Bhutan - The Ultimate Trek Destination

Bhutan - The Ultimate Trek Destination

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Bhutan, a country nestled in the Himalayas, surrounded by India on three sides and China on one side is ethereal to say the least. Every traveller to this tiny Buddhist country is sufficiently enchanted by the divinity in the air and its mountains. This land offers several exciting trekking trails, both difficult and easy. The beauty of the trek is only elevated by the mystical aura that time and again draws trekkers and mountaineers to its mountains. This country was once rated as the happiest country in the world by a survey conducted by Business Week and the reason in all certainty must be the heavenly mountain air.

Bhutan as you may all know is one of the greenest countries. Hence, a true trekking paradise, Bhutan offers some amazing trekking trails such as the Chomolhari Trek, Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek and Druk Path Trek. The experience will remain unmatched to anything you could have seen or done before.

Chomolhari Trek

One of the most popular treks in Bhutan, Chomolhari trek is Bhutan’s equivalent of the Everest base camp trek in Nepal and is extremely popular in the world of trekking. The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of the Chomolhari Peak (7314m), especially from Jangothang, which is enroute to the base for Chomolhari peak climbing expeditions, and Jichu Drakye peak (6989m). A walk and visit through Paro and Thimpu is included in this trek that involves resting, exploring and enjoying the local delicacies.

This lovely trek starts along the fertile Paro valley along the Paro Chu (river) and then through unspoilt villages in beautiful valleys which has till today retained their ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture. Thereafter, a climb through ravishing virgin forest before emerging to high summer pastures at the foot of magnificent and sacred Chomolhari peak.  Along the route, one crosses three high passes – Bhonte La (4890m), Takhung La (4520m) & Thombu La (4380m), before passing two lone Dzongs (forts) in wild desolate landscape and then the final leg through the the gentler delights of the cultivated valleys.

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

This is a beautiful trek in complete wilderness passing via several high altitude lakes, beautiful meadows and undulating valleys with a view of the majestic Himalayas and Yak herders. Thimpu, Paro, Haa & Punakha valleys are explored giving one a peak into the culture, beauty and mystery of this place. A hike up to Bhutan’s most famous sight and monastery, Taktsang or tiger’s Nest is another highlight of this trek. 

Druk Path Trek

Druk Path is trek of moderate difficulty. This is Bhutan’s most popular trek following the ancient highland route between Paro and the capital of Bhutan, Thimpu. Passing through a fantastic landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes, this trek also exposes one to the rich  cultural of the ancient land. There are several ancient lhakhangs (monasteries), dzongs (fortress) and villages along the trail that is as beautiful as the natural landscape. Throughout the trek one will have the pleasure of the views of distant slow clad peaks.

A hike up to the Taktsang monastery as a part of acclimatisation provides an enchanting view of the Paro valley. One of the highlights of this trek is that it offers a breath-taking view of the Chomolhari (7314m), also known as the “Bride of Kangchenjunga”.

Camping will be beside clear mountain lakes and along the trail enjoy the magnificent view of the highest un-scaled peak in the world, Gangkhar Puensum.

As much as the treks, this will also be about meeting the ever welcoming people of this rich culture laden land. Bhutan is the destination for one wanting a mix of adventure, rich cultural exposure and mystery.

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