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Today, Bhutan or the land of the Thunder Dragon is one of the most highly acclaimed travel destinations. This is a land of remarkable natural beauty with a pristine and intact environment and a friendly, tradition-bound people. To the discerning international traveler, Bhutan has become an exotic and enticing final frontier.

Bhutan’s present travel status comes as no surprise given that this tiny kingdom, the size of Switzerland, was zealously sequestered from the world for centuries. The door to this mythical Buddhist kingdom was opened to limited tourism only three decades ago.  Travel to Bhutan is still regulated through a policy of high value tourism.

At this time and age when tourism most often dictates national economics, travel to Bhutan is a refreshing experience. Here, a deeply ingrained sense of hospitality, a universally acknowledged ecosystem and a living culture ensures every traveler the best that any nation has on offer. Travel to Bhutan is really an exploration.

Explore a tradition and culture that has been preserved through the centuries. In Bhutan, it is not about seeing a display showcased for tourists but living and sharing an experience with the Bhutanese. From religious festivals to a celebration on a farm or a game of archery, become a part of it all. This is true interactive travel.

Bhutan Travelers is a product of the very evolution of tourism in the kingdom. From state-run tourism in the early years to privatization, Bhutan Travelers has always been there. Its strength lies in the deep understanding and insight of the nation and its people and the knowledge of clients acquired through years of experience.

Travel to Bhutan with Bhutan Travelers and we will accompany you through the most satisfying and memorable journey. We will unravel every myth and mystery and open the doors to untold adventures. Come and explore this bewitching land and leave knowing that you will return again, and again.

Bhutan Travelers packages are specially designed to suit the needs of every traveler. You can either travel to Bhutan as an individual or in large groups; we will be there every step of the way. Besides tours and treks, we also offer customized packages according to the wishes of the individual or group.

 

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Trekking in Bhutan

Trekking in Bhutan allows the traveler to get off the beaten track and on to the wondrous Bhutanese landscapes.  About 80% of the landscape in Bhutan is covered by forests and we will lead you to complete wilderness were you come across various vegetation zones.  Most of the trek routes run through protected areas and you will see wild life in its natural habitat. 

Our treks range from short soothing walks through terraced fields and idyllic hamlets to some of the most arduous high altitude treks.  Our low altitude treks run through 3100m plus and high altitude treks like six-day Druk Path Trek through 5400m plus across coniferous forests abloom with rhododendron flowers and shimmering lakes and the 21-day Snowman alpine quest to more than 6000m.

All trekking in Bhutan is being arranged as camping trips as there are no hotels or lodges along the trails. Your trekking camp is at designated place where there is ample water suppy to cook your meals and meadows to feed your ponnies. The company trekking crew treks with you to set up camps, carry your pack lunches, prepare tea and serve meals at the campsites.  You will trek with your back-pack with only water bottle, batteries, cameras, jackets and your basics daily stuff such as medicines, toiletries and own supplies of chocolate bars, insect repellents and treatment tablets. Your heavier stuff such as tents, personal gear, kitchen and food supplies are carried by horses or yaks at higher altitudes. We do not rely on porters.

When to Come?
The best season for trekking in Bhutan is spring and autumn- March to April and late September to mid-November.  Although the nights are colder in autumn with temperature in higher altitudes ranging from 20 degree celcius down to minus 10 degree celcius, days are warmer with bright sun shines.  The autumn and spring is generally a high season for tourists and all hotels and flights get booked. On trek you will probably find other trekkers camping next to you.  Our low altitude treks such as Gangtey Trek, Samtengang Trek and Ura treks runs through out the year accept in July and August when the weather is little wet for the trek.

What you are supplied on trek
On trek, you will be supplied 2-men sleeping tents, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, mattresses and utensils.  You will have to bring your own sleeping bags.  There is no trekking store here in Bhutan to buy or rent one and we suggest you to buy this from your place. 

Trekking Staff
While trekking in Bhutan, you will be accompanied by a guide, a trekking cook, assistants and horsemen.  Our trekking cooks are experienced and there are no places in Bhutan where they have not wielded the pot and pan and they can whip up a delicious meal at any altitude, weather or time.  Our trekking cooks are trained by the Tourism Council of Bhutan and specialize in Bhutanese, Indian and Chinese cuisine.

