Trekking in Bhutan is one of the unique experiences of Asia and if you are looking for genuine and natural trekking trails then there is no better place than Bhutan. Trekking in Bhutan is the second most popular tourist activities, next to cultural sightseeing.
With less than 4000 trekkers annually visiting Bhutan, trekking in Bhutan is in fact the true wilderness experience that one will enjoy once in a lifetime.
Nature of trekking in Bhutan
Trekking in Bhutan will be a camping journey. As there are no hotels, guest houses or tree houses along the trails, you will be spending your overnight under the pitched tents. All your camping equipments are being arranged by respective tour operators with whom you have booked your tour and you will have horses on lower altitude and yaks on higher altitudes for carrying your belongings.
Meals during the trek
Meals while trekking in Bhutan are prepared in camp by trekking cooks. Lunch is prepared in the morning and carried by crew members.
As there are no grocery stores along the way, everything is bought before we start our journey and carried alongside by crew members, horses and yaks. As you traverse across some of the villages, your guide and trekking cooks will try to buy some fresh local products and prepare for you.
It is recommended to bring some energy bars and snacks while trekking in Bhutan.
Waters during the trek
Bottled water are bought and carried along with by the crew members but for longer duration tours, your trekking cook will collect from nearby stream and boiled it for you. Do not drink directly from the streams. As long as you drink boiled water, chances of water contamination are nil.
Trekking Experience and Physical fitness
At 10,760 feet above sea level, Bhutan is ranked highest country in the world, in terms of average land elevations. As a result most of its trekking trails are located on higher altitude, averaging over 12,000 feet above sea level, requiring certain level of physical fitness and trekking experience.
However with varieties of trails to choose from, both beginners and pro can enjoy trekking in Bhutan. Be it 2 days or grueling 25 days trekking, Bhutan has it all for you to choose from.
For those who are attempting to go for Snowmen trek (25 days trek), it will be an asset if you have certain level of trekking experience and are physically fit enough, since snowmen trek is referred to as amongst the world’s most toughest trekking route involving climbs over 5000 m above sea level.