5 Easy Treks in Bhutan

5 Easy Treks in Bhutan

Trekking in Bhutan is unlike anywhere else in the Himalayas, complemented by crystal clear air and views that sometimes defy description. Some treks are short and suitable for beginners while others can be long and challenging.

Trekking facilities are constantly being improved. All treks in Bhutan use tented campsite accommodation and on many routes you will be the only trekkers in sight!

Bumdra Trek (2 Days on Trek)

Maximum Altitude: 3,900-4000 metres.

This is the shortest trek in Bhutan. Also as the trek starts and ends in Paro itself so this trek requires the shortest duration for the entire trip. The trek starts from the north of the valley and ends in north west of the valley ending with Tiger’s nest, one of the holiest place in Bhutan. The first day requires lot of climbing offering great view of the valley and the mountain peaks.The second day will be much easier with mostly descending.

Chele La Nature Trek

This 3 day/2 night trek is rated EASY so is suitable for beginners although still requires a reasonable level of fitness. It commences from the Paro town and terminates north up the valley. It is recommended between March to early June and late September to November. The maximum altitude is 3,700 metres.

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

The tour offers experience on both wilderness and cultural aspects of Bhutan. The tour begins from Paro, a picturesque valley dotted with farmhouses and turquoise colored Pachu River meandering through the valley. After an active day hike to the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery, you will travel to Thimphu and venture into 5 days Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek. This is a short trek passing through picturesque high altitude lakes. The trek is off the beaten track and offers ample opportunity to witness birds and flowers in spring. Besides you can have spectacular views of high mountains in Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal. The trek is medium-hard with mostly short trekking days but few steep climbs. After the trek, we will also explore some cultural highlights of Thimphu and Punakha valleys.

Druk Path Trek

Druk Path is one of the most popular trek in the country. It passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes while at the same time offering the opportunity to visit some ancient lhakhangs, dzongs and villages.

The Druk Path Trek is also a fairly easy hike to undertake as the distances between rest camps is fairly short. The trail takes you through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200 m. On the third day hikers will arrive at Jimiling Langtsho Lake, whose crystal clear waters are home to gigantic trout.

This trek also offers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, one of the highest unscaled peak in the world. The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are between March – June or September – November.

Nabji Korphu Trek (6 Days on Trek)

This one week trek offers a short, easy and enjoyable journey around scenic Trongsa Dzongkhag. The climate is warm and pleasant as the trail stays between 1000m -1500m in altitude and there is a wide array of flora and fauna observable along the route including the rare Golden Langur, Red Pandas, Himalayan Black Bears, Rhesus Monkeys, Rufous-necked Hornbills and Clouded Leopards.

Hikers on this trek will have plenty of opportunity to experience traditional rural life as they will spend nights in the villages of Nabji, Korphu and Nyimshong. Nabji is an idyllic village surrounded by verdant paddy fields and the villagers of Korphu are famed for their hospitality. Visitors will often be greeted by a Chipdrel procession and Marchang ceremony, practices typically reserved for royalty. Nyimshong is a good place to observe some of the local culture as the women often put together cultural shows full of singing and dancing for visitors.

This is the perfect trek for visitors looking to learn about and experience traditional rural life firsthand while enjoying the natural beauty and biodiversity of Bhutan. The best time to embark on this trek is in winter, between October – April. Being a low altitude trek, it’s a perfect winter trek and is also the only community based trek in Bhutan.

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