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20 Bhutan Trekking places

 
  • If you want to have a challenging experience then it best to try Trekking in Bhutan. You should straddle the borders between Nepal and Bhutan and walk towards the Jhomolhari trek which is quite popularly known as the “bride of Kangchenjunga.” If you trekking there you should definitely be a part of the Jomolhari Mountain Festival which celebrates the local culture of the nearby villages.

    Some treks like Druk Path Trek gives you a clean view of Mount Gangkar Puensum which is one of the tallest peak of Bhutan where it is the hardest to make up till the summit. Some of the trekking expedition opens up a complete forest ecosystem where you can see Musk deer and Black bear making the trekking expedition all the more interesting for many travellers.

    Here are some of the best trekking places in Bhutan:

  • 01Druk Path Trek

    Image Credit : Goss Nuzzo-Jones
    Trek amidst the dazzling natural landscape with snowy mountains, lush valleys, dense forests of fir, blue pine and rhododendrons, long stretches of pastureland and clear blue lakes on Druk Path trek in Bhutan. It is a six day trek which lets you spend adventurous time in the lap of the abundant nature. The trek connects the valleys of Paro and Thimpu and offers the glorious view of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the world’s highest unclimbed mountain peak. Experience the unique culture and ancient architecture of Bhutan on your way with visits to sleepy hamlets and ancient monasteries and temples.

     

    Image Credits : Denis De Mesmaeker



    Location
    : The journey starts from Paro, the historical valley, and ends at Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

    Best Time
    : The best time to take this excursion is between March-June and September-November.

    Approx Price
    : The approximate price per person for six day trek is 135,000 BTN.

    Difficulty Level
    : Easy to Moderate.
  • 02Duer Hot Springs Trek

    One of the most challenging treks in the land of Bhutan is the Duer Hot Springs trek, which partially cross roads with Snowman trek which is ideally the most difficult trekking track in the whole world. Duer Hot Springs is the destination of this trek which has a breathtaking beauty worth the grueling challenges on the trail. Ranging from 3000 meters to 4700 meters, the track moves through multiple difficulties, steep heights and low descents.

    However after this bone breaking challenge the sight of Duer Hot springs is indeed a reward. Apart from this on the trail one can see beautiful landscapes forested regions with prominent hemlock, maple and juniper trees.


    Highlights
    : Hot Springs

    Duration
    : 4 days trekking tour.

    Best Season: March - April, October to November
  • 03Samtengang Winter Trek

    Image Credit : siddharth sarangan
    Starting from Punakha, Samtengang Winter Trek is a short and considerably simple and easy trek to Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag with average altitude rising not more than 1900 meters. The climate is excellent and due to low altitude preserves warmer climate which is pleasant and soothing. The trekking trail is devoid of uncomfortable steeps and heights making the trail quite smooth for the amateur hikers.

    The trail passes through rhododendron forest which is a delight to see especially in monsoon times. The region also posses dense vegetation with oak and maple trees and also the longest foot bridge of Bhutan. Villages like Sha and Chungsakha also falls on this trail. It is approximately 54 km in length.



    Highlights
    : Sha viilage and lifestyle of Bhutanese people based there.

    Duration
    : 3 days trekking tour.

    Location
    : Near Punakha, Bhutan

    Best Season
    : March - April, October to November. However due to low altitude it can be visited in winter too.
  • 04Wild East Rodung La Trek

    Wild East Rodung La Trek is a short trekking trail and comprises of low altitudes but quite steep climbs and descents. It is challenging trail especially for those who does not possess much experience in trekking. The beautiful trail passes through prominent Bhumthang and reaches Trashiyangtse.

    From ancient times this trail bears huge importance since this was considered as the trade road but with time this has lost its usage and charm and today it is only used as a hiking trail. Mountain passes, pastures and meadows, and dense forest of bamboo and alpine trees makes the beauty of the location absolutely eye arresting.

     



    Highlights
    : Ancient trade road

    Duration
    : 10 days trek

    Location
    : Near Jakar, Bhutan

    Best Season
    : April to May, October to November
  • 05Bumthang Owl Trek

    Image Credit :  Laurence M
    To enjoy unspoiled natural beauty and pictorial scenic vista in Bhutan, one of the best options is to set out for the short yet fascinating Bumthang Owl trek. The trek starts from Manchung and travels through Dhur village, Drangela Pass and reaches Tharpaling monastery. On the trekking trail one can enjoy unlimited and undisturbed scenery with dense forests on both sides with blue pine, birch, maple, spruce, juniper, bamboo and famous rhododendron trees.

    One can visualize the exceptional beauty of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, which is ideally the highest unclimbed peak in the world. Avian wildlife is a key attraction of this trek. The trekking trail is filled with an array of fascinating flora and fauna and multiple ancient Buddhist temples.

