Trekking in Bhutan is your chance to discover the country in a different way and to challenge yourself with off-the-beaten-track hikes. Gifted with the massive Himalayan mountain ranges, lush forests, and picturesque natural scenery, Bhutan is every trekker’s dream.
Bhutan puts high priority in protecting their nature, with 5 national parks, 4 wildlife sanctuaries, and 1 strict nature reserve covering about 51.44% of the country, it is no wonder Bhutan is the first and only carbon-negative country until now. Due to its unique geographic location, the flora and fauna here are extremely diverse. You may come across some rare and endangered species on your trek, such as blue sheep and takin (Bhutan’s national animal), since our trails will pass through forests, national parks and traditional villages.
We have a number of different Bhutan treks for you. From easy treks like ‘Druk Path Trek’ (11 days) to one of the world’s hardest hikes – ‘Snowman Trek’ (30 days). For most of the treks in Bhutan, the best time is in spring (March – May) and in autumn (September – November), but winter is also an ideal season for a few hikes. Immerse yourself in the pristine nature of Bhutan, see the stunning views of the Himalayan mountain peaks and get to know the friendliest people at the ‘Kingdom of Happiness’!
Tour duration – 11 days/ 10 nights.
Trek duration – 6 days
Tour destination – Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha
Tour overview – Join us in one of the most favourite moderate treks in Bhutan. The trail from Paro to Thimphu will take you to explore the pristine and wonderful nature landscape of this mystic country. You will pass through forests of blue pines, firs and rhododendrons, high ridges and clear freshwater lakes, and visit ancient lhakhangs, dzongs and villages of Bhutan, with altitudes ranging between 2,400-4,200m. During your trip, you will also see the highest peak in Bhutan – Mount. Gangkar Phuensum. Phajoding monastery is another enchanting landmark that we will visit. There will be two pleasant excursions in Paro for you to acclimatize gradually with the high altitude. The sights on the trek are most stunning during March-May and September-November.
Day 01: Arrival in Paro
Upon landing in Paro, you can enjoy the view of snowy Himalayan mountain peaks from above – a very unique scene of Bhutan. After meeting up with your guide and a short rest, we will begin exploring the beautiful Paro valley at an altitude of 2,280m.
Built in 1644 and praised as a fine example of Bhutanese architecture, Paro Rinpung Dzong (Fortress of the Heap of Jewels) is recognized for its massive buttressed walls. Now they house monk bodies and administrative offices of Paro in the dzong. The dzong also has fine wall paintings lining on its inner courtyard, illustrating Buddhist lore like the wheel of life and scenes from the life of Milapera. With its huge walls, people say the dzong is visible throughout the valley.
Next, we will visit the National Museum of Bhutan (Ta Dzong), known for its conch-shell circular construction. It was built in 1649 to protect Paro Dzong. The extensive collection of the museum includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
The last stop today is Sangay Handmade Bowl and Cup Factory. Here you will learn about Shagzo – the art of wood turning, one of the thirteen traditional Bhutanese arts. You can also try and make your own wooden bowl at the factory.
We will spend the night at the hotel in Paro.
Day 02: Paro sightseeing
We will spend the day hiking to see one of the holiest sites of Bhutan – Taktsang Monastery, or the Tiger’s Nest (3,120m). Legend says that Guru Rinpoche (who had ‘brought’ Buddhism to Bhutan), arrived on a tigress and meditated for three months here. The monastery perches on a cliff, and you can enjoy the enthralling view of the monastery from its cafeteria. Due to its unique location, we will be ascending for about 900m, and the 4.5km hike will take around 5-6 hours (for an average person). With multiple stops on the way, you will be able to indulge in the untouched nature and look out for the astonishing mountain scenery of Bhutan.
Then we will head to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in The Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. It is believed that he built the temple to pin down the left foot of a giant ogress who was obstructing the establishment of Buddhism in Tibet. Once you are here, you can catch the remarkable scene of elderly pilgrims shuffling around the temple and spinning its many prayer wheels. Afterwards, we will stay for another night at the hotel in Paro.
