Bhutan’s scenic beauty and landscapes, rich flora and fauna, and unspoiled trails offer a truly wonderful treat for those who love adventure and nature. Trekkers can chose from a range of short excursions to more challenging adventures such as the legendary 24-day Snowman Trek. The Snowman Trek is also labeled the world’s toughest trek as it goes over 12 mountain passes, all of them over 4,500m.
Map of Some Popular Routes (also available in PDF format)
Almost all the treks offer a combination of natural discovery and an insight into the country’s delicate and unique daily life. Many of the trails take walkers past remote and ancient monasteries, through deep forests, and close villages. Trekkers often get to spot blue sheep, Takin and a variety of birdlife including wild pheasants. Bhutan’s treks are also famous for the majestic views of the Himalayan peaks that provide a sense of fear and wonder and a point of contemplation for trekkers along the way.
Trekking requires plenty of planning so all bookings must be done at least 8 weeks in advance. The ideal months for trekking in Bhutan are March, April, May, September, October and November.
Druk Path Trek
One of the most popular treks in Bhutan. Maximum altitude 3,800 meters. The trek can be shortened to 3 nights for those who are very fit.
Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek
This trek starts and ends near Thimphu and visits a large number of high altitude lakes. The highest point on the trek is 4,300 meters.
Classic 9-day trek starting from Paro and ending near Thimphu. Maximum altitude is 4,820 meters.
Laya Gasa Trek
A very intensive trek covering more than 140km. The maximum elevation is 5,005 meters.
Snowman Trek (Half)
The more difficult part of the full snowman trek. This trek begin north of Punakha and ends in Bumthang.
Considered to be the hardest trek in the world covering a total distance of more than 300km.