Trekking

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Often trekkers will come across porter ponies in Bhutan

The breathtaking landscape, the rugged mountains, and the constantly changing vegetation make Bhutan an ideal place for trekking. Bhutan offers trekking experiences of all kinds, from the easy few-days trekking trips to one of the most arduous treks in the world – the three-week long Snowman Trek.

The pristine nature is an opportunity for tourists to explore, enjoy and take home an endless memory of voyage. Trekking in Bhutan is part of nature based tourism activity ranging from a night to about 40 day/nights crossing high mountains, lakes, glaciers, and beautiful villages. Ranging from easy, moderate to challenging, there are around 23 trekking routes in the country and more routes are being explored.

Trekking is a seasonal activity and there are different trails that one can choose from, during spring and fall. Spring is more about blossoms and migratory birds while the focus is more on the scenery during the autumn months. Spring attracts nature lovers from all over the world to experience it in the pristine forests of Bhutan.

Trekkers, however, have to be mindful of the freak weather conditions in autumn.  Trekking tourists are also charged the same daily tariff of USD 250 per night but it can also increase depending on the services provided on treks.

The most frequented trek, among the 23 treks, is the Drukpath trek and the Jomolhari trek.

Following are the top five treks in Bhutan: (Bhutan Tourism Monitor 2013)

Druk Path Trek

Duration: Six days

Druk Trek Path is a four-day trek between Paro valley and the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. One of the most popular short treks in Bhutan, the Druk Path Trek offers an amazing experience through nature with scenic views of beautiful lakes on the way. What makes the trek easy is the fact that walking distance between the camps is shorter although the trek reaches the highest altitude of 4,000 meters. The trek also provides the opportunity to visit the Phajoding monastery, perched on the mountain slope overlooking the valley of Thimphu.

Season: Late February to June and September to December

Jomolhari Trek

Duration: Nine days

Jomolhari Trek is popular among the majority of trekkers. The trek takes you through a diversity of fauna and flora, from an altitude of 2,500m to about 5,000m. One of the highlights of the trek is that you will be able to have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari, believed to be the abode of the protective deity, Jomo. Offering a great view of landscape, the trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong in Paro, and passes through the dense forested valleys leading to the high alpine pastureland where yak herders graze their animals.

Season: April to June and September to November

Laya Gasa Trek

Duration: 12 days

The Laya Gasa Trek is among one of the most fascinating treks in Bhutan. Considered only second to the Snow Man trek, the trekking offers a wonderful experience of Bhutan’s Himalayan fauna and flora, mountain ecology, and wildlife. From picturesque farmland and forests to alpine pastureland and high passes, the trek starts from Shana in Paro and ends at Punakha. This route also offers some of the most impressive peaks like Mount Jhomolhari and Jichu Drakey. April is considered the best month for the Laya region.

Season: April to June and mid-September to mid-November

Bumthang Cultural Trek

Duration : Three days

As the cultural and religious heartland of Bhutan, Bumthang’s sacred landscape is dotted with numerous Buddhist monasteries, temples and religious sites. The Bumthang Trek involves three days of trekking through several villages and farmland that provides a wonderful experience of the countryside, its culture, tradition, lifestyle and spirituality, besides the beauty of nature and its bounty. The trail cuts through beautiful meadows, verdant mixed forest of blue pine, birch, sycamore and bamboo.

Season: March to May and September to November.

Gangtey Trek

Duration: Three days

Gangtey Trek is relatively easier compared to other treks in Bhutan. This trek offers the opportunity to experience rural lifestyle, beautiful nature and visit to Buddhist monasteries. The trek starts from Phobjikha valley in Wangduephodrang and passes through the meadows and fields of villages in Gogona and Khotokha and enters the dense forests filled with magnolia, juniper ad rhododendrons.

Season: March to May and September to November.

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Past years have witnessed an increase in trekking tourists

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