Top 5 Trekking Trails in Bhutan for Hiking Enthusiasts

Attractive mountain ranges, picturesque places and a plethora of Natural Mountain trekking options, this Statuesque Bhutan exudes everything to her visitor.  It’s marvelous slopes and foggy mountains are considered as the heaven on earth and offer some spine-tingling voyage for all who like to run the risk. In this country, Toss up for some charming popular trekking destinations and do admire the richly kept secret ranges of the Himalayas. Prepare your soul and heart to restore in the old lawn of the Himalayas and come across some divine and exotic trekking trails in Bhutan.

Each trail of Bhutan is tagged by its difficulty level: easy, moderate, and advanced. So, if you’re ready to spend more than a few days on the hiking trail, consider trying a Bhutan Package to achieve your dream.

Here is the list of 5 Trekking Trails in Bhutan:

1.  Taktsang Goenba (Tiger’s Nest Monastery)

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The Tiger’s Nest Monastery; officially called the Paro Takstang Goenba. This is a must-visit place on any Bhutan itinerary. This Tiger’s Nest Monastery was built in 1692, around the cave where Guru Rimpoche (an important figure in Tibetan Buddhism) first meditated.

This trail is situated at the foot of the mountain and the hike starts at the parking lot. Hikers will explore the monastery high up above and in front of them, which can be the perfect motivation to keep walking! The trail itself is not too steep and wide, so it is appropriate for varying levels of ability. One can hire Horses who don’t feel comfortable hiking the whole way.

At about the halfway point you will find The Takstang Cafeteria, so you can stop here and not continue all the way to the monastery. From this cafeteria, you will experience some of the good views of the monastery. Though, it’s worth continuing to reach the monastery itself. After the cafeteria, the path flattens out a bit, but the final push up to the monastery is a little strenuous. Once you reach the monastery, you’ll be shown around inside. Then you need to hike back on the same path.

Difficulty level– moderate

2.  Dochu La Pass

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From Dochu La Pass (10,006 feet) to Lungchutse Lhakhang (11,482 feet)

On the journey between Thimphu and Punakha, This day hike can be an ideal excursion. The trail from the elaborate Buddhist shrine (chorten) at Dochu La pass, at 10,006 feet, to the small Lungchutse Monastery is a three- to four-hour round trip. The walk follows a trail, which mainly used by cattle, horses, and yaks, and undulates up and down. The forests you will pass through are brimmed with plus juniper, birch, hemlock and rhododendron which bloom in the spring.

From the monastery, you’ll be able to treat yourself with the panoramic Himalayan views of the north. depending on the cloud cover, All of Bhutan’s major peaks should be visible from here; like Gangchhenta (Great Tiger Mountain, in the shape of a tiger, 22,440 feet), Jhomolhari (23,996 feet), Zongphu Gang (Table Mountain, 23,293 feet), Masang Gang (shaped like a trident, 23,507 feet), and Gangkar Puensum (Bhutan’s highest, at 24,740 feet, and the highest unclimbed mountain in the world).

Difficulty level– easy

3.  The Phobjikha Valley

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Gangtey Nature Trail, Phobjikha Valley

In the Phobjikha Valley, the Gangtey Nature Trail is an easy, short trek of around two hours that leads you mostly downhill.  This trail is extremely beautiful, with views of the glacial valley. Start your journey from the 16th-century Gangtey Goenba; a small hill, and hike down through croplands which bloom with wildflowers, a flower of the warmer seasons. Then, reach the village of Semchubara, from there hike through a forest and through a valley.

For nature and wildlife lovers, this short trail is a must-do. Enjoy a glimpse of rural Bhutanese life and Spot animals grazing along the way. If you are lucky, you may be able lucky to see black-necked cranes that migrate here in the winter from the Tibetan Plateau.

Although this hike is short, it also allows the hikers to spend a bit more time in the absolute peace and quiet of the Bhutanese countryside.

Difficulty level– easy

4.  Ngang Lhakhang to Tahung Trek

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You could choose the three-day Bumthang Cultural Trek to hike the long, but for a taste of the same in a day (six hours), try the Ngang Lhakhang to Tahung route instead. It is the part of the second day of the Bumthang Cultural Trek. Start your journey from Ngang Lhakhang (a 15th-century temple also known as the “Swan Temple”), then hike through meadows and bamboo forests, followed by numerous small streams. On the way of the hike, you’ll be surrounded with beautiful, peaceful forests of rhododendron, birch, and juniper.

After the pass, hike downhill into a broad valley, spot the grazing yaks, cows, and sheep. There is a village called Tahung, where you can camp overnight.

Difficulty level– moderate

5.  Punakha Valley

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Hike to Khamsum Chorten, Punakha Valley

The trail is a short, steep climb up to the Khamsum Chorten in the Punakha Valley. But the views of this place and the walk through the stunning Punakha Valley are worth your effort.

Compared to many of Bhutan’s other monuments this chorten itself is not that old. It was built in the 1990s and situated on a ridge. From this valley is a witness of lovely views of the valley and farmland.

Difficulty Level: Advance

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