9 Days Druk Path Trek

Good to Know
  • Duration 9 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 4,200 m/13,780 ft
  • Group Size 1+
  • Trip Starts Paro
  • Trip Ends Paro
  • Group Style Group and Private
  • Activities Trekking and tours
  • Best Season March-May and Sept-Dec


  • Duration: The trek usually takes about 5-6 days to complete, covering a total distance of approximately 50 kilometers.
  • Scenery: The trek offers stunning views of the Himalayan mountains, including Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan. You will also pass through beautiful alpine forests, pristine lakes, and high mountain passes.
  • Culture: Along the way, you will have the opportunity to visit remote villages and monasteries and learn about Bhutanese culture and traditions.
  • Wildlife: The Druk Path Trek is home to a variety of wildlife, including yaks, blue sheep, and possibly even snow leopards.
  • Accessibility: The trek is accessible year-round, although the best time to go is during the spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) when the weather is clear and dry.
  • Altitude: The trek reaches a maximum altitude of 4,200 meters (13,780 feet) at the highest pass, so it is important to acclimatize properly and be in good physical condition.

An Advantage of Booking a Trip with a Trekking Planner

  • Private vehicles pick up and drop off passengers at all airports.
  • First-aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner’s down jackets, t-shirt, and cap, if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (you should have insurance for emergency evacuation, which will be paid for by your travel insurance company).
  • We use an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate, and we provide oxygen.
  • Sim cards are provided by our company for travelers, so there won’t be any networking issues.

Trip Introduction: 9 Days Druk Path Trek

Druk Path Trek starts from an altitude of around 2400 meters and crosses passes as high as 6000 meters. The lower altitude winter trekking routes that range from 1300 meters to 1800 meters enable the less hardy trekkers to enjoy the beauty of a semi-tropical climate. Whatever Bhutan Trekking you choose, it will be special, as you are surrounded by views of mountain ranges.

This beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries and temples. The country’s only airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to Mount Chomolhari(7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley. This trip begins from Kathmandu, We will take you to the most popular place in Kathmandu and in Bhutan. These two countries are very rich in nature, history, and culture. Druk Path Trek is one of the famous and informative treks of Bhutan.

Why 9 Days Druk Path Trek?

Bhutan, known as the "Land of the Thunder Dragon", is a small country in the eastern Himalayas recognized for its beautiful scenery, rich culture, and distinct approach to development. The country is known for emphasizing Gross National Happiness (GNH), which measures the success of the country based on the happiness and well-being of people rather than just economic statistics.

The 9-Day Druk Path Trek is a fantastic opportunity to explore the natural beauty and culture of Bhutan. The route takes you through some of the most picturesque places in the country, including lush forests of oak and rhododendron trees, high mountain passes with spectacular views of the surrounding peaks, and pure lakes. You'll also get to view some of the iconic prayer flags and enjoy the peace of the Himalayan highlands of Bhutan.

In addition to the trek, the trip includes a visit to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. You are suggested to visit key cultural and historical landmarks such as the National Memorial Chorten, Tashichho Dzong, and Changangkha Lhakhang temple to learn about the distinctive culture and history of Bhutan. You will also get free time to explore the city and engage with the lovely inhabitants.

Overall, this trip is a fantastic chance to immerse oneself in Bhutanese culture while also seeing the natural beauty in a meaningful way of country.

Are 9 Days Druk Path Trek right for you?

9 Days Druk Path Trek is considered a moderate trek that is best suited for those with a reasonable degree of fitness and prior trekking experience. The trek takes you through the breathtaking Himalayan scenery and requires you to walk for several hours each day, frequently over steep and rocky terrain.

Before embarking on the trip, you are advised to engage yourself in some physical training to improve your endurance and stamina. Regular aerobic activity, such as running or cycling, as well as strength training to build muscle in your legs and core, may be included.

