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Travel description

Experience one of the most fascinating countries on earth in a particularly impressive way and follow some ancient trekking trails through the Himalayas of Bhutan. This relatively small kingdom, located north of India on the southern border with Tibet (China), captivates visitors with its beautiful panoramas of densely forested valleys in front of white-peaked mountain giants, as well as its friendly people, who live in a Buddhist culture that is thousands of years old. It is where they place “Gross National Happiness” above economic growth. With a little luck, the approach to Paro, a small town in the east of the country, will give you a first impression of the intoxicatingly beautiful views that will accompany you over the next 12 days.

After a day’s stay in Paro, which includes the opportunity to visit the fascinating Taktsang monastery on a 900 m high cliff and to acclimatize to the altitude, the trek begins on traditional paths, past terraced fields, through orchards and untouched forests. Again and again, the trail climbs gently, followed by descents down to the banks of a clear river that we will cross, over scree slopes and mountain passes that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks. We will bbe able to discover many different old monasteries and fortresses on the mountain slopes. The beautiful nature of Bhutan can be seen in the rhododendron forests, mystical waterfalls and vast, seemingly untouched mountain meadows. In addition to the diverse flora, interesting animals will cross our path again and again, including yaks and gaurs (bison), various species of deer and many different types of sheep and goats.

The people we meet in small villages or around the country’s important sights are happy to give us an insight into their everyday lives and their Buddhist culture. Due to the maximum altitude of almost 5,000 m above sea level, this trekking is quite demanding in terms of health and fitness, but as the routes are easy to walk, the travel module is also suitable for hikers who are crossing their personal bridge to Bhutan, into the fascinating world of the Himalayas, for the first time.


  • Immerse yourself in the peaceful nature of the Himalayas of Bhutan
  • Discover the culture of this special country
  • Taktsang monastery (Tiger Nest), Drukgyek Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang
  • Thimphu, the state capital with national library, painting school, textile and folk heritage museum, royal memorial shrine, Trashichhoedzong religious and government center, Kuensel Phodrang Buddha statue
  • Experience everyday life in the countryside and in the bustling cities


  • Day 1: Arrival in Paro (2,250 m above sea level), transfer for an overnight stay at the hotel.
  • Day 2: Paro: Taktsang monastery, Drukgyel Dzong fortress, Kyichu Lhakhang temple. Overnight stay in hotel
  • Day 3: 1st trekking day: walk 5-6 hours for 17 km to Shana (2,870 m above sea level). Overnight stay in camp
  • Day 4: 2nd trekking day: walking time 7-8 hours for 20 km to Soi Thangthangka (3,750 m above sea level). Overnight stay in camp
  • Day 5: 3rd trekking day: walk 7-8 hours for 19 km to Jangothang (4,040 m above sea level). Overnight stay in camp
  • Day 6: 4th trekking day: walk 7-8 hours for 18 km to Lingshi (4,000 m above sea level). Overnight stay in camp
  • Day 7: 5th day of trekking: Walk 8-9 hours for 22 km over the Yeli La Pass (4,820 m above sea level) to Shodu (4,100 m above sea level). Overnight stay in the camp
  • Day 8: 6th day of trekking: walk 6-7 hours for 16 km to Barshong (3,600 m above sea level). Overnight stay in camp
  • Day 9: 7th day of trekking: 5-6 hours walk for 15 km to Dolam Kencho (3,600 m above sea level). Overnight stay in camp
  • Day 10: 8th day of trekking: Walk 3 hours for 8 km to Dodena (2,600 m above sea level), transfer to Thimphu (2,300 m above sea level). Overnight stay in hotel
  • Day 11: Thimphu: Sightseeing (national library, painting school, memorial shrine of the king, etc.), excursion to the large Buddha statue above the valley (Kuensel Phodrang). Overnight stay in a hotel
  • Day 12: Return home or onward journey

Best time to travel

The best time for this trek is in spring, from April to June or in fall from September to November – the weather and temperatures are pleasant at this time.

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