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Hikking in Bhutan
Day Hikes and Walks in Bhutan

Anyone who enjoys hikes and walks, we at Bhutan Travel Express can provide you with most exclusive solution tailored within your itinerary; also our tour specialist team keeps on researching for more interesting short hike so that we can provide you with more interesting and memorable hikes during your visit in Bhutan. There are short and day’s hiking trails in most of the places. In case you want to walk and experience Bhutan on Foot, but cannot take up the treks, then you can always do a day’s hike. Day hikes in Bhutan ranges from a few hours to a day’s walk. The Hiking trails are mostly very comfortable and passes through forested areas with a lot of wilderness around, many chortens(small stupas), Monasteries, clear beautiful lakes, and may even discover your path through a Bhutanese village. Based on your tour packages the places you will be touring while in Bhutan, we will adjust and insert the Hike in your Tour Itinerary. Do let us know what you prefer, Trek or Hikes and we will tailor with your preference and liking. Some of the following hikes can be done with your cultural tour in Bhutan. Your cultural tour in Bhutan can be more enchanting if you can include day hikes.

Following are some of the hikes we recommend during your tour in Bhutan.:
  • Taktshang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest) (Paro)
  • Dzongdrakha Lhakhang (Paro)
  • Kila Goenpa (Paro)
  • Tango & Cheri Goenpa (Thimphu)
  • Phajoding Goenpa (Thimphu)
  • Wangditshe Lhakhang (Thimphu)
  • Khamsumyuley Namgyel Chhorten (Punakha)
  • Gangtey Natural Trail (Gangtey) (Wangdiphodrang)
  • Lampari Botanical Garden (In between Thimphu & Wangdiphodrang)
  • Chhimi Lhakhang Hike (Wangdiphodrang)
  • Kuenga Rabten (Trongsa)
  • The Mangdue Foot Trail (Trongsa)
  • Ngang Lhakhang (Bumthang)
  • Pasaling Gompa (Bumthang)
  • Kunzang Drak (Bumthang)
  • Tharpaling Monastery (bumthang)
  • Bartsham & Bidung village (Trashigang)
  • Radhi & Phongmey Village (Trashigang)

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Hiking In Paro -Bhutan Greenwood Tours and Travels
Day Hikes and Walks in Bhutan

Anyone who enjoys hikes and walks, we at Bhutan Travel Express can provide you with most exclusive solution tailored within your itinerary; also our tour specialist team keeps on researching for more interesting short hike so that we can provide you with more interesting and memorable hikes during your visit in Bhutan. There are short and day’s hiking trails in most of the places. In case you want to walk and experience Bhutan on Foot, but cannot take up the treks, then you can always do a day’s hike. Day hikes in Bhutan ranges from a few hours to a day’s walk. The Hiking trails are mostly very comfortable and passes through forested areas with a lot of wilderness around, many Chortens (small stupas), Monasteries, clear beautiful lakes, and may even discover your path through a Bhutanese village. Based on your tour packages the places you will be touring while in Bhutan, we will adjust and insert the Hike in your Tour Itinerary. Do let us know what you prefer, Trek or Hikes and we will tailor with your preference and liking. Some of the following hikes can be done with your cultural tour in Bhutan. Your cultural tour in Bhutan can be more enchanting if you can include day hikes.

Following are some of the hikes we recommend during your tour in Bhutan.:
Trekking In Paro Tiger Nest -Bhutan Greenwood Tours and Travels
  • Taktshang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest) (Paro)
  • Dzongdrakha Lhakhang (Paro)
  • Kila Goenpa (Paro)
  • Tango & Cheri Goenpa (Thimphu)
  • Phajoding Goenpa (Thimphu)
  • Wangditshe Lhakhang (Thimphu)
  • Khamsumyuley Namgyel Chhorten (Punakha)
  • Gangtey Natural Trail (Gangtey) (Wangdiphodrang)
  • Lampari Botanical Garden (In between Thimphu & Wangdiphodrang)
  • Chhimi Lhakhang Hike (Wangdiphodrang)
  • Kuenga Rabten (Trongsa)
  • The Mangdue Foot Trail (Trongsa)
  • Ngang Lhakhang (Bumthang)
  • Pasaling Gompa (Bumthang)
  • Kunzang Drak (Bumthang)
  • Tharpaling Monastery (bumthang)
  • Bartsham & Bidung village (Trashigang)
  • Radhi & Phongmey Village (Trashigang)
Paro -Taktshang Lhakhang (Tiger's Nest)

