Trekking in Bhutan was the only way to get around the Himalayan kingdom until the 1960’s. The Druk Path follows an old trade route connecting major towns.
No matter whether you were royalty, a monk, merchant or colonial British political officer the steep mountains and valleys and lack of paved roads in Bhutan meant that until 1962 inhabitants and visitors travelling between Paro and Thimphu could only choose between going on foot or on the back of a mule.
The road is still single track and subject to landslides in places, and connection between the two towns now takes less than two hours but trekking the ancient trade route is one of the best ways to explore Bhutan’s unspoilt countryside, breath-taking scenery and rich Buddhist culture – and have these almost to yourself.
The Druk Path over the southern slopes of the Eastern Himalaya can be completed in four to six days. It’s a challenging trek with some long steep climbs and the highest camp at 4100m, but the rewards are many.