Bhutan: Treks (3 - 9 Days)
Bhutan offers unparalleled variety with low density and pristine trekking opportunities for the active adventurer. Tours of Exploration has been organizing programs through our local Bhutan company for 20 years. Let us help with your next adventure.
Trekking in Bhutan is exceptionally rewarding. The variety of treks ranges from easy 3-day walks in Western or Central Bhutan, moderate 5 - 6 day nature & cultural treks, and highly challenging or strenuous 2 - 3 week expeditions like the legendary Snowman trek. In almost every case, you will be the only group on the trail. These journeys are offered in March - May and again in October - early December.
Almost all the treks offer a combination of natural discovery and insight into the country's unique and authentic way of life. Many of the trails pass remote monasteries, and enter rural villages linked only by footpath. Vistas include verdent forests, floral rich valleys, and grand views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Wild pheasants, rare birds, takin, blue sheep, deer, and yaks can often be encountered. Tented camps are prepared by the support team, and hikers need only carry their day packs. Some nights may be spent in simple farm houses or at comfortable lodges before or after the walk.
2016 - 2017 Departure Dates & Costs
DEPARTURES ON A WEEKLY BASIS BETWEEN MARCH & DECEMBER
Note: the tropical Nabji Trail is best between October and March
Bhutan charges a mandatory fee per day which includes accommodation (3 - 4 star hotels or camping on treks), food, transportation, guiding and entrance fees
$ 250 per person per night for groups of 3 or more persons
SAVE $ 50 per person per night for departures during December, January, February, June, July & August; $ 40 USD Visa fee additional
AIRFARE from Bangkok or Delhi approx $ 825 USD
Airfare from major North American cities available on request
Trekking suggested routes for 3 - 9 days, Full itineraries are available for all routes - ask us for details.
Trekking in Bhutan will allow you to discover the incredible beauty, clean air, unspoiled nature and fascinating nomadic lives in the far-flung Himalayan regions. Awaken above the clouds, amidst the snow sprinkled mountains and in a land of great serenity. Pristine mountain lakes, imposing glaciers and some of the world’s most endangered species await you in the mountainous amphitheater of the Himalayas.
Druk Path Trek (7 day)
The six day trek is the most popular trek in the country as it passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes while at the same time offering the opportunity to visit some ancient Lhakhangs, Dzongs and villages. This is a fairly easy hike to undertake as the distances between rest camps is fairly short. The trail takes you through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200 m. This trek also offers hikers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world. The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are between March-June or September-November. Start Point: Paro End Point: Thimphu
Gangtey / Phobjikha Valley Trek (Valley of the Black Neck Cranes) (3 day)
The best time for the Gangtey Trek is between February-May and September-November. The best time to witness the black-necked cranes migration is November-March. It is a short and relatively easy trek with several beautiful villages and monasteries en route. The trail winds through forests of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendrons and over small streams of cold, clear mountain water. This trek is an excellent choice for those visitors not accustomed to trekking in the mountains as it offers beautiful views of the country with mostly gentle, forested slopes. Start Point: Phobjikha End Point: Tikke Zampa
Bumthang Cultural Trek (3 day)
This is a fairly easy three-day trek that takes you through beautiful valleys and along clear, trout-filled rivers. Bumthang is often known as the ‘cultural heartland’ of Bhutan and there are plenty of ancient temples to visit during the hike. In addition to the numerous Lhakhangs there are also a number of small villages where you can stop and rest. The only segment of the trek that may prove challenging is a 500m ascent to Pele La pass. The best time to embark on this trek is in spring or autumn. Start Point: Ngang Lhakhang End Point: Ogyencholing, Bumthang
NEW TRAIL - NABJI (6 days)
The Nabji Trail is an ideal post-harvest/winter trek set out in Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, a region with an ecological rich environment. The park, located in central Bhutan, is also home to several cultural rich agricultural villages. The trail is a six-day low-altitude trek (between 693m/23100ft and 1,636m/5453ft) through six different villages located inside the park. On this trek, you will possibly see the Golden Langur (Trachypithecus geei), one of the rarest primates, only found in Bhutan and neighbouring Assam. The area is also home to the endangered Rufous-necked Hornbill and offers great all round birding and natural history discoveries.
JUMOHARI TREK (9 Days)
Our 9 day Jumolhari trek is offered in the clear weather seasons of spring and fall. Jumolhari, at 7,314m, is one of the highest peaks in Bhutan and is the inspiring backdrop to several days of strenuous trekking, reaching a highpoint of 4,820m. Challenging.
Consider adding a short trek to one of our group departures in November, March or April