It is also essential to be well-equipped in terms of supplies and equipment. Strong hiking boots, warm and waterproof clothes, a decent quality backpack, a sleeping bag, and other essentials like a water bottle, headlamp, and first-aid kit are required. In case you lack this equipment Trekking Planner helps you with getting the equipment.

Overall, the Druk Path Trek is a rewarding experience if you have a fair degree of fitness, some past trekking experience, and are well-prepared. Suppose you have any health issues or are doubtful about your capacity to complete this walk. In that case, you should always speak with a trained medical practitioner before starting on any outdoor activity.

How should you prepare for 9 Days Druk Path Trek?

Physical training, gear preparation, and logistical planning are all part of preparing for the 9-day Druk Path Trek. Here is some preparation advice Trekking Planner shares with you for this trip:

  • Physical preparation: The Druk Path Trek requires high-altitude trekking, which may be physically taxing. It is essential to begin planning for the expedition many weeks before your travel date. Regular cardiovascular activity, such as jogging, cycling, or trekking, can help you increase endurance and stamina. Squats, lunges, and planks are examples of strength training exercises that may help you improve your leg and core muscles.
  • Gear preparation: For the journey, you will require adequate gear and equipment. Sturdy hiking boots, waterproof and warm gear, a decent quality backpack, a sleeping bag, and a flashlight are all required. It's also a good idea to include a good-quality water bottle, a first-aid kit, and any personal medications you might need.
  • Acclimatization: As the trek involves walking at high elevations, it is important to fully acclimate before going on the trek up. You are suggested that you spend a few days in Paro or Thimphu before beginning the journey to acclimate to the altitude.
  • Mental preparation: Trekking may be psychologically stressful, thus it is essential to mentally prepare for the journey. Visualizing the journey, practicing mindfulness and meditation, and creating realistic objectives for oneself are all examples of this.

Overall, planning is essential for a successful and pleasurable walk. Allow yourself plenty of time to prepare and plan far ahead of your trip date.

What is the best season?

The best time to go on the 9 Days Druk Path Trek is March to May and September to November. The weather is often dry and sunny during these months, with clear skies and temperate temperatures.

From March through May, the hills are covered in blooming rhododendrons and other wildflowers. It's a perfect time to go trekking because the weather is moderate and there's less possibility of rain.

The fall season lasts from September through November, and the weather is pleasant and dry, with beautiful sky and breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas. This is also the time of year when the fall foliage is at its height, providing for a stunning trekking experience.

It is always important to note that the weather might be unpredictable in the mountains, and you should always be prepared for changes in weather conditions. It is always a good idea to check the weather forecast before starting your trek and to pack appropriately for the conditions you may encounter.

Climate and Weather of the trek.

The climate and weather in 9 Days Druk Path travel varies based on the time of year and altitude at which you travel.

The weather is often mild and pleasant, with bright days and chilly nights. Temperatures during the day can range from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, while temperatures at night can fall below freezing. The higher you climb, the colder it becomes.

Winter brings harsh temperatures and precipitation to higher elevations from December to February, making the climb arduous or even impossible. Summer brings heavy rain and the likelihood of landslides, making the journey difficult and potentially deadly from June to August.

The Druk Path Trek is best done between March and May, and September and November when the weather is pleasant and there is less possibility of rain or snow. Clear sky and spectacular views of the Himalayan Mountains may be expected during these months, providing for a unique trekking trip.

It is essential to be prepared for variations in weather and to bring proper gear for the season in which you are trekking. This includes, among other things, warm clothes, rain gear, and robust hiking boots.

