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October 20, 2020
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Druk Path Trek (6 days)

One of the most scenic and popular treks in Bhutan, following a wilderness trail past several remote lakes. Although it is a short trek, it still goes to a high altitude, making it moderately strenuous.

This trek is usually done during the month of February to June, September to December. It takes about 6 days at the most but it can be done in 4 days also if you are a good walker. Starts from Paro and ends at Thimphu. The starting point is from the National Museum, Paro at 2470m.There is usually snow during the late autumn and early spring. During a clear weather one can have a clear view of the Himalayan range. While the nights are pretty cold, the days are warm. Therefore, you should be prepared for cold nights.

Day 1- National Museum to Jili Dzong (10 km. 4 - 5 hrs. 1090m ascent)
Starting  the trek with a long climb you will cross a few farms, Monastery and walking through blue pine forest takes you to a big stone house at Damchena (2880m), where the road ends. The trail gradually ascends to an excellent camping place in a meadow below Jili Dzong at 3480m

Day 2 - Jili Dzong to Jangchhu Lhakha (10 km. 3-4 hrs. 310m ascent, 50 m descent)
Since this is a short trek, you have time to visit Jili Dz. It is worth visiting inside the temple of Jili Dzong as there is a large and impressive statue of Sakyamuni. In the distance a panoramic view of the Paro town can be seen on a clear day. Then you come across rhododendron forest. You will also come to a meadow from where views of Jhomolhari and other snow peaks can be seen. Cross to the east and make a long traverse through rhododendrons and cedars to Jangchhu Lhakha, a pasture at 3760m. Beyond this there is a camping spot, a yak herders camp at 3770m.

Day 3 - Jangchhu Lhakha to Jimilang Tsho (11 km. 4 hrs. 230m descent, 330m ascent)
From here the trail leads you to a place, from where you can have a good view of the Jhomolhari and 6989m Jichu Drakye, the peak represents the protective deity of Paro. After walking for sometime you will come to a pleasant camping place at the far end of a lake, Jimiling Tsho meaning ‘Sand Ox Lake’. Cut the trek short by descending towards the south-east through a forest of blue pine to the road at Tsaluna passing a 14th century monastery on the site of a cave where Guru Rinpoche mediated.

Day 4- Jimilang Tsho to Simkotra Tsho (8 kms. 6-7 hrs. 260m ascent)
This trail leads you to climb up and down and finally comes near Janye Tsho. On descending further down you will come to a yak hearders’ camp near the lake. Walk along the shore, climb up a ridge and then descend to the stone ruins and you can camp here overlooking Simtkotra Tsho.

Day 5 - Simkotra Tsho to Phajoding (10 kms. 3-4 hrs. 130m ascent, 680m descent)
In this trek you will see Dochula and Jhomolhari all along the trail. Descending down you will come to a camping site. Walking a bit further down you will have a nice view of Gangkhar Puensum and other Himalayan peaks. And down below you will see Thimphu Valley. The trail leads north-east and then descends steeply towards Phajoding. Descending further down you will come across Thujidrag Goemba, a meditation centre. Another steep descent leads you through juniper and rhododendron bushes and comes to a campsite above Phajoding at 3750m. Here you will see many monasteries scattered across the hillside.

Day 6 - Phajoding to Motithang (4-5km. 2 ½ hrs. 1130m descent)
This trail leads you all the way downhill through the forest until the monestary. From here the trek is all downhill till you reach Motithang.

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