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Bhutan offers many opportunities
for trekking with its splendid scenic beauty, lofty
mountains and deep valleys untouched by modernization.
Trekking in this Himalayan kingdom is a wonderful experience
for any one who enjoys hiking and camping in rich natural
habitats, meeting indigenous people and their cultures.
It is quite different from trekking in Nepal where you
may meet other trekkers at every bend. The country ranges
from the dense forest of subtropical jungles to the
alpine shrubs, endowed with a wide spectrum of Himalayan
flora and fauna. The land is thinly populated with scattered
settlements. A person may walk for several days before
sighting a village.
the Himalayas have always held a long-standing attraction
to the western world it is a recent development here.
Bhutan is one of the most exclusive and rare destinations
for any tourist. The unique culture, architecture, lofty
snowcapped peaks, fortress like dzongs, Lamaist Buddhist
traditions and its friendly people leave an everlasting
impression on the visitor.
tours to Bhutan, trekking can only be organized through
a registered agency in Bhutan. The same daily costs
apply as with any tours ($200 per person per night)
and includes all the services, accommodation, meals,
guide, pack animals, etc.
are a choice of 4 to 25 (or more) day treks. The 7 to
10-day trek to the base of Chomolhari, the sacred mountain
of Bhutan, is one of the most popular hike in Bhutan.
For those looking for a shorter trek the 5-day Druk
Path trek is a good choice. Bumthang and Lhunthse areas
offer easy to moderate trekking for those looking for
more of a cultural experience. And for those looking
for challenging treks the Laya, Lunana and Snowman treks
offer some of the remotest and demanding trekking anywhere
in the Himalayas.
periods for trekking in Bhutan are October-November
and March-May for all high altitude treks going over
4000 meters. Some the shorter treks (Druk Path, Bumthang,
Gangtey) can be undertaken anytime from October to May
through the winter. In the autumn clear warm days prevail
affording the best mountain views. In the spring mixed
weather pattern prevail with clear spells followed by
occasional thunder showers and light rain. Spring is
best for flowering rhododendrons (which Bhutan is famous
for) along with magnolias and other flowering plants.
DAY ON TREK
A trekking day usually
consists of five to seven hours of walking. Pack animals,
ponies, and yaks for the higher altitude treks, are
provided to porter provisions, baggage and equipment.
All necessary camping and kitchen equipment is provided
and included in the trek cost.
parties are accompanied by a trained guide, a cook,
an assistant and pack animal. At least one riding pony
is always taken along just incase it is need. The support
crew walks ahead of the trekking party each day and
pitches camp before the trekkers arrive. A warm cup
of tea or coffee waiting in the dinning tent is a most
welcome treat after a days trek. All meals are carefully
planned and prepared. Breakfast and dinner are served
freshly prepared at camp and includes a choice of, at
least, four dishes. During the day a picnic lunch is
served at a pleasant and scenic place. All cooking and
cleaning chores are taken care of by our trek staff
so you can enjoy the trek fully.
can pose a problem for trekkers crossing the high passes.
To counter this all our itineraries include appropriate
acclimatization days. Almost all of the trek routes
in Bhutan go above 3,000 meters. People who suffer from
heart, lungs, high blood pressure, or any such diseases,
should not join these treks. Everyone who intends to
trek in Bhutan should take up a regime of physical fitness
by walking and hiking in hilly terrain regularly and
take up such exercise as up (and down) stair walking,
jogging, swimming, cycling or other forms of exercise.
Please remember trekking is a physically demanding activity
and if you are in good condition you will enjoy the
trek a lot more.
Things you would
need to bring on trek include a warm sleeping bag, carrymat
or Thermarest camping mattress, well broken-in trekking
boots, caps/hats, sun glasses, sun block, flashlight,
insect repellent, personal toiletries, medicine/first
aid, rain gear, warm jacket, backpack, etc. A comprehensive
Per Departure Information including a detailed list
of clothing and personal equipment will be provided
once you confirm to trek with us in Bhutan.