I had read in guides and forums the trek to the top could take up to 4 hours but many said 2-2.5 hours was more realistic. Our guide told us his record to the top was 45 minutes so of course we decided to try and keep up. We made it up in exactly 1 hour moving at a very fast pace and we were rewarded with spectacular views all to ourselves.
At a medium pace the top can be reached in 2 hours and it is a fairly easy climb. It is a steady and long walk up hill on a dirt path. I wore casual boots but it could be completed in trainers as well.
Keys To Making Your Tiger’s Nest Trek memorable
- Do not leave this to the last day. Many tours in Bhutan leave this to the last day and depending on the time of year rain could ruin your trek. Leave an extra day at the end of your trip to be safe.
- I do not recommend going here first. Paro is where the airport is located and many tours bring their guests straight to the Tiger’s Nest. For many, this is all they know about Bhutan. You do not want to experience it tired. And leaving it for the end of your trip is a bonus after an incredible tour of Bhutan.
- Arrive very early. Tourism in Bhutan is not overwhelming but there are still small buses unloading at the Tiger’s nest in the morning. Beat these buses and you will have the view and the photo spots all to yourself. We arrived about 30 minutes after the buses but luckily the groups moved slowly up the trail.
- Bring water. There is a cafe located half-way up the trail but do not stop at it on the way up. If you want to beat the crowds bring a snack and some water to keep moving. There are benches to rest along the way.
- Enjoy the View. Once you arrive at the viewpoints take it all in. There is no rush to go inside and no photos are allowed in the monastery anyway. Take your time enjoying the moment and taking those photos that will last a lifetime.