May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine

The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Trekking to the World's Highest Unclimbed Peak

Outfitter Departures Price Accommodations
Bhutan Travel
2 $4,150 camping, rustic lodging
KE Adventure Travel
1 $4,395 camping, rustic lodging

The Route: A 13-day trek recently opened to Westerners. You begin near Bumthang and head north along the Dhur Chu river, over 15,500-foot Togli La pass, and down the Chamkhar Chu valley to a camp below 24,742-foot Gangkar Puensum.

When to go: May, October to November

Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous

Travel advisory: The Bhutanese government has recently announced an increase in trekking fees from $120 to $200 per person per day, ensuring that Bhutan remains the world's most expensive and exclusive trekking country.

High/low points:

  • Walking the scenic cliffhanger trails to Tiger's Nest monastery, which narrow to a foot wide.
  • Walking the trails after they've narrowed to a foot wide.

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