EXPLORE SOME OF THE BEST TREKKING
IN THE WORLD
Bhutan has some of the best trekking in the world with breathtaking scenery. Some treks are short and suitable for beginners while others can be long and challenging. The best season for trekking in Bhutan is spring and autumn – March to April and late September to mid-November. Although the nights are colder in autumn with temperature in higher altitudes ranging from 20°C down to minus 10°C, the days are warmer with bright sunshine. The best months are October to November with clear blue skies and superb view. The day’s temperature hovers upwards to 20°C, falling to around 5°C by night. Clouds and wind tend to build up in the afternoon but typically clear off at night for a display of spectacular starry skies.
Trekking in Bhutan is physically demanding because of the distance and abrupt changes in elevation. You will have to spend 7 to 9 hours walking 15 to 19 kilometres daily to reach the camp sites. Most of the climbs run through deep forests on rocky trails and sometimes the trails traverse through wet mud, commanding agility to hop between around river stones.
Druk Path Trek
This trek leads from Paro to Thimphu, or vice versa, crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. It is of the most scenic and popular treks in Bhutan on a wilderness trail past several remote and beautiful lakes.
This trek starts at Drugyal Dzong in the north of Paro Valley. Hiking through rice paddy fields, apple orchards, forests and rushing steams, the trek gradually becomes challenging. You get to see the stunning view of Mount Jomolhari at a height of 7314m. Yaks, blue sheep, musk deer and elusive marmots are also the common sights on this trek.
Laya Gasa Trek
This trek offers a great variety of trekking conditions, from picturesque farmlands and forests to alpine pasture-land and high passes. An extension of the Jhomolhari trek, it offers diverse flora and fauna. There is an ample chance to spot yaks, blue sheep, vultures and rare birds. Depending on the time of year, you will also see large herds of takins in the forested valley of Tsherijathang.
The Snowman Trek is widely regarded as one of the hardest treks in the world. This is largely due to its length and altitude and also the fact that 11 high passes (in excess of 4500 metres) must be crossed. It brings you to the remote Lunana district, one of the most isolated valleys on the planet.