Come March 2022, the Kingdom of Bhutan will reopen the historic and sacred Trans Bhutan Trail for the first time in 60 years, following two years of extensive restoration.
The trail will be officially inaugurated by His Majesty the King of Bhutan, whose vision it was to restore the ancient route for tourism, adventure and connection.
From April 2022, international tourists will be able to walk the trail for the first time, simultaneously providing much-needed economic benefits to rural communities along the way.
Community tourism pioneer, G Adventures, has been selected by the Bhutan Canada Foundation, the non-profit that led the restoration of the trail, as the first group adventure operator when the trail launches to the public.
Two active trekking itineraries are on offer. The 11-day Camp the Trans Bhutan Trail trip features camping and homestays, while the 12-day Highlights of the Trans Bhutan Trail itinerary offers accommodation in homestays, locally-owned guest houses and hotels.
Yves Marceau, vice president of product at G Adventures, said the operator’s two tours focus on trekking specially selected parts of the 403km trail and connecting with local people to learn about Bhutanese life and culture, thus combining active travel and cultural immersion with the benefits of community tourism.
It is expected that Bhutan’s borders will reopen to tourism ahead of the Trans Bhutan Trail’s official opening ceremony in March 2022. The two new G Adventures trips on the Trans Bhutan Trail depart from May 1, 2022.