From US $2900(8 day / 9 night) excluding flights, Visa & small group supplement
Price is per person on twin sharing full board basis, includes almost everything!
• All meals, tea/coffee and snacks
• Comfortable 3 star traditional lodges
• Luxury camps fully fitted with beds, comfy mattresses, floor carpets and tent lights
• 3 hot meals a day on trek along with hot tea/coffee and energy drinks
• Services of a knowledgeable English speaking trekking guide
• All camp fees
• All transfers as per group itinerary
• Airport transfers
• All monument entrance fees,
• Royalty & taxes
• Bottled drinking water in your hotel rooms as well as in your cars
• Visa & permit processing
Child prices are 25% reduction on the land cost.
FIT SURCHARGE (Small group surcharge)
1 Person US $ 400
2 Person US $320
1 Person US $ 40
This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by local travel experts with intimate local knowledge Ask Us A Question
TRIP OVERVIEW – HIKING THE DRUK PATH TRAIL
The trail involves approximately 5 days of walking. It is led by a guide and camp assistants. Some days (particularly on day3 up to the highest pass – Phume La Pass (4210m) it can be a hard going (seemingly never ending!) uphill slog. Naturally the up hills are countered by some prolonged downhill sections and this can be even tougher on the legs.
It is important to remember that the trail is not 4 solid days of challenging trekking, rather it is varied and the difficulty level can change two or three times within the same day. The most imperative factor in tackling the trail is to take it slowly (try to take small, shuffling steps), walk at your own pace (this is vital) and remember that it is not a race! Drink plenty of water and take breathers often (bring a walking stick and lean on it rather than sitting down).
The Druk Path Trek is certainly not easy but you do not need to be an athlete or a trekking expert to complete it. Fitness is naturally important but it is the kind of trek that anyone with a positive attitude and determination can do. However the more fit you are the more you will enjoy the trail and the more chance you will have to take in the scenery and appreciate it. If you do not exercise regularly, it is advisable to do some extra walking or some kind of aerobic activity in the months leading up to your trip.
Many people worry whether they will be able to cope physically but complete failure is rare and would usually only result from severe altitude sickness or a person lacking even a basic level of fitness. Adults of all ages (from teenager to pensioner) complete the trek and age itself is no barrier if you are positive minded and lives an active lifestyle. Before departing for your tour, we recommend visiting the doctor who will be able to provide you with more information
We advise that all with a pre-existing condition consult their Doctor about their travel plans. We carry a medical kit on all of our journeys and recommend that each person carry a personal first aid kit covering the basics and a sufficient supply of any personal medication they are taking.
There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to Bhutan.
Altitude can affect anyone at moderate to high altitude (generally anything over 3,000 meters). Altitude sickness is caused by the lack of oxygen which can be up to a third less than at sea level. No one understands why some people are affected and others not and age, level of fitness and strength is no indication of how well you will fare. Be aware that altitude sickness can be serious, so if your guide advises you to rest or descend, please do as instructed. As the Druk Path trek is a mixture of ascents and descents, altitude sickness is often short term and suffering from it does not necessarily mean you will be unable to complete the trek. Drugs are available to combat the effects of altitude sickness. We advise you to visit your doctor before you travel on all of our tours but when hiking the Druk Path Trail, it is imperative that you do so.
Staff & support
The trek will be led by an experienced guide with extensive local knowledge. A team of porters & ponies will carry all equipment leaving you with just a small daypack to carry. The cook will prepare three meals a day (while camping) plus provide hot drinks and snacks.
Equipment & campsites
All camping gear (tents are two people) and cooking equipment is supplied. Each day the camp assistants will overtake the group to arrive in camp well in advance. This gives them plenty of time to set up camp and start to prepare dinner. Tents are two person A-frame style and there is a communal dining tent for eating and staying dry – if it rains. Sleeping beds & mattresses are provided and these will be laid out in the tents by the crew. When you get into camp you will be able to collect your duffle bag and access your clothes/toiletries. The camp assistants usually also provide a small bowl of warm water, soap and a small flannel / towel for every person to wash their hands when reaching camp and each morning. Campfires are not permitted so there is not a lot to do after dinner and most people retire to bed early.
