TREKKING IN BHUTAN HIMALAYAS

TREKKING IN BHUTAN HIMALAYAS

Bhutan information: Bhutan climate ranges from tropical in the south, to temperate in the center of the country, to cold in the north and like much of your adventure in the Himalayas it will be quite erratic. In the Thimphu and Paro valleys, the winter daytime temperature averages 60 degrees Fahrenheit during clear winter days but drops well below cold during the night. Mid December to early January can be a superbly clear and dry time in western Bhutan. Late December through mid February is the period of heaviest snow fall in the higher elevation. We hope that visitors who make the trip to Bhutan enjoy their skill and revisit home with bright memoirs. Cultural heritage is proudly evident and offers a unique cultural setting.

Facts and Figures
Land area: 38,394 Sq.Km
Forest area: 72.5 %
Altitude: between 240metres and 7541metres above sea level
Inhabitants: 634,982
Language: official language “Dzongkha”, English widely spoken.
Religion: Vajrayana stream of Mahayana Buddhism (Also known as Tantric Buddhism)
Currency: Ngultrum (equal to Indian Rupee)
Capital: Thimphu
National Tree: Cypress
National Bird: Raven
National Flower: Blue Poppy

Bhutan’s climate ranges from tropical in the south, to temperate in the center of the country, to cold in the north…and like much of your adventure in the Himalayas it will be quite unpredictable. In the Thimphu and Paro valleys, the winter daytime temperature averages 60 degrees Fahrenheit during clear winter days but drops well below freezing during the night. Mid December to early January can be a beautifully clear and dry time in Western Bhutan. Late December through mid February is the period of heaviest snow fall in the higher elevations Bhutan is a landlocked south Asian country located at the eastern end of the Himalaya Mountains and is bordered to the Republic of India to the south east and west and People’s Republic of China to the north. It is best known as Druk Yul means Thunder Dragon Kingdom, a truly mystical bliss developed in its natural splendor. Protected by the mighty Himalayas from rest of the world and enriched by the Drukpa Kagyu school of Buddhism, Bhutan has managed to remain shrouded deeply in a jealously guarded isolation.

 

The rich Himalayan flora and fauna, dazzling white peaks and lush valleys provide Bhutan’s stunning beauty and aesthetic grandeur. It has gently opened its door to the visitors who respect the delicate sensitivities of this pristine land and shares the sacred values of its people. Bhutanese architecture in Dzongs, buildings and houses are very striking. Paro, Thimpu and Wangdiphodrang are the main destination in Bhutan. Those fortunate enough to visit Bhutan describe it as a unique, deeply spiritual and mystical experience.

 Trek Routes in Bhutan as follows:

TREKKING LISTS

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.  Note: Trekking routes on this website are general guides only and may have inaccuracies.  They are not to be used for navigation.  Your trek guide is the expert on the route to take.

6 DAYS

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.

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12 DAYS

JOMOLHARI LAYA GASA TREK

The Laya-Gasa Trek is considered one of the most scenic treks in Bhutan, offering amazing views of some of the most pristine and unspoiled landscapes in Bhutan. This fourteen day, 217 km journey begins at Drukgyel in Paro and takes you through gorgeous alpine mead

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7 DAYS

JOMOLHARI LOOP

Jomolhari Loop is the shortest of the Jomolhari trekking routes, which are the most popular treks 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 J

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9 DAYS

JOMOLHARI TREK

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 Basec

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25 DAYS

SNOWMAN TREK I

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 Lun

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25 DAYS

SNOWMAN TREK II

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 toug

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6 DAYS

NABJI KORPHU TREK

This one week trek offers a short, easy and enjoyable journey around scenic Trongsa Dzongkhag. The climate is warm and pleasant as the trail stays between 1000-1500m in altitude and there is a wide array of flora and fauna observable along the route including the

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7 DAYS

MERAK SAKTENG TREK

Merak-Sakteng stands out as a distinct attraction in Bhutan. Unlike anywhere else in the country, it offers a visitor to experience a unique semi-nomadic lifestyle, culture and vernacular in one of the most scenic pastoral valleys in the protected area of Sakteng

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6 DAYS

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 M

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3 DAYS

GANGTEY TREK

Although the trek is possible throughout the winter, the best time for the Gangte Trek is between March-May and September-November. It is a short and relatively easy trek with several beautiful villages and monasteries en route.

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2 DAYS

PUNAKHA WINTER TREK

This is a short and easy trek through Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan. The altitude of the trail covers almost a thousand meters in range but the slopes are mostly gradual and should not present hikers with much difficulty.

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3 DAYS

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.

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3 DAYS

BUMTHANG OWL TREK

This three day trek around Bumthang offers both fantastic views of an unspoiled natural environment endowed with a diverse array of flora and fauna as well as an opportunity to visit ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries.

 

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10 DAYS

WILD EAST RODUNG LA TREK

While the Rodung La Trek does not ascend to very high altitudes, it is still fairly challenging as the trail covers some fairly steep climbs and descents. The trail takes you from Bumthang in Central Bhutan to Trashiyangtse in the far eastern reaches of the kingdo

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4 DAYS

SAMTENGANG WINTER TREK

This four day trek is a short and pleasant journey from Punakha to Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag. It is a fairly easy trek as the altitude only ranges between 1100-1900m and the climate is warm throughout the hike.

The path tak

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9 DAYS

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

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8 DAYS

SALT TREK ROUTE

The Term “salt trek route” is derived  from the purpose it served prior to the construction of the national highway from Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar. The people of the Eastern Dzongkhags used to make voyages via this route to take salt and silk from the border town of Samdrup Jongkhar. It i

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