F or mountain lovers and the vertically inclined the Himalayas represent nothing less than the crowning apex of nature grandeur. Here dramatic forested gorges rise to skylines of snow-capped glaciated peaks through a landscape that ranges from high-altitude desert to dripping rhododendron forest. Explore what truly sets Bhutan apart from anywhere else and discover one of the most remote kingdoms on earth.
Whether you are looking for a day hike or a gruelling 31-day adventure, Bhutan has it all. Pristine mountain lakes, imposing glaciers and some of the world’s most endangered species await you in the mountainous amphitheatre of the Himalayas.Let us give you a selection of some of the country’s finest treks.
Druk Path Trek
The six day trek is the most popular trek in the country as it passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes while at the same time offering the opportunity to visit some ancient lhakhangs, dzongs and villages.
Jomolhari Trek is longer than the Jomolhari Loop - the most popular trekking routes in Bhutan. With altitude differences of 2,500m and nearly 5,000m it offers a wide range of landscapes, fauna and flora. The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari Basecamp (Jangothang).
Duer Hot Springs Trek
This is one of the most challenging treks available in Bhutan and route partially overlaps with the trail of the legendary Snowman Trek, the most difficult trek in the world. This grueling nine day journey will take you up to the Duer Hotsprings, arguably the most beautiful hot springs in the Himalayas.
Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek
This six day trek takes you into an area adorned with a multitude of pristine, crystal clear lakes. As you walk amidst the shimmering lakes you’ll be treated to stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain range and some of the world’s highest peaks including Mt. Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, Jichu Drake, Gangche Ta and many more.
The Snowman Trek is an extension of the beautiful Laya Gasa Trek, and leads from Laya into high altitudes of the Bhutanese Himalayas. It takes tough and enduring trekkers into the Lunana region and further on to Gangkhar Puensum and Bumthang or down to Sephu in Trongsa district, depending on which route you choose. The Snowman trek leads through the most remote areas up to very high altitudes. Trekkers have to camp in altitudes above 5,000m more than once, and depending on the seasonal temperatures, the camps are sometimes on snow.
Bumthang Cultural Trek
This is a fairly easy three-day trek that takes you through beautiful valleys and along clear, trout-filled rivers. Bumthang is often known as the ‘cultural heartland’ of Bhutan and there are plenty of ancient temples to visit during the hike.
- Trek Duration : 6 days.
- Total Trip : 10 Days.
- Max. Elevation : 4210m at Labanla pass.
- Max.Campsite : 3870m at Jimilangtsho or 4110m at Simkota site.
- Difficulty : Varies from easy to moderate.
Seasons : The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are between March-June and September-November.
Description : The six day trek is the most popular trek in the country as it passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes while at the same time offering the opportunity to visit some ancient lhakhangs, dzongs and villages. The Druk Path Trek is also a fairly easy hike to undertake as the distances between rest camps is fairly short. The trail takes you through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200 m. On the third day hikers will arrive at Jimiling Lake, whose crystal clear waters are home to gigantic trout.
This trek also offers hikers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world. The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are between March-June or September-November.
Arrive at Paro
Arrival at Paro International airport, you will be met by your guide from Walk to Himalayas in the afternoon you will have an opportunity to explore the beautiful town of Paro. Dinner.
overnight : At your hotel in Paro.
Thimphu Sightseeing 28th November 2017
Drive you to the trail head to commence a climb through beautiful pine forest. Taktsang monastery or Tiger’s Nest, the primary Lhakhang or main temple was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay.
This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900m into the valley below. Visit Drugyal Dzong (a ruined fortress), also visit Ta Dzong (built in 1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum.
Overnight: At Paro..
Paro – Jili Dzong
(Distance : 7km, 4-5hrs, 1090m ascent, camp altitude 3480 m) The 6-day Druk Path Trek begins today at the National Museum (Ta-Dzong). The trek follows a gravel road past a few farms for about 30 minutes and then climbs up a steep ridge before leading through blue pine and fir forests to Damche Gom. Dinner and overnight camping near Jele Dzong.
Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha
(Distance : 10km, 4-5hrs, 310m Ascent, 50m Descent, Camp Altitude 3770m) Today’s trek starts with a short and steep climb for about an hour and a half, and then the slope evens out a bit and the ascent is more gradual passing through a thick alpine forest of rhododendron till we reach our overnight camp. You may see herders and their yaks around your campsite. Camping at Jangchulakha.
Jangchulakha – Jigmelang Tsho
(Distance : 11km, 4hrs, 230m descent, 330m ascent, camp altitude 3870m) (B/L/D) Our overnight camp is close to Lake Jigmelang Tsho. This lake is known for its giant sized trout, and if you are lucky you may enjoy well-prepared trout for dinner. Camping near Jigmelang Tsho.
Jigme Langtsho – Simkotra Tsho
(Distance : 11km, 4hrs, 820m ascent, 400m descent, camp altitude 4110m) (B/L/D) The trail today goes through large areas of dwarf rhododendron trees and past Janetsho Lake. Once again, you may come across some yak herder camps where you will get the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. Camping near Simkotra Tsho Lake.
Simkotra – Phajoding
(Distance : 10km, 3-4hrs, 130m ascent, 680m descent, camp altitude 3750m) (B/L/D) Today’s trek begins with a gradual climb and if the weather permits you will get a spectacular view of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and several other Himalayan peaks. From this pass, the trek takes you gradually downhill towards Phajodhing. Dinner and overnight camping above Phajodhing Monastery.
Phajoding – Motithang
(Distance : 4-5km, 3hrs, and 1130m descent) (B/L/D) After passing Phajodhing monastery the trek to Thimphu (Motithang. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.
Thimphu – Sightseeing
Drive you to the Dochula Pass at 3140m. Visit the National Memorial Chorten built in honor of Bhutan’s late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck before visiting Giant Buddha Sakyamuni statue at Kuenselphodrang, the mini zoo at Motithang to see the Takin, Bhutan’s national animal.
Paro – Paro International Airport
We will drive to Paro today to the Paro International airport for your return journey.