The Gantey Trek
The Phobjika Valley, at 3,000 metres (9840ft), is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan and is the chosen home of the rare black-necked crane which migrates here in winter from the Central Asiatic Plateau. The valley of Gantey is one of the most beautiful places in Bhutan and Gantey Gompa is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the Black Mountains. This moderate trek visits the villages of Gogona and Khotokha, passing through meadows and fields, then forests of juniper, magnolia and rhododendrons. One of the finest low level treks in Bhutan.
The Druk Path
This is a short, four day trek which leads from Thimphu to Paro or vice versa, crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. Although there is little settlement on this route, there are wonderful lakes teeming with fish and the area is famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests which bloom in May. In the clear weather of late autumn and winter there are views across to the Himalayas.
The Bumthang Cultural Trek-Central Bhutan
Starting out at the splendid "Etho Metho Lodge" in Jakar, this four day trek passes through several villages on its meandering route through the Bumthang countryside. This trek provides an exceptional opportunity for contact with Bhutanese rural life.
The Lhuntse Trek-Eastern Bhutan
One of the most picturesque of the low altitude treks, this trek begins at Tangmachu, two hours drive from Mongar. Climbing through temperate forest with an abundance of wildlife (including several types of pheasant) this route explores some of the least visited areas of Bhutan before continuing on to Tashiyangste on the ancient caravan route across Bhutan. In springtime the flowers and bird-life make this trek a sheer delight.