Hikers and monks walk along the Trans Bhutan Trail to mark its reopening. The 400km route linking villages in the kingdom fell into disrepair when it started building roads, but has been restored. Photo: Tim Pile
Hikers and monks walk along the Trans Bhutan Trail to mark its reopening. The 400km route linking villages in the kingdom fell into disrepair when it started building roads, but has been restored. Photo: Tim Pile
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Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan’s reopening of 400km Trans Bhutan Trail restores ancient link between mountains and monasteries for Bhutanese and visitors alike

  • The Trans Bhutan Trail was for centuries used to get between villages in the Himalayan kingdom, but fell into disrepair after roads were built in the 1960s
  • Bhutan restored the 400km path during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now visitors can hike along it to the Tiger’s Nest monastery – look out for the photobombing monks

Hikers and monks walk along the Trans Bhutan Trail to mark its reopening. The 400km route linking villages in the kingdom fell into disrepair when it started building roads, but has been restored. Photo: Tim Pile
Hikers and monks walk along the Trans Bhutan Trail to mark its reopening. The 400km route linking villages in the kingdom fell into disrepair when it started building roads, but has been restored. Photo: Tim Pile
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