The scope for trekking in Bhutan is immense – from short walks to arduous treks. The very moment you step off the road to start your trek, you will be totally de-linked from the stressful sights and sounds of urban life. Instead, you will enjoy views of snowcapped peaks, dense forested hillsides and river valleys, and the sounds of birds and gushing streams, flowing down to the temperate river valleys from the melting snows of the mighty Himalayan peaks.
Trekking provides an excellent opportunity to experience the real heart of Bhutan. Contact with people in remote villages provides an excellent opportunity to get insight into the rural culture of the kingdom. You can easily feel you are in hitherto unexplored territory, as your journey on foot takes you through remote and deep forests with their scattered, tiny settlements and then out onto the high alpine grazing lands of the nomadic yak herders. It’s still a curiosity for isolated villagers to see foreigners – the local people will stare at you, but with open and friendly faces, and you will be greeted warmly.
In general, trekking in Bhutan is physically demanding due to frequent and abrupt changes in elevation necessitated by the terrain. Some trekking days can involve a strenuous walk along a rocky and muddy path, keeping on the move for 7-9 hours with few rests along the way, so as to reach the designated campsite before dark. A trek in Bhutan can be anything from a three day leisurely walk around a valley, to the arduous 25 day Snowman trek, taking one well above the snowline into Bhutan’s most remote high altitude settled region, Lunana. Most people take a trek which lasts around one week.