Local Culture and Tradition

The Druk Path Trek takes you through the stunning landscapes of Bhutan, a country rich in culture and history. Here are some examples of local culture and customs that you can meet during your journey:

  • Buddhism: Bhutan is primarily a Buddhist country, and there are several monasteries, temples, and prayer flags along the trekking path. Buddhism is very significant in Bhutanese culture, and you may have the chance to meet monks and nuns throughout your walk.
  • Traditional Attire: Bhutanese national dress is known as the "Gho" for men and the "Kira" for women. While on the journey, you may witness residents dressed in traditional attire, notably in villages and towns.
  • Festivals: Bhutan is famous for its colorful festivals, known as "Tsechus," which take place all year. Traditional dance performances, music, and other cultural events are featured at these festivals.
  • Architecture: Bhutanese architecture is distinguished by its distinctive style of colorful structures with beautiful wood carvings and paintings. This architecture may be seen in monasteries, temples, and other structures along the trail.
  • Food: Bhutanese food is unique, with delicacies like "Ema Datshi," a hot cheese and chili pepper dish, and "Momos," steamed or fried dumplings stuffed with veggies or meat. During your journey, you may have the opportunity to enjoy these and other traditional Bhutanese delicacies.

During your trip, it is essential to respect local culture and traditions. Dress modestly, obtain permission before taking images, and be aware of cultural traditions and beliefs.

Travel Insurance for this trek

Travel insurance is a must-have while embarking on the Druk Path Trek or any other trekking or adventure activity. It is essential to have appropriate insurance to cover any unforeseen incidents, such as illness, injury, or theft that may occur during your trek.

Trekking Planner suggests you consider the following aspects when selecting travel insurance coverage for your journey

  • Coverage: Look for insurance that includes medical bills, evacuation, trip cancellation or interruption, and personal responsibility. Make that your coverage covers you for the whole duration of your journey, including any pre-or post-trek travel. Check sure the policy covers the activities you want to participate in, such as trekking, hiking, and camping.
  • Exclusions: Carefully read the policy to understand any exclusions, including as those for pre-existing medical problems, as well as any deductibles or restrictions.
  • Carrier reputation: Select a reputed travel insurance carrier with a track record of swiftly managing claims. It is also a good idea to have a copy of your travel insurance policy as well as emergency contact information with you on your journey. In an emergency, this information can help speed up the process of seeking aid.

Washing, Toilet and Accommodation

  • Washing Facilities: You will not have access to good showers or running water for washing throughout the journey. You can, however, wash yourself with wet wipes or by pouring water from a bucket over yourself. It is advised that you carry enough wet wipes to last the whole journey. You should also carry a little towel to dry off after washing.
  • Toilet Facilities: Toilet facilities vary throughout the Druk Path Trek. Some campgrounds offer pit toilets, while others may not have any at all. You should carry toilet paper and hand sanitizer with you. It's also a good idea to have a little shovel on hand in case you need to dig a hole. While digging the hole, you are always suggested to follow the principles of Leave No Trace.
  • Accommodations: During the trek, you will sleep in tents at specified campsites. Trekking Planner will arrange for campsites and will often offer tents, sleeping bags, and beds. It is possible that you will need to carry your sleeping bag liner. We will supply meals, which will be prepared by a designated chef.

Overall, the Druk Path Trek is a lovely and enjoyable walk, but expect modest facilities and services along the route. It is critical to travel light, bring all required equipment, and be weather-prepared.

Important Note

  • 9-day Druk Path Trek departure every day of the year.
  • This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip as per your need, please contact us.
  • This trip is available on both a Fixed Departure and a Private Group Basis.
  • This trip can be booked privately if you’re traveling solo privately or with family.
  • Have a big group? We can help as per your needs.
  • We can help you make it fit your budget.
  • We accept instant booking and online payment.
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9 Days Druk Path Trek is provided with standard Itinerary days where someday the tour can be shorter or longer, and designated overnight stops provide you with all meals while on tour in Bhutan.

We will follow the itinerary if its needs to be changed in case of bad weather and local political and government rules, our leader and guides decide to hold full authority for Trekking Planner.

    Bhutan Dragon Tour starts with scenic flights from respective countries and cities to reach Paro Bhutan international airport.

    From whatever airport you fly where you can enjoy views of the world’s highest mountain range Mount Everest, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga, on reaching at Paro Airport in Bhutan, received by our Bhutanese guide for short exciting drive through lovely countryside dotted with farm villages of typical Buddhist cultured villages.

