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Trekking was the only way to reach the Dragon Kingdom until half-a-century ago. Beating the snow-winds of Tibetan cliffs, monks powered with mysterious chants trekked down the clouds-capped mountains into Bhutan, a kingdom roughly 10 percent larger than Switzerland. Indian merchants and colonial British political officers climbed up the narrow trekking routes from the southern plains as towering teak trees and still lakes provided cool shadows and quenched their thirst.

Much haven’t changed since then. Every trekker to Bhutan who chooses the relatively easy treks at an altitude of 3100 meters above sea-level or decide for adventurous heights of 5600 meters will pass yak-herders, rare medicinal plants, and rhododendron and edelweiss flowers.Trekking in Bhutan, thus, offers the most varied experiences.

Gliding by the world’s highest mountain, the Everest, Bhutan’s national airline will welcome you to the country’s only airport in Paro, a valley at an elevation of 7300 ft above sea level, carpeted with rare blue poppies and dotted with Tudor-like English homes.

Your trekking days will take you high into mountain tops believed to be residences of guardian deities. Trekking in Bhutan will take you to the unexplored borders of Tibet; known as the roof of the world. Trekking through central Bhutan and crossing mountain passes you will rest by clear-lakes that still hide rich treasures and will show burning butter lamps from its depths for believers.

As Bhutan’s Boeing carrier skims down one of the world’s most exciting runways, cheerful pony men, lots of laughter, little red-clad monks, music of prayer wheels ringing from every valley, and treks rated the best on earth await you.