Snowman Trek 27 days

Snowman Trek goes to the remote Lunana district and is considered to be the most difficult trek in Bhutan. The combined attributes of distance, high altitudes, weather conditions and remoteness make this a very tough trek and it should only be considered if you have experience and a good level of fitness. The Snowman Trek is subject to closure because of snow and is almost impossible during winter.

The trek starts from Paro Valley's Drukgyel Dzong at 2580 meters and passes through the remote parts of northern Bhutan. Normally, the trek takes 24 days to complete when started from Paro. However, you may save about 4 days if you begin the trek from Punakha. This trek is not for beginners, and passes through some of the highest Bhutansese passes of Gangla Karchung La at 5230m, Jaze La at 5251 m, Loju La at 5155m and Rinchenzoe La at 5332m. The trek ascends along the Pa Chu River to the remote northern district of Lunana.

Laya Gasa Trek 19 days

Laya Gasa Trek offers you a luxury of experiencing the most amazing trekking adventure along the off the beaten path with plenty of acclimatization. Reckoned synonymous to warmth hospitality and a dotted trekking destination, Laya is a perfect hub to capture a complete picture of Bhutan; you can taste Bhutan’s famous butter tea, yak milk and local brewed wine, watch cultural program and remain mute witness to the authentic Bhutanese culture and custom.

En route to Laya the trekking trail weaves past Shana camp, Soi Thangthangkha, Jangothang, Lingshi, Chebisa, Shomuthang, Robluthang and Limithang. You can not help yourself soak in the tranquility and exotism of nature. Further ahead, you trek along Koina, Gasa Hot spring, Goen Damji and Tashithang on a network of well-maintained and rock-strewn trails. Each of these destinations has its own distinct character: unique geographical features, surreal mountain vegetation, quaint hamlets, dzongs, open pastures, indigenous people, art and history are juxtaposed amid the seclusion and simplicity of Bhutan. Hot spring bath at Gasa Tshachu is an additional treat that makes your trek more memorable and undeniably worthwhile.

Druk Path Trek 11 days

This fantastic trek in Bhutan offers you on an adventure through the alpine pastures, pine and rhododendron forests which is an introduction to the pristine high-altitude lakes of Jimilangtsho, Janetsho and Simkotra.

The highest point of the trek is Simkotra Tsho at the elevation of 4110m/13484ft, which offers views of Mount Gangkar Puensum (7,570m/24,836ft), the highest unclimbed mountain in the world and the highest in Bhutan. Along with the natural beauty, you will also get to witness the grazing activities and the olden huts of Yak herders in remote pastures.

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek 9 days

The trek begins with a 2-hour drive from Thimphu to Genekha where you start your walk at an altitude of about 2800 m. As this moderate short day trek passes through various shimmering high altitude lakes, it is often named as the Thousand Lakes Trek. Trekking amidst the picturesque lakes, one will be treated with stunning views of some of the world’s highest Himalayan ranges including Mount Everest in Nepal, Jumolhari, Masanggang, Jichu Drake, Tiger Mountain in Bhutan and many more. The trail also takes you through bird rich areas, alpine flowers, attractive meadows and several traditional Bhutanese villages.

Chomolhari Trek 11 days

Chomolhari Trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan as the trail offers a chance to view the second-highest unclimbed peak in the world, Mt. Jumolhari (7,326m/24035ft) while camping at the highest settlement of Lingshi at an altitude of 4100m/13,451ft.

Along with the views of Mt. Chomolhari, the hills are decorated with monasteries of cultural significance. The trek itinerary mostly revolves around getting one with nature. Walking through blue pine, rhododendron, conifer lush forests beside the Wang Chhu river through the villages of Sio, Takethang and Dangochang are just some of the highlights of the trek. Bhutan's traditional economy can be seen in the farmlands with locals engaged in food and cash crop production.

Bumthang Cultural Trek 10 days

On this tour, you will explore the beautiful mountain kingdom Bhutan that has remained unchanged over centuries. Bhutan once the forgotten land has recently been rediscovered. Central Bhutan tour offers numerous sacred sites, dzongs, temples, landmarks, monasteries, markets, farm houses, schools and museums etc.

Ta Dzong at Paro, had been used as a watch tower in 17th century. This has been changed into the National Museum since 1967 where there is a collection of relics and arts. Rinpung Dzong is known as ‘the heap of jewels’, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang. It has noteworthy architectural designs. Drukgyel Dzong was built in 1647 by the same first spiritual king Shabdrung to protect from the Tibetan invasion. The commanding view of Mt. Chomolhari can be seen from here. The 7th century built Kyichu Lhakhang by Srongtsen Gampo, a Tibetan King, is one of the oldest and holy shrine having 108 temples in the Himalayas. Takstang Lhakhang.900 m high above the Paro Valley is a highly esteemed monastery in Bhutan.

The way from Paro to Thimpu passes through a romantic villages, paddy fields and reaches to Simtokha.Simtokha is an incisive tantric teaching place. This is now for Dzongkha language study. Changangkha Lhakhang was built in 12th century and it is one of the celebrated places where parents come to get the auspicious names for their newborns and blessing for their young children from the Tamdrin deity. Memorial Chorten was built in the memory of third king of Bhutan. Tashichhodzong is a medieval fortress/ monastery where there are king’s throne and government offices. This is the Chief Abbot’s summer residence. The Handicraft Emporium has profuse of beautifully woven and crafted products. National Library has an illustrious collection of antique Buddhist manuscripts and texts. This is the place to excavate the historical knowledge of Bhutan. Traditional Medicine Institute prepares the herbal medicines and dispensed from here. It is not allowed to enter inside but one can view it from outside.

After crossing Dochula Pass, at an elevation of 3,050 m, one can be at Punakha. The pass is marked by a Bhutanese Chorten and prayer flags. It is the vantage point to view eastern Himalayas of Bhutan. Punakha Dzong has different identity; a fortress built where there is two rivers’ confluence. The first King of Bhutan, Ugyen Wangchuk was being crowned in 1907 here.

Phobjikha is a glacial valley, wide and flat land, situated in the boundary of the Black, National Park.The black necked cranes in Phobjikha valley is an extra-ordinary. Gangtey Monastery of Nyingmapa sect is an exquisite in Bhutan. Then Trngsa can be reached after crossing the Pelela Pass (3,300 m). We can see the Chendbji chorten nuilt in 18th century by a Lama named Shida in Nepalese architecture, eyes painted at four cardinal points. Yutong La Pass (3,400 m) is 29 km far from Trongsa.

Bumthang is the place where there are four valleys: Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura ranging from 2,600 m to 4,000 m from the sea level. The more significant places to visit in Bumthang are Kurje Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong and Membartsho. Kurje Lhakhang has three temples surrounded by 108 chortens. Jambey Lhakhang was built in 7th century by the Tibetan King Shrongtsen GAmpo. Jakar Dzong was built in 1549 but this has been the administrative center after Shabdrung took over it in 1646. Membartsho is regarded as the burning lake in the Tang valley, a greatest pilgrimage sites, decorated with prayer flags and small clay offerings called ‘Tse Tsa’ in rock niches.

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