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Trekking in Bhutan
Trekking in Bhutan is entirely different
from Pakistan, India and Nepal. Bhutan has not been properly surveyed,
altitudes have not been correctly determined and there are no detailed
maps. Valleys are narrow and few habitations or buildings are seen.
Bhutan is a little piece of heaven on earth - a virtually untouched world
where spirituality is still the way of life, where time moves at a much
slower and peaceful rhythm, and nature is bestowed the respect it
deserves. Its pastoral valleys are dominated by 16th-century monasteries
presided over by red-robed lamas, and nomadic yak herders roam the high
Monsoon season is long-mid-June to September,
and clouds trapped in the narrow valleys are slow to disperse. Trails are
generally wet and really good boots are needed to keep feet dry. Carrying
several pairs of socks becomes a necessity. As the country is thinly populated,
mules and yaks are the only way to transport loads. Village folk are always
busy, tending to crops, looking after domestic animals, taking care of daily
needs, so they have no time to spare. Yaks and mules must be changed in
crossing from one district to another.
If pack animals arrive late (a common
occurrence) patience and a different philosophy of looking at delays will help
to make the trip more enjoyable. Although 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. Like all tours to Bhutan, trekking in Bhutan can only
be organized through a registered agency in Bhutan.
Trekking Season - The best periods for trekking
in Bhutan are October-November and March-May for all high altitude treks going
over 4000 meters. Some of the shorter treks (Druk Path trek, Bumthang Cultural
trek, Gangtey Nature trek) 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
Best Season : -
March, April, May,
September, October & November.
Trek Grade: -
Easy to Moderate.
Maximum Altitude: -
Maximum Camp Altitude: -
Group Tours are available. Private treks are
available on request.
The well-known Chomolhari Trek into northwestern
Bhutan passes scattered hamlets, forested valleys andhigh alpine meadows where
Yak herders live in solitude. This trek beginning from Paro and spending a day
at the Chomolhari base camp at alt.
Laya and Lingshi Trek
The popular Laya-Lingshi Trek yields spectacular
mountain views of Mt... Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, Tserim Gang, Gangchenta and
many others. Stops at the hospitable village of Laya and Lingshi. A day in Gasa
hot spring to laze around in the hot springs - a useful activity to relieve your
muscle and join pains after many days of strenuous walking.
The snowman trek travels to the remote Lunana
district and is said to be the most difficult trek in the world. The combination
of distance, altitude, remoteness and weather makes this a tough journey. About
fifty percent of people who attempt this trek have managed to complete. The
failure was either because of altitude sickness or due to unexpected early
snowfall. Another obstacle that hampers this trek is the bridges in the remote
region which often get washed away. We suggest that before you sign up for this
trek you should have your emergency evacuation insurance.
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