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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
The Druk Path
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.
This short 5-day Druk Path trek
goes from Paro valley to Thimphu (or vice versa), crossing a chain of mountains
that separates the two valleys. Although there are v ery few villages to see,
there are wonderful lakes teeming with fish at 4000 meters (13,000 feet) and
spectacular rhododendron forests that bloom in May. In clear weather there are
magnificent views of the high Himalayan peaks. The Druk Path trek can be done in
all seasons, but the best times are from October to November and March to May.
Bhutan's best short trek.
This is another short trek, which can be reduced
more and is recommended in spring, when rhododendron and magnolia are in full
bloom. A moderate trek reaching only at an elevation of 3440 meters /11,290 ft.,
it is a paradise for nature lovers. Beginning from the glacial valley of
Phobjikha at an elevation of 3000 meters /9840 ft, winter home for the rare
black-necked cranes. You will traverse through the village of Gogona, Khotokha
and finally ending the trek at Wangdue Valley at an elevation of 1350 meters /
4430 ft. The program also offers sightseeing in the valleys of Wangdue, Punakha,
Paro, Thimphu and a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang temple, dedicated to Drukpa
Kuenley Popularly known as the "Divine madman".
This is a short trek, near Thimphu, to a large
numbers of lovely high altitude lakes. The trek is not difficult and most
trekking days is short but there are some long steep climbs. Dagala mountain
range divides two prominent valleys of Thimphu and Wangdue, and the highest pass
you will cross is 4500 meters / 14760ft. It is a paradise for people who love
fishing, the lakes are filled with trout. Alpine flowers, rhododendron,
different species of pheasants, musk deer are found in abundance.
Bumthang Cultural Trek
This trek is named because, it involves only four
days of trek reaching an elevation of 3360 meters / 11,020 ft., and offers an
opportunity to visit villages, monasteries, fortresses and temples. The package
is designed for those who just wish to have two to three nights of camping with
altitude not exceeding 4000 meters.
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