Camping in Bhutan is a unique experience . It will offer you the combination of natural discovery and moments of adventure and Thrill.
You will not see the gist of Bhutan unless you try out a night camping.
There are many camping sites in Bhutan but this blog is dedicated for Talakha Camping site which is off beaten and provides you with the epic view of Himalayas. You need to endure a shor trek to enjoy this camping site; popularly called as Talakha Trek.
Talakha Trek is one of the most unexplored trekking trail in Bhutan. It requires just a one night camping but treats you with epic view of the Himalayas.
It was the route used by Daga Penlop (The Governor) in olden times to travel to Thimphu and Punakha. And along the route you will also come across the the Highlander
The trek starts from Talakha Lhakhang which is about 20Km from Thimphu town.
You can stop for awhile At Talakha monastery and have a conversation with little monks before the start of the trek. You can also take some pictures with them.
From Talakha we have to walk along the road; after the end of the road there is a divergence, one trail leads through the ridges of mountain and the other is the dirt road , the mountain biker’s trail. If you are on trek you got to walk through the ridge.
After walking for around 3 hours you reach at a Nomads Pasture Ground/Pang Serbu, with the best Location to set up the camp for the people who love flowers and Mountain views.
The Nomad’s Pasture Land ,grazing of the Yaks, Open Sky,surrounded by giant mountains is visually splendid. From here you can get the perfect view of the Last Himalayas in Bhutan along with Kanchenjunga .We may come across semi nomadic, collecting the Leaves of the Alpine Rhododendrons for incense or grazing the Yaks
The Hue of Autumn in Bhutan
You have to trek further from here to Jeley Zey to get the clear view of Himalayan ranges. The trekking route would be quite rough as you may had to walk through the fields of Stones. But once you reached on top of the Ridge you can see the entire Eastern Himalayan Mountains with Mount Kanchenjunga and Mount Lhotshe, Mount Jumolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tshering Magang over Looking Thimphu Valley, which will make your trek worth all the effort.
You can literally feel the cloud beneath your feet. While returning you can camped at Pang Serbu with stunning views.
From Pang Serbu you can see the Trek Route of Dagala Trek( 1000 Lake Trek).
So my suggestion is, if you want to see the Himalayas and want to try out camping but do not have much time. Then this is the must visit. You will be showered with Bountiness of mountain
After all, “Difficult Roads leads to the Beautiful Views”.
Contributed by: Sangay
Senior Trekking Guide and Trekking Instructor