Spectacular and tranquil settings are the standard model as we explore Bhutan, the world’s last unspoiled frontiers, by foot. Enjoy awe-inspiring surroundings, breathe in fresh mountain air and let your spirits rise among towering peaks, as we trek in this land of endless beauty. Dozen of virgin peaks over 7550 meters including Gangkar Puensum, the world’s highest unclimbed mountain, soar as guardians high above the sweeping river valleys.
Bhutanese have treasured the natural environment and have looked upon it as the source of all forms of life. This traditional reverence for nature has delivered Bhutan into the 21st century with an environment still remains intact. Bhutan rises from the subtropical jungles of the south to rigid cold of the high Himalayas. The country has been identified as one of the ten most important bio-diversity hot spots in the world, with an estimated 165 mammal and 5500 plant species, 500 of which are considered astonishing variety of medicinal plants, orchids and over 2000 varieties of flowering plants including 50 species of rhododendron. Its eco-system harbours some of the most exotic species of the eastern Himalayas with an estimated 770 bird species. In contrast, North America has about 800 species of birds, in a land mass more than 400 times bigger than Bhutan. Rare and exotic wildlife include red panda, elephant, snow leopard, blue sheep, Bengal tiger, golden langur and takin. More than 72% of the total land area is under forest vegetation. A remarkable 26% of entire Bhutan’s natural habitat is protected by national parks and sanctuaries.
Trekking in the unspoiled wilderness of Bhutan, where silence and solitude reign, rewards us with a true feeling of achievement, discovery and creates a memory that lasts forever. Join one of our Treks and find out why Bhutan represents one of the best and the last chances for the conservation of biological diversity in the eastern Himalayas. Bhutan’s trek routes are unpolluted and pristine. There are no lodge or hotel facilities along the way. All our treks are full service operations. Our trained trekking guides and support team accompany the group throughout the journey. Pack animals like horses and yaks carry all luggage’s and equipment, leaving the trekkers with only a light day pack with camera and other personal items needed for the day. Everyday, the trekking support staff walks ahead and pitches camp before the trekkers arrive and our well trained cooks prepare excellent meals.
Treks differ from short three-day easy walks across low altitudes to the difficult four weeks Snowman Trek. If you are generally in good health, have interest in nature and history, and want to break out of your day to day routines by visiting an exotic land and experiencing a unique culture, it’s most likely that one of our trips will match your imagination.
Anyone who do not have problem with all day hike should find our easy treks manageable and anyone with backpacking experience with good shape generally should have no trouble with a difficult trek.
Most of our trips take place during busy and festival season so it is difficult to secure reservations on Druk Air and Hotels in every places. We request you to book as far in advance as possible to confirm the reservation you choose and do not hesitate to contact us at the last minute if free time suddenly comes your way.
A typical Trekking Day – a trekking day generally follows a pattern:
|6:30-7:00 am||Wake-up tea in your tent with warm water for washing.|
|7:00-7:30 am||Breakfast, usually consists of local bread or toast, cereal, eggs and tea/coffee.|
|7:30–8:00 am||Begin the morning walk for about 3-4 hours, before stopping for lunch.|
|12:00–1:00 pm||Lunch, usually local bread, cheese, drinks and hot vegetable dish or noodles.|
|1:00–1:30 pm||Walk 3-4 hours further to the campsite. Tea and snacks will be served after you reach the camp. Then you relax or explore the area prior to dinner.|
|6:00-6:30 pm||Dinner is most substantial, includes hot soup, vegetable and meat dishes, rice and noodles, fruit dessert with tea/coffee.
After dinner, you may get into your warm sleeping bag or choose to use the mess tent to read or recap your magnificent adventures. By 9 pm, most people fall fast asleep to the wonderful sound of yak/horse bells.
MOST COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT TREKKING TRIPS
What is a trek and what is the best trekking trip for me?
Trekking is the kind of activity that is called backpacking in the western countries. It is a mountain hike from one place to another in Himalayas. A trekking trip allows you to explore inaccessible places by foot and offers opportunity to experience distinctive culture and traditions of the people living in mountain villages, sleep in high quality spacious tents and eat freshly prepared meals.
Each of our treks has been assigned a “Trip Rating”. We encourage you to use the rating assigned to each trek as a guide and email us if you have any questions.
Do I have to cook and set up tents?
No. All our treks are full-service. Our support staff puts up and takes down camp, prepares all meals and basically takes care of everything.
Can I create a custom itinerary and/or book a private trip?
We are happier to put together special dates and arrangements that fit your needs. Contact us by clicking on the following link and fill out the form.
What is the best time to trek in Bhutan?
Spring and fall are the best times to trek in Bhutan.
Check our Trekking season information in this website.
What about Altitude?
All our trips have been carefully planned to allow for acclimatization, with gradual ascents, an emphasis on adequate hydration and lots of useful advices from our experienced trek guides. Altitude-related problems are not something that you should worry about unduly when considering a trek.
What about accommodations?
We use high quality 3-men expedition tents, spacious dining tents, imported toilet tents with comfortable seats and hot shower system.
What will I need to bring?
You will need to bring your spirit of adventure, others like a sleeping bag and a mat, your water bottle are very essential. We will send you a detailed equipment and clothing list in your pre-departure information packet.
Do I have to carry my own luggage or gear?
Pack animals like horses and yaks carry everything including your lunch. The only thing you will need to carry is a light daypack containing the personal items with camera desired for that day.
How large are your trek groups?
We limit the group size to enhance the quality of our programs and to ensure better personalized service. The average group size on all of our trips is 2 to 20. You can go to places where no tourist has gone before! Have tea with a Bhutanese family and visit a master traditional painter or a monk in his prayer room.
How long will we be active each day?
Depending on the trip and options you choose, you will normally spend four to seven hours a day.
Can I extend my trip?
To make it very economical it is possible to link two or more of our trips since you will save a substantial amount on airfare. There are plenty of opportunities to extend your trip by combining one of our cultural tours with a short trek.
What is included in the price of your trips?
- All hotel accommodations (double occupancy).
- All ground transportation including airport transfers within Bhutan.
- All meals and sightseeing as reflected in the final itinerary.
- Services of experienced and knowledgeable Bhutanese guides who speak fluent English and other local dialects you visit on your trip.
- Supply of pack, trekking crew and equipment.
- All entrance fees, pre-departure information and extras listed in the trip itineraries.
- Expert designed itineraries.
What is not included in the price of your trips?
- International airfare and en-route stopovers
- Travel Protection Insurance
- Excess baggage charges
- Transfers, expenses and services outside of Bhutan
- All types of personal expenses like alcoholic and other beverages including bottled water, gratuities to guides as appropriate, laundry, mail, phone calls, and cables.