Festivals and Hikes in the Land of the Thunder Dragon

Trip Level

This trip is Level 3+, according to our trip rating system. There are hikes on 7 days, ranging in length from 2 to 6 hours.  The hikes are moderate and suitable for people in good shape who enjoy mountain hiking. Although you carry only a daypack, there are some steep ascents and descents, and the hikes are at moderate altitude, which can make them feel strenuous.
    
Please note that travel times vary depending upon local conditions, and the itinerary may change while you are in Bhutan due to government regulations and local climate conditions.

Getting in Shape
For your own enjoyment, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition for the journey by hiking, running, swimming, bicycling, or engaging in other forms of aerobic exercise well beyond your normal routine. Walking up and down flights of stairs is also an effective way to train for the steep ascents and descents in the Himalaya. Weekend hikes that involve long sections of uphill and downhill walking are great for conditioning your legs.

Accommodations and Food
Our accommodations in Bhutan range from rustic to very comfortable. The hotels in Paro and Thimphu offer a great deal of comfort, while the lodges in Punakha, the Phobjikha Valley, and Bumthang are rustic, but well-situated and cozy. Most rooms are twin-bedded. At most guesthouses, simple buffets are provided at lunch and dinner. Bhutan’s cuisine is generally based on basic rice with stir-fry and stew options.

Weather

Bhutan is known to have the most unpredictable weather in the Himalaya, so it is best to be prepared for a range of conditions. During spring (mid-March to early June) in the Thimphu and Paro regions, daytime temperatures range from 65ºF to 85ºF but colder spells are not unusual. The autumn season arrives in September and lasts until mid-November. At this time, skies tend to be clearer and temperatures lower, sometimes falling to below freezing at night. At altitudes of 8,000 to 10,000 feet (as in Bumthang), daytime temperatures range in the 50s and 60s with nights dropping to the 40s. Clouds often form in the afternoons, disappearing at night to reveal brilliantly starry skies. At altitudes above 10,000 feet, daytime temperatures can be in the 60s but as low as the 30s and 40s if it is windy. Evening temperatures at these higher altitudes often drop to around 15ºF and sometimes lower. Rain and snow are not uncommon at any time of year making waterproof rain gear a necessity for Bhutan.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

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