Trekking is exceptionally rewarding. The variety of treks in the Himalayas ranges from easy 3-day walks in Western or Central Bhutan, moderate 5 - 6 day nature & cultural treks, and highly challenging or strenuous 2 - 3 week expeditions like the legendary Snowman trek .In India two-week and three-week trips in Ladakh, Kanchenjunga and in the Valley of Flowers. In almost every case, you will be the only group on the trail. These journeys are offered in March to May and again in October to early December.
Almost all the treks offer a combination of natural discovery and insight into the country's unique and authentic way of life. Many of the trails pass remote monasteries, and enter rural villages linked only by footpath. Vistas include verdant forests, floral rich valleys, and grand views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Wild pheasants, rare birds, takin, blue sheep, deer, and yaks can often be encountered. Tented camps are prepared by the support team, and hikers need only carry their day packs. Some nights may be spent in simple farmhouses or at comfortable lodges before or after the walk.
For the past twenty years we have organized treks, nature and cultural journeys in Bhutan and India. We would be pleased to personalize your adventure to this exceptional destination.
Why book with Tours of Exploration?
- We specialize in customized, personalized tours offered by local guides.
- Our land partners have been offering treks in these regions for decades and have the expertise to make your journey rewarding.
- Our collaboration with local partners not only guarantees an immersive, culturally rich and authentic experience; but also to economically support the area's local population.
- Extensions to this tour can easily be added (might we suggest a 3-day extension to Kaziranga National Park in Assam).
2022 - 2023 Departure Dates & Costs
Private locally guided departures in the Spring and Fall
For India trek pricing see the links to the trek details
Bhutan charges a mandatory sustainable development fee of $ 200 USD per day in addition to trekking prices of $ 250 USD per person per day.
India trek Itineraries
Valley of Flowers India Trek (12 - 16 days)
Frank Smythe, a British Explorer and mountaineer, was descending to Bhundyar Valley after his successful climb of Mount Kamet in 1931, and saw a stunning valley covered with wildflowers. Suitably naming it the “Valley of Flowers", Smythe returned to the spot in 1937 to explore high altitude passes - including Bhundyar Khal.
The Valley of Flowers passage takes trekkers through the Greater Himalayas. It goes across the North-South Zanskar Range and connects the Alakhnanda river valley with the Dhauli Ganga river valley. The trek starts from Ghamsali, close to the India/Tibetan border. It passes through meadows, Bankund Glacier, over to Bhudyar Khal then down to Rataban, Tipra, and Nilgiri Glaciers.
Trekking Grade: Difficult
Best time to travel: May, June & October
Number of days: 8 trekking days plus 4 travel days
Accommodation: Camping and local inns
Sikkim's Kanchenjunga Circular Trek (21 days)
Mount Kanchenjunga along with its five great massifs forms the third highest peaks in the world. These five massifs along with, all the surrounding peaks makes this as one of the most beautiful mountain treks anywhere in the world where the trail is dominated with spectacular views all around. With views of Mounts Kabru 7,412 meters, Talung 7,375 meters, Siniolchu 6,890 meters, Simvo 6,850 meters, Pandim 6,708 meters, Rathong 6,678 meters, Kabru Dome 6,600 meters, Kok Thang 6,145 meters to mention some prominent peaks.
Trip details: Medium difficulty. 3 weeks through Bagdogra | Darjeeling | Uttaray | Chiwa Bhanjyang | Dhor | Pare Megu | Lam Pokhari | Gomathang | Pangden | Dzongri | Lamune | Goechala | Thangshing | Tshoka |Yuksom | Kalimpong | Bagdogra. Best months mid-March to end of April and October to November.
Ladakh Stok to Shang (14 days)
Flying across the Himalayas, the Great Himalayan Divide and the Pir Panjal ranges of Ladakh with views of the Eastern Karakorams are experiences you’ll have landing at Leh, This is likely one of the world’s most spectacular flying experiences. The quaint though now fairly bustling township of Leh is an ideal spot to take rest for the trek ahead while you acclimatize to an altitude of 3,500 meters.
