Celebrate Happiness! Trek in Bhutan
There is no good season to visit Bhutan because every season is the best season to visit this wonderful and happy country. Bhutan not only attracts the tourists who love it for its nature and Himalayan beauty but it also never fails to attracts various adventure enthusiasts be it trekking, biking, rafting or kayaking. You name it and it has it all.
Trekking in Bhutan will allow you to discover the incredible beauty, clean air, unspoiled nature and fascinating nomadic lives in the far flung Himalayan regions. The journey will awaken you above the clouds, amidst the snow sprinkled mountains and into the arms of serenity.
Whether you are looking for a day’s hike or a grueling 31 days adventure, Bhutan has it all. Pristine mountain lakes, imposing glaciers and some of the world’s most endangered species await you in the mountainous amphitheater of the Himalayas.With just a couple of months away until the trekking season begins, let us give you a selection of some of the country’s finest treks.
Druk Path Trek
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.This trek also offers hikers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest un-scaled peak in the world. The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are between March-June or September-November.
Duration: 6 Nights camping/ 7 days Trek
Start Point: Paro End Point: Thimphu
Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek
This 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.
During the trek an entire day will be dedicated to visiting some of the more picturesque lakes, fishing and resting. The trail also takes you through several Bhutanese villages so you can get a good idea of traditional Bhutanese village life as you make your way back from the lakes. The best time to embark on this trek is between April-June or September –October.
Duration: 5 Nights Camping/ 6 Days Trekking
Start Point: Gyenekha, Thimphu End Point: Chamgang, Thimphu
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.
The trail winds through forests of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendrons and over small streams of cold, clear mountain water. This trek is an excellent choice for those visitors not accustomed to trekking in the mountains as it offers beautiful views of the country with mostly gentle, forested slopes. The best time for this trek is between September-May.
Duration: 2 Nights Camping/ 3 Days Trekking
Start Point: Phobjikha End Point: Tikke Zampa
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.
In addition to the numerous Lhakhangs there are also a number of small villages where you can stop and rest. The only segment of the trek that may prove challenging is a 500m ascent to Pele La pass. The best time to embark on this trek is in spring or autumn.
Duration: 2 Nights Camping/ 3 Days Trekking
Start Point: Ngang Lhakhang, Bumthang End Point: Ogyencholing, Bumthang
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 Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS) in Trashigang Dzongkhag (District), in Eastern Bhutan.
The campsites have been designed aesthetically to blend with local architecture and ambiance. Enclosed by a stonewall (with a gate to bring in the ponies to unpack trekking paraphernalia), the campsite is equipped with facilities such as tenting sheds, toilets, kitchens (in some), dining area and water supply.
Duration: 6 Nights Camping/ 7 Days Trekking
Start Point: Chaling, Mongar End Point: Phongmey, Trashigang
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.
Duration: 24 Nights Camping/ 25 Days Trekking
Start Point: Gunitsawa Village, Paro End Point: Sephu, Trongsa
By Air : Paro is the international Airport and DrukAir flies from Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Guwahati and Bodh Gaya.
By Road: The town of Phuentsholing in south-west is located approximately 170 km east of the Indian national airport at Bagdogra. After crossing Phuentsholing, you begin your journey to Thimphu, the capital city with travel time of about six hours for the 170 km stretch.
Currency: Bhutan’s currency is the Ngultrum (Nu.) It is at par with the Indian rupee which is accepted as legal tender in the country.
Note: INR (Indian Rupees) denominations of 500 and 1000 are not accepted in Bhutan.
Visa: Visa is on arrival for Indian passport holders and is free of cost.
For more Info check out : www.tourism.gov.bt/activities/trek