Trekking in Bhutan

Trekking in Bhutan

A landlocked country situated in the eastern Himalayas, Bhutan is haven for trekking enthusiasts. The best time to visit would be in the month of April. During spring time, the Bhutan valley gets to see the forests on the trek route in full bloom. All the treks that one can take in this magnificent country are sure to satisfy the adventure seeker in you. Some treks are short and suitable for beginners while others are long and challenging. Your trek guide is the expert on the route to take.

Druk Path Trek (6 days)

One of the most popular treks in the country, Druk Path Trek is a 6 day long trek as it passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests. You will also have an opportunity to visit the some ancient dzongs, lhakhangs and hamlets. The trek also offers stunning views of Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest unclimbed peak in the world. March to June and September to November are the best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek.

Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek (12 days)

One of the most beautiful treks in Bhutan, Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek offer breathtaking views of some of the most amazing and pristine landscapes in Bhutan. The 14 day trek will take you through striking alpine meadows, dense sub tropical forests and high mountain passes before reaching in Tashithang. Due to high altitudes and steep ascents & descents along the path, Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek is one of the most difficult treks offered in Bhutan.

Jomolhari Troop (7 days)

The shortest trekking route in Jomolhari, Jomolhari Loop is counted amongst the most popular treks in Bhutan. With a height difference between 2,500 meters and 5,000 meters, it offers a wide range of flora & fauna and landscapes. The main highlight of this trek is the stunning views of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari base camp. Trekkers who want to highlight an earlier version of the Jomolhari Loop by going back over from Jangothang.

Jomolhari Trek (9 days)

Higher than the Jomolhari Loop, Jomolhari Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in Bhutan. With an altitude difference as same as Jomolhari Trek, it offers a good variety of landscapes and flora & fauna species. The fascinating views of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari base camp is the best part of this trek.

Snowman Trek I (25 days)

One of the most difficult treks in Bhutan and one of the finest in Himalayan Program, the Snowman Trek I is undertaken by a handful of trekkers every season and accesses Lunana, the most remote region of Bhutan. The trek crosses 11 high passes over 4,500 meters that define the borders of Bhutan and Tibet. Amidst the permanent backdrop of 7,000 meters, we discover a region of tiny Buddhist monasteries and secluded villages. The Snowman Trek leads through the most remote areas up to very high altitudes above 5,000 meters.

Snowman Trek II (25 days)

One of the most difficult treks of the world, the Snowman Trek II is counted amongst the high altitude treks of Bhutan. The best time for the Snowman Trek is summers. Many groups that attempt this tough trek do not finish due to high altitude problems or snow blocked passes. However, people remember this trek as beautiful, outstanding and one of the most rewarding treks of their lifetime.

Nabji Korphu Trek (6 days)

Short, easy and enjoyable journey around picturesque Trongsa Dzongkhag, Nabji Korphu Trek is a week long trek that is located in the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park. The climate is hot and pleasant as the trail stays between 1000 and 1500 in altitude and a wide range of flora and fauna apparent along the route include the rare Golden Langur, Red Pandas, Rhesus Monkeys, Clouded Leopards and Himalayan Black Bears. This is the perfect trek for tourists looking forward to learn about and have firsthand experience of traditional rural life. October to April is the best time to embark on this trek.

Merak Sakteng Trek (7 days)

One of the distinct attractions in Bhutan, Merak Sakteng Trek offers a visitor to experience a unique semi-nomadic lifestyle, culture and vernacular in the picturesque pastoral valleys in the protected area of Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary in Trashigang Dzongkhag in Eastern Bhutan. The campsites have been designed aesthetically to blend with local architecture and ambience. The campsite is equipped with facilities such as toilets, tenting sheds, kitchens, dining area and water supply.

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek (6 days)

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is a 6 day long trek that takes you into an area decked with several pristine & crystal clear lakes. The guests are treated with stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain range and encompass various peaks such as Mount Everest, Gangche Ta, Jichu Drake and Jomolhari. During the trek, the entire valley includes some of the most picturesque lakes, fishing and resting. The trail will also cover several Bhutanese villages as you travel back from the lakes.

Gangtey Trek (3 days)

The Gangtey Trek is a short and comparatively easy trek with several beautiful villages and monasteries on the way. The trail crosses various forests of juniper, rhododendrons, magnolia, bamboo and other small rivers of cold & clear mountain waters. The best time for this trek is from September to May and March to May.

Punakha Winter Trek (2 days)

Punakha Winter Trek is a short and easy trek through Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. The altitude of the trail covers almost 1000 meters range but the slants are mostly slow and not very difficult. The trek follows an old path from Thimphu to Punakha that passes through several forests, villages and rice fields.  It offers striking views of Phajoding monastery and passes through Sinchula Pass. The trekkers will also camp near Chorten Ningpo, which is linked to The Divine Madman Lam Drukpa Kuenley, a patron saint in Bhutan.

Bumthang Cultural Trek (3 days)

The 3 days long ‘Bumthang Cultural Trek’ takes you through beautiful valleys and clear & trout-filled rivers. It is often known as the ‘Cultural Heartland of Bhutan’ and there are plenty of ancient temples to visit during the hike. Some popular Bhutan landmarks that you will visit include Tiger’s Nest Monastery, several dzongs in Paro Valley and walk through the pathways & townships in Thimphu.

Wild East Rodung La Trek (10 days)

The Wild East Rodung La Trek is still fairly challenging as the trail covers some fairly steep climbs and descents. The trek will take you from Bumthang in Central Bhutan to Trashiyangtse in the far-east of the Bhutan Kingdom. It was once an important trade road in the past but has fallen into abandonment now. It is mainly used as a hiking trail. It generally takes around 10 days to complete and is best undertaken between October and November and in spring between April to May.

Samtengang Winter Trek (4 days)

The four day long ‘Samtengang Winter Trek’ is a short and pleasant journey from Punakha to Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag. It is a fairly easy trek as the height ranges between 1100 and 1900 meters and the climate is warm throughout the hike. The path takes you through the forests of rhododendron & oak, through the villages of Chungsakha & Sha and across the long foot bridge in Bhutan. The best time to undertake Samtengang Winter Trek is between March & April and September & October.

Duer Hot Springs Trek (9 days)

One of the most challenging and difficult treks in Bhutan, Duer Hot Springs Trek partially extends beyond with the trail of the legendary snowman. The 9 day long trekking tour will take you to the duer hot springs, perhaps the most beautiful hot springs in the Himalayas. The trekking trail covers numerous vertical ascents & descents and ranges from altitudes between 3,000 to 4,700 meters.  Here you will journey through forests of spruce, juniper, maple and hemlock, through regions inhabited by herds of musk deer, blue sheep and Himalayan Black Bears. The best time for this challenging route is from March to April and September to November.

Salt Trek Route (8 days)

The term ‘Salt Trek Route’ is used as the route serves the purpose of salt trekking, prior to the construction of the national highway from Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar. This route was used by the people of the Eastern Dzongkhags via this route to take salt and silk from the border town of Samdrup Jongkhar. The 8 day trek will take you through pine forests with fantastic views of mountains & villages amidst the clouds.

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