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Trekking in Bhutan is an opportunity for you to discover the country in a different way from regular tours and to challenge yourself. With its location on the Himalayas and over 70% of land is forests, Bhutan is every trekker’s dream.

The country has 5 national parks, 4 wildlife sanctuaries and 1 strict nature reserve, covering 51.44% of the country. This is why Bhutan is the first and only carbon-negative country until now. The flora and fauna are diverse with many rare and endangered animals and plants. You may come across some of them in your trek like the blue sheep and takin (Bhutan national animal), since most treks will go through forests, national parks and also villages.

For beginners who want to explore the Himalayas, we have some easy treks for you. One of the most popular treks is the Druk Path Trek from Paro to Thimphu, which is fairly easy and takes short time to travel. Depending on the trail, you can reach altitudes from hundreds to 5,000m. So if you are interested in more intense and difficult treks, we also provide these hikes at Bhutan Pelyab Tours. The toughest trek is the “Snowman Trek”. It takes about 30 days to finish the trek and you will be camping at altitudes above 5,000m.

The best time for trekking in Bhutan is in spring (March – May) and in autumn (September – November). Winter is also a good season for journeys at lower altitudes, especially for the Nabji Korphu trek. You can enjoy the experience of getting away from the busy life by immersing yourself in the picturesque Bhutan nature, seeing majestic views from Himalayas peaks and crystal clear lakes, and sleeping under the starry sky.

Tour duration – 10days / 9nights.

Trek duration – 6days

Tour destination – Paro, Thimphu

Tour overview – The trek is one of the most popular and fairly easy treks in Bhutan starting from Paro to Thimphu. The trail takes you through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine, fir and rhododendrons forests, high ridges and pristine lakes, with visit some ancient lhakhangs, dzongs and villages at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200 m. You will also see the Mount. Gangkar Phuensum, the highest peak in Bhutan. Being on top of the mountain, sunsets and sunrises are absolutely beautiful and mesmerizing. Apart from the lakes, Phadjoding monastery and the view from there is one of the highlights of this trek. The trek begins at high altitude, so before the trek you will have two pleasure excursions in Paro to acclimatize. The best times for this trek from late February to June and October to November.

Day 01: Arrival in Paro

The flight to Bhutan provides the most spectacular view of The Himalayas. As the plane approaches Paro, you will see the beautiful snow peaks of Himalaya range. The first gift from Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. Our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel. After a brief rest you will start to discover beautiful Paro valley at 2280 metres by visiting the National Museum of Bhutan (Ta Dzong), originally built as watchtower around 1649. It is on top of the hill above Rinpung Dzong to defend Paro Rinpung Dzong and Paro valley during times of war, in an unusual circular construction resembling a conch shell. This dzong was converted into the National museum of Bhutan in 1968. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Then we head to the Paro Rinpung Dzong, meaning the fortress of The Heap of Jewels, is one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. It was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal between 1642 and 1646. This dzong now houses monk body and administrative offices of Paro and is symbolic as the religious and secular center of all affairs of the valley. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.

Afterwards we will visit the Sangay Handmade Bowl and Cup Factory, nearby Paro Rinpung Dzong. You will see demonstration of traditional wood turning skills by local artisans who make traditional wooden bowls and cups. It calls Shagzo – the art of wood turning, one of thirteen traditional Bhutanese arts. You can try your hand as well if you wish.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 02: Paro sightseeing

In the morning we take a hike to the Taktsang Monastery as good acclimatization for the trek. Taktsang Monastery also known as Tiger’s Nest. It is one of the most holy sites in Bhutan, clings to a cliff more than 3000 metres above sea level and 900 metres above The Paro valley floor. The legend says that Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) arrived here on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. Subsequently, he meditated here for three months. You will have lunch at Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery.

On the way back to the hotel, we will visit the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in The Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. This temples marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. In the 8th century the temple was visited by Guru Padmasambhava.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 03: Paro – Jele Dzong
  • Distance: 7km
  • Estimated time: 4-5hrs
  • Camp altitude: 3480m

You will start the first day of the trek from the National Museum of Bhutan (Ta Dzong). The trail winds its way steeply through blue pine and around several farmhouses. Once you reach the ridge below Jele Dzong you descend about 100m to the campsite below the Dzong. Jele Dzong is an impressive fortress, located on top of the ridge and surrounded by many prayer flags.

