Hiking and Trekking in Bhutan 2022
Hiking and Trekking in Bhutan
Trekking in Bhutan 2022 allows the traveler to get off the beaten track and on to the wondrous Bhutanese landscapes. About 80% of the landscape in Bhutan is covered by forests and we will lead you to complete wilderness were you come across various vegetation zones. Most of the trek routes run through protected areas and you will see wild life in its natural habitat.
Hiking and Trekking in Bhutan treks range from short soothing walks through terraced fields and idyllic hamlets to some of the most arduous high altitude treks. Our low altitude treks run through 3100m plus and high altitude treks like six-day Druk Path Trek through 5400m plus across coniferous forests abloom with rhododendron flowers and shimmering lakes and the 21-day Snowman alpine quest to more than 6000m.
Is there mountaineering and mountain climbing in Bhutan?
Mountain climbing is not allowed in Bhutan. This is out of respect for the locals as Bhutanese people believe that the mountains are sacred and the abode of the gods. The last mountaineering expedition was by a British team in 1986 to Mount Gangkar Punsum. At an altitude of 7,570m this is the highest un climbed peak in the world. You get fine views of this mountain on both the Lunana Snowman and Kitiphu Ridge treks.
When is the best time to go hiking in Bhutan?
Based on our experience we have chosen the best times of year for our Bhutan treks and hiking tour . Like in Nepal the peak trekking seasons are in Spring and Autumn seasons. For most treks the best months are in April, October and November. We describe the weather and conditions for our treks in the Trip Dossiers downloadable from our website.
For Lunana Snowman we start earlier in Autumn season than for other treks in Bhutan. The Snowman trek is 28 days and this is longer than the weather window with the best weather and conditions. We start this trek towards the end of the monsoon in late September. This means we can trek into and out of Lunana before the winter snows block the high mountain passes.
As described in our Blog article When is the best time to go trekking in Nepal Himalaya? The monsoon withdraws from the Himalaya from West to East. As Bhutan is further East than Nepal the monsoon recedes later in Autumn and arrives earlier in Spring. The monsoon has heavy rain and low clouds so we do not recommend a visit during the Summer months.
What to wear for hiking in Bhutan?
Nepal Guide Info Team give more info about Gear list from our website. Having this personal equipment is mandatory. This is for the safety of everyone in the group and to ensure a successful trek. The group leader may check your gear in Paro before departure for the trek.
You should come prepared for rain at any time of year and an umbrella is a good piece of kit to bring with you. The rainy weather makes the trails through the forests very muddy and it is a good idea to bring gaiters with you. The muddiest sections of Snowman are on the trail to Chomolhari Base Camp and at the end of the trek to the road head.
Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek
Druk Path Trek
Dur Hot Spring Trek
Laya Trek Tour
Punakha Winter Trek
Samtengaang Winter Trek
Snowman Trek – With gangkar puensum extension
Wild East Rodungla Trek
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