Bhutan - Bumthang Cultural Tour (11 days) Book Now

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Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet tour allows you to experience the exotic Buddhist culture in the Himalayas and along with that visit the world’s highest mountains including Mount Everest and see the world that is so different and unique than the rest of the world. Firstly explore and indulge yourself in Nepal, with the ever friendly and warm people all around you, simply once is not enough. Then you will be visiting Bhutan, the last Shangrila on earth where you will observe the Tiger's nest, Kings memorial chorten and other historical places and Tibet, the  mystical place known as the roof of the world as it shares the HIgest mountain on earth, Mount Everest with Nepal. In Tibet, we make a tour to Lhasa, Gyantse and Tesdang  and to the base camp of the Mount Everest as well.


Included in the Cost

All land transportation by private vehicle with driver
10 nights accommodation in full board basis.
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
One local tour guide in every city and his wages and salaries.
Medical kit (carried by your guide)

Not Included in the Cost

Food and drinks/ Beverage bills
Entrance Fees
Tipping (Tips)
Travel Insurance
International Flights
Extars cost for upgrading rooms and services at hotels
donation in temples, schools, monasteries etc .
Personal Hiking gear, personal kits
Emergency rescue evacuation insurance of any kind

Day 1: Arrival at Paro (2195m)

The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. Our Bhutan Travel Bureau representative will meet you at Paro airport. After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the National Museum, Ta Dzong. This museum houses many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical and cultural past. Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. Dzong’s are large monasteries and district administrative centres, which were once strategic forts. Afterwards walk to the beautiful cantilever wooden bridge still in use. Overnight in Paro.

 

Day 2: Sightseeing in Paro

After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours uphill takes you high above the Paro valley. The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for lunch. In the afternoon drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, an historic monument built by the Shabdrung to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop. On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Kyichu is built in a manner similar to the Jokhang in Lhasa. Overnight in Paro.

 

Day 3: Paro to Thimpu (3480m)

Drive duration: 2 hours

After having breakfast in the hotel, you will commence driving downstream alongside the Pa Chu (Paro River) to its confluence with Wang Chu (Thimphu River) then up valley to Thimphu. Few miles before arriving Thimphu, you will see Simtokha Dzong, Kingdom’s oldest fortress which is now used as Dzongkha language school of Bhutan. Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of Late third King of Bhutan. Tashichho dzong, Thimphu’s most impressive building situated at the banks of Wang Chu. It now houses National Assembly, King’s Throne room and also the summer residence of Chief of monk body. In the evening stroll around the Thimphu market and explore the town. Overnight  in Thimphu.

 

Day 4: Thimpu to Trongsa

Drive duration: 7/8 hours

Today, after having your breakfast, you will drive up to Dochula pass (alt. 3050 m). If the weather permits, you can see a range of high Himalayan peaks towards the northeast. The following peaks can be seen from this pass, on a clear day; Masagang (7158m), Tsendagang (6960 m), Terigang (7060m), Jejegangphugang (7158m, Kangphugang (7170m), Zongaphugang (7060m), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – and finally Gangkar Punsum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7497m. Further continuing your drive, you will head towards Wangdiphodrang town for lunch. After lunch you will proceed to Trongsa across Pelela pass (alt. 3300m). A large prayer flag marks the pass and the ground is covered with high altitude dwarf bamboo. You will stop by on the way at Chendbji Chorten, which was built in 18th century by a lama named Shida. It has a Nepalese design style with eyes painted at four cardinal points. You will arrive at Trongsa and check into the lodge. Overnight in Trongsa.

 

Day 5: Trongsa to Bumthang

Drive duration: 3/4 hours

After your morning breakfast, you will visit the Trongsa Dzong, built by Shabdrung in 1647 and visit the Taa Dzong (watch tower) which is dedicated to the Buddhist epic hero, King Gesar of Ling. Now you will drive to Bumthang which is 29 Km from the Trongsa road, you will reach the Yutong La pass (alt. 3400 m). Further 13 km ahead, the road enters into a wide, open, cultivated valley known as Chumey valley. After arriving in Bumthang, you will check into a lodge and get ready for lunch. After lunch, you will visit to: Kurje Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong, Membartsho and many other places. After completing your sight seen get back to hotel and have rest.. Overnight in Bumthang.

  

Day 6: Bumthang to Ngang Lhakhang

Hike duration: 3/4 hours

Have your breakfast in the morning and today, your trek route follows the Chamkhar Chu River, coming across many villages and temples. It will be a relaxing and easy day. After a few hours walking, you will arrive at the village camp located at an altitude of 2,900m. Have a rest for while and later on you can explore the surrounding area on the free time. Overnight in Ngang Lhakhang.

 

Day 7: Ngang Lhakhang to Ugyenchholing

Hike duration: 7/8 hours

After having your Breakfast, you will follow the trail which ascends gradually towards the Phephe la pass, walking through the forests of junipers, you will arrive at the pass which is located at an altitude of 3340 m. After hiking for some decent time the path will descend down to Tang valley, hike for some time and you will finally arrive at Ugyenchholing village where you camp by the side of river at an altitude of 2850 m. Overnight accommodation will be in a lodge.

 

Day 8: Ugyenchholing to Bumthang

After Breakfast, you will go for a short walk and reach the Ugyenchholing Dzong. You will visit the Dzong and the surrounding village, and drive to Jakar (Bumthang) via the Tang Chu River until you reach the main road. Along the way, you will visit the Membertsho Lake where Terton Pemalingpa, is supposed to have discovered religious treasures in the 12th century. This lake is very sacred and visited by many Bhutanese people on auspicious days to offer butter lamps. Explore the surroundings and after completing your sight seen you will get back to your hotel. Overnight in Bumthang.

 

Day 9: Bumthang to Punakha

Have your breakfast in the morning and then you will visit Jambey Lhakhang, the monastery built in 7th century by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gembo. It is believed to be the reincarnation of Buddha of compassion. Tamshing Lhakhang, located on the opposite side of the river is an important place to visit, it houses interesting religious paintings. After visiting these religious places, you will drive to Punakha and have your lunch. You are free on the remaining time and if you're interested then you can explore the Punakha street and its surroundings as well. Overnight in Punakha.

 

Day 10: Punakha to  Paro

Drive duration: 4 hours

Take your Breakfast and commence for the scenic drive to Paro.  It takes around 4 hours to reach Paro from Punakha. Take your lunch in the hotel and you are free for the time remaining. In the evening, you can spend your time in exploring the surrounding areas and shopping the token of love for your nearest and dearest ones in Paro market, explore the town and after completing your sight excursion get back to hotel. Overnight in Paro.

 

Day 11: Departure

In the morning you will have your Breakfast in the hotel and our office representative will come to receive you in the hotel and you will be transfer to the airport  for your departure flight. Have a safe journey onwards.

 

 

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