Bumthang Cultural Trek

Bumthang Cultural Trek

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

11 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

4000m

Group Size

Max- 20

Trial Access:

Flight and comfortable drive.

Best Season:

Spring & Autumn

Bumthang Cultural Trek is the best spot to explore many temples and monasteries. This is the cultural heartland of the Kingdom. Bumthang is extraordinarily beautiful, not only for foreigners but even for Bhutanese. Its four high valleys are covered in forests. It embraces small monasteries, Chorten, traditional stone houses, and markets.

The elevation level during this trek stays below 12,000 feet. Not to mention, each day’s walk is steady, fast, and unhurried.

Jakar is another name for Bumthang valley. Not to mention, this is Bhutan‘s one of the most sacred valley. There is a belief of hallowed 1,200 years ago by the visits of Padmasambhava. Padmasambhava is the great Buddhist master also called Guru Rinpoche. People believe that he brought Buddhist Culture in Bhutan so he is the Precious Teacher for all the Bhutanese people who follow Buddhism.

This amazing trek will take you through forests and farmlands. Moreover, it takes you 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.

(Note: Our fall itinerary coincides with a centuries-old festival in a remote village where you will be welcomed as honored guests.)

Starting Price

USD 2789 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Paro

Departure from: Paro

Day 1

Arrival at Paro.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After arrival at Paro, a representative from Himalayan trekkers will greet, meet and transfer you to the hotel where you will be staying overnight.

During the flight, you will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, and other famous Himalayan peaks. Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive.

Day 2

Hike to Tiger nest monastery.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive and hike to Taktsang Monastery. Taktsang is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites of the Himalayan world which is also called as Tiger nest monastery.

After lunch, explore some Dzongs, KyichuLhakhang, and other attractions.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3 hrs hike.

Day 3

Scenic flight/ drive to Bumthang.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you can either enjoy the scenic flight/drive to Bumthang. In leisure time you can stroll around and interact with locals.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 40 min flight/8-9 hrs drive.

Day 4

Drive to Mangchugang and trek to Schonath.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After vehicle transfer to Mangchugang (starting point), we will cross the popular settlement called Dhur and start climbing the hill with blue pine trees until we reach our campsite called Schonath.

On the way, we will observe the water-driven flour mill, locals on their farmlands and small monasteries too.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 5

Trek to Kitiphu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we will cross the virgin forest with lots of trees like bamboo, rhododendron, pine, fir and reach the Drangela pass (3600m).

with good lunch, we then ascend the Kitiphu ridge where we will be staying overnight. 

If you are lucky and weather favors, you can have a majestic view of the valley and snow-capped mountains.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 6

Trek to Jakar via Kikila.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

with a warm breakfast completion, we will climb to the monasteries of Zambhalha, Chuedak, and Tharpaling which brings you to the religious life of monkhood, the historical Buddhist learning center.

Then, we will follow the ridge of Kikila which meets the traditional trek route of Trongsa and Bumthang.

Overnight at Jakar.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 7

Bumthang sightseeing and drive to Trongsa.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we will visit the Dairy Farm, the Swiss Cheese Factory, the apple Juice factory and Mebartsho (burning lake).

After lunch, drive to Trongsa via  Yotongla pass (3400m).

Free on your own. Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs drive.

Day 8

Scenic drive to Punakha via Gangtey.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

with breakfast, we will leave Trongsa and drive to Gangtey for short exploration. We will be visiting the monastery, enjoy the scenic views and take our lunch there.

After lunch, we will again drive to Punakha where we will be staying overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs drive

Day 9

Punakha sightseeing and drive to Thimpu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan will be explored by us after enjoying the breakfast. we will visit the Dzongs, Chime Lhakhang 'a temple of fertility', as well as other interesting sites and drive towards Thimpu after delicious lunch.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 2-3 hrs drive

Day 10

Sightseeing of Thimpu and drive back to Paro.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we will explore and visit some landmarks of Thimpu like Tashichho Dzong, handicraft emporium, painting & woodcraft schools, Memorial Chorten and national library. In the evening, drive to Paro.

Overnight.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 2 hrs drive

Day 11

Departure from Paro.

The final day when you are going to bid a farewell to the lovely place, we hope you will have some of the best times by planning your journey with us. Take your final flight out of Bhutan from the Paro Airport.

Himalayan trekkers have always given top priority to their guests and your trip to Bhutan will be marked with beautiful memories. Be it arranging food and lodging or taking you to the best sites or departing to the airport, we Himalayan trekkers will set your trip in such a way that you are going to remember every time.

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Paro and Bumthang, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Airport pick-up and drop
  • All Transfers as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary with all meals.
  • Bhutan Entry Fees
  • Entrance Fees
  • Guide and Driver
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes

Whats Not Included

  • International Airfares to Paro and Airport tax
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide and Drive
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable conditions such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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