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Bhutan Trekking Packages - 11 Best Trekking Holidays in Bhutan

  • Author: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Thu Dec 24, 2020
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Bhutan’s approach to protecting its pristine landscape and rich heritage has formed a paramount impact in uplifting tourism's value. Treks in Bhutan show these preserved topographies, culture, and lifestyle. The Himalayan country's varied landscape gives hope for numerous kinds of treks from the valley floors to the hills and Himalayan passes.

Trekking in Bhutan ranges across easy to moderate and the toughest treks as well. Some Bhutan Trekking packages like Bumthang Cultural trek are easy but take you to the heart of culture and Buddhist religion. Others like the Snowman Trek are dubbed as the hardest trek in the world as it crosses 11 high passes and spans for nearly a month. The maximum elevation of Treks in Bhutan begins at around 2,000m/6561ft and can extend up to 5,000m/16,404ft and some more. Bhutan's trekking routes walk through lush green forest sand into open pastures and hilltops with visits to ancient dzongs and temples. Hence trekking in Bhutan offers a diverse range of packages trotting from the western end to the eastern end.

Trekking days range anywhere from 2 days to 28 days. If you wish to travel to Bhutan for religious purposes or for visiting the valleys and villages then the short and easy treks are best for you. However, if you are a professional seeking some thrill then the moderate to challenging treks are best suited for you.

Following are the list of 11 Best Bhutan Trekking Packages:

1. Jumolhari Trek

Jumolhari Trek

Start:

Drukgyal Dzong

End:

Dodena

Duration:

11 days

Maximum Altitude:

4,830m/15,846ft at Nylie La pass

Difficulty level:

Moderate to Hard

Jumolhari Trek, one of the most popular trekking destinations in Bhutan, follows the route of Jigme Dorji National Park and into Mt. Jumolhari's lap at the Jangothang base camp. Along the trail, you get to witness the lifestyle of the ethnic Bhutanese locals residing in the villages of Sio, Takethang, and Dangochang. Crossing Nylie La and Yeli La's high passes offers pleasing sights of snowcapped mountains, Jumolhari, Jichu Drake, and Tsering Gang.

2. Druk Path Trek

Druk Path Trek

Start:

Ta Dzong

End:

Thimphu

Duration:

8 days

Maximum Altitude:

4110m/13,484ft at Simkotra Tsho

Difficulty level:

Easy 

What better way to immerse into the Land of Druk than through the Druk Path Trek package? It takes you to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Ta Dzong, and Jele Dzong's cultural sites. The trek gets ever so exciting with the vistas of the highest mountain in Bhutan, Gangkar Puensum (7,497m/24,596ft) from your camp at Jimilangtsho. The Druk Path Trek's beauty is amplified by the panoramic views of Jimilangtsho, Janetsho, and Simkotra Tsho lakes. 

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3. Laya Gasa Trek

Laya Gasa Trek

Start:

Drugyak Dzong  

End:

Gasa

Duration:

 17 days

Maximum Altitude:

5,010m/ 16,437ft at Shinge La pass

Difficulty level:

Moderate to challenging

Laya Gasa Trek, one of the best Bhutan Trekking Packages, continues through the first half of the Jumolhari Trek and then into Laya and Gasa settlements' rural settings. The trek crosses some high passes and offers views of majestic mountains like Gangchhenta (Great Tiger Mountains), Kang Bum, Jumolhari, and Jichu Drake. It is particularly famous for the healing Gasa Tshachu hot spring.

4. Merak Sakteng Trek and Tour in Bhutan

Merak Sakteng Trek

Start:

Merak

End:

Joenkhar Teng

Duration:

16 days

Maximum Altitude:

4153m/13,625ft at Nachungla pass

Difficulty level:

Moderate

Merak Sakteng Trek and Tour in Bhutan starts with a tour around Bhutan's western end and then traverses on foot into the village of Merak and Sakteng. This trekking package has gained prominence for the opportunity to interact with the ethnic people in the villages along with the excursion to the culturally significant monasteries like Jakar Dzong, Gom Kora Temple, Ranjung, and Chimi Lhakhang, to name a few.

5. Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Start:

Genekha

End:

Chamgang

Duration:

8 days

Maximum Altitude:

4520m/14,829ft at Dala Tsho Lake

Difficulty level:

 Easy to hard

One of Bhutan's interesting trekking packages is the Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek, which offers a visit to some of the most beautiful high-altitude lakes in Bhutan. Camping near the Usho Tsho lake and then excursing to the astounding lakes like Relitsho, Setsho, Hentsho, and Jagetsho is an incomparable adventure. Furthermore, crossing the high passes bestows you with the views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Jhichu Drake, Mt. Dangche Ta, and more.

6. Soi Yaksa Trek

Soi Yaksa Trek

Start:

Drukgyal Dzong

End:

Gunitsawa

Duration:

12 days

Maximum Altitude:

4,890m/16,043ft at Bonte La Pass

Difficulty level:

Moderate

Camping beside the Tsho Phu Lake and in Jangothang base camp, entering into the Hidden Land Rice Valley of Haa, grasping the beauty of high snowcapped mountains like Jumolhari, Teri Kang, and Kanchenjunga, are just some of the wonders of the Soi Yaksa Trek package. The trek observes its major attraction as you enter the Soi Yaksa Valley by crossing the Bonte La pass at 4,890m/16,043ft.

