Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Explore Your Adventure Quotient at Bhutan Snowman Trek

Snowman Trek In Bhutan
Snowman Trek Route
Whenever it comes to highlight the most challenging Trek in Bhutan, snowman trek is the one that comes at the top. This trek is known as one of the high altitude treks in Bhutan. Each year, a significant amount of daredevil trekkers comes here to capture the most incredible trekking moments of their lifetime. This trek crosses through dozens of high passes of 5000 meters as well as various unnamed and unclimbed 7000-meter peaks. Hence, usually this trek is chosen by only those tourists who crave for adventure and experimenting with new stuff. So, if you are the one, with an adventure-oriented mind, then this Snowman Trek Bhutan is the ideal option for you.

While trekking here, you might get fascinating views of Bhutan's pristine landscape, Buddhist culture, wonderful people, high altitude wildlife (like blue sheep and snow leopard) and turquoise-tinted lakes.

Now the question arises here, as to how would you start your journey to the Bhutan Snowman Trek and what is the necessary information that you must keep abreast with.In order to make sure that your adventure trip turns out to be a pure fun-filled activity, you need to know the following information:

1. Trekking Route

As already mentioned above that it is the most difficult and challenging trek in Bhutan, therefore before trekking you must be alert about the route of this trek. Officially, this trek starts from Paro, and passes through Lingshi and Laya. Further, it reaches to the remote Lunana in northern Bhutan. From there you have the option to either return to the lateral road at Nikka Chhu, or continue further to reach Bumthang.

2. Number of Days Required

It would hardly take 19 to 24 days to complete the trek. If you, say, start from Paro, then it shall take you about 24 days, including a day of rest in Laya. If you choose to start from Punakha; then it is probably a minimum of 19 days trek.

3. Altitude

Amongst the various Bhutan Tours and Treks, this trek is certainly a true high-altitude trek; from Laya, you will continuously stay above 4000m and if you leave from Paro, then you would already reach 4000m at the Jomolhari base camp.

4. Highest Passes

The highest passes on this trek are:
  • Loju La (5155m)
  • Gangla Karchung La (5230m) Rinchenzoe La(5332m) Jaze La (5251 m)

5. Highest Camps

  • Jichhu Dramo (5060m)
  • Tshochena (4975m)

6. Longest day of Trekking

If you decide to walk from Thanza to Tshochena in just one day, it will take almost 8-9 hours, climbing nearly 1200m from 4000 up to 5250m. Thus, it is generally advised to stay and rest overnight at Dhamji. If you walk down a little from Chhukarpo, then the longest day can be the one from Jichhu Dramo to Chukarpo. It will take about 8 hours of your day.

With this information, you can easily start off your adventure tour and make sure that the moments are picture-perfect for you. Also, it is necessary to know that you may explore this trek in any season that suits you. But ideally, the Best Time to Visit Bhutan for trekking here is considered to be the first 3 weeks of October. So, plan accordingly and sensibly!!

Monday, 21 September 2015

Heavenly Mesmerizing Bhutan Cultural Tour for Family

Nuns of Bhutan
Boasting of deep valleys gushing with clear rivers, forested mountains, Buddhist monasteries and dzongs, Bhutan has surely a charming and hospitable culture that your family will love for generations. Culture is basically the living aspect of the Bhutanese people, surrounded by virgin nature, unique tradition& lifestyle and obviously the rich arts and architectures. Hence, each year a number of tourists plan their Holiday in Bhutan and be the part of cultural activities, outdoor tour/sports, visit centuries old best temples and dzongs. In short, this place is a total action-packed destination for you and your family.

What to expect on your tour to Bhutan
Bhutan is the home to a vibrant Buddhist way of life, i.e. the centre of attraction for many of the tourists. But if you are unknown to what exactly the Bhutan Cultural Tour is all about, then you must be aware of all the facilities that Bhutan tour offers you.

1. Visiting Valleys

Known as the complete value for money package, the tour encompasses the visit to the valleys of:
  • Thimphu
  • Paro
  • Wangduephodrang
  • Trashigang
  • Punakha
  • Trongsa
  • Gangtey /Phobjikha
  • Bumthang

2. Cultural Activities

The cultural tour in Bhutan is borne with a number of cultural activities that drivers the tourists to visit Bhutan again and again. Some of the most loved activities are:
  • Cycling
  • Trekking
  • Photography
  • Camping

