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Trekking in Bhutan

22 multi-day treks including the Lunana 'Snowman' Trek, Jhomolhari, Druk Path and Dagala treks

A guidebook to 22 multi-day treks in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, including the Jhomolhari, Druk Path and Dagala treks. The trails vary from 2 to 23 days long. The routes are mostly in western and central Bhutan, and range from easy to strenuous depending on the length, altitude and difficulty. Includes advice on cultural awareness.


The best seasons for most treks are spring and autumn. Low-altitude treks can be done in winter. Expect monsoon rains in the summer.


Most treks start in the western part of Bhutan, in Paro. However, the guide also includes routes starting in other locations, such as Bumthang and eastern Bhutan.


All treks in the guide are graded. Trekking routes in Bhutan are on good trails, though most cover ground at high altitude, meaning that extra time is needed for acclimatization. No specialist climbing equipment is required.

Must See

The classic Lunana 'Snowman' Trek; views of Gangkar Punsum, the world's highest unclimbed massif; birds and wildlife; the rich Bhutanese culture
16 Mar 2018
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.80cm

A guidebook to 22 trekking routes in Bhutan, plus variants. The graded routes vary in terms of difficulty, although many involve high altitude and remote terrain calling for self-reliance.

The routes range from 2 to 24 days. Highlights include the Lunana ‘Snowman’ Trek, the Jhomolhari Trek, the Druk Path Trek, the Dagala ‘Thousand Lakes’ Trek, and opportunities to visit Gangkar Punsum Base Camp.

  • Route description illustrated with sketch mapping
  • Can be used to select, prepare for and enhance an organised expedition (since independent trekking is not permitted in Bhutan)
  • Notes on trekking seasons, outfitters, transport, accommodation and food, equipment, and medical considerations (including safety at altitude)
  • An insight into Bhutanese mountain life, plus advice on cultural awareness

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Bart Jordans Cicerone author JORDAN

By Bart Jordans

Originally from the Netherlands, Bart Jordans has been guiding and exploring treks and (trekking) peaks in the Himalayas, Karakoram, Hindu Kush, European Alps, Kilimanjaro, Simien Mountains of Ethiopia, Moroccan Atlas Mountains and Damavand in Iran since 1984. Most of his guiding experience is in Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan. He lived in Bhutan from 1999 till the end of 2003. He has been guiding in Pakistan since 1989. Originally from the Netherlands, he lived in Bhutan for over four years and in Vietnam for two. He caught the bug for mountain activities early in life on annual family visits to the Alps. Bart is now a freelance trekking guide for several well-known companies. When not in the mountains he works in the outdoor gear business and writes articles on the mountains of Bhutan, for which he is a noted expert.

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