7. Snowman Trek

Snowman Trek

Start:

 Drukgyal Dzong

End:

Nika Chhu Zam

Duration:

28 days

Maximum Altitude:

5,350m/17,552ft at Rinchenzoe La pass

Difficulty level:

Challenging

Snowman Trek is for those trekking enthusiasts who are up for a tough challenge, as it is dubbed as the hardest trek in the world. This trekking package in Bhutan is a distinct trek that takes you to some of the toughest terrains crossing 11 high passes like Rinchenzoe La (5350m/17,552ft), Jaze La (5251m/17,227ft), Gangla Karchung La (5230m/17,158ft), and Loju La (5155m/16,912ft) into the laps of high Himalayas. 

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8. Bumthang Cultural Trek

Bumthang Cultural Trek

Start:

 Bumthang

End:

Jakar

Duration:

12 days

Maximum Altitude:

3,340m/10,958ft at Phephe La Pass

Difficulty level:

 Easy

Bumthang Cultural Trek package takes you into Bhutan's religious hub, Bumthang, with many monasteries and temples. It opens up to the Land of Swan at Ngang Yul. The trek's main highlight is at the Ngang Lhakhang, which is known to be the Swam temple, and a visit to Ugyen Choling Palace filled with ancient artifacts. The trek ends after crossing the Mebar Tsho, dubbed as the flaming Lake, and into Jakar.

9. Bhutan tour with Bumdra High Camp Trek

Bhutan tour with Bumdra High Camp Trek

Start:

Sang Choekor Monastery

End:

Paro

Duration:

6 days

Maximum Altitude:

3,800m/12,467ft at Bumdra High Camp

Difficulty level:

Easy

The Bhutan Tour with Bumdra High Camp trek is largely a tour in Bhutan's western region with a short trek and camp to the Bumdra High Camp. Visiting the Bumdra Monastery which is revered by pilgrims as the cave with the imprints of the Dakinis/sky dwellers, is a major highlight of the trek. Also, the trek from Bumdra to Tiger’s Nest Monastery at Paro will leave you mesmerized by the intact Buddhist religion, practices, and culture of Bhutan. 

10. Nabji Korphu Trail Trek

Nabji Korphu Trail Trek

Start:

Tongthongphey

End:

Nyimshong

Duration:

6 days

Maximum Altitude:

1,636m/5,453ft at Korphu

Difficulty level:

 Easy to Moderate

Nabji Korphu trek that sets out in the Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park, is enjoyable in the pleasant villages of Nimshong, Jangbi, Nabji, Korphu, and Riotala. You will marvel at the experiences of the far-flung settings in Central Bhutan and the interaction with the Monpa people to immerse into their culture and traditions. You might even spot the Golden Langur on your way along with other wildlife.

11. Duer Hot Spring Trek

Duer Hot Spring Trek

Start:

Duer

End:

Duer

Duration:

9 days

Maximum Altitude:

4700m/15,419ft at Juli La

Difficulty level:

Challenging

One of the most interesting and old trekking routes in Bhutan, Duer Hot Spring Trek takes you on a loop from and to Duer village. The Yoleng Chuu river flowing from the mountains past the amazing landscape, Juli La and Gokthong La's high passes, and the refreshing hot springs of Duer Tsachu are the main highlights of the trek. Some of the amazing wildlife you might come across in the trek are Musk Deer and Black Bear among the green forests.

Conclusion

All the above-mentioned Bhutan trekking packages are adventurous and represent the true beauty of Bhutan. These treks give an experience of plunging into nature and the culture of the Land of Thunder Dragon, Bhutan.

While some treks are doable with ease, others are tough and require only specific seasons and conditions. Hence to understand more about which Trekking package in Bhutan is best for you, feel free to contact us at any time. We assure you of any guidance in case of doubt or queries and will help manage your preferred trekking package.


  • Author: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Thursday Dec 24, 2020
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About Author - Naba Raj Amgai

Naba Raj Amgai, stepped into the world of travel and tourism in 1996. He is Founder and Managing Director of Third Rock Adventures.

Beginning his journey in the tourism industry as a humble Porter Guide to founding hospitality establishments and an adventure travel company, he has come a long way.

In a career spanning more than two decades, he has achieved more than anybody dreams of achieving. Along with his professional achievements, his selfless contribution towards his community and society has won him a lot of accolades and praises.

Having dedicated more than two decades in the tourism and hospitality sector, he has amassed a wealth of experience.

After passing high school, he began helping out some trekking guides and was soon recruited as a porter guide at a reputed trekking agency. Within a short time, he was individually guiding clients across the well-known trails of the Himalayas.

He went on to lead tour groups on multi-country tours to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. Being a part of mountain climbing expeditions familiarised him with expedition logistics and operations. Later on, he went to become the Executive Director and took over the reins of Operations, Sales and Marketing departments. Spending several years in the tourism field has made Naba Raj Amgai a destination expert.

Travelling is his passion and he has been to many countries across the world – USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Holland, Germany, Austria and many parts of Asia.

His journeys to different parts of the world have enriched his travel experience and knowledge. This experience has been instrumental in planning and organizing successful trips for several clients.

As of today many reputed travel companies, hotels and restaurants are under his leadership. A dynamic and proactive leader, he continues to inspire and motivate people from all walks of life.

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