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Trans Bhutan Hiking Trail

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Duration

9 Days

Prices Start from

£2,990pp (ex. flights)

Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims, traders and royal messengers by walking two sections of the newly restored Trans Bhutan Trail. From Haa in the west to Trashigang in the east, the trail spans the breadth of Bhutan covering over 400 kilometres of spectacular terrain.

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Traverse the world’s only carbon-negative country, staying in a combination of luxury hotels, high-end camping and homestays.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Paro - Haa

  • Day 2

    Haa - Katsho - Ngopa (hiking)

  • Day 3

    Ngopa - Dopshari (hiking)

  • Day 4

    Paro - Thimphu

  • Day 5

    Dochula - Toeb (hiking)

  • Day 6

    Toeb - Mendelgang (hiking)

  • Day 7

    Punakha - Paro

  • Day 8 & 9

    Paro

Day 1

Paro - Haa

Day 2

Haa - Katsho - Ngopa (hiking)

Day 3

Ngopa - Dopshari (hiking)

Day 4

Paro - Thimphu

Day 5

Dochula - Toeb (hiking)

Day 6

Toeb - Mendelgang (hiking)

Day 7

Punakha - Paro

Day 8 & 9

Paro

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Flags on Tiger's Nest Temples, Bhutan
Tiger's Nest Temples, Paro, Bhutan

The Trans Bhutan Trail

Although the Trans Bhutan Trail is best known for crossing the entire country, it is more popular to take on a few sections rather than the entire trail. This suggestion does just that, combining two days of hiking in the west with another two days of hiking in the east, either side of some more relaxed sightseeing.

These sections of the trail take you through spectacular scenery, with 6,000-metre peaks visible above scenes of rural Bhutanese life. This culminates with a final trek to the imposing Punakha Dzong (fortress), where tradition dictates that you must change into traditional Bhutanese clothing in order to cross the bridge into the fortress.

Trashichho Dzong, Thimphu, Bhutan
Thimphu, Bhutan

Thimphu

After two days of hiking the western section of the trail, drive east to Thimphu, Bhutan’s young capital. Here, explore the countless religious and historical sites that litter the city and its surrounds.

These include Thimphu Dzong, rebuilt by the third king of Bhutan; the Buddha Dordenma, a towering gilded bronze statue; and the Memorial Chorten, a Tibetan-style stupa built in 1974. Also visit the Choki Traditional Art School, the only private school that offers free education to impoverished children.

Taktshang Monastery, Paro, Bhutan
Paro, Bhutan

Paro

Following two days of hiking to the east of Thimphu, return to Paro for some time to explore this quiet town, which is surrounded by religious sites. The highlight here is the Taktshang Monastery, meaning ‘Tiger’s Nest’.

Arguably Bhutan’s most famous monastery, this sacred building was built over a cave used for meditation by Guru Rinpoche. Said to have arrived here by flying tiger, Guru Rinpoche is regarded as the ‘Second Buddha’ by Ningma Buddhists.

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When to travel

Bhutan in January

The coldest month in Bhutan, but it is very dry and crisp with clear skies. The south of the country, at lower elevations, is warmer.

Bhutan in February

Temperatures remain cold, but skies also remain clear with often spectacular views of the Himalayas.

Bhutan in March

Temperatures rise, as spring bursts into life. Hillsides are abundant with blooming wildflowers. It is still chilly at high altitudes, but the skies are clear. Overall, a fantastic time to visit.

Bhutan in April

An ideal time for trekking, as temperatures continue to rise. The chance of a shower increases too, but it is not monsoon season yet. Make sure to book accommodation in advance.

Bhutan in May

Temperatures, humidity, and rainfall all increase. Visitor numbers drop, however, and the rhododendrons are still beautiful.

Bhutan in June

The start of the monsoon season. Not a recommended time to visit, although views can be spectacular after the rains clear.

Bhutan in July

The monsoon is in full swing. Temperatures but also rainfall peak. Not a good time for trekking

Bhutan in August

Sightseeing is still possible but the monsoon season continues.

Bhutan in September

The rain starts to abate, and by the end of the month, most days are fine and dry. A changeable month, with warm temperatures to be enjoyed between the showers.

Bhutan in October

The perfect time for hiking, with stunning views and comfortable temperatures. The busiest month though, so we recommend booking accommodation well in advance.

Bhutan in November

Rainfall will occur as temperatures begin to drop and expect it to be chilly at higher elevations. A great time to see rare black-necked cranes.

Bhutan in December

The start of winter, and cold, crisp days. Visitor numbers drop, but there are still stunning views to be had for those willing to wrap up.

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