Trekking In Paro Tiger Nest -Bhutan Greenwood Tours and Travels

  • Distance: 2 hours one way.
  • Altitude: 3,120 meter above sea level.
  • Elevation gain: 900 meters above Paro valley.
  • Difficulty: Moderate.
It was first built in 1692 at a cave where Guru Rimpoche meditated in the 7th century A.D. Legend states that Guru Rimpoche flew to the site atop the back of a tigress and meditated in the cave for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours in order to subdue evil demons residing within it. The cave has been considered a sacred site ever since and many famous saints have travelled to meditate in it.Taktsang Lhakhang is located approximately 10 km north of Paro town at an altitude of 3.120 meters. In order to arrive at the temple visitors must trek for around 2-3 hours through beautiful,shady pine forests. No trip to Bhutan would be complete without a visit to this remarkable heritage site.

Kila Goenpa

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  • Distance: 3.5 hours.
  • Altitude: 600 meters above sea level.
  • Elevation gain:
  • Difficulty: Medium.
It is the serene home of Buddhist nuns who have dedicated their life for spiritual fulfilment and leading undisturbed life of religious studies, prayer and meditation. The Goemba is nestled in a craggy patch on mountain side below the Chelela pass and perched precariously along the rock face. From Chelela pass, the lhakhang is about an hour walk amidst magnificent wooded area.

Dzongdrakha Lhakhang

This temple is located between Paro and Haa valley. This is very short hike and after visiting the Lhakhangs, drives to Chelela pass. Often called the mini- Taktsang, Dzongdrakha temples are built on the cliffs above Bondey village. The walk there is not as strenuous as to Taktsang. Legend says one of the temples is built around a levitating monument. Folks built a stronger temple around this monument with the hope that the levitating monument does not fly away into the sky.

Thimphu Tango & Cheri Goenpa

Trekking In Tango & Cheri Goenpa -Bhutan Greenwood Tours and Travels

  • Distance:1 hours approximately for each.
  • Altitude: 2800 meters above sea level.
  • Elevation gain:400meters
  • Difficulty: Medium.
Drive by the car to Doedena, from here walk up to the Tango Monastery. You will also take pack lunch. The hike will take about 1hour 30minutes.Visit the monastery and walk back. We will take our lunch near the Doedena Bridge. After lunch we will hike to Cheri, which will take about 1hour up steep.

Phajoding Goenpa

Trekking In phajoding Goenpa -Bhutan Greenwood Tours and Travels

  • Distance:4 hours approximately for each.
  • Altitude: 3500 meters above sea level.
  • Elevation gain:1000 meters
  • Difficulty: Medium.
Phajoding is located on the hill overlooking the entire Thimphu Valley. There are many monasteries in Phajoding. The hike will take about 3hours 30 minutes, steep climb. We have to start this hike early in the morning from Thimphu with pack lunch. The hike is through the forest of chirpine and rhododendron.

Wangditshe Nature Trail

  • Distance:2 hours approximately for each.
  • Altitude: 2400 meters above sea level.
  • Elevation gain:60 Meters
  • Difficulty: Easy.
This hike can start from Dechenphodrang. It is steep climb till the Lhakhang. From the Lhakhang, it is just a plain walk. From this hike we can see the entire Thimphu Valley, beautifully.

Punakha & Wangdue Phodrang

  • Distance:1 hours approximately for each.
  • Altitude: 1500 meters above sea level.
  • Elevation gain:200 meters
  • Difficulty: Easy.
This hike is through the farmer’s field and then through the pine forest. The hike is about 1 hour up steep climb, and visit the Khamsum Yule Namgyel Chorten, which is a temple inside. The temple inside will give the visitors, the good examples of tantric Buddhist and its philosophy. On your way back, you can take through the fields of Kabesa Village.

Gangtey Natural Trail (Gangtey)

  • Distance:2 hours approximately for each.
  • Altitude: 2700 meters above sea level.
  • Elevation gain:200meters
  • Difficulty: Easy.
The most beautiful and shortest of the existing nature trails in Bhutan. The trail hike starts from the mani (like Chhorten) stone wall to the north of the GangteyGompa and ends in Khewa Lhakhang. The hike takes about 1hr 30minutes through the pine forest and small bamboo plants. You can see thePhobjkha valley so beautifully from this hike. It is one of the best hike places for the Nature lovers.During the winter months, we can see the endangered species of birds – Black Neck Cranes..

Chhimi Lhakhang Hike (Wangdiphodrang)

  • Distance:30 Mins approximately for each.
  • Altitude: 1500 meters above sea level.
  • Elevation gain:20 meters
  • Difficulty: Easy.
Chhimi Lhakhang, which is also known as the 'temple of fertility', is located at a hilltop. We have to hike about 30mitues across the farm fields through the village of Sopspkha. Ngawang Chogyel brother of Drukpa Kuenley (divine Madman) built the temple in 15th century after his brother Drukpa Kuenlay built a small chorten there. You will get fertility blessings especially for the childless women from this temple.

