one seems to know exactly the meaning of the word Bhutan but it is believed
that it is derived from `Bhot' which is the name given by Tibetans to
their own country and `Tan' which is a corruption of the word `stan'
meaning Land. The Bhutanese however prefer to call their country `Druk-Yul'
which means `The Land of the Dragon'. Bhutan is renowned for its
undiluted cultures and unspoiled natural wonders. Bhutan's past is
still its present.
The Chomolhari Trek
The six-day return trek offers a taste of the great variety of Bhutanese
landscapes. Starting Drugyel Dzong, we pass through scattered hamlets and
farmland, into a deep and richly forested valley, which leads to a high
alpine pastureland where yak herders graze their animals. Our highest camp,
beside a clear lake, beneath the 10,000 ft. high East Face of Chomolhari, is
in as magnificent a location as you could ever wish to find.
The Laya / Gasa Trek
Despite the opening up of a number of new
trekking possibilities in Bhutan, the long-established route from Chomolhari
across to Laya will always rank as one of Bhutan's finest treks. The
reason for this is not hard to find. The route offers a great variety of
trekking conditions, from picturesque farmland and forest to alpine
pastureland and high passes. Spectacular campsites, beneath some of Bhutan's
most impressive peaks, of which the most notable and Chomolhari and Jitchu
Drake, are also a feature of this trekking route. Numerous isolated dzongs
and scattered settlements, including the outlandish village of Laya, provide
a great deal of cultural interest's enroute. The memories of this
special trek will stay with you for a lifetime.
The Bumthang Cultural Trek- Central Bhutan
out at the splendid "Lodge" in Jakar, this four days trek passes
through several villages on its meandering route through the Bumthang
countryside. This trek provides an exceptional opportunity for contact with
Bhutanese rural life.
The Lhuntse Trek- Eastern Bhutan
One of the most picturesque of the
low altitude treks, this trek begins at Tangmachu; two hours drive from
Mongar. Climbing through temperature forest with an abundance of wildlife
(including several types of pheasant) this route explores some of the least
visited areas of Bhutan before continuing on to Tashiyangste on the ancient
caravan route across Bhutan. In springtime the flowers and bird-life make
this trek a sheer delight.
The Lunana Trek
Continuing across the north of the Kingdom from Laya,
one enters the seldom-visited region known as Lunana. Passing some of the
last virgin peaks of the Himalayas, Lunana offers a breath-taking landscape
that has previously seen only a handful of foreign visitors. Starting out at
Punakha, this unique and challenging itinerary spends three days climbing
the steep gorge leading to Laya, before crossing the mighty Karakachu La to
enter Lunana proper. After spending seven days walking through the "paradise
on earth, the route crosses the Gophu La to explore the valleys south
of Gangkar Puensum, which remains the highest unclimbed peak on earth. Seven
long days' trekking remains to reach the wide-open, fertile valleys of
Bhumthang. Probably one of the most challenging treks in the Himalayas.
The Druk Path
This is a short four-day trek, which leads from Thimpu
to Paro, or vice versa, crossing the chain of mountains that separates the
two valleys. Although there is little settlement on this route, there are
wonderful lakes teeming with fish and the area is famous for its spectacular
rhododendron forests, which bloom in May. In the clear weather of late
autumn and winter where are views across to the Himalayas.