Trans Bhutan Trail makes a comeback after 60 years
The 403 km trail connecting nine districts and two national parks, will open to visitors on September 28, 2022
The Trans Bhutan Trail (TBT), which dates back to the 16th century and served as a pilgrimage route for Buddhists from the east travelling to the most sacred sites in the western region and Tibet, has made a comeback after 60 years. Bhutan, one of the world's top 10 biodiversity hotspots and the world's first carbon-negative country, will welcome visitors once again from September 23, 2022 after a two and a half years of hiatus due to Covid.
The 403 km trail connecting nine districts, 28 local governments and two national parks, will open to visitors from all over the world on September 28, 2022, allowing travellers to explore the mystique of this land.
The path that was once used by monks, messengers, traders and pilgrims fell into disrepair as the national highway was constructed in the 1960s. With the foresight of His Majesty The King of Bhutan and the support of the Tourism Council of Bhutan, the Bhutan Canada Foundation led the revival of the ancient Trail, making it accessible once again to locals and visitors alike.
The Trail contributes significantly to sustainable development, setting global standards for environmental preservation. It passes through spectacular scenery, ranging from mountain ridges to lush valleys, with breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks, and passes at least 400 historic and cultural sites on its way. It is hoped that the Trans Bhutan Trail will benefit the communities along the route by providing new opportunities for economic growth.
Sam Blyth, Chair of the Bhutan Canada Foundation, the not-for-profit organisation behind the restoration of the Trail, said, “The Trans Bhutan Trail will significantly contribute to the expansion of sustainable and ecotourism by encouraging intrepid visitors and explorers from India to participate in community-based experiences. Our aim is to help local communities to enhance tourism amenities and provide visitors with the experience of a lifetime.”
Set to reopen to visitors in September, the Trans-Bhutan Trail can be hiked or biked. True adventurers can complete the trail in just over a month. Half-day and full-day treks are also available, with three, four or seven-day section hikes expected to be popular among most visitors. The Trail offers a diverse experience for birdwatchers and botanists, photographers, rafters and runners, and those seeking spiritual, wellness or religious fulfillment. Signature campsites, homestays and hotels will be available along the way. Curated options for shorter-duration tours are also available.
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