Trekking in Bhutan is a unique experience unlike many of the more crowded trek’s offered in Asia. The variety of treks range from a simple 3 days trek from the district of Thimphu to Paro ( and vice versa ) to the 25 days legendary snowman’s trek that takes veteran trekkers to some of the most exquisite spots in the country. The snowman trek is also labeled the world’s toughest trek as it goes over 12 mountain passes, all of the over 45oo meters.
Almost all the treks offer a combination of natural discovery and insight into the countries delicate and unique daily life. Many of the trails take walkers past remote and ancient monasteries, through deep forest, and close to villages.
The trails pass grassland, pastures and livestock’s, and meadows of wild flowers, butterflies, and grazing animals. Trekkers often get to spot blue sheep, takin and a variety of bird life, pheasants.
We offer various travel packages and create tailor-made itineraries. We aim for quality service and travel assistance. Your satisfaction and well being is our priority! Our team consists of highly skilled and experienced hiking and mountain guides who are well-acquainted to the customs of the communities, where our services are available.
Few Tips for trekking in Bhutan:
Altitude: Bhutan’s terrain ranges from the sub-tropical foothills in the south, the central temperate zone where most of the population and the alpine zone that is cold for most of the year and stretches to heights of more than 7,300 meters (24,000 feet).
Trekking Season in Bhutan: The best seasons for trekking in Bhutan are in spring March-May and in summer September-October after the rainy season has given way to clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine.
Experience & Fitness: There are treks suitable for a wide range of experience and physical fitness. If you can walk uphill for a few hours each day, then you can find a suitable trek in Bhutan. An easy trek with guides support is quite attainable for anyone who is reasonably fit. A longer trek, crossing high passes and into remote regions demands a higher degree of endurance.
Equipment and Supplies: Since in Bhutan all the necessary items for the trek will be provided by the tour company since everything will be included in the package tours. Trained Guide, Cook, Assistant & Horsemen will also accompany you on your trek. The trekkers only have to carry their daypack for basic necessities such as a camera, sunscreen, water bottle etc
You will need to take the following equipment:
- A quality sleeping bag.
- Waterproof gators.
- Sleeping mat for extra cushioning. eg. (Thermarest- a self inflating mat pack)
- A headlamp torch and a normal torch. (including spare batteries.)
- Binoculars and Camera.
- Small day pack.
- Water bottle
- Sunscreen, insect repellant, sun hat and sun glasses.
- Small medical kit that includes aspirin, motion sickness tablets, diamox.
(The guide carries a larger Medical kit but please bring own travel medications)
- Quality footwear that has been previously worn in, warm clothing & wet weather gear.
- Antiseptic hand gel for disinfecting hands without water.
Altitude Sickness Notes: Although rare altitude sickness can be an acute problem for trekkers in Bhutan. Some of the designated treks go above 3,000 meters (9,000 feet). Those who have not properly acclimatized, are unfit and/or those who suffer from respiratory problems are at risk of altitude sickness and are advised not to trek.
PLEASE NOTE: Many treks take you to higher altitudes where the air is thin. The potential for altitude sickness should be taken into account when planning your itinerary and we recommend you consider carrying a supply of Diamox as a precaution. Please note oxygen cylinders are not available for trekkers in Bhutan.