Druk Path Trek with Three Days Cultural Tour in Bhutan 10 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 10 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Bhutan
  • Transportation Private Comfortable Transportation
  • Activity Cultural and Historical Tours, Trekking and Hiking,
  • Best Season March - May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Min 2, max 16 People
  • Trip Start/End Paro, Bhutan
  • Max Altitude 4,110m/13,480ft


  • Trekking the classic route connecting Paro to Thimpu
  • Sightseeing in Paro-hike up to Tiger’s Nest
  • Rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, yak pastures, clear lakes, and mountains along the way
  • Crossing high mountain passes like Dochula Pass(3,100m) and
  • Jangchu La Pass(4,180m
  • We visit important fortresses like the Jele Dzong, Punakha Dzong, Drugyel Dzong, and Rinpung Dzong among others.
  • We also visit a number of monasteries including  Phajoding Monastery and Thuijidrag Monastery.

Druk Path Trek with Cultural Tour in Bhutan Overview 

Druk Path Trek is one of Bhutan's most beautiful and popular short-distance treks. This 10-day-long journey runs through an ancient trading route scaling high mountain passes connecting the picturesque valley of Paro and Thimpu. Druk Path Trekking takes us through colorful rhododendron forests, beautiful lakes, and alpine yak pastures. This popular trek sees over 1200 trekkers each year. The monasteries, alpine landscape views, the trek's marathon-like nature, and short duration attract trekkers worldwide. 


Bhutanese soldiers raced this course in a single day as a punishment in the past. So, the trek also has historical significance. We arrive at Paro airport (2,235 m) on the first day and take an acclimatization hike to Tiger's Nest the next day. Our trek begins on Day 3 with a climb up through pine forests and apple orchards which open up to the ruins of Jele Dzong sitting on a high grassy ridge. The ridge gives us breathtaking views of Mt. Jomolhari. 


The following four days bring even more excitement- we trek above the tree line, cross high mountain passes like Phume La ( 4,210 m), tranquil mountain lakes, and views of mountains like Mt. Jomolhari, Gangkar Punsum, and Jitchu Drake running along the Bhutan-Tibet border. Over the last three days of our Druk Path Trek, we descend through pine and juniper forests and phadjoding monasteries, bringing us to Thimpu, Bhutan's capital. Druk Path Trek is best enjoyed from September to December and late February to May. Days are mostly lovely and warm, but the nights can be freezing, with high snow chances at higher altitudes.

 Adventure Club Trek also organizes various other tours and treks in Bhutan. For an even shorter Bhutan trip, consider our Glimpses of Bhutan Tour- 4 Days, Journey to Druk Yul Tour- 5 Days, and 6 Nights 7 Days Bhutan Tour among others. Laya Gasa Trek-19 Days and Chomolhari Trekking-12 Days are two of Bhutan's most beautiful long-distance trekking options.


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As your flight nears Bhutan, you can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas including the sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. At the airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Adventure Club who will take you to your hotel in Thimphu for a good night's sleep. Today, we will visit Rinpung Dzong which was built in 1646 and now houses the district Monastic Body and government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag. We will also visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country, and Drugyal Dzong, built-in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsLunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,250m/7,382ft

Today, we hike up to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3,180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) meditated in a cave where the monastery stands. He flew to the cave on a tigress’ back and meditated in the cave for three years, three months, three weeks, three days, and three hours. We start our hike after breakfast and stop midway at Cafeteria Restaurant for lunch. The round trip to the monastery and back takes around 3 hours.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,180m

Today marks the start of our trek and our first destination is Jele Dzong. The trail starts with a gradual uphill climb through a forest to reach our campsite. A short hike for around an hour and we reach the Jele Dzong. A perfect view of Paro Valley with snow-clad mountains on the backdrop can be seen from the top. Jele Dzong is mostly in ruins and after exploring the Dzong we visit Lhakhang which houses a Buddha Shakyamuni statue. We then head down to our campsite for a good night’s sleep.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,480m/11,415ft

