Bhutan is approximately the same size and shape as Switzerland, and the trekking is just as spectacular. Let the valleys and forested mountain slopes transport you back in time as you walk through the centuries old trails forged by itinerant monks, merchants and goat herders.
Some of the most attractive short hiking routes are in the subtropical Punakha Valley. In half a day you can climb from the town through paddy fields and up onto the ridge. You can stop along the way at rest houses with their traditional wooden prayer wheels, and at the white washed memorial chortens. The Bhutanese villagers you’ll meet along the way will be delighted to see you; be sure to accept as they may well invite you into their homes for tea.
For something more strenuous, consider the Druk Path Trek. It’s a five day, high altitude hike from Paru to Thimpu, which takes you above the tree line and crosses passes up to 4,210 m. Highlights of this route include views of Gangkar Puensum, the highest unclimbed mountain in the world, plus a gravity defying climb up to the Tiger’s Nest.