Trekking and Hiking in Bhutan
There really is no better way to experience Bhutan’s breathtaking scenery than during a spot of trekking. Whether you go for a two-day trek through the Paro valley or a seven-day trek around the Sakteng wildlife sanctuary, the scenery, the villages and the people are sure to leave an indelible impression on you. If you’re looking a little inspiration to get started, check out our top trekking and hiking trips below, as well as some information that might help…
Shimmering Lakes and Snowy Peaks
This 6-day trek is one of the most popular in Bhutan, passing spectacular monasteries, sceneries and snowy peaks between Bhutan’s two most loved cities – Paro and Thimphu. The Druk Path leads you along an ancient trading route, starting in the peaceful town of Paro, surrounded by sweeping hills. You’ll cross Himalayan mountains and pass through sparse areas, with the natural landscape of blue pine forests and pristine lakes teeming with fish.
Prayer Flags & Buddhist Monasteries to Tigers Nest
The Bumdra trek is more along the lines of a hike, spending 2 days exploring the area around Paro, through the vast valley, passing temples and monasteries – watching the sunset over the mountains of Haa. This hike may be a challenge for some, taking you up 4,000m in just one day, but you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of an intriguing cliff-face pilgrimage site, small chapels and Tiger’s Nest itself.
Footsteps through Forests & Mountains
This newly developed trek explores the remote eastern region of Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary – an unspoilt and delicate ecosystem, established to look after the legendary Yeti. It’s home to snow leopards, red pandas, red fox and Himalayan black bear. It’s also home to the isolated Brokpa people – one of the Himalayas most interesting ethnic groups. We suggest doing this trek as part of a longer itinerary due to the remote far-east location.
In addition to brightly coloured festivals, dramatic dzongs and remote villages, Bhutan is home to a range of high Himalayan peaks – most of which are virtually unexplored nor even named. There’s no better way to fully explore a country than to embark on a trek. Whether you undertake a 2-day hike into the valley of Paro or a 7-day trek into the far-east of Bhutan, the landscapes, locals and communities will leave lasting memories.
The best months to commence a trek in Bhutan would be February to May and September to November – due to a much better chance of clear blue skies and warmer weather.
Good to know:
- In addition to a guide, most treks will have you accompanied by a kitchen team and horses throughout.
- You’ll stay in quite basic tents throughout the trek – make sure you bring thick jumpers!
- A lot of the treks we offer are a medium difficulty and would require you to have a good level of fitness.
- People who are not used to going to high altitudes could possibly suffer from altitude sickness which limits to 2500m.
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