Day 04: Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha
  • Distance: 10km
  • Estimated time: 4-5hrs
  • Camp altitude: 3770m

We begin with a steep climb and then a more gradual ascent through thick alpine forests of rhododendrons. We may hear some pheasants calling during the day and see herders and their yaks around your campsite.

Day 05: Jangchulakha – Jimilang Tsho
  • Distance: 11km
  • Estimated time: 4-5hrs
  • Camp altitude: 3870m

Today the trail follows the mountain ridges and view of the mountains and valley are beautiful. The camp is close to the Jimilang Tsho Lake.

Day 06: : Jimilang Tsho – Simkota Tsho
  • Distance: 11km
  • Estimated time: 4hrs
  • Camp altitude: 4110m

The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and past Janee tsho Lake. From there we continue to climb up a ridge to reach Simkota Tsho. Today we may come across some yak herder’s camps and learn a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho Lake.

Day 07: Simkota Tsho – Phajoding
  • Distance: 10km
  • Estimated time: 4hrs
  • Camp altitude: 3750m

We begin with a gradual climb. On a clear day you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum (7497 m), the highest peak in Bhutan and several other Himalayan peaks. The camp is located just above Phadjoding Monastery. Togden Pajo, a Tibetan yogi founded the site in the 13th century. It was constructed by the 9th Je Khenpo, Shakya Rinchen in the 18th century.

Day 08: Phajoding – Motithang (Thimphu)
  • Distance: 5km
  • Estimated time: 3hrs

Today is a last day of trek. After passing Phadjoding monastery, the trek to Mothitang is downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine and prayer flags. The walk, at a leisurely pace. Your car awaits you at the trek endpoint to take you to the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 09: Thimphu to Paro

We will begin our day‘s sightseeing of the following sites:

The Folk Heritage Museum, restored three-storey, rammed mud and timber house replicates a rural household and is furnished as it would have been in the mid-19th century to provide an interesting glimpse into rural Bhutanese life.

The National Textile Museum, is the place to learn about Bhutan’s living national art of thagzo (weaving). Weaving is an integral component of the culture and tradition of Bhutan. It displays Royal ghos and Kiras and introduces the major weaving techniques, styles of local dress and type of textiles made by women and men.

The Jungshi Handmade Paper factory, this small factory produces traditional Bhutanese paper from the bark of two tree species, the Daphne and Dhekap tree. You can observe the entire process of producing handmade paper. It is named Deh sho paper, was originally used by monasteries for woodblock and manuscript books and also for writing prayer books.

Along the way we will visit the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, commonly known as the Arts And Crafts School or the Painting School, operates four to six- year courses on the thirteen traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. You will be able to see students doing painting (thangkas- painted religious pictures, walls, and statues to the decorations on furniture and window-frames), embroidery (hangings, boots, clothes) or clay arts (religious statues, pottery), wood carving (masks, statues).

In the late afternoon we drive back to Paro and take an explorative stroll around main streets and market at Paro town.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 10: Depart Paro

After early breakfast at the hotel, your guide will accompany you to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Tashi Delek (goodbye and good luck) and hope to see you again.

Peak Season
1 March, April, May, September, October and November
  • Single traveler:US$ 2,890 per person
  • Group of 2 people: US$ 2,800 per person
  • Group of 3 people: US$ 2,530 per person
Off Season
$15 January, February, June, July, August and December
  • Single traveler: US$ 2,440 per person
  • Group of 2 people: US$ 2,350 per person
  • Group of 3 people: US$ 2,080 per person.
  • If you are planning to travel Bhutan with a group of 4 people and more, please feel free to contact us to get the cost for your group.
The cost includesThe cost excludes
Bhutan visa fee.Laundry/beverages/telephone calls and any personal expenses.
3 star categories hotel/resort twin sharing roomTravel insurance.
Accommodation in the best 3 star hotels/resorts in Bhutan.Airfares.
All meals in day.Airport taxes if any.
Bottled water on the trip.Excess baggage charge.
Government Royalty.Tips to guides and drivers.
Museum fees and other special entry fees.Services not mentioned.
Internal transportation with experienced driver throughout the trip.
Experienced trekking guide and cook and support staff for trekking tours.
Essential equipment for trekking tours: tents, foam mattresses, eating utensils and kitchen equipment.

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