Trekking In Bhutan

If you have trekked in Nepal, Tibet or the Indian Himalayas , you will know what is to except and the compromises in comfort this difficult terrain can demand. But where to start with a vista so vast ? This is a once in a life time visit , then there’s only one trek to recommend : the Druk Path , which takes three nights and four days .

“Druk” meaning dragons, is the name of an old trading route linking Paro ( where the hotel and international airport are located ) with Thimphu , Bhutan’s capital. Before the advent of the road in the 1960s, everyone used it , including presidents and kings, travelling on foot or horseback. What is remarkable of the route is the terrain it incorporates , from Bhutan’s old growth forests to alpine lakes to two passes nearing 4000 meters ( elsewhere in the Himalayas , it would take considerably more time and effort to reach base camps in sight of peaks on the Tibetan border) . Walking along high and windy ridges , you pass ruined forts that once protected Bhutan from Tibetan invasion ( a regular occurrence in Bhutan’s History) . The land is sparsely inhabited – you will likely meet nomadic Yak herders – but rich with wildlife , including bird soaring in rising thermals.

Major culture stopping points include Jele Dzong , whose monks welcome visitors , and the pilgrim site at Phajoding. The trekking season runs from September to November and from March to May, but for the clearest views of the Himalayan peaks , travel is recommended in late autumn and winter. Spring time brings the spectacular rhododendron forests into bloom ( please bear in mind that local conditions and weather may necessitate variations to the program). Trekkers also need to be reasonably fit. However, alternative itineraries can be drawn up that take into account all individual preferences, levels and requirements.