Bhutan’s abundant natural assets, its rich traditional culture, mountains, nomad yak herders and largely agrarian society, all provide an excellent setting for trekking. Trekking in Bhutan is an incredible experience of hiking through thinly populated and scattered settlements – a person may walk for days without encountering another settlement – rich and rugged natural habitats, sharing the Bhutanese way of life and enjoying clean air laced with the sweet odor of junipers and rhododendrons. Spectacular mountain views and beautiful valleys will keep you wanting to explore year after year. Treks range from as short as four days up to as long as 28 days. Jhomolhari is the most popular trek, ranging from 7 to 10-days trek and is the sacred mountain of Bhutan. For those who prefer a shorter trek, the 5-day Druk Path trek is a good choice and is located between Paro and Thimphu. Treks in Bumthang and Lhunthse offer a blend of easy to moderate trekking and enriching cultural experience. For the fit and adventurous types, we recommend the Laya, Lunana and Snowman treks. These treks trek through the most rugged and remote parts of northern Bhutan are respected as some of the most challenging high altitude treks in the world. If embarking on the Snowman, it is extremely important to adequately train, as it can be a strenuous journey (physically and mentally) should the weather not cooperate and you are not physically prepared. The average time walking per day is 7 hours on the longer, harder treks. Trekking Season The best periods for trekking in Bhutan are in late September, early October through to the middle of November and April and May for all treks in the high altitude areas (4000 meters). However, the shorter treks (The Druk Path Trek, The Bumthang Cultural Trek and the Gangtey Nature Trek) are possible from October to June – weather permitting. The following charges are included in all our Trekking Packages:
- Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis; however, single supplement charges will apply should you wish to book a single room.
- All meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and evening tea with biscuits.
- All transport listed within the itinerary.
- Trekking equipment like sleeping tents, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, mattresses, etc,. (Guests are responsible for their own sleeping bags).
- Services of experienced licensed trekking guides (fluent in English).
- Trekking cooks and trek assistants.
- Supply of pack and riding ponies.
- Royalty and taxes.
Climate: Days are normally warm. Day may be windy. Nights can at times be very cold and in winter even below the freezing point. Monsoon showers in summer (heaviest July & August) and sometimes even in spring and autumn. Most be prepared to walk on snow while reaching the high mountain passes. What to bring: Personal clothing: Warm woolen or synthetic clothing is recommended for everyday wear. For the evenings, please pack a down jacket and jacket and a heavy weight jacket. Please pack a maximum of five pairs of socks and underwear as laundry can be arranged during our rest days. For trekking: Strong comfortable trekking boots, sunglasses, headgear and raincoat and pants. All clothing should be quick drying. If carrying a digital camera, please bring spare batteries or a solar charge to minimize on the weight of ample batteries. Trekking Equipment Recommendations
- Hiking poles are highly recommended.
- A small daypack to carry personal belongings – spare thermal layer, hat, gloves, camera and at least 1.5 litres of water.
- Although sleeping mats are provided, guests are welcomed to bring their own. Guests are responsible for their own sleeping bag. A winter sleeping bag is advised.
- Dietary supplements are essential – power bars, gels, and powder supplements, in addition to multi-vitamins. These are unavailable in Bhutan and help maintain daily caloric intakes.
- Please bring a blister kit and any personal medications.
- Please pack you belongings in a method, which keep your belongings dry, and water proofed for extended periods. The Watershed Company is an excellent source for dry bags.
(NOTE: For trekking only a load of 25 kgs is allowed per individual). Trekking Itineraries The following itineraries are intended to provide our guests with an overall idea of each trek in Bhutan. Average walking time, altitudes, camping facilities and trekking attractions will be covered. We would like to inform our guests that all trek itineraries can be modified to accommodate personal interests, physical form, exploration opportunities and time. Even though we organize treks well in advance, we would like bring an awareness to our guests, that trekking in Bhutan is an adventure activity affected by numerous outside our control (weather, road conditions, availability of horses and yaks, certified trekking guides and cooks) that are beyond our control. Therefore, an extra set of patience is highly recommended for those wish to embark on a trek in Bhutan.
- Bumthang Cultural Trek. Duration: 14 Days. Difficulties: Easy.
- Gangtey Trek. Duration: 9 Days. Difficulties: Mild.