Despite of being a small country both in size and in population, Bhutan offers one of the best trekking experiences to its visitors. The country is mainly dominated by the monsoon season and the best time to trek here is the months of March to May as well as the months of September and October. If you are planning to trek in Bhutan, then you should know that on your each trek, you have your personal guide, camping assistant, cook, horsemen and horses who will carry your belongings. If you are someone who seeks solace from the mountains then the trekking experience in Bhutan will offer you that. Here is a list of the six best trekking paths in Bhutan.
Druk Path Trek
If you are new to Bhutan trekking then you should start with Druk Path Trek as it will serve you as a good introduction to the overall experience. The trek takes six days to be completed and touches the high point of 13776 ft. While trekking, you will go through forests that are dense with dwarf rhododendrons and pines. The starting point of this trek is Paro and it you will reach to Thimpu, over the mountains as the trek comes to an end. On your way back, you can enjoy the beauty of the Mount Gangkar Puensum (7570m), the tallest peak of Bhutan.
Dagla Thousand Lakes Trek
The span of this trek is also six days though it is quite challenging. It gives you views of famous lakes and also allows you to marvel at the highest Himalayan peaks including Mount Everest and Kanjenjunga. In case you have the desire to try out the local trout fishing then you have to obtain a license that is not at all expensive. The highest point that you will reach while trekking in this path is 4500m. Given the fact that the trek brings you closer to a number of villages, you can feel the tradition of Himalaya through this trek.
This trek takes 8 days and is somewhat challenging. The main attraction of this Jomolhari Trek is the view of the Mount Jhomolhari that is 7,326m tall. Jhomolhari, the mountain, stands as the border between Bhutan and Tibet and is also known by the name of the ‘Bridge of Kanchenjunga.’
This route, though one of popular treks is a very difficult route to cover. It almost takes 25 days to be completed. The trek generally starts from Paro and ends in Lunana that is situated in the northern region of Bhutan. One of the negative sides of this trek is that this path is quite isolated and does not have many villages in its way. The chances of being evacuated by helicopters are also not very high in this region. Given the difficulty level of this trek, you should plan this during the month of October.
Bumthang Owl Trek
This is a short trek that takes only three days to be completed. If you are running low on time and are keen to get a feel of the local culture of Bhutan along with mountain views then this trek will prove ideal for you. The forests that you will cross during this trek mainly consist of bamboos. However, you will also find blooming rhododendrons if you trek here around the months of April and May. The forests further offer you chances of bird watching and if lucky, you can witness bears also.
Duer Hot Springs Trek
This is quite a challenging trek that takes almost nine days to be completed. There are some similar paths that this trek and the Snowman Trek have in common. The main attraction of this trek is a one day rest at the Duer Hot springs that happens to be one of the most beautiful places of the Himalayas. The highest point of this journey is Juli La that has a height of 4700m. You can come across Black Bear and Musk Dear in the trekking way.
So this is a competitive list of the treks that you can take if you are planning on visiting Bhutan and hold a keen interest in trekking. You should choose your timing carefully as otherwise bad weather may ruin your trek.