Day 03: Paro – Jele Dzong
- Distance: 7-8km
- Estimated time: 4-5hrs
- Camp altitude: 3,480m
Today is the first day of our ‘Druk Path’ trek. The day will be quite tough since you will be ascending for about 1,090m. From Ta Dzong, we will be trailing through blue pine forests and a few farmhouses. From the ridge below Jele Dzong, we will descend about 100m to the campsite below the dzong.
Jele Dzong, though is mostly in ruins, is still an impressive fortress, located on top of the ridge and surrounded by colorful prayer flags. If the weather permits, you will have the great view of some mountains like Mt. Jomolhari (7,314 m) or Gangkhar Puensum (7,570 m).
Day 04: Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha
- Distance: 10km
- Estimated time: 4-5hrs
- Camp altitude: 3,770m
We will start with a steep climb for about 1.5 hour, then the trek will be more of a gradual ascent through thick lush alpine forests and rhododendron tresses. Following the trail, we will be ascending about 310m, and descending approximately 50m before we come to the campsite. You may catch the view of Mount. Jomolhari (7,314m) and the surrounding mountains, 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: 4hrs
- Camp altitude: 3,870m
Today our trek will ascend about 330m following the mountain ridge to a saddle at 4,040m, then a short descent back to Jangchu La Pass (4,180m). on a clear day, you can take in the magnificent view of Jimilang Tsho (Sand Ox Lake), known for its massive size trout, and Mount. Jichu Drake (6,989m). The mountain peak represents the protective deity of Paro valley.
Day 06: : Jimilang Tsho – Simkota Tsho
- Distance: 11km
- Estimated time: 4hrs
- Camp altitude: 4,110m
After passing through dwarf rhododendron trees and Janee Tsho Lake, we will continue ascending about 820m up to a ridge to reach Simkota Tsho. You may see some Bhutanese yak herders on the way and get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. your campsite will be close to Simkota Tsho Lake at 4,500m.
Day 07: Simkota Tsho – Phajoding
- Distance: 10km
- Estimated time: 3-4hrs
- Camp altitude: 3,750m
We will start the trek by ascending approximately 130m to a saddle at 4,180m and cross Phume La pass (4,210m). From the pass, you can spend some time to see beautiful prayer flags marking the pass and the stunning views of Mount Gangkhar Puensum (7,541m) and other Himalayan peaks. The trail then will descend pass Thujidrag Goemba, a meditation centre hanging on the side of a precipitous rock face. We will continue further through juniper trees, and the campsite is located just above Phajoding Goemba (3,870m), an important pilgrimage site in Bhutan.
Day 08: Phajoding – Motithang (Thimphu)
- Distance: 4-5km
- Estimated time: 2- 3hrs
After several days of ascent, the trek today will be all downhill through forested areas of mostly blue pines. The hike will take 2-3 hours with a total of 1,130m descent. At the end of the trek, we will arrive at the hotel in Thimphu by car.
In the afternoon, we will head to the National Memorial Chorten. This landmark was a monument to world peace and prosperity as per the idea of Bhutan’s Third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. The Tibetan-style shorten is the focus of many Bhutanese’s daily wordship.
Next stop is Buddha Point (Buddha Dordenma Statue), one of the most remarkable statues that you will ever see. It is the largest statue in Bhutan at a height of 51.5m, located on top of a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, overlooking the Southern entrance to Thimphu valley. The giant Buddha statue is said to emanate an aura of peace and happiness, and you can offer your prayers here.
The last visit today is Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of The Glorious Religion). It has been the seat of Bhutan government since 1952 and now houses some of the most important rooms like the throne room and offices of the king. Other government departments are also located close to the dzong. First constructed in 1216 A.D, the dzong seats next to the bank of Wang Chhu river, close to the town of Thimphu.
