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Trekking in Bhutan

Trekking in Bhutan


Trekking in Bhutan is strenuous - a little harder overall than trekking Nepal or hiking at home. This is mostly because the days' stages are longer - you should plan six and a half to seven hours on the trail each day. For a modest extra charge we can arrange a horse for anyone who wants to walk less. There are no "coca-cola" stops in Bhutan because there are rarely villages. Trekking in Bhutan is much more a wilderness experience than trekking in the rest of the Himalayas. Campsites are rarely in or near villages.

 

Bhutan treks use horses or yaks for carrying the camp equipment and supplies. The crew and horse drovers will camp near you, everyone sleeping in comfortable two-person tents. Meals come from your camp kitchen and are remarkably good. There are no trekkers' "teahouses" in Bhutan, almost no other trekkers, and long stretches where there are no villages or people. The trekking camp is highly self-contained.

 

"Trekking" is a South African term, borrowed to describe the Himalayan experience by British Gurkha Col. Jimmy Roberts. It is just hiking and camping, but with a very comfortable camp and efficient crew. No equipment is necessary, other than appropriate clothing and sturdy boots. The walking can be strenuous, but requires nothing other than an optional walking stick. The crew do all the work around the camp and serve 3 meals a day.

 

A typical day on trek begins with the crew making tea in the early morning. A quick wash up and pack, then breakfast is served. Often the crew are breaking camp and sending off the pack train as we finish eating. The morning's walk is the longer half of the day. It may be gentle down hill or vigorous uphill, and often a series of ups and downs. Lunch break is comfortably long. An avid reader can get a chapter or two in after eating, but most people relax or snooze. When we reach the camp, dinner will be cooking. Then camp chatter, songs, reading or what have-you, and early to bed.

 

Trekking Programs

Bhutan discourages individual tourism in favour of small groups by putting a stiff surcharge on the price for any party of fewer than four people. If you are a couple or an individual traveller, please look at the pre-set trips below. These are great trips and routinely attract 4 to 8 people.

 

Trek Route

From/To

Dates

Cost

Status

 

 

 

 

 

FALL 2011-12

 

 

 

 

Dur Tsachhu

Kathmandu

17 Oct-3 Nov

 

Open

Laya Gasa

Bangkok

29 Oct-18 Nov

 

Open

Jholmohari BC.

Bangkok

2-16 Nov

 

Open

 

 

 

 

 

SPRING 2011-12

 

 

 

 

Jholmohari BC.

Bangkok

21 Mar-3 Apr

 

Open

Jholmohari BC.

Bangkok

28 Mar-10 Apr

 

Open

Druk Path

Bangkok

8-19 April

 

Open

 

 

 

 

 

FALL 2011-12

 

 

 

 

Bumthang Trek/Festival

 

31 Oct tent.

 

Open

Laya Gasa

 

dates to be determined

 

Open

Jholmohari BC.

 

dates to be determined

 

Open

 

 

Other Treks

The Snowman Trek 27 days - Called the most difficult trek
Gangtey Gompa 10 days - A great Winter trek
Chilila Nature Trek 12 days - Rhodendron forests, a Spring trek
Dagala Thousand Lakes 12 days - Breathtaking views
Punakha Trek 12 days - Four day trek, great sightseeing
Rodungla 17 days - Bhutan's wild, wild East

 

Some of these treks are special programs and not in "the books"! Please write to us for itineraries and more information.

 

The best travel book about Bhutan is the Lonely Planet's guidebook. It is titled, simply, BHUTAN. The author is Stan Armington, who also wrote the Lonely Planet's Nepal trekking guide. It's well worth buying or taking out from the library.

 

 


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Giorgio Bellocchio

Giorgio Bellocchio

Brescia, Italy

I am an experienced trekker in Nepal, having been more than five times to the Everest, Langtang and Mustang regions. I was recently on a trek in the Everest region with a group of ten other people from Brescia, Italy where we employed 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd'. Lapka's skills in organizing trips, the politeness of this agency staff and their English skills were so good that we asked him to organize some us some activities in Kathmandu after the trek. We all went back home very pleased and full of new experiences. I would not hesitate to recommend Lakpa Tamang and the Friendship Trek team to any visitor who wishes to have their trip roll smoothly.

