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Bhutan has long been a trekker’s paradise. The majestic Himalayas have always lured trekkers from around the world to its refuge, to absorb in its splendour and experience nature at its wildest and truest form.

Unlike elsewhere in the Himalayas, trekking in Bhutan is different. Once you set off the beaten track you step into a world untouched and unseen by many, where peace and solitude reign. The trails lead you through pristine forests, rocky trails, very few and seldom-visited villages and crystal-clear lakes and snow-peaked mountains with incomparable views. With almost 65 percent of forest cover, you will encounter a rich variety of flora and fauna along the way.

The trails wind across rugged mountains, which involve steep climbs and sudden descends, passing through various vegetation zones and breathtaking landscapes. As most of the trails are in protected parks, you may chance upon wild animals in their natural habitat. At night, you camp out in tents in the open space as there are no lodges or hotels in the mountains.

There is no dearth of trekking routes in Bhutan, depending on your choice and fitness ability. A trek ranges from a three day easy hike in the valley to a strenuous 30 day hike along Bhutan’s most remote mountains. Some of the treks can be physically challenging as you would be trekking for 6-8 hours everyday (with rest time in-between) and given the frequent and abrupt variations in the elevation of the terrain. The treks range from a climb of 3000 metres (9000 ft) to 6000 metres (18,000 ft) taking you across some of the most remote vistas in the region.

When to trek?

The best seasons to trek in Bhutan are spring and autumn, with autumn being the most popular among the visitors. The autumn trekking season starts from late September well into mid-November before the cold sets in. The nights are cold but you will usually be blessed with clear, bright days and pleasant temperatures. March and April are the best months to trek during the spring season. Late spring is warmer and you will sight the blooming rhododendrons along the route, but it also means rain and snow in the higher treks. Small treks and hikes in the lowlands and valleys are ideal during the winter with its sunny days and bright clear skies at night.

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How do we get around?

We recommend you to take extra couple of days to acclimatise before you set off on the trek. You will be accompanied by our small and efficient trekking team, led by an experienced trekking guide. Our team will see to everything and make all the camping arrangements. All camping equipment is provided. We supply two-person tents with foam mattresses, eating utensils, dining & toilet tents and any other required equipment. In Bhutan the load is carried by animals – horses in the low lands and yaks are the ideal transport in the highlands. Our treks mostly begin and end in the comfort of hotels.

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What will we eat?

Our seasoned cook will prepare all your meals during the trip. Fresh and local produce are used when available, but most of the time dried vegetables, fish and meat and a variety of canned food are brought along. Meals are a combination of local and international cuisine and special dietary requirements can be provide for if notified in advance. The meals are cooked efficiently over stoves fuelled by bottled gas and hot water is available most of the time. Lunch is usually prepared in the morning and carried in warm containers and served later in the day with hot tea/coffee from a flask. Dinner is served at the campsite, freshly prepared by the cook.

A typical day's meal choices

  • Breakfast

    Toast, eggs (how you like), marmalade/jams, cereals, baked beans, sausages, oatmeal, traditional Indian bread, tinned fruits, yogurt, and juice/tea/coffee/milk 

  • Lunch

    Fried/steamed rice, meat curry, noodles, boiled eggs, sandwiches, fruits, tea/coffee 

  • Teatime

    Hot tea/coffee is served as soon as you camp for the night, followed by local drinks with snacks while the dinner is prepared. 

  • Dinner

    A lavish three-course meal. Soups are served, followed by a variety of assorted meat dishes (world cuisines) and vegetable dishes accompanied by fried or steamed rice, momos (Tibetan dumplings) and chapattis (Indian traditional bread) freshly prepared by the cook. Desserts like rice pudding, fruits and tinned fruits and chocolates are served.

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Our treks

Efforts are in to map and create new trekking routes. We are happy to announce that another very exciting trekking route has been recently added which brings the total to 18 treks across Bhutan. The Merak and Sakteng Trek in the far East opened in 2011 and it takes you right into the heart of the friendly and close-knit community of the Brokpas with their own unique culture and tradition. The route trails along the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary which was especially set up to protect the elusive Yeti, locally known as Migoi.

Simply Bhutan offers you a variety of soul-stirring treks with a good mix of adventures thrown in to stir and satisfy the explorer in you. Browse through some of the sample treks listed below.

