Bumthang Trekking – A Leisurely Adventure to Explore Cultural and Natural Treasurers of Bhutan
Bumthang trekking and cultural tour in Bhutan is designed to include the exploration of rich cultural and historical heritage sites of Bhutan and trekking in dense and lush forest. Bumthang trekking is a cultural trek through the cultural sites with some of the oldest Buddhist temples, monasteries, palace and tranquil nature in Bumthang and other Valleys.
The trek passes beautiful valley crossing over the high passes with great views of high Himalayas. Bumthang trekking trail passes through villages providing opportunity to experience the rural life style of Bhutanese and has rich flora and fauna. Trekking through the dense forest of blue pine, juniper birch, fir, spruce, rhododendrons and many other species in solitary trail make you lost in the nature. Rhododendron flowers blooming in the spring set the forest in blaze. Bumthang trekking is synonymous to the exploration of cultural and natural treasures in Bhutan.
Bumthang Trekking Route Detail
Before commencing Bumthang trekking, we make a tour in Thimbu. We visit Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in Thimpu, the fortress of of Thimpu, Tashichho Dzong which houses the throne of the king. We proceed to Punakha crossing Dochula pass (3200m.). with magnificent views (If the weather is clear) of the Eastern Himalayan as well as the highest mountains of Bhutan. Explore Punakha Dzong and drive along Phobjikha and visit Gangtey Gompa, the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan. We drive to Jakar and visit Kurjey temple, the site where Bhutan’s royals are cremated.
We commence short Bumthang trekking which initially starts through the fields and villages and then gradually ascend through the dwarf bamboos, tall bamboos, old trees with spanish mosses (lichen) hanging down and finally through the rhododendron forest to the Phephela Pass (3360m). with breathtaking views of mountains. We Visit the Ugyenchholing Palace, which located on the hill top. We descend to Paro and vist National Museum, Paro Dzong (Fortress), Kichu Lhakhang, one of the two oldest Buddhist temples in the country, historic Drukgyal Dzong (Fortress) and hike to Tiger’s Nest, the most revered temple in the country.
TrekkingL Bumthang Trekking
Duration: 13 Days
Activities: Tour and Trekking
Difficulty Level: Moderately Easy
Best Season: March, April, May/September, October, NovemberEnquire This Trip
Day 01: Arrive in Paro.
Arrival at Paro Airport and transfer to Thimpu (one hour drive), the capital city of Bhutan to visit Memorial Chorten (temple) , Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley offering a nice view of the valley, fortress of Thimphu, Tashichho Dzong which houses the throne of the king.
Day 02: Thimphu – Punakha (2.5 Hrs)
Visit the School of Arts and Crafts where students learn 13 different arts, Folk Heritage Museum and the National Library. Drive to the Zilukha nunnery to meet the nuns and interact with them. Drive to Punakha crossing Dochula pass (3200m.) with magnificent views of Himalayas (If the weather is clear ).
Day 03: Punakha – Phobjikha (3 Hrs)
vvisit Punakha Dzong (fortress) which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. Visit Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus. En route visit Wangdi town and continue to Phobjikha over the second highest road pass at 3140m. and vsit Gangtey Gompa, the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan.
Day 04: Phobjikha – Jakar
Drive to Jakar, the valley of white bird. En-route stop at Pelela pass, Chendipji and Trongsa to visit Trongsa Dzong. Stop at Chumey to explore the yatha factory, where woolen products are produced and are famous in the region.
Day 05: Jakar sightseeing
Visit Jampay Lakhang, one of the first Buddhist temples built in the country, the home of the naked dance that is still performed annually. Visit Kurjey temple, the site where Bhutan’s royals are cremated.
Day 06: Cultural Trek (4hours)
Commence Bumthang trekking from the Tokto Zampa through the villages and fields, it is gradual and almost flat land, the trail is all stony and arrive at Ngala Thang for camping.
Day 07: Ngalathang – Takhung (7/8hours)
Initially the trail is through the field and villages, over the small hill and down the stream through the forest of Pine, Cider and Oak and climbs through the dwarf bamboos, tall bamboos, old trees with spanish mosses (lichen) hanging down and finally through the rhododendron forest with a steep climb to the Phephela Pass (3360m), from here the trail is all down to Takhung.
Day 08: Takhung – Tang – onward destination
Visit the Ugyenchholing Palace, which is converted into a museum and is located on the hill top, it is an hour of walk.
Day 09: Tang – Trongsa (5 Hrs)
Walk back to the road and continue driving back passing by the wool weaving center which Bumthang Valley is famous for.
Day 10: Trongsa – Wangdue (3 ½ Hrs)
Visit the majestic Trongsa Dzong (Fortress), the home of the royals and the watch tower which houses a museum. Continue to Wangdi, stroll around and view the Wangdi Dzong (Fortress) which happens to be the only fortress with the original roof
Day 11: Wangdue – Paro (3 ½ Hrs)
Retrace and drive back to Paro crossing over the Dochula. Visit the National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Visit 17 century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use.
Day 12: Paro Sightseeing
Visit Kichu Lhakhang, one from the two oldest Buddhist temples in the country, historic Drukgyal Dzong (Fortress) and hike to Tiger’s Nest, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro Valley.
Day 13: Airport Departure
Transfer to Paro Airport for international departure.
Cost will be provided on request
The Cost Includes:
- Airport arrival and Departure.
- Accommodation on twin sharing on full board ( breakfast, lunch and dinner included )
- All land transportation
- Royalty and government taxes
- Visa fee
- Entrance fees for museum and monuments
- English speaking local guide
- Guided sightseeing tour as per the itinerary
The cost does not include:
- Druk Airfares
- Travelling insurance
- Payments for service provided on a personal basis
- Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”
- Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, camera Charges, bottle water, incidentals, portage, bellboy charges tips or any other services
While on trek, the cost includes:
- Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) Nu.1000
- Camping trek arrangement on full board ( cook, kitchen helper, food, fuel, kitchen and camping equipment
- Ponies to carry luggage and supplies
- Trekking royalty fees