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While there are many places in the Himalayas to go trekking, no location is as unique and outstanding as Bhutan, and there is no better way to go trekking than on one of the top Bhutan trekking tours for this ancient Himalayan Kingdom.
A land of high mountains, ancient preserved forests, and stunning valleys, the Land of the Thunder Dragon has everything you need for the perfect trekking tour. With some of the most outstanding trekking trails on the planet, a trek in Bhutan is unlike any other around the world.
This unique land, where the environment is more important than the economy, and where the ideology of “Gross National Happiness” comes above that of Gross National Product, is just waiting for you to visit and enjoy the peace and tranquility of one of the most spiritual places in the Himalayas.
Route: Toktu Zampa - Ngang Lhakhang - Tahung - Mesithang
Thick forests, eye-catching Ihakhangs and primitive villages along the entire route make the Bumthang Culture Trek one of the most classic routes in Bhutan. If you are in a hurry or want to challenge a strenuous one-day hiking, you’d be better not miss it.View Detais
Route: Menchugang - Dhur Village - Drangela Pass - Tharpaling Goemba
Bumthang owl trek starts from Manchugang village and goes southwardly to end at Tharpaling Geomba after passing through the ancient forests of lush hemlock, fir, spruce and various species of rhododendrons. The hooting of owls can be heard at nights nearby the campsites, and once you set foot on this route, you will never forget the eternal charm of the primitive forests, flowers and the adorable little spirits.View Detais
Route: Phobjikha - Zasa – Chorten Karpo - Tikke Zampa
The 3-day Gangtey Trek begins from this beautiful valley, and takes you to visit several, remote villages, passing through meadows, fields, forests of juniper, magnolia and rhododendrons.View Detais
Route: Haa Valley - Sagala - Ningula - Chele La - Paro
Chele La Trek is a short trek rated as moderate to hard adventure to experience the beautiful landscape of Bhutan. It offers a spectacular view of the Himalayan mountains.View Detais
Route: Geynizampa - Gur - Labatamba - Panka - Talakha - Chamgang
A short Dagala Thousand Lakes trek with medium level of difficulty in southeast of Thimphu. The trail brings you to a large number of high-altitude lakes. You can enjoy the clear and turquoise water and get an epic vista of majestic Himalaya Mountains.View Detais
Route: Paro - Jili Dzong - Jangchhu Lakha - Jimilang Tsho - Simkotra Tsho - Phajoding - Motithang
Starting from Paro’s National Museum, Druk Path Trek follows a wilderness trail eastwardly to a fairyland of dense pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes. Meditation retreats, Dzongs and primitive villages are observable along the entire route. The short trekking days but relatively high elevations make this trek moderately tough and attract numerous visitors all over the world.View Detais
Route: Chaling – Damnongchu - Merak - Miksa Teng - Sakten - Jyonkhar Teng - Phongmay
Merak and Sakteng Trek allows trekkers to experience a unique semi-nomadic lifestyle and culture in one of the most scenic pastoral valleys in Bhutan.View Detais
Route: Paro - Gunitsawa Village - Sharna Zampa - Thangthangkha - Jangothang - Soi Yaktsa - Thombu Shong - Gunitsawa Village - Paro
As one of Bhutan’s premier treks, the not long but moderately difficult Jomolhari Loop Trek takes you to Jomolhari Base camp, the best base camp in Himalaya region at Jangothang and returns through high altitude lakes, primitive forests and gorgeous wildflower ridden trails.View Detais
Route: Paro - Gunitsawa Village - Thangthangkha - Jangothang - Linzhi - Shodu - Barshong - Dolam Kencho - Thimphu - Paro
The Jomolhari Trek is widely accepted as Bhutan’s popular classic trek. It takes you upward to the best Himalaya camp site at Jangothang and offer you a spectacular view of the Jomolhari (7,314 m) and other jaw-dropping Himalaya Mountains.View Detais
Route: Paro - Gunitsawa Village - Sharna Zampa - Thangthangkha - Jangothang - Lingshi - Chebisa - Shomuthang - Robluthang - Limithang - Laya - Koina - Gasa - Thimphu - Paro
The Laya Gasa Trek is one of the most scenic long-distance treks in Bhutan, offering amazing views of some of the most astonishing terrain and landscape of Bhutan. The trek begins from Gunitsawa village in the northern end of Paro valley, and will take you through gorgeous alpine meadows, high mountain passes, and dense forests.View Detais
Route: Paro - Gunitsawa - Thangthangkha - Jangothang - Lingshi - Chebisa - Shomuthang - Robluthang - Limithang - Laya - Rhoduphu - Narethang - Tarina - Woche - Lhedi - Thanza - Tshorim - Saram - Minchungang - Warathang - Duer Tsachu Tshochenchen - Duer village - Jakar - Wangdue - Thimphu
The Snowman Trek travels from Gunitsawa village to the desolate Lunana district at high altitudes of Bhutanese Himalayas. It is widely regarded as one of the hardest trek in the world. Trekking groups fail to make it due to the high altitude or snow blocked passes. However, those who make it will take this trek as a splendid, beautiful and the most rewarding trek in their life.View Detais
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Most Common Questions about Bhutan Trekking
1. When is the best time to visit Bhutan for trekking?
Answer: In Bhutan, there is a trek for every season, and any time of the year is a good time to visit for trekking. That said, there are certain times of the year that are better than others when it comes to the ideal time to trek. The spring season, from March to the end of May, and the autumn season, from the end of September to the middle of November, is the optimal time for trekking in most of the kingdom. High altitude treks in the mountains are best done in spring and autumn, though some of the lower-altitude treks in the jungles and lower valleys are best done in the winter months, when the weather is cooler in the sub-tropical zones.
