Summer in Bhutan means red, white and pink poppies are blooming in the Himalaya's high passes. What better time for a walk in the flower fields?
Amanresorts offers two poppy treks that combine hiking and tent camping with stays in their luxury resorts. Participants on poppy treks walk three to five hours each day at elevations ranging from 9,800 feet to almost 15,000 feet. Trails to the poppies (no, they're not the opiate kind) wind through pastures as well as pine, cypress and rhododendron forests, and up to mountain passes.
The Red Poppy Trek to the Haa and Paro valleys includes two nights in Amankora Thimphu, two nights on the trail and two nights back in Paro. Expect to see lots of wildflowers on this trip that includes a hike to the Tiger's Nest Monastery.
Pink and White Poppy Treks start in Paro and stalk alpine meadows in the Haa Valley to find the rarer white poppies and the pink poppy, a variation. This trip too begins with a stay at Amankora Thimphu, spends three days trekking and then returns to Paro.