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.
Bhutan Trekking Tours & Itineraries
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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.
Bhutan trekking itineraries
Take in the best Bhutan has to offer, from culture to mountain scenery. Visit the impressive fortresses and monasteries of Thimphu and Punakha, see the tranquil Bhutanese countryside, and enjoy day hikes before embarking on the famed trek to Mount Jomolhari. It's an adventure that takes you to the stunning snow-capped mountains and lakeside campsites, with the chance to see Himalayan vultures and the elusive snow leopard along the way.
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.
The best way to experience the unspoiled natural beauty of Bhutan is on foot, and this active 9-day itinerary combines cultural outings with a trek through the popular Druk Path. You will start your trip in Paro, where you will visit the National Museum and hike to the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery. Then, transfer to the Druk Path trailhead and begin your 4-day hike to the capital of Thimphu. In Thimphu, enjoy a short tour of the city's top sites before ending your trip with excursions to ancient temples in Punakha and Paro.
Trekking enthusiasts from around the world are drawn to the mystical charm of Bhutan’s mountains and landscapes. On this 10-day adventure, you'll hike along various trails, including the famed Dagala Trek — it's nicknamed "the thousand lakes trek" because of the many beautiful lakes visible from the trail. Sleep in a tent at high-altitude campsites, embark on treks that range from easy to challenging, and enjoy spectacular views of the mountain peaks of Bhutan, Sikkim, and Nepal along the journey.
Explore the majesty of the Himalayas on this energizing 7-day trek. Guided by a professional trekking crew, you'll climb through native forest and flowering alpine meadows, with stunning views of Jomolhari Mountain. Camp at Jangothang, widely considered one of the most beautiful campsites in the entire mountain range, and enjoy meals prepared by the crew's cooking staff. With a one-day break built into the schedule for rest, the trip is carefully planned to allow your body to adjust to the high altitude.
Generations of trekkers have been drawn by Bhutan’s mystical landscapes, from snow-capped mountains to fresh lakes to alpine meadows. The Dagala Trek takes you right through the heart of the country's beautiful scenery, offering exquisite views of the Himalayas, the opportunity to sleep under the stars, and the chance to interact with nomadic yak herders. This 5-day trip, perfect for outdoor adventurers, makes the most of a short stay in Bhutan.
The Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular treks in mountainous Bhutan. It's easy to understand why: in less than a week, you can hike through forests, camp by a lake, visit monasteries, and see a famous meditation center. This 5-day adventure begins in the Thimphu Valley, leading you through alpine scenery to high mountain passes and glacial lakes. Conveniently, you'll end up back where you started at the end of the trek.
If you can't choose between a cultural tour and a trekking adventure, this 5-day trip around Bhutan is the one for you. You'll get the best of both worlds along the journey, visiting dzongs (fortresses), temples, museums, and historic monuments in the Paro Valley and Thimphu. Then you'll drive to Chele La Pass for panoramic views over the mountains, getting out of the car to hike through native forest to one of the kingdom's oldest Buddhist nunneries.