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 sixty years. Bhutan, one of the world’s top ten biodiversity hotspots and the world’s first carbon-negative country, will welcome visitors once again from September 23, 2022 after a 2½ year hiatus due to Covid.
The 403km 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.
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.