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Trekking in Bhutan
Backed by the mighty Himalayas and the hiking heavyweights of Nepal and India, it is no surprise that Bhutan is fast establishing itself as a world class trekking destination. Whilst home to one of the world’s most challenging walks, its beautiful scenery appeals to the less intrepid hiker too, with many a route passing through rolling meadows, bamboo forests and rhododendron clad hillsides. The highlight of a trip to Bhutan is often the walk up to the famed Tiger’s Nest Monastery, yet simply taking a wander on the path less travelled will be rewarded with spectacular panoramas, stretching for miles around.
Despite Bhutan’s small size, there is no shortage of brilliant hiking terrain there. Characterized by its dramatic scenery, mountains, forests, valleys, vibrant festivals, and lofty, sacred monasteries, Bhutan is a patchwork of varied terrain and cultural hotspots and trekking is the key to discovering its heartland. Follow ancient trade routes, clamber to the top of a majestic peak or simply go in search of the most remote corners of the country on a walk back in time in Bhutan.
For a successful ascent to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, it is vital to acclimatize over the course of your trip. The hike to the monastery takes around four or five hours, including an hour spent in the monastery itself. Whilst a fairly gentle walk takes you to the top, the altitude makes the ascent more challenging which is worth bearing in mind before you begin. A pitstop at a strategically placed café en route is the perfect way to refuel, soaking up the breathtaking sight of the iconic monastery coming into view before you reach your final destination.
Dochula to Langchutse Lhaktang
This fantastic day hike along the Dochula Pass, located between Thimphu and Punakha, is one of the best ways to see the Himalayas in all their majestic glory. The route offers panoramic views across the Himalayas and is punctuated by no less than 108 chortens, making it a fantastic way to see the beautiful scenery of Bhutan and encounter its varied flora and fauna whilst meeting many a local along the way.
This easy hike takes you from the Gangtey Monastery through the Phobijikha Valley, offering extraordinarily beautiful views of the glacial valley as you take a downhill route along the valley floor. At only two hours long, this is the perfect hike to add into any Bhutan itinerary and is a fantastic way to see the very best of the area’s plant and animal life. Enjoy a picnic at its highest point and soak up some of the most spectacular views in all of Bhutan.
The Druk Path Trek
Passing through shady forests of rhododendron and pine, imposing monasteries, cultural sites, mountain passes, pristine lakes and sweeping valleys, the Druk Path Trek joins the dots between ancient religious sites and age old settlements. Taking six days, the Druk Path Trek takes the intrepid hiker from Paro to Thimphu, as it winds its way to Bhutan’s northern border with Tibet.
The Haa Valley
Only opening its doors to tourism in 2002, the Haa Valley is a patchwork of terraced fields of wheat, barley and potatoes and remains virtually untouched by the outside world. In our opinion, it is a fantastic spot to get well and truly off the beaten track, enjoy lovely, gentle hiking and visit rural, local villages.
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