As one of the more sought-after treks in Bhutan, The Druk Path follows a four to five days’ foot trail that connects Paro and Thimphu and passes through forests, yak pastures and lakes. From the village of Damchena, a climb through the forest and encounters with yak herders will take you to your campsite below Jele Dzong where the calming sound of monks playing instruments in the Ihakhang during prayer sessions might fill the air. As we journey from Tshokam, Mt. Jomolhari and several other mountains and monasteries come stunningly into view. Along the trail are beautiful lakes like Jimilang Tsho and Simkotra Tsho, where locals go knee-deep in the cold water to fish for trout. A rare visit to Phajoding Monastery’s meditation centre might offer some insight into how the monks live and pray. As the trail takes you up and around the high Bhutanese Himalayas to visit ancient monastaries and isolated dzongs amid beautiful nature and breathtaking views, crossing the chain of mountains that separate the valleys of Paro and Thimphu on foot most definitely is one way to form an instant and intimate connection with the Kingdom.
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
Located at the far western end of the lush Punakha Valley, the property offers excellent meals and sweeping views of Punakha Valley and the Mo Chhu river as it winds its way through rice fields and orchards.
Get close to nature and the wilderness without giving up on comfort. Camping trips include serviced tents and an experienced team of cooks and guides to assist you.
Surrounded by pine forests, this 24-Suite retreat combines rustic charms with contemporary design. Suites offer a combined lounge and bedroom furnished with a king-size bed, a banquette window seat, a reading chair and a traditional bukhari wood-burning stove.