3. Enjoying Bhutan Festivals

Featuring dances performed by laymen and trained monks; the Tsechus celebrated in Bhutan are one of the best ways to experience its culture of ancient living. These festivals can be said as the Best Time of Year to Visit Bhutan, as they provide a great opportunity to see locals gathered in their Gho’s and Kira’sto celebrate their culture and faith. The festival tour will let you experience the beauty and magnificence of Bhutan’s varied festivals:
  • ThimphuTsechu (Festival)
  • ParoTsechu (Festival)
  • PunakhaTsechu (Festival)
  • BumthangUraTsechu(Festival)
  • JambayLhakhangDrup
  • Black-Necked Crane Festival

Options for Accommodation

While you are on a tour to Bhutan, you can be rest assured that the accommodation would not be difficult to locate. But if you are still not sure about the accommodation and like to confirm it for the convenience of your family, then you can easily go through the Bhutan Travel Packages available on websites and look for different options (as per your specifications). You can easily choose from the option of government recognized hotels and lodges, or superior, luxury hotels and resorts. Not just this, transport facilities are also included in such packages.

Delve Deep into the Beauty

Referred to as ‘The Last Shangri-La’, Bhutan is nestled high in the tranquil Himalayas with vibrant religion, rich bio-diversity and a whole lot of scenic grandeur. So, while you are in Bhutan, leave all your worries and just delve deep into the exquisite beauty of this mystical land. The dragon kingdom is waiting for you with open arms of hospitality and culture to make your trip to Bhutan as the most enjoyable and memorable experience of a lifetime.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

How Bird Watching In Bhutan Brings You Closer to Wildlife

Bird watching in Bhutan
Bird of Bhutan
Known as a recreational activity, bird watching or birding is a form of observing wildlife in its natural habitat. Most of the bird lovers and ornithologists, Travel To Bhutan each year to search for the most elusive and enigmatic bird species in the Himalayas. With almost 670 species of birds, Bhutan is certainly a paradise for the bird lovers and for those who love exploring nature and new places. From the late 1980s, Bhutan has been increasingly opened to the outside world and takes significant steps to maintain its biodiversity. Thus, since years, the Bhutan Birding tours are highly cherished, owing to the preserved natural habitat of some of the most awe-inspiring bird species.

Hence, if you are nature, wildlife or a bird lover, then these tours can give you the most memorable moments of your lifetime. Getting closer to the natural habitat can be an utter fun. Generally the natural habitat of these species is classified into the following 4 major types that are the home to many beautiful birds:

1. Alpine Habitats

In this high-altitude scrub, different bird species are found that include the Tibetan Snowcock, Snow Partridge, Blue-fronted Redstart, Rosy Pipit and Alpine Accentor. Above 4600 m, there is little or no vegetation. Most of the landscapes are dominated by glaciers and rocks. Even so, there exists birdlife, with Red-fronted Rosefinch and Grandala.

2. Warm and Subtropical Broadleaved Forests

Subtropical forests are the richest in bird species. Hence, if you are looking for authentic Bird Watching in Bhutan, this forest is the right choice for you. It grows up to 1,000 m along the foothills and is the habitat of various endangered species, including Rufous-necked Hornbill, Nuthatch, Chestnut-breasted Partridge, Yellow-vented Warblers, Broad-billed Warbler and White-naped yuhina.

3. Cool Broadleaved Forests

This forest is second only to the subtropical forest, in terms of richness of bird species. Some of the globally threatened species, such as Blyth’s Tragopan and Chestnut-breasted Partridge are found here. Further, these forests are the breeding grounds for Hoary-throated Barwing, Brown-throated Fulvetta, Rufous-throated Wren Babbler and Ward’s Trogon.

4. Wetlands

The wetland species that are globally threatened can be easily found regularly in Bhutan. They are the rare White-bellied Heron and the Pallas’s Fish Eagle. The valleys formed on Himalayan river courses marked the contact between Indian and Eurasian wildlife. Typical species found here include forktails, Kingfishers, Wagtails, Dippers, Redstarts and Blue Whistling Thrush.

Hence, the Bhutan Adventures are not just limited to trekking or river rafting; rather, these tours bring you closer to nature and wildlife. The forests here are rich and diverse. This provides the best ecological instances of forest habitats in the Himalayas.

How to Reach to This Paradise

To explore birding Tours in Bhutan, you can easily drive through the border town of Phuntsholing (that link with West Bengal) or SamdrupJongkhar and Gelephu (that links with Assam). You can even travel to Bhutan via the main entry point, i.e. the town of Paro. It is also the home to the first international airport in Bhutan. Hence, you can travel both by air or land; Bhutan and the natural, preserved biodiversity will certainly shower on you, a warm welcome.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Is Your Trekking Kit Ready to Explore the Jomolhari Trek?

