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Trekking

One of the best ways to experience the heart and soul of this unique destination is to incorporate a trek into your itinerary. With much of the kingdom covered with ancient forests and high alpine meadows, a trek will not only bring you closer to nature but provide you with the opportunity to meet rural people. Whilst you will need to be physically fit and used to long walks, our trekking itineraries have been designed to travel at a gentle pace. You will be accompanied by a local trekking guide, cook, camp hand and horsemen who look after the yaks and ponies that transport your luggage and camping gear. The crew take care of all the camp chores and will provide you with simple but wholesome food along the way.

When to Go
The best periods for trekking are Oct - Nov and Mar - May for all high altitude treks going over 4000 metres. Shorter treks and day walks such as the ones we recommend (Druk Path, Bumthang, Gangtey) can be undertaken anytime from Oct - May through the winter. In the autumn clear warm days prevail affording the best mountain views. Spring is best for flowering rhododendrons along with magnolias and other plants, however weather patterns can be mixed.

Difficulty
Although most of the treks themselves are not difficult, the high altitude and difficulty of reaching rescue services means that especially the treks through the High Himalayas are not for the faint-of-heart. However, if you have saved up some money, and are in good shape, you will have one of the best experiences imaginable.

Jumolhari Treks : (13 Nights and 14 days)
The Jomolhari trek offers a taste of the great variety of Bhutanese landscapes. Starting Drugyel Dzong, we pass through scattered hamlets and farmland, into a deep and richly forested valley, which leads to a high alpine pastureland where yak herders graze their animals. You can have the view of Mt. Jomolhari fron the second camp and as you near the campsite you will be greeted Mt. Jechudrakey and Mt, Tsherimgang. First three days you will hike gradually uphill following the stream which originate from the Mount Jomolhari, and two days of crossing high passes Nyilila Alt. 4650 M. and Yali-la Alt. 4950 M., and again three days of descending to lower region following the Thimphu river to Thimphu valley. Our highest camp, at basecamp Alt. 4100 M. of Mt. Jomolhari, is in magnificent location with view of Mount Jomolhari.

Lingshi / Laya / Treks : (20 Nights and 21 days)
Despite the opening up of a number of new trekking possibilities in Bhutan, the long-established route from Jomolhari across to Laya will always rank as one of Bhutan’s finest trek. The reason for this is not hard to find. The route offers a great variety of trekking conditions, from picturesque farmland and forest to alpine pastureland and high passes from 4650 M. to 5000 M.. Spectacular campsites, beneath some of Bhutan’s most impressive peaks of which the most notable are Jomolhari, Jitchu Drakey, Tshirimgang, Gangchen Tag, Masagang and Tsendengang are also a feature of this trekking route. Numerous isolated dzongs and scattered settlements, including the outlandish village of Laya, warmness of Gasa hot spring, provide a great deal of cultural interest’s enroute. The memories of this special trek will stay with you for a lifetime.

Bumthang Cultural Treks- Central Bhutan : (13 Nights and 14 days)
Bumthang region is located in the center of Bhutan. You will be enjoying the sights of the countryside and as well with visit to centuries old fortresses, monasteries and temples. This itinerary is combined both cultural and trek to give a very good idea of the country and its environments. This four days trek passes through several villages on its meandering route through the Bumthang countryside. This program provides an exceptional opportunity for contact with Bhutanese rural life.

Lunana Trek or Snow Man Treks : (25 Nights and 26 days)
Continuing across the north of the Kingdom from Laya, one enters the seldom-visited region known as Lunana. Passing some of the last virgin peaks of the Himalayas. Lunana offers a breath-taking landscape that has previously seen only a handful of foreign visitors. Starting out at Punakha, this unique and challenging itinerary spends three days climbing the steep gorge leading to Laya, before crossing the mighty Ganglakarchu La to enter Lunana proper. After spending seven days walking through the “paradise on earth”, the route crosses the Gophu La to explore the valleys south of Gangkar Puensum, which remains the highest unclimbed peak on earth. Seven long days’ trekking remains to reach the wide-open, fertile valleys of Bumthang. Probably one of the most challenging treks in the Himalayas and one will camp at Alt. 4900 M and cross mountain pass of 5600 M.

Druk Path Treks: (11 Nights and 12 days)
This is five days trek combined with cultural tour. The trek leads from Thimpu to Paro, or vice versa, crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. Although there is little settlement on this route, there are wonderful lakes teeming with fish and the area is famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests, which bloom in May. In the clear weather of late autumn and winter one could enjoy the view of the Himalayas.

Samtengang Winter Treks : (11 Nights and 12 days)
This is winter cultural trek where you will be hiking at lower altitude of 2400 M. through the villages and farmlands with gradual climb slowely entering the pine and rhododenrone forest with view of the punakha valley. You will come out from the Wangduephodrang province at Samtengang village. The campsite is made within the village areas at alt. 1600 M.

Sinchu- La Treks : (9 Nights and 10 days)
This trek leads through the ancient route which connect the Thimphu and Punakha provinces. The three days winter trek starts from Kabisa village with gradual climb to Sinchu-la pass Alt. 3100 M. and all the way down through the conifer vegetation and passing by farmlands and villages to Punakha. You will enjoy the vegetation, birds and mammals like deers and weasels.

Black mountain Treks : (14 Nights and 15 days)
This winter trek is possible to organize from the month of November - April and falls in the National Park of Trongsa province in the central Bhutan. The highlight of the trek is to observe the local people's life styles which is untouched by the modernization and the rich natural vegetation, mammales and birds where you could see the endagered species of monkey called golden languar and the honbills. The inhabitans of this region are supposed to be the origin of the country called monpas where they used to live with wild plants and animals, still they collect food from forests in special occassion. This trip will give you the unforgetable experience that you had in your entire life.

Gangtey Treks : (9 Nights and 10 days)
Gangtey is also the part of national park lies in Wangdue province where Blacked Necked Crane migrate in winter from Late November till early April. The area is at alt. 2800 M. and the people living here depend on animal products and potato plantation. The most easy, three days trek starts from Gangtey to Gogona valley and through the Khotokha to Chunzom. Its starts at alt. 2800 M. and end at alt. 1400 M. with sights of rich vegetation, villages, bird like pheasants etc.. Trek can be organized in month of February - May and October to December.