Bhutan is a haven for trekkers. The Himalayan peaks, most of them virgin and un-scaled, valleys, landscape, glacial lakes, flora, and fauna make Bhutan a treat for lovers of adventure. Medieval Bhutan had several routes through which people moved. Unfortunately, most have not been used making them a part of the thick jungles. However, the Himalayan Kingdom offers several trekking routes, which promises to enthrall you.
The beauty of trekking in Bhutan is that you need not to be a professional trekker to enjoy the delights of this adventure. There are trekking routes that average people can trek through. Additionally, we can customize some of the treks with the cultural or other packages, based on your interest. Additionally, you will not just be trekking throughout your stay in the country. You will also be visiting places of historic significances, observe the country’s culture and get to interact with the people.
In a nutshell, we bring forth some of Bhutan’s trekking routes.See more
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Receive and transfer to hotel. Lunch in the town, after lunch visit the following places.
National museum : Built in 1645, as a Ta- dzong or watchtower, was used to guard the Dzong (fortress below), now houses wide range of religious artifacts, rare stamps and special exhibition on Shabdrung’s era. The visit to the museum is to familiarize you with the Bhutanese cultural and traditions.
Rimpong Dzong : Dzongs are the architectural wonders of the country. It is the first structures that arrest the attentions of the outsiders. Almost all dzongs are strategically located. The original Paro dzong dates back to1645 but was destroyed by fire in 1907 and was rebuilt in the same year. It is the home to 200 monks and the district administration. The central tower or Utse is said to be the most beautiful in the country. You can visit the Kuenrey or the prayer and the study hall of the monks.
It is possible to take pictures in the courtyard.
Hike down to the old wooden bridge. In olden days this bridge used to be guarded at night as this was the only entrance to the dzong.
Stall around the town. It is quite nice to drop in one of the local restaurant for a cup of tea and get the feel of Bhutanese atmosphere.
Today is your warm up hike for the trek tomorrow.
Bhutan’s most scenic icon and important place for pilgrimage and refuge for over 1200 years the Takshang or the Tiger’s nest clings 200 meters on the steep cliff overlooking Paro valley. The place was first visited by Guru Rimpoche, the founder of tantric form of Buddhism in Himalayan countries in 8th century. It was said that he came there riding on a tigress and meditated in a cave about three months. After him, lots of high Buddhist priests came to meditate and had attended highest spirituality.
The original temple was built in 17th century, but it was burnt by fire in 1998. The temple was rebuilt to its fullest glory in 2003.
It is considered as the 10th holiest site in the Buddhist world.
The total hike will take you about four hours. From the parking, you will take about one hour to get to the tea house and then another one and half hours to the temple.
In the evening visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in 7th century by the Tibetan king Songchen Gyampo.
Today, it is going to be the longest day of the trek. Lots of ups and down will make this day quite tiring. You will be crossing the farm isolated of Shing Karap, at about 3100 meters and after sometime you will come to the cross point of the trails marked by the piled up rocks and with the prayer flags on it. If you take left side of the trail it will lead to Tibet crossing the pass called Tremo la. On the rock it is written “way to Soi” with the arrow pointing towards the right trail, which you will follow. The steep climb followed by descend will take you to the bridge which will permit you to come to the left side of the river and continue always climbing in the forest till you reach the clearing called Thongo Samba, ideal place for lunch.
The forest is always beautiful, through the different vegetations. As you go high it is normal that you will come across the yaks. Be careful, they are not very kind to the strangers. If they are on the way, keep good distance and let them pass first. It is always advisable to keep high above them then below the trail.
The trail will take you to the bridge and a small white stupa. Do not cross the bridge as it will take you the village of Yaktsa. Half an hour from the bridge will take you to the camp at Soi Thangthangkha.
Alt. 3570m 22km, 6-7h, +70.
Overnight : Base camp.
It is quite rewarding to wake up early in the morning and admire the rays of the sun touching the second highest peak the Chomolhari (7314m) between two steep valleys. As you continue following the left side of the Pa chhu or Paro River after about one hour of walk you will be leaving behind the tree level and entering into the stunning valley. You will come across the military camp site which guards the border with Tibet. As you go higher, the valley becomes much wider and you will view some high and snow-capped peaks. You will come across some yaks and camps for winter. Several small houses are found on the way and this place is called Soia Yutey. You may stop here in one of this house for a cup of butter tea and lunch.
Alt.4500m 17km, 4-5hrs, +500.
Overnight camp: Base camp.
Today we will cover a distance of about 18 km. On the way you will view Jomolhari, Jichu Drakey, and the valley of Jomolhari campsite. You will also come across several yak herders tents. Around Tsophu Lake you will normally see flocks of Blue sheep. The trail winds up till Bonte la (4890m), the highest pass of this trek. Stop for sometime to enjoy the panoramic view of Himalayas.
From the top, you will see Basingthang peaks (5500m), Chatarake (Djo Drake 5570m) and Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. The trail drops through a steep, narrow gully with gravel and loose rocks till you reach Dumzo. The Soi Yaktsa valley is a beautiful valley with impressive rock cliffs, waterfalls, deep valleys and snow covered peaks.
Overnight camp: Yaksa.
You will have to climb from the camp through rhododendron, birch, oak forest draped in mosses will take you to the meadow with huge juniper trees and the then leads to Dunge La (4700m) and then to the Tagulun La (4540m). You will have a stunning view of the Himalayan ranges. You will be able to see the campsite for the night.
This campsite is used by the yak herders in spring and autumn. This campsite is the second highest campsite of this trek.
Alt. 4120m, 11km, 4h, +2420/-420m.
Overnight camp: Thongbu.
Today you will cross the valley through a swampy area to a clear trail through rhododendron bushes climbing steeply to Thombu La (14,005ft/4270m). You can also see the several mountain peaks view from the pass. The ridge walk from the pass is one of the best parts of the trek: very high above the valleys on a good trail with a beautiful view. The trail descends steeply for 2 to 3 hours till you reach to the Shana where you will meet your car and driver. And drive for less than 2 hours through the lovely valley, finishing your trek at Drugyel Dzong and then pass through Paro to reach Thimphu.
Overnight: Le Meridian.
Thimphu at an altitude of 3280 meters is the modern day capital of Bhutan. Sightseeing, visit the Memorial Chorten commissioned and built by the Queen Grandmother in memory of the late King. Visit the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts, visit the Traditional medicine centre where old healing arts such as acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practiced, the painting school, and drive back to Paro more than an hour along the beautiful valley of paro and Thimphu.
Upon arrival at paro, we will check into a home stay, paro is famous for its Varity of food, dumplings either from meet or cheese, greens, datsi (cheese) and chili with different combination of vegetable and other ingredients. You can taste common Bhutanese dishes served with rice, such as pork, chicken, beef, yak. You can learn the few Bhutanese dishes and taste how it works. Try hot stone bath very to recover your body after trek. It is believed that the heat of the water, the minerals released from the rock, and the local herbs all combine to produce medicinal benefits for joint pains, hypertension, stomach disorders and arthritis.
Overnight in Dorji Dema home stay.
Transfer to airport for departure.
The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
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