Samtegang Winter Trek
- Total Duration: 14 days
- Duration in Bhutan: 10 days
- Tour Starts: Kathmandu
Visa information and entry procedure in Bhutan
The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked nation in South Asia, located at the eastern end of the Himalaya Mountains and is bordered to the south, east and west by India and to the north by Tibet. Bhutan is separated from Nepal by the Indian state of Sikkim. The Bhutanese call their country Druk Yul which means “Land of the Thunder Dragon”.
Bhutan used to be one of the most isolated nations in the world, but developments including direct international flights, internet, mobile phone networks, and cable television have increasingly opened the doors. Yet, Bhutan has balanced modernization with its ancient culture and traditions under the guiding philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH). Rampant destruction of the environment has been avoided. The government takes great measures to preserve the nation’s traditional culture, identity and the environment. Accordingly, in 2006 Business Week rated Bhutan the happiest country in Asia and the eighth happiest country in the world citing a global survey conducted by the University of Leicester in 2006 referenced to as the “World Map of Happiness”.
Most of the trekking routes are only a few tens of kilometers from major towns but going there is like travelling many hundreds of years back into time. The best months to trek in Bhutan are March to May and September to November. Most of the places on trekking routes in remote areas are just herders’ huts or sheds and some places have nothing at all but wilderness. Gorkha Encounters can provide you with information for a variety of tours, adventure and travel packages that will satisfy your adventurous spirit.