Lampleri Botanical Garden

Trekking In Lamperi  -Bhutan Greenwood Tours and Travels

  • Distance:45 minutes approximately.
  • Altitude: 2100 meters to 3750 meters
  • Difficulty: Easy.
Lampari Botanical Garden is located between Dochula pass and Wangdiphodrang. It is about 30km from Thimphu towards Wangdiphodrang. A Rhododendron garden with 46 species of the plant is one of the themes of a 125-acre botanical garden in Lamperi. From the 46 species, around 28 species can be seen here. We can walk around the Baritsho Lake, a canteen, viewpoints and camping space for visitors. The Lamperi area was declared a botanical park because of its rich ecosystem diversity. It has cool broad leaf forests, mixed conifer forests, fir and sub-alpine forests and the temperate rain forest with hundreds of species of fauna.

Khamsum yuley Namgyel Chhorten

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten  -Bhutan Greenwood Tours and Travels

  • Distance:1 Hour approximately.
  • Altitude: 1500 meters
  • Elevation Gain: 200 meters
  • Difficulty: Easy.
This hike is through the farmers field and then through the pine forest. The hike is about 1 hour up steep climb, and visit the Kamsum Yule Namgyel Chorten, which is a temple inside.The temple inside will give the visitors, the good examples of tantric Buddhist and its philosophy. On your way back, you can take through the fields of Kabesa Village.

The Mangdue Foot Trail - Trongsa

This trail is newly started. It was inaugurated by the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, Lyonpo Jigme Yozer Thinley on 3rd June 2007. This trail starts from the view point of the Trongsa Dzong and ends at the Dzong Parking, where our car and driver will wait for us here. The trail is leisurely-pace through the forest of Oak and Rhododendron and other broad leaf forest vegetation. This trail will also lead you to historic “Thomadrak”, a cliff, before crossing the traditional cantilevered bridge over Mangduechhu River.

Kuenga Rabten- Trongsa

Kunga Rabten Palace is located about 23 kilometers away from Trongsa and the drive will take about an hour. It was the winter palace of the second King and it offers a good insight into the early days of the Bhutan’s monarchy. Kunga Rabten Palace was establish as branch National Library since mid 1980’s.On the top floor is the Sangye Lhakhang with contains the statues of Sakyamuni, Shabdrung and Guru Rimpoche.

Tharpaling Monastery- Bumthang

This excursion begins with 30minute drive to Lamigompa. The hike starts with gradual climb through the chirpine forest. Through this hike we will see the entire Chumey Valley. Walk down to the Chumey Village and our car and driver will wait for us here to take us back to the hotel. The hike will take about 5hours.

Pasaling Gompa- Bumthang

This hike will take about 3hours. This hike begins with a gradual climb through the blue pine forest.Visit the lhakhang which overlooks the beautiful valley of Bumthang.

Kunzang Drak- Bumthang

It is two hours walk above Drangchel, Tang Valley. It is one of the most important sites related to Tertoen Pemalingpa, the great treasure discoverer in Bhutan. He constructed the Goenpa in 1488, and many of his sacred relics are kept here including the gilded stone bearing his footprint.

Ngang Lhakhang- Bumthang

Morning the car will take us till Thangbi Gompa, where our hike will start. It is three hours walk from Thangbi Goenpa. It is a small village of Ngang Yul “Swan Land”. Visit the Nagang Lhakhang-which was built by Lama Namkha Samdrup, contemporary of Pemalingpa, in 15th century. Three-day festival is held here each winter with mask dances and Bumthang cultural trek also passes through this village..

Radhi & Phongmey Village- Trashigang

The Radhi & Phongmey village is located about 24kms away from the Trashigang town. Drive to this villages and you will see the interesting sceneries and superb view of Tashigang dzong, which majestically overshadows the Gamrichhu. These valleys produce excellent rice. The farm houses are scattered among the paddy fields and surrounded with orange and banana trees. You will also see the folk of village girls weaving the superb raw silk fabric, especially in the winter. The Radhi village is famous for the raw silk fabric or textile in Bhutan.

Bartsham & Bidung village- Trashigang

There is a farm road to Bartsham & Bidung village. The drive will take about 2hours. The drive to these villages will give us the beautiful views of the villages, farmhouses adorn with the paddy fields. We will visit Bartsham Chador lhakhang and Bidung lhakhang. Lunch will be arranged at Bidung-one of the farmer’s house.