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BHUMTHANG CULTURAL TOUR

Bumthang Culture Trek

Bumthang Culture Trek will be best suited for those who are focusing on culture while incorporating the mountain scenery of Bhutan. The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan known as the peaceful Dragon country, is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation, this makes Bhutan a truly unique destination to explore its hidden treasure of ancient culture, religion, architecture and its way of life as it was for centuries, so Bhutan’s past is still its present and tantric Buddhism is a way of life. Our tour begins from Paro where Bhumthang Culture Trek  offers to visit famous oldest temple. i.e. Rinpung dzong, Kichu Lhakhang, and Ta Dzong. Next, we will visit the Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery and lots of monuments in Thimpu including Memorial chhorten.  Reaching a maximum of 3,200 meters at the Phe-Phe pass, we can experience the diverse low lands passing through dense oak forests, bamboo swamp and traditional agricultural fields along the way in our Bumthang cultural trek.

Bumthang Culture Trek

 Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m / 7,382ft).

Day 02: Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft).

Day 03: Explore Thimphu Valley.

Day 04: Thimphu to Trongsa (1,250m/4,100ft) 76 km, 3 – 4 hours.

Day 05: Trongsa to Bumthang (2,850m/9,350ft) 214 km, 7 hours.

Day 06: Trek to Ngang Lhakhang (2,895m/9,500ft) 10Km, 2 – 3 hours, Trek begins….

Day 07: Trek to Ugyen Choling (2,895m/9,500ft) 18Km, 6 – 7 hours.

Day 08: Drive to Jakar/Bumthang (2,745m/9,000ft) 2Km, 1.5 hours : Trek ends

Day 09: Bumthang to Wangdue (1,240m/4,068ft) 197 km, 6 hours.

Day 10: Wangdue to Paro. 124 km, 3 – 4 hours.

Day 11: Final Departure.

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Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m / 7,382ft).

A flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights, offers to view a peak of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsrim Gang in Bhutan and other highest peaks of Nepal. Our guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel for check – in & Lunch. After you get refresh , we will take an afternoon visit to the National Museum of Bhutan  known as Ta-Dzong, offers enormous insight into the tradition and history of the Bhutenese people and government as it has changed throughout the years.

Hike or take a horse a ride to the Taktsang Monastery viewpoint. Guru Rimpoche(Padmasambhava) has  meditated in this monastery. For a tourist, a hike up to the viewpoint opposite the monastery can be exhausting, thrilling and mystical.We will then return  back to Paro taking time to explore the charming city before returning to the hotel.


Day 02: Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft)

We will drive around 1 hour  to thimpu, capital of Bhutan. We will check-in hotel. We will visit the memorial stupa of the late King, built in 1974 A.D., the Indigenous hospital, where traditional medicine is still practiced and the folk heritage museum and national library where ancient manuscripts are preserved..Overnight at Hotel.


Day 03: Explore Thimphu Valley

We will visit some of the local monastery like Buddha point, Changangkha monastery built in 12th century, Nunnery monastery, and so on. Tashichho Dzong, main secretariat building which is massive structure houses part of the government, the office of the King and the Throne  room will be our next attraction after we finish our lunch. Evening we will wander  around the market in the capital. Overnight at hotel.


Day 04: Thimphu to Trongsa (1,250m/4,100ft) 76 km, 3 - 4 hours

We will take a 3-hour long drive to Punakha, after we finish our breakfast while crossing to Dochula pass which offers views of the eastern Himalayan giants. Historical Punakha Dzong located at the crossing of the Po- Chu and Mo- chu rivers is te main attraction of Punakha. We will then continue a long drive to Trongsa, continuing along the Pelela Pass. We will pass through traditional yak villages before reaching Trongsa to rest for the evening.


Day 05: Trongsa to Bumthang (2,850m/9,350ft) 214 km, 7 hours

We will travel to the winter palace known for its famous library, after our breakfast, it serves as the special commission for cultural affairs. We can learn more about the traditional Bhutanese monarchy in Kuenga Rabten. We will explore the Trongsa fort to learn more about the history  of the city before driving to Bhumthang.

