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Bumthang Cultural Trek 13 days

This is the cultural heartland of the Kingdom. On this trek you will see many temples and monasteries. Bumthang is extraordinarily beautiful, even for Bhutanese. Its four high valleys are covered in forests that embrace small monasteries, chortens, traditional stone houses, and markets. Elevations on treks stay below 12,000 feet, and each day's walk is steadfastly unhurried. After a couple of days in Paro we drive to Thimphu's crafts centers and temples, and then over the splendid Dochu La & Chelila Passes to Tongsa and Jakar, the Bumthang Valley's main village. This is Bhutan's most sacred valley, hallowed 1,200 years ago by the visits of Padmasambhava (the great Buddhist master, called Guru Rinpoche or the Precious Teacher). Our four-day trek will take you through forests and farmlands, over trout streams to remote villages in which the rest of the world's last couple of centuries are dim and not particularly enticing rumors. Few treks offer such a deep look into Bhutan's delicate and charming daily life. (Our fall itinerary coincides with a centuries-old festival in a remote village where you will be welcomed as honored guests.)

Tour Highlights

  • Route - Kathmandu - Bhutan - Kathmandu
  • Duration - 13 Days
  • Activities - Trek/Hike/ Cultural tour
  • Accomodation - Hotel & Lodge
  • Transportation - Flight/Private Vehicle
  • Best Season - Spring & Autmn
bumthang festival trek

Brief Itinerary

Day 01 : Kathmandu Paro Fly
Fly to Paro from Kathmandu.

Day 02 : Paro Sightseeing
After breakfast drive to Drugyal Dzong. From here the peak of Chomolhari also known as Mountain of the Goddess " can be viewed clearly. On the way visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse.

Day 03 : Paro to Thimphu
Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.In the afternoon visits the Memorial Chorten, dedicated to the Late Third King.

Day 04 : Thimphu Sightseeing
After breakfast drive to visit Tashichho Dzong.Also visit the handicraft emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed. Visit the painting and woodcraft schools where traditional art and painting are still kept alive. Visit the Memorial Chorten, the National Library and Simtokha Dzong.

Day 05 : Thimphu to Trongsa
After breakfast drive to Trongsa. The journey to central Bhutan begins today.

Day 06 : Trongsa to Jakar (Bumthang)
Drive to Jakar (Bumthang). Bumthang is a land myth and mystery and tales of the Guru Padmasambhava.After that hike to visit Lame gompa, a temple built by the first King of Bhutan.

Day 07 : Bumthang to Halt
Visit the dairy Farm, the Swiss Cheese Factory and apple Juice factory. In the evening walk around the Bumthang Valley.

Day 08 : Bumthang to Nganglhakhang
The trek enters the Ngang yul (Land of the Swan) at the center of which lies the Nganglhakhang (Swan temple). This temple was filled with Swan, hence the name.

Day 09 : Nganglhakhang to Ugyenchholing
The trek starts with a gradual climb to Phepela Pass, which is the highest point of the trek route. The trial passes through beautiful forested areas where many stop scan be made to enjoy the natural beauty of the place. Enroute you can see the Ugyenchholing Palace.

Day 10 : Ugyenchholing to Jakar
The route follows the Tang Chu another trout filled river. On the bank is the Tang Rimpoche Lhakhang.The trek will pass the Member Tsho (Flaming Lake).

Day 11 : Jakar to Trongsa
After breakfast drive to Trongsa along the east west highway. In the evening scroll around Trongsa.

Day 12 : Trongsa to Thimphu
Drive back to Thimphu.

Day 13 : Thimphu to Paro to Kathmandu Fly
Drive to Paro International Airport and then fly back to Kathmandu.

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