+ Druk Path Trek (9 days)

Days on trek: 6                     Grading: moderate             Distance: 30 miles/48km              Highest altitude: 2256m/7400ft

Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan. It starts from the beautiful Paro valley and ends in Thimphu, taking you through some of the most beautiful sceneries of the Himalayan peaks, pass a monastery and beautiful lakes. Most of the time the trail follows the ancient mule track that once linked the two valleys.

Day 1: Arrive in Paro by Druk Air. You will be received by your personal guide to take you to the hotel. In the evening stroll in the town.

Day 2: After breakfast visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong and the National Museum which seats in an ancient watchtower. In the afternoon, visit Kyichhu Lhakhang en route to see the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. End the day with a visit to the local farm house and meet the locals.

Day 3: (Paro to Jele Dzong)

Trekking begins today. Distance covered - 10 km(6.3 miles).  Short trek with a gradual climb. On a clear day, you will see the picturesque Mt. Jhomolhari and the beautiful Paro valley down below.

Day 4: (Jele Dzong to Jangchu Lakha)

Distance 10 km (6.3 miles). Altitude 3,500 meters. One and half hour of bit steep climb and then gradual ascend. The trek takes you through alpine forests and rhododendron shrubs and Yak herders.

Day 5: (Jangchu Lakha to Jimi Langtsho)

Distance 11 Km (6.8 miles). Altitude 3,700 meters. The trail follows the ridge and offers clear views of mountains and valleys. Camping at Jimi Langtsho Lake (Lake of the Ox).

Day 6: (Jimi Langtsho – Simtokha)

Distance 11 Km (6.8miles). Altitude 3850 meters. The Trail takes you through rhododendron shrub forests and yak herders. You will pass Janetso lake on the way. Camp is close to Simtokha lake.

Day 7: (Simtokha – Phajoding)

Distance 10 km (6.3 miles). Altitude 3,400 meters. Gradual climb with beautiful view of “Gangkar Puensum” mountain, the highest mountain in Bhutan. Slowly descend to reach Phajoding monastery, overlooking Thimphu city.

Day 8: (Phajoding – Thimphu)

Distance 8 km (4.9 miles). You descend down to Thimphu through mostly Blue Pine forests. After lunch sightseeing in Thimphu and drive to Paro in the evening.

Day 9: Drive to the airport for your departure.  

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+ Samtengang Winter Trek (7 days)

Days on trek: 4                                Grading: easy                Distance: 26km/16.1 miles             Highest altitude: 6117ft/1865m

The Samtengang trek is a low altitude trek which is relatively easy and passes through the subtropical forests of Punakha valley. The balmy weather of Punakha makes it an ideal trek for the winter months. You will pass through beautiful villages and sight farmers working in the paddy fields. 

Day 1

Arrive in Paro by Druk Air flight. You will be received by your personal guide to take you to the hotel. After lunch, visit National Museum, Kyichhu Lhakhang and drive to see the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Evening drive to Thimphu.

Night halt: Thimphu

Day 2

Sightseeing in Thimphu. Visit the notable landmarks of the city - visit Zilukha Nunnery, National Library, Handicrafts Emporium, Memorial Chorten, Textile Museum. In the afternoon drive to Punakha and along the way visit Simtokha Dzong.

Night halt: Punakha

Day 3 (Punakha to Limukha: Distance 4-5 Km)

Trek begins today with a gradual climb through pine, oak, fern forests and pass a Chorten from where you can see Wangdue and Limukha where you will camp for the night.

Night Halt: camp at Limukha

Day 4 (Limukha to Chungsakha: Distance 5 km)

Today you will climb up and drop down a small ridge and the trail passes through rhododendron and oak forests. You will com across Lama Drukpa Kunley’s Lhakhang on the way.

Night halt: camp at Chungsakha

Day 5 (Chungsakha to Samtengang)

The route passes through several villages and the trail is moderately steep. You will come across a school and a basic health unit and the holy lake of Lutshokha.

Night halt: camp near the lake

Day 6 (Samtengang to Thimphu via Wangdue)

The trek ends with a steep descend through fields till you reach the road next to the bridge Tika Zam. Here, your vehicle will pick you up and take you to Wangdue for lunch. You can stroll in the town before you head to Thimphu.

