Bumthang Cultural Trek and Tour

Bumthang Cultural Trek and Tour

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:

12 Days

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Max Altitude:

Pele la pass (3300m)

Group Size

Max- 20

Trial Access:

Flight and comfortable drive.

Best Season:

The Bumthang Cultural Trek and Tour in this tiny Kingdom of the Himalayas allow you to have the opportunity to learn about the culture, tradition, and well-preserved ecology. 

This 12 day Bhutan trip with 3 days Bumthang Trek takes you to some of the most rural parts of Bhutan where you can enjoy the natural beauty in isolation. It is an ideal travel package for those interested in experiencing the remote lifestyle within a limited period of time. Also, you get to explore the most famous and important places in the thriving cities of Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Wangdue, and Bumthang. The culture, tradition, and unaltered nature of the" Land of Happiness" is genuinely beautiful. 

Join the Himalayan Trekkers, traverse to this little land and collect the memories that will last a lifetime. 

 

Starting Price

USD 3039 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Paro.

Departure from: Paro

Day 1

Arrival in Paro

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Upon arrival at the Paro International Airport, a represtative from Himalayan Trekkers will greet you and escort you to the designated hotel. 

Once at the hotel, check-in and relax. Rest of the day is at leisure. 

Overnight. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

Day 2

Hike to Taktsang Monastery & drive to Thimpu

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, after breakfast, we will hike to the popular Taktsang Monastery also known as Tigers' Nest Monastery hanging on a high cliff at 3,120 meters. Legends state that during the 8th century, Guru Padmasambhava flew on the back of the tigress and meditated at the spot where the monastery now stands. 

After lunch, scenic drive to Thimpu, capital of Bhutan.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs hike & 2 hrs drive.

Day 3

Full-day Thimpu sightseeing

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you will have guided sightseeing of the capital city, Thimpu. You will explore 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, we will visit the weekend market that is  famous for all kinds of local products ranging from handicrafts to vegetables. You can also visit the radio tower on a hilltop, which offers a panoramic view of Thimpu city.

Overnight.   

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

Day 4

Scenic drive to Punakha & explore

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Our day starts with a scenic drive to Punakha via Dochu La Pass (3,100m) where we will stop for a brief moment to witness the tranquil atmosphere. 

En route, we will make a 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 Dzong in the evening.

Overnight.

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

Day 5

Scenic drive to Bumthang (2,850m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

With a good breakfast, we will enjoy a scenic and long drive today. En route we will cross the highest point of this trip, the Pele La pass at 3300m. We will stop at Rongsa after 3 and a half hours for our daily 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.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 7-8 hrs drive

Day 6

Trek to Ngang Lhakhang (2,895m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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 Dangling Lhakhang.

Further walking for half an hour ahead we reach our lunch place on the hill. After lunch here 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.

Overnight at Ngang Lhakhang. 

 

Accommodation: Local lodges/hotel. Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs

Day 7

Trek to Ugyen Choling (2,895m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We have a long day ahead of us. 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 where we will stay an overnight.

 

Accommodation: Hotel/guest house/ local lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 8

Trek to Jakar (2,745m) & drive back to Bumthang

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we visit the Ugyen Choling Palace which houses the belongings 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 to as the burning lake. This is a holy lake that is frequented by Bhutanese during major festivals and ceremonies.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs trek & an hour drive.

Day 9

Sightseeing in Bumthang

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Todau, you will be guided for a full-day sightseeing tour in Bumthang. 

Some of the attractions 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.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 10

Scenic drive to Wangdue (1,240m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Leaving behind Bumthang, we will have a scenic drive to Wangdue soon after breakfast. Driving through lush green forests, nice scenery and small but interesting Bhutanese settlements, we reach our destinaiton, Wangdue. 

Wangdue is a typical Bhutanese village renowned for its stone carving situated almost 200km from Bumthang.

Overnight. 

Accommodation: Hotel/guest house/ local lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs drive

Day 11

Drive back to Paro

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will cross the Dochula Pass and drive almost 125 km from Wangdue to reach Paro.

A scenic drive across hills, small passes, beautiful settlements by observing culture & smile of Bhutanese people, will add more flavor on your drive.

After reaching Paro, free on your own.

Overnight.  

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 4 hrs drive

Day 12

Final departure

Meals included: Breakfast

According to your flight schedule back to your home town or onward destination, you will be transferred to the airport. 

We bid farewell, and wish for a safe and sound journey. 

Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

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Accommodation

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

Generally, in cities like Paro, Thimpu, and Punakha, 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. 

Meals

All meals in Bhutan are included within the evident cost. However, if you want to eat your meals other than at your hotel or local restaurant, you will have to pay the additional amount.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!

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 off
  • All Transfers as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary with all meals
  • Bhutan Entry Fees
  • All Permit and Entrance Fees
  • Sightseeings
  • Guide and Driver
  • A bottled water 
  • All Taxes and surcharges 

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 Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable conditions such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the INCLUSION Section 


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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