At night, you can stroll around to see ore of Thimphu and soak in the lively atmosphere of this charming city with crowded shops, bazaars and friendly locals in national Bhutanese dress.
Day 09: Thimphu to Punkha
- Altitude in Punakha: 1,300m
- Distance: 75km
- Estimated travel time: 3hrs
In the morning, we will be take- off from Thimphu to travel to Punakha. This town is the old capital of Bhutan. On the way, you can catch the beautiful 360degree panoramic view of the Himalayan range with snowcapped peaks from Dochula Pass. At 3,050m, this famous pass overlooks the Himalayas with 108 chortens (stupas) known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens” and Druk Wangyal Lhakhang.
On arrival in Punakha, we will visit Punakha Dzong (Palace of Great Happiness). Built in 1637, this is commended as the most remarkable dzong in Bhutan. Punakha Dzong is not only the second oldest and second largest dzong but it also has one of the most majestic structures in the country. This spectacular construction is a symbol for a unified Bhutan, stands at the confluence of two rivers – the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu. On sunny days, the sunlight reflecting off the river water onto the dzong’s white-washed huge walls is quite a sight for visitors to behold.
Passing the dzong, we will get to Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge, one of the longest of its kind in Bhutan with 160m in length. Looking out from the bridge, you will be rewarded with the wonderful scene of Punakha Dzong and Pho Chhu valley.
After lunch, we will do an easy trek for about an hour to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, which stands majestically on a ridge above Punakha valley. With an altitude of 1500m and an elevation of 200m, this is a pleasant hike to take us through picturesque rice fields and pine trees. Praised as a splendid architectural icon of Bhutan and the only one of its kind, this temple was built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother to dedicate for the well-being of the whole kingdom. It is said that the best view of the whole Punakha valley can be seen from the top of this unique temple.
From the site, it will take approximately 30 minutes to hike down. We will spend our night at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 10: Punakha to Paro
After breakfast, it is time to drive back to Paro. Then we will do an easy hike for 30 minutes to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility) at an altitude of 1,500m. With an elevation of only about 20m, the trail will ascend slightly as we pass through farm lands of Lobesa Village. Along the way, you will have the chance to see local farmers at work. The best time to do this short trek is in the afternoon and you will reach the monastery in time when the monks there are doing evening prayer.
In the late afternoon, we can also have a nice walk around the main streets and market of Paro. You will spend the last night of the trip at the hotel in Paro.
Day 11: Depart Paro
After an early breakfast at the hotel, our guide will accompany you to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Tashi Delek (goodbye and good luck) and we hope to see you again!
- Group of 2 people: US$ 3,240 per person
- Group of 3 people: US$ 2,900 per person
OFF PEAK SEASON
- Group of 2 people: US$ 2,515 per person
- Group of 3 people: US$ 2,215 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 includes||The cost excludes|
|Bhutan visa fee (US$ 40 per person).||Laundry/beverages/telephone calls and any personal expenses.|
|3 star categories hotel twin sharing room or double sharing room.||Travel insurance.|
|Accommodation in the best 3 star hotels in Bhutan.||Airfares.|
|All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) in day.||Airport taxes if any.|
|Bottled water, tea, and coffee on the trip.||Excess baggage charge.|
|A sustainable development fee of US$65 per night.||Tips to guides and drivers.|
|Museum fees and other special entry fees.||Services not mentioned.|
|Internal transportation with experienced driver throughout the trip.|
|Gho or Kira (traditional and national dress of Bhutan) for your use during your stay in Bhutan.|
|Bhutanese sim cards.|
|Archery and Darts.|
|Experienced guide, cook, and support staff for trekking tour.|
|Essential equipment for trekking tour: kitchen tent; dining tent; toilet tent with toilet pot and toilet paper; sleeping tent with full carpet, foam mattress with bed sheet and foam pillow, one small blanket.|