This trip includes sightseeing and exploration of several unique Bhutanese monasteries, forts, and a lovely three-day trek through the mountains from Bumthang Valley to the Paro Valley.
Spend 26 days discovering Bhutan
The Hidden Kingdom trek is one of our most extended Bhutanese treks and one which we have been successfully running every year since 1988. On this trek, you experience everything from the fantastic mountain ranges in the Himalayas to charming villages, monasteries, and fortresses, all in an area that is culturally unique and unlike any other in the Himalayas.
The trek starts from Paro, where we set off towards the Tibetan border into the northwestern corner of the Bhutanese Mountains. It takes us beneath Bhutan’s second-highest mountain, Chomolhari (7314 m), and Jichu Drake (6858 m), first climbed during a British-Indian expedition in 1988. During the trek, you may see bears, eagles, herds of ‘blue sheep,’ and what the locals call a ‘Dredmo,’ the elusive Yeti — a large, hairy, man-like creature who roams the nearby hillsides.
On the first day and a half of the trek, we pass through many subalpine and semi-tropical forests, where we see a wealth of plants, flowers, and many varieties of small birds. As we travel further, the main villages in the area are Gasa, Laya, and Lingshi, occupied by the mountain tribes dressed in yak wool and conical bamboo hats.
To reach the Hidden Kingdom, we cross many passes up to a staggering 5,000 m high and travel over a distance of 150 miles. However, during the trip, we have many appropriate intervals and rest days, including a stay near the hot springs of Gasa. The Hidden Kingdom trek has proved to be very popular throughout the years and is undoubtedly one of the most exceptional trips throughout the whole Himalayas.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly to Paro
Day 04: Sightseeing in the Paro valley
Day 05 to 21: Trek Chomolhari – Lingshi – Laya – Gasa – Punakha
Day 22 to 23: Drive to Thimpu and Paro
Day 24: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 25: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 26: International departure
Am I too young or old?
Most of our clients, from 3 years old to some in their 70s, have done and completed their treks with almost no exercise or training.
Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel name.
Do I need a visa?
You are required to have a valid visa to enter Bhutan. The Bhutanese Embassies abroad do not issue visas, and visa on arrival is non-existent. It is best to get a visa for Bhutan before arriving.
You are required to submit a scanned copy of your passport details four weeks before your arrival date. Your travel company will process your application and provide you with a copy of the visa. It usually takes 2-3 working days for the application to be approved.
You need to have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the length of stay.
The visa fee is US$40, and the Tourism Development Fund (TDF) is US$10. These fees need to be sent together with the tour payment.
What should I bring on a trek?
Being correctly equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip. Please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.
Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will be able to offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.