Some of the best trekking on Earth is in the mountainous kingdom of Bhutan, including both day treks and longer treks such as the six day Druk Path Trek, which follows the ancient trading route between Paro and Thimpu.

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Key Stats

Best Time To Visit

Mar - May, Sep - Oct

Flight from London London

9:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +6 hrs

There are nearly 30 designated trekking routes in the country, with the longest trek a whopping 30 days in length, and most treks require a moderate level of physical fitness, with between six and eight hours trekking per day. Come the end of the day, walk-in tents with rugs and comfy camp beds await, with fold-out armchairs and toilet tents all pre-prepared for your arrival. The trek cooks will knock up a delicious and filling meal and the local guides will explain about the surroundings and the next day's route.

Most treks in Bhutan will pass through various ecosystems from dense forests to lush river valleys, with the chance to see indigenous beasties such as Himalayan black bears, red pandas, snow leopards (if you are very lucky) and nearly 500 different species of birds. Chances are you will also pass children going to school each day, nomadic yak farmers tending to their herds and pilgrims make pujas (annual ritual pilgrimages), making a trek all the more of a special way to explore this fascinating country.

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One particularly memorable trek is to the wonderfully named Thousand Fairies Camp, where you stay overnight before walking down to the fabled Tiger’s Nest monastery.

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Where to stay

Taj Tashi

Taj Tashi

This seven-storey structure is a welcome addition to the emerging kingdom's small capital city.

Amankora Bumthang

Amankora Bumthang

Amankora Bumthang is in exalted company, sharing the Choekhor Valley with 29 ancient temples and monasteries and sitting pretty next to the first two King of Bhutan’s Wangdichholing Palace in Jakar town.

Amankora Gangtey

Amankora Gangtey

Named after nearby Gangtey village, this is probably the most remote of the Aman properties, situated in the Phobjikha Valley area of the Black Mountains National Park.

Amankora Paro

Amankora Paro

Amankora Paro, Aman Resorts’ first venture into Bhutan, is a 30-minute drive from the kingdom's only international airport and is the largest of the five Aman lodges, sitting in a pine forest nearly 9,000ft above sea level.

Amankora Punakha

Amankora Punakha

While some of the other Aman properties are based on designs from dzong fortress monasteries, Amankora Punakha is a lovingly converted Bhutanese farmhouse, with a correspondingly intimate feel, and set in orange orchards and farmland with the ever-present mountains as a backdrop.

Uma by COMO, Punakha (Uma Punakha)

Uma by COMO, Punakha (Uma Punakha)

COMO Hotels have recently opened Uma by COMO, Punakha, a sister property to Uma Paro (or Uma by COMO, Paro as it’s now supposed to be called. Catchy, no?)

Uma Paro

Uma Paro

An excellent five-star hotel on a 38-acre site on a forested mountainside, close to the town of Paro, designed to respect local aesthetics while including modern comforts.

Amankora Thimpu

Amankora Thimpu

Within easy reach of the Bhutanese capital of Thimpu (population 80,000 – think Weston-super-Mare. Actually, don’t) Amankora Thimpu is designed to resemble a dzong or fortress monastery.

Gangtey Lodge exterior and mountain view

Gangtey Lodge

Discover the ancient Kingdom of Bhutan in the eastern Himalayas, which remains greatly undiscovered due to its secluded location, and begin the adventure with a stay at Gangtey Lodge. The authentic wood and stone lodge provides visitors with a homely retreat, overlooking the striking Gangtey Valley and its 17th century monastery.

Thimphu-Main-Facilities

Six Senses Bhutan

The Happiest Place on Earth, otherwise known as Bhutan’s colourful Kingdom, is soon to be playing host to Six Senses latest venture. Under the umbrella title of Six Senses Bhutan five separate and equally luxurious resorts are being created in Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro – all set to open late in 2018.

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