Today we embark on about 2 hours of trekking. We begin with a gradual ascent (310m) then descend (50m). The trail passes through thick alpine and rhododendron forests and reaches Jangchulakha. We still walk for some time and arrive at the campsite, which offers scenic views of the amazing landscape below. You can also see yak herders around your campsite at the height of 3,600m.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,770m/12,365ft

The initial trail to Jimilang Tsho starts with an ascent through the juniper forest. The path then levels for a while and again climbs up and down finally to arrive at Jangchu La Pass(4,180m). We then make a steep downhill climb passing Tshokam(a camping site) and also cross the upper part of Being Rong Chu to finally arrive at Jimilang Tsho. The lake is famous as the habitat of giant trouts. If time permits we can also fish here enjoying the views of the mountains of Jichu Drake(6,989m) and Gangkar Puensum(7,497m).

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,880m/12,729ft

The trail to Simkota starts from the southern end of the lake. We walk up along the rhododendron-filled path until we arrive at Jahnye Tsho. En route, we pass by Phajoding Monastery and Thuijidrag Monastery. Soak in the spectacular view below as we climb higher towards the summit. We also pass a few yak herders' camps before reaching Simkota.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,110m/13,480ft

Today we begin with a gradual climb to enjoy majestic views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum and other peaks. The trail slowly descends through juniper trees to a community hall near Phajoding. From Phajoding the trek to Thimphu is downhill, passing through a forested area of mostly blue pine. After arriving in Thimphu, we check in to our hotel and spend the night.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,350m/7,710ft

Today after breakfast, we visit Memorial Chorten, built in the honor of the third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, in 1974. Next, we go to see Bhutan’s national animal, Takin, a rare species of goat family, at Mini Zoo. We also explore the National Library where ancient manuscripts are stored, Sangaygang View Point to catch fantastic views of the entire city, and lastly the Kuenselcholing hilltop where the world’s largest statue of Buddha is under construction. After sightseeing, we leave for Punakha. It is around the 3-hour-long scenic drive. We cross the Dochula Pass(3,100m) enjoying the magnificent views of the Himalayas. We further drive past fir, hemlock, and rhododendron forest followed by rice field to finally arrive at Punakha. While in Punakha we explore Punakha Dzong, the second largest and second oldest Dzong in Bhutan.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,250m/4,100ft

We drive to Paro today. En route, we stop at Metshina Village from where we go on a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang. It is a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. After visiting the temple we continue our journey to Paro again crossing the Dochula Pass. On the way, we again make a stop to visit Druk Wangyal Monastery. Here you can find paintings reflecting the visions and lineage of the present monarchy. We pass through Thimphu to finally arrive at Paro.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,250m/7,382ft

Today we leave the Land of the Thunder Dragon. A representative from Adventure Club Trek for Bhutan will drop you off at the airport according to your flight schedule.

  • MealsBreakfast

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern while traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary, but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline, and illnesses or an injury can occur. To avoid dangerous situations, we may occasionally change the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That being said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • All arrival and departure transfers in a private tourist vehicle.
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee and snacks - for the duration of your stay.
  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.
  • Drinking water
  • Government-approved A and B category hotels on a twin-shared basis.
  • Tented camp during trekking on a twin-shared basis.
  • Transportation in a comfortable private vehicle(s).
  • Experienced English-speaking guides and local staff.
  • Trekking equipment like sleeping bags, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, mattresses, etc.
  • Trekking cooks and trek assistants.
  • Porter services for trekking.
  • All applicable Bhutanese government taxes/royalties and Company services charges.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal Entry Visa fees - at present $30 for 15 days and  US$ 50 for 30 days.
  • Airfare for international flights to and from Bhutan
  • All city tours with permits, and entrance fees for museums and monuments.
  • Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry)
  • Travel and Medical/Evacuation Insurance
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.
  • Any services in Kathmandu/Nepal (hotels, transport, etc)

Useful Info

Visa Information

Indian, Bangladeshis, and Maldivian nationals can obtain a visa at the port of entry by producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card (VIC). For other tourists, you will need to acquire visa clearance in advance. Visas are processed through an online system by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator, directly or through a foreign travel agent. Tourists must also book their holiday through a Bhutanese tour operator or one of their international partners. The tour operator will take care of Visa arrangements for visitors.

