“…when trekking in Bhutan, many places feel so remote that you can imagine that you are the first person ever to visit.” – Lonely Planet
The lure of trekking the gigantic Himalayas is enduring and timeless. Trekkers from around the world would make their way into the Himalayas, absorb the splendours of the high mountains and the unique cultures of its inhabitants. Trekking in Bhutan is part of the many trekking trails that run into the majestic Himalayas.
What makes trekking in Bhutan unique is that it is a true wilderness experience. Unlike other regions of the Himalayas, trekking trails in Bhutan lead through few human settlements in remote and tiny villages, exceptionally high coverage of pristine old growth forests and gleaming unclimbed peaks. Once you are on a trekking trail, there are no cars, no planes flying overhead and no electricity. It’s only the endless stretch of mountains and forests, clear-watered springs and snow-capped peaks.
Trekking offers the opportunity to see the real Bhutan that is scarcely touched by the modern times. The high altitude grazing lands where the nomadic families eked out a living for centuries, yak tents they call their home, the wild flowers, and the highest unclimbed peaks in the world.
There are no lodges or hotels in the mountains – you would be camping in tents. A trek in Bhutan can range from 3 days to 25 days. It is physically demanding as you would be trekking for 6-8 hours daily and the changes in elevation are large. You would be climbing a rocky hill in the morning, pass by a glacial lake in the noon and descend into a valley in the afternoon. Amid the virgin forests with unique flora and fauna, the huge mountains surrounding you that dwarf you, and the ruins of fortresses from the past, you would find that you are safe and peaceful in the countryside.
In the remote expanse of Bhutan’s north, GPS equipment are useless where there are no landmarks. You can’t depend on your map reading abilities either when there are no maps. But don’t worry, our trekking team had cut across those isolated valleys and mountain passes leading trek groups with yak and mule caravans for years. You will begin to develop a new appreciation for the word “experience”.
Druk Path Trek – 8Days/7Nights
Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan. It starts from Paro Ta Dzong and ends by descending into Motithang area above Thimphu. Bhutan is perhaps the only country where you can trek from the airport (Paro) to the country’s capital (Thimphu). The trail is scenic and passes by some of the lakes in the mountains.
The trek offers spectacular views of Jhomolhari (7314 m), revered by yak herders as the abode of Goddess Jhomo. The trek crosses mountain passes, high altitude lakes, and offers view of Bhutanese Himalayan peaks of Jichu Drakey and Tserim Kang (6789m).Yak herders and nomadic villagers would be your next door neighbours as you camp along.
This trek extends from Jhomolhari trek and takes you into the Laya community, a distinct ethnic yak herders in northern most part of Bhutan. The trail offers spectacular mountain views, insights into the remote Laya community, encounter with blue sheep and dip in the hotspring at Gasa.
This Trek starts from the Central Bhutan valley of Bumthang, along the old trail where the Bhutan’s monarchs used to go for medicinal baths in the hotspring. You can extend this trek to include a camping at the base Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unclimbed mountain in the world.
This is a relatively low altitude trek in subtropical forests east of Punakha Valley. The warm climate and low altitude makes it ideal for winter trek in Bhutan. Oak forests and rural villages, it gives a glimpse of Bhutanese rural life.
Billed as the toughest trek in the world, it takes you to remote Lunana region of Bhutan. Snow covered mountain passes, high altitude (above 5000 m), remoteness and the long distance indeed make it the hardest trek in the world. Few people attempt the trek every year.