Lonely Planet describes the Snowman Trek through the Bhutanese Himalaya as one of the most challenging treks of the world. You'll see some of the country's most remote areas and camp in altitudes above 16,400ft (5,000m), enjoying some of Bhutan's pristine natural beauty. Before and after the arduous trek, you'll have time to explore the beautiful Paro region and visit the country's most famous landmark: the astonishing Tiger's Nest Temple.
Bhutan Travel Insights
Bhutan, is emerging from the mists of its self-imposed isolation and is more accessible than ever. Bhutan offers high mountains, lush valleys, pristine ecology, and incredible wildlife and birds, including the rare black-necked crane. This 13-day itinerary includes popular western and lesser-visited central parts of the country. You'll enjoy a range of cultural and natural activities, as well as moderately challenging (but relatively short) day hikes, all surrounded by beautiful, pristine nature.
Remote Central Bhutan offers a wealth of cultural and natural attractions that are rarely visited by outsiders. On this 12-day tour of Western and Central Bhutan, you can get a taste of it all. Hike along quiet rural trails to working monasteries, where you may be the only traveler. Drive along remote mountain roads over high passes with views of the high Himalaya. Explore the dzongs and other cultural riches in the small towns and villages of Bhutan. See Bhutan both on and off the beaten track.
Until 1961, Bhutan could only be entered on horseback. Now, the "Land of the Thunder Dragon" is emerging from the mists of its self-imposed isolation. Bhutan offers high mountains and lush valleys, pristine ecology and an incredible wealth of wildlife. On this two-week itinerary that includes the western and central parts of the country, you'll enjoy a range of cultural and natural activities, as well as moderately challenging (but relatively short) day hikes. See the iconic, must-visit attractions of Bhutan, like the Tiger's Nest Monastery, as well as parts of the country that few travelers venture to.
Until 1961, Bhutan could only be entered on horseback. Now, the "Land of the Thunder Dragon" is emerging from the mists of its self-imposed isolation. Bhutan offers high mountains and lush valleys, pristine ecology and an incredible wealth of wildlife—and on this nine-day tour, you'll get a taste of it all. From hiking trails to monasteries, views of the snow-clad Himalaya to rolling valleys and fluttering prayer flags, this comprehensive tour will introduce you to Bhutan's gentle pleasures.
Bhutan is often considered a last Shangri La, a land of high mountains and lush valleys, snow-clad peaks with clear-running springs, with pristine ecology and an incredible wealth of wildlife. Experience the best of Bhutan on this comprehensive ten-day tour that includes hiking, wildlife spotting, mountain vistas, unbelievable architecture, and more.
Explore the enigmatic kingdom of Bhutan and its magnificent landscape of soaring mountain peaks and lush green valleys. On this seven-day excursion, you'll visit its famous fortresses and monasteries, gain insight into the country's fascinating history and culture, and do some light hiking in the stunning countryside.
Thanks to restrictions on independent travel, the idea of exploring Bhutan carries an air of exclusivity. Add some of these gorgeous luxury resorts into your itinerary and you'll feel every bit as royal as Jetsun Pema, Queen of Bhutan, while traveling around this beautiful Himalayan kingdom.
When it comes to trekking, Bhutan offers both beauty and variety. The kingdom is home to some of the most challenging high-altitude treks in the world, as well as countless easy rambles through the wilderness. Whether you're an experienced hiker or a novice, there's a multi-day trek in Bhutan to fit your needs.
You don't need to have a lot of time in Bhutan, nor an exceptional level of fitness, to experience some of the best hikes in the kingdom. This selection of the best day hikes offers something for every interest and ability, from quick and easy downhill rambles to steep uphill climbs and passes.
With restricted tourism numbers, Bhutan is never a busy destination. But there are distinct high and low seasons, and times when the weather is most favorable. So when is the best time to visit?
Travelers headed to Bhutan will find great lodging options in its towns and quiet valleys alike. You'll have your pick of beautiful hotels complete with local design details, scenic views, and even spas. From cozy renovated farmhouses to affordable luxury, here are seven unmissable boutique hotels in Bhutan.
Trek through an area adorned with a multitude of pristine, crystal clear lakes, and Bhutanese villages. As you walk, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain range and some of the world’s highest peaks - including Mt. Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, and many more.
Take in the best Bhutan has to offer, from culture to mountain scenery. Visit the impressive dzongs of Thimphu and Punakha, see the real Bhutanese countryside, and set off on day hikes before embarking on the arduous 7-day Jomolhari camping trek. Soak in the world of stunning snow-capped mountains, takins, Himalayan vultures, and even encounter the elusive snow leopard.
This itinerary combines wild adventure with Bhutan's unique culture. The trek, though challenging, is highly rewarding and one of Bhutan's best. En route, catch glimpses of the spectacular Mount Jhomolhari, which straddles the border between China (Tibet) and Bhutan. In Thimphu and other small towns, learn about Bhutan's unique form of Tibetan Buddhism and the culture that was cut off from the rest of the world for so long. In short, this trip has it all!
With customs and traditions still going strong after centuries and an environment rich with diversity, Bhutan is a country that is completely unique. On this journey you will explore the wonders of Western Bhutan from the ancient capital of Thimphu to the spectacular Dochu La Pass and semi-tropical valley of Punakha. Take in the great Himalayan views and experience Bhutanese family life before hiking to the famous Taktsang, a hike light of any Bhutanese adventure.
From the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery to the sleepy streets of Paro, visiting Bhutan is all about the simple pleasures of natural beauty and a distinctly preserved culture. Experience this long-isolated country's stunning mountains, colorful architecture, and lush countryside on this comprehensive 10-day tour.
Explore mystical, naturally resplendent Bhutan - also known as Druk-Yal, the land of the thunder dragon - as it emerges from the mists of its self-imposed isolation. From museums to monasteries, this tour will guide you through some of the best of Bhutanese life, culture, nature, and history.
Get an inside look at the fascinating culture of Bhutan on this two-week cycling adventure. Closed to foreign visitors until the 1970s, the Buddhist kingdom offers a glimpse into the past with exquisitely preserved traditions, monuments, and natural wonders. You'll traverse the story-book landscape of this Himalayan gem, experience authentic rural life, and visit the cultural highlights.
The kingdom of Bhutan remains one of the last unspoiled gems of the Himalaya. Closed to foreign visitors until the 1970s, Bhutan has an amazingly preserved traditional Buddhist culture uniquely blended with modern sensibilities. On your five-day journey, you'll visit monasteries, fortresses, and enjoy stunning views as you hike through the mountains.
Longing for an adventure that's truly off the beaten track? This immersive, culturally rich tour of western Bhutan is just the thing. Fall in love with the capital, where ancient traditions go hand-in-hand with modern life. Explore the beautiful glacial valley of Phobjikha. And don't miss out on a mountain hike to a peaceful monastery.
Perfect for nature-lovers, this nine-day excursion into western Bhutan will take you to both well-known and off-the-beaten-track birding zones in search of Bhutan's 770+ avian species. Fall in love with this wild country - where 72% of the land is covered in forests - and its colorful, majestic wildlife.