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Bumthang trek and Cultural tour 12 days

The trip into this small Himalayan kingdom is an opportunity to see its hundreds of Dzong, palaces and well preserved ecology. Bhutan with a population of 7 hundred thousand receives about 40000 tourists a year and is a destination that wants quality tourism developed. Bhutan allows few tourists to come in thus offering best services and also minimizing the impacts of tourism to minimal. This 12 day Bhutan trip with 3 day Bumthang Trek takes you to some of the most rural parts of Bhutan where you can enjoy the natural beauty in isolation.

Tour Highlights

  • Duration-11/12 days Bhutan tour.
  • Tour code- Bhutan Cultural tour with Bumthang trek.
  • Places to see
    Paro, Bumthang and Thimpu.
  • Max altitude- Pele la pass (3300m)
  • Group size-1 -16 persons
  • Tour category- Standard and Deluxe.
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Mountain Views

Mt. Thamserku (6618m) -Taken from Namche bazaar

Amadblam

Mt Amadablam (6819m) – Taken from pangbouche village

Trip Outline

Day 01: Arrival at Bhutan, Paro International Airport and sightseeing in the afternoon (2250m).
Day 02: Excursion to the Tigers Nest (3190m) and Drive to Thimphu (2 hours/54km) in the afternoon (2350m).
Day 03: Full day sightseeing of Thimpu.
Day 04: Drive to Punakha (1250m)3 hours/77 km
Day 05: Drive to Bumthang (2,850m).
Day 06: Trek to Ngang Lhakhang (2,895m)
Day 07: Trek to Ugyen Choling (2,895m)        
Day 08: Trek to Jakar (2,745m) and drive back to Bumthang.
Day 09: Full day tour of Jakar/Bumthang
Day 10: Drive to Wangdue (1,240m)
Day 11: Drive back to Paro.
Day 12: Final Departure

Itinerary in Detail

Day 01: Arrival at Bhutan, Paro International Airport and sightseeing in the afternoon (2250m).
 The flight into Bhutan is one of the most interesting Mountain flights in the world. You will be welcomed by the representative of Adventure mission Nepal treks and expedition and transferred to the hotel. After a brief rest and lunch we will head towards the Ta Dzong, the National museum of Bhutan. After the visit to the Museum we take a short walk to the Rinpung Dzong often described as the fort with heaps of Jewel. Khichu Lhakhang is the next place we visit. It is the oldest monument in the small kingdom of Bhutan. By the late afternoon we reach the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort) built around the mid 17th century in the memory of the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan invaders.

Day 02: Excursion to the Tigers Nest (3190m) and Drive to Thimphu (2 hours/54km) in the afternoon (2350m).
After a warm and nice breakfast served at the hotel we will hike up the 4200 steps to the Tiger's Nest, locally known as the Taktsang Monastery. This monastery has been the identification of Bhutan since a long time because of its religious significance and also because of its location. The Mahayani Buddhist believes that the first dalai lama, Padmasamvav flied on a back of a tigress to her for Meditation. While coming down we will have lunch at halfway down the hill and continue to Paro. We drive to Thimpu in the late afternoon. This is a scenic drive through the hills for around 2 hours.

Day 03: Full day sightseeing of Thimpu.
The places we visit today include the King’s Memorial Chorten, Nunnery Temple, Changgangkha Monastery, Majestic Thimphu Dzong etc.Besides that we also go to the Central zoo to see the animals over there and among them the Takin, a goat-antelope is a major attraction as it is the national animal of Bhutan . In the afternoon visit the Weekend market famous for all kinds of local products ranging from handicrafts to vegetables. You can also visit the radio tower on a hill top, which offers a panoramic view of Thimpu city.

Day 04: Drive to Punakha (1250m)3 hours/77 km
We start the day in the morning with a drive to Punakha via Dochu La (3,100 meters). The drive is around 3 hours long and is 77 km from Thimpu. This town derives its name from the river on whose banks it is situated, the Punakha River. We will make brief visit to the fertility temple known as Chimi Lhakhang. You can receive blessings of fertility with a phallus (Symbolic representation of male sexual organ) from the Lama. Upon arrival at Punakha we will have lunch and visit the Punakha Zhong in the evening.

Day 05: Drive to Bumthang (2,850m).
We start the day after breakfast. We have a long drive of 215 km which takes almost 7 hours from Punakha. Enroute we will cross the highest point of this trip the Pele La pass at 3300m. We will stop at Rrongsa after 3 and half hours for our day meal. We will also visit the nearby Dzong with the same name. AS we continue our drive we will stop once to see a factory of traditional Bhutanese weaving called Yathras most of them with unique patterns and designs related to Bumthang.

Day 06: Trek to Ngang Lhakhang (2,895m)
After breakfast we start our first day of the trek from Thangbi along the Chamkhar Chu River. Walking ahead on the trail for more than an hour we reach Zangling Lhakhang. Further walking for half an hour ahead we reach our lunch place on the hill. After lunch here we head we head towards the Ngang Yul literally meaning the Swan’s land. This area used to be full of swans in the past as per the local myths. You will walk for almost 3 hours today.

Day 07: Trek to Ugyen Choling (2,895m)        
We have a long day ahead of us. We walk form almost 6 and half hours before we reach Ugyen Choling. The major highlight of the day is the crossing of the Pepe La, the highest point of your trip. The trekking trail passes through the lush green forest and some Yak farms. By late afternoon we arrive at Ugyen Choling.

Day 08: Trek to Jakar (2,745m) and drive back to Bumthang.
After breakfast we visit the Ugyen Choling Palace with a large collection of things belonging to the medieval ruling dynasties of Bhutan. We walk down to Kizam and get into our vehicle to go to Bumthang. On the way we will visit the Lake of Mebertsho also referred as the burning lake. This is a holy lake which is frequented by Bhutanese during major festivals and ceremonies.

Day 09: Full day tour of Jakar/Bumthang
Some of the monuments we visit today include the Jakar Dzong is the office of the government in Jakar, Jambay Lhakhang , a monastery dating back to the 8th century AD, Kurjey Lhakhang Monastery, Tamshing Monastery and other Dzong around the city. The evening is interesting around the streets of Bumthang.

Day 10: Drive to Wangdue (1,240m)
Wangdue is a typical Bhutanese village famous for its stone carving situated almost 200km from Bumthang. The drive is about 7 hours long and is full of beautiful lush green forest and nice scenery with small but interesting Bhutanese settlements.

Day 11: Drive back to Paro.
We will cross the Dochula Pass and drive almost 125 km from Wangdue to reach Paro. After 6 hours of drive through the hills and small passes you will be relaxing in Paro by late afternoon.

 Day 12: Final Departure
Flights from Bhutan are scheduled early in the morning as only Druk air flies to and from Bhutan. So don’t forget to pack breakfast if you don’t have time to eat it at the hotel. Bye from Bhutan,

Contact us at info@himalayantrekkers.com for cost and other details for 12 days Bhutan Cultural tour and Bumthang trek.

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