Journey to Bhutan Tours & Travels


Trekking
 
Trekking in Bhutan is like trekking nowhere else on earth. Imagine the views of the High Himalayas, the pristine beauty of those white peaks as you hear glaciers rumble in distance. Depending on the season of your trek, you might walk through forests of rhododendron and see Bhutan's national flower, the blue poppy. At higher elevations there are also packs of blue sheep, marmots, wild takin, and, of course, the occasional domesticated yak as we meander into grazing fields of Bhutan's nomads. Perhaps the best part of trekking in Bhutan is that the hard work is taken care of by us -- you are free to walk unencumbered with just your day pack and camera, while we ensure porters and ponies carry the rest. The team will also beat you to camp, so when you arrive warm tea and snacks await. Your tents are pitched (including dining tent and toilet tent) before you reach camp so you can sit back and relax. All meals are prepared by our cooks and we'll even bring a pan of warm water to your tent in the morning for washing up. Have a look at some of our sample itineraries below. Any of these trips can be modified according to your own preferences, or we can work on something new together!

Drukpath Trek
Duration: 8N, 9D
Max elevation: 4210m
Season: Jan-June
Accommodation:  Camping and Hotel

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek
Duration: 8N, 9D
Max elevation: 4210m
Season: Apr, Sept-Oct
Accommodation: Camping and Hotel

This five-day trek begins in Paro and ends in Thimphu, with four nights tent camping along the way. The trip begins with two days in Paro, including an acclimatization hike to Taktshang. One day siteseeing in Thimphu is included at the end.
The acclimatization hike for this trip is on the second day in Thimphu, with a walk up to Cheri monastery. The six-night trek then does a circle, beginning and ending in Thimphu. We spend two nights camping at 'Yumtsho, so you get a full day to explore around the lakes. 

Gangte Trek
Duration: 8N, 9D
Max elevation: 3480m
Season: Mar-May, Sept-Oct
Accommodation:  Camping and Hotel

Samtegang Winter Trek
Duration: 9N, 10D
Max elevation: 1500m (during trek)
Season: Sept-Apr
Accommodation:  Camping and Hotel

This short trek begins in Phobjikha and ends in Wangdi, passing through relatively low elevation and giving you two days' camping. We pass through remote villages and mixed forests of juniper, magnolia, bamboo and rhododendron. We spend a night in Thimphu and two nights in Paro at the end for a little extra siteseeing, including the hike to Taktshang.

This low altitude trek southeast of Punakha is best done in Winter. We walk through Chir pine forests and a number of small villages on this three-night trek. On the way back to Paro, we spend a night in Thimphu. The last day before departure includes a hike up to Taktshang.
Bumthang Cultural Trek
Duration: 11N, 12D
Max elevation: 3360m
Season: Mar-May, Sept-Nov
Accommodation:  Camping and Hotel

Jhomolhari Base Camp Trek
Duration: 11N, 12D
Max elevation: 4520m
Season: Apr-June, Sept-Nov
Accommodation:  Camping and Hotel

This itinerary combines an easy and low-grade trek (2 nights' camping) with visits to cultural sites in western and central Bhutan. In addition to the fantastic dzongs and temples in western Bhutan, this trip takes you to the cultural museum in Bumthang and includes a day trip to Ura. 
This moderate grade trek is a six night, round-trip excursion to Mt. Jhomolhari base camp. We spend two nights camping at base camp, so you get a full day to explore, walking toward the magnificent peak. The itinerary ends with a few days in Paro and Thimphu for siteseeing.

Laya Gasa Trek
Duration: 18N, 19D
Max elevation: 5005m
Season: Apr-June, Sept-Nov
Accommodation:  Camping and Hotel

Nup Tshonapatra Trek
Duration: 12N, 13D
Max elevation: 4340m
Season: Apr-May, Sept-Nov
Accommodation:  Camping and Hotel

After a few days acclimatizing in Paro, this trek begins near Drukgyel Dzong and spans 14 nights walking next to the stunning High Himalaya. The trek includes a day to explore the Jhomolhari base camp and continues on through a few remote villages, including Lingzhi and Gasa. We get two nights in Gasa so the trek can end with a long soak in the Gasa hot springs. Before departing home, you'll get a night in Punakha and Thimphu for a bit of siteseeing.

 This itinerary is based in western Bhutan, with the six-night trek beginning in Hâ and ending in Thimphu. The passes are not as high as in the Laya Gasa trek but it is equally stunning, offering you the best view of Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. A few nights in Thimphu and Paro are included at the end, plus a day trip to Punakha and Wangdi for siteseeing.
Lingzhi Dodena Trek
Duration: 13N, 14D
Max elevation: 4930m
Season: Apr-June, Sept-Nov
Accommodation:  Camping and Hotel

Nabji-Korphu Trek
Duration: 7N, 8D
Max elevation: 1636m (trekking)
Season: Sept-Mar
Accommodation:  Camping and Hotel

With eight nights of camping, this trek is the compromise between the Jhomolhari Base Camp Trek and the Laya Gasa Trek. We pass through Jhomolhari Base Camp and trek on to Lingzhi, but instead of continuing on to Gasa, we start heading south from Lingzhi. This also includes a few days of siteseeing in Paro and Thimphu and a day excursion to Punakha and Wangdi.

 
This community-based trek is low key and ideal for families or those who want to ease their way into trekking in the Himalayas. From arrival in Paro, it's a leisurely two-day drive to the road head, providing five days of easy to moderate walking (the longest day is about 16kms) though the return to Paro can be made in one day. Unlike other treks, we use locals as porters and staff along the way. The local "Monpas" are regarded as the indigenous inhabitants of Bhutan and this itinerary has been in part designed to help develop their local economy and region.
  
 
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