Night halt: Thimphu in a hotel

Day 7

Early move to leave for Paro International Airport for departure

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+ Gasa Hot spring Trek (12 days)

Days on trek: 5                               Grading: easy                Distance: 43km/26 miles             Highest altitude: 7380ft/2250m

This trek takes you to the remote district of Gasa. It begins with moderately easy trek, being at low altitude and the trail runs along the Mo Chhu. All along the journey you will enjoy beautiful scenery, encounter exotic orchids and wildflower meadows and spot takins in their natural surroundings.

Day 1: Arrive in Paro by Druk Air. You will be received by your personal guide to take you to the hotel. In the evening stroll in the town.

Day 2: After breakfast visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong and the National Museum which seats in an ancient watchtower. In the afternoon, visit Kyichhu Lhakhang en route to see the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. In the evening drive to Thimphu.

Night halt: Thimphu

Day 3 (Thimphu to Punakha)

After breakfast head for Punakha. On a clear day, enjoy the views of the magnificent Himalayan range from Dochhu. Descend to the warm Punakha valley and visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong.

Night halt: camp at Punakha

Day 4 (Punakha to Tashithang - Goen Damji)

You will be dropped off at Tashithang which is one and half hour drive through the Punakha valley. You will start the trek which covers a distance of about 16 km through terraced fields and lead you into subtropical forests.

Night halt: camp at Goen Damji  Altitude 2280m

Day 5 (Damji to Gasa Hot Spring)

It is a gradual climb through fields, villages and oak and pine forests. From Gayza village you will enjoy the view of Gasa Dzong. Then you are going to descend. Distance: 15 km.

Night halt: camp at Gasa Hot Spring  Altitude 2350m

Day 6 (Day spent in Gasa)

After breakfast, hike up to Gasa Dzong and walk around and take a dip in the healing hot springs and relax.  You may spot the unusual Takin in the surroundings.

Night halt: camp at Gasa Hot spring Altitude 2350m

Day 7 (Gasa Hot spring to Goen Damji) After breakfast, trek back to Gayza village for your return journey.

Night Halt: Damji Altitude 2280m

Day 8 (Goen Damji to Tashithang – Punakha) A gradual descent through agricultural fields and forests of semi-tropical vegetation. Your vehicle will be awaiting you at Tashithang to take you to Punakha. There you camp will be arranged by the river.

Night Halt: Punakha valley Altitude 1280m

Day 9 (Punakha – Wangdue Phodrang-Thimphu)

Take a walk in the paddy fields to visit Chimi Lhakhang, dedicated to Drukpa Kunley – the Divine Madman. Take a short drive to see the charming Wangdue Phodrang Dzong perched on a ridge. In the afternoon, head back to Thimphu

Night Halt: Thimphu

Day 10 (Thimphu – Paro)

Spend the day visiting some of the landmarks of the city  - visit Zilukha Nunnery, National Library, Handicrafts Emporium, Memorial Chorten, Textile Museum. In the evening drive to Paro and along the way visit Simtokha Dzong.

Day 11 (Paro)

Take an early hike up to Taktsang Monastery – ‘Tiger’s Nest’ which is dramatically perched on a 1000 meter rock cliff.  Enjoy a picnic lunch while soaking in the breathtaking view of the vast Paro valley far below.

Day 12(Depart)

Your guide will see you off at the Paro International airport.

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+ Jhomolhari Trek (14 days)

Days on trek: 10                       Grading: moderate to difficult            Distance: 201.5km/125 miles             Highest altitude: 17,069ft/5204m

The Jhomolhari Trek is one of the finest treks Bhutan has to offer. The 10 days spent on the dirt road offers nothing but spectacular views and scenic pleasure which leads one through mountain passes, beautiful lakes and some spectacular views of Jichu Drakey and Tserim Kang, some highest Himalayan peaks. You will camp alongside yaks and yak herders. The experience will be one straight out of a fairytale.

Day 1

Arrive at Paro by Druk Air flight. You will be received by your personal guide to take you to the hotel. In the evening stroll in the town.  

Night halt: Paro

Day 2

After breakfast visit Kyichhu Lhakhang en route to see the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. After lunch, visit the National Museum and take a view of Paro Rinpung Dzong. Spent the evening in the town or visit a Bhutanese farm and meet the locals.