    Image Credits : Peter Ward



    Highlights
    : Old Buddhist temples, Himalayan black bear

    Duration
    : 3 days trek

    Location
    : Bumthang, Bhutan

    Best Season
    : March to May, September to November
  • 06Bumthang Cultural Trek

    Image Credit :  Bob Witlox
    A trek through the “cultural heartland “of Bhutan, is always a precious one. This short and simple trek is one of the preferred trekking trails to enjoy the natural beauty of Bhutan with its trout- filled rivers and verdant valleys. Apart from this the trekking trail also provides a fascinating glimpse of some of ancient Buddhist temples and age old monasteries.

    Passing through the countryside of Bumthang, one can enjoy the scenic pleasure of blue pine forest and scrub bamboo along with several small villages displaying their traditional lifestyle. For all those nature lovers this is a splendid trail to visualize the beauty of Thimphu, Paro valleys and Punakha.

    Image Credits : Hriday



    Highlights
    : old Buddhist temples

    Duration
    : 3 days trek

    Location
    : Bumthang, Bhutan

    Best Season
    : March to May, September to November
  • 07Punakha Winter Trek

    Image Credit : Krishnandu Sarkar
    Having an altitude of 3400 meters this is one of the easiest and the most popular trekking journey among amateur trekkers through the ancient capital of Bhutan, Punakha. The trekking trail commences from Thimphu and concludes in the beautiful Punakha valley. Being a short trek, the gradual slopes on the trekking trail does not seem to be too much concern for the hikers.

    The old foot trail snakes through luscious valleys, green landscapes, dense forestlands and golden rice fields. The trail crosses through Phajoding Monastery and beautiful Sinchula Pass. Due to low altitude and much warmer climate, the trek is often preferred during winters.

    Image Credits : Krishnandu Sarkar



    Highlights
    : Phajoding Monastry

    Duration
    : 4 days/3 nights

    Location
    : Punakha, Bhutan

    Best Season
    : March to May, September to November are considered as ideal time, however it can be done during December to February too.
  • 08Gangtey Trek

    Image Credit : Kaushal Karkhanis
    For all those people who love to venture on an easy trek and enjoy natural serene surroundings up close without having any prior experience of trekking, Gangtey Trek is an ideal option. Gangtey trek is to Phobjikha Valley one of the fascinating glacial valleys of Bhutan, at an altitude of 3000m, nestled at the eastern side of Wangduephodrang. The great monastery of Gangtey is based just crossing the pass, which was built during 17th century.

    During winters these isolated valleys forms the home for rare species of black necked cranes from Tibetan plateau. Outstanding views of mesmerizing natural surroundings with juniper and magnolia forest and green landscapes highlight the trekking trail. Villages like Gogona and Khotokha falls on the road.

    Image Credits : Timothy Neesam



    Highlights
    : Thrung, the black necked crane

    Duration
    : 3 days/3 nights

    Location
    : Near Tabiting, Bhutan

    Best Season
    : September to May

    Things to carry
    : Baseball cap for strong sun
  • 09Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

    Image Credit : Adam Rumbold
    Providing an excellent view of the Bhutanese Himalayan Range Dagala Thousand Lakes trek (4520m) is a journey through pristine beauty that remains adorned with natural green landscape and high altitude shimmering mountain lakes. In this journey, it is not only the crystal clear lakes that catches the eye but one can also enjoy the breathtaking views of the highest mountains, Mt. Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, Jichu Drake, Gangche Ta and many more.

    Though this is strenuous trek but prior experience on the Alpine is not mandatory. Apart from travelling through picturesque lakes and devour natural beauty at its best, one also gets the chance to travel through various traditional Bhutaneese villages which gives a good idea about their lifestyle here.


    Highlights
    : High altitude lakes

    Location
    : Near Thimpu, Bhutan

    Best Season
    : April- June, September- October
  • 10Merak Sakteng Trek

    Merak Sakteng Trek offers you an opportunity to have a unique experience unlike any other trek. The Sakteng valley is one of the most picturesque valleys with vast expanse of lush pastoral lands and the trek lies within the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary.

    The trekker can experience the semi nomadic life and rich traditions and culture navigating through the nomadic villages. Follow the trail along the river bank, enjoy the spectacular view of mountains, with flourishing rhododendron trees, rest in one of the idyllic villages and enjoy the hospitality of the villagers.

     



    Location
    : This unique trek begins at Chaling and takes you to Damnongchu, Merak, Miksa Teng, Sakteng, and Jyonkhar Teng and Terminates at Phongmey.

    Best Time
    : The best time to take this journey is between March to June and September to November.

    Approx Price
    : The approximate price per person for the 7 day trek is 350,000 BTN.

