bumthang cultural

Trip Name:Bumthang Cultural Trek
Duration:10 Nights /11 Days, Max. Elevation: 3,360m
Highest Camp :2,800m
Trip Route :Paro – Thimphu – Trongsa – Bumthang – Ngang Lhakhang - Ugyenchholing –            Bumthang – Punakha - Paro


Standard :Easy to Medium
Best Season :March to May and September to November
Group Size :1 – 15 Pax or above
Start from :Toktu Zampa (Bumthang)
Finish in :Mesithang
Trip Cost :The trip cost will vary depending on the group size, duration etc. Please contact us with your details to obtain a best price offer.


Summary:

The Bumthang Cultural Trek is well known as one of the main cultural centres of Bhutan and there are many opportunities to visit temples and small Bhutanese villages along the trek route. Although the trek is on the easy side, it involves a few major climbs like the one up to Pephe La with an ascent of about 500m.

Itinerary

Day-1; Arrive Paro:On arrival at Paro airport you will be received by the representatives of Druk United Tours & Treks and transfer to the hotel. Overnight halt at the hotel in Paro.

Day-2; Paro sightseeing:Visit to Ta Dzong built in 17th century as a watchtower for Paro Dzong. This Dzong was later converted into the national Museum in 1967 and is filled with antique thangka paintings, textiles, weapons and Armour. Also visit the Rinpung Dzong built in 17th century to defend this valley against Tibetan invaders. It is now used as an administrative centre and home of monastic community. Afternoon drive to Drukgyal Dzong situated at the end of Paro valley. It was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over Tibetan invaders. Kichu one of the oldest and most sacred monasteries of the Kingdom is another place of interest. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day-3; Paro- Thimphu:Drive to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. About 7 km before Thimphu, on a low hilltop rises Simtokha Dzong which is the Bhutan’s most ancient fortress. After lunch, visit the Memorial Chorten which was built in 1974, the Traditional Medicinal Institute where centuries old indigenous medicines are still practiced, the Art School which is particularly famous for thangka painting, the National Library that houses ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. Also visit Tashichho Dzong, ‘fortress of the glorious religion”. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day-4; Thimphu –Trongsa:Drive to Trongsa via Dochula pass (alt.3, 100m). From this pass, on a clear day, one can see the superb views of the highest peaks in Bhutan such as Gangkar Puensum, Table Mountain, Jeje Gang, Masang Gang, and Gangche Ta. Drive further to Wangdiphodrang town, which is also your lunch stop. Then proced to Trongsa crossing 3,300m Pele La pass. Overnight at lodge in Trongsa.

Day-5; Trongsa- Bumthang:Morning visit to striking Trongsa Dzong, ancestral abode of Bhutan’s Royal Family. Then visit the Ta Dzong, built as watchtower to guard Trongsa Dzong. Proceed to Bumthang and in afternoon visit here, the Jakar Dzong built in 17th century during the time of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of Bhutan. Then visit the Kurjey Lhakhang, where Guru Padmasambhava left his body imprint in the 8th century. The temple was later built in 17th century. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day-6; Bumthang-Ngang Lhakhang:The trek begins today. Trek route follows the Chamkhar Chhu, coming across many villages and temples, meadows, forests of blue pine and shrubs bamboo. Today is very relaxing and easy day. Arrive at the village and camp at the altitude of 2,900m. Walking time about 6 hours.

Day-7; Ngang Lhakhang – Ugyenchholing:The trail ascends gradually towards the Phephe La pass, walking through the forests of junipers, until you arrive at the pass at an altitude of 3,340m. After the pass descend to Tang valley, finally arriving at Ugyenchholing village. Camp by the side of the river at an altitude of 2,850 m. Walking time 7/8 hours.

Day-8; Ugyenchholing – Bumthang:Morning walk up to the Ugyenchholing Dzong. Visit the beautiful private mansion and eco museum, and then drive to Jakar (Bumthang) following the Tang Chhu River until arriving at main road. On the way visit the Mebertsho Lake where Terton Pemalingpa, is said to have discovered religious treasures in the 15th century. This lake is very sacred and visited by many Bhutanese on auspicious days to offer butter lamps. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day-9; Bumthang-Punakha:Morning visit to Jambay Lhakhang, the monastery built in 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, believed to be the reincarnation of the Bodhisattva of compassion. Tamshing Lhakhang, located on opposite side of the river is important place to visit, housing interesting religious paintings. Drive to Punakha with lunch en route. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day-10; Punakha –Paro:Today is the relaxing day. Arrive Paro by lunchtime. Evening take a stroll around Paro market. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day- 11; Paro depart:Have early breakfast in the hotel and drive to the airport for flight to onward destination. Our representative will bid you farewell.