AttractionsRestored after 60 years, the 400km pilgrim route is ready to attract a new generation of intrepid traveller.

Trans Bhutan Trail to become one of the world’s greatest treks

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All proceeds from tourists' treks on the Trans Bhutan Trail will flow back into benefiting the trail's sustainable future, as well as to communities alongside it.
All proceeds from tourists' treks on the Trans Bhutan Trail will flow back into benefiting the trail's sustainable future, as well as to communities alongside it. Photo Credit: Unsplash/AdliWahid

After a gap of 60 years, a restored pilgrimage trail crossing Bhutan from east to west will re-open on 28 September.

The formal ceremony, hosted by His Majesty, The Fifth King, will take place within a few days of Bhutan’s borders fully re-opening to travellers

Eighteen bridges, more than 10,000 steps and 400kms of trail have been built or restored over the last three years, involving thousands of Bhutanese workers and villagers in a private/public partnership between the Royal Government of Bhutan, the Tourism Council of Bhutan and the Bhutan Canada Foundation (BCF).

BCF was founded by philanthropist Sam Blyth, the visionary behind the Trans Bhutan Trail restoration project.

For thousands of years, the trail was used by pilgrims, armies and traders. Until the 1960s, it was the only way to travel across the country.

Thanks to the restoration of the trail, travellers can hike, bike, and camp through diverse countryside, including parts of Phrumsengla National Park, and ancient fortresses among more than 400 historic sites.

Guided walking and biking on the trail can be arranged directly via TBT (transbhutantrail.org) on a not-for-profit basis, with all proceeds flowing back into creating a sustainable future for the trail and the communities along it.

Time magazine has named the Trans Bhutan Trail among its 50 extraordinary travel destinations around the world for 2022 and expects it to become a major attraction for those seeking a spiritual, wellness, or religious journey.

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