Jomohhari Trek Pah
With a wide range of flora, fauna and amazing landscapes, the Jomolhari Trek lets you explore the unspoilt villages, summer pastures, ravishing virgin forests and beautiful valleys. Hence doubtlessly, a number of trekkers are lured by its beauty each year to explore the scattered hamlets, snow-capped mountains such as Mt. Jichu Drake and Mt. Jomolhari, thick pine forests and yak herders. But, as it is one of the most challenging routes of all (with an altitude of 15,114 ft), it is very essential for the trekkers to be physically fit for the trekking expedition on this trek. Therefore, you need to make sure that your trekking kit has all the essential stuff to help you stay fit on a high altitude.

So, if you are set to traverse along the Bhutan Jomolhari Trek, make sure to keep the following in your kit, as a precaution measure for you and your family/friends:

1. Clothing Stuff

  • Tracksuit to wear in camp
  • Trekking trousers
  • T-shirts, sweatshirt and long sleeve shirts

2. Footwear 

  • Gaiters (if trekking is initiated in the monsoon season or in snow)
  • Water repellent hiking boots
  • Sandals for use in camp
  • Silk sock liners and thick hiking socks to guard against blisters

3. Head wear

  • Balaclava or woollen hat for evenings
  • Polarizing sunglasses
  • Broad brimmed hat for sunny days with a bandanna for shading your neck

4. Outerwear

  • Windproof jacket
  • Fleece
  • Scarf and gloves
  • Waterproof jackets
  • Down Jackets

5. Medicines

  • Medicine for diarrhoea
  • Paracetamol
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Dehydration sachets
  • Strepsils, cold and flu medicine
  • Plasters for blisters
  • Insect repellent

6. General

  • Sleeping bag
  • Waterproof sac and plastic bags
  • Thermarest inflating mattress
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  • Head torch with bulbs and spare batteries
  • Water bottles (preferably metal)
  • Energy drinks
  • Walking poles

7. Sundries

  • Sun cream
  • Tweezers
  • Sponge and travel towel
  • Soap and biodegradable liquid
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper, wet wipes and tissues
  • Lip salve
  • Camera, polarizing filter and film 
  • IPod, books, playing cards and various other diversions for evenings

With a precisely organized trekking kit, you can be rest assured that your adventure Tour in Bhutan will turn out to be worth relishing for generations. Also, an organized kit is important to prevent any health or safety issue coming your way.

How to Start With the Trekking

Now, when you are prepared for trekking with an organized kit, you might be wondering as to what would be the route and how would you complete the entire trek. Basically, while you are in the trekker’s paradise, you need not to worry about your trekking tour, as a number of Travel Packages to Bhutan entails the entire description of your journey. As far as the route is concerned, you will start trekking from Drukgyel Dzong (that marks the beginning of this trek) and passing through the Jomolhari base camp (Jangothang), you will finally reach to the end of this trek, i.e. DolamKencho – Dodena. It might take you 14 to 16 days to explore and complete the entire trek.

So, it’s just the right time to go trekking and have fun in the pristine environment and mesmerising scenery of this high altitude trek.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Western Bhutan Tour - Unlimited Lovely Sights

Beautiful Dochula Valley
Dochula Pass
Sandwiched between India and Tibet, the isolated country of Himalayan Bhutan is a hidden gem that hasn’t yet been overrun by tourists. Those who are privileged enough to visit this hermit-like Buddhist kingdom will get the best value for their time and money with a western Bhutan tour. This itinerary rewards travelers with views of majestic mountains, historic fortresses and monasteries, and an unforgettable encounter with rural Asian life.

Some parts of the kingdom are closed off to tourists by government regulation, but there is no shortage of places to see. A tour of Western Bhutan can give you a comprehensive journey of both adventure and culture. You will get to see the country’s stunning natural attractions and wildlife while meeting friendly locals along the way. From hiking (or cycling) through dense forests to visiting the weekend markets to feasting on traditional dishes, you will get to experience everything you need to know about the Bhutanese way of life.

Traveling to the Western fringe of Bhutan puts you up close to the following highlights:
  • Paro (Tiger’s Nest, Mount Jumolhari, Drugyel Dzong Ruin, Ta Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang, Kila Gompa, Farm House, Chele La Pass)
  • Thimphu (Memorial Chorten, Simtokha Dzong, Trashichhodzong, National Library, Traditional Medicine Institute, Art School, The Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, Weekend Market, the Handicrafts Shops, Broadcast Tower, Tango Monastery, Phajodhing Monastery, Cheri Monastery)
  • Punakha (Punakha Dzong, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, Limukha Village, Talo Village)
  • Wangduephodrang (Wangduephodrang Dzong, Wangdue Town, Gangtey Gompa, Rinchengang Village)

When is the Best Time to Go?