 Night halt: Paro

Day 3 (Paro to Shana: Distance -15km/9.3 miles)

The trek starts from the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong with the magnificent Mt. Jhomolhari as the backdrop. The climb is gradual through fields and villages. Camp at Shana, in a meadow. Altitude 2800 meters.

Day 4 (Shana to Thang Thanka: Distance – 22km/13.6miles)

The trail is a gradual climb following Paro river through coniferous forests and rhododendron shrubs. It is a hard day with a lot of distance to cover. Camp at Thang Thanka at 3850 meters. You enjoy the magnificent view of Jhomolhari.

Day 5 (Thang Thanka to Jangothang: Distance – 17km/10.5miles)

As we start the trek, you will notice that the valley begins to widen. The winter residence/village of yak herders would be reached. Hot lunch would be served in the village. The camp would be set at the base of Mt. Jhomolhari. Camp altitude 4040 meters.

Day 6 (Jangothang Sightseeing)

One day halt at Jangothang. You can choose the day’s hike in any direction - towards Mt. Jhomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drake or Tsho Phu (lake). With permits, you can fish in the lake. Back to camp at sunset. Camp at Jangothang.

Day 7 (Jangothang to Lingshi: Distance – 21km/13miles)

The trail climbs across Nyili la pass at 4680 metres. From there, it is a descent with a view of Lingshi Dzong and Mt. Tshering kang and its glaciers and lakes. Camp overnight.  3915 meter.

Day 8 (Lingshi Halt)

One day halt at Lingshi to make an excursion to Tshokha (Lake). Rare animals like Blue Sheep and musk deer are seen at Tshokha. Hike takes about 4-5 hours.

Day 9 (Lingshi to Shodu: Distance – 22km/13.6miles)

Trail passes through deep valley and then ascends to Yeli la pass at altitude 4820 meters. From Yeli la, you can get a close view of Mt. Jhomolhari, Mt. Tsherim Gong and Mt. Masa Gong. Camp at a meadow. Altitude 3830 meters

Day 10 (Shodu to Barshong: Distance – 14km/8.7 miles)

5-6 hours. The trail winds like a snake following the stream that is the source of Thimphu River. Gradual climb to ruin of Barshong Dzong, which was the Bhutanese outpost in olden times.  Camp at base of the ruin. Altitude 3690 meters.

Day 11 (Barshong to Dolam Kencho: Distance – 15km/9.3miles)

The trail descends down gently till it meets the Thimphu River. It passes through thick coniferous forests. Night halt at Dolam Kencho. 3430 meters altitude.

Day 12 (Dolam Kencho to Thimphu: Distance – 7km/4.3miles)

Walk towards Thimphu along mule trail and through bamboo forests till you reach Dodena. Your vehicle will pick you up and take you to your hotel in Thimphu for the night halt.

Day 13  A whole day sightseeing in Thimphu and visit the notable landmarks of the city – Zilukha nunnery, National Library, Handicrafts Emporium, Memorial Chorten, Textile Museum, and in the evening visit Simtokha Dzong en route to Paro. Night halt at Paro.

Day 14 After early breakfast, drive to the airport for departure.

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+ Durr Hotspring Trek (12 days)

Days on trek: 8                          Grading: moderate to difficult                Distance: 104km/64.5 miles             Highest altitude: 15,764ft/4806m

This is another beautiful trek through the coniferous forests and green fields and alpine valleys. Most time of the year, you will come across yaks and yak herders camping out in the valleys. You will also encounter beautiful lakes and wildflower meadows treating you to a fantastic experience.

Day 1: Arrival at Paro

Thimphu Arrive at Paro by Druk Air flight. Our guide will receive you upon arrival. After lunch proceed by car to Thimphu. Evening stroll around in the town.

Night halt: Thimphu

Day 2:(Thimphu to Bumthang)

After breakfast, head for Bumthang.There would be short stop at Dochhu la to view the distant snow-capped peaks. Lunch at Chendibji. Stop for Tea at Trongsa.

Night halt: Bumthang

Day 3: (Bumthang – Gorsum)

You would drive till Durr. From Durr you would start your trek following the river for the next couple of hours on easy ground. Distance: 18 km; Time: 6- 7 hrs  

Night halt: Gorsum Altitude:3100 meters

Day 4 (Gorsum – Lungsum)

After breakfast, trek through forests mixed conifer forests. It is a gentle climb. Distance: 12 km; Time: 5 hrs;

Night halt at Lungsum Altitude: 3160 m

Day 5: (Lungsum – Tshochenchen)

 Trek through the forest till you reach the campsite which is just at the shrubby forests. Distance: 15 km; Time: 6-7 hrs; Altitude: 3700 m

Night halt: Tshochenchen. Altitude: 3700 m

Day 6: (Tshochenchen - Durr Tshachu)

The day would have both climbs and descends. You would be passing by some small lakes. You would go through passes with prayer flags. If weather permits, you can get a grand view of the nearby mountains. Distance: 17 km; Time: 7 hrs;

Night halt at Durr Tshachu. Altitude: 3400 m

Day 7: (Spend the day at Durr Tshachu)

Take a dip in the Tshachu (hotspring). Wooden bath tubs called Waa is fitted on the ground.

Day 8: (Dur Tsachu – Tshochenchen)

Return Journey Distance: 17 km; Time: 7 hrs; Altitude: 3100 m

Day 9: (Tshochenchen –Gorsum)

Return Journey Distance: 17 km; Time: 9 hrs; Altitude: 3120 m

Day 10: (Gorsum – Bumthang)

Return to road at Durr where the transport would be waiting for you. You are in Bumthang for the night

Night Halt: Bumthang

Day 11: (Bumthang – Thimphu)

You would be driving back to Thimphu

Night halt: Thimphu

Day 12: (Transfer to Paro Airport)

You would be transferred to Paro Airport in the morning for your departure.

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+ Gangtey Trek (9 days)

Days on trek: 4                                Grading: easy to moderate                          Highest altitude: 11,417ft/3480m

The Gangtey Trek takes you to the beautiful bowl shaped Phobjikha valley and the surrounding area. Follow the trails of the yak herders with gentle climbs through meadows and thick forests. It is also one of the few treks that can be taken all year round.

Day 1: Arrive in Paro by Druk Air. You will be received by your personal guide to take you to the hotel. In the evening stroll in the town.

Day 2: After breakfast visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong and the National Museum which seats in an ancient watchtower. In the afternoon, visit Kyichhu Lhakhang en route to see the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. In the evening drive to Thimphu.

Night halt: Thimphu

Day 3 (Thimphu to Gangtey Valley)

After breakfast head for Gangtey Valley. On a clear day, enjoy the views of the magnificent Himalayan range from Dochhu la. Lunch stopover at Wangdue (or Punakha) and visit Punakha and Wangdue dzongs. Continue journey to Gangtey.

Night halt: camp at Gangtey

Day 4 (Exploring Gangtey and Phobjikha Valleys)

Drive till the road head. After visiting the Gangtey Monastery, explore Gangtey and Phobjikha valleys. Black Necked Cranes are seen in winter. Stroll along winding farm roads of the beautiful wide valley, meeting villagers and fishing are some activities.

Night halt: camp at Gangtey

Day 5 (Gangtey Gompa to Gogona Valley)

5 Hours Trek. The moderate trek would culminate in climbing the Tsela Pass at 3800 meters. Then descend gently into picturesque Gogona valley through fir and Juniper forests. Follow Yak Herders trail. Camp in the middle of the meadow in the valley.

Night halt: Camp in the valley

Day 6 (Gogona to Khotokha Valley)

A gentle climb from Gogona will take you to Shobjula Pass. From there slowly descend into wide Khotokha valley.

Night halt: camp at Khotokha

Day 7 (Khotokha to Wangdue-Chuzomsa   and Drive to Thimphu)

A short climb will reach Tashila. From Tashila, it is all downhill through changing vegetation. Meet the vehicle at Wangdue -Chuzomsa. After lunch drive to Thimphu.

Night halt: Hotel in Thimphu

Day 8 (Thimphu sightseeing and evening drive to Paro)

Sightseeing in Thimphu. Some notable landmarks in the city - Zilukha Nunnery, National Library, Handicrafts Emporium, Memorial Chorten, Textile Museum. Drive to Paro in the evening, visit Simtokha Dzong along the way.

Night halt: Paro

Day 9 Drive to the airport for your departure.

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