Bhutan launches new trek through lesser-visited Himalayan valley Bhutan launches new trek through lesser-visited Himalayan valley

The two-day Jo Bay Tsho Trek traverses through the Buddhist Kingdom’s culturally rich Haa Valley…
15 June 2024
Haa Valley, Bhutan (Shutterstock)

With its mountainous Himalayan setting, hilltop monasteries and rich culture, the Kingdom of Bhutan is a haven for hiking enthusiasts.

As such, hopes are high for the new Joy Bay Tsho Trek in Haa, a beautiful valley deep in the southwest.

This 25km-long hike takes approximately two days to complete and winds between the villages of Mocha and Gakiling Gewog.

The landscape of Haa Valley features Buddhist monasteries, like this one (Shutterstock)

Dorji Dhradhul, the Director General of the Department of Tourism Bhutan said: “As we unveil the Jo Bay Tsho trekking route, we invite travellers to embark on a journey of discovery amidst beautiful landscapes and cultural richness.”

“This new route promises an unforgettable adventure, blending the beauty of nature with the warmth of Bhutanese hospitality.”

What to expect on the Jo Bay Tsho Trek 

Commencing in the village of Mochu, trekkers will begin with a spiritual experience at one the country’s most culturally significant temples, home to more than 1,000 Buddha statues.

From there, the journey continues amidst Bhutan’s green and bamboo forests, majestic mountains, and the highlight of the trek, Jo Bay Tsho (historically translating to ‘Hidden Lake’), which spans approximately 300 metres in length and 200 metres in breadth.

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Hikers can also expect to traverse a terrain of gentle slopes through wooded areas, farmland and some slightly challenging passages, with a probable chance of spotting wildlife and domestic animals.

This route isn’t only for seasoned hikers. The Joy Bay Tsho Trek also appeals to nature lovers in search of tranquillity or travellers wanting to immerse themselves in Bhutan’s cultural landscape, meeting friendly and hospitable locals en route.

For something more challenging, the Trans Bhutan Trail is 403km east-west hike through the Buddhist Kingdom that begins in Haa and follows a former Buddhist pilgrimage path.

The ancient trail reopened for the first time in 50 years back in 2022 and connects nine traditional fortresses (dzongs) and takes in the impressive Paro Taktsang en route.

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