2. Is it expensive to visit Bhutan for trekking?
Answer: While there is a Minimum Daily Fee for all tourists to Bhutan, whether touring or trekking, this actually covers the whole tour, from your Bhutan Visa to the food you will eat. Bhutan is often mistakenly rated as one of the most expensive places to take a tour, as the Minimum Daily fee is US$ 250 per day in the peak season and US$ 200 per day in the low season.
However, this does cover everything you will need while you are trekking, from the visa to get into Bhutan and your accommodation before heading off on the trail to the camping gear, the guide, the cook and other support staff, and your transportation around the kingdom. The only things you need to spend on outside the MDF are your own personal expenses, such as gifts for family, alcoholic drinks, and food or snacks outside your inclusive meals.
3. Can I fly direct to Bhutan?
While travel to many countries in Asia can sometimes be done direct from your home country, getting to Bhutan does require you to stop over in one of five countries in Asia first. Flights into Bhutan are only operated by two specific airlines, Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines, both of which are Bhutanese-owned airlines. No other airline is permitted to land at Paro International Airport, the only international airport in Bhutan.
Flights to Bhutan leave several times a week from India, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, and Bangladesh, and with five airports in India, you have the choice of flying to Bhutan from nine different airports. However, you must remember that you cannot book a flight to Bhutan without first having booked a tour with one of the recognized official tour operators for Bhutan, and received your conformation letter for your visa. The confirmation letter, also known as the Letter of Invitation, is required by the airlines in order for you to book your flights to Bhutan.
4. What kind of permit is needed for Bhutan trekking?
All tours to Bhutan, whether for trekking or touring, are required to be booked through one of the many registered tour operators, which are government controlled and only Bhutanese companies. The tour that you book covers everything you need, including the permits you will need for trekking in Bhutan.
As with everything else that you need, permit-wise, all the work is actually done by the tour operator, and all you need to do once you have booked the tour is book your flight and turn up. We will handle the permit applications and the permit will be sent to them, ready for your trekking tour.
5. What to pack for Bhutan Trekking?
What to pack for a trek in Bhutan largely depends on the time of year you are traveling and where you plan to trek. While some things are a given, such as good, strong hiking boots, waterproofs, just in case, and a hat and jacket, it is unlikely that you will need warm clothing if you are trekking in the lower altitudes in the warmer months. The main additions to normal trekking gear that you would use anywhere else in the world are only really required in the seasons when it gets a little colder in the mountains and higher elevations.
For colder weather, it is essential to pack clothing that can be layered, to keep you warmer and to better regulate your body temperature. Getting too hot can also be a problem, so you need layers to be able to add or remove, depending on your own temperature. A warm hat is essential when it is colder, as heat is more easily lost through the top of the head, and you should also consider sun cream, lip balm, and moisturizer, as the cold winds can chaff lips and face and the bright sun, despite the colder weather, can still burn your skin at higher altitudes.
If you are new to trekking, or are trekking a hard route, trekking poles are an advantage, and a good pair of warm gloves will help keep your hands warm. Since most of your gear will be portered to the next campsite by the support team, you should consider a good day pack, for essentials such as water, snacks, medkit, etc. And take a good sleeping bag with you, as it can get cold at night in the colder months.
More Articles giving you more information of Bhutan Trekking Tour in different perspectives:
Trekking in Bhutan can be done at any time of the year. The best time to trek Bhutan is autumn (October to November) and spring (March to May). Check more details about Bhutan trekking season and months.View Details
Ultimate Guide on Bhutan Trekking Routes tells you when to trek Bhutan and how to budget your trekking cost in Bhutan. Here you can find the details of Bhutan trekking routes like Druk Path trek, Jhomolhari trek, Laya-Gasa trek, Snowman trek, Merak-Sakteng trek, Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek and Duer Hot Spring Trek.View Details
Which one is better for trekking, Bhutan or Nepal? Both countries have some great trekking trails, and are well worth visiting, just for the complete difference in the trekking experience you will have. Let’s examine these two destinations for trekking around the Himalayas and find out which one suits you best.View Details
The Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek in Bhutan will offer you the most amazing experiences in the world. You can enjoy the clear and turquoise lake water during your trek. Besides, you are able to appreciate the vista of the most stunning high mountains.View Details
Mount Jomolhari is one of the highest mountains in Bhutan, the trek around Jomolhari, undoubtedly, will offer you a chance to get a great view of the Mount Jomolhari, and even the untouched and unspoiled Himalayas. Check the ultimate guide on how to take the Jomolhari trek like an expert.View Details
The Jomolhari Loop Trek is one of the most popular medium-range treks in Bhutan, and has excellent reviews by trekkers from all around the world. Check the ultimate guide on how to take the Jomolhari Loop trek like an expert to know more details about Jomolhari Loop trek in Bhutan.View Details
Bumthang Cultural trek is one of the more popular short treks in the Bumthang District and has had good reviews from trekkers around the world. Here is the ultimate guide on how to explore the Bumthang Cultural trek in Bhutan. Read more detailed information about Bhutan trek.View Details
The Bumthang Owl Trek is one of the nicest treks in Bhutan. Following this trekking trail, you can appreciate ancient forests of lush hemlock, fir, spruce, various species of rhododendrons, etc. Here is the ultimate guide about Bumthang Owl trek. Read more detailed information about Bhutan Bumthang Owl trek.View Details
The Druk Path trek takes you through the beautiful countryside, blue pine forests, high mountain ridges, and crystal-clear lakes of the Paro and Thimphu Districts of Bhutan. Here is the ultimate guide about Druk Path trek. Check more detailed information about Bhutan Druk Path trek.View Details
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