Trekking food
While trekking, you are sent with extensive assortment of supplies and you can depend entirely on camp meals.  You will not have to bring in any food items except if you wish you can carry some chocolate bars, or trail mix for snacks and few packets of seasoning but it is not really necessary.  On trek, you are provided with 3 meals a day- breakfast, hot lunch served on the way, and dinner at the campsites with evening tea and snacks.  There are no fresh foods available on trek; all the supplies are taken from the starting point of the trek.  For the first few days, you will be served fresh foods and meats and on longer treks, after a week or so you will be served tinned foods.  Our trekking cooks can cook any kinds of food and if you have any special dietary needs, on prior notice they will take care of it.  Most of the trekkers say that trekking foods are better than in some of the restaurants and hotels.   

Fitness level for treks in Bhutan
Trekking in Bhutan is physically demanding because of the distance and abrupt changes in elevation.  You will have to walk 7-9 hours for 15-19 kilometers daily to reach the campsites.  For example, for all the climbing days for 18-days Laya Gasa Trek, there is an elevation gain and loss during steep ascents and descents of about 6800m and most of the other treks have elevation gain of 500m in about 18km.  Most of the climbs run through deep forests on rocky trails and sometimes the trails traverses through wet mud were you need agility to hop between round river stones.  But if you have experience of walking 20-25km a day with a back pack and you do not have history of knee pains on descents it should not be difficult for you for trekking in Bhutan.   

Insurance
Most treks in Bhutan goes to a height were most of the people show signs of altitude sickness but so far we have had no single case casualty.  Our guides are well trained on the mountain sickness, medicine and care. Uur trekking staff can handle the situation professionally and effecetively.
The cost that we provide does not include insurance of any kind and you will have to get it insured from your country of origin before you come for trekking in Bhutan. 


Baggage Limit on Treks in Bhutan
We strictly maintain baggage limit on treks in Bhutan.  Each person on a trek is limited to a maximum of 15kg because a horse/yak carries 30kg and the load of two trekkers should make a load of a horse/yak.  You are required to bring a duffle to put in your trekking stuff and a medium sized card suit case for your city clothes. You can leave your city clothes behind with office and have them reached to you at the end of your trek.

Druk Path Trek
This moderately hard six day trek, leads from Paro to Thimphu, or vice versa, crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. Starting from the museum, you trek through the Damchena Village up passing through blue-pine and thick alpine forests till Jela Dzong at 3560m, where you will camp for the first night. Then subsequent trail goes through high pasture lands, spectacular rhododendron forests with great views of Jumolhari and other Himalayan peaks. On this trail, you will also have opportunities see yaks and yak herders on this trek, and to fish in some of Bhutan's most beautiful lakes. The highest point of the trek is Phume La Pass (4,210m), from where you can see Gangkhar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan. Your last night camp will be near Phajodhing Monastery that offers great view of Thimphu Valley.
Season: This trek is usually possible from late February to June and from September to December. Read Itinerary...

Jumolhari Trek
This 9-day challenging trek starts at Drugyal Dzong in the north of Paro Valley. Hiking through rice paddy fields, apple orchards, forests, rushing steams, the trek gradually becomes challenging. After two nights camping in the wooded alpine forests and meadows, you will arrive at Jangothang base camp and from here you will have a stunning view of 7513m Mount Jumolhari. The next day’s trail is through high pastureland and after crossing the highest point, Nyile La Pass (4,890m), you arrive at Lingshi, the highest settlement in the north. You will have some spectacular views of the high ridges and snow-capped mountains. Yaks, blue sheep, musk deer and elusive marmots are also the common sights on this trek. The last few days trek, through conifer forests, canyons and streams, you arrive at Dodena, where your car will be waiting here to transfer to Thimphu. Take a hot shower in the hotel and relax for the next day’s tour in the city.
Season: The ideal time for this trek is March to June and September to November. Read Itinerary...

