Himalaya Holiday Service
Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan & India Tours and Travel Operator
An exhilarating way to see the beautiful wilderness of the kingdom is to trek! The trails will lead you through a variety of terrain, from lush forests to panoramic mountain passes. You will have a chance to see some traditional villages, and you will likely meet up with some yak herders and spot some of Bhutan's wildlife, such as takins, monkeys, and blue sheep. Our treks range from the easygoing Gantey trek through deep valleys, to the moderately strenuous Druk Path trek linking Thimphu and Paro, to the challenging higher-altitude Laya/Gasa and Jumolhari treks.
Each day you will enjoy 6 to 8 hours of scenic hiking in the peaceful surroundings, followed by a relaxing feast. With our team of experienced guides, you will have an unforgettable adventure.
On your trek, you will be provided: a two-person sleeping tent, a toilet tent, a dining tent, a kitchen tent, sleeping pads, cooking staff, pack animals (horses) for carrying luggage and supplies, and a trekking guide. You will need to bring a duffel bag for your clothing and other items because the pack animals cannot carry hard-back suitcases.
You will be accompanied by your guide. There will be about a total of 5-6 people on your trek (guide, cook, cook's helper, 2-3 horse men and horses). You can carry a small backpack, and the horses will carry your heavier luggage. Your trekking staff will put up the tents in the evening and take down the tents in the morning for you every day on your trek. You do not need to do anything except relax and enjoy your trek.
Gantey Gompa Trekking
This short, moderate-elevation trek is ideal for novice trekkers or for those who want to experience the beautiful wilderness of Bhutan without the demands of a long, strenuous trek. This three-day trek begins in the meadows of Phobjika Valley (2830m), the winter home of the endangered black-necked cranes. The trail itself will have some ups and downs, with the highest point being Tsele La (pass) at 3440m. You will hike through a variety of vegetation, including rhododendron, bamboo, juniper, ferns, magnolia, and sometimes orchids. You will also get a chance to see the daphne plants, from which the Bhutanese make traditional paper.
Season: This trek is possible from March to May and from September to November. The best months are April and early May, when the rhododendrons are in full bloom. It requires an itinerary of at least 10 days.
Druk Path Trekking
This moderately strenuous 6-day trek takes you across the mountains separating the Paro and Thimphu valleys. You can go from Paro to Thimphu or reverse. The trail will take you through blue-pine forests, thick alpine forests, and dwarf rhododendrons. The highest point of the trek is Phume La (pass) at 4,210m. From there you can see Gangkhar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan. On this trek you can also get amazing views of Jumolhari Mountain and other Himalayan peaks. You will camp near Phajoding Monastery one night and can explore the area. You will also have opportunities to fish in some of Bhutan's most beautiful lakes. There is a good chance you will see yaks and yak herders on this trek.
Season: This trek is possible from March to June and from September to November. It requires an itinerary of at least 12 days. Itinerary
Bumthang Cultural Trekking
This easy three-day trek will give you a chance to explore the religious heartland of Bhutan. Your trekking begins in Toktu Zampa, and shortly into the hike you will arrive at Thangbi Monastery, which you can tour. The scenic trail will lead you through meadows and pastures, cool thick forests, and bamboo. Phephe La (pass) at 3,360m is the highest point on the trek, reached by a short, steep climb. You will pass through a number of villages on this trek and will make a stop at the Ugyen Chholing Palace.
Season: This trek is possible from March to May and from September to November. It requires an itinerary of at least 13 days. Itinerary
The challenging 10-day Jumolhari trek begins gently at Drugyal Dzong, winding through rice paddy terraces, apple orchards, and forest, and gradually becomes more demanding. You will see a variety of landscapes on this trek, including pastureland, conifer forests, canyons, and rivers. The highest point will be Nyile La (pass), which is 4,890m. Throughout the trek you will have some spectacular views of the high ridges and snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas. You may see the winter homes of the yak herders, as well as some yaks, blue sheep, and musk deer.
Season: This trek is possible from April to June and September to November. It requires an itinerary of at least 14 days. Itinerary
Laya/ Gasa Trekking
This strenuous 16-day trek will test your endurance with steep climbs and descents and high altitudes--as high as 5,005m at Sinche La (pass). The route is scenic and varied and includes alpine pastures, deep forests, farmland, bamboo, and subtropical vegetation. It is possible you will spot yaks, blue sheep, monkeys, and vultures, and depending on the time of year, you may be able to see takins in the forested valley of Tsherijathang. This trekking route also has a cultural flavor, as you will have the opportunity to explore villages and dzongs. You will also have a chance to relax in the soothing Gasa Tsachu (hot springs).
Season: This trek is possible from April to June and mid-September to mid-November. The best month for this trek is April. It requires an itinerary of at least 20 days.