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Royal Druk Path Trek

The Royal Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan. This trek takes you to the less populated areas of Bhutan where you can explore the Bhutan’s wilderness

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The Royal Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan. This trek takes you to the less populated areas of Bhutan where you can explore the Bhutan’s wilderness and beautiful green sceneries along the way. The Royal Druk Path trek is one of the hardest treks in Bhutan. The trek can be completed nine days and gives you the most memorable trekking experience with picturesque sceneries, rich culture and amazing lifestyles of Bhutan. 

Royal Druk Path Trek starts from Paro to Thimpu or vice versa passing the series of mountains to an altitude 4210m above sea level, which separates the two valleys. Many remote lakes, beautiful panoramas of high mountains and the diversity of Rhododendron can be seen. The trekking days will be concluded in 9 days. The Druk Path trekking package will also provide an opportunity to see the Bhutanese culture and traditions. The highlight of the trek will be Phume La pass (4210m) which is the highest point of the trek from where Ganghar Puensum, the highest mountain of Bhutan can be seen.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Paro, Bhutan (2280)

Day 2: Explore Paro

Day 3: Visit Ta Dzonge-Jele Dzonge (3,436m)

Day 4: Jele Dzong-Tsokam (3,962)

Day 5: Tsokam to Jimilang Tsho (2880m)

Day 6: Jimilang Tsho-Simkotra Tsho (4090m)

Day 7: Simkotra Tsho- Phajoding (3690m)

Day8: Phajoding to Thimpu (2320)

Day 9: Depart Paro (2280m)

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Paro, Bhutan (2280)

You are heartily welcome to the land of Thunder Dragon, Bhutan. You will certainly feel excellent of the crystal clear air, peaceful atmosphere, and glorious snowcapped mountains. You will meet Actual Adventure representative at exiting the arrival hall after the immigration process. We will be taken to hotel and stay easy to acclimatize to the altitude.

 Day 02: Explore Paro

Early morning we will drive north of Paro valley that takes us to the wrecks of Drukgyal Dzonge which was built in 1647 to memorialize. The Dzong was obliterated by an accidental fire and left in wrecks as a reminiscent reminder of the great successes. Then we will hike one hour to the canteen whereby we can enjoy the marvelous scene of Thasksang monastery, Tiger nest. After exploring monastery we will take lunch and go back our move to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one f the oldest temple of Bhutan.

Day 03: Visit Ta Dzonge-Jele Dzonge (3,436m)

Today we will drive to the Museum (Ta-Dzong) where we will meet our trekking staff. We will start our trekking from museum and our treks ascents regular for over 1062m. We will pass through blue pine forest, around many farm houses and fenced apple orchards. This area is called Tsachhugang. Along the way we move through Kuenha Lhakhang. We will see the beautiful view over the Paro valley and visible above is the Jele Dzong after one hour steady climb. The walk continues our walk through the forest. Just before getting a small pass under the Dzong, the way opens up bit. We will spend our night at camp.

Day 04: Jele Dzong-Tsokam (3,962)

We will hike to north for about 10 minutes on the edge with a striking before vanishing into the forests which looks quite dreary as a result of smash up by dark beetles. Then we walk up to the small peak looking back we see part of Paro valley and the south, the Dagala range is seen. After 4 hours trek we will be at our campsite at Tsokam.

Day 05: Tsokam to Jimilang Tsho (2880m)

We will chase the edge walk which is about 2 hours longer and it is more striking. On a fine day we can mesmerized by the views of snowy peaks on the north and a great scene of valleys. We will proceed north once again. We will then pass through a small campsite at Labana and further on the way many monasteries can be seen at the far end of valley. We will continue our walk on the edge. On the opposite side we can see Jimilang Tsho, nearby lake  we camp for night.

Day 06: Jimilang Tsho-Simkotra Tsho (4090m)

In the morning we will explore the lake and then begin our climb up the lake through the shrubs and after few minutes of walk will provide us excellent views. On the trail many wonderful lakes can be seen and we will walk along a wide stone. We will ascent a ridge and soon our campsite Simkotra Tsho will be seen.

Day 07: Simkotra Tsho- Phajoding (3690m)

The path is good with many slight ascents before we get a view of Phajoding monasteries and Thimpu valley. We walk down to Phajoding monastery and we stay there for whole night.

Day 08: Phajoding to Thimpu (2320)

Today we will have an easy walk down the mountain through thick forests until we reach the road above Takin refuge. We then drive to our Hotel at Thimpu, the modern capital of Bhutan. We will explore Thimpu and enjoy shower and delicious dinner.

Day 09: Depart Paro (2280m)

Today is last morning in this spiritual and memorable country, Bhutan. We will have breakfast and proceed to check in for your flight. We hope you have enjoyed your trip greatly and will bring your friends to Bhutan in the future.

Cost Includes

  • All accommodation during the trek in twin sharing basis. 
  • All meals per day in Bhutan (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • All ground transportation by private transport within Bhutan 
  • English speaking guide local guide with all his expenses. 
  • All permit fees and fees for sightseeing of museums and monuments. 

Cost Excludes:

  • Visa fee(USD 20)
  • International Airfares
  • Personal expenses 
  • Tips
  • Fees for Tourism development Fund(USD 10)

Stay Safe

  • Altitude Sickness: The main and common risk while trekking above about 2500m is Altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. The available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases with altitude. Available oxygen drops as the air density itself, the number of molecules (of both oxygen and nitrogen) per given volume, drops as altitude increases. So don’t ignore, if you have any symptoms then descending to a lower altitude is the only option.
  • Water: Have some means to purify water, iodine or a fine ceramic filter are the best options. The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available, the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem.

Electricity in Nepal

Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.

Nepal Climate information

Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.

Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.

Nepal Visas information

Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

Visa Facility         Duration       Fee
Multiple entry       15 days          US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       30 days          US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       90 days          US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Respect to Local Peoples

In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)” 

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