for the first time in 60 years!
Until the early 60’s the Trans Bhutan Trail was the only way to travel across the country of Bhutan.
The trails history dates as far back as the 16th century and served as the pilgrimage route for Buddhists in the east travelling to sacred sites in western Bhutan and Tibet. Garp’s - legendary trail runners - known for their great footspeed, used the trail to move mail and important messages. Monks, armies, and traders used the Trans Bhutan Trail when it was part of the Silk Road.
Bhutan’s sacred Trail is re-opening this March for the first time after 60 Years.
The Bhutan Canada Foundation, in partnership with the Tourism Council of Bhutan and other local partners have been working to restore and reconnect this ancient route through the Trans Bhutan Trail Project. Restoration work began in late 2019. In 2020 when international borders closed the re-establishment of the trail played a key role by providing meaningful employment to over 700 people who’d lost their employment due to the collapse of Bhutan’s tourism industry.
The restoration of 10,000 stairs, 18 major bridges and 403 kilometers of trail make the trail accessible for locals, pilgrims and travellers.
The trail will be officially inaugurated by His Majesty the King of Bhutan this March. G Adventures, selected by the Bhutan Canada Foundation, has the honour of being the first small group adventure operator to feature the trail when it reopens to international travellers.
“We’re honoured to be working with the Bhutan Canada Foundation and the Trans Bhutan Trail launch this newly restored route in magical Bhutan. It’s a country we’ve run tours in for more than a decade and have long admired for its commitment to the happiness of its people and sustainable way of life, which are both philosophies that align with our values as an organization,” says G Adventures’ VP Product, Yves Marceau.
One of worlds two carbon negative countries, the Trans Bhutan Trail demonstrates how a community-based project - both in its building and operation - can restore an ancient cultural icon and provide a sustainable, net carbon zero experience for locals and travellers.
The breathtaking views of the Himalayas’, the rich culture and gracious people of Bhutan will quickly spotlight this ancient and sacred trail as one of the world’s greatest trails.
Written by Diane Manson, a mountain hiker and trekker loves foot-powered adventures and has been found on the some of the worlds’ most stunning mountain trails.
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