    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate.
  • 11Nabji Korphu Trek

    Nabji Korphu Trek is a small and enjoyable trek that offers an easy and pleasant excursion to the trekker. The trek offers an opportunity to experience the diverse topography, flora and fauna of Bhutan with surrounding scenic beauty. It also offers plenty of opportunities to spend time in peaceful villages, enjoy the kindness and generosity of villagers, and learn about their traditional culture.

     Nabji and Korphu are such relaxing villages surrounded by lush paddy fields. Partake in the traditional ceremonies and enjoy the traditional dancing and signing of local women while soaking in the beauty of nature.



     Location
    : This pleasurable trek begins at Riotala village and takes you to Nimshong, Nabji, Korphu, Kubdra, Jangbi and terminates at Tongtongfey.

    Best Time
    : The best time to take this journey is between October and April.

    Approx Price
    : The approximate price per person for the 6 day trek is 200,000 BTN.

    Difficulty Level
    : Easy
  • 12Snowman Trek II

    Image Credit : Ian Cochrane
    Reach the higher altitudes of Himalayan Mountains of Bhutan with Snowman Trek II that traverse through the challenging trekking routes to take you to the remote and unspoiled parts of Bhutan. This 25 days trek is one of the most difficult treks that you can take. However, at this altitude with stretches of pristine landscape you will be awestruck with the natural beauty. An extension of Laya Gasa trek it offers you the opportunity to reach the farthest parts of the country while traversing through the treacherous trails, profound valleys and majestic mountains. The landscape is dotted with sleepy hamlets and ancient architectures.

    Image Credits : Ninzy Rinchhen



    Location
    : The trek begins at Gunitsawa Village and takes you to some of the farthest areas of Bhutan to end at Duer village.

    Best Time
    : June to October.

    Approx Price
    : The approximate price per person for the 25 day trek is 950,000 BTN.

    Difficulty Level
    : Extremely Difficult
  • 13Snowman Trek I

    Image Credit : Deana Zabaldo
    An extension to the challenging Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek, the 25 day Snowman Trek I is not an excursion to be taken by weak hearted. The challenges of trekking amplify as you reach the unscaled heights of Himalayan Mountains. But you will be compensated by the magnificent beauty and grandiose of nature at 23,100 feet above sea level.

    Jhomolhari is the third highest peak of Bhutan and Snowman Trek I gives you the opportunity to scale it if you are up for some challenges. It also offers you to trek amidst the pristine landscape and give you a chance to interact with local villagers from close.

     

    Image Credits : Andrew Purdam



    Location
    : The trek begins at Gunitsawa Village and takes you to some of the remotest areas of Bhutan to end at Maurothang.

    Best Time
    : October. Approx

    Price
    : The approximate price per person for the 25 day trek is 900,000 BTN.

    Difficulty Level
    : Extremely Difficult.
  • 14Jomolhari Trek

    Image Credit : Andrea Williams
    Jomolhari Trek is the longer version of the Jomolhari loop trekking route that put up the trekkers against marvelous heights, unfathomable valleys, and challenging trekking routes. It also offers the trekkers to experience the breathtaking view of Himalayan Mountains, flourishing valleys, lush green yak pasturelands, lakes, rivers, dense forests and fruit orchards and the spectacular views of Mountain Jichu Drakey, Tshering Gang and Jho Drakey await you. It provides a superb opportunity to experience Bhutanese village life closely and marvel at the ancient architecture.

    Image Credits : Torsten Dietrich



    Location
    : Starting from Paro the trek passes through Sharna Zampa, Thangthangkha, Jangothang, and Linghsi from where the route diverge from Laya Gasa Trek to reach Shodu, Barshong, Dolam Kencho, Doden to reach Thimphu.

    Best Time
    : The best time is from March to May and September to November.

    Approx Price
    : The approximate price per person for the 9 day trek is 300,000 BTN.

    Difficulty Level
    : Moderately difficult.
  • 15Jomolhari Loop

    Image Credit : Michael Foley
    The shortest of Jomolhari trekking route, Jomolhari loop lets the trekkers experience the diverse beauty of the Bhutanese landscape, flora and fauna even for beginners. This short trek is one of the most popular trek routes in Bhutan, and gives you an opportunity to see the majestic beauty of Mt Jomolhari without having to take the difficult and longer path.

    Cover an altitude difference of 2500 meters to witness the changing scenery from dense forests, to stretches of pasturelands, sleepy hamlets, valleys dotted with ancient Bhutanese architecture in the backdrop of pristine mountain peaks.

     

    Image Credits : Andrea Williams



    Location
    : Arrive at Paro and traverse the trek that passes through Sharna Zampa, Thangthangkha, Jangothang, Soi Yaktsa, Thombu Shong to reach back to Paro.

    Best Time
    : The best time is from April to May and September to November.

    Approx Price
    : The approximate price per person for the 8 day trek is 250,000 BTN.

