After the two years we’ve all had, we could definitely do a bit of a turnaround. And – bear with us – we think having the adventure of a lifetime in Bhutan might be the answer. The country has consistently been considered one of the happiest in the world by scholars, thanks in part to its ability to avoid conflict – in a war-torn region – and a generous social safety net that includes universal health care. All that majestic nature and wildlife (which are protected by extensive conservation programs) can’t hurt either.
Sound like something you’d like to be a part of? Well, now is the perfect time for it, as the country has just reopened the epic Trans Bhutan Trail after it was closed for 60 years. The 250-mile-long hiking route was once considered part of the Silk Road that facilitated trade across Asia. In the 16th century, it was used by Buddhist monks to travel between Bhutan and Tibet. But in the 1960s, the roads took over and the trail fell into disuse.
So far, that is. The trail – connecting Haa in the west to Trashigang in the east – has undergone years of restoration, and now visitors can once again walk across the country. Travel companies like G Adventures run guided itineraries along the route. Think 12 days of trekking, homestays and lots of beautiful scenery, spanning forest, grassland, mountain – and a whole bunch of hilltop fortresses. Trips through G start at around £3,000 ($4,000) per person.
Do you think you would go? Are you dying to pull those hiking boots out of the closet? Learn more about the trail here.
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