Toilets & showers
There are toilet tents at each campsite. Between these the only choice is to go ‘behind a bush’! Taking your own toilet roll is essential. Hot wipe bath facility is available at each campsite.
The food provided by the cook and his assistants is nothing short of amazing. Trekkers can expect a breakfast of omelettes or pancakes, a ‘takeaway’ snack pack of fruit or chocolate to eat mid morning, a two course lunch of soup and meat with pasta or rice, afternoon tea on arrival at camp with biscuits and a three course dinner. Breakfast and dinner is accompanied by hot drinks (tea, coffee, chocolate) and lunch usually by cordial. All food is prepared, served and cleared away by the cook and his assistants and the quality of the meals is quite something when you consider that all the ingredients and basic cooking equipment has been carried in. Trekkers will certainly not go hungry and special dietary requirements can be catered for if specified in advance. Boiled and cooled water will be provided for drinking purpose on trek.
High Mountain Camps
Our tented camps offer trekkers the maximum in trailside comfort: hot meals, sturdy tents, comfortable mattress and all the natural splendor of the country's most remote regions. Trekkers are looked after by top-notch Bhutanese trekking crews who travel ahead of the group to set up camp in the most spectacular locations and then stay behind to break it down and ensure we've left no trace. On treks, camp is set in a different location each night. Trekkers sleep in tents comfortably outfitted with sleeping bags and pads, and wake up each morning to a piping hot cup of tea or coffee and a delicious, hot breakfast - not to mention those stunning Himalayan views!
Typical Trekking Day
You will be woken with a cup of tea brought to your tent (around 6:30am), followed by a small bowl of warm water for washing. After a wholesome breakfast we are usually on the trail by around 7.30 - 7.45 am and walk for around 3-4 hours. Lunch is usually a 1-2 hour break to allow for the group meal followed by the staff meal. This also enables you to do your washing in the warmest part of the day and catch up on your diary or reading. The afternoon walk is generally a little shorter and camp is usually reached by around 3.30 - 4.30 pm. Once we have reached camp and the kitchen is set up, afternoon tea will be prepared (tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits) and from then until dinner there is time to rest, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with staff and local people. Dinner is usually served between 6-7 pm. This period of your trekking day is a nice time to relax and enjoy your surroundings, the wilderness, mountains and people among it, group members, crew and people you have met along the way. Much of the enjoyment of an expedition is in the journey itself.
Hours of walking, which may vary from person to person, means hours of actual walking and does not include stops for lunch, Sightseeing and rests.
On certain days our walk takes us into more rugged terrain. Please make sure that your footwear provides sufficient ankle support. If it is not possible to do a walk due to bad weather, an alternative will be organized. Any such decision is at the discretion of the Tour Leader.
What you carry?
In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rain jacket, water bottle, film and camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-screen etc.
Your camp assistants, guides and cooks have amazing strength, stamina and skill and generally make your trek a thoroughly enjoyable and hassle-free experience. Most people would almost certainly not be able to complete the trek without them. It is therefore commonly accepted that guests leave a standard combined tip for guides, porters and cooks.
The weather in the Himalayas can be very unpredictable and you should be equipped for bad weather. The spring months of March-May can be cold during the day and particularly cold (below freezing) at camp (3800m – 4010m) in the night.
Good quality, comfortable footwear is essential. Whatever you wear on your feet the most important thing is comfort. It is vital to ensure your boots are well worn in and lightweight. Ankle support and waterproofing is recommended but if you already have something comfortable with good grip on rocks then don’t go rushing out to buy new boots – you are better off with your well worn in pair!
