Trekking in Bhutan – A Basic Guide


Until fairly recently, Bhutan was a place very few people could travel to. But, that is all changing quickly now that firms like are offering a range of ways to travel there. For such a relatively small country there is a surprising amount of things to see and do there. A significant percentage of the land has been barely touched by man, so it is a very un-spoilt part of the world.

So, if you love nature it is a great place to visit and explore, especially if you are an adventurous traveler who likes to hike. Many of the best sights are remote, so remote in fact that they only way to get to see them is to walk in. Here are a few of the highlights.

How to get there

The Kingdom of Bhutan requires all visitors to have a visa, so you will need to sort that out before you travel. Only Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian citizens can get a visa when they arrive. Everyone else has to obtain their visa before actually arriving in Bhutan.

You also need to book your trip through a Bhutanese travel firm or one of their international partners. There is a small airport at Paro. Your travel operators will advise you about the best route to take to get into the country.

The best treks

Trekking is by far the best way to see what Bhutan has to offer. But, it is still in its infancy, so there are, currently, only a few established trekking routes available. Below is a summary of the best of them. As you will see there is plenty to keep most visitors occupied. Generally speaking, it is best to stick to the already established treks. Doing so is far safer than branching out on your own. It ensures that there is no chance of your wondering into the wrong place and inadvertently causing damage or disturbing local resident’s way of life.

The Druk Path Trek

This is a four-day trek that takes you from Paro to Thimphu. On the way, you pass through blue pine forests, acres of beautiful dwarf rhododendrons and alongside crystal clear lakes. It is simply stunning.

You will pass through several quiet traditional villages and get to stay in at least one. Along the way, there are several ancient dzongs and lhakhangs for you to visit.

The Snowman Trek

This is considered to be the most difficult of Bhutan´s treks, so you need to be quite fit to complete it. At points, you will have to cope with high altitudes and the weather can be very tough indeed. Most tour firms allow at least 24 days to complete the Snowman trek including acclimatization days to allow your body to adapt to the conditions.

The Chomolhari Trek

If you want to go on this hike you will need to book well in advance. It is the most spectacular and interesting trip that is currently available in Bhutan. It is a relatively short trek. Yet it includes a visit to the amazing Tiger Monastery, as well as the picturesque Paro and Thimphu valleys.

If you want to find out more about traveling to Bhutan, just click the link. This government ran website is excellent and should tell you everything you need to know.