Snowman Trek, Bhutan
Considered the most difficult trek in Bhutan, or indeed in all of the Himalayan range, this 20-day full-camping trek from Drukgyal Dzong to Sephu takes in several high passes and an ever-changing terrain ranging from coniferous forests to snowy wastes, and offers a window into remote Bhutanese communities. It brings you close to several beautiful Himalayan peaks like Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, Masagang, and Gangkhar Puensum.
How to do it: Go only with reputed trekking operators like Guides of Bhutan (guidesofbhutan.com), Bhutan Nomad Adventures (bhutannomad.com) or Bhutan Trails (bhutan-trails.org)
This circular pilgrimage (kora) is the happiest circuit of Bhutan there is. The Amankora series of lodges covers all the valleys you have to see: Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang. Traditional wood-burning bukhari will warm up your luxurious wood-panelled lodgings with the fabulous views. It will be hard to give up reading on that window seat to go trekking. But you must. If only for the photographs. We recommend the Druk Path trek especially, including the Jili Dzong, a 16th-century fortress built for travellers, the Jimi Langtso alpine lake and the view off 14,000ft of Phume La. 11N itinerary $17,050 (double occupancy), amanresorts.com
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