This beautiful trek starting from Stok Village, under the shadows of the Mounts Stok Kangri (6,070 Meters), Matho Kangri (6,000 Meters) and Golep Kangri (5,950 Meters), crossing the Matho La pass (4,878 Meters) and the Shang La (4,945 Meters). Situated along the Pir Panjal mountains just South of Leh city and the Indus Valley, both the starting and ending roadheads of the trail are not far from the city and the valley. The trail starts with the Stok Village where the palace of the erstwhile rulers of Ladakh is located and ends in the village of Shang. In between we cross along with high passes with spectacular views, deep river gorges which offer amazing topography.
The two high passes give a great view of the towering Stok Kangri and the Golep Kangri peaks and the surrounding valleys. In the late season when heavy snows have still not come down and if one is really lucky, snow leopards, ibex and mountain goats can be seen here along with, marmots and many kinds of Himalayan birds.
This is considered a not so difficult trek in Ladakh that crosses a couple of high passes under the shadows of snow covered Himalayan peaks in a relatively short time. This trek is near the Indus Valley and not far from the city of Leh therefore, not involving very long drives. Our land partners have pioneered treks in this area. In 1985 at the base of one of the passes here they spotted a snow leopard with two cubs along with eight ibex and many blue mountain sheep called bharals.
For sightseeing from Leh in the Indus Valley visit the Shey Gompa, Thiksey Gompa, Hemis Gompa and the Alchi Gompa famous for beautiful Buddhist murals and paintings.
Trip details: Medium difficulty. 5 days.
Bhutan trek Itineraries
Druk Path Trek (7 day) .
The six day trek is the most popular trek in the country as it passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes while at the same time offering the opportunity to visit some ancient Lhakhangs, Dzongs and villages. This is a fairly easy hike to undertake as the distances between rest camps is fairly short. The trail takes you through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200 m. This trek also offers hikers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world. The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are between March-June or September-November. Start Point: Paro End Point: Thimphu
Gangtey / Phobjikha Valley Trek (Valley of the Black Neck Cranes) (3 day)
The best time for the Gangtey Trek is between February-May and September-November. The best time to witness theblack-necked cranes migration is November-March. It is a short and relatively easy trek with several beautiful villages and monasteries en route. The trail winds through forests of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendrons and over small streams of cold, clear mountain water. This trek is an excellent choice for those visitors not accustomed to trekking in the mountains as it offers beautiful views of the country with mostly gentle, forested slopes. Start Point: Phobjikha End Point: Tikke Zampa
Bumthang Cultural Trek (3 day)
This is a fairly easy three-day trek that takes you through beautiful valleys and along clear, trout-filled rivers. Bumthang is often known as the ‘cultural heartland’ of Bhutan and there are plenty of ancient temples to visit during the hike. In addition to the numerous Lhakhangs there are also a number of small villages where you can stop and rest. The only segment of the trek that may prove challenging is a 500m ascent to Pele La pass. The best time to embark on this trek is in spring or autumn. Start Point: Ngang Lhakhang End Point: Ogyencholing, Bumthang
Nabji (6 days)
The Nabji Trail is an ideal post-harvest/winter trek set out in Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, a region with an ecological rich environment. The park, located in central Bhutan, is also home to several cultural rich agricultural villages. The trail is a six-day low-altitude trek (between 693m/23100ft and 1,636m/5453ft) through six different villages located inside the park. On this trek, you will possibly see the Golden Langur (Trachypithecus geei), one of the rarest primates, only found in Bhutan and neighbouring Assam. The area is also home to the endangered Rufous-necked Hornbill and offers great all round birding and natural history discoveries.
Jumolhari Trek (9 Days)
Our 9 day Jumolhari trek is offered in the clear weather seasons of spring and fall. Jumolhari, at 7,314m, is one of the highest peaks in Bhutan and is the inspiring backdrop to several days of strenuous trekking, reaching a highpoint of 4,820m. Challenging.
Consider adding a short trek to one of our group departures in November, March or April