Laya Gasa Trek
This trek offers a great variety of trekking conditions, from picturesque farmland and forests to alpine pastureland and high passes. Shingche La at 5,005m is the highest pass that you will cross on this trek. There is an ample chance to spot yaks, blue sheep, vultures and rare birds. Depending on the time of year, you will also see large herds of takins in the forested valley of Tsherijathang. Spectacular campsite, beneath some of Bhutan’s most impressive peaks, of which the most notable are Jumolhari and Jichu Drake, are also the features of this trekking route. Numerous isolated Dzongs and scattered settlements, including the outlandish village of Laya, provide a great deal of cultural interest en route.
Season: This trek is generally open from April to June and mid September to mid November. However the best trekking month in Laya region is April. Read Itinerary...

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek
This is a short trek near Thimphu, passing through picturesque high altitude lakes. The trek is moderate with mostly short trekking days but few steep climbs. This trek also offers one of the most stunning views of chains of Himalayan peaks.
Season: The best months for this trek are April, September and October. Read Itinerary...

Snowman Trek with Gangkar Puensum
This trek goes to the remote Lunana district and is considered the most difficult trek in Bhutan and perhaps in the world. The attributes those make it a tough trek are; distances, altitude, weather and remoteness. The alpine quest is deemed only for the adventurous trekkers.
Season: The snowman trek is frequently closed because of snow and is almost impossible during winter. The recommended season for this trek is mid June to mid October. Read Itinerary...

Wild East Rodungla Trek
The trek across the top of eastern Bhutan is tough and involves a tremendously long, steep descent. It used to be an important trade route before the completion of National highway.
Season: The recommended season for this trek is October, early November and late spring. Read Itinerary...

Samtegang Winter Trek
This is an interesting low altitude trek covering the regions of Punakha and Wangdue. The trail goes through lovely villages, oak and rhododendron forests and linger on the route which the famous divine madman have exercised his divine powers in subduing evils in these regions.
Season: This trek is possible to do throughout winter season. Read Itinerary...

Punakha Winter Trek
This trek goes from Thimphu to Punakha through sup tropical forests, bamboo thickets, pine forests, villages, and rice fields and provides a great experience of a Bhutanese rural life.
Season: Because of low altitude, it is possible to do this trek throughout winter season. Read Itinerary...

Chele La Nature Trek
This is a perfect trek for the avid nature lovers. Starting from Paro, it goes around the high ridges of Paro and Haa and then ends in Drukgyal Dzong in the north of Paro. At the Chele La Pass, you can see blue poppies in the months of July and August. On high ridges, you will also be greeted by great views on Mount Jumolhari.
Season:This trek can be done from March to May and from September to December. Read Itinerary...

Gasa Hot Spring Trek
The trek starts by the riverside, following a well-made path through semi tropical forest. For flower lovers there is abundant wild orchids here. The day’s walk is fairly gentle climbing up to Damji village at an altitude of 2,250m, walking time 5/6 hours. After lunch, you will continue walking through sub-tropical forests and villages up to Gasa Tsachu (hot spring). The Tsachu is a famous place where people from all over the country come to have bath, due to its curative powers. You will walk up to the Dzong in the evening. Camp below the Dzong at an altitude of 2,900m. Walking time 6-7 hours.
Season: This trek can be done from March to May and from September to December. Read Itinerary...

 
 


 
Festival Schedule 2016
Bhutan Festivals
Punakha Festival
17 - 19 Feb 2016
Punakha Drubchen
13 - 16 Feb 2016
Gomkora Festival
16 - 18 March 2016
Tour of the Dragon (Biking Race)
03 September 2016
Paro Spring Festival
19 - 23 March 2016
Domkhar Festival
16 - 18 April 2016
Ura Yakchoe Festival
18 - 20 April 2016
Nimalung Festival
13 - 15 June 2016
Kurjey Tshechu Festival
15 June 2016
Wangdi Tshechu Festival
9 - 19 October 2016
Thimphu Drubchen
6 - 10 October 2016
Black Necked Crane Festival
11 November 2016
Tamshing Phala Chhoepa
11 - 13 October 2016
Thimphu Tshechu Festival
11 - 13 October 2016
Thangbi Mani Festival
15 - 17 October 2016
Jakar Tshechu Festival
7 - 9 November 2016
Jambay Lhakhang Drub
14 - 17 November 2016
Mongar Tshechu
5 - 9 December 2016
Trashigang Tshechu
8 - 10 December 2016
Trongsa Tshechu Festival
7 - 9 January 2016
Lhuntse Tshechu Festival
7 - 9 January 2016
 
 
       
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