Trekking in Bhutan

Trekking in Bhutan is a very popular activity for all adventure seekers. The kingdom of Bhutan is blessed with the Himalayan backdrop. You can soak in this beauty with an adventurous trek and a campfire under the stars. Walk through the lush green forests and experience the beauty of this happiness-filled country up close.  

Add a thrilling trek to explore the quaint villages and some tranquil landscapes when you are booking Bhutan tours with Thrillophilia. We ease out the job of planning a vacation in Bhutan by curating a selection of the best treks. From the breathtaking mountain views in the Jhomolhari trek to a culturally enriching experience in the Bumthang trek, there are many treks to choose from. Depending on your fitness and experience level, you can choose the best trekking trail for you. You can opt for easy treks like the Druk Path trek and Punakha trek if you are beginning your trekking journey. For experienced trekkers, there are many multi-week expeditions like the Snowman trek in Bhutan.


Explore the local culture of the villages and visit the famous monasteries of Bhutan on these adrenaline-pumping treks. Pass through the lovely forests of bamboo and rhododendrons which create a stunning landscape with the snow-capped Himalayas. Trekking in Bhutan is an emotionally, culturally, and spiritually rewarding experience.

Trekking in Bhutan

1. Druk Path Trek: Enjoy the lush green pine forests and apple orchards as you start this trek. This short trekking trail connects the valleys of Paro and Thimphu. Bhutan trekking becomes more memorable when you get to experience the adventure of crossing the highest passes like the Phume La in this trek You will also get to see the picturesque vistas of Mount Jumolhari and many glistening lakes here. 

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

Difficulty:  Easy to Moderate

Duration: 5 Days

2. Snowman Trek: Embark on a culturally immersive and exhilarating journey with Snowman Trek. You will cross 11 high passes to explore the secluded region of Lunana in Bhutan. On your way, make sure to capture pictures of the glorious mountain views and the beautiful lakes. You can enjoy this challenging trek during October and November.

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

Difficulty:  Extremely Difficult

Duration: 18 Days

3. Merak Sakteng Trek: Promising a journey that will rejuvenate your spirits, the Merak Sakteng Trek is one of the most peaceful yet challenging treks. It passes through Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary and offers you the opportunity to catch some rare glimpses of Snow Leopard, Himalayan Bear and Red Panda. You will also be amazed at the rich culture of people in the Merak Sakteng area. 

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

Difficulty:  Moderate

Duration: 9 Days

4. Samtengang Winter Trek: One of the easier Bhutan trekking trails, the Samtengang Winter Trek can be completed in 4 days. You can enjoy this 54 km long trek in the spring season (March-April) or autumn season(September and October). Walk through the quaint villages and share a cup of tea with the local farmers on this trek. You will also be delighted at the scenic locales of rhododendron forests along with views of Mt Jhomolhari, Kang Bum Peak and Gangcheta.

Best Time: March - April

Difficulty:  Moderate

Duration: 3 Days

5. Wild East Rodung La Trek: Gear up for an adrenaline-pumping experience on Wild East Rodung La Trek. One of the most difficult trails for trekking in Bhutan, it can be completed in 10 days. Pay your respects at Thangbi Lhakhang temple and walk through the picturesque meadows on this trek. You will also cross Khaine Lhakhang, one of the oldest Monasteries in Bhutan on this trek. Make sure you capture the stunning vistas of mountains and alpine forests on the way. 

Best Time: April to May, October to November

Difficulty:  Easy

Duration: 10 Days

6. Jomolhari Trek: If you are looking for easier Bhutan trekking routes, then the Jomolhari trek is the one to try. At a height of 7314 metres, it is considered one of the sacred peaks of Bhutan. As you cross the passes of Nyile La and Yale pass, you will be mesmerised by the views of the Himalayan range. On your way, you will also get a chance to visit mountain monasteries and ancient dzongs to soak in a culturally fulfilling experience. 

