Bhutan Trekking Tour

Bhutan Trekking Tour

This Bhutan tour with a five-day trekking itinerary is an example of what you can see and explore. We are happy to customize all tours to your interests and wishes!

Highlights of the Tour:

Bhutan Karte

Sights to See


An ideal starting point for a hiking trip is the city of Paro. Paro is known for its rich cultural heritage, breathtaking landscapes and historical sites. Famous attractions in Paro include the National Museum of Bhutan, the weekend market and various religious temples. Paro is also home to the famous Taktsang Monastery, also called the Tiger's Nest.

Tiger's Nest

When you visit Bhutan, you should not miss the opportunity to visit the famous Tiger's Nest. The Tiger's Nest is one of the holiest sites in the world. The Tiger's Nest is perched at an altitude of 3,120 meters above the Paro Valley. Depending on the weather, the misty clouds spread an almost mystical atmosphere.


Thimphu is not only the capital of Bhutan, but also the cultural heart of Bhutan. Most famous sights are the Memorial Chorten, the Buddha Dordenma statue and the Norzin Lam Market. Thimphu also houses several museums, such as the Folk Heritage and the Textile Museum. In Thimphu, you can also visit the national animal, the takin.

Druk Path Trek

The Druk Path Trek offers a diverse and scenic experience in a short duration. This popular trek in Bhutan spans five days from Paro to Thimphu, showcasing stunning nature, snow-capped peaks, dzongs, and monasteries. The landscape is famous for its vibrant rhododendron forests in spring and offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains.

Bhutan Trekking Tour on Druk Path Trek

Day 1


The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular flights in the world, with an ever-changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. You will meet your guide at Paro airport. Depending on your arrival time, you can visit the National Museum of Bhutan. The museum is housed in an old watchtower known as Ta Dzong, built in 1649. The next stop on this day is the Paro Dzong or also known as Rinpung Dzong, built in the 17th century. This visit will give you a first insight into the religious culture of Bhutan.   

Day 1
Day 2

Tiger Nest

Today is a special day of your trip to Bhutan: you will visit the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, perched on a cliff, 3,120 meters above Paro valley. After breakfast, you will drive to Ramthangkha which is located in the north of the Paro valley, from where you will start your hiking trip to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The trail leads through a beautiful pine forest, where many of the trees are decorated with Spanish moss and fluttering prayers flags.

Day 2
Druk Path Trekking
Day 3

Jele Dzong

First  day of hiking  from Paro National Museum (2,450m) to the campground below the Jele Dzong (3,435m)
Hiking time: 4-5 hours, Distance: 8 km,  Ascent: 1,068m, Descent: 82m

Day 3
Day 4


Second day of hiking from Jele Dzong (3,435m) to Jimgelangtsho (3,880m)
Hiking time: 6-7 hours, Distance: 14 km, Ascent: 580m, Descent: 295m

Day 4
Bhutan Stupa
Day 5

Simikota Tsho

Third day of hiking from the Lake Jimilangtsho (3,880m) to Simikota Tsho (4,090m)
Hiking time: 4 hours, Distance: 11 km, Ascent: 820m, Descent: 400m

Day 5
Bhutan Jomolhari Mountain
Day 6


Fourth day of hiking from Simikota Tsho (4,090m) to Phajoding (3,690m)
Hiking time: 4-5 hours, Distance: 10km, Ascent: 510m, Descent: 405m

Day 6
Bhutan Rice Paddies
Day 7


Fifth day of hiking from Phajoding (3,690m) to the Radio Tower (2,818m)
Hiking time: 3-4 hours, Distance: 8km, Ascent: 0m, Descent: 872m

Day 7
Paro Dzong
Day 8

Thimphu – Paro

Today you will finally reach the capital of Bhutan Thimphu. Did you know  that Thimphu has no traffic Lights, which makes it one of only two capital cities without traffic lights.

In the morning you will visit various cultural sites, starting with the Folklore and Heritage Museum: here you will experience the Bhutanese way of life. Likewise, there is the Arts and Crafts Institute, a training center where students are being taught in the different arts like painting, wooden crafts and sculpture.

In the late afternoon you will drive back to Paro.

Day 8
Day 9


Drive to Paro airport. Departure.


Day 9


Bhutan has implemented special entry regulations to regulate the amount of tourism.

– Travelling into Bhutan is only possible with a visa. This is then only valid for the duration of the booked trip. Your passport must be valid for at least six months.

-Every tourist has to pay a Sustainable Development Fee which is 200 USD per person and night. Special discounts for longer stays are available. Detailed information will be provided during the planning of the trip.

-When planning a trekking trip, a guide is mandataroy.

-In Bhutan you are not allowed to drive a car on your own, you always need a driver.

The climate in Bhutan is divided in three climate zones, so there is no general answer for the best travel time to Bhutan. As a basic rule it can be said that spring and autumn are the best travel times to Bhutan.

-For north Bhutan the best travel time is from March to May and from September to October

-For central Bhutan the best travel time is from April to the end of October

-For south Bhutan the best travel time is from November to March

All guides speak English. German speaking guides are sometimes avaiable on request.

Bhutan is a fascinating country with a rich cultural heritage. Therefore the country offers several famous attractions. Most known attractions are the city of Paro and the capital of Bhutan Thimphu. One of the most known religious sites of Bhutan is the Taktsang Monastery or also called the Tiger’s Nest.

Furthermore Bhutan offers many Monasteries, Dzongs and other religious sites. Bhutan also offers beautiful nature and landscape.

The  most common way for European travelers how travel to Bhutan is via airplane. Bhutans only international airport is located in Paro. The national air carrier of Bhutan is called Drukair and operates flights from several cities in Asia, including Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Singapore and Dhaka.

Travel by road from India is possible but so far not very common for European tourists.

When planning a trekking tour to Bhutan it is important to know, that a guide is mandatory. And trekking through Bhutan without a Guide is not allowed.

Guest reviews

Heike R.Red Lion Bhutan-Nepal Tour 2023
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“The trip was perfectly organized. Both in Nepal and in Bhutan, our guides were very helpful and friendly and always there for us. We felt we were in good hands with them. For us it was a very nice and impressive journey with many impressions and nice encounters.”​
Arne T.Red Lion Bhutan Tour 2019
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“The entire process of the Bhutan trip went like clockwork, from flights to accommodation to all activities. …”​
A. D.Red Lion Bhutan Tour 2018
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“Our Bhutan trip was excellently planned in conjunction with the Bhutanese tour operator Red Lion. Several very individual wishes were taken into account in the itinerary and we had an excellent guide on site. Instead of staying in hotels, we mainly chose homestays with Bhutanese families and thus repeatedly made impressive contacts with the locals. So the time in Bhutan was one of the most impressive trips we have experienced. Free educational opportunities, free health services and a way of life in harmony with the environment and nature - we can learn a lot from the people of Bhutan.”
Horst & Anke K. Red Lion Bhutan Tour 2018
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“Our guide Pema spoke German very well and had a high level of general knowledge. This enabled us to learn a lot about the country and people of Bhutan. At this point we would like to say a special thank you to Bhutan Red Lion Travel, Mr. Gasy Lhendup, for the perfect organization on site. The farewell evening in Paro with the traditional farewell gift will not be forgotten. With our guide Pema and our chauffeur Tashi, we had two experienced, prudent and courteous people at our side.”