.
  •   Handshakes: A simple handshake can quickly turn into a palm reading or an offer to paint your hand with henna. Instead, give the traditional "Namaste" prayer greeting when encountering strangers. This also conveys respect.
  •   No Such Thing as Free: You may be told some service or a small gift is free only to be asked for payment or a "donation" later. Be smart and use good judgment.

Respecting the Culture

  • Keep in mind that India may not have the same standards of living or traditions as your home country. Please be respectful of these differences and embrace everything that India has to offer.
  • Please show respect by refraining from public displays of affection, coarse language, and other inappropriate behavior.


  • In general, follow the same basic ecological rules you have in your country while traveling.
  •   Water: Pure water in India is a luxury, so please use it sparingly. In remote areas, stick to neutral soap to avoid any negative environmental impact.
  •   Batteries: Return home with any dead batteries as India lacks a dedicated battery recycling system.
  •   Camping: Campgrounds should remain clean after your departure to minimize human impact.
  •   Keep Your Volume Down: While visiting nature reserves, please make sure to keep quiet and respect the wildlife.
  •   Trash: Please properly dispose of any garbage by placing it in a wastebasket.
  •   Animals: For health and safety reasons, keep your distance and avoid contact with any animals you encounter.

Traveling by Train

  •   Delays: More often than not, your train will be delayed; sometimes by more than an hour. Relax and rest assured you will make it to your destination. Always assume your train will arrive on time and show up at least 30 minutes beforehand.
  •   Food: Resist the temptation to purchase meals on the train or at the railway station as it may upset your stomach. Make sure any food you buy is packaged and only drink bottled water. Also, it is best to take the skin off the fruit before eating it.
  •   Toilet Types: Indian trains offer squat and seated bathroom facilities. It is smart to bring your toilet paper and hand sanitizer in the off chance the bathrooms run out. Train toilets empty directly down onto the track so be courteous and only use the bathroom while the train is in motion.
  •   Insects: It’s not uncommon to see insects around the bathroom areas and trash receptacles. A train worker can spray insect repellent if you encounter any bugs in your cabin.
  •   Open Doors: Most Indian trains allow passengers to open the entry doors while the train is in motion. Be cautious when passing them on your way to the bathroom area. Epiconic Travel recommends you avoid venturing near the open doors.
  •   Epiconic Provisions: To make your train experience even more enjoyable, Epiconic Travel provides clients with their own linen sheets, pillow covers, snacks, and basic toiletries.

Women Travelers

  •   Clothes: See the “What to Wear” section on page one.
  •   Swimsuits: Normal swimwear is fine at beach resorts. Otherwise, wear long shorts and a t-shirt when swimming in public.
  •   Jewelry: Avoid wearing expensive-looking jewelry and/or giving off the impression of wealth.
  •   Taxis: Though Epiconic Travel will provide a driver for your journey, be cautious when venturing out on your own. Avoid taking cabs home alone at night and never agree on having another male in the car with you besides the driver.
  •   Common Misconceptions: It is common for Indians to direct their conversations toward males, even if questioned by a woman. Men do this to show the woman respect since speaking to her can be perceived as flirtatious.
  •   Staring: As a foreigner, you will naturally stand out. Although people will take extra notice of you, it is usually a harmless curiosity. Still, it is always best to travel with a male or in a group and make safe travel decisions.
  •   Be Home Before Dark: Avoid walking around town at night, especially if you are alone or in an isolated area.


  • India is home to over 400 living languages that vary from region to region. English is a second language for most people and some do not speak it at all. Remember to be patient and avoid using slang in conversation. This will make communicating easier and less frustrating.


  • There are numerous Wi-Fi spots in major cities and many hotels have Internet. Be aware that not all Internet areas will have a broadband connection.

Making Phone Calls

  •   Cell Phones: There is cell phone coverage throughout India. Be sure to check with your service provider before calling, texting, or web browsing to avoid expensive roaming charges.
  •   Prepaid Phone Cards: These are available throughout India though you can also purchase one before you arrive. Phone cards are generally more cost-effective than using your mobile phone.
  •   Country Code: +91

What to Bring

  • Weather appropriate, conservative clothing
  • Insect repellant
  • Multiple forms of identification
  • Money belt
  • Any necessary medications such as Tums, Ibuprofen, or prescriptions (Though most are available in India)
  • Small flashlight or headlamp
  • Earplugs (if you’re a light sleeper)
  • Tampons
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Power converters
  • Sturdy, durable shoes and sandals
  •   For Fun: Camera, book, journal, MP3 player, cards, travel games

For Trekking

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking shoes
  • Raincoat
  • Warm clothing

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Southern India

  • Regions: Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh
  • Best Time to Go: October-March when the weather is sunny and comfortable

Northern India

  • Regions: Rajasthan, Haryana
  • Best Time to Go: October-March when the weather is sunny and comfortable

Eastern India

  • Regions: Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa
  • Best Time to Go: October-March when the weather is sunny and comfortable

Western India

  • Regions: Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa
  • Best Time to Go: October-March when the weather is sunny and warm

Northern Himalayas

  • Regions: Ladakh, Kashmir, Zanskar
  • Best Time to Go: May-October
  • Best Time to Trek: Mid-June to mid- September

Central India

  • Regions: Uttar Pradesh, MadhyaPradesh
  • Best Time to Go: October-March when the weather is sunny and comfortable

Eastern Himalayas

  • Regions: Sikkim, Darjeeling
  • Best Time To Go: April - June and mid- June to mid-September
  • Best Time to Trek: May, June, mid- September to mid- November

Central Himalayas

  • Regions: Himachal Pradesh, Kumaon, Garhwal
  • Best Time to Go: April - June and mid- September - November
  • Best Time to Trek: May, June, mid- September to mid- November


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