Bumthang Cultural Trekking - 13 Days
Bumthang Cultural Trekking is a fairly easy three-day trekking that takes you through beautiful valleys and along clear, trout-filled rivers. Bumthang is often known as the ‘cultural heartland’ of Bhutan and there are plenty of ancient temples to visit during the trek. Bumthang Cultural Trekking is an easy and moderate trek. The best season to make this trek is March, April, May, September, October and November. This short trek is ideal for average walkers as the altitude does not go over 3,400 meters. Splendid trek to cultural heart of Bhutan though several villages. This is a trek in the splendid Bumthang Valley, the cultural heart of Bhutan. The trek passes through several villages on its meandering route through Bumthang countryside. This trek provides an exceptional opportunity for contact with Bhutanese rural life besides the nature.
Day 1 Arrive Paro:
During the journey, one will experience breath-taking view of Mountain Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Mountain Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by our representatives and escort you to the Hotel.
Day 2 In Paro:
Drive to Drukgyal Dzong, a ruined fortress which is 16 kilometers away from Paro Town. Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peak of Jumolhari "Mountain of the Goddess" can be seen on a clear day (7,329 meters). After lunch visit Rinpung Dzong, National Museum and Kichu Lhakhang. Kichu Lhakhang is the oldest and the most sacred shrine of Bhutan built in 8th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. In the evening take a leisurely stroll in Paro town. Overnight Paro Hotel.
Day 3 Paro to Thimphu:
This morning drive along the winding road along the Paro Chu (Chu means water or river) down stream to the confluence with the Wang Chu and then then turn upstream and travel along the Wang Chu to Thimphu, the Capital. Lunch will be served at the Hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Memorial Chorten, dedicated to the Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Overnight Thimphu Hotel.
Day 4 Thimphu to Sightseeing:
Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main Government Secretariat building, where the government ministries, the Office of His Majesty the King and the Throne Room, the offices and living quarters of the monk body and the Chief Abbot are housed. Wander in the town, visit shops and the Handicrafts Emporium, where Bhutanese textiles and other handicrafts are available. Visit the painting and woodcrafts schools where traditional painting and other arts are kept alive. Visit the National Library and see the ancient manuscripts preserved there. Visit the Simtokha Dzong (6 kilometers from Thimphu), the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1629 A.D. Evening: Relax in the hotel or stroll in the town.
Day 5 Thimphu to Trongsa:
The journey to central Bhutan begins today. The drive to Trongsa takes about 7 to 8 hours from Thimphu. Packed lunch will be served on the at Chendebji Chorten. Overnight Trongsa Hotel.
Day 6 Trongsa to Jakar (Bumthang):
Drive to Jakar, which takes about 2 hours 30 minute from Trongsa, is a pleasant drive through scenic forests and countryside. You also cross one of the highest passes named Yotongla along the East to West Highway on this drive. Bumthang is a land of mysteries and mystics and tales of the great Guru Padmasambhava who performed formidable feats and miracles in historical time in this place still hold sway. A beautiful sighting of Jakar Dzong (Castle of the White Bird) can be had from View Point. Lunch will be served in Hotel. Afternoon hike up to Lame Goenpa, a temple built by the First King of Bhutan for his two nun sisters. Outside Lame Goenpa one can see a workshop for traditional Bhutanese papermaking. Overnight Bumthang Hotel.
Day 7 In Bumthang:
Visit the Dairy Farm, Swiss cheese Factory and Apple Juice Factory. Walk around Bumthang valley in preparation for the excursion to Ngang Lhakhang. Overnight Bumthang Hotel.
Day 8 Trek start Bumthang to Ngang Lhakhang:
The route follows the Chamkhar Chu, a river known for trout. Stop for lunch at Thangbi Lhakhang. From here the trek enters the Ngang Yul (Land of the Swan) at the centre of which lies the Ngang Lhakhang (Swan Temple). In by-gone days, the valley was populated by swans, and hence the name Ngang Yul. Overnight Camp.
Day 9 Ngang Lhakhang to Ugyenchholing:
The trek starts with a gradual climb to Phephe La Pass at an altitude of 3353 meters, the highest point of the trek route. The trail passes through beautiful forested areas where many stops can be made to enjoy the natural beauty of the place. Along the way, the Ugyenchholing Palace can be seen. Overnight at the camp, 7 to 8 hours walk.
Day 10 Trek end Ugyenchholing to Jakar:
The trail follows the Tang Chu, another trout-filled river. On the bank of the river is the Tang Rimpoche's Lhakhang. The trek will pass the Mebar Tsho (Flaming Lake). From Pangshing, the group will be picked up by transport and driven to Jakar. Overnight Bumthang Hotel, 2 to 3hours walk.
Day 11 Jakar to Trongsa:
Drive to Trongsa along the East - West Highway. Stops can be made along the way to enjoy the scenery. Lunch at Hotel in Trongsa. Afternoon, leisurely stroll around Trongsa town. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 12 Trongsa to Thimphu:
Drive back to Thimphu along the East to West Highway. With picnic lunch. Overnight Thimphu Hotel.
Day 13 Thimphu to Paro:
Drive to Paro International Airport. See off by our representatives.
Note: Designed itinerary is a sample itinerary intended to give you a general idea of trip to Bhutan. We can create an itinerary to suit as your needs and interest one you give your interest and travel timeframe.