The hiking in Bhutan can involve treading through passes as high as 5500 meters with spectacular landscape and breathtaking vistas of the mighty Himalayan Mountains and the valleys. Possibilities of day hikes are also enormous all over Bhutan. Whether it is a short one or two to three hours walk, or strenuous full day hike, our well trained, certified guides and drivers will be always there to escort you through some of the beautiful hiking routes of Bhutan. Depending on your ability levels we suggest and you choose. Some of the tramps and walks also lead you to remote and ancient Buddhist monasteries, through deep forests and close to some of the beautiful traditional small towns.
|Hike Name||Distance & Time information||Places|
|Haa Valley Hike||106km -3-4 hrs.||Paro-Haa|
|Tiger Nest’s Hike||11 km (drive) & walk(4-4.5hrs full hike)||Paro-Tiger Nest|
|Dodedrak Hike||3km to road end & walk -2.5 hrs||Thimphu Valley|
|Laptsakha Hike||Full hike takes 2.5-3 hrs||Punakha Valley|
|Longtey Hike||3-4 hrs||Wangdue Valley|
Hike to Haa Valley
To experience a beautiful nature of western Bhutan at an elevation of over 3500 meters, nothing compares to the Sagala Pass and recently opened Haa valley. At your convenience, you may drive approximately 30 mins to reach in the village of Balakha. From here you can start your hike heading in a South¬-Westerly direction. Your hike will start with a gentle climb through blue pine pastures and farmland continuing on to the steeper trails through old growth forest of spruce, hemlock and rhododendron. Upon arrival at the Sagala pass you will enjoy breathtaking views of Bhutan’s northern Himalayas; Mt. Jhomolhari and Jichudrake. While at the pass, enjoy a pre-arranged picnic from the lodge or hotel with a view like no other. Your descendants will continue in the southerly face of the Sagala pass through spacious yak herding meadows leading down to quaint villages located at the north end of Haa. From here, our vehicle will be awaiting your arrival to get you home to the hotel. The duration of the day excursion will be approximately 8 hours.
Hike to Taktshang (The Tiger’s Nest)
Tiger’s Nest is one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments. It literally hangs off the face of a cliff 900 meters (2952 feet) above the valley floor. The caption says that Guru Rinpoche flew from Singye Dzong in Kurtoe to the present day Taktshang on a mythical tigress and meditated in the cave before bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. Hence, the Taktshang Goemba is built around this cave. The four-hour round trip offers spectacular vistas of the Goemba and the valley below. Horses or mules can be arranged on request to help brighten the journey. As much as possible, we commend you to hike up on your feet.
Travel to the Gorgeous Hidden Monk Village Dodedrak
Few hikes are as rewarding in terms of scenic beauty and insights into Buddhist architecture, craftsmanship and mysticism as the half day hike to Dodedrak; a beautifully situated, a magical monk village established around a mysterious 12th century temple. Here you will not only find true serenity, but also impressive art in the form of original 900-year old paintings, remarkable mandalas, and the history of Dodedrak told in the contour of a painted stonewall shaped like the icons themselves. Bring some snacks, join the monks for lunch and make certain to get plenty of time to allow the mystery of Dodedrak reveal itself before you revert to the real Earth.
In the rainy season, you will encounter wet mud on most of the trails in the Punakha area. This hike, which gets you from Laptsakha village to Punakha Police Station, is an exception. From Laptsakha village, you travel along a path along the irrigation canal which is shadowed by the surrounding woods and thus affords a most-wanted relief from the warmth. On that point are no hills, and hardly any steep descents as you meander through the woods and past small village homes with beautiful views of Punakha valley and the Mo Chhu River. The entire hike takes from 2 ½ to 3 hours, but can be abbreviated depending on where you select to give the irrigation channel path and construct your path down to the valley floor. The hike can be fused with a visit to the newly opened Sangchhen Dorji Lhendrup Lhakhang.
Punakha All-In-One” (for the active explorers)
If you are adventurous and just want to see the best of the valley in one day, we recommend the “Punakha all-in-one”! Begin your morning with an early power-breakfast and walk along the river and through the rice fields to Khamsum Chorten for amazing views of the vale.
See the Yak And Yak Herders On the Longtey Hike
If you are expecting for a picturesque hike through some of the most beautiful parts of Gangtey, this is the single. A 30-minutes drive will bring you to the starting point in Longtey village, and the hike takes some 3-5 hours. The trail initially takes you through a small village where yak herders put up their cliques in the wintertime. From here you proceed upwards through mystifying old-growth rhododendron forest. For the succeeding two hours or so, you might feel like you are the settings of Lord of the Rings surrounded by tall old trees which appeared to be living creatures around you. The last section through the forest is slightly steeper uphill until you get to the pass with impressive views of Gangtey Goemba, the Shedra (monastic school), and the remainder of the valley. This is the nicest place of lunch before you continue along the way of life as it pitches down the vale towards the idyllic Kumbu village. It is possible to get plucked up from here, or you may proceed downward to the main village of Gangtey
Gangtey Nature Trail
This pleasurable walk will afford you a decent feeling for Phobjikha valley. From the small hilltop overlooking Gangtey Goemba, you head down hill through flower meadows to Semchubara village and from here through beautiful woods and into the open valley. After passing a chorten and Khewa Lakhang, the trail walks up to Gangtey Monastery. The nature trail walk can be fused with a visit to Gangtey Goemba.