Day hikes in Bhutan
Day hike in Bhutan is an interesting activity to take if you are interested in adventure. We have beautiful day hikes around Thimphu and Paro and other places in Bhutan. Our day hikes span from few hours to one full day. Depending on your level of fitness we will choose a day hike for you.
We have some interesting half day hikes around Thimphu and Paro.
Day hikes in Paro
Kila gyemba day hike : About 3 hours day hike from Chelila to Kila gyemba
Dzongdrakha goemba day hike: its a short 40 minutes hike through the village of Shari in Paro.
Zuri Dzong day hike : This hike is about 40 minutes hike from the road point.
Jamjola day hike: This is a good three hours day hike.
Dakarpo hike: This is a good one hour hike to the dakarpo monastery.
Day hikes in Thimphu
Tashigang Gyemba day hike: trail starting from Dochula and finishing in Hongtsho or in Yusipang. its a nice half day hike.
Kuenselphodrang day hike. Description of the hike is given below.
Pumula day hike
Tango and Cheri day hike; It is a nice half day hike if you visit one of the temples.
Kuenselphodrang day hike
Description of the K-trail by Pema, manager AB travel, after trail survey in the Spring of 2012.
We got up at the crack of dawn and after filling our day packs with "grubs" for the day, we set out to discovery a new hiking trail. Our trail was to start from Kuenselphodrang aka Buddha point (famous amongst young couples during weekends for romance and nitty gritty things in life and for the tourist as a sightseeing place.) Kuenselphodrang (K) is on a spur commanding the Thimphu valley.
About 10 minutes drive from down town Thimphu, K is a perfect place to go biking or even on a leisurely walk. Kuenselphodrang has the tallest statue of Buddha in the world. This statue was donated by a Singaporean millionaire.
Buddha point is one of the must-see sightseeing places in Thimphu.
The sun hid behind a thick blanket of cloud and the rain was threatening to pour any moment but it was a perfect day for a hike.
We hitched our back packs over our shoulders and started the hike. For almost two hours the trail passed through sparse vegetation of mostly pine trees with few rhododendrons and other species of broad-leaved trees.
The trail was all uphill for almost two and half hours till we reached a saddle. The surrounding view from this point is breath-taking.
Little further up at almost 3400mts we had our lunch. From here the climb got easier and the forest got denser on both the sides leaving a corridor of pasture and in some places beautiful meadows.
We reached the highest point (3700 mts approx) at 1.30 in the afternoon.
From here for kilometers the forest is covered with five different species of rhododendrons. The best time to hike here for flower lovers would be early May.
The walk through the forest is beautiful with birds singing and squabbling over best place to build their nest. Standing on the summit with the arms stretched, the scene from the movie Titanic was vivid on my mind.
There could never be a better place to sit and contemplate. Looking down from this point we come to know the encroachment by the concrete jungle. Paddy fields have slowly disappeared, traditional earth rammed houses have given way to modern grotesque "match-box" type buildings. The families that once knew people of the whole valley today hardly know their next door neighbours. So much water has flown out of the Thimphu Chu (river).
Amid all the chaos and hustle and bustle we still find a place few hours walk away where things have hardly changed for thousand of years.Wild boars and deer still roam this place and the flowers blossom with pride. The beauty of our country lies in the wilderness.