Bhutan

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Bhutan

Bhutan, or Druk Yul (Land of the Dragon) as it is known by its inhabitants, is a mountainous country slightly smaller than Switzerland, located in the eastern part of the Himalaya range. It borders on Tibet (China) in the north, on India and Sikkim in the south and southwest. Tantric Mahayana Buddhism (similar to Tibetan Buddhism) is the official state religion of Bhutan, and plays a very important role in everyday life of all Bhutanese. Being a sparsely populated country, nature is omnipresent. Up to 70 percent of the country is covered in forest, ranging from subtropical broadleaf to sub-alpine conifers and Rhododendron. Towards the north the snowy peaks of the Himalaya reach up highest, well over 7000 m.

Until 1962 paved roads were non-existent and Bhutan could only be reached by horse, mule or on foot! It would take six days to trek to the capital Thimphu from the border town Jaigaon in West Bengal, India. Now there is an airport in Paro, and national highways connect all major valleys. Yet many settlements up in the higher reaches of the Himalaya all along the north of Bhutan, and in remote areas further south, today are still connected by mule tracks only.

With so many footpaths and tracks still in use, opportunities for trekking and hiking are numerous, with several trails leading across passes higher than 5000 m. You will need to plan and book your trek in advance with a local agency though, because self-guided trekking or hiking is not allowed in Bhutan. You will be provided with a guide, cook, pack animals, tents, food, water etc., and at considerable cost (rates fixed by the government). But in return you can explore one of most isolated and untouched parts of the Himalaya, enjoy stunning views and scenery, and ever so many friendly people living a traditional life. You will be well taken care of, but don't be mistaken: to trek high altitude trails like the Snowman Trek, Jomolhari Trek, Wild East Rodung La Trek, Laya Gasa Trek or Duer Hot Spring Trek, you need to be fit and hardy!

Best months for trekking are April and October. Some lower altitude treks can be done in other months as well, but not in July and August because of the monsoon rains turning tracks very muddy (and teeming with leeches).

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Regions

Mountains

Books

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2018
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Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids Trekking in Bhutan | Cicerone
  • A guidebook to 22 multi-day treks in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, including the Jhomolhari, Druk Path and Dagala treks. The trails vary from 2 to 23 days long. The routes are mostly in western and central Bhutan, and range from easy to strenuous depending on the length, altitude and difficulty. Includes advice on cultural awareness. Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2012
  • Bhutan
  • A fully revised second edition guide to trekking in this mysterious country.With 19 treks of between three to 24 days in length, this guide offers a unique perspective to trekking through Bhutan. A thorough introduction offers advice on preparation and fitness, when to go and how to get there, trekking in Bhutan as well as the people and... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2012
  • Bhutan
  • A fully revised second edition guide to trekking in this mysterious country.With 19 treks of between three to 24 days in length, this guide offers a unique perspective to trekking through Bhutan. A thorough introduction offers advice on preparation and fitness, when to go and how to get there, trekking in Bhutan as well as the people and... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • Bhutan 6
  • #1 best-selling guide to Bhutan * Lonely PlanetBhutan is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Join the pilgrims at colourful Changangkha Lhakhang, hike to the dramatic cliff -hanging Taktshang Goemba, or explore the busy weekend market at Thimpu; all with your... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • Bhutan 6
  • #1 best-selling guide to Bhutan * Lonely PlanetBhutan is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Join the pilgrims at colourful Changangkha Lhakhang, hike to the dramatic cliff -hanging Taktshang Goemba, or explore the busy weekend market at Thimpu; all with your... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Reisgids Te gast in Bhutan | Informatie Verre Reizen
  • De landenserie TE GAST IN is uitgebreid met een uitgave over Bhutan. Het is de eerste Nederlandstalige reisuitgave over het Himalaya koninkrijk. De eerste exemplaren van deze uitgave zijn zaterdag 26 februari j.l. in ontvangst genomen door de heer Sonam Tobden Rabgye, ambassadeur van Bhutan in Brussel, en Erica Terpstra, overtuigd boeddhist en... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Pocket Guide Bhutan | Berlitz
  • Handzame reisgids over Bhutan. The extraordinary Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is one of the world's most exciting new travel frontiers, a picture-book-beautiful mountain landscape with a rich Buddhist culture. The only country in the world to measure its success by the principles of Gross National Happiness, Bhutan is a truly unique place.... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • Insight Guides Pocket Bhutan
  • The extraordinary Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is one of the world's most exciting new travel frontiers, a picture-book-beautiful mountain landscape with a rich Buddhist culture. The only country in the world to measure its success by the principals of Gross National Happiness, Bhutan is a truly unique place. Insight Pocket Guide Bhutan is a... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • Insight Guides Pocket Bhutan
  • The extraordinary Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is one of the world's most exciting new travel frontiers, a picture-book-beautiful mountain landscape with a rich Buddhist culture. The only country in the world to measure its success by the principals of Gross National Happiness, Bhutan is a truly unique place. Insight Pocket Guide Bhutan is a... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Insight Pocket Guide Bhutan | Insight Guides
  • De pocket guide serie van Insight Guides is een zeer compacte reisgids die makkelijk in een jas- of broekzak past. Veel informatie over bezienswaardigheden, maar ook praktische zaken als vervoer, accommodaties etc. The extraordinary Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is one of the world's most exciting new travel frontiers, a picture-book-beautiful... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Culture Smart! Bhutan | Kuperard
  • De Culture Smart!-gids geeft toeristen en zakenlieden belangrijke informatie met betrekking tot de cultuur van alledag in het land van bestemming. Anders dan in de gebruikelijke reisgidsen wordt de lezer in deze reeks bijgespijkerd op het gebied van omgangsvormen, normen en waarden, hoe zich te gedragen en wat verwacht mag worden op zakelijk en... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Bhutan
  • Contains excerpts from literature on India, an introduction to palaces, museums, festivals, wildlife, and practical tips on clothing, trekking, and transportation.</p> Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Bhutan
  • Contains excerpts from literature on India, an introduction to palaces, museums, festivals, wildlife, and practical tips on clothing, trekking, and transportation.</p> Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Natuurgids a Naturalist's guide to the Mammals of India | John Beaufoy
  • This easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 mammal species most commonly seen in India is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from India's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction... Read more
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Netherlands
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Netherlands
  • The Ancients
  • Serena Chopra's The Ancients is the outcome of her travels throughout Bhutan over a period of twelve years. Having endured the harshest conditions traversing through remotest regions of the country to meet and interact with our people, she has written with deep insight and love of the places and people she has met and developed a great... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Ancients
  • Serena Chopra's The Ancients is the outcome of her travels throughout Bhutan over a period of twelve years. Having endured the harshest conditions traversing through remotest regions of the country to meet and interact with our people, she has written with deep insight and love of the places and people she has met and developed a great... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
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  • Vanuit Delhi vliegt u naar Paro, de enige luchthaven van het laatste Himalaya koninkrijk. Hier gaat er al meteen een nieuwe wereld voor u open: vriendelijke mensen in klederdracht, prachtige knusse dorpjes, mooi gelegen kloosters en heel veel bossen en bergen. U bezoekt de imposante, eeuwenoude Dzongs, maakt korte wandelingen door de mooiste... Read more
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