Yours truly
Giorgio Bellocchio and friends

Terra Daugirda Pressler(Writer) & John Pressler Da

Terra Daugirda Pressler(Writer) & John Pressler Da

USA

To whom it may concern:

This letter is written to recommend Lakpa Tamang of 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd' highly and without any reservation as a guide. Lakpa served as guide for us while on a three-week trek in the Everest region during November and December, 1988. We were thoroughly delighted with his abilities, warmth, good humor and knowledge of the area. In a word, he took very good care of us. His integrity is impeccable, his prices extremely reasonable and he consistently acted in a competent and professional manner. He is also a kind and cheery soul who kept our sprits up.
We recommend Lakpa very highly as a guide and use trek from his company in future.

Yours very truly,
Terra Daugirda Pressler, Assistant Professor & Writer
John P. Daugirda, Attorney & Photographer

Peter Martin

Peter Martin

Germany

Hi Friendship In Nepal,

My Friends and I trekked through Nepal for 20 days on trek organized by 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd'. They did an excellent job with our itineraries and we had an amazing time while in Nepal. Our guide in the Annapurna region is a wonderful man who took great care of us. The guys in Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd are some of the most helpful and friendliest we met in Nepal. I would like to recommend Friendship In Nepal Trekking as a very good trekking company. Thanks

Berit & Svend Madsen

Berit & Svend Madsen

Denmark

Trekking around Annapurna in November 1987, we had the pleasure to be guided by Lakpa Tamang from 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd'. He was a very cheerful and helpful guide for us on this long and hard trek.
We wish all the best for him and the firm, which we very much recommend to use.

Nina Fedorski and Hugh Joseph

Nina Fedorski and Hugh Joseph

England

We went trekking with Lakpa on our 2nd visit to Nepal in autumn 1996, in the Langtang region. Lakpa from 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd' was a fantastic guide and companion in the hills, and back in Kathmandu, where we met up with him & his family after our trek. Lakpa helped with advice and planning our trek,and was a knowledgeable and experienced guide who swiftly showed us to the best teahouse at every village! We had intended to climb a peak, but early snow & mild altitude sickness meant only one of our party was able to do so...he & Lakpa celebrated with a flask of tea by the summit prayer flags, before Lakpa guided him safely down through the mist and back to Langtang village in time for sunset.

Lakpa is very experienced, friendly and totally dependable, and we would recommend his services without hesitation. Enjoy your trek with him!"

Yours truly
Nina Fedorski and Hugh Joseph.

Margaret Ng

Margaret Ng

Singapore

I have engaged Lapka from 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd' a number of times over the years and each time, he has delivered in spades. I have found him to be very warm and sincere in his dealings with me. I have compared notes with some of my friends and not only are his packages competitively priced, he also flexible enough to entertain the whim and fancies of a capricious tourist. I can't count all the times over these few trips that I have changed the itineraries at the last moment. My experiences with him have always been very good. You can always count on him to give you current information not found in guidebooks, which have enhanced my enjoyment of my trips. For an inexperienced trekker, like myself, he has also offered valuable advice on the things to pack and bring. I would definitely engage 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd' again for my future trips to Nepal and Bhutan.

Yours truly
Margaret Ng.

Jennifer

Jennifer

Singapore

I have been on a trek with Lakpa Tamang two times from his agency 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd'. I can only recommend him as a guide! He always did his job very seriously, good knowledge about area and in a pleasant, stresses less way.
His organization always worked out perfectly and we have never had any problems.

Yours truly,
Jennifer

Cappeli Ivan

Cappeli Ivan

Italy

I have been visiting Nepal for more than 5 times in Everest Trek, and Mustang trek. In Mt. Everest we had trek from 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd', and we were 10 people from Brescia, Italy. His skills in organizing and speaking English were so good that we asked him even to organize some Kathmandu activities after trek. We went back home pleased and full of new experiences. I would recommend Lakpa Tamang as a general organizer, trekking guide and climbing guide to the visitor willing to have their things rolling smoothly.
Thanks to everyone

We recommend Lakpa very highly as a guide and from Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd

Yours truly,
Cappeli Ivan and friends.