Bhumthang, heaven of Bhutan for hiking which spans from heights of 2,600 to 4,000 meters  offering several monasteries.  We will learn more about the spiritual influence by visiting Janbay Lhakhang and Kurjey Lhakhang, which portray many features of Buddhism in traditional atmosphere.


Day 06: Trek to Ngang Lhakhang (2,895m/9,500ft) 10Km, 2 - 3 hours, Trek begins....

We will move ahead passing the Chamkhar Chu River and several small traditional town and temples along the way. This route lead us to Lakhang village, known to be preferred migration location for Bhutanese swans.


Day 07: Trek to Ugyen Choling (2,895m/9,500ft) 18Km, 6 - 7 hours

We take an uphill trail to the Phe – Phe La pass located at 3,340 meters, passing through a peaceful juniper and fir forest.You can admire the scenery from the blustery pass, then we will continue down to the Tang Valley before arriving our today’s destination “Ugyenchholing.”


Day 08: Drive to Jakar/Bumthang (2,745m/9,000ft) 2Km, 1.5 hours : Trek ends

We will explore the culture of the traditional mountain people at Ugyenchholing Dzong. We, then drive to visit the treasure filled burning lake created by the gods and a several temples where locals flock to pay their respects to the gods by lighting lamps. We will have the evening walk  to explore the culture and bustling streets of Bhumthang.


Day 09: Bumthang to Wangdue (1,240m/4,068ft) 197 km, 6 hours

We continue to Gangtey Goemba, which is peacefully surrounded by pine trees. After reaching to the Phobjikha Valley, it will serves as a nesting site for the endangered black-necked crane.  We will take a time in the scenic marsh filled valley, then we will continue our trek to Wandue for the evening stay.


Day 10: Wangdue to Paro. 124 km, 3 - 4 hours

We return to Paro via Dochula Pass, where we will stay for a lunch. We will visit the Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman. Druk Wangyal Monastery will be our next attraction, one of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. We then drove to Paro and overnight at Paro.


Day 11: Final Departure.

After completing our breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport depending on the flight schedule. Generally, Druk Air departs in the early morning to avoid bad weather conditions.


What are included ?

  • Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus (all airport transfers).
  • Government approved A and B category hotels in the cities.
  • licensed English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guides.
  • All Monument /Museum sightseeing tours, entrance Fees.
  • All meals in Bhutan
  • Toyota 4 X 4 luggage vans & light trucks for group travel
  • All our government taxes.
  • Official expense
  • Bhutan Visa Fees and Visa Processing assistance

What are not included ?

  • Bottled/alcoholic/cold drinks, room service and all a cart meals.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airfare for International flights to and from Bhutan
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Tips to guides, restaurants, hotel lobby. (Tipping is expected.)

Equipment & Packing List

To get maximum comfort with minimum possible weight, we would suggest you to bring only what are necessary, which will be very helpful.

 Important documents and items

  • Valid Passport / Copy of the passport
  • Visa approval for Bhutan / Airline tickets

Packing List for Cultural /City Tours

  • 2 pairs of lightweight long pants
  • 2 pairs of dress pants / dresses for evening
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 4 short-sleeved shirts/blouses
  • 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting dzongs, temples and monasteries).
  • Underwear, Socks, Sleepers
  • Warm jackets
  • 1 sweater or light weight jacket
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes

Packing List for Trek

Visit View Nepal can provide a few trekking equipment’s including tents, stoves, fuels, sleeping pads, first aid kit and many more.

Daypack

  • Duffel bag for storing gear(s)
  • Warm sleeping bag (negative 8-10 degrees centigrade)
  • 2-liter water bottles
  • Headlamp, Camera and extra batteries
  • Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine to carry in daypack)
  • First aid kit.
  • Lightweight toiletries.
  • Sunscreen and lip screen,  Small towel