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

Difficulty:  Moderately difficult

Duration: 7 Days

7. Bumthang Cultural Trek: Brace yourself for a culturally engaging experience on the Bumthang Cultural Trek. As you pass through several local villages, you will understand why it is called the cultural trek of Bhutan. Along with the picturesque natural landscapes, you can visit many ancient Buddhist monasteries on this trek. You can complete this short trek in 3 days. 

Best Time: March to May, September to November

Difficulty:  Easy

Duration: 3 Days

8. Punakha Winter Trek: Known for its short trail and ease of trekking through a gradual slope, Punakha Winter Trek is an ideal choice for all beginners. You can start this trek from Thimphu and explore many Bhutanese villages and rice fields on the way to savour the old-world charm. Remember to capture in your cameras the beautiful scenery of Phajoding Monastery to always cherish this trek. You can enjoy this trek between March to May and from September to November. 

Best Time: March to May

Difficulty:  Easy

Duration: 4 days/3 nights

9. Gangtey Trek: If you are a novice, then Gangtey Valley Trek is the one for you. Enjoy a memorable experience trekking from Phobjikha Valley and explore the idyllic villages of Gogona and Khotoka. Nature lovers here will be enthralled to see picturesque landscapes of rhododendrons, juniper and magnolia forests. You will also get a chance to see the famous Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ along with Chime Lhakhang- the divine madman’s temple on this famous trek. 

Best Time: September to May

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 3 days/3 nights

10. Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek: Engage in a serene experience for 6 days in the Dagala Thousand Lakes trek. One of the popular trails for trekking in Bhutan, it is highly recommended for semi-experienced trekkers. The awe-inspiring beauty of crystal clear lakes and glimmering views of the Himalayas is something to cherish forever. It is easily accessible from the city of Paro and Thimphu. 

Best Time: April- June, September- October

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 3 days/3 nights

Tips For Trekking In Bhutan

1. Before going on any of Bhutan's top treks, ensure you undergo a comprehensive medical check-up to assess your fitness level.

2. Pack your trekking gear to ensure you're fully prepared for the journey.

3. Include essential items such as aspirin, motion sickness tablets, bandages, and cough drops in your medical kit.

4. Stay hydrated during the trek by drinking plenty of water, and taking breaks to prevent dizziness or illness.

5. Research your chosen route's weather conditions and optimal trekking seasons before confirming your trip to Bhutan.

6. As some trekking routes in Bhutan may pass through isolated areas, it's important to stay close to your team members or carry a Bhutan trekking map.

7. Adhere strictly to the rules and guidelines provided by your trekking guide for a safe and enjoyable experience.

8. Choose shoes that offer comfort and appropriate soles for trekking to ensure stability and support during the journey.

9. Keep yourself covered and warm, especially if planning a trek tour during the winter months to protect against the cold weather.

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Bhutan Trekking FAQs

What is the best time for trekking in Bhutan?

The best time for trekking in Bhutan to explore the scenic locales is from March to May. During this time there is some light rainfall and temperate weather. If you want to beat the crowds, go to Bhutan in the off-season which is from October to November. For those who love snow-filled landscapes and winter treks, December to February is also a good time to visit. 

What is the best time to go for the Druk Path trek?

The best time to go trekking in Bhutan is from March to May. It is also suitable weather to enjoy a hiking experience without getting wet in the rain or freezing in the snow. It offers a clear sky to gaze at the mountain peaks and appreciate the natural beauty of Bhutan. This is when you can see the picturesque landscapes filled with colourful wildflowers and rhododendrons.

What kind of shoes are required for trekking in Bhutan?

You should buy proper hiking shoes which are high in quality before trekking in Bhutan. One should opt for hiking boots with ankle support to aid in long walks. For more comfort, your hiking boots should preferably be light and waterproof. 

Can we go alone for trekking in Bhutan?

No, you cannot go alone for trekking in Bhutan. You must be accompanied by a trekking guide who is well-versed in the local terrain. Thrillophilia offers the best Bhutan treks that include all transfers, stays, meals, and expert guides for a hasslefree experience.

What is the duration of the Snowman trek?

Snowman trek can be completed in 27-28 days. It is known for its high altitude terrain which crosses over 11 passes. It is one of the most recommended treks for experienced trekkers.

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