    On reaching Thimphu transfer to your respective hotels, a modern city of Bhutan the one and only city in this world without traffic lights, all the traffic controlled by traffic police with a whistle.

    Afternoon take an exploratory walk around Paro main street visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples in the Kingdom, dating back to 7th Century, overnight at the hotel in Paro.

      Today after breakfast you have guided sightseeing tours to Zorig Chusum Institute, Memorial Chorten, short hike to Cheri Monastery you can stroll around the city and if you wish you can do some shopping too. Stay overnight at the hotel.

        Today before stat trek, we visit a mini zoo and Sangaygang viewpoint. The trek begins from Thimphu. You ascend through pine forests to reach Phajoding Gompa, where a monastery and retreat centers for meditation are located. Stay overnight near the Phajoding Monastery and enjoy the scenic view of Thimphu.

          The day begins with a gradual climb.on a clear day there will be a beautiful view of Mount Gangkhar Puensum, Bhutan’s highest mountain. You can also see the Black Mountain and Dochu La Pass. Stay overnight nearby the Semkotha Lake.

            The path continues pass through rhododendron trees, the Janetsho Lake and through yak herders’ camps. Camp by the Jimilangtso Lake.

              Today’s trek follows mountain ridges with spectacular views of distant valleys and mountain ranges. The path continues past dwarf rhododendron trees, the Janetsho Lake and through yak herders’ camps. Camp below Jele Dzong.

                Today’s trail descends gradually towards Paro valley. A clear day offers a bird’s eye view of Paro valley from Jele Dzong. This beautiful valley is home to many Bhutan’s oldest monasteries and temples. The country’s only airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to Mount Chomolhari, situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley. In Paro visit "Ta Dzong" watch tower and "Rimpung dzong" fortress of the heap of jewels. Stay overnight at the hotel.

                  Today after breakfast, you have guided sightseeing tours to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s nest), Farm House and later in the afternoon stroll around the town and see how locals live. Stay overnight at the hotel.

                    Last day in the land of the thundering dragon, where our guide takes you for a short drive and then bid farewell to our native Bhutanese guide and drivers, then enter the airport terminal for a flight to your respective port of call, which takes you to your next holiday destination or homeward bound.

                    Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

                    What's Included
                    • All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle in Nepal and Bhutan.
                    • 03 night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu.
                    • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu.
                    • Kathmandu to Paro to Kathmandu flight.
                    • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance.
                    • All the sightseeing tours and trekking in Bhutan with guide, necessary entrance fees and private vehicle.
                    • 03 star category deluxe accommodation in the tours and tented camp in trekking during your stay in Bhutan.
                    • Safe drinking water.
                    • Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant.
                    • First add kid box.
                    • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffel bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
                    • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
                    • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.
                    What's Excluded
                    • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos).
                    • All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu but Bhutan air fare is already included (no need to pay departure tax for international flight).
                    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
                    • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation.
                    • In case of extra more nights’ accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary.
                    • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc).
                    • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive.
                    • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control.
                    Departure Dates
                    • This trip departs every day of the year.
                    • This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip as per your need, please contact us.
                    • This trip is available on both a Fixed Departure and a Private Group Basis.
                    • If the given date is not appropriate for you, please get in touch with US (Call/email now for a private trip, [email protected], Mobile +977 98510 71767 (24 hrs) - WhatsApp, WeChat, and Viber)so that Trekking Planner can happily manage your trip on dates favorable for you.
                    • Trekking Planner also organizes various trips in small groups that can suit you. We recommend you reserve a seat for yourself by booking with us right away for a beautiful experience. Hurry up! Adventure is waiting for you.
                    Essential Info

                    What to Bring During the Tour/Trekking in Bhutan

                    • Warm Jackets with waterproof or raincoats.
                    • Hiking shorts (for men) or a skirt.
                    • Winter clothes.
                    • Hiking/trekking boots.
                    • Socks for hiking boots Sunscreen for lips and face.
                    • Sunglasses.
                    • Sneakers.
                    • Long and short T-shirts or cotton shirts.
                    • Sun Hats.
                    • Walking Sticks.
                    • Backpack or Suitcase.

