Bhutan is known as one of the world’s happiest countries, and it’s easy to see why, especially if you’re an adventure seeker. Thanks to its Himalayan heights, majestic views and rich culture, this South Asian country is a world-famous hiking destination. If you’re ready to brave Bhutan’s terrain, you have a variety of treks to choose from. Your options range in length, location and difficulty, but it’s also important to consider the level of preparation and experience that your guides offer. Tusker Trail’s Bhutan Trek is unparalleled for a variety of reasons. Learn more about the ways in which we go above and beyond to make sure your Bhutanese experience is fun, safe and unforgettable.
Of the 50,000 tourists that travel to Bhutan each year, only about 3,000 set out to trek, and they each have a few routes to choose from. On our unique trek, you’ll take the Jomolhari – Soi Yaksa route across and around the Paro Chhu (river), navigating lush forests, beautiful alpine lakes and rewarding mountain passes. Our founders, Eddie and Amy Frank, designed this unique 15-day itinerary to include some of Bhutan’s most remote, sacred and untouched locations.
These spots include Taktsang, a cliff-side Buddhist monastery; the Dzong ruins, famous fortresses that are now archaeological sites; and ancient yak trails and settlements that span beautiful rivers and mountains. Of course, you’ll also enjoy unforgettable views of Jomolhari and its companion peak, Jitchu Drake.
Health and Safety Precautions
High altitudes, extreme weather conditions and lengthy, rigorous hikes aren’t for the faint of heart. Even the healthiest, strongest hikers face risks in the Himalayas, and we take that very seriously. We’ll take you outside your comfort zone, but we’ll never compromise your safety or leave your health to chance.
As you adjust to higher altitudes, our medically trained guides perform on-the-spot health checks with pulse oximeters and stethoscopes, treat injuries with well-stocked first-aid kits, and carry lots of oxygen to help combat altitude sickness if needed. They also bring a portable altitude chamber and rehearse emergency evacuation procedures. They’ve got you covered.
Tusker’s medically trained western guides work in tandem with highly trained and experienced Bhutanese guides who live in the region and are intimately acquainted with its unique terrain, culture and climate.
Dependable Gear and Delicious Food
Of course, you can’t hike safely across Bhutan’s mountains and forests without the proper gear, food to fuel your body, and shelter for a good night’s sleep. Our top-of-the-line gear includes all-season waterproof mountain tents; dining tents equipped with propane gas lighting, aluminum tables and fold-up chairs; kitchen tents where our chefs prepare gourmet mountain cuisine; a private toilet tent to give you privacy and comfort; and even water purification tools to hydrate and protect you.
If you’re thinking about trekking through Bhutan’s challenging terrain, you don’t want to leave anything to chance. Go with a guiding outfit that offers an unparallelled experience and considers safety as priority number one.
Questions about trekking in Bhutan? Contact us!