    Difficulty Level
    : Easy
  • 16Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek

    Image Credit : Andrew Purdam
    Take the adventurous Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek in Bhutan that takes you to the splendid heights and lets you experience the great diversity of landscape. Pass through the dense pine forests, lush meadows, pasturelands while soaking in the beauty of snow capped mountains of Mt. Jomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake. It is a long and difficult trek which challenges the most experienced and physically fit trekkers.

    You will also pass through the beautiful hamlets and interact with the friendly Bhutanese villagers. The landscape is dotted with Dzongs, temples and monasteries which offers the glimpse of ancient architecture of Bhutan amidst unspoiled tranquillity of nature.

    Image Credits : Andrew Purdam



    Location
    : The trek starts at Gunitsawa and passes through Sharna Zampa, Soi Thangkha, Jangothang, Lingshi, Chebisa, Shomuthang, Robluthang, Limithang, Laya among others to end at Thimphu.

    Best Time
    : April-June & September- November.

    Approx Price
    : Per person price 13 day trek is 400,000 BTN.

    Difficulty Level
    : Difficult
  • 17Salt Trek Route

    If you have a knack for trekking then you might tour to Bhutan. The whole of Bhutan is a soulful place, and visually pleasing. The salt trek route is a very popular trekking expedition in the kingdom.

    Years back when Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar national highway was not laid, the villagers use to travel via this route to gather salt and silk from the Samdrup Jongkar town border.The voyage used to take 8 days and thus the trek expedition originated. The journey takes you to through spectacular landscapes of broadleaved forests and alpine pathways.



    Highlights
    : Low altitude trek amidst mountain valleys, cute villages and breathtaking fields and meadows. Overnight camping under the Bhutanese air is just what you need to activate your inner soul.

    Difficulty level
    : Above moderate (highest altitude – 1442 M); steep ascents and descents included

    Location
    : Cheya (Bhutan)

    Best Season
    : Late summer (June to September)
  • 18Visit Buddha Dordenma (Thimphu)

    Image Credit :  Michael Foley
    One of the largest Buddha statues in the world, Buddha Dordenma is a masterpiece of architectural wonder. The massive bronze statue is more than 50 meters in height and is gilded in gold. Apart from this it also houses 125,000 other Buddha statues that are placed surrounding the Buddha Dordenma statue. Sitting royally atop a great meditation hall, this Buddha statue exudes peace and tranquillity.

    The project has been believed to be prophesized as early as eight century in a sacred treasure kept by Guru Padmasambhava. It is a representation of manifestation of human faith and everlasting peace and happiness for all human beings.

    Image Credits : Xiaojun Deng



    Location: The Statue is on top of a mount in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and marks the southern entrance to the valley of Thimphu.

    Best time/season
    : The early morning light makes it best for clicking photographs and enjoying the beauty.

    Approx Price
    : N/A

    Difficulty Level
    : N/A
  • 19Trekking

    Image Credit : Deana Zabaldo
    With its stunning natural landscape, snow capped mountains, stretches of pastureland, lush green valleys, dense mixed forests and crystal clear lakes, Bhutan offers an excellent opportunity to undertake a trekking adventure. The varied landscape of Bhutan provide for easy to excruciating trekking opportunities for both beginners and experts.

    Some of the treks are demanding and require certain level of physical fitness. These treks take you to the most unspoiled and remote parts of the country where the beauty of the pristine landscape will enthral you. Interact with the local villagers and experience the rich culture and tradition of the country.

    Image Credits : Ian Cochrane



    Location: Druk Path Trek, Jomolhari Trek, Snowman Trek Nabji Korphu Trek, Merak Sakteng Trek and several other treks are available in Bhutan.

    Best time/season
    : March to May and September to November.

    Approx Price
    : Price varies depending upon the trek from 150,000 BTN to 900,000 BTN.

    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate to Challenging
  • 20Visit Dochula Pass (Thimphu)

    Image Credit : Göran Höglund (Kartläsarn)
    Dochula Pass is a scenic spot located more than ten thousand feet above sea level, while going from Punakha to Thimphu. It is one of the most renowned destinations for tourists in Bhutan. The place offers a panoramic view of the surrounding snow laden mountains and the breathtaking view of the colourful flags fluttering in the wind and 108 Chortens. Druk Wangyal Chorten was constructed by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk.

    The chortens and Druk Wangyal Lhakhang temple with beautiful ornate details against the lush green forest backdrop make this spot famous among locals and tourists alike. The Dochu La Wangyal Festival where the colourful mask dance can be witnessed also makes this place illustrious.

    Image Credits : Ratan Sebastian



    Location: The Pass is located at a height of 10,171 ft on east-west Road from Thimpu to Punakha.

    Best time/season: March to May and September to November

    Approx Price: N/A

    Difficulty Level
    : N/A