Ralf Jusko

Ralf Jusko

Gemany

'I have engaged Lapka from Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd for the trek to Pharchemo Peak. I have found him to be very warm and sincere in his dealings with me. I have compared notes with some of my friends and not only are his packages competitively priced, he also flexible enough to entertain The whim and fancies of a capricious tourist. I can't count all the times over these few trips that I have changed the itineraries at the last moment. My experience with him has always been very good. You can always count on him to give you current information not found in guidebooks, which have enhanced my enjoyment of my trips. For an inexperienced trekker, like myself, he has also offered valuable advice on the things to pack and bring. I would definitely engage Lakpa as my guide again for my future trips to Nepal and Bhutan

Yours truly,
Ralf Jusko

James Kalen

James Kalen

U.S.A.

Annapurna Circuit March 2001

Firstly, I would like to thankful to Mr. Nima and Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd Team that my first trip to around Annapurna Circuit. I had a most memorable trip with Nima during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. He is very friendly and Kindness person. I had lots of Knowledge about the trekking and places from Nima. So I had a best trekking from Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd, I promise to visit again with this Company and recommend other friends to use his company in Nepal.
Can??t wait to do another Trek!
Thanks a lot.

Anny Ramzy

Anny Ramzy

Canada

I have been on a trek with Lakpa Tamang more than 3 times from his agency 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd' Trekking and Expeditions (P). Ltd. I can only recommend him as a guide! He always did his job very seriously, good knowledge about area and in a pleasant, stresses less way.
His organization always worked out perfectly and we have never had any problems.
Thanks again for everything.

Dr. Martin Simmonds

Dr. Martin Simmonds

England

Everest Base Camp Trek April 1994/1996/1998/2001/2005/2007

Hi! Everybody, I have been visiting Nepal for 6 times in Everest Trek, Mustang trek & Other destinations of Nepal.. In Mt. Everest Base Camp we had trek from 'Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd' Trekking and Expeditions (P). Ltd for the first time in 1994 recommend by my friend Michele Ferrari where I found an excellent service. I found Guide Mr. Lakpa Tamang in organizing and speaking English were so good that we asked him even to organize some Kathmandu activities after trek. We went back home pleased and full of new experiences.

If you are reading this, you have come to the right place. You get very good service and value for money, When I came to Nepal I had no itinerary of going to Everest Base Camp but now I am so glad that I did it . It was the most humbling, rewarding, challenging experience of my life.
At last I recommend all friends or visitor to used Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd for the best service and service.

Anthony Maw

Anthony Maw

Canada

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake trekking April 2005

I did the Gokyo �?? EBC trek with Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd and our guide Nima Dorjee Tamang. I have only good things to say. Nima was Intelligent, hard working, profession, relaxed and not pushy, but takes care of everything during the trek. We never felt that he was doing anything, but working to get us exactly what hoped and a successful our trek. I would use his agency again and recommend him to others visitor who visit Nepal.

The Prices of the trekking and climbing is good and reasonable.

Corrie

Corrie

Holland

Langtang Frozen Lake trekking September 2006

I had joined a first Trek from Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd & Expeditions in 2006.
I had experienced the Langtang trek to the frozen lakes. It was my first time trekking to Nepal. The landscape was really amazing and the local people I met were really nice.
I have to say thank you for Nima first and my trekking Guide Tul Rai. He is friendly and kindness. He helped me very much during the trek and I had a wonderful trip to Langtang.
At last thank you very much for organizing such a special trip for me.

Erik & Friends

Erik & Friends

United Sates of America.

Langtang Valley Trek May 2007.

I had visit Nepal and Joined the Langtang trek with Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd for the first time.
We were 5 people from United States on the Langtang Trek. We had a wonderful trek and enjoy lots.
We had arranged everything with Nima.We had Guide named Mr. Lakpa Tamang who is the Founder of Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd, which was our great opportunity to trek with him. Lakpa was fantastic, very experienced, professional and knowledgeable. He made our trip extremely enjoyable and safe.

The Langtang trek is beautiful; there are many tea houses all along the route so you can stop anywhere. The tea houses are equipped to supply tourists' needs and the people are very friendly. There are no words to describe the view and scenery. We really had a great time and were sorry that we didn't have time for a longer trek. I am sure we will come back and trek with Friendship World Trek Pvt. Ltd.

Kathmandu Valley Trek - August 2009

Kathmandu Valley Trek - August 2009


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