                    Dress Code for Visiting Fortresses Monasteries and Temples in Bhutan.

                    • Shirt (either half or full sleeve).
                    • Full pants/long skirts.
                    • Any type of shoes with socks.
                    • No Hats, No Umbrellas, No Slippers, No t-shirts, No short skirts, and No half-pants.
                    • Photographs are allowed in the courtyard only.

                    Things to remember during check-in at the Bhutan airport

                    • An odd-sized cabin bag not conforming to the specified dimension will not be allowed in the cabin. Such baggage will be removed at the gate or boarding point, affixed with a "Limited Release Baggage Label," and loaded into the hold.
                    • If passengers are transferring to another flight at any point on their journey or destination or deplaning from the aircraft at a transit point, where they are required to go through security checks once again, duty-free liquids and gels exceeding 100 ml. and purchased in India will not be permitted. However, items purchased in that country at the airport of departure will be permitted as per the local laws.
                    • Check-in counters open 180 minutes before flight departure. Guests traveling in groups (9 or more guests) are advised to report to the airport at least 120 minutes before the flight departure.
                    • Check-in counters are closed 45 minutes before departure time for all classes. A passenger who has not reported to the airport by 45 minutes before departure will be offloaded from the flight and have their seats released for guests on standby.
                    • To maintain schedules, the boarding gate will be closed 25 minutes before departure time. Passengers who do not report at the boarding gate will not be boarded.

                    Things that are restricted and cannot be carried while flying to Bhutan

                    • Flammable liquids and solid items.
                    • Illegal drugs or unprescribed medicines.
                    • Plants and plant products.
                    • Meat and meat products.
                    • Pets and animals.
                    • Religious or other cultural artefacts.
                    • Counterfeit money and goods.
                    • Pornographic materials (not even on the phone).
                    • Bleaching powders, also known as oxidizers.
                    • Products containing organic peroxides.
                    • Gases, tear gas devices, or any gas-related items.
                    • Virus materials that can cause inflections.
                    • Batteries: wet cell car batteries.
                    • Instruments contain magnets and mercury.
                    • Fireworks, non-safety matches, lighters, and matchboxes.
                    • Paint-related items, like thinners.
                    • Poisons, arsenic, and cyanides.
                    • Materials that are considered radioactive, like acids and alkalis.
                    • Parts or things that contain fuel.
                    • Toys and replica guns, even children's toys.
                    • Blades, knives, and scissors longer than 6 cm are not allowed; however, they're allowed if the lengths are below 6 cm.
                    • Tools, darts, and party pants.
                    • Acid poisons, explosives.

                    Important things to know before flying to Bhutan

                    • Drukair and Bhutan Airlines are the only two commercial airlines that fly to and out of Bhutan.
                    • Always carry a hard copy of the visa and e-ticket number.
                    • Travelers flying to Bhutan via Delhi require a transit visa for most nationalities.
                    • Inquire with your bank and see if your card will work in Bhutan or not.
                    • Carry cash (in US dollars or euros). Dollars and euros are exchanged easily in Bhutan.
                    • Get the sim card after completing the immigration, or you can get a sim card at Paro or Thimphu as well.
                    • Visitors are not allowed to fly drones without permission.
                    • Don’t try to pet the dogs; they are going to follow you, and there is a large population of dogs at Paro and Thimphu.
                    • Packs of dogs bark all night, so don’t forget to carry a pair of earplugs.
                    • There are various restrictions on things that can be carried and restricted items that cannot be carried. So, let's dive deep into this and explore the restrictions on things and the things that are allowed.
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