An introduction to trekking in Bhutan
A gentle walk in the woods or an adventurous trip across high mountains, trekking in Bhutan would leave a lifetime experience as you begin to appreciate its rich and unique biodiversity, spectacular views of rivers, lakes, streams, snow clad mountains and serene valleys.
Bhutan’s trekking routes are exclusive and unpolluted. Its remote valleys and mountains, scarcely visited by people, offer a genuine experience of trekking.
In recent times, Bhutan established its reputation in the world as a carbon negative country. The trees absorb more pollution from the air than its factories can pollute. Such important environmental achievement has fuelled a global interest to experience Bhutan’s untouched wilderness.
Bhutan is home to a diverse species of endemic and endangered birds, plants, and animals. They continue to remain a major attraction for travelers from across the world. While trekking in Bhutan, one maybe able to catch a glimpse of rare species of animals such as, Golden Langur, Red Panda, Himalayan black bear, Rhesus Monkey, Hornbill and Clouded Leopards.
Most tourists visit Bhutan to explore its unique culture and religion. However, trekking is also becoming increasingly popular among both Bhutanese and tourists. The Bhutanese people have shared close relationship with the environment since time immemorial. Nature holds special value in Bhutan.
Bhutan’s environmental achievements
The conservation of environment is one of the pillars of Gross National Happiness, Bhutan’s development philosophy. Nature has been identified as an important element necessary for people’s happiness.
Over 70 percent of its land area is covered by forest. In addition to this, Bhutan has received numerous international credits for its conservation efforts.
These important environmental benchmarks as well as Bhutan’s rich natural resources offers all the incentives to discover Bhutan in its entirety through its wilderness. These features easily make Bhutan a true trekker’s paradise. Trekking in Bhutan guarantees the ultimate experience to be one with nature.
Trekkers will also be treated to a close up view of lofty snow clad mountains, some of which are the highest mountain peaks in the Himalayas, and gorgeous glacial lakes.
Bhutan’s clean and unpolluted air also adds to the relative advantage of trekking in Bhutan compared to other countries where the trekking routes are usually crowded and polluted.