During the Druk Path trek your main luggage will be stored at our office in Thimphu. You will bring along a small duffle bag to pack clothes & essentials for the 4 day trek. Your team of camp assistants & Ponies will carry these bags together with the food and equipment for the trail. Please note that you will not have access to these items until the end of each day as the crew & ponies will always be ahead of the group and you should therefore bring a day pack in which you can carry personal belongings such as your camera, water and sun screen etc.
Useful Trekking Tips
Pack your clothes and sleeping bag in plastic garbage bags or different colored stuff sacks inside your kitbag. Not only will they help keep everything dry, no matter the weather, they'll help keep your gear sorted too. It's also a good idea to bring some Ziploc bags for organizing and keeping smaller items clean and dry.
Bring one or two bandanas or a similar size scarf. They are great to protect your head and/or neck from the sun, can serve as hand towels or handkerchiefs, and when tied so it covers your mouth and nose will help keep out dust from the trail or the cold, dry mountain air that can give people in high altitude a persistent cough.
If you are prone to blisters –or your boots are still not totally broken in, prevent blisters instead of treating them. Before you start hiking, put Compeed (from Band-Aid), Second Skin, or moleskin where needed.
Dressing for day Hikes/Treks
The key to being comfortable on hikes is to adopt a system of several layers rather than one item of bulky clothing. Layering is best accomplished by using several lightweight layers of clothing. With layering, warm air is trapped between the garments, and any moisture (perspiration) that you create when hiking is allowed to wick away from your body keeping you drier. Sun hats are an essential item, with a wide brim and something to protect your neck. A good pair of worn in water proof hiking boot is important, please make sure that your boots provide sufficient ankle support.
SUGGESTED PACKING LIST
Documents & Equipment
• Travelers’ cheques, cash (US Dollars) and credit card
• Travel Insurance Certificate - most important you do not forget this
• Small Day-sack 20-30ltrs
• Small lockable suitcase / bag for leaving clothes in the hotel while on trek.
• Water bottle - A 1 litre capacity bottle, with a strong seal so that it can be used as hot water bottle at night.
• Sunglasses and retainers. Sunglasses are easy to lose or break, so bring a cheap spare pair (Disposable contact lenses as dust can cause problems)
• Personal first aid kit including enough doses of any prescribed medication you may be taking
• Head Torch with spare batteries and bulb. For reading and keeping your hands free
• Assorted stuff bags, and plastic bags for keeping gear dry and organized
• Camera, film, spare batteries
• Warm clothing
• Walking boots with ankle support – worn in to avoid blisters
• Training shoes/all terrain sandals - for comfort in camp
• Waterproof jacket and trousers – of a breathable and waterproof fabric
• Trekking trousers - preferably with zip pockets for money etc.
• Warm undergarments
• Long sleeved shirts - prevents sunburn on your arms
• Fibre pile/Fleece jacket - useful with zip pockets, or warm jumper
• 2 pairs thick socks, 2 pairs thin socks
• Warm headgear and gloves
• Sun hat - with adequate protection for your neck
• Smart/casual clothes - for air travel and in cities.
• Warm Jacket or similar
• Money belt - or neck purse, alternatively zip-pockets
• Wash bag - biodegradable shampoo and soap, flannel, toothbrush and paste, comb, small towel
• Wet wipes
• Reading and writing material - paper, pens, envelopes
• Address book - for writing those all important postcards
• Blow-up pillow - useful for long flights, road journeys and in your tent (just a pillowcase stuffed with clothes makes a good camping pillow) Ask Us A Question
• Lighter - for candles on trek and burning toilet paper
• Glucose tablets, sweets, personal 'goodies' - snacks will be provided by the trek leader
• Telescopic ski poles - greatly reduce fatigue in legs and aid balance on rough terrain
• Binoculars - A lightweight pair will add greatly to your enjoyment
• Personal Stereo
• Earplugs - Very useful for ensuring a good night's sleep
• Photographs/postcards - of your town, home and family to show guides and locals