The Bumthang Cultural Trek focus on the highlights of the Bumthang valley, the religious heartland of Bhutan, and home to some of its oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. This gentle three-day trek passes through several villages on its route through Bumthang’s countryside of meadows, blue pine forests and mountains of scrub bamboo. It is perfect for the average trekker who wants to enjoy breathtaking mountainous views, visit remote sacred sites and meet with locals. It is especially recommended for lovers of nature. This trek also features a cultural tour through the beautiful western valleys of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha.
Day 01: Arrive PARO.
Upon your arrival at Paro airport, our Guide will receive and welcome you and transfer you to your confirmed Hotel. After having lunch, you will have some time for rest and relax and get ready to visit Taa Dzong, Bhutan’s national museum. This museum has a collection of ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts, weapons, stamps. Rinpung Dzong built in 17th century, which now houses the monastic school and the office of the civil administration. In the evening, Explore Paro town. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 02: PARO
To check your resistance, we shall begin with small hike to Taktsang temple. The walk uphill is not more than two hours. The trail is broad. At the view point there is a cafeteria. Have a cup a tea or some juice and continue a walk little higher to the closer view point of Taktsang. Then walk back for lunch in Paro town. Afternoon Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined fort, which once built to defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mt. Chomolhari, the sacred summit reaches skyward beyond the dzong and the traditional Bhutanese Farm House. Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan, dating from the introduction of Buddhism. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 03: PARO – THIMPHU
After having Breakfast in the Hotel, we 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, we 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. Evening take a walk in Thimphu market and town. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 04: THIMPHU – TRONGSA
Today, after having our Breakfast, we 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 7497 m. Further continuing our drive, we will head towards Wangdiphodrang town for lunch.
After lunch we 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. We 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. We will arrive at Trongsa and check into the lodge. Overnight accommodation will be in a lodge.
Day 05: TRONGSA - BUMTHANG
Today, we 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 we will drive to Bumthang which is 29 Km from the Trongsa road, we 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, we will check into a lodge and get ready for lunch. After lunch, we will visit to: Kurje Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong, Membartsho etc. Overnight accommodation will be in a lodge.
Day 06: BUMTHANG - NGANG LHAKHANG
Today, our 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, we arrive at the village camp located at an altitude of 2,900m. We can explore the surrounding area on the free time. Overnight accommodation will be in a lodge.
Day 07: NGANG Lhakhang - UGYENCHHOLING (7 to 8 hours)
After having our Breakfast, we will follow the train which ascends gradually towards the Phephe la pass, walking through the forests of junipers, we will arrive at the pass which is located at an altitude of 3340 m. After the path descends to Tang valley, we finally arrive at Ugyenchholing village where we camp by the side of river at an altitude of 2850 m. Overnight accommodation will be in a lodge.
Day 08: UGYENCHHOLING - BUMTHANG
After Breakfast, we will go for a short walk and reach the Ugyenchholing Dzong. We will visit the Dzong and the surrounding village, and drive to Jakar (Bumthang) via the Tang Chu River until we reach the main road. Along the way, we 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. Overnight stay is in the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 09: BUMTHANG – PUNAKHA
In the morning we 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, we will drive to Punakha and have our lunch. You are free on the remaining time. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 10: PUNAKHA – PARO
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 shoppings the token of love for your nearest and dearest ones in Paro market. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 11: PARO depart
In the morning you will have your Breakfast in the hotel and you will be transferred to the airport (15 mins) for your departure flight. Your guide will be there to see you off at the airport. You take your flight to your onward destinations.
• Kathmandu to Paro to Kathmandu flight tickets
• Visa and Travel permits to Bhutan
• Accommodation on best available hotel
• Food during the trip
• Transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
• Guided sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
• Drinks / Beverages bills
• Personal Expenses
• Tipping (tips)
• Insurance of any kinds
• Any others not included in cost included.
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