Temperatures in Bhutan range from 30 degrees Celsius in the lowlands during mid-summer, to sub-zero in the highest elevations during January. The capital Thimphu is generally warm but can reach down to single figures during the coldest winter days. Expect a lot of rain during the Southeast Asian Monsoon season June to October. After this period, the country remains warm and dry.

Most tourists come from March to May, when the kingdom’s abundant flora is in full bloom. Fall and winter (November to February) are also popular for the clear skies and vivid mountain views.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Snowman Trek - A Rewarding Challenge for Experienced Trekkers

Beautiful Jomolahari Mountain
Jomolahari Mountain
Considered one of the most challenging treks in Bhutan and in the Himalayas, the Snowman Trek is undertaken by a handful of strong, experienced trekkers yearly. The reward is access to Lunana, Bhutan’s most remote region. The windows for Snowman Treks are quite short - just mid-June and the first three weeks of October—so if you are interested, contact a licensed tour operator in Bhutan as early as a year ahead and reserve your slot.

A typical Snowman Trek crosses 11 high passes defining the borders of Tibet and Bhutan, each averaging 4,500 meters above sea level. From up there, you can savor views of Jichu Drakey and Jhomolhari. Trekkers follow trails through encampments of yak herders as well as isolated farming settlements and then proceeds to Lunana. Amid a backdrop of 7000-meter peaks are secluded villages and tiny monasteries that are essentially cut off from the rest of the kingdom for many months of the year.

Some treks require you to camp on snow, depending on the weather. The beauty of seeing Bhutan on foot is that you can access the country’s remotest valleys and regions—which most tourists never see—and can even spend a few days enjoying the most beautiful hot springs of the Himalayas.

Not for the Weak

Note that Snowman Treks are designed for trekkers with a lot of training and experience. A 30-day trekking adventure can be physically taxing for the uninitiated. Some of the most physically challenging part of the trek might take you to extreme heights of more than 7,000 meters above sea level (as in the case of Jhomolhari, which is the third highest peak in Bhutan). If successful, this physically challenging trek will reward you with an outstanding experience of being up close to the pristine landscapes of this mystical kingdom, making friends with wonderful locals, and truly imbibing Buddhist culture. Be sure to join a reliable trekking tour provided by a licensed travel agency to get the best value. 

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Experience the Amazing Cycling Tours in Bhutan

Bhutan Cycling Tours
Cycling in Bhutan
An isolated kingdom in the Himalayas, so-called ‘last Shangri-la’ that is Bhutan is offering many cycling tour opportunities for adventurous travelers. The rocky, mountainous topography and spectacular landscapes of this remote country combine to make a rewarding experience for those wishing to explore its attractions by bike. If you are interested in signing up for a cycling tour of Bhutan, here are some things you should know.

Do you need to be Ultra Fit to Cycle around Bhutan?

Experienced cyclists will get the best value from multi-day, 500+ kilometer cycling tours, but there are also shorter itineraries for beginners. Note that some tour operators require participants to be at least 18 years of age. Call ahead your tour operator to avoid any disappointment.

What Places are covered by Bhutan Cycling Tours?

This all depends on the tour provider. Most itineraries start from Thimpu (after transferring from Paro) and head east, with stops at fortresses (called Dzongs), temples, and monasteries to let you and absorb the Buddhist culture. You will get to commune with preserved nature and meet friendly locals along the way. Most cycling tours are designed for exploring Bhutan’s history and heritage, taking you through the country’s abundant flora, wildlife and introducing you to its deeply religious and compassionate people.

This country has less than 700,000 residents and there is no need for traffic lights, as traffic jams do not exist. Scattered across Bhutan’s deep and wide valleys are beautiful fortresses and monasteries. One of the highlights is the Taktsang Monastery (also called Tiger Nest). Permits are required to enter such attractions. The cycling tour company should take care of those requirements for you.

If the itinerary involves passing Dochula, expect a major hill challenge. From the top, you will be rewarded with a panoramic 360-degree view of the stunning Himalayan mountain range—especially scenic on clear days during the winter when snowcapped mountains form a majestic backdrop to the 108 chortens that grace the mountain pass. After Dochula, you can enjoy an easy out and back ride through verdant forests that are popular for their wild orchids, amazing birdlife, and beautiful rhododendron trees.

Be sure to sign up with a reliable Bhutan bicycle tour company that can take care of all your needs (or your group’s needs). The company should be a member of the Tourism Council of Bhutan and the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators.