Trekking in Bhutan is a unique experience unlike many of the more crowded treks offered in Asia. The variety of treks range from a simple three-day trek from the district of Thimphu to Paro (and vice-versa) to the 25-day legendary Snowman’s Trek that takes veteran trekkers through some of the most exquisite spots in the country. The Snowman Trek is also labeled the world’s toughest trek as it goes over 12 mountain passes, all of them over 4,500m.
Almost all the treks offer a combination of natural discovery and an insight into the country’s culture and unique daily life. Many of the trails take walkers past remote and ancient monasteries, through deep forests, and villages. The trails pass grasslands and pastures for livestock, and meadows of wildflowers, butterflies, and grazing animals. Trekkers often get to spot blue sheep, takin and a variety of birdlife including the wild pheasants. Bhutan’s treks are also famous for the majestic views of the Himalayan peaks that provide a sense of awe and wonder and a point of contemplation for trekkers along the way.
One of them is the Jomolhari trek where trekkers go to the base camp for Mt. Jomolhari, Bhutan’s most deeply venerated peak on the border of Bhutan and the Tibetan region of China. Trekkers often come back with a sense of the majesty of high altitudes, where life ticks to a different time. Some treks takes you through villages and heritage sites in the different valleys.
For walkers the most appropriate trekking times are mid-March to mid-May and mid-September to the beginning of November. There are however also trekking routes that are better suited to Summer or Winter. Earlier in the year the light is sharper but the nights are very cold. In autumn, after the rainy season, the skies clear and the leaves begin to turn yellow. Between mid-June and mid-September one should expect regular rainfall.