|Treks range in difficulty from "easy"
to "rigorous". Two factors determine the rating of
each trek: average walking time and elevation. Easy treks are
usually below 10,000 feet, have not alot of elevation gain or
loss and are usually less than six hours of walking per day.
Moderate treks usually cross the 10,000' boundary and the days
can range up to eight hours of walking. Rigorous treks are those
which combine elevations over 15,000'with some good steep, long
days on the trail.
All treks in Bhutan include some cultural touring time in
addition to the time spent hiking in the back country. If
you are trekking out of Paro, you will visit Paro, Thimphu
and often Punakha, before or after your trek. If you travel
to Central Bhutan for a trek, you will see much more of the
countryside as you travel to and from your trek starting point.
Trekking is the ONLY way to truly experience the high mountains
of the Bhutanese Himalaya. While touring trips can drive to
villages as high as 10,000' above sea level, if you want to
walk in the shadow of the highest mountains on Earth, you
have to do a trek. Some treks can be very rigorous but most
would agree that the rewards are equally to the physical challenge.
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