You are required to send the photo page of your passport (passport scanned copy) to your tour operator, who will then apply for your visa. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD 40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. Once received, the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours. You will be required to show your visa clearance letter at your point of entry, and the visa will then be stamped into your passport.


Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B, and C. These government-approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time of booking, we will be accommodated in A-grade hotels in Paro and Thimphu and B-grade hotels in Punakha. We use Tashi Namgay Resort in Paro, Hotel Migmar in Thimphu and Meri Puensum Resort in Punakha. We will also be camping (in tents) during trekking. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement will be served at an additional cost.


All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are included during your stay in Bhutan. Various meals are available in most hotels, the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best advice is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend what is fresh and in season. While trekking, fresh foods, and meats will be served during the initial days, and high-quality tinned foods during the end of the trek.


Weather Information

There is no appropriate season which is to say that Bhutan's warm and temperate climate, never-ending festivals, and rich and abundant heritage sites provide visitors with a wide array of experiences throughout the year across the country. Bhutan has all four seasons, and the climate varies widely depending on the altitude.


Spring (March, April & May)

This is the most beautiful time of the year, resplendent and ablaze with a spectacular array of bright colors. This is when the valleys are green with fresh vegetation; fruit trees are blossoming, locals are naturally mirthful and cheery; when visitors are most welcome. Also, you can witness the famous Paro tsechu festival.


Autumn (September, October & November)

Autumn is lovely, with clear and crisp blue skies providing a grand view of some of the tallest unclimbed mountains in the world. It is the best time for trekking and traveling. The climate is cool and temperate. You can get lovely photography opportunities of willows shedding their golden brown leaves, the solitude of parks, and somber views of dzongs and monasteries.


Monsoon (June, July & August)

During these months, Bhutan receives more rainfall than any other region in the Himalayas. Glorious sapphire skies and warm weather are pleasant times to visit places of cultural and historical interest though this season is not the best time for trekking. Enjoy a warm, aromatic tea while watching the rainfall from your hotel window. Or, if you possess an adventurous spirit, grab an umbrella/raincoat while it is raining and take a day tour through the town.


Winter (December, January & February)

Winter in Bhutan is sunny, calm, and agreeable. Much of the east-west highway remains snowbound during winter. It is the best time to tour the western districts of Paro, Wangdue, Punakha, Thimphu, and Haa. One of the chief attractions in winter is the beautiful Gangtey (Phobjikha) valley, where you can expect to see a vast expanse of rolling plains with bamboo shrubs.


Safety Guidelines

Credit cards are not a convenient payment source in Bhutan, as only a handful of hotels in a few places provide this facility. Also, only MasterCard and Visa. US dollars are the most convenient currency and are cashed by most banks.

You should avoid drinking tap water altogether, but it is okay to use it for brushing your teeth. Bottled water is widely available and is best for drinking. It is also wise to carry water purification tablets when trekking in remote locations of Bhutan.

The local currency is the Ngultrum, pegged to the Indian Rupee. Note: The Indian Rupee in 500 and 1000 is no longer accepted in Bhutan.

Bhutan is the only country in the world that has banned the consumption and sale of tobacco, resulting in smoking being disallowed mainly in public places. Consumption is not entirely prohibited in Bhutan so if you want to smoke, bring your cigarettes and ask your guide where you can light up. (seal opened pack only)

Tuesdays are considered the national 'dry day,' with the sale of alcohol prohibited.

When taking photos/filming inside Dzongs, monasteries, temples, or any religious institutions, check with your guide whether it is permitted, as some areas do not.

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