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A guidebook for 27 multi-day treks throughout the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, including the Jhomolhari, Druk Path and Dagala treks. The trails are very clear and vary from 2 to 24 days long. The routes are mostly in western and central Bhutan, and range from easy to strenuous depending on the length, altitude and difficulty.
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The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, located between the two huge neighbouring countries of China and India, is a magical country of mountains and forest, which offers stunning scenery that really captures the beauty of the area. With its extensive natural border of high mountains to the north, rising over 7000m, and its virtually impassable jungle to the south, Bhutan has always been a place of mystery. Its lack of contact and influence from the outside world and untouched nature gives Bhutan it’s unique culture and appeal.
This guidebook contains detailed route descriptions for 27 multi-day treks that range from 2 to 24 days in length and has routes that are suitable for trekkers of all levels of experience. The treks have been divided into four sections, covering West, Central, East and South Bhutan. In general, trekking in Bhutan includes long days with several ascents and descents each day with steep valleys.
Every trek has to be led by a qualified Bhutanese guide but the Bhutan Himalayas do not require any special technical skills. The mountains are covered with a network of trails but, because of the sparse population, these are not heavily travelled. The trails are generally in a good condition, and fit experienced walkers should have no difficulty in navigating them, although natural obstacles such as snowfall and landscapes can require a change of plan.
Each trek has been graded for difficulty as follows:
Easy: lower altitude, good trails, shorter days, short treks, suitable for most people
Moderate: a mix between low and high altitude and shorter and longer days, not always on a trail, basic fitness required
Demanding: travelling at altitude, some high passes to be crossed, trails not always in the best state, possible river crossings, some longer days, higher level of fitness required
Strenuous: high altitude, high passes, high camping, difficult trails, possible river crossings, long days, long treks, only for well-prepared trekkers (previous experience recommended).
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|The thrill of Bhutan|
|Climate and trekking seasons|
|Organising a trek|
|Getting there and getting around|
|Environmental and cultural awareness|
|Flora and wildlife|
|Geology: the formation of the mountains|
|Rivers and glaciers|
|Accommodation and food|
|Medical considerations and fitness|
|List of approved treks|
|About this guide|
|1 Haa Valley–Saga La–Drugyel Dzong|
|2 Haa Valley–Nub Tshona Patta Tsho–Rigona|
|3 Paro–Jhomolhari–Lingshi–Laya–Lunana–Nikka Chhu|
|4 Jhomolhari Camp–Bonte La–Tagulun La or Lalung La–Drugyel Dzong Circuit|
|7 Masa Gang Base Camp from Laya and back|
|9 Dagala Trek – and extension to Dagana|
|10 Samtengang Trek|
|11 Gasa Tsachu (hot springs) Trek|
|12 Gangte Trek and southern variation|
|13 Nabji–Korphu Trek (The Black Mountains or Jigme Wangchuk National Park)|
|14 Nubi/Chutey Trek near Trongsa|
|15 Trongsa–Kasiphey–Dur Tsachu (hot springs) Trek|
|16 Bumthang–Lunana (including the trek to Dur Tsachu)|
|17 Gankar Punsum Base Camp below the South Ridge of Gankar Punsum – via Dur hot springs|
|18 Gankar Punsum Southeast Face–Thole La–Bumthang Trek|
|19 Gankar Punsum Southeast Face – crossing over to Gankar Punsum Base Camp|
|20 Bumthang: Ngang–Tang Valleys Trek and Extension to Ura|
|21 Bumthang: Tang Valley–Rodang La–Lhuntshi–T(r)ashi Yangtse Trek|
|22 Royal Heritage Trek: Bumthang–Kiki La–Tungi La–Kuenga Rabten– Trongsa|
|23 Ura–Buli/Zhemgang Trek|
|24 Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary Trek (Bumdeling Iron Bridge Trek)|
|25 Migoi (Yeti) National Park (Merak–Sakteng) Trek|
|26 Kharungla Apeman Trek|
|27 Manas National Park Trek|
|Appendix 1 List of maps|
|Appendix 2 List of Treks|
|Appendix 3 Bibliography|
|Appendix 4 Glossary|